I think it would be nice if there were actually a reason to mine in the nether. So, I'd propose two new ores to give the nether a little more interest.
Sulfur Ore would be found at all levels of the nether in similar distribution to coal in the overworld. Sulfur Ore would serve as an alternative way to get gunpowder.
When mined with a Stone, Iron, Gold or Diamond pick, Sulfur Ore would drop 1-2 gunpowder but would cause a small explosion (1-2 hearts of damage depending on proximity). However, when mined with a Wood pick there would be no explosion and the ore would drop 4-8 gunpowder.
(from the Greek "Tartarus")
Tartarite Ore would only be found at the bottom of lava lakes in similar distribution to Diamond in the overworld. Tartarite Ore would drop 1 Tartarite Gem when mined with Diamond or Iron picks. (Due to being found at the bottom of lava lakes, the Tartarite Gem entity would have enough health to survive for 5 or so seconds in lava making mining possible with fire potions.)
Tartarite Gems could be used to craft tools and armor. Tartarite tools would have 75% of the durability of Diamond tools and 75% of the speed. However, to make up for otherwise being less effective than diamond, it would have considerably higher enchantability. This would not only allow for better enchantments at lower levels but would more importantly open up otherwise unobtainable enchantments at high levels. (Unbreaking IV or V, Sharpness VI, etc.)
Tartarite Gems could (of course) be crafted into Tartarite Blocks which would be big, purple and pretty. (What more do you want out of a decorative block?)
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Mar 31, 2012Posted in: Discussion
I believe you forgot to write "/selfplug" somewhere in there, eh?
My story? Alright, here we go. This one pissed me off far more than it should have. One day, I log on to minecraft, ready for adventure and glory. I started at the bottom of my massive mineshaft, leading into a branchmine. Little did I know that, whilst away, Notch had gone and made spaces between ladders break the whole, you know, climbing thing. Foolishly, I went off throughout my mines hoping to find more precious jewels and the like. Now, you must understand that this was entirely a mining expedition, and the concept of bringing along weapons was merely foolish and a waste of inventory space. So, there I was, mining a branch. Suddenly, the removal of a block brings a nice, smoking creeper on top of my head. I backed away enough so that the explosion itself left me only with a mere flesh wound, one that would surely be little reason for alarm. The more unfortunate event, however, was that the explosion also managed to bring upon my base the fury of a zombie spawner. Due to my lack of foresight in the weaponry department and my less-than-desirable health situation, I decide to run rather than face the unrelenting hoard. I figured I would encounter no problems in the slightest, as my ladder to safety was mere blocks away. Running towards it, the undead pursued with admirable dedication. Surely their perseverance would be for naught once I reached the ladder. Jumping to my rescuer, I was suddenly faced with the utmost dread as my ladder offered no chance of safety. I stood, staring at the vessel which should have granted me life, and was consumed by the flesh-eating monsters of forgotten souls.
And if anyone actually read that, you win bonus points. My apologies for the length.
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