One of Feed the Beast’s mods that you can access is one called Magic Farm 2. It features a wide variety of farming and magic related mods (no way!) with a very interesting way to get you started.
When I originally started this mod on Friday, I was pretty confused at where to start off. All of the original tools are basically no good — except for the wooden shovel. After piecing it together and looking at a whole bunch of different pages and YouTube tutorials, I thought I’d leave a page of the things I’ve learned for others who might have the same questions.
Your first day should go something like this:
- Find a safe place to start building your base. One world I went with a village, the world I’m currently in I use the jungle trees, which has been really successful. Monsters have a hard time getting to me and don’t generally spawn as many as when I was in the village.
- Get enough wood. Your first tool will be the wooden shovel. Why a shovel? You’ll need to find any kind of gravel, that’s why. Gravel can be made into flint or you can just find flint while looking.
- Here’s the recipe for making flint. (Flint is considered a ‘shapeless’ recipe, so as long as it’s not in a 2×2 square shape it’ll create a flint.)
After your first day, you’ll really want to get into the hunting and gathering mode. Here’s some additional advice:
- Kill three sheep and make yourself a bed. For the first few days, it’s hard to really do anything at night, so you’ll just want to sleep through it.
- Since you now have flint, you can make tools … which you’ll definitely need.
To start making tools, here’s the progression:
1. Make a Blank Pattern, which you can craft yourself without the station.
[ Wood Block (any) | Stick ]
[ Stick | Wood Block (any) ]
2. Craft a Stencil Table.
[ Blank Pattern | none ]
[ Wood block (any) | none ]
3. Now you can create multiple blank patterns, depending on what you want to build. Each tool requires different patterns. For example, the pickaxe requires three patterns: (1) tool rod pattern, (2) pickaxe head pattern, (3) tool binding pattern.
4. You’ll need to create the Part Builder to be able to put the parts and stencils together.
[ Blank Pattern | none ]
[ Wood block | none]
5. Those stencils, wood and flint can now be made into parts! The stencils belong on the left side, and the wood/flint (or whatever other ore) go into the right. You can see that sticks and a pickaxe head are the result.
6. Now to create a Tool Station.
[ none | Blank Pattern ]
[ none | Crafting Table ]
7. Now you can finally create a pickaxe! It’s been long coming… choose what you want to build on the left-hand side, then place the items (e.g. pickaxe head, etc) in the tool station. The final product shows up after the right arrow.
Good job! Now you have a pickaxe or whatever you made. Now go forth into the world and try not to starve.
More info coming later.