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The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft Paperback – October 30, 2013

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About the Author

Stephen O'Brien is an Australian-born writer, entrepreneur and international best-selling author of 36 books, including The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft and The Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft. In 2001, he founded Typefi; the world's leading automated publishing system and in his spare time in 2007, Stephen invented a new type of espresso machine called mypressi. An avid aviator and perpetual innovator, Stephen remains astounded at the unparalleled creativity Minecraft can engender in children and adults alike. To wit, Stephen was first introduced to Minecraft through his eleven-year-old son, Mika, who continues to keep Dad on his toes as a Minecraft enthusiast and demanding junior editor-in-training. Follow him on Twitter: @sobrienoz and Facebook: facebook.com/sobrienoz
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (October 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789752239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789752239
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a parent trying to play with my son, a game I find difficult ("It's so easy, Mom!") this book has helped already. The Kindle books I own are fine, but to have an actual book in my hand makes it so much easier look things up while playing. This has been a great addition to my Minecraft reference library, and by far the most useful to me.
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The Ultimate Player’s Guide to Minecraft is, obviously, a guidebook for Minecraft. Included are descriptions of mobs, blocks, and items, as well as guides for surviving your first night, fighting off monsters, searching for ore, and more. This is all handy basic information for any new Minecraft player. There are some handy Redstone guides in the book, as well as an in-depth guide to making an automated farm, however anyone of an intermediate or advanced playing level with Minecraft won’t find much new information here. I could definitely see this guide being helpful for younger players, or new players who prefer their guides in physical form. However, all of the information in this book can be found for free on the Minecraft Wiki, so I can’t imagine most players would want to pay $20 for a guide when they can get the same information for free.

A major disadvantage of the physical format is that Minecraft is frequently updating, and this guide was written before 1.7 was released, so it’s already becoming out of date. Most of the sections in this book cover basic things, like making potions, going to the nether, how Redstone works, which are unlikely to be drastically modified, however who knows what Mojang will add or change in the future.

A few things really bothered me about this book. For starters, the Creeper on the cover is a bit unsettling. I understand that Mojang’s textures are copyright protected, however I’m sure a better compromise could have been found than what appears on the cover of this book. Also, there were numerous errors throughout the book that don’t make sense for someone who claims to have been interested in Minecraft as long as the author.
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My 9 year old asked me to order this and I didn't really think he would read it since the content is so thorough, but he uses it often. He is able to skip around from one topic to the next as needed, and he said he has learned a lot.
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My 11-year-old Minecraft obsessed son received this for Christmas. He loves it. It has helped him learn how to do many new things such as taming animals. I don't get it but he likes it so that's all that matters to me!
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But my son was disappointed that the content was for Minecraft on a PC only - he wasn't able to incorporate any of his new tricks into the app he has downloaded on his Fire. We'll save the book on the off chance I allow him to play this game on my laptop...
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My son (8) has read this book so much the cover is already ripping. Has not been away from it very long since Christmas.
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Bought this for my grandson, who is a Lego fan! He was so excited to get this for his birthday!
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While I'm not a fan of the cover art, the book itself is absolutely amazing. Very clear writing style, tons of step-by-step explanations and examples with excellent photos, and incredibly comprehensive - this is, in my opinion, truly the ultimate guide to Minecraft.

It does a far better job of explaining things, and in simple language, than even the official manuals from Scholastic. (I found these manuals to be of high quality, and pretty cool, but very limited on their information. See my other reviews.)

After buying 5 other Minecraft guides and being disappointed or frustrated with each one, I was very pleased to discover this book. This is now the only Minecraft guide I use (outside of the online wiki), and the only one I need.

It is written very well to where most children should be able to comprehend it, but keep in mind that it is several hundred pages and quite comprehensive. This is probably not something most 10 year olds will be able to read through cover-to-cover...but hey, what do I know? These kids are so into Minecraft, I suppose anything is possible.
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