The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft

The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 175.26 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 657.71g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • colour illustrations, figures
  • 078975357X
  • 9780789753571
  • 168,146

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 2x1 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
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About Stephen O'Brien

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 publishing system, and invented a new type of espresso machine called mypressi. He has been using Minecraft since its alpha release and remains astounded at the unparalleled creativity it engenders. The first edition of this book was an international bestseller. Stephen is also the author of The Advanced Minecraft Strategy Guide, published by Que.
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