Part 1: Introduction

Minecraft is as fun as it is initially hard to understand. In this day and age of app stores, a game that you buy from a website and that requires other software to run it seems almost arcane. And the buttons. Oh, so many buttons. What do they all do?

Getting the game installed is just the first hurdle. The game comes with no real instructions, so surviving your first day in Minecraft can be a walk in the dark. Hopefully not literally, because that’s when the bad things come out.

Don’t worry. In the sections that follow, we’ll not only explain how to get and install the game and survive your first day, but also go through how to expand the game. You’ll see how to install add-ons, install and play modified versions of the ...

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