you don't need the modding-api to mod minecraft1.3 like it has been done allways. but it maybe a bit more complicated since you have a server (logic) and the client (optical) part
your first game
i don't realy remember my first but it was something around "the secret of monkey island"
if minecraft takes all your time, then you didn't play skyrim yet
I used to play Skyrim......
but then I took an arrow to the knee.
Whut, you thought I could just let that lie there?
Not really unfamiliar with other vidya games, Minecraft is just my current addiction. (for the last year or two)
Been playing home vidya games since Pong was on the Atari system. (should have said REALLY oldfag here)
I think Minecraft has a universal appeal because its continuously evolving, has a variety of skins and mods, and you don't have to buy 'points' to keep building or get new stuff to add to it. Plus when was the last game this good that provided the ability for everyone playing to have so much input on the games development.
Not to mention you can rule the villigers like gods.....................angry gods!