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Minecraft For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Jacob Cordeiro
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Book Description

Craft yourself an amazing game of Minecraft!

More than just a game, Minecraft consists of players using an avatar to create or destroy various types of blocks, form fantastic structures, create artwork, and do much more, all in a three-dimensional environment and across various multiplayer servers in multiple game modes. With this fun and friendly beginners guide, you will quickly grasp how to play Minecraft in the three modes of game play: survival, creative, and hardcore. The easy-to-understand writing style walks you through every step of the way, from downloading the game to choosing a gaming platform to defending your creations against monsters and winning the game by defeating the Ender Dragon.

  • Explains how to use blocks to build amazing creations and engage in gameplay with other players
  • Details techniques for travelling across the biomes
  • Zeroes in on playing wisely in Survival mode so you can acquire resources to maintain your health and hunger
  • Shares tips for playing carefully in Creative mode, using your unlimited supply of resources, the ability to fly, and more
  • Helps you play in Hardcore mode

Minecraft For Dummies, Portable Edition goes where you go as you create a world you won't want to leave!

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Use blocks to build anything you can imagine
  • Protect what you've built from monsters
  • Survive, mine, and go on adventures in the Minecraft world
  • Customize your experience

Get started in Minecraft or go deeper — this book helps you do both

Playing Minecraft is an intriguing, creative experience. If you've been curious and want to get started, this book shows you the ropes. And if you know the basics but long to become a mad scientist or venture into Hardcore mode, you'll find out how to do that too. Learn to play Minecraft and enjoy endless entertainment!

  • Enter the game — purchase and download Minecraft and register your account
  • Create your world — build your Minecraft world and explore it in a single-player game
  • Learn to survive — find out how to create a shelter, avoid hunger, start a farm, and begin mining
  • Refine your skills — study the different types of blocks and learn to engineer with redstone circuits
  • Visit the villages — where you can trade, excavate valuable structures, and battle zombies
  • Move up to new gameplay options — venture into Adventure and Hardcore play and manage the Minecraft filesystem

Open the book and find:

  • How to survive your first night in Minecraft
  • What to monitor as you play
  • Tips for building an effective house
  • Necessary mining tools
  • The physics of the game
  • How to start and join a LAN server
  • Ten useful gameplay tips

About the Author

Jacob Cordeiro has been playing Minecraft since the Alpha pre-release. Jacob attends Stanford Online High School and won an award in the 2011 Scholastic Art and Writing competition for his game entry.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2369 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6RRG44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Kids Who Love Minecraft February 16, 2013
My girls (age 9) love Minecraft and are loving this book. They are working together (one reading, one playing) and enjoying it even more because it has helped them to experience new things.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Minecraft Player in the house loves it! February 18, 2013
By Tara KB
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I bought the book because the author is a wonderful young man, and because my 8 year old adores Minecraft. He has been carrying the book around and has already used several tips to improve his playing experience. Well done, Jacob!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do More with Minecraft April 7, 2013
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Today my 13yo told my 9yo, "You've learned more about Minecraft in two weeks than I did in two years." The difference: the 9yo had the book. As a parent, I'm delighted that Minecraft for Dummies has helped my kids unlock the potential of this game as not only a fun pastime but a creative and educational tool. My 9yo has ideas for using Minecraft alongside school projects that her teachers love, even if I don't quite understand them. ;) (I guess I should read the book someday too.)
Highly readable and easy to put to use right away.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear guide that parents will appreciate February 23, 2013
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This is a must-read for parents who need help understanding what this Minecraft game is all about. The author writes clearly and explains the Minecraft terminology well. Plus, I love that it's an e-book that I can read on my Kindle without fear of looking silly to other adults. Highly recommended!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! March 18, 2013
When my dad bought Minecraft For Dummies for me, I hadn't played the game in months, abandoning my unfinished projects, but after finishing this astonishing guide I was inspired and excited to build mansions, explore strongholds, and craft new items, equipped with this handy guide. It has everything you need to know and more about both how to play (I learned about new types of worlds), how to craft items (informative charts!), and altogether how to make your playing experience much better! It's a must-have for both new and expert Minecraft players. I highly recommend!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Thumbs Up! February 28, 2013
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All three of my kids are big Minecraft fans (yes, even the 3 y.o.). We purchased Minecraft for Dummies for my oldest's birthday and he devoured it (multiple times) over the course of the weekend. Whenever he set the book down, his younger brother would sneak in a chapter or two. Reading this book (written by a fellow young person, no less) has given both kids a renewed passion for all things Minecraft: the oldest is now in the process of building a Minecraft server with his dad and is busy learning how to develop his own mods; Brother #2 is now learning how to program so that he can design his own mods and textures too. And while the youngest isn't reading yet, you can be sure that Minecraft for Dummies will be on her reading list. Excellent job, Mr. Cordeiro!

Note to Parents of Minecraft Kids: This is a great book for you, too. It clearly and concisely explains all the mysterious terms your kids have been using.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Written by a kid?-Admirable! March 16, 2014
By Donnice
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I am a parent who does not know anything about Minecraft. I bought the book for my Minecraft addicted seven year old. The bonus for me was the discovery that the author is a high school-er who is home-schooled! My seven year old found it somewhat useful, but he complained that is did not apply to certain editions of Minecraft. I forget which one, but he is the video game guy, not me. I am extremely impressed that a homeschooling kid wrote the book. I am homeschooling my son, so I'm always pleased to see such intelligence from the home school community on display.

I am very pleased to have purchased this guide from one of our future's brightest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful minecraft book April 24, 2013
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The book helped my child and I understand the game alot better. Good book for beginners. I would recommend it
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My eight year old grandson is devouring this book. He loves it!
Published 10 days ago by Jenny H. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Check Suitability before Buying
My 14- yr old liked this. But he had more advanced ideas than those offered in this book. Ask the intended reader before buying this book. It may be a waste.
Published 13 days ago by Mr Graphics
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
Gift for my son, loved it!
Published 23 days ago by Andrea Haskins
3.0 out of 5 stars ... I have to read it with my son very good step by step
Very detailed but not for elementary age I have to read it with my son very good step by step guide
Published 1 month ago by Kindle
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good book
My opinion on this book that it was perfect except for that my 9 year old son saw that the this book had a lot of imformation but some parts just didn't make sense and were too... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Atul Mathur
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners
Probably a good book but my 8 year old wasn't too impressed only because there wasn't much new information. He had been playing the game for a year.
Published 1 month ago by Samiam
3.0 out of 5 stars This is for the pocket edition-- it was not clear ...
This is for the pocket edition-- it was not clear anywhere and is only apparent when reading the forward. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TexasBookReader
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
So many good tips! I am a very big Mine
craft fan! READ THIS BOOK! This is very good moms!
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love it
My kids have gotten a lot out of this book. So much so that when our first copy had a glass of water dumped on it making it unusable we had to buy a second book to replace it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by thevan5
3.0 out of 5 stars Good For Beginners...
This book is smaller than the average 'Dummies' book, but it has color pages, which is nice. Although I did learn a few new things from this book, it is mostly for beginning... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Denver Doty
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More About the Author

Jacob Cordeiro is a math and gaming enthusiast attending the Stanford Online High School. He was a panelist at the Games for Change conference in 2012. Jacob wrote Minecraft for Dummies at the age of 15 out of his love for inventive games, and he hopes to design interdisciplinary games in the future.

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