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The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft - Stephen O'Brien

The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft

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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.

Introduction to the Third 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 14
    Singleplayer Game Modes 17
    Seeding Your World 19
About Snapshots 20
Controls 21
The Bottom Line 23

Chapter 2 First-Night Survival 25
Surviving and Thriving 25
Heading for the Trees 27
Using Your Inventory 29
Building a Crafting Table 31
    Building Some Tools 32
    Creating a Shelter 36
    The Furnace Is Your Friend 40
    Let There Be Light 42
    Slumbering with Lumber 44
Tools and Their (Over)Use 47
A Bit About Achievements 47
What Is This “Bonus Chest” You Speak Of? 48
The Bottom Line 50

Chapter 3 Gathering Resources 51
Introducing the HUD 51
Improving Your Tools 56
Chests: Safely Stashing Your Stuff 58
Avoiding Monsters 61
Hunger Management 63
Your Mission: Food, Resources, and Reconnaissance 64
    Getting Food on the Run 66
    Finding a Building Site 68
Using the Creative Mode Inventory 71
The Bottom Line 73

Chapter 4 Mining 75
Dig Deep, My Friend 75
The Mining Layer Cake Guide 77
Lava Lakes and Other Pitfalls 80
Descending to Layer 11 82
    The 2×1 Ladder Descent 82
    The Straight Staircase 84
    The Spiral Staircase 85
Layouts for Fast, Efficient Mining 86
Staying Safe While You Mine 88
The Bottom Line 90

Chapter 5 Combat School 91
Introducing the Menagerie 91
    Zombies 92
    Spiders 93
    Skeletons 95
    Cave Spiders 95
    Spider Jockeys 96
    Chicken Jockeys 96
    Creepers 97
    Slimes 97
    Endermen 98
    Zombie Pigmen 99
    Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog 99
    Guardians and Elder Guardians 99
Defensive Mobs 100
    Snow Golems 100
    Iron Golems 101
    The Dogs of War 101
Mob Target Practice 102
Weapons, Armor, and Shields 103
    Swordcraft 104
    Bows and Arrows 105
    Shields 108
    Armor-All 109
    Color-Coordinating Your Leather 111
Taking Combat Damage and Healing 112
The Bottom Line 113

Chapter 6 Crop Farming 115
Choosing a Crop 115
Cooking with Minecraft 119
    Minecraft Bakery 119
    Minecraft BBQ 119
    Alchemy Eatery 120
    Raw Food Diet 120
    Eat at Your Own Risk 120
Establishing a Farm 121
Automated Farms 128
    Creating a Piston Harvester 132
    Sticky Piston Harvesting 135
    Creating a Water Harvester 136
    Harvesting Other Crops 138
The Bottom Line 140

Chapter 7 Farming and Taming Mobs 141
Farming and Working with Friendly Mobs 141
    Using Leads 145
    Breeding Animals 146
    Dying for Dye? 147
Taming and Riding Horses, Donkeys, and More 148
    Armoring Your Horse 150
    Loading Up the Pack 150
    Riding Pigs 151
Fishing 152
    Ah, the Squid 153
The Bottom Line 154

Chapter 8 Creative Construction 155
Leaving the Cave 155
Building a Custom World 159
Unleashing Your Interior Decorator 161
Building Underwater 169
    Getting Started 172
    Building the Structure 174
Protecting Your Perimeter 176
    Become a Ditch Witch 176
    Mob Pitfalls 178
    Thick as a Brick 179
Making Fireworks 180
The Bottom Line 183

Chapter 9 Redstone, Rails, and More 185
Seeing Red: A Beginner’s Guide 186
    Power Sources and Signals 186
    Redstone Wiring 190
    Powered Blocks 192
    Modifiers 194
            Repeaters 194
        Comparators 197
    Output Devices 198
    Automatic Doors 200
    Vertical Currents 206
Advanced Circuits 207
    NOT Gates, aka Inverters 208
    OR Gates, or Any Input Will Do 208
    AND Gates, Two TRUE 210
    Repeater Loops 211
Rail Transport 212
    Have Minecart, Will Travel 213
    Rolling on Rails 216
    Making Tracks and Stations 217
    T-Junctions 218
    Halfway Stations 219
A Word About Hoppers 220
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
    Sprucing Up Your Weapons 233
    Enhancing Your Armor 234
    Improving Your Tools 235
Hammering It Out with the Anvil 235
Brewing Potions 237
    Brewing Up a Storm 240
    Enhancing Potions 242
The Bottom Line 243

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 252
    Jungle Temples 252
    Witch Huts 254
    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 268
Surviving the Nether Fortress 271
Nether Mobs 272
The End Game 275
    Finding a Stronghold 276
    Defeating the Ender Dragon 278
Beckoning a Beacon 285
The Bottom Line 289

Chapter 13 Mods and Multiplayer 291
Customizing Your Experience 291
    Changing the Skin You’re In 292
    Minecraft Skin Editors 293
        Miners Need Cool Shoes 294
        The Skindex 294
        Novaskin 294
        Loading Your New Skin 296
Resource Packs: Change Your World 296
    Mind My Mods 299
    Installing Forge Mods 301
    TooManyItems 303
    Ruins 304
    Progressive Automation 305
    VoxelMap 305
Multiplayer Madness 306
    Sharing and Joining on a LAN 307
    Joining a Multiplayer Server 309
    Hosting a Multiplayer Server 312
    Spectator Mode 315
The Bottom Line 316

Index 317

ISBN: 9780789755728
ISBN-10: 0789755726
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 30th October 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.9  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised