The creator of TerraFirmaCraft – bioxx – believes that vanilla Minecraft’s survival mode is far too easy. According to the mod’s forum thread:
“Once you’ve built some walls and a place to sleep at night, you were no longer surviving, you were merely playing Creative mode on hard.”
He felt that resources were too easy to obtain and surviving became a secondary objective compared to building structures in the Minecraft world. Some players like that, but others feel that Survival mode should involve fighting for survival and scavenging for resources – not simply wandering around and digging anywhere to find the ore blocks you need.
With that in mind, bioxx set out to make Survival mode more challenging. In order to do that, TerraFirmaCraft adds all of the following features into the game:
-Increased the number of biomes from 16 to over 130
-Ore spawning system has been entirely reworked
-Players will have a “tougher time” mining ore
In order to make Survival mode slightly more challenging, TerraFirmaCraft alters the way ore blocks spawn. The Minecraft world’s geology system has been significantly altered. The mod removes naturally-occurring smoothstone and replaces it with a number of different types of rock. These types change depending on which biome you’re currently in, and each biome consists of four different layers of rock.
New rock types include:
-And dozens of others
While these terms might sound mostly foreign to you, geology buffs will appreciate the level of detail that has been added to the game through the TerraFirmaCraft mod.
Players can explore the world to find entire mountain ranges made out of granite, marble, or slate, for example. And beneath these mountains, players will encounter specific types of ore and rock formations that correspond to that type of mountain.
TerraFirmaCraft should be compatible with most mods, and it would work particularly well with an ore scanner mod. That way, players can identify ore nearby but it can be difficult to obtain. If you want to add challenge to Survival mode, the TerraFirmaCraft mod will make finding the ore you need a little more difficult.
How to install TerraFirmaCraft for Minecraft 1.6.4/1.7.2/1.7.4/1.7.5 4
Step 2) Download TerraFirmaCraft from here
Step 3) Place TFCraft_Universal into the .minecraft/mods folder
Step 4) Start playing and enjoy!