So I've been dabbling with the Big Reactors mod, and if you're familiar with that mod, you'll be familiar with the obnoxiously expensive Ludicrite block, one of which requires not only a nether star, but also 2 blocks of emeralds. If anyone has any suggestions for smallish mods (or really any mod for that matter) that make it easier to obtain emeralds either through gathering or through crafting, it would be greatly appreciated.
I'm surprised that there has been no mention of the best way to get emeralds - trading with villagers, which in some ways is a big steal since you can trade cheap mass-produced items like paper for an item which is rarer than diamond as an ore (at one point they nearly removed emerald ore from the game; as mentioned there, trading is a much more practical way to get emeralds).
If getting villagers is an issue you can easily cure zombie villagers with splash potions of weakness and golden apples (trap them in a secure area under a roof, then use the splash potion, then feed them the apple); only two of each are needed as they will breed on their own provided you meet the requirements, such as having about 3 doors per villager (since you are on 1.7.10 you do not need to feed them or trade with them; they will breed by themselves; zombie sieges are also not an issue). Then it is a matter of trading until you get the trade that you want; note that the last trade will never be locked (this no longer works in 1.8) so you can trade with them indefinitely once you get a villager with a cheap emerald trade as the final offer.
I have indeed started with the whole trading process, and I've also set up a villager breeder so that I can mercilessly melt down villagers with bad trades in a Tinkers' Construct smeltery. The trouble with that is just that, even with profitable trades, I calculated that for the task I'm trying to accomplish, I need over 500 emeralds, something that'll take quite a long while through trading.
I have been working on a mod called Better Aquatics Mod, BAM for short. It focuses on making the aquatics of the game more enjoyable. I have been working on the breeder system as well as a block that can turn fish into items. More and more fish are being used to get items, such as items. I will give you a link once I get a version out with the new features.
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