Bordercraft Texture Pack for Minecraft 1.8

This texture pack is of the sort that doesn’t necessarily change the feel of the game too heavily, but rather livens up the visuals and provides a fresh take on some of the classic concepts.  Welcome to my review of Bordercraft, a charming texture pack originally by user Ashley (DrKalashnikov) but picked up and updated by user matriz of Planetminecraft.




Pictured above of some of the blocks changed in this pack.  You can see that Bordercraft has a sort of cartoony feeling to it.  It is a 128×128 texture pack (meaning that it will also be more resource intensive), so there is more detail afforded within each block.  The bookshelf, chest, furnace, and enchanting table are hands-down the best looking blocks out of this list.


Despite the simple cell-shaded graphics giving off a cartoony feeling, this pack actually produces some beautiful landscapes.  Part of this is simply because the blocks are more detailed, allowing for easier optical mixing (when one’s brain – or in this case, the game’s renderer – mixes individual colors together) at closer distances:




One of the most impressive parts of the game’s landscapes are actually not part of the landscape at all, but rather, the night sky.  Instead of looking up to see a gloomy and somewhat dreadful sky, players are graced with beautiful views such as this:




And of course, as you may have noticed in the thumbnail for this post, this pack delivers unto us a fantastic glowy moon:



Nothing says tranquility like slaying a pack of creepers by moonlight.


But alas – with such a specific visual style, far-off shots with minimal detail are not this pack’s focus.  Beautiful scenes such as this interior are far more striking:




While I love the look of the original stone brick walls and oak planks, these seem so much more inviting and are a welcome break from the hyper abstraction of pixelization (for me, at least).


As with all texture packs, Bordercraft’s visual style will appeal to some and drive others away.  To each their own – such is the beauty of Minecraft.


Installing Bordercraft Texture Pack for Minecraft 1.8


  1. Download the latest version of the texture pack here.

  2. Load Minecraft.

  3. Click on Texture Packs (or Options > Texture Packs).

  4. Click Open Texture Pack Folder OR press WindowsKey+R and type %appdata%\.minecraft\texturepacks

  5. Place the texture pack in this folder and wait until it shows up in your client.

  6. Select the texture pack and click done.


How do you feel about people taking over others’ abandoned projects?  Do you think they are better off fading into antiquity to make room for new, fresh projects, or do you think that it is a noble and worthwhile endeavor to preserve the relics of Minecraft’s history?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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