New Ore Generation
After a conversation with Youngy, I really got to thinking about the ore generator. NFC's original reasons for it's large veins was to make you grind a bit to rebuild work ethic and give you a sense of accomplishment when you finally found the mass loads of ore in a vein. Then with this rebuilt work ethic you build like a mad man as you've been thinking about what you're going to build in all those caves and now you have all the supplies. It works well - on a few people. At the moment, this is one of the things I have added to NFC that has a lot of mixed opinions, either people love it or hate it. Or get use to it. Another interesting side effect of this new generation is once you've explored and trenched through multiple caves and have all you need, after building a lot people seem to say I'm finished and leave NFC for a little while. So I thought I need to mix two concepts - for those who like to explore caves and find specks of ore here and there, and for those who like the large veins. Also for the reason to keep NFC mining interesting as to painful.
Then it hit me - that's it! Concentrated ore, but not all as one vein. Watch this video if you haven't already yet:
I got one of the ideas from an older mod I saw back in the golden days, I can't seem to find it again. During my search for it, I also found this: http://customoregen.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Cloud
Give him some credit for the idea, but I already had something like this in mind, this just helps visualize it way better.
Now the amount of ore generated in one of these clusters would be lower than the large veins in NFC currently because they'd be a lot eaiser to find. I still want to have a working aspect to this, but I will attempt to remove the grinding bland aspect as caves now are quite blank without ore until you find source. With these clusters/clouds, people that like doing branch mining will also be able to use that again in this. But which do you like better? Vote:http://strawpoll.me/4172168
A New Catch Phrase
So currently the phrase commonly seen next to NFC right now is "The Answer to your Minecraft Nostalgia", which fits well except for that gives the portrayal that we have it all, everything is done and ready for you to experience Old MC again with others. The problem with that is we don't have that yet, NFC has a lot more developing to do and is still sorta in an early stage, but's community is becoming a bit more stable. Believe me, NFC is going to be a massive mod eventually, in the style of old MC to really try and regenerate that feeling. But it's still rather far from that, so maybe a better phrase would be "Rebuilding Old Minecraft". But we aren't really focused on older versions, so maybe it should be "Rebuilding Old Minecraft with Something New" or "Rebuilding Old Minecraft Together" or I don't know, give me some ideas for this in the comments, I won't have a vote for this.
So which do you guys want to see first -
Documents: A mixture between a book and a sign, where you can put a page of information onto a block in the world, and you can sign it. Once you sign it you can still edit it, but only YOU can edit it. You cannot copy a document.
Spreadable Mossy Cobblestone: Self-Explanatory, but with a new block "Grassy Cobble" as a transition, or 2 transition blocks. Would require cobble, seeds or already existing mossy cobble, and water to spread.
The new ore generator?
In Chronological Order:
Code 1.8.3_01 - Removing the need for Modloader and multiple performance updates to counteract the lag created throughout developing NFC
Make NFC THE STORY - The Nostalgia Begins
Stabilize server inflow with a proper whitelist process
Make a large effort to spread NFC
Begin coding 1.8.4
During all of this:
Begin posting a stable, constant series on the channel of us on the new server
Keep up with school work, might slow down the process here and there.