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Minecraft beginner's guide

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LEARN MAGIC

There’s a mod for the game, called Runecraft, in which you can place blocks in a specific fashion to evoke magical effects, from teleportation, to the summoning of pre-dug mine shafts, to “chrono triggers” that speed up the passage of night so you can focus on crafting. The system for Runecrafting is so rich and detailed, it would take way more space than we have here to explain it all, but there’s an entire Wiki on it here, which incidentally also has a bunch of general game info, if you get stumped).


Above: In the upper shot, you see the assembled Compass rune. In the lower, the rune has been used, and the arrow of the rock arrangement is pointing north. Simple, but useful if you get lost 

To get Runecrafting, you’ll have to either mod the game, or join a server that already has it enabled. In either case, it certainly adds new depth to the game.


GO EXPLORING

The fun thing about your randomly generated world is that it’s functionally infinite in size. If you keep on walking in one direction, the game will keep generating a world around you. Get bored of a continent? Find a new one!


Above: Welcome to the land of the ice and snow, with the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow 

You’re not limited to exploring above ground, either. If you want, you can explore hell. Simply make a gateway with some obsidian, light the doorway with steel & flint, and BAM! Your very own portal to The Nether, a ghastly, ghostly place filled with monsters and all sorts of rare blocks. There’ll be an exit gate created in The Nether, so you don’t have to worry about getting trapped.

Beware, though - you have to be hardy to go into here. We recommend having at least a set of iron armor and weapons before you go traipsing about the deepest bowels of the abyss.


Above: And the sun is setting right behind the gate. That’s not, like, foreboding at all 

Once in the nether, you’ll face a brutal and unforgiving terrain filled with lava and fire, and all sorts of new monsters. Be careful not to fall into the lava - if you die while in lava, when you resurrect, you won’t be able to recover the items you dropped. You’ll also face all sorts of new monsters, like a creature we can only describe as a Pigman Zombie.


Above: That cuddly looking ghost is stories tall, and shoots fireballs. These guys do not mess around 


GO FORTH, AND SPREAD THE CRAFT!

Those are the basics. There’s a ton more to the game that you can find out through experimenting, or by hitting up community sites and talking with other players, but this basic guide should be enough to ease your initial confusion. Minecraft is a truly unique game in regard to the freedom it gives the user. And given the fact it has no real set objectives at this point, it’s not really accurate to even call it a game. It is, however, an experience. And this is an experience that must be experienced to be believed. Put the proper time and effort into Minecraft, and you’ll get more fun out of it than pretty much any other game you can name. And given the strength and fervency of the online community, Minecraft isn’t likely to disappear anytime soon, or ever be forgotten.

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35 comments

  • PortalFTW - April 11, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    Unless you want to pirate it you can't. Unless you mean Minecraft Classic which is on the website. OMG IT'S HEROBRINE. RUN FOR YOUR LLLLLLIIIIIVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS
  • bjossi - April 11, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    How can i play minecraft for free?
  • FreedomPhantom - April 11, 2011 3:45 a.m.

    I gotta get this; I can play it until Portal 2!!! and nice Led Zeppelin Reference! \m/
  • c1nd3rcell - April 10, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    Ah, Minecraft. How you have taken over my life in just a few short weeks is astonishing. Just...one...more...block!
  • hfghg - April 10, 2011 1:34 p.m.

    http://0845.com/J50 I tide fashion Good-looking, not expensive Free transport @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
  • NightAce84 - April 10, 2011 5:59 a.m.

    Great guide, but I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with the order of importance of things you have. Personally, I worry less about a nice wooden home the first night and focus on punching enough trees and digging enough cobblestone to make charcoal and then charcoal torches. After that, I dig myself a little hole in a mountain, fill the temporary home with torches, leave a 1x1 block at the entrance for viewing, and wait out the night. At night, your biggest ally is light, and you do not want to be caught without torches. Just my .02.
  • reveffect - April 10, 2011 1:32 a.m.

    NIce Nice Nice. I really want this game. I have spent way too much time watching lets play videos of people playing minecraft.
  • PortalFTW - April 10, 2011 12:29 a.m.

    Sure Skeletons Creepers and Spider's may be scary. But you have never been truly terrified until you meet... Herobrine. OMG HE'S RIGHT BEHIND ME
  • Kingofthewoodlandrealm - April 9, 2011 10:56 p.m.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/k2andboyl
  • Kingofthewoodlandrealm - April 9, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    Or just watch these guys :D their funny.
  • Cleanser247 - April 8, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    Check out the TalkRadar General forums! I've started a Minecraft server for TalkRadar!!
  • philipshaw - April 8, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    I tried playing but I don't get what all the fuss is about
  • ThatFanInThePeacoat - April 8, 2011 7:06 a.m.

    Oh man, once finals are through I am playing so much Minecraft! I'll have plenty of time to go to the beach when I'm dead.
  • ZenPhoenix - April 8, 2011 5:08 a.m.

    This game has officially wrecked my freetime, but do not regret it at all.
  • DamnHippy - April 8, 2011 3:41 a.m.

    wow an Aldous Huxley reference AND a Led Zeppepelin reference; props, you deserve a medal
  • NightCrawler_358 - April 8, 2011 2:24 a.m.

    Nice guide for beginners, when I started I also made a floating castle hours in the sky haha. I learned all my Minecraft knowledge from "the Yogscast" videos on Youtube, their channel is called "BlueXephos." I recommend their Multiplayer survival series-very funny. Sorry if that sounded like spam lol.
  • AlSwearengenHatesCocksuckers - April 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.

    IMMIGRANT SONG TRIBUTE \m/
  • FNG - April 8, 2011 1:53 a.m.

    Page 2 paragraph 3: You do not get stone blocks from mining stone, you get cobblestone.
  • JHONNYOHH - April 8, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    "OH JESUS OH FUCK" That correctly describes how I feel when I see a creeper! haha great article guys, I was wondering when you'd get the chance to do this <3

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