Minecraft For Beginners and Beginners-to-be

Posted by admin on January 2nd, 2015 filed in Games

minecraft first day

Looking back on my first weeks playing Minecraft, I noticed that every game starts the same. In the first 3-4 game days, I always…

  1. Mine wood –> craft a workbench –> craft wood tools.
  2. Mine stone and coal –> craft stone tools and furnaces.
  3. Mine iron –> smelt iron in furnace -> craft iron tools.

The UI in the character’s inventory lets me craft only primitive things: torches, planks, sticks, but most importantly, a workbench. A workbench lets me craft civilized things: leather clothing, wood and stone tools, bread, pots, doors, ladders, fences, leashes, chests, and a furnace. I can use the furnace to prepare more nutricious meals (cook meat), and to cast metal ore into workable ingots. With ingots, the workbench can now craft metal tools, armour, and buckets.

Later in the game, you will craft complex artefacts such as minecarts on powered rails, enchanting tables in libraries, anvils and golems, and you even brew magic potions.

You feel the progression from cave man to stone age man to iron age, and beyond. :)

First-Day Survival – the Basics

Your day-one goal is to set up camp and survive. You don’t have the weapons to win a fight on your first day, so avoid monsters alltogether. Especially, don’t stand around attracting creepers! Also beware falling off cliffs and deep dives that hurt you.

Where ever the game drops you:

  1. Locate trees (for wood and tools), dirt and seeds (for setting up camp and farming).
  2. Craft a wooden workbench to craft tools: hoe, pick-axe, axe, sword, in that order.
  3. Mine coal and craft torches.
  4. Collect produce, or hunt animals for meat.
  5. Mine cobblestone and craft a furnace to prepare food and iron ingots.

You don’t have any food supply on your first day, so you can’t heal yourself yet. For now, hide in a dirt hole in the ground over night, until the sun rises.

Don’t Starve

Food restores (hunger and) health, but not all food sources are available in every biome. Always gather food while roaming, especially on your first day!

  1. Punch grass and collect seeds. Craft a hoe to plant seeds on soil near water. You’ll need to wait ~2 days for wheat to turn from green to brown. Then make bread on your workbench. Tip: Bonemeal speeds up plant growth, but you’ll have to rip the bone out of a dead skeleton’s cold hands. Literally.
  2. Collect carrots, “oak apples”, potatoes, and melons. They’re good to eat raw right after harvesting, but harder to find than seeds. Tip: Similarly, you’ll likely rip your first vegetables out of a thiefy Zombie’s dead hands…
  3. Punch chicken / sheep / pigs / cows to get raw meat (keep wool and leather too). Don’t waste energy chasing rabbits, bats, or horses on your first day. In emergencies, you can eat meat raw. For better nutrition, cook meat in a furnace.
  4. If you have two pieces of string (from a spiders web, looted chest, or by defeating a spider) and sticks, make a fishing rod. You can fish in any puddle.
  5. With lower priority, collect pumpkins, eggs, sugarcane. You will need a furnace and other ingredients before you can consume them at all.

discovering an NPC-made village in minecraft

Make the Most of Villages

Be aware of these resources at your disposal:

  1. If you see an NPC village, or a chest, by all means, steal some torches, vegetables, wood planks, tools, if it helps you survive.
  2. If the village is uninhabited, or monsters are on your tail, lock yourself into a torch-lit hut over night.
  3. If the village is inhabited, consider that your presence will attract monsters that kill the villager NPCs. So if you intend to trade, better set up camp outside the village.
  4. NPC villages often have farms, furnaces, or workbenches for you!

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