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How does light spread in Minecraft?

I understand that light levels decrease by 1 each block farther away from the source you get, but is that measured diagonally as well as along the axes? Another way of asking this is: does a light ...
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Will wearing multiple fire protection armor pieces stack their effects?

I'm digging into the Minecraft enchantment system, and looking at the wiki, I see the same type of protection can't be on the same armor type – but what about different armors? More importantly to me, ...
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Minimum safe spacing between lava and flamable materials?

It seems that containing lava in solid glass, stone and iron blocks may not be sufficient to prevent wool from burning, even if the lava is completely encased. After some delay, it seems that ...
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How do I improve my chances of getting silk touch when enchanting?

I'd like to have an item enchanted with silk-touch, but of course the enchants are all random. Is there a combination of enchantment level and item material that would give me the best odds of ...
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Is this balcony Endermen-proof?

I have this pseudo-functional (but mostly for aesthetics) balcony just outside my mountain-side shelter: It gives me a nice view outside, and I can peer over the edge to the ground far below (30+ ...
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How can I collect a large amount of sand/glass without ruining the natural environment?

I'm pretty sure everyone knows that collecting a large amount of glass can lead to some really ugly landscapes where pretty much a large, stone hole is left after you take all the sand from the beach. ...
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No experience from mining iron?

I've noticed that you get experience orbs from mining coal, redstone and diamond. However, you do not get any from mining iron. Is there a reason behind this, or is it a bug?
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How can you hide light sources while they still give light?

I would like to have a large underground room without it being either very dark or have light sources in the open (lava columns, torches). I use to build columns using stairs since they allowed light ...
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Can the mobs climb ladders?

I need to prevent mobs from getting into my shelter, and I have an exposed lower area with a ladder leading up to the shelter proper. If a zombie or something spawns down there at night, can it reach ...
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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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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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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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Will unnaturally spawned villagers build a village?

If I spawn villagers in creative mode, will they build a village? Or do they even build anything?
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How do I build down?

I'm playing Skyblock, and after getting my cobblestone generator working, I'm planning on a total revamp of my entire little sky-island. However, I want to make certain that I don't lose important ...
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Easiest way to get the “ride a pig off a cliff” achievement?

I'm having some difficulty getting this achievement - currently I am placing my saddle on a pig close to a cliff, but as soon as I jump on the pig always turns around and walks back towards safety.. ...
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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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How to lightning-proof a structure?

What's the best way to lightning proof a structure? I've seen some people attempt to place a 'ceiling' of glass at the top-most level of the map, but I don't know if this works or not (and it's a tad ...
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How much damage does fire do in total before it burns out?

Tried Googling it a bit, yet never found an answer. Fire does damage at a rate of 1/2 heart per second, but how long do you stay on fire? How much total damage does fire do while not standing in it?
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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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Minecraft armor glitch?

So chestplates give you four armor, right? Okay. And boots give you one and a half armor. Except if they have taken damage, in which case they give you a little less, but nonetheless they give you ...
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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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I've been bitten by a cave spider, how can I cure the poison?

I've been bitten by a cave spider in a dungeon and now I'm poisoned. I'm taking too much damage when poisoned and I want to be cured. I know when eating rotten flesh, I can be poisoned too, so an ...
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There are slimes all over my mob trap. How can I get rid of them?

My mobtrap was working perfectly a few hours ago. After relogging to the server, a massive amount of slimes spawned in my trap. They seem to be unkillable and block the canal and grinder. How can I ...
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Which blocks require the Silk Touch enchantment, or benefit from it?

In Minecraft, which blocks: Can only be acquired with a Silk Touch enchanted tool, or Do not drop themselves or 100% of their components when broken, so Silk Touch is still useful, even if the block ...
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Will Netherrack burn if hit by lightning?

I have lots of netherrock sitting in my inventory and I want to build some structures with it. Just wondering if I would have to weatherproof them, given that netherrack burns indefinitely, or if it ...
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Creating cantilevers in Minecraft

I found an elevated place in Minecraft and would like to expand its borders. However it seems I can't add a block adjacent to a surface without being able to see that surface, and on an elevated area ...
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Do you always spawn on sand?

In a recent Yogscast video it was mentioned that you always spawn on sand in a new world, is this true?
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Does Herobrine exist?

I've seen videos of a mob named Herobrine being summoned or randomly encountered. He has the default Minecraft skin but with glowing white eyes. Are these videos all hoaxes or is there a way to summon ...
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How to disable hardcore in Minecraft?

My girlfriend accidentally enabled hardcore mode in Minecraft, dooming herself to experience the ultimate frustration sooner or later on her first playthrough. Is there any (presumably non-legitimate) ...
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Why is there a tower of glass in my lake?

While exploring I've found a tower of glass blocks coming out of a lake in Minecraft. As far as I can tell they go up to the top limit of the world. It also goes down in to the ground, as you can ...
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Can trees grow without sunlight?

I've built an underground forest chamber in my main fort as a convenient lumber supply. It has a dirt floor and plenty of torches, but the trees I planted there haven't sprouted yet. I have heard ...
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What is the most efficient village housing layout?

I'd like to add an 'apartment complex' to a village to boost its population. What would be the best floor plan for such a complex?
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Why does my character skin keep reverting to a naked girl?

Why does my character's skin keep reverting to a naked girl? I thought someone figured out my password, so i changed it, but after a week or so it got changed back. I have used mod tools to add ...
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What is the best way to connect islands together in Minecraft?

I have several islands in Minecraft, and I would like a simple way to walk from one island to another, that is, connect them together in some way. I still don't want to prevent traveling by boat by ...
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How can I safely dig straight down?

I know you should never dig straight down but there are rare occasions where I don't really want to make a slow mine downwards. Sometimes I just want to dig down, find diamonds and come back up with ...
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What's the order of “best fuels” 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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How much of a drop will a mob voluntarily walk off of in Minecraft?

I've noticed that mobs don't just walk off of cliffs on their own accord. They stop when they sense a cliff (unless they are chasing you). How high does a cliff have to be for them not to walk off ...
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How can I make glass tunnels through lava?

I have found a lava pool while tunneling and would like to put up walls for the tunnel in glass so I can see the lava flow in the tunnel (and benefit from its light). I'm having trouble navigating ...
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If I'm already above the clouds — how much higher can I go?

What Z-Level are the clouds at? I've found the perfect place to build my minecraft base Right there, in the orange circle. But I can't help but notice. That's pretty damn high. I know minecraft ...
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Does knockback make creepers explode?

Twice I've attacked a creeper with my sword, which has sharpness and knockback enchantments, and twice whilst still far away from me it's exploded. Is this coincidence or does the knock back set the ...
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How do you lengthen a redstone button signal in Minecraft?

I made a little redstone circuit to open a door (using pistons) with a button, but I was wondering how I could make the door stay open a little longer. I don't want to use a lever as I want it to ...
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Is it possible to build a new river across a land barrier?

I'm trying to make something like the Panama Canal - there's a piece of land, less than a hundred blocks wide, that if completely removed, would connect two larger oceans. So I did the obvious, ...
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How to install mods for the new Minecraft launcher

I've recently changed to the new Minecraft launcher, and I have noticed a change in the .minecraft folder layout. I can no longer install mods just by copying it over into the versions/1.6.1 jar file, ...
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What is the best way to deal with cave spiders?

The cave spider spawner isn't too hard to destroy, it can be done in a few seconds using a pickaxe. But it is fairly difficult when cave spiders are still spawning. And it seems that placing torches ...
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How can I slow down a cart without causing it to stop?

I built a small homage to the booster while revisiting an old world, given that its place now lies in our hearts... and behind a glass case, museum style. This is placed alongside an existing piece ...
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Any way to round up animals in Minecraft?

I want to farm sheep for their wool. What's the best way to make them spawn or gather them up into one pen?
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How to hide your valuables in Minecraft?

People are always stealing my diamonds and other hard-to-find items. How can I hide them well enough to be sure no-one would steal them while I'm exploring? I've seen some ideas but none of them ...
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What are some tips for mastering redstone circuits? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do redstone torches (circuits) work in Minecraft? New to Minecraft, just got beta, mastered most of the mechanics (mining, picks, the Nether, etc.) and now my final ...
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Is it possible to lay a block adjacent to another without looking at the face of the existing block?

I want to build a bridge over a valley to allow fast travelling between 2 areas. The only way I can see to do it is this: Build steps up to the level I need. Move right to the end of the last block ...
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Is it possible in Minecraft to switch over from survival to creative in single player?

This question is regarding the minecraft Beta 1.8 prerelease -- I have a beautiful house in single player survival which I'd like to record while flying. I want to be able to change the game mode of ...