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- 1 What is Millénaire?
- 2 Independent villages
- 3 Cultures
- 4 Lone Buildings
- 5 Quests and Creation Quest
- 6 Creating new villages
- 7 Adding content to Millénaire
What is Millénaire?
Millénaire is a single-player and multiplayer (officialy since 3.0.0r1 update for Minecraft 1.2.5) mod for Minecraft. It aims to fill the "emptiness" of worlds by adding NPC villages to it, with loose 11th-century Norman, North Indian, Mayans, Japanese, and Byzantines themes and additional cultures planned. It includes pre-generated "independent" villages that will develop and trade with the player, quests, custom blocks and items from the various cultures, player-controlled villages buildable after reaching leadership status in each culture, and a Creation Quest with a set of unique missions that explore the world of Minecraft and Millénaire.
Goals in Millénaire
Millénaire, in the spirit of Minecraft, does not have a specific "goal". The closest equivalents are:
- To help villagers complete all the village types
- To gain leadership in all the cultures to create your own controlled villages
- To complete the Creation Quest
But most players play simply to interact with the villagers, get useful items through trade with them, and generally have more things to do in the Minecraft world.
Growth of independent villages
Independent villages start small, always surrounding a central building (of varying type: fort, palace, monastery, etc., generally referred to as the "Townhall"), with a few houses or other buildings. They will however expand as the villagers build additional structures and improve existing ones. To do this the villagers need resources, the same that would be needed for the player to make the buildings in question. Villagers will gather some of those resources themselves (for example, they have lumbermen that will gather wood from trees, and some have miners that gather cobblestone, sand and sandstone) and depend on the player for others. Newly-built houses start empty, but adult villagers from existing houses will have children that will grow up and move in the new houses. The population of the village will thus slowly grow until all the houses are filled.
Trading with the villagers
The prices of some goods vary from village type to village type. It can be profitable to buy in a village and sell in another; for instance, hamlets with quarries will sell stone for cheaper than the buying price in villages that need but do not produce stone.
Reputation and dealings with the village leader
- Houses or plots of land where you can build. Once requested from the village leader, they will be built by the villagers, resources and free space permitting.
- A village scroll with information on the village
- Leadership status in the village's culture, allowing you to start your own village
Note that while your reputation is mostly village-specific, you also have a culture-wide reputation that influence your dealings with other villages.
Villages produce some goods that are specific to their culture. This includes crops and food items (like maize for the Mayans, curries for the Indians...), tools (Norman and Mayan only) and specific blocks and decorative elements. Culture-specific crops cannot be grown by you and you cannot make the tools and custom blocks (except Hindi bricks); you must trade for them with the villages. The custom blocks are generally crafted by specialized villagers. Before you have access to them, and before the village can create buildings that requires them, it must build a house for the required crasftmen, and a boy and a girl must move in to take up the jobs. This can take time.
Fighting the villagers
You can choose to fight villagers instead of helping them. If you manage to kill all the adult males of a village, all the village chests will automatically unlock and you will be able to take their resources. Be careful though, attacking one villager will cause all the others to fight you. Also, your reputation will suffer, not just with the village you target but with all the other villages of the same culture. Note if you kill all the villagers, they will be dead permanently. If you don't kill all of them or they get killed by some by other means (from falls, fire...) they will respawn.
Millénaire's original culture, the Normans are also the biggest in terms of content. They are based on 11th-century Norman villages on the coast of France, and speak French. They have villages centered on forts, manors, abbeys and guild houses. They produce different food, like bread, cider, calva, boudin and tripes. Their most useful speciality however is probably their excellent Norman tools available from the forge, the Norman broadsword and the Norman armour from the armoury.
Their advanced buildings are often built of timber frame, a block made by a carpenter. Finally, their villages can build a market, where foreign merchants will sell rare goods, such as the Viking Merchant's amulets.
The second culture added to Millénaire, the Indians are based on rice-growing villages from the Ganges valley and speak Hindi. Their villages are centred on Palaces, Forts and Chief's Houses. Their rich cooking is based on growing rice, turmeric, sugar canes and raising chickens, from which the player can make vegetarian and chicken curries.
They build mostly from mud bricks and cooked bricks, special blocks produced in a kiln.
The third culture added to Millénaire, the Mayans were designed by MinerMiah. They live in military, agricultural or religious villages and build massive stone and cobblestone structures. They can farm maize, from which they make Mayan food: Masa (Maize tortillas) and Wah (a tortilla wrapped on chicken meat). They also craft great Mayan carvings and ornamental gold blocks with which to decorate their palaces and temples.
The fourth Culture to be added to Millénaire. They live in - like the Mayans - military, agricultural or religious villages. They build very detailed and stunning buildings out of paper walls and Timber frames. They farm rice to make the food Udon and farm Wheat to make thatch. They also have very good weapons such as the tachi sword, and two different armour sets.
The fifth Culture added to Millénaire was designed by Ticlon. The skillful Byzantines are based on the Greek successors of the Roman empire. Besides of making wine out of grapes and farming silk to make expensive icons, they also use tiles to recreate the legendary architecture of their ancestors. There are religious, military and retail-based villages
In addition to full villages, you will encounter independent buildings in the middle of nowhere. Some are populated by one or a few villagers, with which you can generally trade some limited items (for example, lone lumbermen in the forest will buy axes from you and sell you wood and cider), other are empty. You can look for items in empty buildings. Seek out hidden chests! Also beware, as some lone buildings are occupied by hostile characters that will attack you on sight. Kill them to loot them. This will not affect your reputation with their culture, as they are outlaws.
Quests and Creation Quest
To know what quests you have accepted and need to complete, press 'M'.
The Creation Quest
Locating the sadhu requires travelling to a forest (not a taiga) that was not generated previously. This might require quite a lot of exploration if you had already travelled in your world extensively. A good solution can be to use a mapping tool to check how far you had explored, and to head in an area you know has not been visited before.
Completing the Sadhu chapter will grant you leadership status for Indian villages.
Creating new villages
The Summoning Wand
Creating controlled villages
All cultures have a specific village type, known as the "controlled village". In order to be able to generate one, you need to be recognized as a leader of the culture in question. There are two way that you can do that:
- Reach "Natural leader" reputation in a village of that culture and request the rank from the Village Chief
- Finish the Creation Quest chapter for that culture
Once you have the "Natural Leader" rank, the controlled village for that culture will appear in the list of possible villages when using the wand on a gold block.
Managing controlled villages
All chests in a controlled village are unlocked, so you can put and take resources as you want.
Adding content to Millénaire
Installing custom content
Millénaire is very customisable, allowing players to add new buildings, villagers, village types or even entire new cultures. The main source for such player-created content is the new Millénaire Library. Custom content is typically installed in the millenaire-custom directory, which is left untouched when upgrading Millénaire using the installer.
Creating new building plans in-game
It is possible to create buildings in-game in the regular Minecraft way, including in Creative Mode, and then export them as building plans usable by Millénaire. To know more, check the dedicated guide.
Working with the Millénaire files
Other modifications (new village types, quests, cultures...) require direct edition of the Millénaire files. You can see more informations for some in the section on guides. Many aspects are not documented, the best is to look at how the existing ones work.