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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as informative as you'd think..., 15 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Minecraft: The Official Redstone Handbook (Hardcover)
Bought this for my daughter for Christmas. She's quite familiar with Minecraft, and thanks to my computer engineering background, so am I, having built servers for her and her friends to play on whilst having a little fun with it myself.

I expected this to be a guide showing progressively more complex redstone 'machines' in a logical sequence, but the machines for which there are instructions are perhaps a little too simplistic. Whilst they do increase in complexity, a lot of Minecraft players will already be quite familiar with the techniques depicted. A lot of the book is just showcasing complex redstone machines that have been built but without offering much by way of an explanation as to how it works, how it was built or the combinations of machines required to make it yourself.

I'm not a particularly knowledgeable Minecrafter, and even I found the guide a little less than informative.

If you're new to Minecraft and just want to understand how to use redstone and build simple machines, this book is for you. If you're looking to expand on your existing redstone knowledge and build more refined and sophisticated machines, I'm sorry - you're out of luck...
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Initial post: 6 Feb 2014 20:16:08 GMT
rachel says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2014 05:50:21 GMT
It adds that he knows about minecraft from a engineering point of view. If you look closer, at the end of the 2nd line, he implies whilst doing this he has had fun playing it at the same time.

Prehaps you should learn how to find you're way around a paragraph ? And take reading lessons.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2014 15:50:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2014 15:55:38 GMT
rachel says:
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Posted on 22 Mar 2014 15:15:30 GMT
Sarahbelle says:
Hi Chris

Very useful review, my kids (and me) have dabbled with redstone also, so its good to know it doesn't hold info on much more complex ideas, especially as we have made some very interesting things already! Thank you.

Sarah

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2014 22:09:33 BDT
It shows that I actually know what I'm talking about when it comes to something like this rather than just writing the review off the back of a child's immediate beaming-faced feedback having just received it. I know my way around Minecraft, and I know what I would find useful in a book of this sort if I so wanted one. So give yourself a round of applause for looking like a complete moron.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2014 22:11:15 BDT
Indeed Nicholas. It means I'm not writing a knee-jerk response to a child opening a present on Christmas day - not being funny, but all kids are going to like receiving this. However, it's when the cover is opened - THAT'S what I noted was missing from a lot of reviews. They were often just from parents who said "My kid loved it" without actually getting down to the more critical stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2014 22:15:14 BDT
Not a problem.

It shows how to make basic stuff, which a lot of people may have already found out themselves through experimentation. It then goes to show more complex machines but doesn't actually tell you much more than what it does; doesn't talk about how it works or what 'smaller machines' were used in its making.

Glad you found it useful, Sarah!

Posted on 16 May 2014 14:49:18 BDT
rachel says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2014 20:53:06 BDT
Hi Rachel,

I have a product recommendation for you:

I Spend Time Wasting Time Crewneck T-Shirt (Heather Gray, Size XXL)

Enjoy!

Chris Kinsman.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2014 15:21:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 May 2014 15:24:27 BDT
rachel says:
i'm surprised your trying to size me . It shows how much time and effort U are putting into this.
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