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Hey there! I just bought this game earlier and I've been going around getting what I need to get my first house started and I've setup a lovely hobbit hole and a little camp fire so far. While I've been building these two areas I have died many times due to lack of food, so if any of you have tips on the food aspect of the game it's something I always struggle with no matter what game I play..
What if different types of ore of the same metal require different extraction/processing? E.g. native copper - just grinding and smelting. Some tetrahedrite - some initial process to separate different metals in it and then use them. Some malachite would require a specific carbon monoxide treating by using some specific firepit/bloomery setup. It may depend from the type of rock this ore was found in. Idk, e.g. sedimentary-hosted ores would require addition of some acidic element while smelting, metamorphic - an alcaline element, etc. This might make ore processing a bit more variative and interesting. When you found a new deposite of ore, it is not just a trivial thing to smelt it like all the ores you had previousely. Maybe some types of ore would require you to have a supply of domesticated animals, some drops from them, but in return you will get drastically more ore. Ofc this would require lot of developers' work and drastic recipe expansion. Also some implementions can simply increase complexity of ore processing without giving much in return. Definitely not worth it unless the idea is improved significantly, with more details and fun.