Huh. Anyway, I had a thought.... Instead of saplings despawning after 5 minutes as usual, what if, after 4 minutes, they automatically attempted to replant? Of course, if they landed in water or on rock, or maybe there already was some grass or a flower in the way... Well, then the sapling wouldn't replant, and would despawn after the usual 5 minutes. Also, they could be limited by a 'no self-planting in any saplings/trees in a 5-block radius' rule, to keep the forest from becoming an impassible wall of wood. Of course, you can still plant saplings wherever you want and they'll grow, this rule is only for self-planting. If you're clear-cutting a forest for space, just make sure you collect the saplings as they drop, or punch them up after they've seeded but before they grow. No more forest. Or, if you want a never-ending forest for wood, cut the tree down and move on to the next. The saplings that drop will reseed, and grow on their own, so you don't end up with massive plains and no trees for miles around your home.
Just an idea I had, thanks for taking the time to read it. Do you not like my idea? Tell me why. Help me to see the errors of my logic. Do you like my idea? Hell, tell me why. My ego could always be bigger. XD
::EDIT:: Looks like it's not entirely my idea anymore! Should have looked harder, I guess!
For saplings especially, as it would allow a forest to possibly recover after burning down. I personally would rule the self placing to not be 50%, but rather 'self plant when there is not another sapling or log block within 3 blocks'. Which would keep the forests from becoming too dense.
Unoriginality aside, this is being met with overall positive feedback. Huzzah, I had a good idea! Put this down in the history books!
There is a thread on reddit with pretty much the same idea. Share your love! If you have a reddit account, follow this link and give it an upvote: http://www.reddit.co...nting_saplings/ The more outlets this idea is flying through, the better the chance it'll be seen!
Someone requested a signature for this thread. I threw this together in about 20 seconds for them!
And Xalusta was kind enough to help fix my stupidity! Use this code in your sig, if you want:
Velvetcat was also kind enough to assemble this wondrous banner for us:
::EDIT:: Updated the reseeding limits... Only self-plants if no trees are within a 5 block radius. Also, spellchecked. Man, why did nobody point out my terrible spelling? XD
Thanks everyone for the positive feedback! Tell your friends, let's see just how popular this idea can become! We're on a roll here!
Edited by Dezibahn, 27 September 2012 - 07:47 PM.