Questions tagged [minecraft]

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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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What rare items exist in Minecraft, and where can I find them?

What are the rare materials/drops in Minecraft? I'm talking about things you might never find, except perhaps in chests near mob spawners, or by some convoluted collection process. I already know ...
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Is it possible to connect to an SMP server without authenticating?

The problem that I'm currently encountering is that the authentication server is down. I can start Minecraft and select "play offline". I then attempt to connect to a survival multiplayer server, ...
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Can I load and save my Minecraft maps to My Dropbox?

Is it possible to setup Minecraft so that the maps are loaded and saved from a different folder (like my Dropbox folder)? Where are they stored by default?
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Does a larger lava pillar produce a lot more light?

I'm planning on making a beacon, using lava source blocks at the top, encase in glass. Topdown view . . . G G G G L G G G G . . . where G = glass, and L = lava. Then I thought to myself, would ...
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Do Minecraft save files use a Python interface?

How do Minecraft save files work? Is there a Python interface?
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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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How short can a minecart booster be and still be effective? [closed]

In alpha and beta versions of Minecraft (prior to Minecraft Beta 1.6), 'Minecart Boosting' takes advantage of the minecart's physics when next to another cart to propel itself forward. How many ...
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How often does Minecraft talk to the server?

Does Minecraft only talk to it's online server to authenticate you have a premium account? Does it not talk to it after it has authenticated? Or does it do something else online?
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Why can I move water in Minecraft SMP Alpha?

Is water movable on an SMP alpha server? Last night I tried to make a greenhouse with water for the crops and every time I dropped the water in the trench it did not spread and disappeared within 3-4 ...
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What does Minecraft's scary music mean?

Apparently it means there is a dungeon around but I can never find any? If it does mean dungeons how far away will it trigger?
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How can I play multiplayer against creeps on Minecraft SMP servers?

I purchased Minecraft yesterday and from what I've read, I understand that there are survival multiplayer servers, but so far none have any survival elements. Most have day/night cycles, but you can't ...
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How can I safely explore far away from my spawn point?

I originally built a nice fortification just up the hill from my spawn point for convenience (yes, I do die every once in a while), but now that I've used efficient mining to clear out a good chunk of ...
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How do you create a waterfall elevator?

In Minecraft Alpha Single Player Survival, what are the specifications to create a waterfall elevator to go from the bottom of a long mine shaft to the surface?
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How do redstone torches (circuits) work in Minecraft?

I tried reading the minecraftwiki page on the subject, but without an understanding of precisely how the torches work, none of it makes sense. I have a lot of questions, so even an article explaining ...
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Is there a way to increase the maximum horizon render distance in Minecraft?

I am wondering if anyone has discovered a way to increase the view distance to a much larger range. The highest setting is not very far and I can see strange blocks in the distance floating on the ...
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How can I determine which direction I'm facing?

In Minecraft, it's useful to know which way is north in order to determine how to manipulate mine cart tracks. Usually, people keep track of which way is north by placing torches on the northern walls ...
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Is it possible to grow cactus?

I have about 3 or 4 cactus blocks that I found during an excursion, but it was really far from my base and there wasn't a lot of it. Instead of making another long excursion just to search for more ...
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How deep does water have to be to prevent fall damage?

I have a very deep vertical mine shaft (I started in a mountain and hit bedrock), so it takes a long time to get up or down using my ladder. To speed up the trip down I thought "why don't I add a ...
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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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Can I sell my premium Minecraft account?

I'd like to try out the premium version of Minecraft on a friend's recommendation, but I might lose interest quickly. Can I sell my account later on if I lose interest? Or give my user details away?
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Is a Creeper's blast radius affected by the surrounding material?

In Minecraft, I would like to build my house out of Glass for aesthetics, but I'm worried it will be very vulnerable to Creepers. In order to minimize potential damage, I'm thinking of building my ...
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ALU in Minecraft, what can be achieved with this?

Recently articles popped up of how someone created a working ALU in Minecraft. For example, this article on ALU in Minecraft. He is quoted in some articles saying he is going to take it a step ...
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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 most efficient Minecraft mining strategy?

When I'm not exploring fresh caves or lands in minecraft, I'm busy trying to find deposits of diamond, gold and iron deep in the earth. So far I've just been digging around just above bedrock on a ...
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How do I get the lava in my lava fountain to flow?

I am on a multiplayer server and am trying to create a lava fountain in front of my door. I have it enclosed in an area so the lava won't block any routes. The only problem is that I can't get the ...
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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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What is the objective in Minecraft Classic?

I heard a lot of voices about MineCraft so I decided to visit its site. I found two versions there, MineCraft Alpha and MineCraft Classic. I tried to play MineCraft Classic, but I didn't really ...
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I am having problems connecting to the Minecraft server from a 2nd machine in the local network

The kids have got into Minecraft and want to run their own multiplayer game locally, however, we can't get one computer to connect to the other, but the reverse connection works. COMPUTER A is the ...
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What can I do to help orienting myself in Minecraft Alpha?

The current cave I'm working on is becoming unwieldy and disorienting. It's becoming harder and harder for me to keep bearings of where I am and what is the fastest way to my shelter. I'm looking for ...
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How do I find diamonds?

The durability of iron tools is really starting to annoy me, but in all my hours of playing I've only stumbled across one deposit of diamond ore that provided around 7 Diamonds. What's the best way ...
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What is Redstone used for in Minecraft?

I've found several piles of Redstone in Minecraft, but I can't seem to find a coherent explanation as to what it does or how to use it. Does anyone know what it's used for, and how to use it ...
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What persists after a respawn in Minecraft?

I've died a few times before reaching the point where I can get some action going; after each death I was unable to recover the contents of my inventory. Is my inventory lost forever after death? ...
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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 do you host a multi-player survival game in Minecraft?

I've downloaded all the required files in order to host an on-line multi-player Minecraft game on my computer, and successfully made a server. However, it seems that I can only make games in free ...