Age: 6+; parental guidance recommended for children under 13
This workshop is for newbies and seasoned players alike. Learn how to survive your first day in Minecraft survival mode and how to fly and build amazing structures in creative mode.
The first session will be focused on getting new users up and running and getting all participants started on a competition for the most amazing building. The competition will run for the whole festival with the Minecraft server being available the whole time and the winners will be announced at the end of the second session.
The second session will introduce a couple of challenges and games that participants will play together. The first will be a race where participants will start together in the town square and compete to be the first to reach the finish line following a track taking you across various terrain. The second will be a treasure hunt where participants will follow a set of clues to find a treasure chest and bring back treasures and valuable information. Finally, the buildings and structures created in the building world will be assessed and awards given for the most amazing buildings.
As a prerequisite for this session you will need a personal computer and a Minecraft account from Mojang. A good reference guide for Minecraft can be found on Gamepaedia.
You can install Minecraft by downloading the software for free at https://minecraft.net/download. However, in order to play you will need to register for and purchase an account. An account currently costs US$26.95. To purchase ac account go to https://minecraft.net and select “Get Minecraft”.
This will take you to a form where you will need to register your email address and make a payment before receiving your account. Your email address will be your account ID but the handle you select later will be your name inside the game.
If you already have an account and only want to install the software, then go directly to https://minecraft.net/download and select the appropriate installer. For Windows, select Minecraft.msi, and for OS-X, select Minecraft.dmg. Linux users need to download Minecraft.jar, and can select to “Run with Oracle Java Runtime” or you can start it from the commandline with “java -jar Minecraft.jar”.
Minecraft requires Java in order to run. Some installers will handle this dependency for you but others will not. If you need to install Java please visit Oracle’s Java SE Runtime Environment 8 Downloads page.
At this point, you’ll be ready to join the BuzzConf servers during the event, but if you didn’t get this far, don’t worry – someone will be able to help you at the start of the workshop.