How Conquest changed Minecraft.
I first heard of Conquest from Jamzie's videos. I tried it and instantly loved it. Back then, everyone was using John Smith's texturepack, and it was amazing. It allowed you to build in your favorite style - medieval. But Conquest was so much better with its cool stuff like animated smoke, ropes, chains, fancy CTM glass and iron blocks and so on. It even looked like magic. Like, why this pack can do that others can't? Even the physics of torch smoke looked amazing. The John Smith's pack looked so unserious and cartoony after Conquest.
I remember the times when every new Minecraft update was something great and amazing, something that adds a lot of new possibilities, something that gives BUILDERS more ways to build. That period of great updates started right after Minecraft's release, from version 1.0 or 1.1. For instance, at some point you got the horizontal log block, so you were able to build cool looking wooden supports. Or a cobblestone wall, which also adds a lot to building. Even the bad looking tripwire hook adds a lot, because builders learned how to use that useless item.
How about the hay block? People were editing texture packs to add the hay block that they needed in their builds long before the "real" hay block was added into the actual game. So when it was finally added, oh my god, you were able to build the thatched roofs! The thatched roofs, can you imagine that? And nothing beats the Conquest's thatched roofs.
As I said, that time of great additions into the game started after Minecraft's release and it lasted for quite a long time. And, to my opinion, it ended with the version 1.7. I think at some point Mojang stopped to add new cool things for builders, they preferred to add tons of useless junk instead.
But builders didn't care. You know why? Because every single month you got tons and tons of cool new stuff with every new Conquest version. I think that Conquest updates replaced the actual Minecraft's updates. They became more important. You don't wait for Minecraft's updates anymore, you wait for Conquest updates. Like, why wait for another pink or purple weird looking brick block in Minecraft which you won't ever use in your building when there's a Conquest update with like 5 new types of stone which you will use for sure.
This might sound weird, but these days I consider Minecraft as a mod or as an engine to run Conquest, haha. I know there are a lot of people who can not imagine Minecraft without Conquest anymore. They once fell in love with those wood framed "tudor" blocks, and they just can't live without thousands of Conquest textures. I am one of them.
Also. I still keep an old version of Conquest which is 4.0 Dark (remember the good old "Light" and "Dark" days?) for nostalgia's sake. Comparing it to the current Conquest versions, I can see that the difference is huge, which means Conquest had come a long way, like now it's so much better than it was a few years ago. And if it was the best texturepack for Minecraft back then, now it's like... überbest.
Monster, man, you should be proud. Thousands of people still playing this game not because of Mojang, but because of you. Danke schön for make this all happen! This is priceless.