Chisels and Crafting Tables.

I don’t know how I manage it at times, but I have actually managed to spend some time in my little hidey hole on my Feed The Beast – Unstable Minecraft server this week, exploring what is new compared to my vanilla server. I must admit that it is like painting a long bridge or cutting the grass on a huge field. Everytime I try to understand one thing, it appears that there are numerous other things that I also need to gain knowledge of. However I have managed to make progress and after I have finished writing this blog I am going home to video a small recording in order to present you with my findings – ooops did that sound too scientific? This week I explore chisels and crafting tables….


Before I delve into what I’ve been exploring I thought I had better just quickly remind you why I am doing these Minecraft waffles. I do have my own Minecraft Servers and Website but sadly they are under used and under populated. In an attempt to gain a better understanding of what is going on I have decided to drop my admin status and wade through the new crafting with my ‘normal’ character and, at the same time, try to log it on this blog. The blogging might seem a bit pointless, but it is my motivational factor which is hopefully going to keep me going. I’m going to accompany it with some videos which will be added to my YouTube channel so if you have missed any then you can catch up with my journey or even subscribe so you can see when the videos go live!.

Luckily on the server, there is a pro player setting up home just across the ‘pond’ from me and, when he is not looking, I’ve been nipping across to his set up to see what he has and then dashing back to try and understand the items he has established there. His set up is out in the open, mine is in a tiny hole in the wall and is far less impressive but as my knowledge and understanding increases it will hopefully turn into a vast complex/castle! This week I found out about the chisel tool, crafting tables and patterns.

  • Different Blocks and the Chisel – When I was playing vanilla minecraft I was aware that there was cobblestone and that this could be transformed into a range of different types of stone work including ones with very fancy patterns on them. To be honest I never actually understood how to create these since I just used to, as admin, type /creative and use the blocks which I needed then then sneakily change back into survival mode and just let people marvel at my marvelous stonework. Back on the new FTB server, as my mine got ever deeper I started to get a whole load of cobble stone and thought that I would be great to create some different stone work for the floor of my hidey hole. One thing I really like about my FTB server is that when you open your inventory you can see all the different blocks and if you click on them it shows you how to craft them. It was when I was looking through these – a wonderful way to spend thirty minutes! – I found a new tool which I hadn’t seen before – the chisel! Now, I might have got this wrong but it would appear after some research that if I equip this and ‘right click’ it opens a huge window where you can place the block of your choice in the top left corner and it will not only show all the different types of blocks you can make, but will also ‘chisel’ the whole stack into this block – wait or it…instantly! And it gets better – once you have chiselled it into the new type of block you can actually put it back into the initial slot and still have all the options available! I had the biggest smile on my face! When I was watching videos, some did say that you could actually just right click on a block and it would change it to the next ‘type’ of block on the list, in situ, but unfortunately I have not been able to get this to work at all. Maybe there is an update I need to do. However, I am definitely a fan of the chisel – decorative stonework is now definitely part of my vocabulary!

  • A new crafting table – I am familiar with some basic equipment which was always essential to make whenever I started in Minecraft – tools, whether these be wooden or stone, a stove, a chest, bed and of course the indispensable crafting table. I usually bury these in the floor with just the tops showing so that I can use them easily and they don’t take up much room in my humble abode. However, when I was spying … I mean investigating my neighbour’s set up I noticed that he had a crafting table with legs! What is this madness I thought! At first, and I am embarrassed about this, but it does show the level of my understanding, I actually thought it was either a dining table to eat your food off or a giant stool. Apparently it is a Crafting Station which is used with the Tinker mod which is installed on FTB servers – loving this mod btw! So why use the Tinker version of the crafting station – well first it gives you access to all the new items, like patterns. Secondly, if you put blocks into the crafting station and then close the window, the blocks stay on the table! And finally – and this is my favourite bit – if you put a chest next to the station, when you open the crafting part, the chest also automatically opens! This really helps with block management since you don’t actually have to empty material from a chest into your inventory and back again.

  • Something called patterns – Okay, this final section, I have to admit, I do not fully understand at the moment. It appears that you can actually make patterns which will make specialised tools for you to use. I bit like putting enhancements onto them – I think. The blank patterns are made out of two planks of wood and two sticks and then, using these blank patterns, you can make other crafting equipment. For example – a pattern chest which is quite simply a chest which just holds patterns. I’m still not completely sure what each of these are for, although I was watching a video which stated that it wasn’t worth using these until I was actually crafting with iron. Since I am currently still trying to find a significant seam of iron for ingots, then I thought I could probably leave this until later. However, I have made the different equipment by following a Youtube video. More on patterns to follow!

  • I thought I have done quite well for my first learning session. I have got my farm working well and I am enjoying a diet of bread and mushroom stew at the moment, mainly since I am trying to be a vegetarian similar to real life. I’m not too sure what I will be doing when I need leather, but I’ll cross that bridge when it arrives. There is plenty still to learn with respect to crafting on the FTB server and I have started to look into smelting something which needs ‘stones’ that I need to investigate how to make – I think they are called ‘seared bricks’? So much still to learn so don’t worry there will definitely be more of this Minecraft waffle on the way. In the meantime, if you can help out and support my learning then by all means add answers to any of my questions within this waffle in the comments below – I would be very grateful of the support.

    As always, if you have any thoughts or comments on this post then please add them below or send them to me via any of the social media sites I frequent. You can keep up to date with my content by following me on Twitch, Twitter and Facebook. If you are interested in joining or playing Minecraft, then please check out my Minecraft webpage for details of joining the the server. Of course any subscribers to my YouTube channel are always appreciated.

    Have fun and I’ll catch you all later and, until then, consider yourself waffled!

    2 comments for “Let Me In! – Simon’s Cat – YouTube

    1. Profile photo of Longshanks
      February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

    2. Profile photo of David Thompson
      March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
      I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
      I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
      I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
      For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
      I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
      For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
      For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

      I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

      The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
      I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

      Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
      Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
      Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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