The Minecraft Tool Box

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Building and creating your tools with the Minecraft toolbox helps you survive the game.

Last issue, we explored how to purchase and download Minecraft. If you’ve done this, you’ve probably downloaded the game, created a new world, and hopped into the gigantic world of Minecraft. There’s only one problem, however; where do you go from here?

Being a sandbox game, Minecraft is about creating your own fun within the world. Although discovery and adventure is a part of the game, it’s no fun being confused at the start! As such, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the basics and make simple tools, with which you can better explore the world and work out what you’d like to do in Minecraft. So, how do you start a game of Minecraft?

Your first port of call is to get some wood. This is done by finding a tree and holding down left-click on its trunk. Your character will begin punching the trunk, which will slowly begin to crack. Once it’s fully cracked, it will explode and turn into a block of wood you can pick up.

Pick up this block and press the I key. You should see the block in your inventory. Click and drag the block into the four squares to the right of your character in the inventory, labelled ‘Crafting’. In the box to the right of the crafting panel, 4 plank blocks will appear.

Click the plank blocks to complete the crafting, then place one plank block in each spot of the crafting panel. This time, a crafting table should appear in the crafting result.

 

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