Copper itself is a great new addition and its uses as a conductor for lightning is quite amazing. However, past that and use for the Spyglass, copper's uses are minimal at-current. An inventive way to include copper more thoroughly would be to integrate it into the Redstone systems as signal enhancers or combining it with string and redstone to create a sort of copper wire circuit which carries a current or signal much more efficiently than just redstone itself.
On top of that, and as many have pointed out, copper in combination with the metal tin is how ancient smiths made bronze equipment. Tin itself could be implemented in unique ways. It could simply become a new ore, however its rarity and vein size is dependent on the Y value. In short, the deeper you dig, the more likely you are to find tin and more of it. Now, as it is implemented into the crafting system is where it diverges:
- Tin being included mainly as an upgrade material used at a smithing table, similar to netherite, to what would then be an added set of copper armor, which has the durability of gold or slightly better and has slightly better stats than stone.
- Tin and copper ingots are combined at a smithing table to get raw bronze alloy, which is then re-smelted into a bronze ingot.
In either case, bronze equipment can suit as a middle-ground and have special features, such as using wax to increase durability or having better stats than stone while saving iron for other items.
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