I saw this mod when I was a kid, a YouTuber made a showcase of this mod. I had no idea that this thread actually exists. The MineFantasy I knew from childhood can be find on 9minecraft (the version on 1.5.2, the one with Zyrridium). Later I discovered MineFantasy II, and finally, when I discovered this thread I started searching for something interesting in here, and I found mangoose. He uploaded some kind of... a renewed (for me) version of MineFantasy on version 1.6.4. I have no idea what was actually going on here. I just recognise three versions of MineFantasy: MineFantasy (1.5.2 by AnonymousProductions), MineFantasy Reforged (1.6.4 by mangoose) and MineFantasy II. Maybe I'm calling them wrongly, but that's what was left and abandoned... Though yes, some guy is remaking MineFantasy II for 1.12.2, but it's just not the same... The MineFantasy versions that I really love are only the two first ones. Not that I mean it's bad. Sirse also made something amazing.
Well, maybe I just said "is making" wrongly. After all he was planning to, wasn't he?
I've debated trying to independently update Minefantasy I to 1.12.2 (I don't play newer versions, and modding them is harder), I'm just not sure I'd want to commit myself to that. To make things worse, I've been having a lot of trouble with eclipse on my current system. (Alternately, if I could backport Climatic Biomes to 1.6.4 I'd just play the Minefantasy beta 1.0, perhaps with bug fixes, with the improved world.) But realistically, I don't see this being updated.
Well, I was one of several who were supposedly going to help update to 1.7 (before AP switched to MF2); before that it was all AP. There was no formal declaration of rights, or statement of a license for the code -- it was more of an informal agreement through which I was given access to the source code. I don't remember exactly, but I think Mangoose and Janivere (under the name Eruraion) were involved, though it was a long time ago so its fuzzy -- we didn't really accomplish anything. I'm pretty sure Mangoose doesn't have signed document, or any particular "rights," either but has made versions on his own (with significant changes) since then. The only one I know to be officially charged with continuing the project was Nofole (though I was marginally involved) who was working on a MF1.5, which changed the mod beyond recognition but was never finished -- unless you count MF2 being given to Sirse. I'm not trying to "steal" the mod, I'd just like to make it more readily available and keep the idea alive -- preferably as close to AP's original as possible. Unfortunately, I don't think AP is coming back.
Having said that, the further you go in version from 1.6.4 the less some things make sense (e.g., repair hammers in a world full of mending books). Backporting the newer the mods would be preferable, but downloading the needed files for Forge development to work doesn't seem to be possible anymore. Perhaps a brand new 1.6.4 server with Minefantasy and Climatic Biomes would be nice? This mod improved the game more than every vanilla update since I started playing back in 1.4, or any other mod I know of.
But having said all that, I doubt it will happen -- I'm largely retiring from modding and need to put the time it would take into other things. I'd just love to have it back, and be able to play it on a world with more sensible geography.