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What's the goal of Minecraft and what can users achieve in this world?

I heard a lot about Minecraft and I'm quite curious to know what can be achieved in this game and what's its goal. What mechanism keeps the game going?
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How can I play SMP when minecraft.net is down?

Since minecraft.net is down or at least badly reachable, is it possible to play multiplayer offline? I know I can log in as one "Player" with the server setting online-mode=false, but the second ...
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What's the most efficient way to get experience?

Now that experience does something besides render regions of a server uninhabitable due to orb lag, what's the most efficient and safe way to get those excellent enchants? A mob farmer may rank ...
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How can I improve the performance of Minecraft?

I'm a happy Minecraft player. I place my blocks, mine my coal, and generally nobody gets hurt. Lately though, those mean creepers have been sneaking up on me from behind, and killing me. Why? Because ...
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How can I randomly power one of several wires in Minecraft?

Given 5 wires (possibly more), I want to press a Reset button, and have exactly one of those wires, randomly selected, become active - and remain that way (until the next button press). What is a ...
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How far away do portals need to be so that they don't go to the same place?

I'm playing on a SMP server and am trying to use the Nether to link up all my disparate bases around the world. Note in the below, A is Overworld, B is Nether. I started with one portal (A1, thus ...
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Can I copy part of a Minecraft multi-player (SMP) map to a single-player map?

Is it possible to somehow get the map from an SMP server as a mere player? I did some large Redstone circuitry, and I would like to copy it into my SSP map. If not, can I extract the loaded chunks ...
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Launching Minecraft lags computer

Whenever I launch Minecraft.exe on my computer, while the Minecraft launcher is loading, my computer starts to lag out. The render rate on my entire computer slows down . This is participially ...
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Why do I need to delete the META-INF folder when installing mods?

In Minecraft, nearly every tutorial on how to install a MOD tells you to remove the META-INF folder. However none of the ones I found tell you what it is. I don't like the idea of deleting a folder ...
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What are the properties of fire?

How exactly does fire act in Minecraft? Specifically, I'm wondering about things like: Which materials are flammable? Within how many blocks of a flaming block can a block catch fire? When you're on ...
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What's the safest way to farm obsidian without burning to death?

In single player Survival mode in Minecraft Alpha, what is the safest way to create an obsidian farm? I've come across naturally occurring in obsidian in Survival MP, but that was easy to mine because ...
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Do shorn sheep regrow their wool?

Following on from this question on dyed sheep the thought occurs "Do shorn sheep regrow their wool". I know that shorn sheep stay that way for a while - I see them around and about. I know that mobs ...
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How do I fix randomly moved chunks after a crash?

I was stupid and didn't keep a backup of my Minecraft server. Now, it crashed, biomes changed, chunks were moved around, part of my city of gone, an underground chunk was moved aboveground, is there ...
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How do I quickly create a safe shelter?

I've recently started playing Minecraft, and I only have a little experience with enemies (I've been playing with the peaceful setting so I can figure out what the heck I'm doing). When I did play ...
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What's the fastest way to find mineshafts?

I'm on the hunt for melons, and one place I'm fairly sure I can find them is a mineshaft. Which leaves me back at square one, how do I find a mine shaft? It seems they were made substantially harder ...
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What's the best way to fight an Enderman?

When you're looking at one and it's running at you really fast, you know you're in deep trouble. My question is: What is the best tactic to fight an Enderman because they seem to teleport behind ...
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Is it possible to change your single-player skin?

In Minecraft, is it possible to customize your skin in single-player mode (not just in multiplayer)? How?
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What are all the gamerule commands in Minecraft?

I want to know what are the gamerule commands in Minecraft, and what do they do? Please help as I want to have special stuff without using mods and plugins!
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Why aren't there any passive mobs spawning in my single player world?

There used to be a bunch of pigs and sheep and cows and chickens, but ever since I've been building everywhere, they've vanished. I tried to create patches of grass with torches on them to get them to ...
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How do I turn off the Minecraft 1.7.2 Super Secret Settings?

How do I turn off the Minecraft 1.7.2 super secret settings? I tried F3 and F4, hitting Esc repeatedly, all things mentioned on blogs – nothing is working.
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What features differ between the XBLA and PC versions of minecraft?

What differences does the Xbox 360 version of minecraft have compared to playing on the PC? EDIT: At the risk of this being too localized, I'm asking more about differences exclusive to each ...
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What's the easiest or quickest way to build bases under water?

What's the easiest or quickest way to build bases under water? Stopping every 15 seconds for air is becoming very infuriating. Are there mods or something I can do to speed up the process or even ...
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How do I not get lost underground?

I have found a rather large series of underground caverns in Minecraft, and have come close to becoming fatally lost several times. What are some best practices in making sure I get back to familiar ...
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Is there any way to cause lava source blocks to replicate in Minecraft?

You can create an infinite well using two buckets of water and a hole that is one block deep and two blocks by two blocks wide. I'm wondering if it's possible to do a similar thing with lava, now ...
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How do I find Dungeons in Minecraft?

In Minecraft survival mode, there are dungeon rooms with mob spawning machines, mossy cobblestones and special treasures. What's the best way to find those? I found one the other day and have been ...
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How can I get rid of this black hole in my minecraft world?

I have interesting bug that I have experienced before but has gone away on its own. This one is not going away though. I have a giant stripe or chunks missing from my desert biome, I would say ...
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What is the minimum safe spacing between trees to contain forest fires?

After trying to implement a minor controlled burn to tame the wild forests surrounding my home, I managed to create what I shall heretofore refer to as The Burning Land. It occurred to me that we ...
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Farming using Mob Spawners in Minecraft

I have a couple of Mob Spawners surrounded by torches (thus rendered inert), and I want to try using them to farm enemy drops. What's the most efficient setup to automatically kill spawned mobs and ...
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Removing some hostile creatures in minecraft

Is it possible to remove some of the enemies that spawn during the night but retaining some? I actually like playing on a non-peaceful mode but I don't like those creatures (enderman, creeper) that ...
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Minecraft crashing - Ubuntu 12.10

When I play Minecraft 1.4.2 on Ubuntu (with and without Optifine), after a while (about five minutes or so) it will crash the whole of Ubuntu, SSP and SMP (frozen interface, no responsiveness). ...
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Does time pass on a Minecraft SMP server if nobody is logged on?

I have a private Minecraft server where we are 2 people playing. Earlier today I logged on, observed it was night, and logged back off. Then I logged on just now, it was day again. In the meantime, ...
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How to find a player's redstone clock (or other aggressive circuitry)?

I'm an admin for a minecraft server where I suspect one of the players has set up a fast cycle redstone circuit. The reason is the server uses what seems to me to be too high of cpu for only one or ...
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Are there any blocks that spiders cannot climb?

I'm building a spider spawner exp farm, and I have everything planned out. Now the only thing is to build it. But what material should I use? Are there any blocks that a spider (either type) just ...
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How do I downgrade Minecraft to play on a server running an older version?

How do I downgrade Minecraft to play on a server running an older version?
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How do I fix a corrupted world?

If I haven't got any backups, is there any way of recovering, or partially recovering the world from a corrupted save file?
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Restrict certain mods to certain worlds

I have lots of mods installed on my Minecraft client. How can I make certain mods only work in certain worlds? For example, how can I make the train mod work only for one of my worlds not the others ...
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How much larger is a Lightning Creeper's explosion radius compared to a regular Creeper?

With the advent of weather in 1.5, lightning strikes during rainstorms can set fire to trees, frankenstein pigs to zombie pigmen, and perhaps most insidiously of all, super-charge Creepers with blue ...
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Why can't I mine diamond, gold ore, or redstone ore?

Normal blocks I can mine fine, but when it comes to diamond and gold ores, the block just gets "destroyed" (as in you can't pick it up). I'm playing on multiplayer with no spawning monsters.
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How do I check my depth on OS X?

I know that if you want to check your depth on a PC, you press F3, but on my Mac, pressing F3 brings up Mission Control and/or the Dashboard. Is there a way to check depth in OS X without manually ...
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What is wrong with my mob spawner?

I built this 2 layer mob spawner trappy thing in the air. Its 24x24 but no mobs spawn inside :( No one falls down and I've opened it up several times to check, nothing inside either. Its a standard ...
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Minecraft inventory dragging glitch

How do I fix my Minecraft inventory? I am trying to select items, but ever since the recent update, I have to click on the item and drag it to my inventory. It isn't working to fast move it using ...
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Why does the connection time out when connecting to a server?

My friend had hosted a Minecraft server before and brought it back up today with my help. He and anyone in his LAN can connect. However we have had a few people try to connect, including me, and when ...
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I get a “bad login” message when trying to play multiplayer

When I try to play multiplayer I type in the only server I know, which the game says was right, then click Play and it loads. Then it says Can't connect to server: bad log in. How can I fix this?
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Minecraft 1.4.6 Force Update Problem

I just bought Minecraft and suddenly my whole Minecraft folder inside is gone; nothing except saves. I tried to Force Update but it said Not Downloaded. I downgraded to Snapshot 12w50a/12w50b, and I ...
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Scala library error when launching Forge for Minecraft 1.6.4

I just updated my Minecraft launcher to 1.6.4 but I am facing some problems using it. It runs correctly without any mod but when I launch with Minecraft Forge, whenever I try to launch it I get the ...
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I can't find the bin folder in my .minecraft folder! [duplicate]

I am trying to get mods on my minecraft but the folder isn't there and so I can't get to my minecraft.jar folder... and I even looked in the version folder where someone told me the bin folder would ...
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What items can be farmed fully automatically?

Cacti have always been farmable completely automatically. With pistons in 1.7, sugar cane can now be farmed in a fully automatic fashion as well. Mobs and animals can be farmed as well in giant mob ...
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In my first game I spawned on a small island. What do I do next?

After seeing a huge interest here and in almost every PC gaming site, I decided to buy Minecraft Beta. In twitter and rss I heard something about zombie, ghosts, cakes, spiders, survive in the wild ...
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Does lightning strike on an angle?

So, with the advent of weather on my friend's SMP server, two structures have already been burned to the ground by lightning strikes. Miraculously, the current tallest flammable structure on the ...
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How do I create a very long delay with Redstone?

The only things I've found so far are a cart method (which ceased working in 1.6), a dispenser method (utilizing the decay on dropped items, but this requires occasional feeding), and a binary counter ...