It's 1 month away from 2018 and I'm confused as to why this still isn't implemented yet. Ever since 1.5 was released (March 2013) people have been falling for the trap that you can turn quartz blocks back into quartz. Unfortunately for them this isn't possible. Someone reasoned that "you can't "uncraft" stone bricks.", I find this argument irrelevant since cobble needs to be heated to make stone and then crafted where nether quartz is just crafted into a block. "You need to cook clay to get brick. This is irreversible. Clay is common near water. Bricks has only decoration purpose. But nether quartz is useful in redstone circuit." Also, stone is a block where as nether quartz is an item that comes from an ore, just like iron, redstone, gold, lapis, diamond, emeralds, and coal. Every single ore in this game, even non-ore items like wheat and glowstone (if you break it with fortune 3) can be made into a block from items and vice versa, except for quartz. The argument that it's a decorative block can be used on any other mineral block since people build with those as well for decorative purposes. "Jeb once purported that quartz blocks will be a mineral storage block. They do act as storage for the mineral, in as much as glowstone blocks act as storage for glowstone dust (and I've seen people use it for this purpose). However, the stored mineral cannot be retrieved?" It makes no sense why it can't be crafted back into nether quartz, especially since quartz is one of the most common ores with an average of about 70 ores per chunk in the nether, trying to store this much nether quartz fills up double chests like it's nobody's business. "The block itself is named "Block of Quartz", following the naming pattern of: Block of Iron, Block of Gold, Block of Diamond, etc. Redstone blocks are different among storage blocks in that they have a function in redstone. Why can't Block of Quartz still be a storage block, just because its crafting recipe is 2x2 instead of 3x3? A single stack of blocks may not accommodate an entire row of quartz from an inventory, but the fact remains that you save on a significant amount of space with it. There aren't any game balance issues by allowing us to revert a Block of Quartz to its mineral." We just need some way to turn nether quartz blocks back into nether quartz, whether it's simply crafting it back, using a furnace, or even smashing it with a giant hammer, I think it should be added to the game. (Especially since so much suffering would be saved from what would probable only require a maximum of 5 lines of code.)
I'm not certain what is being suggested, but can see several good points raised.
The block itself is named "Block of Quartz", following the naming pattern of: Block of Iron, Block of Gold, Block of Diamond, etc
This may well be what confuses so many into thinking it is a storage block…
Very simple fix, just change the name (say to Quartz Cube).
From a coding viewpoint, the 2x2 vs 3x3 recipe may well be why this block is not recoverable storage. [THX for pointing out this difference, I use NQ for other than RS so rarely it had escaped me.]
When I first saw this block, my impression was that its inability to be crafted back into nether quartz [NQ] was intended to introduce a resource management challenge in that one has to decide whther to use NQ for building or for redstone [RS].
Later reading of quotes of various sources (Mojange employee tweets etc) leads me to think that NQ was created with the idea of encouraging/necessitating exploration of the Nether.
If there were thoughts of using Quartz Blocks in generated structures at that time, makeing them impossible to "uncraft" would have avoided providing an alternate source….
As an alternative storage solution, I mine with Silk Touch (almost certainly by the time I go into the Nether), so I tend to store NQ as ore until I need it.
Allowing Quartz Blocks to be "uncrafted" seems logical, but I don't see a pressing need for this. (Also, doing so may "break" an intended feature, which greatly lessens the chance it will be implemented.)
Changing the naming pattern of the Block, however, would be a small change that could well prevent some confusion.
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WARNING: I have an extemely "grindy" playstyle; YMMV — if this doesn't seem fun to you, mine what you can from it & bin the rest.
I get offtopic a lot, be warned. I also often mention a Minecraft clone called Minetest. The clone is nowhere near playable with it's default game in my opinion, but it's at least the start of a good open-source voxel rendering engine, and maybe one day it might be decently playable.
Quartz blocks should be able to be 'taken apart' into 4 quartz, just like every other mineral block. But then there comes the problem with chiseled/pillar blocks, and stairs and slabs. Would they be 'takeapartable' as well? probably not, because the original block(s) have been so modified that it can't yield even one unit of quartz, and also to fit with other blocks that can be crafted into slabs and stairs. Thus, I feel like the second solution (changing the name of the block) would be more appropriate, to prevent people from falling into the trap described above. Maybe to something like 'Smooth Quartz Block', I don't really know.