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 (minecraft.net), or you can play through the Minecraft webpage. There are also mobile apps (Android, Apple) and an Xbox version (soon at Xbox.com).
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
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
A collection of tips. Please reply to this thread to add more, and they will be added to this list
How to play
Changing your skin
Tips for running 2 versions of Minecraft
Sometimes players may want to be able to change between different versions of Minecraft. For example you may want to play an earlier or updated version in single player, to what version our TOG servers are running. or you might like to have a modded version and a vanilla version. There are a few ways to do this:
Minecraft Profile Manager:
(This is what I personally use, and I love it)
There is a program you can download which will allow you to have multiple "profiles" (versions of the game). The extra profiles are located in a different directory, so your original minecraft installation is completely untouched.Renaming the minecraft.jar file:
Find your minecraft.jar file, which you can find here:Creating a bat file:
This allows you to have more than one minecraft version on the one computer (also allows for different mods etc).
Getting an older version of Minecraft
If you ever need to go back to a previous version of Minecraft, because you've updated and want to use an older version - you can use "Minecraft Version Changer" It lets you select any previous version from a list.
So if you create your Profile manager profiles, using the most recent versions, you can backdate them to whatever version you need.
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 :p
Even keeps creepers calm with the cool purple glow :D
Found that when you build a house around spawn, that your spawning block changes? Or you appear on top of the building? Simple! Just leave a gap straight above the spawning block. :)
Re: Gameplay tips
Dropping a tool and rescooping it to renew durability. As far as im aware this only ever worked in multiplayer and not single player. On top of this its a bug rather than a feature and I believe that it has now been fixed.
Likewise using your crafting grid to carry extra materials with you. While this worked in both modes its either been fixed or is going to be.
I cant access the game for the time being so if someone could confirm these i'd be glad :)
I cant remember my sources either, so if it turns out to be wrong, dont ask where I read it.
Finding north. While the cobblestone L tip is good, also remember that clouds always move North
Related to using a portal to keep mobs out: You can create a one-way door by placing soulsand outside a doorway, anything in soulsand is considered to be half a block lower than the ground and it is not possible to walk or jump from it into a 1x2 doorway, it is however possible to jump across the sand and land in the doorway, this can be solved with a wider sand patch. This works vs players in MP also.
Regarding the carrying of sand/gravel/dirt to allow you to access high places. If you use sand or gravel as the material it will also allow you to descend from high positions. Use the sneak functionality to edge off your current block and place sand/gravel beside your current block, it will fall to the ground. If you have a stack of 64 such blocks then you can build a 64 block-high tower back up to your level, which you then step onto and dig downwards to descend. (from paulsoaresjr videos)
This tactic is insanely useful when adventuring, I always carry a stack when in caverns since many have vertical passages that you may encounter from above
Note: Sneaking off your current block and placing sand/gravel directly beneath your feet will cause you to fall with the block (probably to your doom) since sneak deactivates if you place something beneath your feet.
Also, related to the spawning block comment by Optical Array: When setting a /home in multiplayer, set it on top of a dirt block which you then remove so that using the feature causes you to spawn in the air. It can help prevent server lag from causing you to fall through the ground when using /home.
you're right, dropping tools to renew them and storing stuff in the crafting grid are no longer relevant, I'll edit that out
When having a chest open, holding shift while clicking a stack in your inventory will instantly move it to the chest and vise versa.
If you have your inventory only open, holding shift will move items from the inventory to the toolbar.
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