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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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I'm stuck underground. How do I get back to the surface?

I'm stuck underground. I can't mine any further to reach lava. There is no water nearby, and zombies can't reach me. I can't see to find any blocks to suffocate my character. NBTEdit and similar ...
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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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Is there a way to kill yourself immediately?

Is there a way to kill yourself immediately in Minecraft? Without using normal methods like dropping sand or gravel on top of yourself or letting mobs attack you without fighting back, something like ...
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How do I make big jungle trees?

I found a jungle biome in my new Minecraft world, but I'm afraid of cutting down the big trees (the ones that are 2 squares wide and long), because I don't know if I can replant them. So is it ...
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How can I make a boatlock in Minecraft?

How can I navigate a boat to a higher level in Minecraft? Is there some form of a lock that I could use? Maybe something using doors and watersource... Inspired by this question: Any way to dig a ...
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How do I get to The Nether in Minecraft?

How does one get to The Nether area in Minecraft? I heard that portals would be used to teleport around the map, but in order to use the portals you have to go through The Nether area.
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Which configuration of armor enchantments gives maximum protection?

Prior to 1.4.6 it was a well known fact that the protection enchantment on armor was strictly superior to the other enchantments and that simply having a few pieces with protection III/IV would max ...
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How far can redstone current travel?

I know that there is a 15 block limit before a repeater is needed, however I am looking for the TOTAL distance that current can travel. Is it infinite? Can I keep adding repeaters and go on forever? ...
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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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How do you safely remove TNT?

Assuming GnomeSlice wasn't referring to himself in the third person as the 'friend' who did all this: A more direct (but boring) question would be, how do you safely remove TNT?
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What knowledge am I supposed to start with in Minecraft?

My children play Minecraft based on extensive "lore" from friends and experimentation. Of course, one can find anything one wants about it by googling, but if discovery is supposed to be part of the ...
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Why does my bed explode when I try to sleep on it in the Nether, and how do I disable it?

After I read the changelog for Minecraft 1.6, I saw that one of the few items that were fixed was beds in the nether. However, when trying to sleep in one, it explodes. Is this purely intentional, and ...
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Can mobs see me through glass?

I would like to know if mobs can see me through glass and therefore pile up in front of my window even if I stand 2 square away? I currently have a rather small stone house with a wooden door and no ...
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How do I keep two different versions of Minecraft installed?

When a major version of Minecraft is released, it takes a while before mods are updated to work with it. It can happen that you want to install the new version, but keep a copy of the old version with ...
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Can you turn weather off in Minecraft?

The arrival of Minecraft Beta 1.5 brought weather conditions. However, it can at times be inconvenient when you're trying to screenshot something and show it off (as it reduces lighting and obstructs ...
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How do we make our multiplayer spawn area less of a disaster zone?

My friends and I have a pretty fun multiplayer Minecraft world going, complete with a strip mine with an automated transit system and an enormous cobblestone pyramid. Everything is totally sweet... ...
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Is the Nether infinite?

If I were to mine netherrack upwards or downwards, left or right in one direction, would I hit bedrock, or would I keep on going? What would happen?
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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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Why can't I destroy or place blocks?

I'm playing on a Survival world with cheats on, "easy" difficulty, and at night in-game. I didn't have a sword or anything to make a sword with, and I was starving, so I switched to Creative to give ...
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How can I disable creepers block damage on my Minecraft server?

Please note that these are NOT acceptable solutions: Completely disabling monsters (peaceful mode) Completely removing creepers Completely disabling explosions (TNT + Creepers) Disabling creeper ...
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How do I drop an entire stack at once?

Is there a way to drop an entire stack at once (instead of pressing q 64 times)?
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How do I flood a mine?

I have built an aqueduct from what seems to be the sea to the underground level. But the water level never rises above 1 tile of depth. How to make it 2 tiles of depth?
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What's the best way to get grass onto a dirt platform?

I am making some more Biospheres, and need to get grass onto a raised dirt platform. For my previous pair, I created a dirt bridge from a nearby hill that was at the same level, but it took an age to ...
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Will new Minecraft features appear in existing worlds?

I'm a new Minecrafter, and was wondering if new updates are backwards compatible. Specifically, will the new "Adventure Update" features (Beta 1.8) appear in existing worlds created with Beta 1.7 and ...
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Can lightning set stuff on fire?

Notch has just implemented lightning. I'm now too terrified to open up my treehouse map in case a storm burns it to the ground! Is this possible? Update I've unanswered this question, now that fire ...
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Can ghast fireballs break glass?

I'm thinking about building some glass structures in the Nether on my friends' SMP server (once 1.6 is released), and haven't spent enough time in SP to determine this for myself since I like to work ...
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How do I find mushroom biomes?

Minecraft's mushroom biome sounds like a pleasant place: Food in abundant supply, and zero hostile mob spawns. However, in all my time playing, I've never ever found one. Is there a trick to finding ...
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How far away can you mine blocks while standing in one place?

To my surprise, I could not find this by googling, but what is the arm reach of the player? As in, how far can you mine blocks while standing in one place?
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What is a 'chunk'?

Ok, so I know roughly that a chunk is like a mass of generated terrain in minecraft. I hear people say 'loading chunks' and I've seen questions about 'chunk errors' so I assume it is part of terrain ...
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Is it possible to turn a Minecraft single player map into multi-player server? [closed]

I've got some funky minecraft maps that I'd like to share with my friends. However, they're, more often than not, far away and unable to stop by my computer and see what I've wrought. I was wondering ...
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How did part of my house in minecraft disappear?

I was playing Minecraft 1.6.2 survival mode (normal difficulty), and I built a house. Then I went far away to explore a cave. When I got back, part of my house had simply disappeared. As you can ...
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My dog keeps catching on fire, what should I do?

My dogs keep walking through fires and dying. Is there a mod that makes them try and avoid it, or put themselves out (by heading for water) when they're on fire? I've lost countless dogs like this.
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Is there a way to automate harvesting cobblestone?

I have been working on a cobblestone generator. Being ultra-lazy, I don't want to spend countless minutes (and who knows how many pickaxes!) actually harvesting the cobblestone. Is there something I ...
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Will monsters spawn on top of trees?

I'm covering everywhere near my house with my torches and building walls (using fences or blocks) around them, to make sure no creepers blow me up as I come out, or trample my sugar cane and wood. (I ...
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How can I make an infinite fire?

I was wondering, how can I make a never ending fire in Minecraft? (I want to use it in SMP)
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What is the fastest way to move upward?

Since the last few releases have nerfed both water elevators and boat elevators, what is left standing as the fastest upward movement method? Ladders? Stairs? Are nerfed boat elevators still the ...
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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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What is the best angle for an enderpearl if I am aiming for distance?

I have only 1 ender pearl, and want to get as far as possible. What angle should I throw it at?
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What does right clicking with the sword equipped do?

In Beta 1.8, right clicking with the sword equipped angles it in front of you, while decreasing your walking speed: What exactly is this doing? Does it provide any benefit to combat?
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What is a snow golem's range?

I want to incorporate snow golems into my mob grinders. How close does a hostile mob need to be in order for a snow golem to begin throwing snowballs?
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How do I create villages?

I would like to create a village. Apparently this is possible as of Minecraft 1.4.2, so how do I do it?
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Can burning mobs set trees on fire?

I've built a tree house, it's going well, but I'm worried that mobs burning at dawn could bring the whole thing down in minutes. Is this possible?
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Does length dilation affect the Y axis in the Nether?

It's known that traveling one block in the Nether is equivalent to traveling 8 blocks in the real world, and I can confirm that along the X and Z axes by building four portals: two in the Nether and ...
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Why did my Zombie Pigmen form a flash mob?

I was journeying to the Nether when I noticed the most curious site outside my portal enclosure: The mob started with about six, and has over doubled in numbers over ...
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How do I move my spawn point?

I am spawning too far from my home. How do I move my spawn point?
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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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How can I clear the water out of this area?

I've sectioned of this area in the sea near my base, and I need to get rid of all the water from it. From what I've tried the only way I can see to clear it is fully cover one layer, delete the ...
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Which fuels burn the longest in Minecraft?

What's the order of "best fuels"? Example: Coal cooks less than lava and blaze rods, wood cooks less than coal, etc. What's the order of fuels based on their 'cooking quantity'?
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Is it possible for a Mob to spawn *right next to* the player in Minecraft?

According to Minepedia/Light, the changes that occurred in the Halloween update make torches useless for level 16 and below (incidentally, also the level where diamonds start). Now, that's all fine ...