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Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft, The, 2nd Edition


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• The only book dedicated to advanced Minecraft strategy
• Cutting-edge Minecraft information available in no other book… all in gorgeous full color!
• Take full advantage of amazing features hidden in standard Minecraft installations, from Redstone wiring to complex automated mob farms
• Automate all mining, harvesting, and building: even generate infinite ores on demand
• Download everything from custom-crafted adventure maps to in-game add-ons that take Minecraft into the industrial age and beyond
• Use highly-customized Minecraft multi-player servers with trading systems, mini-games, and entirely new societies


  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 304
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5573-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5573-5

The Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft

Make Minecraft whatever YOU want it to be!

After you’ve learned to survive in Minecraft, the fun really begins. Minecraft’s advanced features support stunning creativity—and that’s still just the beginning. More than ever, Minecraft 1.9 can be whatever you and millions of other players dream up!

Custom-crafted adventure maps… new trading systems and societies… incredible mods that take Minecraft into the far future… Minecraft’s potential is simply astounding. This full-color guide brings together all of today’s most amazing Minecraft resources and techniques. Why struggle with outdated web tutorials or bewildering YouTube videos? Mega-bestselling author Stephen O’Brien will show you how to get it all, and do it all!

  • Create and manage unique Minecraft 1.9 configurations with their own versions, worlds, resource packs, and profiles
  • Automatically mass-produce sugar cane, melons, wheat, and more
  • Supercharge mining operations to excavate infinite amounts of obsidian
  • Take control of the mayhem with mob farms: mass-produce your own zombies, spiders, creepers, and skeletons
  • Craft amazing armor, weapons, and tools
  • Build in any style that inspires you: medieval, Victorian, Viking, Japanese, modern, suburban, you name it
  • Create natural-looking terrain and trees, decorate with 2D pixel art, and build 3D statues
  • Construct smarter, more efficient power and transportation systems
  • Assemble amazing redstone circuitry with Monostable and Redpower 2
  • Generate massive resources with gigantic oil refineries and quarries
  • Create and share exciting adventure maps and learn the secrets of CommandBlocks
  • Export your greatest adventures to YouTube, Vimeo, or HD video

Stephen O’Brien is author of the mega-bestselling The Ultimate Player’s Guide to Minecraft as well as many other books. An Australian-born writer and entrepreneur now residing in Sydney after too many years in Silicon Valley, his 30 books include several bestsellers. He founded Typefi, the world’s leading automated publishing system, and invented the award-winning mypressi portable espresso maker. He’s a perpetual innovator who remains astounded at the unparalleled creativity Minecraft can engender.

Minecraft is a trademark of Mojang Synergies / Notch Development AB. This book is not affiliated with or sponsored by Mojang Synergies / Notch Development AB.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Become a Minecraft Expert! 2
What’s in This Book 2
How to Use This Book 3

Chapter 1 Getting Started 5
Managing Minecraft 5
Launch Control 6
Mod Management 10
    Custom Launchers 11
        Adding Mods to MultiMC 16
    Modpack Installers 20
The Bottom Line 22

Chapter 2 Automated Produce Farms 23
Make Mine a BUD 24
Automated Cane Farms 27
Automated Collection and Transport 32
Automated Pumpkin and Melon Farms 36
Automated Wheat, Potato, and Carrot Farms 43
Automated Sorting 46
The Bottom Line 51

Chapter 3 Mining and Ore Generators 53
Creating Cobblestone 53
Creating Stone 58
Obsidian Generator 61
The Bottom Line 65

Chapter 4 Mob Farms, Traps, and Defense 67
Evil Mob Farms 67
    Spawning Mob Mayhem 68
    Building a Water-Based Mob Farm 70
    Grinding Mobs and Collecting Drops 73
    Grinding for Experience 81
Dastardly Mob Traps 83
Treacherous Trenches 83
Killer Cactus 85
Indispensible Dispensers 88
Pulverizing Pistons 92
The Bottom Line 94

Chapter 5 Advanced Construction 95
Choosing a Building Style 96
    Medieval Style 96
        Up Go the Walls! 98
        If You Like It, Put a Roof on It! 99
    Victorian Style 101
        Pitched Roof 102
        Complex Roof 104
    Japanese Style Building 106
    Modern and Suburban Styles 108
        Residential Roads 110
    Viking Style 111
    Egyptian/Desert Style 113
    Steampunk Style 114
    Elven/Fairy Style 115
    Build an Igloo 116
Advanced Decoration Techniques 118
Creating Natural Terrain and Trees 122
Drawing 2D Pixel Art 123
Sculpting a 3D Statue 124
    Creating Spheres, Circles, and Arches 127
Building in the Nether and End Regions 129
The Bottom Line 130

Chapter 6 More Power to You 131
Combination Lock 131
Minecart Switches 140
Project:Red 142
    Automating a Pumpkin Farm 144
    What Else Can Project:Red Do? 148
        Core 148
        Integration 148
        Transmission 150
        Transportation 152The Bottom Line 152

Chapter 7 Empire Building with BuildCraft 155
BuildCraft Core Concepts 155
Pipe Dreams 157
Engines 163
    Creating a Power Station 164
Mining Wells 167
Managing Combustion Engines 168
Refining Oil 173
Automated Quarries 174
Blueprints, Building, and Templates 178
More BuildCraft 182
The Bottom Line 182

Chapter 8 Titans of IndustrialCraft 185
IC2E Core Concepts 185
Agricultural Pursuits 187
    Crossbreeding Guide 189
    Strip Farming for Profit 190
    Square Farm Dancing 193
    Using the Cropnalyzer 194
    Improving Growth with a Crop-Matron 197
IC2E Armor, Weapons, and Tools 198
Generating Energy Units (EU) 201
Mining, Macerating, and More 202
    Automated Mining 202
    Macerators and More 204

Going Thermonuclear 205
The Bottom Line 209

Chapter 9 Rolling with Railcraft 211
Getting Started 212
Creating Standard Track 214
Reinforced Track 218
Boring, Not So 219
Undercutting the Competition 222
More Mods 222
    Galacticraft 222
    Forestry 223
    ComputerCraft 223
The Bottom Line 223

Chapter 10 Recording and Sharing 225
Choosing the Right Software 226
    FRAPS for Windows (License Approximately $40) 227
    Bandicam for Windows (License Approximately $39) 228
    QuickTime Player for Mac (Free with OS X) 229
Hardware Recording Devices 230
    AVerMedia’s Live Gamer Portable (LGP) 230
    Elgato Game Capture HD Recorder 230
Plotting Camera Paths and Animation 230
Overlaying Audio and Titles 233
    Editing with iMovie—OS X 233
        Titles 235
        Adding Audio to Your Movie 235
        Exporting Your Completed Movie 236
    Editing with Windows Movie Maker—Windows 236
        Titling 236
        Adding Audio to Your Video 237
        Exporting Your Completed Video 237
Publishing to YouTube and Vimeo 238
    Uploading Your Video 238
    Basic Info 240
The Bottom Line 241

Chapter 11 Building Your Own Adventure 243
Adventure Mode 244
Initial Planning and Implementation 245
So, What’s Your Story? 245
Mastering Command Blocks 246
    Breaking Down the Command String 247
    Selectors 248
    Commands 248
    Specifiers 251
        Teleporting to a Central Point 251
        Using effect Commands 252
        Rewarding Players 254
    The Comparator 254
    The tellraw Command 255
World-Editing Tools and Helpers (Map the Middle Kingdom) 259
Publishing Your Own Adventure (Terrifying Noobs) 260
The Bottom Line 261

Index 263


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