If we're going to play Survival then I further suggest actually creating a defensible area to put the town, something with double-thick walls to keep Creepers from seeing us and enough moats to keep the Endermen at bay.
i get bored of minecraft after a while, finding new mods and new ways to make it objectively look better keeps me interested. i just like having immersion and atmosphere.here's how I went about jamming all that stuff into minecraft (I don't use any automated mod installers aside from what the mod download page gives me)- Start with clean minecraft.jar- install modloader- install the latest Optifine (any version, I prefer multicore + smooth, the AA one isn't needed because you can force those features using an nvidia graphics card)- run minecraft, start any game or multiplayer, go to Options > Video Settings > Quality and turn ON custom colors (this is important so your shit doesn't look all blown out)- install SEUS (link here)- Download the modified V10 RC2 shaders from here- Open minecraft.jar, and replace all shaders in the ./shaders directory with the ones from above- Download John Smith modified from here- Install to textures folder- Download MCPatcher from here- (Optional) Download Dynamic Lights (MCPatcher version) from here (this lets hand-held torches, mobs lit on fire, and items dropped on the ground to emit light)- Follow the instructions until you are ready to install the checked mods from the MCPatcher list- ONLY check Better Lights (Optifine version) and Better skies, the others will conflict with Optifine and mess things up- Click to install or patch MC or whatever it saysIf done correctly it should all be working the same way I have it. For an added bonus, install MAtmos and MSI to make minecraft sound a lot better, too.NOTE: for as long as you have the shaders installed, you can only use SEUS-enabled texture packs, due to the way the shaders handle water and lighting. If you switch to another texture pack that doesn't have SEUS support it will look awful.