Minecraft Construction Handbook

Who doesn’t love Minecraft? I love Minecraft, and I have absolutely no idea what’s going on. When I ask James to explain to me what they have to do, he just laughs. Then when he realises I’m serious he scowls at me.

The handbooks are written and edited by Stephanie Milton and published by Egmont. They are much adored by James who tries to learn how to complete complex tasks that involve Portals, and Enderdragons, and Creepers ( and yes, I have no idea what these things are) . He follows the instructions to the letter and feels really impressed by the knowledge of the authors. He then tells me about his sucess or lack of in repeating these complex procedures, and repeats the process over again.

George who is stlil learning to read tackles long paragraphs with enthusiasm when he’s allowed to borrow his brother’s book. I find this a bit insulting as he normally refuses to read more than a few words about Biff Chip and Kipper. He’s also a much more visual person than me and James and so he’s just as keen on the screen shots.

I was initially put off by the RRP of these books. £7.99 for what is a very slim book didn’t seem like great value. I managed to find them reduced to £4.99 at Asda, but I can see that Amazon now has them at £3.99.

The boys have the entire set of three books, ‘combat’, ‘construction’, and ‘red stone’ and all three are very popular. Whilst they can be read cover to cover in less than five minutes, they are constatnly picked up again for reference while the game is being played. They are also a great source of reference when school friends make amazing claims about tasks that they’ve carried out.

Now would somebody please be kind enough to tell me what you have to do in this game?

2 thoughts on “Minecraft Construction Handbook”

  1. I’ve got the redstone book and I found it useful even though I’m able to look up things online. There were quite a few things that I didn’t know about that I now do because of the book.

    Minecraft does have an ‘end goal’ to it where you go to The End and fight the dragon but the game is mostly resource collecting to build big and beautiful structures – think of it as a computer version of Lego with multiple different blocks that you have to explore the world to obtain. Also the redstone aspect allows you to build mechanisms within the game which is really cool

    It’s a lot of fun and even if you’ve only got 30mins you can drop in and play for a bit without dedicating long hours to the game, I find it great fun!

    1. Thank you for the awesome explanation Kelly! If the boys had told me it was like lego I could have avoided all the scowls.

      Do you play the full PC version? George and James run the pocked edition from my Kindle Fire. We’ve just downloaded the updated edition with Enderdragons and portals. Apparently that’s a really good thing!

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