Hello, fellow IndustrialCrafters!
I came up with an idea recently. As one of the rare species of peaceful players (Actually, I play on servers without monsters so hunger still applies), I find it hard to acquire bonemeal, which I would very much like to have. My little answer was: Algae.
What is new:
-Four types of algae are added to the world generator.
->Algae can be blue, green, yellow or red. Their colors are directly linked to the biomes they appear in.
-Algae are rather rare and appear more commonly in deeper water.
-Algae behave like underwater reeds: They are still water in terms of "can I swim through and drown" and require water to be placed or grow into a block. When harvested and surrounded by source blocks, they turn into a source block (not to generate a current when harvested).
->Algae grow better the deeper they are planted. If they are planted above sea level, they will, for instance, not achieve heights over 2. Bedrock-level farms will stretch 10 meters high.
-Algae grow in the (relatively) dark, but light won't hurt them either.
What to do with it:
-Any four base algae items of the same color can be crafted into an algae chunk.
( Maybe : -Any one base algae item can be cooked into roasted seaweed for food... Sushi?)
-An algae chunk can be used in the compressor. This nets respectively colored mineral chunks.
-Mineral chunks can be macerated into dyes, I suggest a 1:2 ratio but, as with all numbers, these are just suggestions.
-Two algae chunks of two different, mixable colors can be crafted into two same-colored algae chunks of that mixed color.
->Blue algae chunk + Red algae chunk = 2 Purple algae chunks
-Four algae chunks of the four base colors net 2 white algae chunks. Macerate these into (industrial) bonemeal!
What does it achieve?
-Adventuring: You will have to find these rare algae first.
-Aesthetics: Underwater areas with algae will look nicer.
-Bonemeal farming and dye production: Finally build that huge colored thing in non-green! Also, fertilizer.
-Expandability: Algae are very useful, right? You could expand the idea with more recipes, such as food or energy. Think of bio-hydrogen, plant fuel, or even a substitute black algae dust for making solar panels? Black algae aren't in my suggestion (yet), but they could be a super-rare, fifth base algae type. Algae can purify water, be used as medical items or as an alternative source of paper!
-It fits the style of IndustrialCraft - a new-ish, fairly futuristic way of exploiting nature to one's benefits.
Thanks for reading! I just hope underwater plants are technically doable. What do you think?