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Millenaire is a Game Mod for Minecraft that was one of the most popular back in the Beta days. The mod has a simple premise - random villages will spawn with people in them based off of real-world old cultures.

It soon gets more complicated, however. The villagers can, with proper resources, build temples, farms, and new houses. If the player sells them the items they need, they will expand the village block by block. For example, it may seem like a waste to give them all this stone now, but it'll be worth it since it's the only way to get corn from the farm they build.


Aside from the quest to build up their village, there's also a storyline that details why these people are here. Supposedly, their villages were whisked away from Earth and put on Minecraftia, and you must help them learn about the world.

Tropes appearing in Millenaire

  • Bilingual Bonus: The dialogue's Translation Convention (see below) is kind of redundant if you already speak French, Greek, Hindi, etc.
  • Easy Logistics: Averted. Villages can only expand and upgrade their buildings with materials they actually have on hand, and are almost never completely self-sufficient, meaning the player has to do a lot of hauling of materials. Merchants can provide villages with materials from elsewhere, really slowly.
  • Every Japanese Sword Is a Katana: Averted. The melee weapon for the Japanese culture is the period-appropriate tachi instead of the more famous katana.
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  • Intrepid Merchant: Two kinds. "Local merchants" wander around and trade between villages that are friendly to each other, making it slightly easier to obtain resources that a village can't make themselves. "Foreign merchants" show up randomly at villages that have built marketplaces, sell goods out of a stall for a day or two, and then despawn.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: One of the perks of funding a Norman village is that they will eventually start selling you some seriously impressive (equivalent to diamond-level) Norman Armor.
  • Translation Convention: All of the cultures in the game speak different languages, with the words increasingly replaced by English as the player learns the language through exposure.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Some players who spawn by a village can live in it and spend most of their game helping the village grow. Or . . .
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  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Burn the village to the ground. You can, if you want. It will make you disliked by the leader of the village, though.
  • You Have Researched Breathing: The ability to plant rice can only be learned from Japanese or Hindi villages that you've reached a certain reputation with, despite behaving no differently from any other Minecraft crop.


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