I’m back with another update on my Minecraft mod, Primalcraft. It’s been a little over two weeks since I started working on knapping for Primalcraft, and I’ve got all the basics working.

To do knapping, you need to find a hammerstone, which is just a round stone that you can easily hold in your hand, and a stone flake. In Primalcraft, you can occasionally find both of these types of stone laying around on the ground, and you can also get them from digging around in the dirt or gravel (although that’s slow work until you get proper digging tools). Another type of stone you’ll find is a core stone, which is a large piece of flint that you can chip into good tool-sized stone flakes using your hammerstone. Core stones are a prize since you can carry it around and create many tools from it.

Once you have a stone flake and a hammerstone, put one in each hand and right click. This opens the knapping interface. When you open the knapping interface, you’ll get a rock in the top left corner, and you have to chip away little pieces from the edges until you get it into the shape you need. Once you have the right shape, the tool head will appear in the output slot, so you can grab it and put it in your inventory. Assuming you’ve made some cordage and a wooden shaft, you can now create a stone hatchet, knife, or spear.

You’ll notice that every time you open the knapping interface, you get a rock of a different size and shape. So you have to strategize a bit to make the tool you want and may even have to settle for a different tool than you were planning on.

In the far future, I hope to add skills to Primalcraft, so you’ll have a knapping skill that can make it easier to get the tool head you want.

But next on the docket is simply creating all the differently sized recipes for hatchets, knives, and spear heads, and making unique tools from each one.

Primalcraft: Basic Knapping Is Done

3 thoughts on “Primalcraft: Basic Knapping Is Done

  • Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 1:14 am
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    It interesting to see your progress and your development. I truly wish I understood more of this. While I am a gamer, I haven’t gotten into Minecraft. I’ve always been more of a Mass Effect or Fallout type of player. I will admit, while I like the mods made available on the Xbox one for Fallout 4, the game itself was overly repetitive and boring so I no longer play. Okay, I’ve veered off topic. I appreciate you sharing some of your creative process! It really is fascinating.

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  • Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 7:19 pm
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    Thanks for your comment. I’ve had to learn how to program in Java to create this mod. It had a pretty steep learning curve, and I’m still learning a lot.

    I’m actually not much of a computer gamer. I’ve played various games off and on, but my first love has always been table top RPGs. Until Minecraft, that is. I’m totally hooked!

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  • Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 7:22 pm
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    Hmmm. Looks like my video is stuck in the conversion process on YouTube. I’ll see what I can do about it.

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