We have various hobbies and games that we all like to play and do. At the moment Minecraft is a particularly engrossing 3D building game and has taken our family by storm. All the children would play and talk about it constantly given the chance. So we limit the time they play and that seems to work as a reward. It helps with getting the chores done around the house and getting people to focus. The phrase “there will be no Minecraft until…..” is often heard and greeted with big grin and a “jumping to it” attitude. Of course its a 2 way street. If you don’t know what it is then check out the website at www.minecraft.net. The postings here are hints, tips and comments on playing.
Here’s an example of some GPS units that may work for you. For a broader range check out this link: Handheld GPS It’s not an exhaustive list by any means but its a place to start. Just stick to your budget. You should be able to get something for under £100. I spent a bit more to get the onboard maps function. The Garmin eTrex Summit:
It comes with maps installed but you will quickly realise that you need more detail. So download and install the OpenCycle map, which is freely available from http://talkytoaster.info/ukmaps.htm More information on Open maps go to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap.
And some others that may work for you:
Warhammer 40k is a strategy battle game set in the 41st millennium! It is done by Games Workshop. There are lots of armies. I play with the Space Marines, because they are men with very powerful weapons!
It is very complex and the battles are quite long. When playing you will need dice, lots of dice. Every weapon needs some dice! When battling you can have two or more armies.
I like Warhammer 40K because you get to do huge battles! If you were just starting out then I would recommend Dark Vengeance or Assault on Black Reach, because they have every thing you need to start out. Or you could just buy an army, and play with somebody who has a codex.
There is a monthly magazine called White Dwarf that informs you about new models and what events are going on, like when the next white dwarf is coming out and even battles with the new models.
In minecraft, monsters come out at night and kill you, so you need to have a safe house. First you need to get wood and build a crafting table. Then you have three choices;
Choice one: dig a hole in the ground and build a door.
Choice two: build a house then craft a door.
Choice three: steal a house from a village! (preferably the library)
Your house could be a simple home with one room and no windows, or it could be a fortress with a ball room and spare bed rooms, secret passageways, treasure rooms and spectacular windows!
A good house should contain a crafting table, furnace and a bed. The bed is good to have because when you sleep on it you skip to morning and escape the monsters. A crafting table is good to have because you can craft things and a furnace is good to have because you can cook things and smelt things,
To make a bed you will need 3 units of wool and 3 units of wood.
Once you have got your house you will need to make a mine. Find out how to make a mine next time.
In minecraft mining is very important because you can get minerals but when you do you need to know golden rule of minecraft. DO NOT DIG STRAIGHT DOWN! Because if you do then you could end up in a large cavern or a lava lake. Instead try to mine a staircase down.
You can pick anywhere you like to mine, no land is more likely to have minerals. You could have your house with the mine inside it, or you could put your bed and stuff underground inside your mine! Either way you should have a door to your mine to stop monsters coming in!
When starting a mine you first need a pickaxe. To make a pickaxe you will need 2 sticks and 3 of your chosen material. There are 5 tiers of pickaxe’s these are (I have ordered them in efficiency) wooden, golden, stone, iron and diamond. Sometimes you can find coal and iron on the surface, but this is very rare.
You can mine coal with any type of pickaxe, for iron and lapis lazuli it’s stone. An iron pickaxe can mine anything apart from obsidian and bedrock. Diamond pickaxes can mine anything, even obsidian. Gold pickaxes have only got more durability than wooden pickaxes, but make up for that from being the most enchantable.
Torches are needed to light your way in the dark, and stop monsters spawning in the mine. To make a torch you need coal or charcoal on the top and sticks on the bottom. Torches last forever so don’t worry about that. Sometimes you can come across under ground caverns with a variety of monsters. There will be more about the monsters you can encounter next time.
In minecraft you will need to know about monsters because they will kill you!
I will go through the monsters from weakest to toughest; zombie, spider, skeleton and CREEPER!
First the zombie, which is the most common. On normal or hard mode they can break doors. They can spawn with items held or armour worn. If you kill them you will get rotten flesh and if they have an item they might drop it. If you have just started out then you should run away. You are safe from them in a house at first.
Next the spider. There is not much about the spider, they can climb three block high walls and drop string. You could attack them if you want to, but I would not suggest it, avoid them unless you want their string. That’s it about the spider.
And now the skeleton. Skeleton’s are armed with bows and if you kill one it will drop bones and arrows, and there is a rare chance of it dropping a bow. There is an even rarer chance of it dropping an enchanted bow! I would suggest not attacking them to start with.
Next the CREEPER! Creepers are the scariest of the four. The creeper blows up when you get too close to it. It makes no sound except for a hissing sound when they get too close and as I said blows up! If a skeleton kills it, then it will drop a music record. But if you kill it yourself, it will drop gunpowder (very useful).
That’s it for now, next time I will be talking about food