Minecraft is like a mass epidemic, it spreads like a virus, it gives addiction, everyone discusses Minecraft, so it’s obvious to ask: What’s with this Minecraft game?
Well let’s begin with the name itself Mine and craft.”Mine”-referring to mining, meaning the extraction of mineral resources from the ground and “Craft” which represents the skills in doing something or the art behind it.
OK now! I’m thrilled! So you may say, it’s a mining game, big deal I know games that are far more popular, so what makes this one so special?
Well the best answer is very simple. Everything is special, you have to build everything from scratch. Need a house, well you will have to build it, but for building a house you need blocks, but blocks don’t grow in trees, so you need to make blocks, to make blocks you need minerals and yes now you get down to mining for minerals. Now you obtained minerals, but converting minerals to blocks require specific knowledge or crafting for short.
While playing you will need all sorts of things like: tools, weapons, armor, food, drinks, transportation and alike, just as in real life and everything you want to craft in this game has its own recipe and there are over 170 different recipes.
Sounds a little scary, well it may be if you think you have to discover the recipe for every item, and that’s not all, let’s say you’ve discovered the ingredients-but how do you mix them is now the question, so, here we begin our journey in Minecraft crafting.
In order to craft something you have to move items stored in your inventory to a crafting grid. Simple crafting grids are 2×2, but in order to craft more complex items you will need a 3×3 grid that could be obtained from a crafting table. A Crafting Table (or Workbench) is also to be crafted from four wooden planks. In order to access the crafting table you need to put the Workbench down on the ground and right click on it, just like you would have to make something in real life and you can’t hold all the things in your two hands, so you need a table to put all the assembly things in order and then begin to assemble them.
Now that you’ve got your minerals to craft you will need the recipe. The recipe is actually the order in which you arrange your resources on the grid.
There are the so-called shapeless recipes in which the arrangement order on the grid is not important, and there are more complex recipes that use a special arrangement on the grid for an item to be obtained.
For example, a 3×3 recipe, let’s say a bread, can be made in the top, middle or bottom row of the 3×3 grid, but it cannot be made in the 2×2 grid because it needs to be three items wide. Some recipes are intuitive enough like: torches, ladders, some blocks and intuition cams from logic, as the game is logically constructed, you can use the torch to melt snow or ice, and this is just one simple example.
Dealing with all the recipes while in game-play could be little frustrating as you have to keep your eyes wide open for imminent danger, and for this kind of thing you need a list or better said a recipe book, a Minecraft crafting guide. Minecraft crafting guides, as well as recipes lists can be easily found on-line when searching for this particular terms by using search engines. Once you have got your hands on the recipes lists, playing and crafting items in Minecraft should be a kid’s play.