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Using a tool as a crafting ingredient, regardless of condition (damage) in 1.8


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   I am relatively new to modding MC, and have been quickly picking up skills in modding 1.8 w/Forge.


   Now I have run into a "snag", and I'm sure many (most?) of you have seen this problem before...


   I want to implement "recycling" of my (relatively "expensive") custom tools and armor in my mod, and I thought I could easily implement this using crafting recipes in the vanilla crafting table. For any tool or armor item (my mods ONLY), I would also require that one other item from my mod be present in the shapeless recipe as well (a specific GEM item, for example...).


   Now, I have this working well in 1.8, for any BRAND-NEW tool or armor item (ie one not yet damaged through use). But, whenever the item has been even the slightest bit damaged, that same item no longer works!


   I am aware that, previously, you would use an ItemStack with a condition value of -1, and this would work:

         new ItemStack(myModItem.SpecialSword, 1, -1)


instead of just the item itself. So, for example:

                   GameRegistry.addShapelessRecipe(new ItemStack(myModItem.specialIngot, myModItem.customGem, new ItemStack(myModItem.SpecialSword, 1, -1));


would give me an ingot back from the recycling of my mods custom sword. But this does not seem to work when the sword has taken even the slightest bit of damage!


   Is there any way to make a custom sword, in any condition, act as the "same sword" in a crafting recipe?


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You might also create a villager profession (junk dealer?) who offers custom trades (takes damaged tool and returns its repair item). Then your players would not only have a way to recycle, but they'd have new motivation to find and develop villages.

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10 minutes ago, TheSunCat said:

How do you create a new villager profession? Is there any solved topics on this?

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Thanks, Diesieben07! That's got it. Where can I find out more about the OreDictionary, because it looks incredibly interesting, as well as useful! I mean, I really don't know how I would have ever figured this one out. Got any good links? Something relevant, but also that pertains to MC 1.8 as well (ie. not too recent)?

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Thanks for the link, lars!


   I did actually read a lot of the Forge docs at that site, when I was first researching BlockStates...; somehow, I simply "missed" the OreDictionary! I am going to read it ALL now...


   Much appreciated!

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