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The visual guide to Minecraft : dig into Minecraft with this (parent-approved) guide full of tips, hints, and projects!
Clark, James H. (Writer on video games)
Publication Information:
[Berkeley, California] : Peachpit Press, a division of Pearson Education, [2015]
Physical Description:
xiv, 250 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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GV1469.35.M535 C53 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GV1469.35.M535 C53 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV1469.35.M535 C53 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The Visual Guide to Minecraft is written with younger players (grades 3 - 7) in mind, and offers page after page of engaging age-appropriate content about the game. The book-and-video package is packed with pictures, descriptions, and easy-to-follow projects for building everything from simple shelters to awesome redstone contraptions. After purchasing the book, students can download for free four video collections, each containing three to five minute segments that step them through popular Minecraft projects. Loaded with visual details and engaging projects, this book and video package offers a safe place to younger players to learn the ins and outs of the game.

With this book and the accompanying videos, players will

Learn how to survive their days and nights Discover essential crafting recipes Discover tips for efficient--and even automated--farms Find essential game mods Get the hang of designing character skins Make redstone devices, from simple pistons to complex doors and cannons Design structures, from simple shelters to castles and skyscrapers Learn how to add details to structures that can take their designs from good to great.

Author Notes

JAMES H. CLARK is the Production Coordinator at The Lakeville Journal Co., a group of independently owned community newspapers. He is also an administrator of an online gaming community where his sense of humor, broad knowledge, and approachability have earned him the ironic nickname "old man," and he has become mentor and support for many of the players. James lives in Connecticut with his wife and daughter.

CORI DUSMANN , author of The Minecraft Guide for Parents , is an educator, writer, and home-schooling gamer parent who lives in Victoria, BC, with her awesome writer, gamer, and tumblr addict fifteen-year-old. With a BA in Child and Youth Care (counseling), Cori has spent more than 20 years working with children and youth in daycares and classrooms, where gaming has often been a source of common ground. Cori regularly writes and reviews books for various print and online publications.

JOHN MOLTZ has worked in corporate technology for over 15 years (three of which he actually enjoyed). He quit his job in 2012 to become a freelance writer because money can make you only so happy. Writing, on the other hand-that'll make you miserable forever. He lives in Tacoma, Washington, with his wife, son, and gigantic poodle.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. iv
Welcome to the World of Minecraftp. x
Part 1 Introduction
Chapter 1 Getting to Know Minecraftp. 3
Getting the Gamep. 4
Installing Minecraftp. 7
Using the Interfacep. 9
Summaryp. 14
Chapter 2 Surviving Your First Dayp. 15
Preparing for Nightp. 16
Lurking in the Nightp. 23
What Next?p. 24
Accessing Your Achievementsp. 29
Summaryp. 31
Chapter 3 Extending Minecraftp. 33
Hosting a Gamep. 33
Modifying the Gamep. 44
Summaryp. 58
Part 2 Encyclopedia
Chapter 4 Minecraft Basicsp. 61
It's a Crafty Businessp. 62
The Lay of the Landp. 91
World-Generated Structuresp. 99
Critters and Creaturesp. 102
Unlimited Possibilities "7
Part 2 More than Just Building-Creative
Chapter 5 There's No Place Like Homep. 121
Safety First!p. 121
Your First Shelterp. 124
Stylep. 127
Summaryp. 130
Chapter 6 Not Finished Until It's Furnishedp. 131
Lightingp. 132
The Entrancep. 139
Flooringp. 143
Furniturep. 145
Appliancesp. 148
Wall Decorationsp. 150
Windowsp. 152
Organic Adornmentsp. 154
Summaryp. 158
Chapter 7 Supporting Your Lifestylep. 159
Storage Roomp. 159
Farmingp. 162
Miningp. 176
Summaryp. 184
Chapter 8 Putting It All Togetherp. 185
Creating Shapesp. 186
Varying Materialsp. 188
Adding Depthp. 190
Going furtherp. 194
Summaryp. 196
Part 4 Redstone
Chapter 9 Redstone Powerp. 199
So What Is Redstone?p. 200
Redstone Circuitryp. 203
Currents and Circuitsp. 212
Summaryp. 222
Chapter 16 Redstone Lampp. 224
Doorsp. 228
TNT Cannonp. 237
Fireworks Launcherp. 239
Further Fun with Redstonep. 241
Glossaryp. 242
Indexp. 244