In my last review, I gave you the basics of PowerCraft, but now I will tell you about the amazing machines. PowerCraft adds 3 new machines, all adding towards the overall goal of Productivity. There is a Mining Machine, a Fishing Machine, and a Milking Machine.
I’ll start with the basics of machines. Deep underground, between levels 5 and 15, there is a new item. Power Crystals. These crystals come in 8 varieties. The only difference is color, but all are essential in the end. They are relatively common, found by mining. They give off light, and you can hear a tinkling sound within 6 blocks of one.
These Crystals have 3 uses. Power dust, powering Mining Machines, and Activation Crystals. Now onto the Machines themselves.
The Mining Machine is made by 4 iron BLOCKS on the ground, with 2 more on top at one end, like an ‘L’ shape. In the spaces left, put 2 chests. In these chests, you need at least 1 power dust and 1 power crystal. Power Dust fuels these machines, while Crystals give them levels, of a sort.
Finally, to make it into an official machine, Right-click one of the iron blocks with the activation crystal. Now you have a ‘Miner’. These are controlled 2 different ways. One way is to use the number pad on the right of the keyboard. This is ma nual, and requires constant attention. The other way is to program it. This is a bit more difficult, but you can walk away and come back later, if you’ve got the programming right.
As mentioned before, these machines can level up, by placing different types of crystals in them. At level 1, the Miner will only mine dirt, stone, and gravel. At level 8, the miner will be much faster, can mine ALL block types, and has all abilities. Even Bedrock above level 1 will be mined, to avoid a void hole being made. The abilities, as shown below, are Mining, Bridge Building, Lava Filling, Water Filling, Fuel Keeping, Dirt, Gravel and Cobblestone Destroying, Compressing, and Torch placing. Here are what they do:
Mining: Mines all blocks available at the Miners level.
Bridge: Any air blocks beneath the miner will be automatically filled with blocks that have been mined and placed in the chest. If there are no items, no bridge will be built.
Lava and Water Fill: Any water or lava that the miner goes over will be filled in with blocks that have been mined and placed in the chest. If there are buckets available, Lava will be put into them, then filled. Lava is also a great fuel source, so having one or two buckets is a wise move.
Keep All Fuel: Any Coal, Charcoal or Lava Buckets will stay in chests, and not deposited into out side chests.
Destroy Dirt, Cobble, Gravel: Dirt, Cobblestone and Gravel will not be kept, but destroyed as they are mined. This means that these destroyed blocks cannot be used to make a Bridge or fill in lava and water.
Compression: Turns mined Diamonds into Blocks of Diamond when 9 are available, and Lapis Lazuli into their Blocked forms. This is to save space.
Torch > Floor: Places torches, if there are any in the chest, where needed. The Miners detect light, and decide where is the right place for a torch.
The GUI below shows a very basic program, a loop.
I’ll explain this program as best as I can:
( opens a loop, @3 shows that it is to repeat the loop 3 times, : starts the program, D1 means dig down, go forward 1, and ) closes the loop. Basic commands are
U is for up. It is followed by an unwritten F, so you don’t write it.
D is for Down. Again, it is followed by an F1, so you don’t write it.
L is for left. This is basically how many 90 degree turns it makes.
R same as left.
F is forward. Make sure you put the number of spaces forward after it, otherwise it only moves 1
B is backwards, if you put a number after it, it will move forward, so put it in a loop.
These are from memory, so I will put a link to a really useful guide I used. You can add variables and values, but I didn’t go that deep.
Next up, the Fishing Machine.
The base for this is an Iron BLOCK, with wooden planks coming directly off the 4 sides. Connect each of the planks with a fence, and put a chest on the Iron. Here is the tricky part. You need to have more than 10 blocks of water beneath the 3×3 grid needed for this machine because a tunnel goes down 9 or 10 blocks, not further or closer. I made all of mine in an Ocean biome, because I was too lazy to dig a 3x3x10 hole. Have conveyor belts leading out one of the sides, for the fish and Ink Sacks to come out on. There is a 3:1 ratio of fish to Ink, but they are both possible to get.
In the chest, you need at least 1 coal/charcoal to fuel the Machine. Now, all you need to do is right-click one of the fences with the activation crystal and it’s good to go. Now, this may be easier than usual fishing, but it takes about one coal to get one fish, and even then you’re having a good day. It’s a good idea to stock up the chest with coal, so you don’t stop production any time soon.
The final machine is more of an alteration, as it doesn’t use any fuel, or an activation crystal. All you need is some conveyor belts, a normal dispenser, buckets and a cow. The design I used is really basic, but I had 4 conveyor belts straight, with one leading into a chest. I then put two block high walls around it, with a block making a 1×1 gap at the end, so the cows can’t escape, but the milk buckets can get out. You then put a dispenser facing the conveyor belts with buckets inside. Finally, connect the dispenser to a redstone source, and send the pulse. The dispenser fires a bucket, hitting the cow and immediately milking it. The bucket continues along the belt, and into the chest. Use this as you will, I used it in a handy little cake farm.
I know this was long, but I felt it was necessary to fully review this mod. This concludes the review of Powercraft.
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