Purplik I have never gotten past the copper stage as well.
I like how ‘survival realistic’ and deep the mod is, but the 1.7 versions or 1.12 versions really fall behind compared to say 1.16, where the textures are on average a lot cooler and nicer.
I like how the mod makes it fair to you. It isn’t punishing like RLCraft or Craft to Exile, but its very enjoyable. I also like watching Etho play through the modpack, especially with how he conducts simple automations and batch production to make his playthrough very efficient.
I will admit that TFC is really grindy and really repetitive. But I get its trying to make those mundane tasks part of the overall experience, like how Stardew Valley and Graveyard Keeper try to do it. Still though, I would love to see more automation / better ways to get resources in TFC.