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The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft - Stephen 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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    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

    ISBN: 9780789753571
    ISBN-10: 078975357X
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 368
    Published: 1st September 2014
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 17.8  x 2.7
    Weight (kg): 0.49
    Edition Number: 2