Minecraft - Introduction to Redstone

If you have spent any length of time within the Minecraft world, you will be familiar with the common mineral, redstone. Redstone is the "wiring" in Minecraft used to connect one contraption to another, your power source within the game.

How do you get it? Naturally, of course! You can mine for redstone ore underground as with most materials in Minecraft. That ore will turn into redstone upon breaking it with an iron pickaxe or better. However, you can also acquire it from killing a witch, looting a temple in the jungle, or trading with a villager.

Once you have your redstone in hand, you are ready to experiment with its' possibilities. At the most basic level of gameplay, if you need a little portable light within the game, all it takes is redstone and a stick to craft a redstone torch. Want to provide constant light to your Minecraft home? Combine redstone and glowstone to make a lamp, keeping the darkness at bay... and all of the creatures that come with it.

Redstone is used for powering various sorts of gadgets. You'll want to be familiar with several fundamental items. In the trigger category you find buttons and levers, as well as pressure plates. Buttons send a redstone signal upon being pressed, while levers function more like light switches. A pressure plate each side of a door can allow it to open as you enter and then close behind you, triggered by your weight as you step on and off again.

Two kinds of pistons also exist in the Minecraft world: regular and sticky. Regular pistons push a block one step forward and then leaves it there, whereas sticky pistons attach to the block and can thus push or pull it. You can use those to make doors, elevators, secret entrances and so on.

Repeaters, as you might guess, repeat the redstone signal: one placed after the first fifteen blocks of redstone will extend your signal's reach for another fifteen blocks.

So, what can you do with all of these buttons, levers, pressure plates, pistons and repeaters? The sky is literally the limit. You might decide to make piston-controlled waterfalls, secret trapdoors, music machines, clocks, and even rollercoasters. If you want to get really fancy, try assembling a number of gadgets and contraptions into a Rube Goldberg Machine. Feeling lazy? Redstone can even power up automatic farming and mining machines as well.

Redstone can also enhance the brewing of potions. Combining redstone dust and a water bottle will give you the Mundane Potion, while adding the dust to a number of other potions (e.g. Potion of Night Vision, Water Breathing, or Invisibility) will increase their duration.

As you can see, redstone will provide the power source for many of your Minecraft creations and adventures. Don't be afraid to use your imagination!

Let's Play Destiny Co-op #58 House of Wolves: The Queen's Ransom

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House of Wolves: The Queen's Ransom

The Queen orders that Skolas be captured alive as he attempts to use Vex technology to assure the supremacy of House Wolves.

Let's Play Destiny Co-op #57 House of Wolves: Wolves' Gambit

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House of Wolves: Wolves' Gambit

Skolas leads House Wolves into the Vault of Glass as Guardians give chase.

Let's Play Destiny Co-op #56 House of Wolves: The Ruling House

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House of Wolves: The Ruling House

Skolas tries to recruit the secretive Fallen House of Kings, holed up in the Rocketyard.

Let's Play Destiny Co-op #55 House of Wolves: Silent Fang

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The Silent Fang

Notorious Fallen assassins, the Silent Fang, helped Skolas of House Wolves escape from the Reef. Our job will be to take them out.

Let's Play Destiny Co-op #54 House of Wolves: Gone to Ground

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House of Wolves: Gone to Ground

Blackstar finishes his quest to hunt down wanted wolves on Venus and return the ship links to Variks.

ASE Ep. 156 Marathon Tempus Irae 17: Ameseno Italy

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Tempus Irae 17: Ameseno Italy

We're starting a new Marathon adventure-- this time fighting the Pfhor in Italy of the past in third party scenario Tempus Irae!

We brave a dark and foreboding castle with hidden watery secrets to find the next Leo manuscript.

Tempus Irae can be played, like the other Marathon games, using the open source Aleph One engine which you can get here for Windows, Mac and Linux:

http://source.bungie.org

Tempus Irae and other third party scenarios for the Aleph One engine can be downloaded here:

http://source.bungie.org/scenarios.php#more

We use irons' Co-Op script, which gives weapons and ammo to both players if either picks any up, and prevents weapon loss on death (so items can't be destroyed in lava or slime). The script also allows one player to teleport to a destination set by themselves or their partner, in case co-op players run into a problem a solo player would have to restart for.

http://simplici7y.com/items/co-op

Tempus Irae has its own spoiler guide:

http://marathon.bungie.org/spoiler/tempus/

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Music used in this episode:

"What About Bob?" by Alexander Seropian, remixed by Craig Hardgrove (intro music)
"New Pacific (Reprise)" by Alexander Seropian, remixed by Craig Hardgrove (outro music)

Let's Play Destiny Co-op #53 House of Wolves: A Kell Rising

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House of Wolves: A Kell Rising

Blackstar and Narcogen tackle the first story mission of Destiny's second Expansion, the House of Wolves: A Kell Rises!

We explore the reef and accept a mission to chase down Skolas, the rebel Kell of the House of Wolves.

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Let's Play Destiny Co-op #52: Queen's Wrath Bounties Part 3

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Queen's Wrath Bounties Part 3

Funkmon joins Narcogen to do the last Queen's Wrath Bounty: assassinate Fallen Dreg Weksis the Meek at the Anchor of Light on the moon.

Let's Play Destiny Co-op #51: Queen's Wrath Bounties Part 2

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Queen's Wrath Bounties Part 2

Destiny's 1.2 patch is live with lots of changes, large and small, including some preliminary Queen's Wrath bounties to get us ready for the full launch of the House of Wolves expansion this week. We take on the next few of these.

In this episode we revisit the starting area of the Cosmodrome and discover the Fallen have moved back in with some of their new toys, as well as a new Ghost. Then we go back to Venus take on Beltrik the Veiled again (but we did that just for the experience, so it don't count) and then on to the Moon to face down Saviks, Queenbreaker.

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