XylethTheAlmighty, on 22 October 2012 - 08:22 PM, said:
Ah I see now, makes more sense. But I don't think it should be really implented as an new ore. For most of the players redstone contraptions are pretty useless in survival. You build a few piston doors, an automated farm and some fancy lights, that's it. I never found the need to build something like an tetris game in survival... Although some may build alot of redstone circuits in survival, for most people it will probably stay in an dusty(get it?) chest for the rest of the game. An new ore would be considred another junk item by most players(unless you can make something really cool and not to expensive with it, examples please if you have them).
I think it would be better if you could craft them(or perhaps smelt or something) to get them. This way peoples chests won't be cluttering with yet another almost useless item(not that redstone is useless, but it is mainly used in creative though).
Oh and btw, I might be wrong though but these crystals seem a bit too advanced for the medieval setting of minecraft.
1. I'm pretty sure semiconductors are a bit more advanced than crystals.
2. Well, I would think of using it to craft a redstone clock. That'd be useful. It would toggle on and off every X seconds, depending on the setting you give it. (a la repeaters) A day/night sensor could also be crafted with it. Both of these blocks would open up huge utility for even Survival players.
Also, I (if I worked at Mojang) would give the redstone crystal
a non-redstone application, possibly with a potion. Alternatively, perhaps they could be enchantable, giving them random effect when used ranging from Fire Aspect or Bane of Arthopods etc. to a random potion effect directed at either the user or the mob/player being pointed at (a la regular vs. splash potions). These gems would have durability and could be repaired by re-enchanting, but enchanting or re-enchanting would have to be 30 levels in order to work. These gems would make for awesome dungeon loot. Trading them from villager priests would also be brilliant.
Presto. A new ore (that fits alongside existing ores) that has great uses for serious redstoners, Survival redstoners, and non-redstoners alike.