An essential and entertaining users' guide to Minecraft by a wildly popular YouTube phenom!
This full color, user-friendly guide to one of the most popular computer games in the world is written by THE Minecraft expert in Germany, 19-year-old ConCrafter, who has more than 1.1 million followers on YouTube.
In this book – which is part guide and part gaming memoir – ConCrafter shares personal stories alongside new Minecraft tricks, awesome commands that gamers will love, and exclusive facts that will blow readers' minds.
A must-have for all beginner and intermediate-level players of Minecraft and fans of ConCrafter!
|Publisher:||Feiwel & Friends|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
ConCrafter is one of the biggest players of Minecraft in Germany. In the summer of 2011, he started making videos about Minecraft and soon became one of the most famous German YouTube stars in the world. His channel has more than 1.1 million subscribers and every day his fan base grows.
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An Unofficial Guide with New Facts and Commands
Feiwel and FriendsCopyright © 2015 S. Fischer Verlag
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CONCRAFTER: How It All Started
I STUMBLED UPON MINECRAFT VIA VOUTUBE.
Back then, I followed YouTubers like Dieflussenseiter and Alberto, and at some point, YouTube featured Gronkh on its start page. He ran a Minecraft "Let's Play" as the main series on his channel, and I got a kick out of this, because he had already created a real world in his videos. I immediately thought, That's cool. That's Lego for grown-ups! I have to be able to do this, too.
In the beginning, I only knew the basic principles of Minecraft: You spawn in some world, carrying nothing, and you just make your way. In the beta version, the worlds looked very different, with way fewer biomes and blocks. So five years ago, the first thing I saw was a very simple world, like the island of Majorca but cube shaped. (Now I'm suffering from nostalgia, friends.) Anyway, I just started playing; that's how I roll. When I buy a new TV set, I don't start out by reading the manual. That was my doom for the first few nights. Over and over, mobs came and killed me right away, even if I hid in a cave trying to pull something off. I started out with a lot of motivation only to die repeatedly within the first two hours because I hadn't learned how to craft things. I was really discouraged but thought, Come on, you can do this. I kept trying, because each time felt like a restart. Try it again — maybe it works this time. What do you need to change? The urge to accomplish this, to survive and create something, kept me playing.
Then I found out how to change the difficulty level. My Minecraft had been set on hard mode from the beginning. I switched to peaceful mode, no more mobs showed up, and right away, I started building a fortress for myself.
I hadn't spent much time playing before I made my first video in 2010. Back then, I made videos just for myself, with a Mac and simple software that could record only thirty seconds at a time. I recorded without sound to show certain things, like placing a lot of TNT somewhere and watching it blow up. I uploaded some of these videos to a channel no one knew about, and when they got their first clicks, I thought, Hey, Gronkh is doing the same thing I'm doing. Okay, maybe he's a bit better at it, but actually, he's just talking over it. How about you try this yourself?
I recorded my first commentary video with two friends half a year after my start with Minecraft. It was quite chaotic. None of us even had a proper mic. In a friend's video, you hear his mother yelling in the background all the time. My first channel was called ConqeurorLP. Apart from Minecraft, I played Sims there, but with bad quality. The sound wasn't good — totally over-modulated in parts. I really just wanted to make Minecraft videos, and for this purpose, I created my current channel, ConCrafter. I tried to be professional about it: I spent more money on soft- ware, learned more about the game, and added a FaceCam.
My first real videos were proper Let's Plays. Actually, I'm still doing these, though now I would call them game videos over Let's Plays, which are always connected to either the gameplay or a walkthrough. When I started publishing the videos on my channel, a lot of people told me, "Hey Luca, you are a good talker." Several friends told me, "You can talk for an hour straight without floundering."
The next videos were about mods (see pg. 156). I had more fun discovering how to play with mods, learning about them beforehand, and then showing them off. In the meantime, I started editing a bit, made fewer Let's Plays, and added other mini games instead. This is how my channel changed: I only want to upload what l am in the mood for. I still think that Let's Plays are cool, but after 1,000 episodes, I would be bored stiff wandering around in the same world. I'd rather provide some change, and I guess that is what some people deem cool. There is always some variety on my channel, and they never know what comes next.
In the beginning, I produced Minecraft Facts only sporadically: When there were some cool facts, there was an episode. Now, it's a pretty large series, and here you'll get the newest facts in addition to the best facts from my videos
A BOAT DOESN'T GET DAMAGED WHEN RAMMING INTO SOUL SAND
In Minecraft, it's easy to craft a boat to putter around on the water. In real life, as in Minecraft, the boat gets damaged if it crashes at high speed into an obstacle. When I drive it into sand, the boat gets damaged.
However, when I drive it into soul sand, it doesn't. I can't explain why, but it's quite convenient if you have two houses and want to travel between them. You could just line the stretch with soul sand, so the boat won't get damaged.
UP TO VERSION 1.75, MOBS DON'T BURN ON SOUL SAND DURING THE DAY
Soul sand is a block from the Nether, and the mobs like to stand on it because when they do, they don't burn. This is pretty cool when you want to pack some monsters into a mob trap. You could grab some soul sand from the Nether and pack the mobs in like a fishbowl. In version 1.75, that was still possible, but beginning in 1.8, mobs on soul sand are vulnerable to the sun and burn to bits.
IN MINECRAFT, EVERY COW IS FEMALE
Always. I know because you can fetch milk from all of them, in the same way you can get lava or water elsewhere. That's really convenient, since you don't have to spend forever looking for the right cow, and sometimes you need milk to help with toxic effects like weakness or poison.
On the other hand, it's a bit unrealistic. The cows should go extinct, since for mammals, reproduction isn't really possible with only females. (Sex ed with Luca, kids.) But here you can use wheat to mate two cows, and even though they're both female, they'll make a new calf. In the end, this is Minecraft. Everything is made of cubes, so it's not very realistic to begin with. However, I do think it would be cool if there were male and female cows, with different appearances. That way, you would always have to double check: Can I get milk from this cow?
WHEN PIGS DIE ON FIRE, THEY DROP ROASTED MEAT (FOR COWS: STEAK!)
Since hunger was added to Minecraft, you've needed food to survive. You can get food by growing wheat, carrots, potatoes, or whatever. Or you eat meat. Some people don't eat meat, and maybe they would rather have some bread rolls. Or you could just kill a pig. Instead of using a sword to smack the pig five or six times, use a flint and steel to set fire to the block underneath it and wait until it burns to death. Maybe that's better for the pig, as well. Or not.
In any case, when the pig burns, it drops cooked meat instead of raw, meaning you'll fill double the hunger without having to cook it in the furnace. This comes in handy, especially during survival games.
YOU CAN'T SEE FISH, BUT YOU CAN CATCH THEM
Are there really any fish in Minecraft? Looking at the water, at first you'd think not. You can see things like guardians, who stand watch at the water temple; or squids, which are peaceful mobs that drop the ink used to color blocks. No fish. But if you cast a rod into the water, wait a bit, then pull it out at the right moment, you do get one, even though you can't see the fish until you've caught it. I'm sure some of you have noticed this before.
THERE'S ANOTHER WAV TO SWITCH GAME MODES
There are four game modes: zero, one, two, and three. Zero is survival mode, Minecraft's default. One is creative mode, where you have access to every item. Two is adventure mode, a more difficult version of survival. Three is spectator mode, where you can observe and fly through all blocks.
To switch between these modes, you can use /gamemode with 0, 1,2, or 3 in chat, but you can also use letters.
S stands for survival, C for creative, A for adventure, and SP for spectator. That's pretty convenient if you can't remember the numbers — for example, if you don't know which number stands for adventure mode. Just type /gamemode A and you're done.
In my Minecraft Facts series, I sometimes introduced commands, but I later dedicated a special series to them. Here you'll find commands I discovered recently and the best commands from my videos. Remember, you always need a command block for longer commands. In chat mode, you type: /give@p command_block. Copy the actual command into the command block.
Weather changes for any period specified
You can change the weather in Minecraft, but only for a limited time. The time specification is in seconds — in this case, 10 seconds. The weather changes accordingly for the specified time and then switches back to normal. You could use this to annoy your buddy: If he is complaining that it's raining yet again, you type clear instead of thunder in your chat. The weather turns fair, but just for 10 seconds, then the rain continues.
Command: /weather thunder 10
Super Marion in Minecraft
Go to this URL, copy and paste the command into your command block, and you can play Super Mario in Minecraft. The command is long. Get over it. After a few seconds, a machine appears with a sign saying "Get Items." Clicking this sign gives you nine items: bricks, coin block, mushroom block, north/south Coomba, west/east Coomba, Goomba switcher, coin, flag, and level starter. With these you can construct a complete Super Mario level in Minecraft, though I have only seen this in a video, which TheRedEngineer used to introduce this command. In my video, I only built a small level, which unfortunately doesn't really work.
Walking onto the level starter transforms your character into Mario and gives you the saturation and jump-boost effects. Jumping into coin blocks gives you coins. Mushroom blocks spawn mushrooms that cause your character to grow. Each Goomba walks in a different direction, depending on which you need. Reaching the fag finishes the level, which is celebrated with fireworks.
A snowball that spawns a village
IJAMinecraft's command starts out with an incredibly tall tower of command blocks and redstone. It takes about 15 seconds for a machine to be created, and then I receive a snowball. This snowball is twinkling, which means it is enchanted. Wherever I throw the snowball, bats spawn for a moment, then die. In their place houses begin to grow — some of them made of cobblestone, others from wooden planks. They look similar to the ones in the NPC villages. They are walkable, decorated with torches, and inhabited by NPCs.
THE WEATHER CHANGES EVERY SEVEN IN-GAME DAYS
In real life, the weather is always changing. Here in Cologne, the sun was shining just a moment ago, but now we're covered with clouds. In Minecraft, there's no completely covered sky or scattered showers, but you'll always have some clouds, with sun, rain, and snow depending on the weather. If it's raining, don't be sad. Once it stops, there won't be any more for seven days, on average. So really, for five to nine days, expect something other than rain.
YOU CAN MILK ALL COWS INDEFINITELY
As we learned already, all cows are female. Not only are they female, but they also have an unlimited milk capacity — meaning you'll get it every time. To demonstrate, I got myself a stack of buckets and clicked the cow 16 times. The same cow gave milk every time without a break. That cow must feel really KO'd. At some point, she can't have anything left in her.
ITEMS CAM DISAPPEAR IN CREATIVE MODE
In Minecraft, you collect items on the ground automatically — it's the same principle in survival or creative mode. However, if you have a completely filled inventory in creative mode, things act differently. If I run over an item while I am fully loaded, I can still collect the item, but it disappears right away into the Destroy Item slot. Avoid laying things on the ground when you are in creative mode and your inventory is already filled.
YOU CAN'T FLY FASTER THAN THIS!
As we learned already, you can change to spectator mode by typing /gamemode SP or /gamemode 3 in chat. Spectator mode enables you to fly freely through the world, and scrolling the mouse wheel adjusts the flight speed. When I scroll up, I gain speed. By scrolling down, I can diminish my speed until I come to a complete standstill. Turning the mouse wheel all the way up and sprinting on top of that can sometimes cause so much acceleration that the game can't render the screen normally. You can use this to cheat a bit and see where to find ore, which is pretty cool!
THE COMMAND /XP GIVES YOU EXPERIENCE POINTS
Type /xp followed by a number to give yourself experience, similar to the way bottles o' enchanting work. The highest level you can reach is 21,863. After this, you can't collect more experience, whether naturally — with a bottle 0' enchanting — or through commands. Even though the chat may say you're gaining experience, the actual number doesn't change.
Tap 3 Cities
LONDON IS ABSOLUTELY MY FAVORITE CITY. I have been there several times and definitely want to go back. The first time I was in London, I was with my family, but I don't remember much. I do remember that we went to Sting's house, whom my father idolizes. It was right at Hyde Park, a totally cool, typically English place where all the buildings look exactly the same, but there's no tram driving by to spoil the scene. In front of the house is a small river, and there are taxis driving everywhere on the streets. It would be a dream come true to live there, but houses cost about 1.2 million — not exactly in my league.
The next time I visited London, I was there with a language class of 10 to 20 people. We learned a lot of English, for sure: It's best to learn a language in the country where it is spoken. That was my second time in London.
My best visit to London was my third. A girlfriend and I took a plane from Weeze Airport in Düsseldorf at five o'clock in the morning. When we landed, we had it all mapped out: Buy train tickets, do this, do that. We were booked. We obviously went to Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, and the London Eye, but in between, we just rented bicycles and looked around. We winged it, letting things evolve, and by evening, we were home again. As I lay in my bed, I thought, Since morning, I've spent the whole day in London, in a different country! London isn't a huge city like San Francisco, Tokyo, Shanghai, or New York — where the downtown is packed with skyscrapers — but it is still big. There are six- or seven-story buildings everywhere. You also feel very safe in London. There are cameras everywhere and patrolling guards at every square. Beyond that, there's the English culture, a pub on every corner with great burgers at each of them. There are parks all over the city, great places to relax after exploring all the interesting spots: Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, National History Museum, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey. I recommend London to everyone!
When I was in eighth grade, I wanted to do a school internship in London. I had seen movies like Wall Street and dreamed of working at Goldman Sachs. I never did my internship in London and math isn't my cup of tea anymore, but at the time, I had totally fallen in love with it.
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Table of Contents
CONCRAFTER: HOW IT ALL STARTED,
MINECRAFT FACTS 1–6,
MINECRAFT FACTS 7–11,
TOP 3 CITIES,
MINECRAFT FACTS 12–22,
MY PVP STRATEGY,
GAME MODES 1–4,
MINECRAFT FACTS 23–32,
MINECRAFT FACTS 33–40,
MINECRAFT FACTS 41–46,
MINECRAFT FACTS 47–50,
MINECRAFT FACTS 51–60,
MINECRAFT FACTS 61–67,
MY FAVORITE MAPS,
MINECRAFT FACTS 68–77,
FACTS ABOUT ME,
MINECRAFT FACTS 78–83,
MINECRAFT FACTS 84–88,
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT MINECRAFT?,
MINECRAFT FACTS 89–94,
MINECRAFT FACTS 95–100,
MY FAVORITE GAMES,
MY FAVORITE YOUTUBERS,
MINECRAFT FACTS 101–107,
About the Author,