Author(s): Sarah Guthals (? ??)
My kid can mod Minecraft? Oh my! There's no doubt about it: Minecraft has taken the world by storm. If your resident Minecraft fanatic is ready to take their experience to a new level of play, introduce them to modding! Modding allows Minecraft players to modify the game through code--giving them the ability to add a variety of gameplay changes, ranging from new blocks and items to new mechanisms to craft. It's pretty much a Minecraft enthusiast's dream brought to life! In "Modding Minecraft," your child will be introduced to three fun and easy-to-complete projects that teach them the coding skills to make the most of their love of Minecraft. Walking young readers through projects that outline how to create games in Minecraft for single or multiple players, this friendly and accessible guide takes the intimidation out of coding and instills confidence in children as young as seven as they complete cool coding projects to mod their favorite game. Full-color, eye-popping graphics and a short page count hold their attention while the goal-based format keeps them focused on the task at hand. Before you know it, your kid will be writing their own mods and having even "more" fun with Minecraft. Kids can complete the projects on their own or alongside an adult Introduces getting started with a single-player, single-level game Moves readers on to multi-level game playing Finishes with a multi-level, multi-player game based on the classic "capture the flag" game With simple and clear instruction that your child can understand, "Modding Minecraft" is the perfect place for your kid to dig deep and open up a whole new world in their creative play.
Sarah Guthals, Stephen Foster, and Lindsey Handley are the co-founders of ThoughtSTEM and the creators of the LearnToMod software. They have dedicated their lives to coding education and are co-authors of "Minecraft Modding For Kids."
Introduction 2 About Minecraft and LearnToMod 2 About This Book 2 About You 3 About the Icons 4 Project 1: Start Modding 5 Know What Minecraft Modding Is 5 Use the LearnToMod Online Software 6 Sign up for LearnToMod 7 Use the LearnToMod badges 8 Connect your mods to Minecraft 8 Connect to the LearnToMod Server 12 Check Out the Coding Environment 13 Test Your Mod 15 Run Your Mod in Minecraft 19 Get Ready to Write Your Own Minecraft Mods 22 Share a Mod with Friends 24 How Your Friend Finds Your Mod 25 Earn Modding Badges 27 Earn Scramble badges 27 Earn the Saying Hello badge: Scramble Edition 29 Communicate with your computer 30 Earn Missing badges 31 Trace code 32 Earn the Saying Hello badge: Missing Edition 33 Project 2: Spleef 36 Introduce the Gameplay Loop 37 Start: Create a basic scene 38 Goal: Add a way to win and lose 38 Challenge: Make it harder to win 39 Reward: Make players want to win 39 Plan and Try Test Cases 40 Debug Your Code 41 Make Spleef: Iteration 1 42 Explore the ArenaBuilder library 42 Start: Import the ArenaBuilder library 44 Goal: Make a way to win and lose 48 Challenge: Make blocks disappear one second after touching them 55 Reward: Give the player points 59 Make Spleef: Iteration 2 62 Start: Add a lava platform 63 Goal: Destroy at least 200 blocks 63 Challenge: Add an enemy 64 Reward: Add fireworks 64 Project 3: Monster Arena 67 Draw the Gameplay Loop 67 Iteration 1: Make Monster Arena 68 Start: Create a basic arena with a fence 70 Refactor: Move the arena code to a new function 76 Goal: Add a melon block to break 76 Test: Make sure your game works 78 Challenge: Add monsters to the arena 78 Reward: Replay the first level 80 Test: Iteration 1 completed 84 Iteration 2: Add Levels 85 Start: Make the arena unique 86 Goal: Wait until a later iteration 87 Challenge: Add monsters 87 Reward: Add a second level 87 Test: Make sure both levels work 90 Iteration 3: Add Levels to Your Levels 90 Challenge: Switch to Survival mode 91 Reward: Add five more levels 93 Make More Iterations: Be Creative and Unique 95 Project 4: Capture the Flag 97 Use the Capture the Flag Library 97 Make a Basic Capture the Flag 99 Test Your Two-Player Capture the Flag 102 Add Wands 104 Attach Magic to Your Wands 106 Make Your Own Wand 111 Give Each Player Two Wands 115