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Redstone

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Find it, mine it, and use it to automate machines.

In the past issues, we’ve covered everything from getting started in the game, to getting good equipment, to ending the game and even playing alongside your friends. During your adventures, you may have found a strange red powder called ‘redstone’ that can be mined out. They come in ore that looks like this:

You’ll quickly find out this is nothing like other resources you can mine. For one, it doesn’t make any armor or weapons like other ores. When you try to place raw redstone on the ground, it will appear as a red line instead of a block. What’s going on here?

Redstone works a little differently than other blocks. Its main use isn’t to build houses or to craft powerful items with it. Instead, you use redstone like you would an electrical wire. You can send charges down redstone pathways to activate machinery, which then allows you to automate simple tasks. So, how do you use it?

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