Yep, that's pretty much the goal. Too often I found that mods were dedicated to adding a ton of content to a single area of MC, and rarely did they actually mesh well with other mods. Course, mine won't likely mesh well with others (progression wise at least), but it'll hopefully feel more like a brand new experience rather than a hodgepodge of disconnected mods that the player has to fool around with to make an experience from.
Made some decent progress as well, and finally got my Project Table to work! Its pretty much a more complicated crafting table that requires the use of tools. It allows for some significant progression steps with different tool tiers as well as some much more detailed recipes. Once a Recipe is recognized it'll even show the project:
Eventually it'll display the materials being used on the block itself, as well as the project when it's done. It also has a nifty little model:
Also started working on the bloom, which will be used for making wrought iron, having a little trouble though, so it still needs a bit of work:
More updates are sure to come! Gotta make the bloom first, then I'm gonna get started on the mechanical aspects, which will take a bit of work.