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The 3 basic mechanical power

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Historically there were 3 different ways to power any mechanical device:  Animal force, Wind and Water. Each one has advantages and disadvantages.

First I would like to advocate for the inclusion in the game of all 3 of them. Preferably at the same time, even if is in a simplified way. That would avoid controversy later on.

 Animal: Can be made in any place, but it requires a domesticated animal and constant player supervision.  The mule will not keep turning that wheel forever. Also, the mule or horse needs to be fed and needs rest.

Wind: Is intermittent, the wind is not blowing all the time. Also, it should require some elevation and not mountains or buildings blocking the wind. Great for unattended jobs. 

Water/River: Constant power supply, but can only be made where the river is. It gives the player another reason to look for a river. Just to be clear, I am completely opposed to water wheels powered by a bucket made water source block.

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Do not forget steam engines. While they were invented much later than the other methods you mention, they were often used to provide mechanical and only much later to generate electricity.

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I am against ever having Electricity in the game. It would bring technology too close to modern times. 

Electricity should be left for mods.
Steam is OK, as long as it requires a very long process with lots of parts that would take a long time to get. 

Steam could be part of the main game, but should not be added before other major priorities. 

I mean, is a cool thing but the game can wait for it.
Steam has all the advantages, as it can be used anytime, all the time and anywhere. 
Steam should consume fuel and water though. All components should be metal and also need lubricants.

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