So I’d like to update my feedback here a little bit;
I’m not sure how much mastery and power I had when I was mining the topazes in the OP, but right now my mining stats are: Max power, max hammer mastery, max all stat bonus, max durability bonus and max swing speed.
I’m not sure why now, but I went for diamonds, I thought, give it a try see what it’s like… And even I was only using copper hammers to mine for them, I was actually being able to find some with strip mining. I ended up “struggling” to get to at least 80, but fine, that was going to have to be enough…
So eventually @Kawwak made me some Diamond Hammers with the resources I did manage to get, and I thought, well, I can’t use these on building because they won’t pay for themselves, so I used them for mining diamonds again.
With the diamond hammers, I am now at an average where I spend about 1 hammer per 60-80 raw diamond; that means the ratio of hammer spent to hammer made can be worked out near 1:3.
Now, this feels like a pretty good standard to me, and let me add that for me to get the 360 I try to get, it still takes many hours. I feel like their rarity could be a tiny bit smaller because not everyone will have as much time to waste as me to look for a gem, but generally it feels like it’s common, but not that common. The large cleave effect from the diamond hammers themselves makes finding more ore quicker anyway.
I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this, but when you’re striping mining in Andoweem for diamonds, you’ll mostly be breaking metamorphic rock all the time if you’re between 6-15 height levels. But there are “blobs” of igneous and sedimentary rock; if you mine these out it’s like an imperfect spherical intrusion in the metamorphic rock.
I don’t know if it’s luck or some intuitive sense, because it seems to happen consistently, but I find the most diamonds when going around these blobs, like making a tunnel frame around them - the blobs themselves often have concentrations of other ore, and can have diamonds, but most of the times, I’ll find the diamonds on metamorphic rock, not the other two.
In summary, my points are at the moment:
Diamond rarity is pretty decent, and the type of rock formations make it “easy” to strip mine for it. I like this.
I feel like I can have extra hammers to use when I’m building or clearing room for building and that sort of thing. I really like this; I would hate making gem hammers and feeling “forced” to not use them for building just because they didn’t pay for themselves.
While diamond rarity is pretty decent, titanium and gold and silver do not seem to be. I find 0 silver, and on average I find less than half of the amount of raw diamonds as raw titanium. Gold is equally as rare, but doesn’t occurr as low as diamond, so that may be why I’m not getting as much of it.
My expectation here is that titanium and the other alloying materials should be more common than gem, if they are supposed to be lower tier. Copper and Iron feel like they are at the perfect spot in terms of rarity and so on, but coal could be more common (just in general, but I like that hard coal is rare, pretty block)
- Finally, my last point is that I wish I didn’t have to somehow find my way to the back of the Australian worlds just to look for a gem, considering I’m from the Europe region. The latency is handled really well by the game, but it’s still there. And again, I still rely on the fact that other people have portals here, but if they didn’t I could still make my way here, but I would still waste hours and coin just getting to the place for getting diamonds (at which point I would just live there instead)
I know this is something that likely won’t be the case on release, having to go to a different region for a basic gem, but at the moment it’s difficult to imagine it differently, of course. It’s difficult to quantify something like this.
Edit: And I have been recording the amounts I’m getting exactly. I will be posting some of this data too.
Edit2: I know that I’m not taking into account market economics for acquiring any of these items, but inevitably, some people will want and will try very hard to be self-sufficient.