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Introduction 1What's in This Book 1How to Use This Book 3Crafting Recipes 3 Chapter 1 Getting Started 5Starting a New Game 6More Options 11Single-player Game Modes 13Hosting and Controlling Multiplayer Games 14Understanding World Seeds 18Controls 19The Bottom Line 20Chapter 2 First-Night Survival 23Surviving and Thriving 23Heading for the Trees 25Using Your Inventory 26Building a Crafting Table 29Let's Build Some Tools 30Creating a Shelter 32The Furnace Is Your Friend 36Let There Be Light 36Slumbering with Lumber 38The Bottom Line 41 Chapter 3 Gathering Resources 43Introducing the HUD 43Avoiding Getting Lost 46Improving Your Tools 47Chests: Safely Stashing Your Stuff 50Avoiding Monsters 51Hunger Management 54Your Mission: Food, Resources, and Reconnaissance 55Food on the Run 57Finding a Building Site 58A Resourceful Guide to the Creative Mode Inventory 61The Bottom Line 64 Chapter 4 Mining 65Dig Deep, My Friend 65The Mining Layer Cake Guide 67Lava Lakes and Other Pitfalls 69Descending to Layer 11 70The 2x1 Ladder Descent 70The Straight Staircase 72The Spiral Staircase 73Layouts for Fast, Efficient Mining 75Staying Safe While You Mine 77The Bottom Line 78 Chapter 5 Combat School 81Introducing the Menagerie 81Zombies 82Spiders 84Skeletons 85Cave Spiders 86Spider Jockeys 87Creepers 88Slimes 89Endermen 90Zombie Pigmen 90Defensive Mobs 91Snow Golems 91Iron Golems 92Weapons and Armor 93Swordcraft 94Bows and Arrows 94Armor-All 97Color-Coordinate Your Leather 100 The Bottom Line 101 Chapter 6 Crop Farming 103Choosing a Crop 103Finding Seeds in Elysium 106Establishing a Wheat Farm 108Automated Farms 114Creating a Piston Harvester 118Sticky Piston Harvesting 120Creating a Water Harvester 121Harvesting Other Crops 124The Bottom Line 125 Chapter 7 Farming and Taming Mobs 127Farming and Working with Friendly Mobs 127Breeding Animals 130Riding Pigs 133Fishing 134The Bottom Line 134 Chapter 8 Creative Construction 137Leaving the Cave 137Unleashing Your Interior Decorator 140Building Underwater 147Protecting Your Perimeter 153Becoming a Ditch Witch 153Mob Pitfalls 155Thick as a Brick 157The Bottom Line 157 Chapter 9 Redstone, Rails, and More 159Seeing Red: A Beginner's Guide 160Power Sources 160Redstone Wiring 163Powered Blocks 164Repeaters 166Output Devices 168Automatic Doors 170Vertical Currents 176Advanced Circuits 177NOT Gates, aka Inverters 177OR Gates, or Any Input Will Do 178AND Gates, Two True 179Repeater Loops 180Rail Transport 181Have Minecart, Will Travel 181Rolling on Rails 183Making Tracks and Stations 184Halfway Stations 185The Bottom Line 186 Chapter 10 Enchanting, Anvils, and Brewing 187Enchanting Wiles 187Creating and Mining Obsidian 189Crafting Books 192Casting Enchantments 192Improving Enchantment Chances with Bookshelves 194Earning and Managing Experience 195Sprucing Up Your Weapons 196Enhancing Your Armor 197Improving Your Tools 197Hammer It Out with the Anvil 198Brewing Potions 200Brewing Up a Storm 203Enhancing Potions 205The Bottom Line 207 Chapter 11 Villages and Other Structures 209Village Life 209Emerald City: Your Ticket to Trade 212Other Structures 214Desert Temples 215Jungle Temples 216Dungeons 217Abandoned Mineshafts 218Strongholds 218Nether Fortresses 219Mapping, or There and Back Again 219Crafting a Clock 220The Bottom Line 221 Chapter 12 Playing Through: The Nether and The End 223Alternate Dimensions 223Getting to The Nether 226Portal Magic 227Surviving the Nether Fortress 231Nether Mobs 232The End Game 234Finding a Stronghold 236Defeating the Ender Dragon 239The Bottom Line 243 Index 245
Stephen O'Brien is an Australian-born writer and entrepreneur currently residing in Sydney after too many years in Silicon Valley. He has previously written 27 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 in his spare time he 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.