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The Ultimate Player’s Guide to Minecraft, Second Edition

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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.

    Table of Contents

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Contents at a Glance
    5. Table of Contents
    6. About the Author
    7. Dedication
    8. Acknowledgments
    9. We Want to Hear from You!
    10. Reader Services
    11. Introduction to the Second Edition
      1. What’s in This Book
      2. How to Use This Book
        1. Crafting Recipes
      3. There’s More Online...
    12. 1. Getting Started
      1. Registering and Downloading
        1. Registering a Mojang Account
        2. Purchasing Minecraft
      2. Launching Minecraft
      3. Starting a New Game
        1. Choosing a World-Generation Style
      4. Singleplayer Game Modes
      5. Seeding Your World
      6. About Snapshots
      7. Controls
      8. The Bottom Line
    13. 2. First-Night Survival
      1. Survive and Thrive
      2. Head for the Trees
      3. Using Your Inventory
      4. Build a Crafting Table
        1. Let’s Build Some Tools
        2. Creating a Shelter
        3. The Furnace Is Your Friend
        4. Let There Be Light
        5. Slumber with Lumber
      5. Tools and Their (Over)Use
      6. A Bit About Achievements
      7. What Is This “Bonus Chest” You Speak Of?
      8. The Bottom Line
    14. 3. Gathering Resources
      1. Introducing the HUD
      2. Improving Your Tools
      3. Chests: Safely Stash Your Stuff
      4. Avoiding Monsters
      5. Hunger Management
      6. Your Mission: Food, Resources, and Reconnaissance
        1. Food on the Run
        2. Finding a Building Site
      7. Using the Creative Mode Inventory
      8. The Bottom Line
    15. 4. Mining
      1. Dig Deep, My Friend
      2. The Mining Layer Cake Guide
      3. Lava Lakes and Other Pitfalls
      4. Descending to Layer 11
        1. The 2×1 Ladder Descent
        2. The Straight Staircase
        3. The Spiral Staircase
      5. Layouts for Fast, Efficient Mining
      6. Staying Safe While You Mine
      7. The Bottom Line
    16. 5. Combat School
      1. Introducing the Menagerie
        1. Zombies
        2. Spiders
        3. Skeletons
        4. Cave Spiders
        5. Spider Jockeys
        6. Chicken Jockeys
        7. Creepers
        8. Slimes
        9. Endermen
        10. Zombie Pigmen
        11. Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog
        12. Guardians and Elder Guardians
      2. Defensive Mobs
        1. Snow Golems
        2. Iron Golems
      3. Mob Target Practice
      4. Weapons and Armor
        1. Swordcraft
        2. Bows and Arrows
        3. Armor-All
        4. Color Coordinate Your Leather
      5. Taking Combat Damage and Healing
      6. The Bottom Line
    17. 6. Crop Farming
      1. Choosing a Crop
        1. Minecraft Bakery
        2. Minecraft BBQ
        3. Alchemy Eatery
        4. Raw Food Diet
        5. Eat at Your Own Risk
        6. Establishing a Farm
        7. Automated Farms
        8. Creating a Piston Harvester
        9. Sticky Piston Harvesting
        10. Creating a Water Harvester
        11. Harvesting Other Crops
      2. The Bottom Line
    18. 7. Farming and Taming Mobs
      1. Farming and Working with Friendly Mobs
        1. Using Leads
        2. Breeding Animals
        3. Dying for Dye?
      2. Taming and Riding Horses, Donkeys, and More
        1. Armoring Your Horse
        2. Loading Up the Pack
        3. Riding Pigs
      3. Fishing
        1. Ah, the Squid
      4. The Bottom Line
    19. 8. Creative Construction
      1. Leaving the Cave
      2. Building a Custom World
      3. Unleashing Your Interior Decorator
      4. Building Underwater
      5. Protecting Your Perimeter
        1. Become a Ditch Witch
        2. Mob Pitfalls
        3. Thick as a Brick
      6. The Bottom Line
    20. 9. Redstone, Rails, and More
      1. Seeing Red: A Beginner’s Guide
        1. Power Sources
        2. Redstone Wiring
        3. Powered Blocks
        4. Modifiers
          1. Repeaters
          2. Comparators
        5. Output Devices
      2. Automatic Doors
        1. Vertical Currents
      3. Advanced Circuits
        1. NOT Gates, aka Inverters
        2. OR Gates, or Any Input Will Do
        3. AND Gates, Two TRUE
        4. Repeater Loops
      4. Rail Transport
        1. Have Minecart, Will Travel
        2. Rolling on Rails
        3. Making Tracks and Stations
        4. T-Junctions
        5. Halfway Stations
      5. A Word About Hoppers
      6. The Bottom Line
    21. 10. Enchanting, Anvils, and Brewing
      1. Enchanting Wiles
        1. Creating and Mining Obsidian
        2. Crafting Books
        3. Casting Enchantments
        4. Improving Enchantment Chances with Bookshelves
        5. Earning and Managing Experience
        6. Spruce Up Your Weapons
        7. Enhance Your Armor
        8. Improve Your Tools
      2. Hammer It Out with the Anvil
      3. Brewing Potions
        1. Brewing Up a Storm
        2. Enhancing Potions
      4. The Bottom Line
    22. 11. Villages and Other Structures
      1. Village Life
      2. Emerald City: Your Ticket to Trade
      3. Hidden Temples and Other Structures
        1. Desert Temples
        2. Jungle Temples
        3. Witch Huts
        4. Dungeons
        5. Abandoned Mine Shafts
        6. Strongholds
        7. Ocean Monuments
        8. Nether Fortresses
      4. Mapping, or There and Back Again
      5. Crafting a Clock
      6. The Bottom Line
    23. 12. Playing Through: The Nether and The End
      1. Alternate Dimensions
      2. Getting to The Nether
        1. Portal Magic
      3. Surviving the Nether Fortress
      4. Nether Mobs
      5. The End Game
        1. Finding a Stronghold
        2. Defeating the Ender Dragon
      6. The Bottom Line
    24. 13. Mods and Multiplayer
      1. Customizing Your Experience
        1. Changing the Skin You’re In
        2. Minecraft Skin Editors
          1. Skincraft
          2. The Skindex
          3. Novaskin
      2. Resource Packs: Change Your World
        1. Mind My Mods
        2. Installing Forge Mods
        3. Too Many Items
        4. More Explosives
        5. Super Heroes
        6. REI’s MiniMap
        7. Legendary Beasts
        8. Too Many Mobs
      3. Multiplayer Madness
        1. Sharing and Joining on a LAN
        2. Joining a Multiplayer Server
        3. Hosting a Multiplayer Server
        4. Spectator Mode
      4. The Bottom Line
    25. Index