Not Enough Items, or "NEI" is a mod for Minecraft. Its purpose is to allow for easy searching for items and their crafting recipes in Minecraft. One of the biggest complaints about Minecraft is the lack of information on items. Minecraft neither informs players how to make items, nor even tells them they exist!
NEI takes over for a group of mods that tried to solve this problem.
What is NEI?
The Not Enough Items mod for Minecraft has a deceiving name. This mod was created because there were too many items. It combines the more aptly named Too Many Items mod with the Too Many Recipes mod. Never again would players have to stop playing to check a recipe on the wiki. No more asking in forums if coal blocks exist. A simple search of the NEI menu would reveal everything. Here are some of the features provided by NEI:
- An easy in game way to search for items.
- An easy in game way to find how to make items.
- An easy way to find out what recipes items are used in.
- NEI also provides many customization options.
NEI also comes with a cheat mode. This means clicking on an item in the search list will add that item to the inventory. This is on by default for server admins and in single player modes. Some people may prefer to have this feature disabled. This can be done in the options menu. As an alternative the config file can be used to turn the feature off by default.
Why NEI is a Necessary Addition
NEI is almost a must-have for players. There is plenty of obvious benefit to having an item and recipe list in the main menu. However, the NEI mod really shines when combined with other mods. Some mods can add hundreds of items to the game. With a great many changes to how the game handles base items. The industrial craft mods are a great example of the features available in mods. On their own, they add dozens of new materials and things to craft. Each with new ways to craft them. Industrial craft even has its own mods. These mods do much the same thing, changing how the game works. Changing what items are available and even recipes added by industrial craft. Now, the NEI mod makes keeping up with this easy. Every item that is changed is added to the item and recipe lists. The mod is kept up-to-date with hundreds of different mods in the mine craft community.