Excerpt from Mojang’s: “Minecraft Guide to Exploration”

https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/how-survive-your-first-day

HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FIRST DAY

Essential tips from the forthcoming Guide to Exploration

The following how-to is an exclusive excerpt from the Minecraft Guide to Exploration. Along with the all new Minecraft Guide to Creative, it’ll be released tomorrow on May 30th in the US and June 1st in the UK. You can pre-order the book here.

When you first spawn it’s a race against time to gather resources before night falls and the hostile mobs come looking for you. Every adventure is different but this step-by- step guide is one option that will keep you safe until day two.

  1. Mark your spawn point with a dirt pillar, and/or note the coordinates.
  2. Find some trees and hit them with your hands to collect 20 wood blocks.
  3. Drag the wood into your crafting grid to turn it into wood planks.
  4. Make a crafting table from 4 wood planks and place it on the ground.

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I recommend Mojang’s first set of Minecraft books: Minecraft: Essential HandbookMinecraft: Redstone Handbook, Minecraft: Combat Handbook, and Minecraft: Construction Handbook. These are available separately or as a set.