First Two Days
This page is meant to take you through your first two days (40 real world minutes) of Minecraft play. It takes you step by step though how to make tools, build shelter, and secure food. Don't be discouraged if you're not able to accomplish all these tasks in the first two days, as long as you are able to build some kind of shelter, you can learn everything else at your own pace.
Day 1 - Daytime (10 real world minutes)
The Controls-how to move around and do things
Your avatar is controlled using the w, a, s, d, and space bar on your keyboard. 'W' moves you forward, 'A' to the left 'D' to the right, 'S' backwards and space bar makes you jump. The position where the game starts you is called your spawn point. To 'harvest' a brick, point at it with your mouse and hold down the left button. You will see the block start to look like it is breaking up. Breaking a block with your hand takes several seconds, just keep holding the left button down continuously. Dirt is the easiest to break, then wood, then stone. Once a block has broken it will appear on the ground as a miniature of what it looked like whole. Running over the tiny block will pull the block into your inventory. You can not break blocks that are too close to your spawn point, so move ten or so blocks before trying to harvest a block.
E and the inventory Once you have harvested a block, it will appear in your inventory. To see everything in your inventory, hit the 'E' key. Hitting 'E' again will take you out of your inventory. While your inventory is open, you can move blocks from the larger top portion of the inventory to the row of 9 blocks on the bottom of your inventory. These are the only items that you have access to during game play. You can scroll through the 9 items with your mouse scroll bar, or by hitting the corresponding number (If you wanted to be using the first inventory item from the left, hit 1, the third from the left hit 3, ect.)
The first thing you should do is find a tree and break it down to get wood blocks. From wood you can craft your first tools, which greatly speeds up harvesting materials in the world. There are several distinct biomes in Minecraft that you might have spawned into, so the number and type or tree will vary. If you have spawned in an area without trees, and you can't see any trees, just pick a direction and run in it. The biomes are typically small, within a few minutes of running you should find some trees. Hold the left button down on the trunk of a tree to break the block. Depending on the size of the tree you can get 5-10 wood blocks from each tree, harvesting ten blocks should be enough to get you started.
Building a crafting table Once you have a few wooden blocks, you are ready to start crafting. By hitting the 'E' key to see your inventory, you'll also see there is a small four block crafting table, just above your inventory items. By clicking on your wood blocks and moving them into any of the four blocks on the left of the crafting module you will see that the output on the right shows wooden planks. Clicking on the wooden planks will allow you to move them from the crafting table and place them in your inventory for use. You will also see that you get 4 wooden planks per wood block. Putting a single wooden plank into each of the four positions will make you a crafting table. Move the crafting table into one of the nine spots on the bottom of your inventory, and hit 'E' to get out of the inventory screen. Select the crafting table, and then right click anywhere on the ground, and that will place the crafting table on the ground in the world. Now you are ready to make tools.
Making Wooden Tools
The first tools you will want are pick axes and shovels. Harvesting blocks can be done with any tool, but if you use the 'right' tool it goes much faster. Shovels harvest dirt and sand, pick axes harvest cobblestone and all the ores, axes harvest wood. To make tools you will first need to turn some of your planks into sticks by placing one wooden plank in a position directly above a second wooden plank. This will form sticks in the output on the right.
This is the recipe for a pick axe:
Wooden Pick axe
This is the recipe for a shovel:
Making stone tools
Cobblestone pick axe:
Day 1 - Nighttime (10 real world minutes)
Now that you have a shelter of some kind built, you will need to make some lights. Bad guys can't spawn in the light, and having some light will let you keep working through the night.
Building a furnace A furnace is crafted on a crafting table using cobblestone blocks. Here is the recipe:
Finding Iron, Gold, Diamond, and Polycraft Ores The type of mine to build is entirely up to you, but the simplest one is to start digging down starting inside your shelter and digging steps as you go down, placing torches on the walls as you need them. Different ores spawn at different depths in the world. Close to the surface you will find mostly cobblestone, coal, and iron. Iron is very important, as it can be smelted into iron ingots and crafted into iron tools, which are again longer lasting and faster than stone tools. As you move down you will start to see Polycraft ores and red stone. Polycraft ores can be broken by a cobblestone pick axe, but red stone can not. Once you get within 15 or so levels from bedrock you will start to find gold and diamonds. The first night, focus on finding iron and coal, and expanding your mine.
Day 2 - Daytime(10 real world minutes)
Congratulations, you've made it through the night! By the time the sun comes up on your second Minecraft day, you will likely be getting hungry. Your hunger status is shown on the right side of your screen as a series of ten drumsticks. As you get hungry the drumsticks start disappearing. Once your so hungry that all the drumsticks are gone, your health, shown on the left as ten hearts, will start to decrease. It's time to start finding some food.