Just as with vanilla minecraft and many other mods and, mining is an essential part to progress through the mods content. Only by mining you will get access to higher tier tools and new building blocks.
What should set Vintagecraft apart from other mods and vanilla MC is a carefully architectured mining system that lends much of its inspiration from real life while still staying true to the experience of vanilla caving. It's goal is to keep mining interesting throughout the whole gaming experience. Whether it has achieved that goal is for each player to decide.
Differences to vanilla minecraft
- In Vintagecraft deposits are no longer in a spherical shape but in 1-2 block flat layers that may or may not follow the natural shape of the terrain.
- Deposits vary much greater in size, with some deposits encompassing hundredes of blocks, while others may only contain a handful.
- The Sealevel in Vintagecraft is at y=128, so you have more than twice the mineable area compared to vanilla minecraft.
- Low tier metal ores are generally near the surface, higher tier metal ores generally deep underground
- The deeper you go, the more dangerous mobs you will encounter.
- Explosions destroys only 5% of ores and ore blocks have little blast resistance, making explosives very useful for mining
Suggested Step by Step Progression
1. Start out with your classical stone pick. Look for deposits on exposed rocks. Mountain cliffs and mountain tops are best suited for the beginning.
2. You need at least 12 copper ores and a bunch of lignite or bituminous coal to get your first copper pickaxe.
3. Find Cassiterite or Bismuthinite+Sphalerite and a lot more copper. This will let you create tin bronze or bismuth bronze made which are alloys of different metals. Check the list of metals to find the correct ratios. You need at least 10 bars combined in a Vessel to create an alloyed metal.
4. Once you have bronze tools, scavenging mountains for deposits will no longer suffice. Iron is only found below sea level - time to go caving! (Keep a sword ready, and don't go to deep!)
5. Now as you have become more familiar with mining you can try and improve your deposit finding skills. As mentioned before, all deposits in Vintagecraft are just 1-2 layers thick and rarely laid out flat. When you find a unusually small deposit, try mining diagnoally up and down and you have a good chance of finding the remaining deposit vein!
6. Once you have found bituminous coal, saltpeter and sulphur you can start mixing together blasting powder. That combined with your flax farm that produces linen cloth you are able to build your first mining explosives. These will help you greatly when mining large deposits. Blast powder sacks are ignited with a fire starter. They are best used one-by-one - if they are blown up indirectly by another explosion they explode with only half the strength.
Explosives are very effective on Ores, not very effective on Rock
7. Once you have a full set of bronze armor and iron sword, you should be strong enough to face all mobs until lava layer. It might also be worth considering taking a water bucket with you. When you fall into lava you can right click with a water bucket will extinguish yourself.