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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; Portable Edition edition (February 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118537149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118537145
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

From the Publisher

You can play with your child

There's no reason you can't play Minecraft with your child, either watching what he or she does, or playing in multiplayer mode alongside your child. You can even work as a team!

You can keep play private

If you're concerned about who your child is playing with, you can limit his or her play to single mode, where he or she plays alone. You can also join a server where you know all the players, or create your own server and invite only people you know to play with your child.

Develop your child's creativity

Minecraft isn't just about stacking and unstacking blocks. Encourage your kids to build something learned in school, like a Scottish castle or an Egyptian pyramid. Or create an entire world from their imagination.

You can keep Minecraft non-violent

If you don't want your child fighting off creepers and other monsters, you can set Minecraft to peaceful mode.

You can learn a new language

Want to expose your child to another language? Set Minecraft to a foreign language - like German, French, or Japanese!

Your child can master useful skills

Many Minecrafters learn useful skills that can lead to future jobs. How about programming to create mods for Minecraft? Or discovering the intricacies of architecture to build houses? Or engineering to hookup an electric lamp or rig a door to open as you approach it?

Minecraft is pretty inexpensive

The game itself doesn't cost much - you can even have your child pay for it through allowance - but because of the simple graphics, you don't need a super expensive computer to run it on either.

Boredom doesn't come easily

There is an infinite number of worlds to explore. Have you explored all you wanted in one world? Find or create another world to explore.

Learn to think strategically

In Minecraft, you have to learn how to build things - something as simple as a shelter to something as complicated as an entire village. Your child has to learn how to gather the materials and manage the inventory to complete the challenges.

It's a cooler version of Legos

Do you have fond memories of playing Legos, building elaborate buildings and landscapes, then breaking it all down and starting over? Minecraft is, on its face, a 21st century version of Legos.


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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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Nickel on February 16, 2013
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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 By Tara KB on February 18, 2013
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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 By Shaun M. Strohmer on 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian Gray on March 18, 2013
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Finance Mom on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donnice on March 16, 2014
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Bright on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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