If you are a new Minecraft player starting off on Survival mode, the whole game can seem really overwhelming. So I’m here to help starters get going.
First off we have the Spawn Point. This is the area where you start and the area you will return to if you die. When playing on survival it is a good idea to build your house near the spawn point just in case you die while building.
Next we have the HUD or Heads Up Display. This is the menu found at the bottom of the screen at all times. There are 9 slots for items, A health bar, a hunger bar and a EXP (experience) bar. A few important things to note about the HUD. Obviously like any other video game, if you run out of hearts you die. Luckily in Minecraft when you run low on hearts they don’t beep obnoxiously. Hearts also regenerate in Minecraft. This is what the hunger bar is for. Hearts will not regenerate if two or more hunger points are missing. Also, if you run out of hunger points your hearts will rapidly decrease (just like real life!) but the final half heart won’t be taken by hunger. The EXP bar fills by collecting EXP orbs. I’ll talk more about this later because EXP has no purpose in early game.
First thing’s first. You need to build a house as soon as you can. A good first step is to cut down a few trees.
You will be able to use the wood for planks or sticks for building tools. I decided to build my house in the side of a mountain to save building materials.
If you are digging your house out, eventually you are going to come across stone. This requires a pickaxe to break and collect. To build a pickaxe you will first need a crafting table. This can be build with 4 wooden planks, one in each slot of the inventory crafting menu (see photo.) To place the crafting table, right click wherever you want to place it. Once it is placed right click again to use it. To build a wooden pickaxe, you will need 2 sticks and 3 wooden planks.
See the diagram to the left for instructions. It is good to remember that you can replace the top three materials with cobblestone, iron, gold or diamond to make stronger picks. Now you can mine stone to get cobblestone, one of the primary building materials of the game (and once you have it you can build a stronger pickaxe!)
Now you are ready to build your first house. Whether you decide to dig out a hole to live in or mine stone or wood to build a free-standing house, it doesn’t matter. There will always be time to build bigger better houses later. One final step. Your house needs a door. They are easy enough to build. Check the diagram to the left for the layout. Once you have it build right click wherever you want to place your door (usually from the outside) and your house is (fairly) monsterproof.
I know it seems like a lot and you will probably die a few times in the process. Just remember if night falls and your house isn’t finished and you are continually dying you can always change the difficult to “Peaceful” in the Esc menu.
Next post: Furnaces and Torches AKA actually being able to see in your house at night.