This article is the first in a series on installing popular 1.11.2 Mods approved on Empire Minecraft and related topics such as profiles, the launcher, Java and modloaders. We will first cover profiles as they are the foundation of mod and modloader installations, while the Minecraft launcher is where they are managed.
The Launcher and Profiles
The first thing you will see when you start Minecraft is the launcher, where you can choose a profile and play with it or create and manage all your profiles. A profile contains the settings used by a Minecraft session. such as the version, mods contained within it and Java instructions.
In the image below you can see the profile editor at the top and profile selector at the bottom left. The selector shows the profile that you will load when you click Play. Editing and managing can be done from both menus, but you can only delete profiles (by right-clicking them) in the editor.
The next image shows the editor with all the profiles I have created. You can change the version name of your profiles to anything you like but I recommend using the version number at the start of each name to help keep things organized.
Fresh installations of Minecraft only have one profile that will automatically update to use the latest version of the game. With this, every time Mojang releases an update your launcher will download it without any extra steps required. This is great if you are playing single player as it means you get the latest features straight away, but it’s not so good if you play on servers that may not be immediately compatible. At the bottom left of the image above, you can see I have selected my Forge and Liteloader profile for 1.11.2, which contains a set of mods using these respective modloaders, but we’ll get more into what those are in another segment of the series.
Creating 1.11.2 Profiles
To install and use 1.11.2 mods, you will need to create a 1.11.2 profile. Click on ‘new profile’ at the bottom left, fill in the details as shown below then click ‘save profile’. Ignore the Executable and JVM fields for now, we’ll discuss those later in the series. The highlighted box is the most important thing right now. Change it from ‘latest’ to ‘release 1.11.2’.
When you have saved the profile, simply select it at the bottom-left of the launcher and click Play. If it hasn’t already, the launcher will download that version to your computer.
You should choose multiplayer and click on Empire Minecraft on the list to see what it looks like with 1.11.2. The EMC servers use a special plugin that lets you connect with 1.11 or 1.11.2 clients. I recommend you always use the most recent version unless you need an older one for mod campatibility. If you don’t have a permanent link, click ‘add server’, enter “EMC” as the server name and “play.emc.gs” for the address..
This completes the basics of the launcher and profiles. The next post in the series will be on installing Java and selecting that version.