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From the Ground Up!
From the Ground Up adds research into Minecraft. All vanilla items are tied to a technology and you can only craft those items when you have successfully researched that technology. You do this by experimenting with items until you get the desired result. The research is in the form of puzzles, inspired by the research in Thaumcraft. The mod also includes a nifty research book to see what you've learned and to look what you can research next. The GUI of this book is greatly inspired by the Achievement GUI.
FTGU is free to use in any modpack if you link to this page in some way
Recipes and info
More in-depth look at the blocks and items:
Parchment is used in crafting recipes and researching. There are three types of parchment:
Blank parchment, which is only used in crafting recipes
Idea parchment, which is used in researching
Research parchment, which is the final product of researching
When you right-click research parchment, you research the technology and it changes back to a blank parchment.
The Idea Table is the first table used in researching. The Idea Table requires one feather and some parchment to function. You can insert up to three items and if you made the correct combination, you get an Idea Parchment.
The Research Table is the last table needed to research technologies. It requires a feather and an Idea Parchment to run. In the Research Table you need to insert the correct recipe to finalize your research. The Research Table does help you with the recipe. It gives you vague hints in the slots that need to be filled with a specific item. Sometimes multiple items are valid for a given slot.
When you open your Research Book, which you get when you join a new world, you see all technologies which you have researched and which you are able to research. When you click on a technology that you have researched in this book, it shows you a list of items and blocks which the technology allows you to craft. In creative mode you can automatically research technologies by right-clicking the ones you have not yet researched.
The Looking glass is the only FTGU item which you cannot craft at the start immediately. It allows you to scan blocks which are needed to decipher scrambled hints. For more information about deciphering things and hidden technologies, see the next spoiler.
Deciphering and hidden technologies:
WARNING! The following contains spoilers for the late-game technologies. If you've come across scrambled hints already, feel free to continue.
In the late-game technologies you will come across scrambled hints that don't even contain any information that you can use. When you first come across this, you will get a chat message that you unlocked the research for Undeciphered Research.
When you research this technology, you will be able to make the looking glass out of gold nuggets, a glass pane and a stick. With this item you will be able to scan blocks by Shift Right-clicking the block. If you've looked at a correct block, you can go back to your Research Table containing the technology with the scrambled hint and put your looking glass in the Research Table. This will unscramble the hint so you can read what it says.
Sometimes there are multiple scrambled hints! If this happens you just have to scan multiple blocks.
Like the Undeciphered Research technology, some technologies require you to do something to unlock it. Most of these requirements you will fulfill by just playing the game, so I won't go into much detail here.
It is very sad that this mod is not active for 1.7.10, since that is the game platform that most mods use, making it perfect for balancing out mods that are excellent but a little too OP, or just for plain old survival,
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