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Manager of Waterstones Minecraft, Steve Minesalot, has been in the role for nine months now and, despite the odd spider infestation, he's going great. Today, he updates us with Minecraft Blockopedia.

Posted on 4th December 2014 by Rob Chilver & Waterstones

 

Minecraft Blockpedia

 

Introducing the Minecraft Blockopedia

 

Minecraft Blockopedia is the biggest compendium of blocks in Minecraft we've seen yet. Measuring at 312 pages and featuring 112 blocks plus variants it covers everything up to and including the recent 1.8 update.

Minecraft Blockopedia: Ice

Ice is brittle, impermanent and slippery and it forms from water in cold places

Minecraft Blockopedia: Daylight Sensor

You can use daylight sensors to sense when night falls and automatically close up a house to prevent mobs getting in.

 


Introducing the Minecraft Handbooks

Wait, why is everything square? Why has everything gone dark? And what’s this big green thing moving towards me. Fsssssssssssssssss ARGGGH!

If these are the questions you’re asking yourself then you probably need Minecraft: the Official Beginner's Handbook. Covering all the basics like choosing a game mode, your first moments in the world, creating tools, building your first shelter and improving it – the book acts as a starter guide to getting set up in the game.

Minecraft bookshop interior

Minesalot

After a lengthy selection process we've put Steve Minesalot - what are the odds, right? - in charge of our new bookshop in Minecraft, and we’re happy to report that he's settling in rather well. "It's a return to bricks and mortar bookselling," Steve said, "except without the mortar."

So, without further ado, step inside Waterstones Minecraft where Steve will introduce you to the range of Minecraft Handbooks, created to aid adventurers in the game, including the two newly published books, Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook and Minecraft: the Official Combat Handbook.
 

Minecraft: the Official Beginner's Handbook

Minecraft: the Official Beginner's Handbook

Wait, why is everything square? Why has everything gone dark? And what’s this big green thing moving towards me. Fsssssssssssssssss ARGGGH!

If these are the questions you’re asking yourself then you probably need Minecraft: the Official Beginner's Handbook. Covering all the basics like choosing a game mode, your first moments in the world, creating tools, building your first shelter and improving it – the book acts as a starter guide to getting set up in the game.

 

Now that you've made it through your first few nights, it's time for some home improvements.

Now that you've made it through your first few nights, it's time for some home improvements.

 

Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook

Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook

Everyone starts somewhere, and in Minecraft that somewhere is likely to be the middle of nowhere. With Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook, you can turn that barren patch of plains biome into a pleasant wooden house or – heck, why not – build yourself a floating steampunk city. Ever thought your base could do with some fortified walls? We’ve got them covered. Dwarven City? No problem – just make sure you add the lava last.

 

You may need to build a house to protect yourself and your possessions in Survival mode.

You may need to build a house to protect yourself and your possessions in Survival mode.

 

 

Minecraft: the Official Combat Handbook

Minecraft: the Official Combat Handbook

Essential reading for warriors and explorers, Minecraft: the Official Combat Handbook features the complete list of enemies in the game along with information about health, strength, useful item drops and where to find them.*

Find out how to navigate to The End, fight and beat the Ender Dragon and read pro-tips on enchanting, potion making and multi-player battles.

*Please note, no refunds if you still get killed by the Creeper. No book can stop that…

 

Skeleton and Zombies: two of the early opponents you'll meet in survival mode.

Skeleton and Zombies: two of the early opponents you'll meet in Survival mode.

 

Minecraft: The Official Redstone Handbook

Minecraft: The Official Redstone Handbook

March 2013 saw "The Redstone Update" and since then Minecraft players have been finding ingenious new ways to connect and control blocks in the game, from simple piston-powered doorways (check out the ‘classic Jeb door’ in the book for something much more awesome) to deluxe lighting systems. Minecraft: The Official Redstone Handbook makes the whole thing easy. If there’s anyone out there who’s figured this stuff out yet could they come and take a look at the lighting in our shop please? It’s awfully dark in here and it took ages to rid the place of spiders when we opened this morning.

 

Redstone essentials: are you ready to get fully wired up to redstone?

Redstone essentials: are you ready to get fully wired up to redstone?

Steve Minesalot and Paul Carter, for Waterstones.com/blog