The Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft

The Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft

by Stephen O'Brien

Paperback(2nd Revised ed.)

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 Don’t struggle with out-of-date web tutorials or bewildering YouTube videos: best-selling author Stephen O’Brien will show you how to do it all!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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789755735
Publisher: Que
Publication date: 11/16/2015
Edition description: 2nd Revised ed.
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 276,832
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

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 over 30 titles 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 invented a new type of espresso machine called mypressi. He has been using Minecraft since its early days and remains astounded at the unparalleled creativity it engenders. Stephen is also the author of the internationally bestselling The Ultimate Player’s Guide to Minecraft, published by Que.

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

Customer Reviews