Botania is a magic tech mod based on nature. The main concept is to create magical flowers and devices utilizing the power of the earth, in the form of Mana.
The Mana system works through aiming Mana Spreaders into other blocks, because pipes or instantaneous connections are boring.
Botania follows some design rules...
No pipes, wires or equivalent, they are boring and overdone;
Abstain from using GUIs in favour of in-world interaction;
Refrain from showing numbers to the player to minimize the incentive to minmax;
Provide pleasing visuals utilizing only two different particle effects;
Utilize or provide renewable resources where possible.
With a few goals in mind...
Deliver fun and balanced gameplay, without the use of grinding;
Incentivize sandbox gameplay and the creation of fun contraptions;
Provide an immersive experience overall.