The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
I'm looking for a mod pack suggestion for me and my wife to play together. She's only played vanilla, and mainly enjoys adventuring, as well as a good sense of progression. She's played vanilla a good amount but gets tired of it because it's not that interesting on its own. And generally the first big death without being able to recover gear is pretty disheartening, so being able to secure equipment or possessions beyond death might make a big difference.
I personally like base building, but would prefer something that's not 100% intensive on base design so that it'd be fun for both of us, but maybe if the base building mechanics are engaging it'll be better. Ideally there would be quests or something to help guide progression without having to look a bunch of stuff up.
Just to note I don't play many modpacks pre-made or use many of the same big mods anymore since I usually make my own for singleplayer or experiment with mods in any environment; but I wanted to help out so I hope my choices aren't too bad but my knowledge of modpacks is pretty average compared to mods big or small or quality of life so I hope my choices are ok. Just for clarity sake you know.
Background thinking for pack choosing, skip if you want really: Basically, what Minecraft version, should I consider low PC specs just encase, considering a few on and offs of adventure over building or a mix of the two if possible to find one made that does that compared to what people themselves would make to suit them. All the decision making logic you know.
It depends really, base building and adventure seems like a good way to go, I'd like to ask what version of the game you'd like to go for 1.7.10, 1.12.2, just so were clear on what modpacks or mods to consider for making a decision here, but I'll do 1.12.2 anyways since its more safer bet I feel. And would you prefer a strong vanilla like feel with mods or more higher content adventure or RPG like mods? Since base building isn't too bad with certain mods, but adventure or RPG ones get big, and hectic but dimension mods that are just one dimension aren't too bad or mods with structures? I make a lot more of my own custom modpacks than playing pre-made modpacks just because I usually know what mods I want, but I think if its pre-made modpacks you want there are a fair few on Minecraft.curseforge that would fit the modpacks with a Vanilla feel but add assistances (recipe viewer, gravestone and otherwise sort of considerations here I mean) and you could add your own mods or have mods that fit what your looking for as options if you chose to. I'm also considering small scale since I don't know your PC specs and also I find small ones work usually for me to dip my toes into something I'd usually experiment with because of the type of modded player I am.
Evaluation of what I found by searching for a few minutes: I'd recommend you look at the mod lists of those packs first just encase, and if the mods are familiar or they sound like they might be what your looking for if you don't know the mods.
From poking around on Curse I found a few 'start you out but add your own' modpacks (just what I thought I'd call it for understanding reasons), and a few more on building and some exploration, I tried to avoid tech mods since they plague the modpack scene, I might love them but they are everywhere. I looked into mostly 1.12.2 since a common version everyone is playing on and its updated to latest mod versions seemed like a smart idea.
I avoided quest based since many get really big on mods and also many focus too deep on the little things and I myself if I wanted to start out while quests are good (either quest based or a mod that adds quests that are adventure focused not meaning quest creating mods) it can get a bit tough at times, so I went with more Adventure or Base Design or both so you can make your own minds on what you want to do rather than following a strict path but that's just what I thought would work at least if I were starting out at least, if someone else comments and has better options than mine, I'd be ok with that since I'm no expert here.
For a 'start you out and add your own' I went with: 'Vanilla Forge' adds common mods like JEI for recipe viewing, JourneyMap for being a good minimap mod, mouse tweaks for ease of crafting, and every other mod is sort of just nice for server stuff but I myself never use them, but there, there the FTB mods really. Its small scaled, add your own mods to the mods folder and your good to go.
For one dimension and more a pack I'd used if I were starting out and wanting something small: Aether Legacy Plus, adds the Aether, JEI and other small stuff, really as good as the Vanilla Forge I'd say for a small scale but is pretty good for Vanilla but a little something else.
For otherwise when it comes to not losing stuff I'd say anything that has the gravestone mod or a 'gravestone like' mod which most do, or just use the keepInventory command when cheats are enabled 'gamerule keepInventory true' or 'gamerule mobGriefing false' I use it instead of gravestone like mods since I hate going back to where I came from to get my stuff once I get hurt or mobs bugging me with Creeper explosions, Enderman stealing blocks and Zombies breaking doors so on. But I use commands and mods like its nothing so I can't speak for everyone I know.
I got to say for looking at modpacks there are a few good out there, but most can get pretty big and while I don't play many of the mods in these or those packs its tough to find one to suit biomes, building or dungeons just right so you know its fitting for people's PCs, has a good amount of each and isn't too 'out there' (awkward to fit but not be too over crowding on one area, like too much building or too much adventure). Probably why I'm so used to making my own, a few to experience some building, some ores if necessary, some adventure, some tech and some in the niche community of modding, but that's just me of course. I hope these helped, if you want mod recommendations to add to the 'start you out and add your own' packs I could let you know, but most common recipe viewers, and otherwise are in most modpacks and for building or adventure while I'm not into anymore like I used to, many aren't too bad to jump into. Anyways, good luck and I hope the adventures are well worth it.
The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
I appreciate all the thought and suggestions. I was hoping for a single prebuilt mod pack so that it's easier to get started, but I'll definitely consider the custom route. I think a gravestone mod would be good enough to make death less punishing without making it trivial like keepInventory would.
I feel like tech mods would be good as long as they're not too crazy or convoluted. And having quests suggest good milestones seems like a good way to guide progress and avoid being like "now what?" I've never tried any of those packs but I don't imagine that they're 100% linear.
As for versions I'd like to stick to something fairly recent, but I haven't played in a long time so the specific version number doesn't matter that much.
I think things like making farming more interesting, making villages more fun, and stuff that enhances the existing content is really valuable. I also think adding new types of gameplay is nice. I've heard of FTB a lot, and it even has its own section on CurseForge. It seems like it's a sort of "challenge" thing, but I'm not sure what it is beyond that. I'm also not sure what Hexxit is.
If you're looking for a light modpack with a little bit of questing, then take a look at "The Simple Life 1 Revival" It's a 1.10.2 modpack, so it's not the newest build, but it's a decent modpack.
If you want something a little more challenging with a quite extensive questing system, then I would suggest "Regrowth" Now this is a 1.7.10 modpack, so it's an older version of Minecraft, but it's one of the best built modpacks in my opinion and a lot of fun to play.
The Simple Life 2 is a much larger modpack that has quite an extensive quest book to get you going. You could find out more about it on the Simpletons discord. I've only played a little bit of it myself and never got very far. I might take a look at it though after I finish my Regrowth series.