Redstone rod looks very much like an end rod. While end rods have a purple base on one end, redstone rods have a gold base on both ends. They can only input and output a redstone signal to blocks that its golden ends are actually touching.
To transmit between rods both must have their golden ends touching. As a result a line of redstone rod can only travel in one direction, is insulated from adjacent lines, and it can travel in any direction unsupported. It should have a 1 redstone tick delay before propogating to the next rod so you can make pretty light shows (presumably the gold substrate is putting resistance on the signal).
Redstone rod will appear a dark red when unpowered, and will have a brightness equivalent to the signal strength when powered. If possible it would be nice for it to output a light level equal to redstone torches.
Redstone cannot be placed underwater; This can. This block should be able to become waterlogged. It should have some amount of hardness and blast resistance as well.
The crafting recipe is a gold ingot with redstone dust on each end to make 1.
- Transmitting redstone through water.
- Transmitting vertically and horizontally.
- Insulated and unsupported so it uses far less space.
- Pretty to look at, offering improvements on aesthetics like emergency lighting, disco light shows, laboratories and lasers.
- Another resource sink for gold!
- Does not invalidate other redstone techniques as a normal redstone dust line is faster, a torch ladder is cheaper, repeats and inverts.
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