I like the idea of the trees dropping cuttings which could be combined into Saplings. At the moment the first trees you create is really the last one you usually need due to natural sapling drops.
I'm looking after the HD textures, pixel art is something which really requires more experience than it may appear at first. Having more limitations on how you create an image is very challenging, but I think that someone has already offer their help with the default artwork. I may consider giving it a try at some point myself, but not for several weeks at least since the current default textures are perfectly adequate.
Perhaps someone who specialises in pixel art will be kind enough to donate some time to help with the mod too?
Im thinking about crafting in like parts and then parts make the thing itself abd btw you have really nice textures!
The TreeOres are basically a licence to never go mining every again once you have them. So it really isn't something that Red wants to put into the hands of players too early in their game. Dungeon loot and chest loot has a habit of leap-frogging your progression as it is, adding Ore Saplings into that equation would make things worse. Of course, there is a number of mods around that let you define chest loot or mob drops so consider downloading those and edit the game using them to give you easier Ore Saplings.
On that note, Red asked me to prepare something for the next update. Part of that was a redesign of the Transformer appearance. So here is what the new Sphax version looks like. And keep your eyes on this topic for what Red wants to add next, you may be surprised
here comes new version! next will be more full of new stuff