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Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft, The

By Stephen O'Brien

Published by Que

Published Date: Oct 20, 2014


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. There are custom-crafted adventure maps, massive multiplayer servers, new trading systems, new societies, and incredible mods that take Minecraft into the far future. Minecraft can be whatever you and millions of other players dream up. There’s only one problem: uncovering all these amazing resources and techniques. Problem solved! They’re all in one great full-color guide: The Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft. Don’t struggle with out-of-date web tutorials or bewildering YouTube videos: best-selling author Stephen O’Brien will show you how to do it all!

  •    Build and manage unique Minecraft configurations with their own versions, worlds, resource packs, and profiles
  •    Automate your farming: let a few pistons, a stream, and some redstone do all the dirty work for you
  •    Generate infinite ores on demand–even obsidian
  •    Take control of the mayhem with mob farms: mass-produce your own zombies, spiders, creepers, and skeletons
  •    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
  •    Take Minecraft into the industrial and nuclear age… even go green with solar energy and wind farms
  •    Add computer systems and robotics control with ComputerCraft and Lua
  •    Create and share exciting adventure maps and learn the secrets of CommandBlocks
  •    Share your creation with the world via pro-quality video and audio
  •    Manage a multiplayer server and create your own trading society
  •    Make the most of powerful plug-ins for anti-griefing and more

Stephen O’Brien is an Australian-born writer and entrepreneur now residing in Sydney after too many years in Silicon Valley. He has written 28 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 has played Minecraft since its alpha release and remains astounded at the unparalleled creativity it engenders. He is author of the mega-bestselling The Ultimate Player’s Guide to Minecraft and The Ultimate Player’s Guide to Minecraft: Xbox Edition.


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 15

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 44

Automated Sorting 47

The Bottom Line 51


Chapter 3 Mining and Ore Generators 53

Creating Cobblestone 53

Creating Stone 59

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

Dastardly Mob Traps 82

    Treacherous Trenches 82

    Killer Cactus 84

    Indispensible Dispensers 87

    Pulverizing Pistons 91

The Bottom Line 93


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! 100

    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 152

The Bottom Line 152


Chapter 7 Empire Building with BuildCraft 155

BuildCraft Core Concepts 155

Pipe Dreams 157

Engines 162

    Creating a Power Station 163

Mining Wells 165

Managing Combustion Engines 167

Refining Oil 171

Automated Quarries 172

Blueprints, Building, and Templates 175

More BuildCraft 178

The Bottom Line 179


Chapter 8 Titans of IndustrialCraft 181

IC2E Core Concepts 181

Agricultural Pursuits 183

    Crossbreeding Guide 185

    Strip Farming for Profit 186

    Square Farm Dancing 189

    Using the Cropnalyzer 190

    Improving Growth with a Crop-Matron 192

IC2E Armor, Weapons, and Tools 193

Generating Energy Units (EU) 195

Mining, Macerating, and More 197

    Automated Mining 197

    Macerators and More 198

Going Thermonuclear 199

The Bottom Line 202


Chapter 9 Rolling with Railcraft 205

Getting Started 206

Creating Standard Track 208

Reinforced Tracks 212

Boring, Not So 213

Undercutting the Competition 216

More Mods 216

    Galacticraft 216

    Forestry 217

    ComputerCraft 217

The Bottom Line 217


Chapter 10 Recording and Sharing 219

Choosing the Right Software 220

    FRAPS for Windows (License Approximately $40) 221

    Bandicam for Windows (License Approx. $39) 221

    QuickTime Player for Mac (Free with OS X) 222

Hardware Recording Devices 224

    AVerMedia’s Live Gamer Portable (RRP $169) 224

    Elgato Game Capture HD Recorder (RRP $199) 224

Plotting Camera Paths and Animation 224

    Recording Using Camera Studio 227

Overlaying Audio and Titles 227

    Editing with iMovie—OS X (RRP $18.99) 227

        Titles 228

        Adding Audio to Your Movie 229

        Exporting Your Completed Movie 230

    Editing with Windows Movie Maker—Windows (Free Download) 230

        Titling 230

        Adding Audio to Your Video 231

        Exporting Your Completed Video 231

Publishing to YouTube and Vimeo 231

    Uploading Your Video 232

    Basic Info 233

The Bottom Line 235


Chapter 11 Building Your Own Adventure 237

Adventure Mode 238

Initial Planning and Implementation 239

So, What’s Your Story? 239

Mastering Command Blocks 240

    Breaking Down the Command String 241

    Selectors 242

    Commands 242

    Specifiers 245

        Teleporting to a Central Point 245

        Using effect Commands 246

        Rewarding Players 248

    The Comparator 248

    The tellraw Command 249

World-Editing Tools and Helpers (Map the Middle Kingdom) 253

Publishing Your Own Adventure (Terrifying Noobs) 254

The Bottom Line 255


Index 257


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