Minecraft Review 2019 Tips in finding diamonds in Minecraft Diamonds are a rare, precious stones which are most sought items in Minecraft. Why? Diamonds are not just scarce, but they also have so many uses. The most exciting and rewarding moment in playing Minecraft is the search for the sparkling blue diamonds. This precious stone can only be found in the deepest portions of rocks. In result, players are a challenging for the search of diamonds. Do you want to have an endless supply of diamonds? I’m sure you do. Before you begin your quest, it is necessary to know first the right tool for the right job. In mining for diamonds, you’ll need an Iron/Diamond Pickaxe for your mining. Of course for you to survive in your journey, you will also need foods, torch, and other useful items along the way. Finding for Diamonds Diamonds can be acquired from the diamond ore, and this rare stone block can be found in level 5-16. Diamonds can be found anywhere below layer 16, but most can also found in layer 5-12. In searching for diamond ore, it is up to you to use caving or mining. Either way, these two methods can be done if you have Iron/Diamond Pickaxe. Not only diamonds can be found along the way in your mining. Other precious stones like gold, silver, and emerald or red stone are also useful in your journey. Here are some of the tips and methods you can use in finding diamonds in Minecraft. By Caving Caving method is less-expensive than mining. On the other hand, it is time-consuming and more dangerous. Caving requires you to do a series of exploration in some dark areas filled with various kind of monster so be careful. In searching for diamond ore utilizing caving, go and explore every cave you find in your way. As you explore in different caves, make sure that you’re going down until you reach on level 15 and below. By pressing F3 (the debug screen), you will able to check your depth and location. Level 11 and 12 are also best to mine. Diamonds are rare stone, so don’t give up on searching. Explore more on different caves and dig deeper. You can also switch to another method like mining or even searching for a village chest. By Mining Mining in Minecraft is safer and reliable than caving. But take note it consumes more resources especially on crafting tools. Before to start mining players must prepare 4 stacks of torches, 10+ pickaxes (depending on your available resources), a full set of iron armor, iron sword, foods, water bucket, crafting table and furnace. These are some of the tools needed in mining. Why should I bring a water bucket? Players can use a water bucket to get and store lava on nearby lava pool and use it for smelting. Mining By Staircase Method Never mine in Minecraft straight down. You can use the staircase method in mining. This method is useful to mine deeper safely and efficiently. Dig at 45-degree angle that leaves a staircase pattern behind you as you dig deep. By the staircase method, you can quickly return to the surface with no hassle by merely jumping on the staircase blocks. This method is widely used in achieving of finding diamonds and other minerals as well. Branch Mining Method Finding diamonds by branch mining is also an effective way. In doing, branch players can able to cover a lot of areas by making a 2x2 tunnel. Digging also some branches in every third block you dig increasing the possibility of finding rare diamonds. Look for Chest Sometimes diamonds can be found in chests in some villages or even in abandoned mine shafts. Since diamonds are rare to find and don’t rely too much on searching for chests in your journey. Use TNT One way to speed up your search for diamonds is by using TNT. Having a significant number of supplies of TNT will make your search for diamonds faster and secure. Other Useful Tips Always have lots of torches since as you mine deep, you’ll need torches to light up your way. Don’t get too excited in mining diamond ore. Make sure to check your surroundings. Be careful in Lava flow as these might surprise you and lose your goods, treasure and even your life. Bring the necessary tools you’ll be needed in your quest. Minecraft has vast and limitless areas you can explore. Try searching for diamonds in your way. Now that you have your first diamonds in your hand it is best for you to have safekeeping. You can store and place them in a chest; this might be in your home or your mining outpost. Be careful from creepers this might attack your chest and start again in the beginning. Uses of Diamonds Since you have now your diamonds, you can now start on crafting best items made in diamonds in Minecraft. These are the following: Shovel Sword Boots Pickaxe Axe Chestplate Helmet Leggings and many more. Diamonds can be used in crafting armor, weapons, and tools In fighting for different monsters sword and armor are needed. Diamonds can be used to make diamond armor and sword. Diamond sword significantly does damage among any swords. Landing three hits on the enemy will surely kill them. On the other hand, diamond armor protects the player better from the damage it gets from the enemy attack. These two items have a great advantage in fighting and durability than any armor and sword made from other materials. To acquire a full set of diamond armor and diamond sword 24 diamonds are needed. Adding 9 diamonds more will enable you to acquire a complete set of tools. These include axe, shovel, and pickaxe made from diamonds. Other diamond items Diamonds are also useful in crafting jukeboxes and mostly enchantment tables. Sometimes players use to convert their experience to improve their valuable tools employing enchantment. There you have it. Following these tips and guidelines will surely increase the possibility of finding lots of diamonds in your journey down to the earth. Minecraft provides you and other players the freedom to engage and explore its vast areas. Crafting, hunting, digging, building, and Fighting are some of the exciting activities you can experience while playing Minecraft. Are the tips and guide helpful? Leave a comment below. Continue Reading How to Download Minecraft Maps on Xbox One If you happen to be an Xbox One adept and a Minecrafter at the same time, you probably have had mulled over a way of installing Minecraft worlds on your console. This issue caused a great deal of confusion, but in actuality, there's really nothing difficult. Almost nothing difficult. We have prepared this short guide to help you out. Enjoy! #1. Horizon method Now, this method only works if you own Xbox 360 and now would like to transfer some maps to your Xbox One. If you've never had Xbox 360, skip it to the second guide below. 1)    Turn your Xbox 360 on and go to Settings and then click on System. 2)    Prepare a flash drive that has at least 2GB of free space. 3)    In System, click on Storage and insert the flash drive into the console. Note that it must be formatted for Xbox 360. If not then while in Storage Devices, click Y and select Format. 4)    Go to the hard drive of your console and transfer your profile to the flash drive. You'll be suggested to sign out - click yes. 5)    Unplug the flash drive and go to your PC. 6)    There you'll need to download Horizon software: https://www.wemod.com/horizon 7)    Install it on your computer. As soon as installation is complete, do the following: 1)    Insert the flash drive with your profile into the PC. 2)    Download the Minecraft map you want (BIN File). 3)    Launch Horizon and click on Inject New File. 4)    Select the map you've downloaded a sec ago. Now you need to link your Minecraft profile: ·        In Horizon's Device Explorer open folder Games. ·        Find and open Minecraft. ·        Locate there a map you've just downloaded - drag it to the Rehash & Resign field. ·        A window will pop up - click on Manage and mark your profile as favorite. ·        Then click on Change & select your profile. ·        Click on Save, Rehash and Resign. Remove your flash drive and return to the Xbox. Move the maps to the hard drive of your console. Finally the last stage: 1)    Be online on your Xbox 360. 2)    Press Y on the map you want to move to your Xbox One. 3)    Select Upload save for Xbox One. 4)    Wait for 5 minutes. 5)    When it's done - switch to Xbox One. 6)    Press X on the transferred map - the Xbox 360 Save will be retrieving. 7)    Mission complete! As you can see, the Horizon method is quite painstaking: it involves a lot of devices and consumes a fat portion of your time. The next way of downloading Minecraft maps might be helpful for those, who own an Xbox One only. #2. Realm method For this method, you will need an Xbox One console, Windows 10 and a Minecraft realm. 1)    Download a map on your computer, which has Windows 10. 2)    Add it to your realm: choose an existing realm that has a tiny green light. 3)    There's a pen icon next to it - click on it. 4)    Select Replace World -> Confirm. 5)    Find the newly downloaded map - click on it and then hit Let's go. Press play to check if the map works. Now switch to your Xbox One: 1)    Hit Play. 2)    Choose the active realm. 3)    Click on the pen icon next to the active realm. 4)    Click on Download World - it'll be saved on your Xbox One. 5)    Hit Let's go. And the deed is done - the map has been downloaded. However, this will cost you real-life money since Minecraft realms charge you monthly payment: the cheapest realm costs $3.99 and allows three players (owner + 2 people) to play simultaneously. #3. Mobile method To make this method work, you will need an iPhone or a Windows Phone. 1)    Have the game installed on both Xbox One and on one of the above-mentioned devices. 2)    Get a OneDrive app for your phone, install it and create a profile in it. 3)    On your computer download the maps you need either for PE Edition or Windows 10. 4)    Upload the maps to your OneDrive account. 5)    Open OneDrive, download the map to your device and open it - through Minecraft on iPhone. On Windows 10: Left Arrow box Next to Create New button  -> select OneDrive -> open the map you want -> click the check mark. The map must be multiplayer and have the Friends of Friends level of access. Start the map on your smartphone and double-check its screen won't get locked - it will ruin the game instantly. That's why it's recommended to keep it charging. Final move: start Minecraft on your console: right under the Friends tab you will see your nickname and the title of the map. However, this method has a major drawback: the game flow becomes quite laggy.       Continue Reading How to Update Minecraft Server to the Latest Version - Ultimate Guide Okay, this is the issue every Minecraft server owner has to deal with on a regular basis: updating it as soon as Mojang releases a new version of the game. Basically, the procedure is no brainer. But sometimes people make minor mistakes that lead to the collapse of their blocky worlds. Our instruction will show you how to update Minecraft server without losing world and having to adjust all the settings anew. I. Universal method This way of updating a Minecraft server is prevalent and works nicely for the majority of operational systems including Windows (except XP maybe), Linux and Mac OS. Here is what it looks like step by step: 1. Server folder Open the folder that contains all the data of your server. Keep in mind that the server folder isn't automatically generated: you won't find it on your desktop if you haven't made one manually: Right-click your desktop Create a folder Move the server files into the folder. And don't forget to name it Minecraft Server. 2. Backup After you finish updating the server, you'll need to recover some data. Copy and store in a safe separate location those files: banned-ips.txt banned-players.txt ops.txt server.properties You will need them to restore configurations and settings.   3. Saving the "world" Now to save your Minecraft world, copy the folder titled "world" and put it in the same place together with the backed up configuration files. This way the risk of losing what you have created will be nullified. 4. Start script In case you prefer a start-script, which launches your Minecraft server - copy/place it in a separate location to launch it instantly later. 5. Erase everything As soon as you have all the crucial server data backed up and stored in a safe place, empty the Minecraft Server folder completely. Such "disemboweling" is necessary to avoid conflict between the older and newer versions of the game. 6. New server Go to the official Minecraft.net website and download the newer server: .exe for Windows, jar. for Mac OS or Linux. 7. Installing new server Now copy & place the newer server file into the empty Minecraft Server folder. If you prefer to apply a script/batch file that starts the server then rename the newly obtained server file: erase the digits, which designate the number of the version, from the end of its name. This way the freshly downloaded server file and the starting script will become compatible. After that click on the exe. or jar. file to run the server and fill the empty folder with the data. As soon as all the files are created - close the server. 8. Restoring settings To resurrect the previous configurations and the world you've had before - put all the backed up files into the Minecraft Server folder. Then locate eual.txt, open it and find this line: eula = false. Change it to eula = true, save the txt. file and close it. Note: eula.txt contains Licence Agreement. 9. Success! Congratulations! You have updated your Minecraft Server almost painlessly. II. Updating Minecraft Server on Ubuntu For some of the Linux-users (Ubuntu to be precise), the above-given instruction may prove ineffective. Well the Penguin OS is sometimes known as a hard-to-tame beast. If you experience any problems, this How to Update Minecraft Server Ubuntu version guide can be helpful: 1. Get your Java right The very first step is Java installation. Although Ubuntu has no official Java-client, you can trick the system and use an external PPA. For example, the one developed by WebUpd8. Besides you can even install Java Development Kit (JDK) since it includes Java Runtime Environment (JRE). WebUpd8 method: sudo apt-add-repository ppa:webupd8team/java   sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer JDK method: sudo apt-get install default jdk And JDK will be ready for use. 2. Run Minecraft Now you need to set up a user to run the game, preferably devoid of any sudo-privileges: sudo useradd minecraft sudo mkdir /home/minecraft After the user has been assigned, create a directory to put the Minecraft files in: sudo mkdir /usr/local/games/minecraft Now give the rights to control the directory to the previously created user and switch to that user: sudo chown minecraft:minecraft /usr/local/games/minecraft cd /usr/local/games/minecraft sudo su minecraft And finally go to Minecraft.net and download the freshest server file in the jar. format: https://minecraft.net/en/download/server. Then find elua.txt, open it and change eula = false to eula = true in order to accept the License Agreement.  You can do it faster via the command: nano eula.txt. After that run the server by executing this command: java -Xms1G -Xmx1G -jar minecraft_server.jar nogui Check if it starts correctly and then shut the current user's session. 3. The staring script Now you need a script that will launch the game every time the server reboots.  Here's the full script: https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Tutorials/Server_startup_script However to make it work you'll need to do a couple of changes: Copy & paste the entire scrip-code into your own file: sudo nano /etc/init.d/minecraft Change MCPATH variable to MCPATH='/usr/local/games/minecraft' Change BACKUPPATH variable to BACKUPPATH='/home/minecraft/minecraft.backup' Save the changes you made and exit the file. To make the file usable enter: sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/minecraft And automatic launching is possible via: sudo chkconfig minecraft on. 4. Back-up copy Now stop Minecraft if it's running and copy those files: sudo /etc/init.d/minecraft stop sudo cp -r /usr/local/minecraft ~/minecraftbackup-$(date +%Y-%m-%d) And now finish the update and restart the game: sudo su minecraft wget https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/1.13.2/minecraft_server.1.13.2.jar -O /usr/local/games/minecraft/minecraft_server.jar exit sudo /etc/init.d/minecraft start Keep in mind that 1.13.2 is the Minecraft Server version available currently - it may be different at the time you read this instruction. III. Alternative ways For those, who use Minecraft Bukkit, Spigot, Forge etc. there are two alternative ways to update the Minecraft server. 1. JAR dropdown Choose the server you want to update Go to the Details page On the Details page locate the value-labeled jar. file and a dropdown that has a list of jar. files, which can be used for instant updating. Choose the version you'd like to update and then click Save. Reboot the server so it can load its newer version. 2. Via FTP Download and install an FTP-client: FileZilla, Cyberduck, Transmit, FireFTP etc. Only a client version, not a server version of the FTP software. Connect to your Minecraft server FTP - it has the same password as the server control panel. Download a new Minecraft server jar. file. Within the FTP browser locate the /jar folder (root of the file server). In case you fail to do so - create it manually. Upload the jar. file you have downloaded to that folder. Don't forget that it works only with modified versions of the official Minecraft Vanilla (such as CraftBukkit).   Continue Reading Programmers: Play with Minecraft's Inner Workings! Making games isn't easy. Sure, it's not rocket science, or brain surgery (those things are probably waaaaay easier), but it's still incredibly difficult to learn to code, program and sheer-blind-luck your way into making a videogame. If only you had access to more resources… Well, the lovely folks on Stockholm's Minecraft Java team are giving you just that, by opening some of Minecraft's code as libraries so they can be used however you like! Want to use them to improve your Minecraft mods? Great idea! Want to use them for your own projects? Go for it, just don't forget to credit us! Want to use them to help improve pieces of the Minecraft Java engine? Thanks, we really appreciate it! Hang on, what even is a game 'library'? “Libraries are little parts of the game engine,” explains Java developer, Nathan Adams (also known as Dinnerbone). “We're making some of the self-contained libraries that Minecraft uses open source. Anyone can pick them up and use them in their own game.” The plan is to open up different libraries gradually. These libraries are open source and MIT licensed, which means that “basically, anyone can go in there and they can contribute and they can help improve our game engine,” Nathan explains. “Or, if they're making their own game, they don't have to rewrite these little parts. They can just use ours, which have been tried and tested because we're a very popular game, apparently!” BRIGADIER “I’m so proud of that name!” Nathan says. “Brigadier is the name of the command engine that Minecraft uses.” Brigadier is also the first library we've opened up! “So in the game you can type something like /give Dinnerbone sticks and then that goes internally into Brigadier and breaks it down into pieces. Figures out what are you trying to do with this random piece of text.” Minecraft tells Brigadier: “These are the things that players can do. Tell me once the player’s trying to do this.” So when a user types /give Dinnerbone sticks in chat, that goes through Brigadier. Brigadier splits it up, it error checks it, it tries to be as helpful as it can. You’ve also got this lovely pop-up window when you’re typing that can suggest what the next bit might be.” Nathan hopes that giving the Minecraft community access to Brigadier can make it “extremely user friendly one day.” After all, commands are still not commonly used by a lot of Minecraft players. “Some people don't really look at commands because they’re a bit intimidating and I totally understand why,” says Nathan. “This is supposed to help a lot with that.” Brigadier takes the random strings of text you enter into Minecraft and turns into an actual function that the game will perform (so you've got Brigadier to thank for all those sticks). “A lot of people think this is a really easy function,” says Nathan. “But the reality is actually extremely complicated. “We thought this would be an amazing first test of the system. It’s a great thing that people can just pick up and use in any kind of project. It doesn’t even have to be a game – I’ve seen some people trying to use it on telegram chat bots, so you can just message it and it’ll do what you’re asking it to do.” Neat! Brigadier has only been available for just over a week, and already we've seen people trying to improve the code, and even make Nathan's handy readme doc a bit prettier and more user-friendly! Wait, you lot are writing stuff for Nathan for free? Are you trying to put me out of a job? DATA FIXER UPPER “The name is so stupid that we had to keep it,” explains Nathan, unapologetically. DataFixerUpper does exactly what it sounds like, and it's one of the most important parts of the Minecraft game engine. It's also the second library we're opening up! “The problem that we have in Minecraft, that I’m pretty sure every game has, is that data changes over time,” says Nathan. “we add a thing into Minecraft and then we kind of have to change how we store level data, how we store all the save files and stuff to accommodate it. “When we load up any world in Minecraft right now, you can have some data that has not been touched for six years, because that chunk was last played six years ago. So we need to know: 'OK, this level actually looks really old. Now we’ve got to turn that old data into what it should look like now – in a way that the game can currently read.' “We have one little unit which uses DataFixerUpper that just says to Minecraft: 'this is how to turn anything into the data format that the game is going to use.' And so the game is now only saying 'This is how the data looks, so this is how I’m going to read it.' "Basically, before Minecraft actually loads the chunks, it goes through DataFixerUpper and that turns it into what it should currently be now.” Confused? That's fair – DataFixerUpper is a lot less user-friendly than Brigadier – but that's also one of the reasons why we're making it available to everyone! Continue Reading Your cat could be in Minecraft? Fame. Glory. Respect. Cats have dreamed of these things for millennia, but recently to little success. Whatever happened to the excellent PR team they had during the Ancient Egypt era? These days, a cat has to look angry in a YouTube video to get a solid career going. Humiliating. But no more! Because today we're announcing a contest which gives you the opportunity to get your cat in Minecraft! Our excellent pixel artist, Jasper Boestra, has already designed loads of cute-tacular new cat skins that are coming to the game. But he was too lazy/untalented to make the final one. So that's where YOU come in! All you have to do to enter is take a photo or video of the cat you think deserves to be in Minecraft, then share it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #Minecraftcatcontest Make sure your post is publicly viewable!  You have until November 12 to submit your chosen cat. After that deadline, the community team will use a highly-respected cat media judging technique called 'eyes' to 'look' at all the entries, narrowing them down to three finalists. It'll be up to you to vote for which of these three cats makes it into the game! Voting will happen through social media and we'll share more details about how you'll be able to ca(s)t your vote when voting stations open on November 16th. Then we'll announce the winning cat on November 19! They'll join the game as part of the Village and Pillage update next year, becoming a part of Minecraft furever! Continue Reading New Nintendo 3DS Edition Updated! Want to play this version of Minecraft but don’t own a dual-screened wonder machine that can play it? Well, if you live in Europe or Japan, maybe the New Nintendo 2DS XL Creeper Edition is the console for you! It’s the Creepiest DS ever! Wait, that doesn’t sound good at all… Mojang’s Lydia Winters was heavily involved in this Creep-tastic new design: “We looked at different ideas, but wanted to make sure it was iconically Minecraft,” she tells me. “Other thoughts for the design were around a dirt block (but we did that for the Xbox One), we looked at items shown on the front (like the sword and the pickaxe), but in the end decided that the creeper green and pixelation would ultimately make it stand out in a unique way. “We had to go back and forth around how far down the pixels could go because the cover needs to protect the hardware inside. Pixels seem simple, but making sure they are all aligned is a constant struggle. Silly pixels!” Continue Reading