Unless you’ve played Terrafirmacraft, you will have no idea how much of a sense of accomplishment I have in this little cabin.

I've just finished the chalcolithic renovations on my first cabin. Gosh, I love the copper saw.

I’ve just finished the chalcolithic renovations on my first cabin. Gosh, I love the copper saw.

It doesn’t seem like much, but, to put it in perspective, I played for a few hours before I built my first wooden chest. What you see is sycamore logs on the corners, sycamore planks blocks for the walls, a thatched roof (which is actually easier to make in TFC than in vanilla, ironically), dacite cobblestone for the floor of the porch, sequoia wood door, and sequoia boards making up the little porch roof. Those are logs stacks on the side of the house.

A view of the back of the house.

A view of the back of the house.

I first became aware of TFC watching YouTuber Spumwack playing a much earlier build. Since then, it seems to me that the mod has come a long way, because when I saw Etho playing it recently, several aspects look like they’ve been rebalanced, and the mod as a whole just looks more polished. Having spent a good deal of time playing Dwarf Fortress recently (having some minor Minecraft blahs, hence my recent lack of posts), I decided to give this new version of TFC a go.

A porch roof made of sequoia boards.

A porch roof made of sequoia boards.

One innovation this mod brings with it that has nothing to do with “Survival Mode as it Should Have Been” is a kind of microblock implementation all its own. Some blocks, like wooden boards (made in your crafting grid with a saw and logs) can be placed despite the fact that they aren’t blocks themselves (the planks block is made of four boards in a square). This makes things like this cool porch roof possible. Using a chisel, you can do similar things with stone, once you advance that far in technology (which I haven’t).

The inside of my humble cabin. I don't know if the cobblestone around the firepit is actually necessary, but it looks cool.

The inside of my humble cabin. I don’t know if the cobblestone around the firepit is actually necessary, but it looks cool.

The mod makes Minecraft harder, that is definitely true. But if you’re a Minecraft veteran and are looking for a way to infuse the game with new interest, rather than going the super OP route of other mods that make early game easier and faster, try out Terrafirmacraft. It’s easy to install (just like other Forge mods, but it’s only one mod, so no block ID conflicts!). It’ll make you stop and smell the flowers, so to speak (but don’t take too long – making a decent shelter for your first night is going to actually take up the whole first day and then some!).

I lucked out and spawned near this idyllic little spot. My only complaint is the lack of nearby clay. Oh well. You can't have everything.

I lucked out and spawned near this idyllic little spot. My only complaint is the lack of nearby clay. Oh well. You can’t have everything.

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