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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is a block building sandbox game with no set rules, where you can build anything you can possibly imagine.

When entering the game, you get to choose whether to play in Survival or Creative mode. In Survival mode you get to have loads of fun fighting off the monsters that come out at night. You can avoid the monsters by building structures to help you hide, or face them in direct combat to score more points. In Creative mode no monsters will attack you, and with access to unlimited resources, you can set your imagination free to build amazing creations and buildings.

For those who want to become expert players in Survival mode, then the Combat Handbook is the ideal companion. But, for those that love playing in Creative mode, then the Construction Handbook all the advice and inspiration needed to help excel.

 

What makes Minecraft much more than just another video game?

Unlike many computer games, Minecraft allows for free expression of the player’s imagination. It is a game that teaches a number of skills so that children don’t even realise they are learning. There is a large element of maths involved (when figuring out volume and areas), and attempting some of the bigger builds also gets children into real engineering and architectural territory.

 

Who or What age are these books aimed at?

Egmont are a children’s publisher, so we have created these books to appeal primarily to the many young fans of Minecraft out there. Having said that, we also know that fans of the game of any age are extremely knowledgeable, so we’ve tried to ensure we don’t ‘dumb down’ at any stage. The Beginner’s Handbook will obviously help those that are just beginning their Minecraft adventure whilst more expert players will relish the information in the Redstone Handbook which attempts to demystify this essential element.

 

What is the ideal age children should be playing Minecraft?

Minecraft has been rated as suitable for 7+ by PEGI, and for 10+ by ESRB. iTunes has a 4+ rating for their Pocket Edition.

 

Do kids play Minecraft on their own or with others?

Minecraft can be played as a single-player game or in multiplayer with others. Single-player Minecraft encourages creativity and exploration, and is great fun for all ages. Multiplayer servers allow Minecraft users from around the world to build, explore and play together.

 

Is it safe for children to play Minecraft?

It’s more than likely that children and their friends will want to share projects and play together in the worlds they have created. If you are concerned about online interaction with other players, we would recommend telling your child to:

  • Never give out their real name – and not to use it as their username
  • Never give out personal details
  • Never tell anybody which school they go to or how old they are

You may also choose to set restrictions on the server enabling you to select only known participants to communicate with online.

The game features no graphic violence or adult content and is focused on players exploring, searching for resources, building tools and structures. In Survival mode, they’ll also defend themselves against cartoonish enemies like Skeletons and Creepers.

 

Why do kids love Minecraft so much?

Minecraft has no rules and no limit to creativity. It means kids have the freedom to build and share (show off) some amazing structures and learn how to survive all on their own. They can control the game and make it exactly what they want it to be.

 

Minecraft and Education: Why is Minecraft much more than just another video game?

Unlike many computer games, Minecraft allows for free expression of the player’s imagination. It is a game that teaches a number of stills so that children don’t even realise they are learning. There is a large element of maths involved (when figuring out volume and areas), and children learn how much resource they’ll get if they chop down a certain number of trees, for example, and begin to plan the use of supplies. Attempting some of the bigger builds also gets children into real engineering and architectural territory.

It is also increasingly being used in education. Geography teachers get children to model real-life buildings and villages, while physics teachers use it to teach simple fluid dynamics and mechanical properties.

The developers, Mojang, works with an organisation named MinecraftEdu, which provide a special version of the game for schools and it has also been picked up by autism charities to help the development of children in their care.

 

Will there be more Minecraft books?

We’ve got a lot of ideas in the pipeline and are hoping to have some new titles announced soon. Sign up to the newsletter to find out more.

Can you get the same info from the Wiki pages?

No. We’ve worked with Mojang to create some really unique books. They are written by Fyre UK contain exclusive guides and tips from your favourite Minecraft YouTubers and even the Mojang team themselves!

 

Who are Fyre UK?

Fyre UK are the authors of the MOJANG approved official Minecraft Construction Handbook. Fyre UK are known for their Minecraft Timelapses on YouTube where they have over three hundred thousand subscribers.

 

Why did you work with the YouTube community when writing these books?

The Minecraft community is extremely important to us and Mojang and we want our publishing to both feed their thirst for gaming knowledge through an engaging reading experience, whilst also offer exclusive content from the developers which they can’t get online. It had to be authentic.

We’ve wanted to marry our publishing experience with gaming expertise; so chose to work with super-fans and bloggers like FyreUK, Paul Soares Jr, Jordan Maron (CaptainSparklez)and CNB Minecraft. We also called on student designers (who are into the game) to create content for a community who are hungry for more Minecraft content and information.

New starters need a trusted guide to help them navigate the game, and experts need a reference point and advice on how to improve their own Minecraft worlds. Partnering with experts in the space has meant we have earned credibility and trust within a community full of experts in their own right.

 

What is different in the updated versions of the Minecraft Handbook?

Each of the updated handbooks has an additional sixteen pages of new content that covers developments in the game. The pre-existing content has been completely revamped to display content such as mobs, items and blocks. All new illustrations are featured in the books so all of the content is in sync with the game.

 

What was the strategy behind creating these books?

Being in the business of creating stories and pictures, we immediately loved how Minecraft inspires creativity. Its appeal is much more than that though – it comes from its iconic look, how widely accessible it is, the way it allows gamers to create their own stories, and it’s a fun game, a game which has genuinely captured the imaginations of players young and old.

 

There are loads of Minecraft videos online giving hints and tips on the game. Why do people need these books when all the information is already available online?

You’re right, there are a lot of video tutorials out there. However, we found that the information was scattered through countless YouTube videos, so we wanted to make sure the best of it was captured in one place and presented in a clear format. Our expertise as publishers is to package the content in the most creative/exciting/accessible way. This is more important than you might imagine as it opens the door for different family members to engage with the world of Minecraft.

Many parents are unsure what it is their kids spend hours playing. So, not only do these books appeal to children, who really enjoy sharing what they know, but they also provide parents with what is considered highly technical and complex information in an easily accessible format.

 

How much are the Minecraft Handbooks?

The Beginner’s Handbook, Minecraft Annual and The Redstone Handbook are available for £9.99 in the UK.

 

Who are Egmont?

Egmont UK is part of the Egmont Group which was founded in 1878 and owned by the Egmont Foundation, a charitable trust dedicated to supporting children and young people. It is Scandinavia’s leading media group and Europe’s largest children’s publisher telling stories through books, magazines, film, TV, music, games and mobile in 30 countries throughout the world.

Egmont is the UK’s leading specialist children’s publisher for babies through to teens inspiring children to read through more than 30 million award-winning books, magazines, eBooks and apps each year.

 

What attracted Egmont to Minecraft?

Being in the business of creating stories and pictures, we immediately loved how Minecraft inspires creativity. Its appeal is much more than that though – it comes from its iconic look, how widely accessible it is, the way it allows gamers to create their own stories, and it’s a fun game, a game which has genuinely captured the imaginations of players young and old.

Minecraft is a unique property and the game is evolving all the time and we’ve worked closely with Mojang to ensure we deliver rich, visually inspiring, informative and up-to-date content for theMinecraft community.

We knew whatever we created needed to be different to most game-related licensed publishing. It needed to be unique, fun, informative and add to the Minecraft experience.