Valhelsia 3 is a curated “kitchen sink” mod for Minecraft 1.16, the latest version or “Nether update” which came out in mid 2020. It can take a while for all the mod authors to update to the latest version, and now that we’re halfway through the Minecraft release schedule (1.17 is due summer of 2010, and as we’ve explored all the new features in vanilla minecraft, this is a perfect time to get into some “modded” Minecraft again.
Valhelsia is a collection of mods curated by the Valhelsia team for the purpose of creating a Minecraft experience that’s a mix of adventure, technology, and magic. The team takes care to put together mods that are compatible with each other rather than trying to include everything. It also includes their own Valhelsia Structures mod which serves as a foundation for new structures and lots of great things to go out and see while adventuring.
An important thing to note about this modpack is that there is an effort to customize the individual mods in the pack to maintain game balance. The modpack author seems to be going for an experience, rather than just a massive collection of mods. A good example of this is the inclusion of the Apotheosis mod. That mod has some features that some may consider put the game out of balance, or quickly create some over-powered situations early game, which you still can accomplish with later-game features. Things like unlimited sugar cane height, the ability to create spawners for any mob, and bosses with overly strong weapon and armor drops. While these things are fun, they’re not necessarily within the spirt of what the author has in mind. If you’re looking for fully functional mods in a giant collection, something like ATM6 may be a better choice.
For tech, it includes Refined Storage, Immersive Engineering, CC:Tweaked, Mekanism, Powah, Tetra, Storage Drawers, Industrial Foregoing, Engineer’s Decor, and others.
For magic it has Botania, Astral Sorcery, Blood Magic, and Forbidden & Arcanis.
Check out MineColonies for a Sims like experience and a game within the game. Be careful, it’s addicting and all consuming. The colonists are very needy, and there are frequent raids to manage.