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Minecraft - Why should you care?
People are raving about it, but to you the graphics look like something that has come out of the 80's and you heard it's not even finished yet. You've visited the Minecraft website but still come away none the wiser. Then take a few minutes to watch the below fan-made trailer and video.

So what exactly is it?
Minecraft is both a singleplayer and multiplayer game, with 2 game modes and varying levels of difficulty. To play, you can download the PC client from the official Minecraft website (, or you can play through the Minecraft webpage. There are also mobile apps (Android, Apple) and an Xbox version (soon at

There is no storyline, no particular way in which you have to play. You have a vast world in which you can explore and build; what you do is completely up to you. Different players find enjoyment from different aspects of the game. Some may prefer to build elaborate castles while others want to go monster hunting in caves.

There are 2 modes, and our division has a server for each. The "Creative" mode (Server = "Sanctuary"), where you have all blocks and items in your inventory in infinite quantities - there are no monsters, no damage or hunger bar, and you can destroy all blocks with a single hit. The "Survival" mode (Server="Frontier") is the mode where you must gather your resources, be wary of hunger and damage, and avoid (or battle) monsters.

Playing the game:
To join the TOG Minecraft server, you'll need to sign up for an account from the Minecraft site. Once you have downloaded the game, head over to the Getting started in TOG minecraft thread for all the information you need about joining us in game. Including our server address and how to apply to be added to the whitelist.

Threads of interest:
Welcome to TOGville
Minecraft Videos
Division's Gallery
Division's calendar

External links of interest:
The Word of Notch (Notch's blog)
Notch on Twitter
Jens Bergensten (jeb_) on Twitter (Lead developer for MC)
Official Minecraft Forums
Minepedia: The Minecraft Wiki

Minecrafting Tips
A collection of tips. Please reply to this thread to add more, and they will be added to this list

How to play

General Tips

  • You've probably seen lots of images showing people's avatars in the game "on location" but have wondered how they managed to do it when the default viewpoint is first-person. Actually, it is as simple as toggling F5. It's safe. It's fat-free. It's wholesome. It's environmentally friendly. Try it!
  • You can get rid of the targeting cursor and the inventory bar whilst pressing F1. Try it in 1st person and 3rd person modes.
  • The FAR viewable distance is about 120/150 metres or so
  • Android application - Minecraft Canary - Android app on AppBrain
  • If you want to run different versions of Minecraft at the same time (So you can try out the latest version and also keep playing older versions too), you can use Minecraft Profile Manager or other methods to do this (See post below)
  • Updated Minecraft by accident and want to revert back to an older version? no Problem - use "Minecraft Version Changer" to choose to backdate your Minecraft to any previous version.

Gameplay Tips
  • If you are building etc near an edge and you don't want to fall off, just go about your business while also holding down SHIFT key and you won't fall off.
  • '/getpos' is handy for a basic co-ordinate response & '/compass' is handy to determine your current facing direction.
  • You can craft an in-game compass that points towards spawn. All you need is 4 iron ingots and a pile of redstone dust.
  • An easy way to figure out north is to look on the top surface of a cobblestone block. As part of the skin you will notice a letter 'L' shape. just turn so it looks like an L facing the right way and you will be facing north!
  • Trying to keep those pesky monsters out of you castle??? Build a portal for a door. You can run through it without jumping to the nether but mobs are too scared Even keeps creepers calm with the cool purple glow
  • When having a chest open, holding shift while clicking a stack in your inventory will instantly move it to the chest and vice versa.
  • You can grow grass and flowers by applying bone meal on grass blocks. This is useful if you're on an older part of the map without grass and want to add some or if you want flowers for dye. It doesn't generate too many flowers, but you get a few from time to time.
  • Fire will burn anything within a 2 block radius. So you need to make sure you have something non-flammable for 2 blocks surrounding the fire before you have anything flammable. In all directions (including diagonals). Chests and workbenches will catch on fire, but will not burn away (not sure if they will set other things alight)

Crafting Tips

  • If you have a grouped inventory item (like 64 cobblestones) if you right click you can divide that in half.
  • If you right click the crafting box squares while holding a grouped item, it will place one of the item in the space.
  • If you have more blocks than you needed for the recipe in the crafting box, you can just exit the crafting screen and the extras will "fall" out of the crafting table and you can pick them back up (often quicker than manually placing them back in your inventory)
  • To make more than one of an item, keep clicking on the finished item in the output box. (items that don't stack, such as boats and food, will need to be made one by one)
  • You can mix the dyes from the red and yellow flowers, squid ink, Cacti, and lapis lazuli, with bone meal to get lighter color dyes and can also mix other dyes together to get various other colors, like your orange, or purple.
  • To get the most dyed wool for your lot of dye, if you click on a sheep with the dye, you will dye the sheep - when you harvest the sheep you will then get a chance of getting 1-3 blocks of dyed wool from it (compared to 1 dye = 1 block of wool by crafting)

Changing your skin

  • Download the char.png from Minecraft and editing that to create your own skin. When done, upload your skin. (It can take a day to actually appear onscreen and in the game however).
  • The image at Skin (article) - Minepedia - The Minecraft Wiki! shows you what each region of the image corresponds to.
  • The one optional addition to the skin is the "hat" (or head accessory). This is the area of the skin which is normally blank, but if you start to fill it in, you can give your character a hat, a mask, glasses or even make his head a little larger.
  • SkinEdit - New version 3rd of June - Minecraft Forums - Skin editing program
  • You can download other people's created skins here - The Skindex - Minecraft Skins

Building tips

  • "half-blocks" can be used with full blocks to make stairs. Craft them by placing three of the same block on a horizontal line at the bottom of the crafting window (yields three half-bricks). Works with cobble, refined stone, sandstone, wood. They use up slightly more space than stairs, but they're predictable and easy to work with.
  • An easy way to get the base right for a round tower - just stand in the centre of where the tower will be and rotate, breaking all blocks you can reach - the unbroken blocks out of your reach then give you a form on which to can also then scale up or down from that guide.
  • When you are building high structures and need to make a block tower so you can reach, make it out of sand/gravel. That way when you are done you can pull the tower down from the bottom as well as the top... OR - start by placing a torch, then one block of dirt on top of it, and after that build the stack of gravel. If you want to pull it down from the bottom, just remove the dirt block and the tower will collapse on the torch automatically. The only thing you need to do is stand there smiling while you collect your gravel as it falls down.
  • If undertaking a large project/structure that requires detailed planning, an offline tool such as Minecraft Structure Planner may help ensure you're not "1 block out" when you get to the end.

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