Sane Tools

Adds a 3x3 hammer, a one layer wand builder and a one layer scraper

Building Mechanics and Tools Tools / Weapons / Armor

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Sane Tools

Introducing three new tools to remove the insanity of digging one node at a time. Spending that much time digging just doesn't seem reasonable to me. I can't fathom how some professional voxel game players spend so much time on such a tedious task - the time investment is tremendous, and the end result is the same. I find no diminished sense of accomplishment when using these tools.

That's why I've named this mod "Sane Tools." It aims to enhance the survival mode experience, as I primarily play in survival mode and I'm unaware of its usefulness in other game modes. (I did try to come up with a "nicer" name but my imagination failed me)

This mod adds tools that I've found useful in the survival mode of a similar game and a third new one:

  • The 3x3 hammer
  • The builder wand, which adds a new layer of the same nodes to the pointed node

And I've also introduced a new idea (at least for me) for a third tool:

  • The scraper, which removes one layer of nodes to the pointed node.

Hammer and Builder Wand video: [(]

Scraper video: [(]

State of Development:

These tools work as I envisioned them, and I don't think I'll have enough motivation to change them, except maybe for the repair mechanism.

Tools Durability:

  • Regardless of durability, the tools will not be destroyed and can be repaired at any time.


Do not use this mod if you are also using a stamina mod. Since multiple nodes are removed, your health will often be insufficient. No undo function is implemented. While one might think an undo function would be required with the ability to add or remove multiple nodes, the scraper and builder wand have almost opposite functions, so I don't see an undo being implemented.

Mod Compatibility:

Tested with the TechAge mod, but stamina was removed (see limitations if you use stamina mods). Can still be used alongside the HammerMod. Works perfectly with the Anvil repair tools mod, though it's not necessary.


  • Occasionally, the hammer fails to correctly identify the orientation of the pointed face, mainly when doing multiple diggings without interval.
  • Occasionally, the scraper fails to remove the entire layer and removes just one node. Just point to the adjacent node, and everything should work fine. These bugs cannot be reproduced at will. If you can identify what's wrong, I'll definitely take a look at it.

Future Changes (not likely):

The current repair mechanism only requires one stick, which is too cheap. I hope to find a better repair method. I hope to have the energy to create a YouTube video demonstrating these tools. For now, there's a video for the hammer and builder, and another for the scraper.

  • Well, I would like to look in to allow for translations...

Thanks This is my first mod for Minetest and my first Lua code. I used the HammerMod mod to learn Lua and Minetest modding. Some code from the HammerMod may still be present, but I believe it's minimal.



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