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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 Don’t struggle with out-of-date web tutorials or bewildering YouTube videos: best-selling author Stephen O’Brien will show you how to do it all!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

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Contents At a Glance
    5. Table of Contents
    6. About the Author
    7. Dedication
    8. Acknowledgments
    9. We Want to Hear from You!
    10. Reader Services
    11. Introduction
      1. Become a Minecraft Expert!
      2. What’s in This Book
      3. How to Use This Book
    12. 1. Getting Started
      1. Managing Minecraft
      2. Launch Control
      3. Mod Management
      4. Custom Launchers
        1. Adding Mods to MultiMC
      5. Modpack Installers
      6. The Bottom Line
    13. 2. Automated Produce Farms
      1. Make Mine a BUD
      2. Automated Cane Farms
      3. Automated Collection and Transport
      4. Automated Pumpkin and Melon Farms
      5. Automated Wheat, Potato, and Carrot Farms
      6. Automated Sorting
      7. The Bottom Line
    14. 3. Mining and Ore Generators
      1. Creating Cobblestone
      2. Creating Stone
      3. Obsidian Generator
      4. The Bottom Line
    15. 4. Mob Farms, Traps, and Defense
      1. Evil Mob Farms
        1. Spawning Mob Mayhem
        2. Building a Water-Based Mob Farm
        3. Grinding Mobs and Collecting Drops
      2. Dastardly Mob Traps
        1. Treacherous Trenches
        2. Killer Cactus
        3. Indispensible Dispensers
        4. Pulverizing Pistons
      3. The Bottom Line
    16. 5. Advanced Construction
      1. Choosing a Building Style
        1. Medieval Style
          1. Up Go the Walls!
          2. If You Like It, Put a Roof on It!
        2. Victorian Style
          1. Pitched Roof
          2. Complex Roof
        3. Japanese Style Building
        4. Modern and Suburban Styles
          1. Residential Roads
        5. Viking Style
        6. Egyptian/Desert Style
        7. Steampunk Style
        8. Elven/Fairy Style
        9. Build an Igloo
      2. Advanced Decoration Techniques
      3. Creating Natural Terrain and Trees
      4. Drawing 2D Pixel Art
      5. Sculpting a 3D Statue
        1. Creating Spheres, Circles, and Arches
      6. Building in the Nether and End Regions
      7. The Bottom Line
    17. 6. More Power to You
      1. Combination Lock
      2. Minecart Switches
      3. Project:Red
        1. Automating a Pumpkin Farm
        2. What Else Can Project:Red Do?
          1. Core
          2. Integration
          3. Transmission
          4. Transportation
      4. The Bottom Line
    18. 7. Empire Building with BuildCraft
      1. BuildCraft Core Concepts
      2. Pipe Dreams
      3. Engines
        1. Creating a Power Station
      4. Mining Wells
      5. Managing Combustion Engines
      6. Refining Oil
      7. Automated Quarries
      8. Blueprints, Building, and Templates
      9. More BuildCraft
      10. The Bottom Line
    19. 8. Titans of IndustrialCraft
      1. IC2E Core Concepts
      2. Agricultural Pursuits
        1. Crossbreeding Guide
        2. Strip Farming for Profit
        3. Square Farm Dancing
        4. Using the Cropnalyzer
        5. Improving Growth with a Crop-Matron
      3. IC2E Armor, Weapons, and Tools
      4. Generating Energy Units (EU)
      5. Mining, Macerating, and More
        1. Automated Mining
        2. Macerators and More
      6. Going Thermonuclear
      7. The Bottom Line
    20. 9. Rolling with Railcraft
      1. Getting Started
      2. Creating Standard Track
      3. Reinforced Tracks
      4. Boring, Not So
      5. Undercutting the Competition
      6. More Mods
        1. Galacticraft
        2. Forestry
        3. ComputerCraft
      7. The Bottom Line
    21. 10. Recording and Sharing
      1. Choosing the Right Software
        1. FRAPS for Windows (License Approximately $40)
        2. Bandicam for Windows (License Approx. $39)
        3. QuickTime Player for Mac (Free with OS X)
      2. Hardware Recording Devices
        1. AVerMedia’s Live Gamer Portable (RRP $169)
        2. Elgato Game Capture HD Recorder (RRP $199)
      3. Plotting Camera Paths and Animation
        1. Recording Using Camera Studio
      4. Overlaying Audio and Titles
        1. Editing with iMovie—OS X (RRP $18.99)
          1. Titles
          2. Adding Audio to Your Movie
          3. Exporting Your Completed Movie
        2. Editing with Windows Movie Maker—Windows (Free Download)
          1. Titling
          2. Adding Audio to Your Video
          3. Exporting Your Completed Video
      5. Publishing to YouTube and Vimeo
        1. Uploading Your Video
        2. Basic Info
      6. The Bottom Line
    22. 11. Building Your Own Adventure
      1. Adventure Mode
      2. Initial Planning and Implementation
      3. So, What’s Your Story?
      4. Mastering Command Blocks
        1. Breaking Down the Command String
        2. Selectors
        3. Commands
        4. Specifiers
          1. Teleporting to a Central Point
          2. Using effect Commands
          3. Rewarding Players
        5. The Comparator
        6. The tellraw Command
      5. World-Editing Tools and Helpers (Map the Middle Kingdom)
      6. Publishing Your Own Adventure (Terrifying Noobs)
      7. The Bottom Line
    23. Index
    24. Code Snippets