Minecraft Modding For Kids For Dummies

Minecraft Modding For Kids For Dummies


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Join more than 100 million players in the online world of Minecraft

Are you a Minecraft fanatic looking to mod your games? Hours of fun await! Minecraft Modding For Kids For Dummies teaches you how to mod in easy-to-do parts. Offering loads of helpful explanations and cool projects along the way, this friendly guide will have you advancing levels, keeping score, respawning players, building portals, creating an archery range—and much more—faster than you can say redstone!

There's no denying that modding is cool. After all, it allows you to alter your Minecraft gaming world to constantly keep things new and fun. While it isn't incredibly difficult to learn to mod, it does take some practice. Luckily, Minecraft Modding For Kids For Dummies is here to help you build basic coding skills to make modding your games as easy as 1-2-3!

  • The book is in full color and lies flat so you can look while you play
  • Includes lifetime access to LearnToMod software with 3 months free access to a private Minecraft server
  • Features larger print to make the text feel less daunting
  • Offers next steps you can take if you want to learn even more about modding and coding
If you're one of the millions of kids who play Minecraft every day, this hands-on guide gets you up and running fast with modding your favorite game!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119050049
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/13/2015
Series: For Kids For Dummies Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 626,062
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Sarah Guthals, Ph.D. is the CTO of ThoughtSTEM and has dedicated her life to coding education.

Stephen Foster, Ph.D. is the CEO of ThoughtSTEM, a company that teaches computer science to kids across America.

Lindsey Handley, Ph.D. is the COO of ThoughtSTEM and has hundreds of hours of experience as a classroom instructor for Minecraft based science and computer science classes.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Foolish Assumptions 2

Icons Used in This Book 3

Accessing the Learn ToMod Software 3

Beyond the Book 4

Where to Go from Here 4

Part 1 Making Your First Minecraft Mod 7

Project 1 Getting Started on Modeling Minecraft 9

Know What Minecraft Modding Is 10

Use the LearnToMod Online Software 11

Become Familiar with the Programming Environment 19

Write Your First Minecraft Mod 22

Run Your First Mod in Minecraft 28

Write Your Own Minecraft Mods 32

Share Your Mods with Friends 34

Project 2 Earning Modding Badges 37

Write Mods with Functions 38

Earn Scramble Badges 40

Earn Missing Badges 45

Make and Call New Functions 48

Complete the Functions Badge Code 51

Earn Quiz Badges 57

Challenge Yourself Beyond Badges 58

Complete the Function Challenge 59

Project 3 Building and Protecting Structures 62

Use Drones to Build Structures in Minecraft 63

Build a Tower in Minecraft By Breaking Coding into Phases 70

Use Locations to Strike Lightning on Yourself in Minecraft 84

Use Locations to Strike Lightning on Drones in Minecraft 87

Debug Complex Mods 88

Spawn Entities and Add Inventory Items 90

Build a One-Click House in Minecraft 91

Part 2 Making Your First Minecraft Minigame 109

Project 4 Making a Single-Player Game in Minecraft: Spleef 111

Introduce the Gameplay Loop 112

Make Spleef: Iteration 1 115

Make Spleef: Iteration 2 136

Project 5 Making a Multilevel Minecraft Minigame: Monster Arena 142

Draw the Gameplay Loop 143

Iteration 1 Make Monster Arena 144

Iteration 2 Add Levels 158

Iteration 3 Add Even More Levels and Challenges 163

Make More Iterations: Be Creative and Unique 166

Project 6 Minecraft Modding with Friends: The Multiplayer Version of Spleef 168

Start from the Single-Player Spleef Game 169

Summarize the Gameplay Loop 171

Iteration 1 Refactor the Single-Player Version 172

Iteration 2 Add in PIayer2 179

Test the Multiplayer Spleef Game 184

Iteration 3 End the Game at 200 Blocks 187

Part 3 Designing and Building a Multiplayer Minigame 189

Project 7 Modding with Projectiles 191

Design and Build an Exploding Projectile 192

Make a Projectile Library 210

Complete an Extra Challenge: Use the Projectile Library to Make a Teleporting Projectile 225

Project 8 Making a Multiplayer Minigame: Capture the Flag 226

Plan the Capture-the-Flag Game 227

Prepare the Capture-the-Flag Mod 227

Iteration 1 Create the Single-Player Version 230

Project 9 Iterating on Gameplay Using an Existing Game: Capture the Flag 261

Iteration 2 Add player 2 262

Iteration 3 Make Someone Win 270

Play the Game in Alternative Ways 276

Part 4 Building Your Own Minecraft Minigame 279

Project 10 Building Your Own Game 281

Sketch Out Your Mod 282

Plan Your Mod 283

Draw the Gameplay Loop 284

Outline Your Mod 285

Refactor Your Mods 286

Test Your Code 286

Share Your Mod with Friends 286

Remix Other People's Mods 287

Engage with Your Community 289

Index 290

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