The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft

Category: Book
By (author): O'Brien, Stephen
Subject:  GAMES / Role Playing & Fantasy
  GAMES / Video & Electronic
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Reference / General
  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Games & Activities / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Pearson Education
Published: September 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 9.00in x 6.90in x 0.60in
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From The Publisher*<p style="margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="margin:0px;"> <b>The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft, Third Edition</b> </p> <p style="margin:0px;"> <b> </b> </p> <p style="margin:0px;"> <b>Minecraft: These worlds are YOURS!</b> </p> <p style="margin:0px;"> <b> <br> </b> </p> <p style="margin:0px;">Minecraft is WAY more than a game: it's an alternate universe of creation, exhilaration, survival, adventure, passion! Don't enter that universe alone. More than ever, you need an experienced guide who'll help you constantly as you learn Minecraft's newest, most powerful secrets! From Minecraft's earliest betas to its newest combat upgrades, Stephen O'Brien has seen it all! Now, he'll take you deep inside craft and mine, cave and menagerie, farm and village. He'll reveal brand-new combat traps and tricks you need to know, teach you enchantments of unimaginable power, help you survive where few dare to go, and help you OWN the infinite worlds of Minecraft!</p> <p style="margin:0px;"> <br> </p> <ul> <li>Quick-start guide for first-night survival</li> <li>Master exciting combat techniques including Minecraft 1.9's dual-wielding and shields</li> <li>Customize your experience–from peaceful to monstrous</li> <li>Harvest resources, craft tools and shelters–let there be light</li> <li>Grab your pickaxe: mine iron, gold, diamonds, and redstone</li> <li>Escape (or defeat!) all the hostile mobs</li> <li>Get friendly critters on your side and build automated farms</li> <li>Brew potions to cure ills, gain superpowers, and throw at enemies</li> <li>Transform even the simplest shelter into a palace</li> <li>Explore ocean monuments and gather golden treasure from the deeps</li> <li>Create new worlds and master the fine art of terraforming and installing mods</li> <li>Learn the secrets of redstone devices and build incredible rail systems</li> <li>Play safely through The Nether and the expanded End region </li> </ul> <p style="margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="margin:0px;"> <b>Minecraft is a trademark of Mojang Synergies / Notch Development AB. This book is not affiliated with or sponsored by Mojang Synergies / Notch Development AB.</b> </p> <p style="margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="margin:0px;"> <b>Register your book at www.quepublising.com/register and receive 35% off your next purchase.</b> </p> <p style="margin:0px;"> </p>
Table Of Contents<b>Introduction to the Third Edition 1</b> <br>What's In This Book 2<br>How to Use This Book 4<br> <r>    </r>Crafting Recipes 4<br>There's More Online… 4<br> <br> <b>Chapter 1 Getting Started 5</b> <br>Registering and Downloading 5<br> <r>    </r>Registering a Mojang Account 7<br> <r>    </r>Purchasing Minecraft 8<br>Launching Minecraft 10<br>Starting a New Game 13<br> <r>    </r>Choosing a World-Generation Style 14<br> <r>    </r>Singleplayer Game Modes 17<br> <r>    </r>Seeding Your World 19<br>About Snapshots 20<br>Controls 21<br>The Bottom Line 23<br> <br> <b>Chapter 2 First-Night Survival 25</b> <br>Surviving and Thriving 25<br>Heading for the Trees 27<br>Using Your Inventory 29<br>Building a Crafting Table 31<br> <r>    </r>Building Some Tools 32<br> <r>    </r>Creating a Shelter 36<br> <r>    </r>The Furnace Is Your Friend 40<br> <r>    </r>Let There Be Light 42<br> <r>    </r>Slumbering with Lumber 44<br>Tools and Their (Over)Use 47<br>A Bit About Achievements 47<br>What Is This "Bonus Chest" You Speak Of? 48<br>The Bottom Line 50<br> <br> <b>Chapter 3 Gathering Resources 5</b> <b>1</b> <br>Introducing the HUD 51<br>Improving Your Tools 56<br>Chests: Safely Stashing Your Stuff 58<br>Avoiding Monsters 61<br>Hunger Management 63<br>Your Mission: Food, Resources, and Reconnaissance 64<br> <r>    </r>Getting Food on the Run 66<br> <r>    </r>Finding a Building Site 68<br>Using the Creative Mode Inventory 71<br>The Bottom Line 73<br> <br> <b>Chapter 4 Mining 75</b> <br>Dig Deep, My Friend 75<br>The Mining Layer Cake Guide 77<br>Lava Lakes and Other Pitfalls 80<br>Descending to Layer 11 82<br> <r>    </r>The 2×1 Ladder Descent 82<br> <r>    </r>The Straight Staircase 84<br> <r>    </r>The Spiral Staircase 85<br>Layouts for Fast, Efficient Mining 86<br>Staying Safe While You Mine 88<br>The Bottom Line 90<br> <br> <b>Chapter 5 Combat School 91</b> <br>Introducing the Menagerie 91<br> <r>    </r>Zombies 92<br> <r>    </r>Spiders 93<br> <r>    </r>Skeletons 95<br> <r>    </r>Cave Spiders 95<br> <r>    </r>Spider Jockeys 96<br> <r>    </r>Chicken Jockeys 96<br> <r>    </r>Creepers 97<br> <r>    </r>Slimes 97<br> <r>    </r>Endermen 98<br> <r>    </r>Zombie Pigmen 99<br> <r>    </r>Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog 99<br> <r>    </r>Guardians and Elder Guardians 99<br>Defensive Mobs 100<br> <r>    </r>Snow Golems 100<br> <r>    </r>Iron Golems 101<br> <r>    </r>The Dogs of War 101<br>Mob Target Practice 102<br>Weapons, Armor, and Shields 103<br> <r>    </r>Swordcraft 104<br> <r>    </r>Bows and Arrows 105<br> <r>    </r>Shields 108<br> <r>    </r>Armor-All 109<br> <r>    </r>Color-Coordinating Your Leather 111<br>Taking Combat Damage and Healing 112<br>The Bottom Line 113<br> <br> <b>Chapter 6 Crop Farming 115</b> <br>Choosing a Crop 115<br>Cooking with Minecraft 119<br> <r>    </r>Minecraft Bakery 119<br> <r>    </r>Minecraft BBQ 119<br> <r>    </r>Alchemy Eatery 120<br> <r>    </r>Raw Food Diet 120<br> <r>    </r>Eat at Your Own Risk 120<br>Establishing a Farm 121<br>Automated Farms 128<br> <r>    </r>Creating a Piston Harvester 132<br> <r>    </r>Sticky Piston Harvesting 135<br> <r>    </r>Creating a Water Harvester 136<br> <r>    </r>Harvesting Other Crops 138<br>The Bottom Line 140<br> <br> <b>Chapter 7 Farming and Taming Mobs 141</b> <br>Farming and Working with Friendly Mobs 141<br> <r>    </r>Using Leads 145<br> <r>    </r>Breeding Animals 146<br> <r>    </r>Dying for Dye? 147<br>Taming and Riding Horses, Donkeys, and More 148<br> <r>    </r>Armoring Your Horse 150<br> <r>    </r>Loading Up the Pack 150<br> <r>    </r>Riding Pigs 151<br>Fishing 152<br> <r>    </r>Ah, the Squid 153<br>The Bottom Line 154<br> <br> <b>Chapter 8 Creative Construction 155</b> <br>Leaving the Cave 155<br>Building a Custom World 159<br>Unleashing Your Interior Decorator 161<br>Building Underwater 169<br> <r>    </r>Getting Started 172<br> <r>    </r>Building the Structure 174<br>Protecting Your Perimeter 176<br> <r>    </r>Become a Ditch Witch 176<br> <r>    </r>Mob Pitfalls 178<br> <r>    </r>Thick as a Brick 179<br>Making Fireworks 180<br>The Bottom Line 183<br> <br> <b>Chapter 9 Redstone, Rails, and More 185</b> <br>Seeing Red: A Beginner's Guide 186<br> <r>    </r>Power Sources and Signals 186<br> <r>    </r>Redstone Wiring 190<br> <r>    </r>Powered Blocks 192<br> <r>    </r>Modifiers 194<br> <r>    </r> <r>    </r> <r>    </r>Repeaters 194<br> <r>    </r> <r>    </r>Comparators 197<r> <br> </r> <r>    </r>Output Devices 198<br> <r>    </r>Automatic Doors 200<br> <r>    </r>Vertical Currents 206<br>Advanced Circuits 207<br> <r>    </r>NOT Gates, aka Inverters 208<br> <r>    </r>OR Gates, or Any Input Will Do 208<br> <r>    </r>AND Gates, Two TRUE 210<br> <r>    </r>Repeater Loops 211<br>Rail Transport 212<br> <r>    </r>Have Minecart, Will Travel 213<br> <r>    </r>Rolling on Rails 216<br> <r>    </r>Making Tracks and Stations 217<br> <r>    </r>T-Junctions 218<br> <r>    </r>Halfway Stations 219<br>A Word About Hoppers 220<br>The Bottom Line 221<br> <br> <b>Chapter 10 Enchanting, Anvils, and Brewing 223</b> <br>Enchanting Wiles 223<br> <r>    </r>Creating and Mining Obsidian 225<br> <r>    </r>Crafting Books 228<br> <r>    </r>Casting Enchantments 228<br> <r>    </r>Improving Enchantment Chances with Bookshelves 230<br> <r>    </r>Earning and Managing Experience 232<br> <r>    </r>Sprucing Up Your Weapons 233<br> <r>    </r>Enhancing Your Armor 234<br> <r>    </r>Improving Your Tools 235<br>Hammering It Out with the Anvil 235<br>Brewing Potions 237<br> <r>    </r>Brewing Up a Storm 240<br> <r>    </r>Enhancing Potions 242<br>The Bottom Line 243<br> <br> <b>Chapter 11 Villages and Other Structures 245</b> <br>Village Life 245<br>Emerald City: Your Ticket to Trade 248<br>Hidden Temples and Other Structures 251<br> <r>    </r>Desert Temples 252<br> <r>    </r>Jungle Temples 252<br> <r>    </r>Witch Huts 254<br> <r>    </r>Dungeons 254<br> <r>    </r>Abandoned Mine Shafts 255<br> <r>    </r>Strongholds 255<br> <r>    </r>Ocean Monuments 256<br> <r>    </r>Nether Fortresses 257<br>Mapping, or There and Back Again 257<br>Crafting a Clock 260<br>The Bottom Line 261<br> <br> <b>Chapter 12 Playing Through: The Nether and The End 263</b> <br>Alternate Dimensions 263<br>Getting to The Nether 266<br> <r>    </r>Portal Magic 268<br>Surviving the Nether Fortress 271<br>Nether Mobs 272<br>The End Game 275<br> <r>    </r>Finding a Stronghold 276<br> <r>    </r>Defeating the Ender Dragon 278<br>Beckoning a Beacon 285<br>The Bottom Line 289<br> <br> <b>Chapter 13 Mods and Multiplayer 291</b> <br>Customizing Your Experience 291<br> <r>    </r>Changing the Skin You're In 292<br> <r>    </r>Minecraft Skin Editors 293<br> <r>    </r> <r>    </r>Miners Need Cool Shoes 294<br> <r>    </r> <r>    </r>The Skindex 294<br> <r>    </r> <r>    </r>Novaskin 294<br> <r>    </r> <r>    </r>Loading Your New Skin 296<br>Resource Packs: Change Your World 296<br> <r>    </r>Mind My Mods 299<br> <r>    </r>Installing Forge Mods 301<br> <r>    </r>TooManyItems 303<br> <r>    </r>Ruins 304<br> <r>    </r>Progressive Automation 305<br> <r>    </r>VoxelMap 305<br>Multiplayer Madness 306<br> <r>    </r>Sharing and Joining on a LAN 307<br> <r>    </r>Joining a Multiplayer Server 309<br> <r>    </r>Hosting a Multiplayer Server 312<br> <r>    </r>Spectator Mode 315<br>The Bottom Line 316<br> <br>Index 317<br>
Biographical Note<b>Stephen O'Brien</b> 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 <i>The Advanced Minecraft Strategy Guide</i>, published by Que.