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Familiarizing Yourself with the Materials The best way to get a feel for redstone is to load a Creative Mode game and open up the redstone tab in the Creative Mode inventory, seen below: Redstone is named such because the principle component of most redstone creations is the redstone dust: a valuable material collected by mining redstone ore blocks.
Redstone use falls into two distinct categories: using redstone to make redstone devices like the clock and compass seen above, and redstone circuit components like repeaters, pistons, and dispensers the circuit components are used to build more elaborate devices. What kind of elaborate devices? As we mentioned in the introduction to this lesson, creative players have crafted some truly remarkable redstone devices that are quite sophisticated including replicas of early computer CPUs, graphing calculators, and elaborate creations that can perform complex tasks like elevators, drawbridges, and such.
If you want to be wowed by just how far people have stretched the boundaries of Minecraft, hit up YouTube and search for redstone inventions. Switches, Levers, and other Triggers There are several redstone components that fall into the category of simple mechanical devices such as the lever, button, pressure plate, and tripwire. Triggering the component activates the attached circuit. Remember the traps in the Temples we learned about in an earlier lesson?
Although not activated by the player or a mob, daylight sensors fall into the trigger category too. They toggle the circuit on and off based on the amount of light falling on the sensor. You could use such a circuit to create a lighting system for your base that turned on at night. Hoppers, Droppers, and Dispensers Hoppers are some of our favorite redstone components because they make it really easy to create collection points. Anything that goes into the top of a hopper gets passed onto whatever is at the bottom of the hopper.
Remember our mob farm that dropped hostile mobs to their death? If you line the bottom of that fall shaft with hoppers you can then point the hoppers into a chest and the mob farm will automatically collect the loot for you.
Related to hoppers are droppers and dispensers which do exactly what they sound like they do. Load them up with stuff and they will drop and dispense the loot when triggered by a redstone switch or circuit. Pistons and Doors Pistons can move things up, to the side, and in the case of sticky pistons, even up.
Biomes will affect the player, especially at the beginning of the game, but the player has little need to worry about specific biomes until they have learned to play the game.
If the player is curious, they may want to read more about biomes on the biomes page. Prerequisites: Movement An oak tree. To progress in Minecraft, it is important for the player to collect logs.
The most plentiful log source are trees which are available in most biomes. Logs are one of many items the player can collect without the use of a tool. All the player has to do is mine any log of the tree with their hand or any item. Each block will drop as an item which the player can pick up by approaching it. Items automatically enter into the player's inventory. The player may want to collect a couple blocks of log for later use.
There are many different types of trees in Minecraft with each having its own individual name and look. All log works for any recipe requiring logs, but some recipes require that all the logs be the same type. Inventory [ edit ] 1. Hotbar part of inventory To manage all the items they may gather, the player needs to understand their inventory screen follow that link for a fuller account.
Parts of the inventory are always accessible, while most of it requires that the player open the inventory GUI. The inventory screen seen here can most easily be understood from the bottom up: The many small grey boxes are "slots" which hold items. Each slot can hold up to a "stack" of items, but how many items are in a stack depends on the item involved: Most items stack up to 64, but some e. Some items are completely "unstackable", only a single item of those types will fit in a slot.
Any item that can take damage tools, weapons, armor is automatically unstackable, as are a few other items such as saddles or potions. The 9 slots at the bottom of the inventory screen are the hotbar. These are always visible, and at any given time one of these slots the player's choice will be "active".
The item in the active hotbar slot is the player's "item in hand", which they can directly use as a tool or weapon. Above the hotbar are another three rows 27 slots for the player's main inventory. These are hidden while moving around, but are visible in most GUI's -- not just the inventory screen, but also when using a crafting table, chest, or any similar block. Items can be freely moved around among all the hotbar slots, the main inventory, and any other slots that may be visible at the moment.
The hotbar and main inventory adds up to 36 slots for general storage, which is the limit for how much the player can carry around and transport on their person.
There is no sense of "weight" or encumbrance for items, the player moves at normal speed regardless of how full their inventory is. The inventory screen offers a few extra features above the inventory itself.
At the upper-left are the armor slots with pictures inside and an image of the player's avatar. The armor slots are restricted; they can only hold armor of the proper type, any items here are considered to be worn. The avatar image will visually show their armor and the items in both hands.
Along with a few other details; for example, after being attacked by skeletons you can often see arrows sticking out of the avatar. On the other side of the avatar image is the "off-hand" slot, with a shield outline. This acts much like a tenth hotbar slot; unlike the other armor slots any item can go here, and any item here is held in the player's off-hand.
This can be a shield, or some other item such as a hoe or stack of torches. Any time the player presses "use" with no use-able item in their main hand, the item in the off-hand will be used instead, if it has a "use" function: a shield will be raised to protect the player, a hoe or other tool will be used on a block, while torches or other blocks can be placed. Note that swords, pickaxes, and shovels, have no "use" function, so they always defer to the offhand item.
At the top-right, there is the personal crafting grid. Players can place items in the crafting area, but cannot store items there -- any items left there when leaving the GUI will fall back into inventory, or to the ground. The small crafting grid lets the player craft some basic items any time their inventory is open, but is limited to a 2x2 grid.
Below the crafting grid is the Recipe Book , which helps a player learn and remember crafting recipes. The recipe book here will only show recipes that fit on the 2x2 grid.
Crafting [ edit ] Prerequisites: Log, Inventory As the game's name suggests, crafting is core to Minecraft. While there are a small number of items that can be crafted directly from the inventory , a crafting table is required to craft tools and most other items in the game.
The crafting table will be the player's main asset throughout the game, giving access to the full 3x3 crafting grid and a Recipe Book to match. To make a crafting table , the player needs to open their inventory and pick up the logs they collected. Placing one log into the crafting area allows the player to obtain 4 planks.
The different types of logs and planks can be used interchangeably, but some recipes require the logs or planks, or wool to match all the same type or color. As the player converts their first logs to planks, they may want to consider saving some logs for later.
Logs cannot be crafted from planks and have their own special uses. With planks, the player can finally create a crafting table.
After placing and using a crafting table, the player is opened to a three-by-three crafting grid which allows for more items to be crafted. Players will need to use this item a lot for crafting, so it is best for the player to keep one handy. A crafting table is made of four planks in this pattern: Tip: Anything that can be crafted in the inventory's crafting space can also be crafted in the crafting table.
Tools [ edit ] Prerequisites: Crafting In order to obtain better materials at faster speeds, the player needs tools. Tools are items which allow the player to complete tasks other than placing blocks at faster speeds than normal. Most tools can be made out of different materials each better than the last. That's like rule number one in Minecraft. If you dig down, you could wind up in a group of monsters, fall to your death, or get consumed trying to swim in lava.
Mining from level 1 up to level 15 is the best range from which you will discover diamond, iron, redstone, and gold in the same places. Be sure you are digging horizontally, not vertically. This will be your first branch. Now dig anywhere from blocks to the right or left and dig 20 blocks deep again.
A 2 block wide branch mine will take the most time, but you will not miss any ore whatsoever. This will take less time, but since diamond and gold ore usually only occur in groups of blocks wide, you are liable to miss a lot. As you can see, there are different methods as to how much you can mine in your branch mine and each has their own benefits. Decide what works best for you. Now do you same on the reverse side, or behind you. The space in between each set of branches is your mine shaft.
Step 3 Experiment with Levels If after about twelve or more branches you aren't finding the ore you're looking for. Experiment with going up or down a level, but be sure to alternate your branches, or they'll merge into one.
Here is an example of a branch mine with shafts stacked on top of each other: Congratulations, you should be raking in the ore now!
Mining Pro-Tips It's key to always be prepared when mining as there are many dangers to be found. When mining at any depth always bring: Torches: For light and to stop mob spawners from spawning monsters. Food: For health and hunger. Chests: To store your loot! Swords Bow and Arrow A bed: For making a base camp.