Explanation of Minecraft (Sandbox Game).

Minecraft is an amazing game by Mark Persson that encourages creativity through an amazing sandbox
game mode. This game can be found at Minecraft.net. If you want to go ahead and check the game out have fun but for the rest of you who want to know more about this game just continue reading.

This game represents the most fun I have had with one game in a while. I have spent a few hours playing this game and may have this close to an exact science. In the next section I will explain step by step how to get started in Minecraft.

When you first spawn you should keep a few things in mind. You will always need wood and you need to build a house close to your spawn point because you may die. As soon as you spawn the clock starts ticking towards night and you only have a few real time minutes to make some sort of shelter from zombies. Once you make your shelter the first night and are hiding away you may notice that your house got darker even though you cut a few holes for windows. The second most important thing you will need is coal but you cannot mine coal until you have some sort of pick axe. Remember that wood you collected from that tree? Press "i" (for inventory) on your keyboard and place the raw wood harvested from the tree in one of the top right boxes. If you left clicked you will see planks with the number four pop up in the box to the right of those boxes. Click on the planks until you have no more raw wood or until the plank number reaches 64 (the max number of stackable items in one box). Then left click the planks to pick them up and drop one in each of the four blocks to build a workbench. This work bench will give you the workspace to make a pick axe out of wood and other things like ladders and storage boxes. To make a pick axe you will need sticks and in order to make them you need planks. Take you planks and stack them one on top of the other, this will give you four sticks. Then take your sticks and stack one on top of the other then line you planks across the top row to make a wooden pick axe. If you take the time to look at how it is made you should understand that the shape of the object is important to take note of so you know how it is made. In the morning you can take the wooden pick axe out and collect some stone. Making stone pick axes is the same as wooden ones but you have to replace the planks with stone (cobblestone). Stone picks make it easier and faster to mine things but will not mine things like redstone or diamond. You will need to smelt iron for that but for that you will need to make an oven to accomplish the smelting. An oven is made by outlining the box of your workbench with stone. As you can see this game is fairly complicated and requires some thought and strategy. These qualities of the game coupled with the randomely generated world make this game almost impossible to become boring. If you made it this far I hope you enjoyed this article outlining the basics of Minecraft by Mark Persson.