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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: 9146 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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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14 of 15 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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5 of 5 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 awesome
This is just awesom. I am already a expert at mc but I learned a few new things. So I recommend minecrafters reading this book when they are stressed or need more ideas.
Published 11 hours ago by EdCaddie
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help in understanding and mastering the game, for anyone...
Good and thorough book, easily read and understood as are all dummy books, except for me, who can not fathom this game if God taught me.
Published 4 days ago by Douglas Kelban
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Explains the concept well for us older folks
Published 8 days ago by Lynn Fawcett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 1 month ago by nana
5.0 out of 5 stars needs the title changed
Very informative about the game but the title needs to be more descriptive like minecraft for dummies pportable eddition instead of just minecraft for dummies
Published 1 month ago by jason kline
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great item.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Ventrella
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just what I was looking for!
Published 3 months ago by Ellen Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Asome book!
It has everything you need to understand how to play also it has everything you need to know about Minecraft.
Published 3 months ago by Karen Calabrese
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for a beginner like me
Good book for a beginner like me. There are two other books from this author, not clear why they weren't all combined.
Published 4 months ago by H. J. Greenleaf
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More About the Author

Jacob Cordeiro is a math and gaming enthusiast graduating from Stanford Online High School in 2015 and attending Harvey Mudd College in the fall. 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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