The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft

The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft

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By (author) Stephen O'Brien

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  • Publisher: Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 232mm x 15mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0789752239
  • ISBN 13: 9780789752239
  • Sales rank: 1,334

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THE ULTIMATE PLAYER'S GUIDE TO Minecraft 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...from living through your first night, to hosting your own Minecraft server! 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...take you deep inside hidden temples...teach you enchantments of unimaginable power...help you survive where few dare to go...help you OWN the infinite worlds of Minecraft! Get registered and get started NOW n Customize your experience: monstrous, peaceful, and more n Harvest resources, craft tools and shelters-let there be light n Grab your pickaxe: mine iron, gold, diamonds, and redstone n Escape (or defeat!) 14 types of hostile mobs n Get friendly mobs on your side and build automated farms n Brew potions to cure ills, gain superpowers, and throw at enemies n Transform your shelter into a palace (or a secret underwater base) n Create new worlds and master the fine art of terraforming n Learn the secrets of redstone devices, and build incredible rail systems n Play safely through The Nether and The End n Discover mods that will blow your mind n Run your own LAN games, adventures, and worlds n Take Minecraft with you on Android, iPhone, or Xbox 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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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 27 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 publishing system, and in his spare time he invented a new type of espresso machine called mypressi. He has been playing Minecraft since its earliest days and remains astounded at the unparalleled creativity it engenders.

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Table of contents

Introduction 1 What's in This Book 2 How to Use This Book 4 Crafting Recipes 4 There's More Online... 5 Chapter 1 Getting Started 7 Registering and Downloading 7 Registering a Mojang Account 8 Purchasing Minecraft 10 Launching Minecraft 12 Starting a New Game 14 Choosing a World Generation Style 16 Singleplayer Game Modes 16 Seeding Your World 18 Controls 19 The Bottom Line 20 Chapter 2 First-Night Survival 23 Survive and Thrive 23 Head for the Trees 25 Using Your Inventory 27 Build a Crafting Table 29 Let's Build Some Tools 30 Creating a Shelter 33 The Furnace Is Your Friend 38 Let There Be Light 39 Slumber with Lumber 41 The Bottom Line 44 Chapter 3 Gathering Resources 47 Introducing the HUD 47 Improving Your Tools 51 Chests: Safely Stash Your Stuff 54 Avoiding Monsters 55 Hunger Management 58 Your Mission: Food, Resources, and Reconnaissance 59 Food on the Run 61 Finding a Building Site 63 A Resourceful Guide to the Creative Mode Inventory 66 The Bottom Line 68 Chapter 4 Mining 69 Dig Deep, My Friend 69 The Mining Layer Cake Guide 71 Lava Lakes and Other Pitfalls 73 Descending to Layer 11 74 The 2x1 Ladder Descent 74 The Straight Staircase 76 The Spiral Staircase 77 Layouts for Fast, Efficient Mining 78 Staying Safe While You Mine 81 The Bottom Line 82 Chapter 5 Combat School 83 Introducing the Menagerie 83 Zombies 84 Spiders 86 Skeletons 87 Cave Spiders 88 Spider Jockeys 89 Creepers 89 Slimes 90 Endermen 91 Zombie Pigmen 91 Defensive Mobs 92 Snow Golems 92 Iron Golems 93 Weapons and Armor 94 Swordcraft 95 Bows and Arrows 95 Armor-All 98 Color Coordinate Your Leather 100 The Bottom Line 101 Chapter 6 Crop Farming 103 Choosing a Crop 103 Establishing a Farm 106 Automated Farms 113 Creating a Piston Harvester 117 Sticky Piston Harvesting 119 Creating a Water Harvester 119 Harvesting Other Crops 122 The Bottom Line 123 Chapter 7 Taming Mobs 125 Farming and Working with Friendly Mobs 125 Using Leads 128 Breeding Animals 129 Taming and Riding Horses, Donkeys, and More 130 Armoring Your Horse 132 Loading Up the Pack 133 Riding Pigs 134 Fishing 134 The Bottom Line 135 Chapter 8 Creative Construction 137 Leaving the Cave 137 Unleashing Your Interior Decorator 140 Building Underwater 147 Protecting Your Perimeter 153 Become a Ditch Witch 153 Mob Pitfalls 155 Thick as a Brick 157 The Bottom Line 157 Chapter 9 Redstone, Rails, and More 159 Seeing Red: A Beginner's Guide 160 Power Sources 160 Redstone Wiring 164 Powered Blocks 166 Modifiers 167 Repeaters 168 Comparators 170 Output Devices 171 Automatic Doors 173 Vertical Currents 178 Advanced Circuits 180 NOT Gates, aka Inverters 180 OR Gates, or Any Input Will Do 181 AND Gates, Two True 182 Repeater Loops 184 Rail Transport 185 Have Minecart, Will Travel 186 Rolling on Rails 188 Making Tracks and Stations 190 T-Junctions 191 Halfway Stations 192 A Word About Hoppers 193 The Bottom Line 194 Chapter 10 Enchanting, Anvils, and Brewing 195 Enchanting Wiles 195 Creating and Mining Obsidian 197 Crafting Books 200 Casting Enchantments 200 Improving Enchantment Chances with Bookshelves 202 Earning and Managing Experience 203 Spruce Up Your Weapons 204 Enhance Your Armor 205 Improve Your Tools 206 Hammer It Out with the Anvil 207 Brewing Potions 209 Brewing Up a Storm 211 Enhancing Potions 214 The Bottom Line 215 Chapter 11 Villages and Other Structures 217 Village Life 217 Emerald City: Your Ticket to Trade 220 Hidden Temples and Other Structures 222 Desert Temples 223 Jungle Temples 224 Witch Huts 224 Dungeons 225 Abandoned Mineshafts 226 Strongholds 226 Nether Fortresses 227 Mapping, or There and Back Again 227 Crafting a Clock 229 The Bottom Line 230 Chapter 12 Playing Through: The Nether and The End 231 Alternate Dimensions 231 Getting to The Nether 234 Portal Magic 236 Surviving the Nether Fortress 239 Nether Mobs 240 The End Game 242 Finding a Stronghold 244 Defeating the Ender Dragon 246 The Bottom Line 250 Chapter 13 Mods and Multiplayer 251 Customizing Your Experience 251 Changing the Skin You're In 252 Minecraft Skin Editors 253 Skincraft 253 Minecraftskins 253 Novaskin 254 Resource Packs: Change Your World 255 Mind My Mods 258 Installing Forge Mods 259 Too Many Items 261 More Explosives 262 Super Heroes 262 REI's MiniMap 263 Legendary Beasts 263 More Mobs 264 Multiplayer Madness 265 Sharing and Joining on LAN 266 Joining a Multiplayer Server 267 Hosting a Multiplayer Server 269 The Bottom Line 272 Appendix A Crafting Recipes (Online) Index 273