The Ultimate Player's Guide To Minecraft

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byStephen O'brien

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The Ultimate Player’s Guide to Minecraft

 

Second Edition

 

Minecraft: These worlds are YOURS!

Minecraft is WAY more than a game: it’s an alternate universe of creation, exhilaration, survival, adventure, passion! Don’t enter that universe alone. Take an experienced guide who’ll help you constantly as you learn the secrets of Minecraft!

Stephen O’Brien has been obsessing over Minecraft since its earliest betas. He’s seen it all! Now, he’ll take you deep inside craft and mine, cave and menagerie, farm and village. He’ll reveal combat traps and tricks you need to know… teach you enchantments of unimaginable power… help you survive where few dare to go… help you OWN the infinite worlds of Minecraft!

  • Quick-start guide for first-night survival
  • Customize your experience: monstrous, peaceful, and more
  • Harvest resources, craft tools and shelters—let there be light
  • Grab your pickaxe: mine iron, gold, diamonds, and redstone
  • Escape (or defeat!) 14 types of hostile mobs
  • Get friendly mobs on your side and build automated farms
  • Brew potions to cure ills, gain superpowers, and throw at enemies
  • Transform your shelter into a palace (or a secret underwater base)
  • Create new worlds and master the fine art of terraforming
  • Learn the secrets of redstone devices, and build incredible rail systems
  • Play safely through The Nether and The End

 

Minecraft is a trademark of Mojang Synergies / Notch Development AB. This book is not affiliated with or sponsored by Mojang Synergies / Notch Development AB.

 

Stephen O’Brien is an Australian-born writer and entrepreneur now residing in Sydney after too many years in Silicon Valley. He has written 27 books, including several best-sellers. O’Brien founded Typefi, the world’s leading automated publishing system, and in his spare time invented a new type of espresso machine called mypressi. He’s a perpetual innovator who remains astounded at the unparalleled creativity Minecraft can engender.

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&> The Ultimate Player’s Guide to Minecraft   Second Edition   Minecraft: These worlds are YOURS! Minecraft is WAY more than a game: it’s an alternate universe of creation, exhilaration, survival, adventure, passion! Don’t enter that universe alone. Take an experienced guide who’ll help you constantly as you learn the secre...

Stephen O’Brien is an Australian-born writer and entrepreneur currently residing in Sydney after too many years in Silicon Valley. He has previously written 28 books across multiple editions with publishers such as Prentice Hall and Que, including several best-selling titles. He also founded Typefi, the world’s leading automated publ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.9 × 6.9 × 0.7 inPublished:September 22, 2014Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition...............................1

What’s in This Book...............................2

How to Use This Book ...............................4

    Crafting Recipes ...............................4

There’s More Online… ...............................4

 

Chapter 1 Getting Started............................... 5

Registering and Downloading............................... 5

    Registering a Mojang Account............................... 7

    Purchasing Minecraft............................... 8

Launching Minecraft ...............................10

Starting a New Game ...............................13

    Choosing a World-Generation Style ...............................15

Singleplayer Game Modes ...............................17

Seeding Your World ...............................19

About Snapshots ...............................20

Controls ...............................21

The Bottom Line ...............................23

 

Chapter 2 First-Night Survival ...............................25

Survive and Thrive ...............................25

Head for the Trees ...............................27

Using Your Inventory ...............................29

Build a Crafting Table ...............................31

    Let’s Build Some Tools ...............................32

    Creating a Shelter ...............................36

    The Furnace Is Your Friend ...............................40

    Let There Be Light ...............................41

    Slumber with Lumber ...............................44

Tools and Their (Over)Use ...............................47

A Bit About Achievements............................... 48

What Is This “Bonus Chest” You Speak Of? ...............................49

The Bottom Line ...............................50

 

Chapter 3 Gathering Resources ...............................53

Introducing the HUD ...............................53

Improving Your Tools ...............................57

Chests: Safely Stash Your Stuff ...............................60

Avoiding Monsters ...............................62

Hunger Management ...............................64

Your Mission: Food, Resources, and Reconnaissance ...............................66

    Food on the Run ...............................68

    Finding a Building Site ...............................69

Using the Creative Mode Inventory ...............................73

The Bottom Line ...............................76

 

Chapter 4 Mining............................... 77

Dig Deep, My Friend ...............................77

The Mining Layer Cake Guide ...............................79

Lava Lakes and Other Pitfalls ...............................82

Descending to Layer 11 ...............................84

    The 2×1 Ladder Descent ...............................84

    The Straight Staircase ...............................86

    The Spiral Staircase ...............................87

Layouts for Fast, Efficient Mining ...............................88

Staying Safe While You Mine ...............................91

The Bottom Line ...............................92

 

Chapter 5 Combat School ...............................93

Introducing the Menagerie ...............................94

    Zombies ...............................94

    Spiders............................... 96

    Skeletons ...............................97

    Cave Spiders ...............................98

    Spider Jockeys............................... 99

    Chicken Jockeys ...............................99

    Creepers............................... 99

    Slimes ...............................100

    Endermen............................... 101

    Zombie Pigmen ...............................102

    Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog ...............................102

    Guardians and Elder Guardians ...............................103

Defensive Mobs ...............................104

    Snow Golems ...............................104

    Iron Golems ...............................105

Mob Target Practice ...............................106

Weapons and Armor ...............................108

    Swordcraft ...............................108

    Bows and Arrows ...............................109

    Armor-All ...............................112

    Color Coordinate Your Leather............................... 114

Taking Combat Damage and Healing ...............................115

The Bottom Line ...............................116

 

Chapter 6 Crop Farming ...............................119

Choosing a Crop ...............................119

    Minecraft Bakery ...............................123

    Minecraft BBQ ...............................123

    Alchemy Eatery ...............................124

    Raw Food Diet ...............................124

    Eat at Your Own Risk ...............................125

    Establishing a Farm ...............................125

    Automated Farms ...............................132

    Creating a Piston Harvester ...............................136

    Sticky Piston Harvesting ...............................139

    Creating a Water Harvester ...............................140

    Harvesting Other Crops ...............................142

The Bottom Line ...............................143

 

Chapter 7 Farming and Taming Mobs ...............................145

Farming and Working with Friendly Mobs ...............................145

    Using Leads............................... 149

    Breeding Animals ...............................150

    Dying for Dye? ...............................151

Taming and Riding Horses, Donkeys, and More ...............................152

    Armoring Your Horse ...............................154

    Loading Up the Pack............................... 155

    Riding Pigs ...............................155

Fishing ...............................156

    Ah, the Squid ...............................157

The Bottom Line ...............................158

 

Chapter 8 Creative Construction ...............................159

Leaving the Cave ...............................159

Building a Custom World ...............................163

Unleashing Your Interior Decorator............................... 165

Building Underwater ...............................172

Protecting Your Perimeter ...............................179

    Become a Ditch Witch ...............................179

    Mob Pitfalls ...............................181

    Thick as a Brick............................... 182

The Bottom Line............................... 183

 

Chapter 9 Redstone, Rails, and More ...............................185

Seeing Red: A Beginner’s Guide ...............................186

    Power Sources ...............................186

    Redstone Wiring ...............................190

    Powered Blocks............................... 192

    Modifiers ...............................194

        Repeaters ...............................194

        Comparators ...............................196

    Output Devices ...............................197

Automatic Doors ...............................200

    Vertical Currents ...............................205

Advanced Circuits ...............................206

    NOT Gates, aka Inverters ...............................207

    OR Gates, or Any Input Will Do............................... 208

    AND Gates, Two TRUE ...............................209

    Repeater Loops ...............................210

Rail Transport ...............................211

    Have Minecart, Will Travel ...............................212

    Rolling on Rails............................... 215

    Making Tracks and Stations ...............................216

    T-Junctions............................... 218

    Halfway Stations ...............................218

A Word About Hoppers ...............................219

The Bottom Line............................... 221

 

Chapter 10 Enchanting, Anvils, and Brewing.................... 223

Enchanting Wiles ...............................223

    Creating and Mining Obsidian ...............................225

    Crafting Books ...............................228

    Casting Enchantments ...............................228

    Improving Enchantment Chances with Bookshelves............................... 230

    Earning and Managing Experience............................... 232

    Spruce Up Your Weapons ...............................233

    Enhance Your Armor............................... 234

    Improve Your Tools............................... 235

Hammer It Out with the Anvil ...............................235

Brewing Potions ...............................37

    Brewing Up a Storm ...............................240

    Enhancing Potions ...............................242

The Bottom Line............................... 244

 

Chapter 11 Villages and Other Structures .....................245

Village Life............................... 245

Emerald City: Your Ticket to Trade ...............................248

Hidden Temples and Other Structures ...............................251

    Desert Temples ...............................251

    Jungle Temples............................... 253

    Witch Huts............................... 253

    Dungeons............................... 254

    Abandoned Mine Shafts ...............................255

    Strongholds ...............................255

    Ocean Monuments ...............................256

    Nether Fortresses ...............................257

Mapping, or There and Back Again ...............................257

Crafting a Clock ...............................260

The Bottom Line ...............................261

 

Chapter 12 Playing Through: The Nether and The End ..............263

Alternate Dimensions ...............................263

Getting to The Nether ...............................266

    Portal Magic ...............................267

Surviving the Nether Fortress ...............................271

Nether Mobs ...............................272

The End Game ...............................275

    Finding a Stronghold ...............................276

    Defeating the Ender Dragon ...............................278

The Bottom Line............................... 283

 

Chapter 13 Mods and Multiplayer ...............................285

Customizing Your Experience ...............................285

    Changing the Skin You’re In ...............................286

    Minecraft Skin Editors ...............................288

        Skincraft ...............................288

        The Skindex ...............................289

        Novaskin ...............................289

Resource Packs: Change Your World ...............................290

    Mind My Mods ...............................293

    Installing Forge Mods ...............................295

    Too Many Items ...............................297

    More Explosives ...............................298

    Super Heroes............................... 299

    REI’s MiniMap ...............................299

    Legendary Beasts ...............................300

    Too Many Mobs ...............................300

Multiplayer Madness............................... 301

    Sharing and Joining on a LAN ...............................302

    Joining a Multiplayer Server ...............................304

    Hosting a Multiplayer Server ...............................307

    Spectator Mode ...............................310

The Bottom Line ...............................310

 

Index ...............................311