ok im sorry if this has already been brought up, but dont you think that cuprite (the new red stuff) is too common?
i would much reather that cuprite was a little less common and that iron was a little more common? just a thought, please discuss.
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This is the story called "The Ugly Barnacle."
Once, there was an ugly Barnacle. He was soooo ugly, that everyone died.
If any of you people who cannot find the red stuff is still digging out their own tunnels near the surface(or in a pre-update chunk) rather then finding a nice deep(30+) natural cave, I swear to Notch I will....do....something....something
Do this: choose a location on the surface, any location inside of a new chunk, dig out a spiral staircase straight down until you find a natural cave at least 30 blocks below the surface, if you dont immediately find red ore within the first 3 "rooms", try another location and start over again, and if you are in an old world, keep walking further as you might not have got to a new chunk yet.
As for what it looks like, it looks like iron/coal/gold, except its red and glows when you strike it, also, dont forget you need at least an iron pickaxe.
I think I covered every possible thing to getting the red powder?
Having too much Red ore isn't that big a deal. It doesn't have the practical applications that iron does, and thus doesn't degrade gameplay by being mildly common. That is to say, if iron was as common as coal, the game wouldn't be as challenging (or fun), but for Red ore, it doesn't really matter (as long as there is enough of it).
Not only that, but with the introduction of conductive materials, it will be possible to send signals across entire landscapes in an instant. We will need all the cuprite we can get.
We've had that for a while. It's called pressing T, and it'll always be more effective than huge machines that can still only send simple messages and can be ruined by a single pig spawning inside of them.