My game starts pretty much like any other minecraft experience: I'm in a savannah, with a few pigs nearby. I look for a tree, and, finding one, I punch it down and make a workbench, an axe, and a pickaxe.
Pretty standard stuff, all in all.
My mod list follows:
The first thing I come across from Thaumcraft: An obsidian totem. I'm not gonna let that stand.
No, but seriously, I'm not. Those things spread taint, and this close to my original spawn, I want nothing to do with that. I immediately upgrade my pickaxe, therefore, and get to work.
My sacred work complete (I don't like taint), I head onwards. The next thing I come across of any value are some sheep, so I put them to death on the spot and get enough wool to make a bed.
Before long I find exactly what I'm looking for - a swath of magical forest.
I've found three different obsidian totems by now and dismantled all of them.
I don't like these trees, on the one hand - on the other they're useful. Think of them as cave spider dungeons with some decent loot underneath.
Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.
This also goes to the axe. Pick-axe, that is.
And here's my winnings.
I decide to dismantle one of the three silverwood trees I've spotted. I left the node block in place - we'll see later if the node survived - and I replanted the single sapling I retrieved, because who doesn't want more silverwood, really?
Here's my take from the forest:
Next Up: Mining and gathering.