Thermal Expansion is a popular mod for Minecraft 1.12. It adds blocks for processing items, processing stuff and liquids, creating Redstone Flux, and even for storing items, fuels and energy. It also adds special orbs, which can be thrown or purchased to instantly grab or drop mobs, or to continuously process items, fuels and energy into tools, weapons and armor. It also includes new recipes and loot tables, as well as several tweaks to the game, like disabling/enabling Glow Balls and setting the maximum amount of inventory allowed for each player.
But what is Thermal Expansion? This is a mod designed for Minecraft 1.12, exclusively, but it can work with any version before that (just choose the “other” option when you start the game to select the latest version). It doesn’t change the game’s basic mechanics, but it adds quite a few things which may be useful to some players. For instance, there are several new decorative items, which you can get through trading with the other players, or by collecting resources and using them at a furnace. There are also several new crafting recipes, which allow you to make armor, weapons and tools out of metal or other solid materials.
The Thermal Expansion modpack also includes a mod which makes Furnace jobs easier. This will let you set up to 5 furnaces in one area of your base and turn them into generators. They will then heat up the surrounding blocks, providing you with temporary heat for when you need it. There is also an expansion pack of sorts for the vanilla Survival mode, letting you build fences, bridges, and shacks at a much earlier stage. There is also an adventure mode, which takes you on a journey across the land and teaches you about radiation, erosion and the environment.
Thermal Expansion has the mod installed, so it’s compatible with all kinds of modpacks, from those which simply change the aesthetics of the game to those which add actual features to the game. You can easily install Thermal Expansion, though it does require some assembly. It is very simple to put together, and also has a video that explains everything briefly.
Thermal Expansion has been designed to be very easy to play, even for those who have little experience with modding. It uses a very simple layout and uses block physics to allow blocks to bend when placed next to one another. In fact, thermal expansion blocks actually interact in the game, and are not purely decorative additions. When they are broken, they get cool and squishy, just as if they were cardboard.
Thermal Expansion can be a lot of fun to play, even if you aren’t going to use most of its blocks in your construction projects. It does have its cons, however. It isn’t compatible with most other modpacks and doesn’t have an API, which means that many of its block models won’t be supported by future versions of MineCraft or Lego. If you are looking for a fluid-based survival game with lots of block-built structures, then this is the mod for you.