Thaumcraft is a magic and alchemy themed Minecraft mod designed by Azanor. It features the potential for powerful automation through the unique use of golem helpers, including item and liquid transportation. There is also an interesting ore doubling mechanic through the use of a multi-block furnace.
Thaumcraft features interesting mini game. For example, advancement in the mod is done through a tech tree research mechanic, that can either be a mini game, or purchased through a point-buy system. Magical items must be created through a special Infusion Crafting game.
A Core concept in Thaumcraft is the introduction of a resource called ‘Essentia’, which is distilled from most blocks and items in the game using Alchemy. This Essentia is broken down into nearly 50 different types called ‘Aspects’. Each aspect governs over a certain domain theme that makes sense within the context of Minecraft. For example Terra (earth), can be found on blocks like dirt, grass, and stone. Aqua can be found on Water and Water Buckets. These Aspects also translate into magical energy called ‘Vis&rsquol;, which still retains each magical domain, but is used in spell casting with your wands, magical construction, and other feats magical in nature. A full list of Aspects, as well as the best Blocks and Items to use for Essentia can be found here.