Jeez, it's been a while since I've added an awesome new feature that didn't come in as a suggestion. I haven't spend all that much time on my own 'todo-list', so I decided that it could use some love today.
I really wanted to get a use for iron ore. It's in the game, but there's nothing you can do with it. So, on my 'todo-list', I put "Iron tools" (this happened like, one month ago). I never really took the time to add it in. I thought I'd start with that today. However, as I started the "project", I realized you can't just use iron ore straight away. You need to process it first!
So, how are we going to process our iron ore? A smeltery? A cliche stone furnace? I didn't wanna go with any of these solutions, however, I had no other options. So, I went with a very basic furnace. Now, I had a different problem: I can't use any GUI (as this is rule number one in my game). So, how do I let the player insert items? And how do I make the player add fuel? Though questions.
And then, I came up with the perfect solution. It looks somewhat like this:
It works extremely simple. You build the furnace, place the fuel you want as a block in the center of the furnace and throw the item that you want to smelt onto it. You just light your earlier placed fuel with a firestarter and wait until your newly cooked item pops off.
There are some downsides, such as: You can only have one piece of fuel in the furnace at a time. However, you can also cook only one item at a time. I've got plans to fix this right now, but that'll be a feature for the more improved furnaces later.
I've got a bunch more interesting items planned for the future. Let's hope I finally can get to adding them!