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  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5343-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5343-4

The Ultimate Player’s Guide to Minecraft XBOX 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 on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One!

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! Based on the international best-seller of the same name, this book is ideal for Minecrafters of all ages.

  • Quick-start guide for first-night survival to get started NOW
  • 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 customized worlds with unique seeds
  • Learn the secrets of redstone devices, and build incredible rail systems
  • Play safely through The Nether and The End
  • Play with up to eight of your friends on Xbox Live, or run in splitscreen mode

Stephen O’Brien is an Australian-born writer and entrepreneur now residing in Sydney after too many years in Silicon Valley. He has written more than 30 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

What's in This Book 1

How to Use This Book 3

    Crafting Recipes 3

Chapter 1 Getting Started 5

Starting a New Game 6

    More Options 11

    Single-player Game Modes 13

Hosting and Controlling Multiplayer Games 14

Understanding World Seeds 18

Controls 19

The Bottom Line 20

Chapter 2 First-Night Survival 23

Surviving and Thriving 23

Heading for the Trees 25

Using Your Inventory 26

Building a Crafting Table 29

    Let’s Build Some Tools 30

    Creating a Shelter 32

    The Furnace Is Your Friend 36

    Let There Be Light 36

    Slumbering with Lumber 38

The Bottom Line 41

Chapter 3 Gathering Resources 43

Introducing the HUD 43

Avoiding Getting Lost 46

Improving Your Tools 47

Chests: Safely Stashing Your Stuff 50

Avoiding Monsters 51

Hunger Management 54

Your Mission: Food, Resources, and Reconnaissance 55

    Food on the Run 57

    Finding a Building Site 58

A Resourceful Guide to the Creative Mode Inventory 61

The Bottom Line 64

Chapter 4 Mining 65

Dig Deep, My Friend 65

The Mining Layer Cake Guide 67

Lava Lakes and Other Pitfalls 69

Descending to Layer 11 70

    The 2×1 Ladder Descent 70

    The Straight Staircase 72

    The Spiral Staircase 73

Layouts for Fast, Efficient Mining 75

Staying Safe While You Mine 77

The Bottom Line 78

Chapter 5 Combat School 81

Introducing the Menagerie 81

    Zombies 82

    Spiders 84

    Skeletons 85

    Cave Spiders 86

    Spider Jockeys 87

    Creepers 88

    Slimes 89

    Endermen 90

    Zombie Pigmen 90

Defensive Mobs 91

    Snow Golems 91

    Iron Golems 92

Weapons and Armor 93

    Swordcraft 94

    Bows and Arrows 94

    Armor-All 97

    Color-Coordinate Your Leather 100

 The Bottom Line 101

Chapter 6 Crop Farming 103

Choosing a Crop 103

    Finding Seeds in Elysium 106

    Establishing a Wheat Farm 108

    Automated Farms 114

    Creating a Piston Harvester 118

    Sticky Piston Harvesting 120

    Creating a Water Harvester 121

    Harvesting Other Crops 124

The Bottom Line 125

Chapter 7 Farming and Taming Mobs 127

Farming and Working with Friendly Mobs 127

    Breeding Animals 130

    Riding Pigs 133

Fishing 134

The Bottom Line 134

Chapter 8 Creative Construction 137

Leaving the Cave 137

Unleashing Your Interior Decorator 140

Building Underwater 147

Protecting Your Perimeter 153

    Becoming a Ditch Witch 153

    Mob Pitfalls 155

    Thick as a Brick 157

The Bottom Line 157

Chapter 9 Redstone, Rails, and More 159

Seeing Red: A Beginner’s Guide 160

    Power Sources 160

    Redstone Wiring 163

    Powered Blocks 164

    Repeaters 166

    Output Devices 168

Automatic Doors 170

    Vertical Currents 176

Advanced Circuits 177

    NOT Gates, aka Inverters 177

    OR Gates, or Any Input Will Do 178

    AND Gates, Two True 179

    Repeater Loops 180

Rail Transport 181

    Have Minecart, Will Travel 181

    Rolling on Rails 183

    Making Tracks and Stations 184

    Halfway Stations 185

The Bottom Line 186

Chapter 10 Enchanting, Anvils, and Brewing 187

Enchanting Wiles 187

    Creating and Mining Obsidian 189

    Crafting Books 192

    Casting Enchantments 192

    Improving Enchantment Chances with Bookshelves 194

    Earning and Managing Experience 195

    Sprucing Up Your Weapons 196

    Enhancing Your Armor 197

    Improving Your Tools 197

Hammer It Out with the Anvil 198

Brewing Potions 200

    Brewing Up a Storm 203

    Enhancing Potions 205

The Bottom Line 207

Chapter 11 Villages and Other Structures 209

Village Life 209

Emerald City: Your Ticket to Trade 212

Other Structures 214

    Desert Temples 215

    Jungle Temples 216

    Dungeons 217

    Abandoned Mineshafts 218

    Strongholds 218

    Nether Fortresses 219

Mapping, or There and Back Again 219

Crafting a Clock 220

The Bottom Line 221

Chapter 12 Playing Through: The Nether and The End 223

Alternate Dimensions 223

Getting to The Nether 226

    Portal Magic 227

Surviving the Nether Fortress 231

Nether Mobs 232

The End Game 234

    Finding a Stronghold 236

    Defeating the Ender Dragon 239

The Bottom Line 243

Index 245


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