The Seasons Mod is back! The legendary mod that adds a seasonal cycle consisting of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter has been updated by The_WeatherPony for 1.7.10. This is the first stable and public build of the mod we’ve had in a long, long time, so let’s get right into it…
One of the best memories I have of Minecraft was way back in 2012 – playing a singleplayer world with a couple of my favorite mods including the Seasons Mod. The passage of time marked by the changing of the seasons was something that left me in awe. I had a room in my house where I’d put a sign up after each season had ended to mark what I had accomplished in that time. I’d harvest crops in the Fall, stocking up for the Winter, during which I’d usually go mining or stay indoors, shying away from the cold. The Seasons Mod made the progression feel more meaningful and made it all feel so special and planted the memory firmly in my brain which is why I remember it so fondly today.
If you’re not familiar with the mod itself, here’s a quick rundown:
There are 4 seasons (in order of change): Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Each lasts 7 days and has its own special features, both gameplay and aesthetic. Creating a new world or loading an old one that has no season yet will place it in the middle of a random season.
- During Spring, leftover snow from Winter will melt in non-snowy biomes, new plants will sprout on the surface.
- In Summer time wheat will grow faster, all rains will be storms, it will rain in snowy biomes, and leftover plants from Spring will wither and die. You will also take damage in desert biomes when not protected by armor and exposed to direct sunlight.
- If Fall falls onto your world, grass, flowers and leaves will turn brown and orange giving your world that Autumn look. You will also gain bonus drops from crops.
- When Winter comes, it will snow everywhere all the time except in deserts. In snowy biomes you will take damage and slow down when not protected by armor and outside, similar to deserts during Summer.
I made a short timelapse video with the seasons length turned down to 1 day to showcase how the change happens (the shorter timespan cause the ice and snow from winter to not melt fully, but you get the jist):
For more details, you can check out the original 2012 article on the mod, since the core feature set hasn’t changed much. What’s changed is that
Originally made by the legendary Nandonalt, the mod was continued by Trak and RAWRMaD, and now The_WeatherPony who is currently leading the project. Suffice to say, it’s had a rough past and that’s understandable given the nature of the mod which makes it very hard to maintain and develop. Because of that, the current version is still not an full official build, and has some problems, but it is playable.
I am a huge fan of the Seasons Mod. I followed it despite there not being much to play for years, and I’m very happy to see it back and am hoping it’s here to stay. My very biased recommendation is therefore expected. If you want to try the mod yourself, you can get it here:
There’s two issues that might bother you, though. The first is compatibility: this new version of the Seasons Mod isn’t compatible with Optifine (it won’t crash, but it will behave oddly), which a lot of people use and rely on. Optifine is very specific in its modification of Minecraft, so it’s unlikely The Seasons Mod, or any other mod that clashes with it, can resolve the conflicts without Optifine itself changing. Basically, don’t expect support any time soon. It does support Better Foliage, but as I soon found out that mod tanks performance drastically without Optifine, so I had to remove it and don’t recommend that setup.
The other issue is the very complex installation, but luckily, we’ve got you covered.
I very very strongly recommend you use the following video by RAWRMaD for help, because it helped me when no written instructions could:
I’ll still do my best to explain it in text, so here goes:
- Install the Forge API.
- Download the Partial Modification Loader from here.
- Download the PML addon from here.
- Unzip the Partial Modification Loader and copy the two folders (PML and PMLCore) into your .minecraft folder (NOT the mods folder, the root folder that is .minecraft).
- Open the Minecraft launcher and under “Edit Profile” check “JVM Arguments” and then paste the following to the end of the existing argument:
Now click Save Profile.
- Run Minecraft at least once. It’ll look like it maybe crashed but it didn’t. Check inside of your .minecraft folder and make sure that a new folder called PMLMods has been created.
- Put both the Seasons Mod file and the PML Addon you downloaded (both will have the extension .pmlm) into the newly created PMLMods folder.
- Ready to go! Enjoy.
Like always, feel free to leave any feedback you might have in the comment section below.
Version of mod reviewed: pre-3.0 beta12c for Minecraft 1.7.10.