Idea is as follows - The player should be able to convert dripstone blocks to get calcite blocks... Variant A: ...by right-clicking the block with a water bottle.
or Variant B: ...by smelting it in the furnace.
1. Lore: In real life, the material responsible for stalagmites and stalactites existence is the calcite, chemically calcium carbonate - it's a substance that is minimally soluble in water and easily residues into its mineral form, creating spike-like structures. I think the dripstone as mineral in Minecraft is just an umbrella term for calcite with various impurities and salts that change its appearance.
2. Gameplay: Currently white calcite blocks have to be quarried from geodes or biome-specific mineral clusters. This change would increase abundance of this mineral, and make it viable alternative for quartz in white-colored artistic stonework, while also giving dripstone farms an additional, if minor and cosmetic, utility.
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Gaming in dwarf style: building from stone instead of wood, with emphasis on practicality, underground rather than on surface, coupled with methodical approach to combat and exploiting mass production options whenever convenient.
I also like the furnace idea; renewable calcite via.drisptone would make for an interesting mechanic, even if it is a bit more available in stoney peaks. (Though admittedly, I don't think there's enough you can do with Calcite at the moment to make it worth farming.)