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The Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft


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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

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.

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