Smeltery and Tools
A couple game days mining with basic tools quickly convinced me to upgrade my gear. Mining with stone and iron tools is OK, but it gets old pretty fast, and Tinker's Construct tools are pretty awesome. To get the most out of these tools, you need to build a Smeltery, which lets you create alloys that are much stronger than iron. You can also use the Tinker's Construct Tool Forge to upgrade and repair the tools you create.
|Smeltery and Tools|
- The process for making a tool is something like this:
- Make a stone version of each part you're going to cast.
- Use the Casting Table to make an Aluminium Brass cast of the part.
- Use the cast and the Casting Table to pour an Alumite version of the part.
- Assemble the finished parts into a final tool.
Once you've assembled your tools, you can add enchantments. I've already added luck (Fortune) to my pickaxe and auto-repair to all my tools because I'm lazy.
A New Home
With new tools in hand, I started working on my new base. It's on the far side of the meadow from my first base (just a couple hundred meters), but it's on the river's edge, so water provides a little protection from wandering monsters. I've completed the basic structure, which looks something like this.
I'll be spending the next couple days moving the bulk of my current setup to their new underground home. Of course, that means I need to build underground homes for all my stuff...
Once I get things moved I'll be working on some farm automation. In the past, I've built a single large farm that handles all my basic crops. This time, I think I'll be doing smaller farms with single crops so I can control harvests more efficiently. I may also set up an automatic quarry, depending on how my resources look. I have a fairly good supply of iron and copper, but I'm pretty short on some other materials. Sometime soon I'll have to apply some better organization to my stuff. I have a half-dozen chests that are loosely sorted, but it's getting hard to find what I need for crafting. I could probably slap together a basic AE system, but I don't have the power to support it, so that's probably on the agenda too.