This is the website for the book “Minecraft Mastery: Build Your Own Redstone Contraptions and Mods” by Matthew and Simon Monk.


The book is designed to gradually progress through levels of difficulty so that you can master these advanced sides of Minecraft. It therefore assumes a basic familiarity with Minecraft. The book is organized into the following chapters:

• Chapter 1: Introduction An introduction to Minecraft including basic crafting and forging as well as the options available in setting up a new world and getting started. If you already play Minecraft, then you can probably skip most of this chapter.

• Chapter 2: Basic Redstone In this chapter, you will learn the very basics of redstone, such as power and knowing what can be controlled by it, and how to use basic redstone items like levers, buttons, and lamps. You will also make a basic redstone-controlled door.

• Chapter 3: Redstone Logic Gates Stepping up a gear from basic redstone, this chapter covers the creation of commonly used logic gates and flip-flops that can be used to build really advanced contraptions.

• Chapter 4: Advanced Redstone Applying some of the techniques from the previous chapters, this chapter shows you how to make block swappers, door locks, a functional seven-segment display, and a dice.

• Chapter 5: Miscellaneous Redstone Taking a step back from logic and the more electronic side of Minecraft, this chapter takes a look at some fun and easy-to-use Minecraft items, like minecarts, hoppers, command blocks, and water. It also shows you how to construct a TNT cannon. 00-FM.indd 17 29/05/14 5:01 PM xviii Introduction

• Chapter 6: Server Hosting and Tools Being able to share a Minecraft world with friends is one of the great joys of this game. In this chapter the various options for hosting a Minecraft server are explored. This chapter also looks at using the MCEdit tool for offline editing of Minecraft worlds and interfacing with Minecraft on the Raspberry Pi using Python.

• Chapter 7: qCraft The qCraft mod allows you to make contraptions and special effects in Minecraft inspired by the bizarre concepts found in quantum mechanics. You can create teleporters, make things appear invisible, and create other interesting effects in this mod.

• Chapter 8: ComputerCraft ComputerCraft is a mod that allows you to make projects using computer blocks. You can program the computer in a language called Lua. The computer can also have inputs and outputs that connect to redstone devices. This allows the computer to control mechanical things in your Minecraft world. The Mod also includes moving computers called turtles. This chapter shows you how to use ComputerCraft and also how to write simple programs for your computers and turtles in the Lua programming language.

• Chapter 9: Modding with Forge In this chapter you will learn how to set up a modding development environment for Minecraft 1.7 using Forge and Eclipse.

• Chapter 10: Example Mod: Thorium This chapter takes you step by step through the process of creating a block-based mod including crafting recipes and custom textures.

• Chapter 11: More Modding Examples This chapter looks mostly at making Item Mods, including armor. It also looks at how you can create your own GUI (Graphical User Interface) and link it to right-clicking on a block.