I have tried several plays on survival, but I can never find gold to make a science machine. Is there a trick to finding gold?
Gold is most easily mined from large boulders with gold veins visible on the side.
It can be mined with a pickaxe. These rocks are most commonly found in Savannah and Rockyland biomes.
Other sources for gold include Graveyards, Caves (Earthquakes and Stalgmites), and trades with the Pig King.