Minecraft help

Can't connect to a server

The problem:
You start the game and click on Multiplayer, but the server you want to connect to has a red X over the "signal strength" bars on the right

If there are red numbers (such as 1.6.4) next to the red X, it means you are using the wrong version. Generally speaking, Minecraft requires that you use the same version as the server, those numbers in red.

Here's how to set up a new version-specific profile; this example uses 1.6.4, but you'll need to be sure to use the numbers in red from the server you're trying to connect to.

  • Start the Minecraft launcher
  • Click on the "New Profile" button on the lower left
  • Change the "Profile name" field to something like "1.6.4"
  • In the middle of the screen, click the "Use Version" dropdown and change it to "release 1.6.4"

  Here I must point out something. If you have a single-player game world with say, 1.7.4, and build a beautiful stained-glass sculpture: BE VERY CAREFUL - do not open that world in 1.6 or lower. Older versions don't understand newer blocks - the newer blocks, items and creatures simply won't load and will just be erased from your world - your sculpture would be gone. You may want to keep your older minecraft versions separate, so that the older clients never see the newer worlds.

With this in mind:

  • To change the directory for this version of Minecraft, change the "Game Directory" to something like "C:\Users\put_your_own_Windows_username_here\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft-1.6.4"
  • Click on the "Save Profile" button

Ensure that the Minecraft launcher shows "Profile:" set to the newly created profile, then click the Play button.

Tekkit setup

How to get it?

  • First, be sure you're running Java 7 - if you don't know what you're running, just install the latest version from java.com.
  • Go here and get the Technic launcher:

You must configure the launcher!

  • Start the launcher and configure it to connect to 87cubed.net:
    • Ensure that "Tekkit" is selected on the left side then click the gear icon under the "Tekkit" logo
    • Select "Manually select a build"
    • In the "Select Build" drop-down box, set it to the version on the 87cubed.net main page (example: 1.2.9e - Recommended)
    • Click on Save then click on PLAY
  • Once Minecraft finishes loading (takes a long time with all the mods) ...
    • Click on Multiplayer, then "Add Server"
    • Set the Server name to 87cubed Tekkit, or whatever you like
    • Set the Server Address to 87cubed.net:25570
    • Then click Done

Playing Tekkit

What is Tekkit?

Tekkit is Minecraft with a LOT of technology-related mods that add all kinds of new blocks, capabilities, items, and even extra dimensions. There are also enhancements to the plain Minecraft GUI that provide more information about the world around you.

What makes it interesting?

Much more stuff to make, which lets you do some really cool things!
  • Build a factory that is entirely automated
  • Make your own pocket dimension and build your home there
  • Make a power suit like IronMan(TM) and fly around like a maniac
  • Build a rocket and go to the Moon or Mars, or just build your own space station in orbit
  • Plumb the depths of reality itself through dimensional doors

How do I get started?

Pretty much like normal Minecraft - find a spot to call home, then start building and mining. You will need more space than in a regular Minecraft world, because you'll have a lot more to build, and a lot more material that needs to be mined. Figure at least twice as much land as you normally would need/want. After the basics (food, shelter,etc.), you will need to do a LOT of reading. I strongly suggest you get cozy with the wiki:

No, I mean, what's up with these crazy extra things on the screen?

In the upper right is a mini-map. Use Z to cycle zoom levels, press X to view the mini-map "full screen", then Z to zoom as well. When you're in your inventory, you can search for stuff by typing the name below - anything that matches will show up on the right. Click that object and you'll get recipes to make it and and recipes it can be used in.

Grinding up the tech ladder

My suggestion? Save your ore at first - don't smelt it unless you *really* need it. Once you find three Certus quartz dust, you can build a manually-operated grind stone and a wooden handle. Grind your ore and you get two units of powder (right-click-hold the handle on top of the grinder to operate it). Each powder smelts into an ingot. This means a grinder can double your ore output! You can also grind wheat, each becomes a unit of flour, which directly bakes into a unit of bread, tripling your wheat-to-bread output.

See what else grinds up! Wait, wait, hold on - do NOT grind or pulverize Uranium ore. Until you have a radiation suit, don't do this. Nobody likes radiation poisoning from carrying bare yellowcake. No sir.

All dem crazy ores

Tekkit includes a LOT of different ores and couple of duplicated ores: copper and tin. If you come across sapphires, emeralds or rubies, you can use all of one type to make tools / weapons that are as capable as diamond, but only have 1/3rd the durability. Don't go mining ores in the Nether until you've some really good defense and offense - zombie pigmen nearby will attack you, plus there's a chance that mining Nether ores can set off adjacent ore blocks, like TNT.

Machines! Soooo many machines!

The first thing to be aware of is your power requirements - different machines require different power sources. It's kind of a pain, I know. FYI, Redstone engines are really only good for pumps and pipes. The first machines you'll probably want are a pulverizer and a powered furnace - you can power those with a steam dynamo, which can burn things for fuel: saplings, sticks, wood, coal, etc. You'll need a water pump to keep the dynamo supplied with water, and a redstone engine to power the pump.

And that's it! Get out there and have fun!

Oh yeah, some miscellaneous tips:
  • Put 3x3 cobble/dirt/sand/gravel on a workbench, get one block of compressed material - a 9-fold space savings, just like a block of iron works
  • Make carpenter's blocks and a carpenter's hammer, make some carpenter's pressure plates and use the hammer (right-click) to toggle a plate to allow only players; then combine with iron doors and POOF: zombie-proof automatic doors!


(Frequently-as-in-never Asked Questions)

Q: Is the stuff in the spawn chunk really free? Why? What it if I don't like free stuff?
A: Yes, it's completely free, and optional to use. It just saves a bit of effort & time for what should be more of a creative process of building in the town center.

Q: Can I build ANYWHERE I want to, and rip up the stone pathway, too?
A: Yes! But not in the spawn chunk (the pretty little flowers are actually indestructable...)

Q: How far down does the anti-monster-spawning & creeper-explosion protection extend? How far up?
A: The town center (demarcated by the walls and, in the water, light posts) is protected from level 56 to level 127.

Q: I need a LOT of wood for construction projects, can I cut down the entire forest around the town?
A: Yes, but please use the community tree farm first, next to the community wheat farm; there are also stacks of cut wood in the spawn chunk FREE SUPPLIES chests.

Q: I'm starving! How am I supposed to find enough to eat without killing someone's animals?
A: Use the community wheat farm, or the Hunger-B-Gon (next to the spawn hut)

Q: Is there a mob grinder?
A: Yes, a zombie spawner; also a nether portal, a slime spawning area and an underground fishing pond. To reach these, take the underground access stairs in the spawn chunk and follow the signs. The slimes are down on the Mining Ops level.

Q: What's with all the chests in the Mining Ops area?
A: The remains from digging out the slime spawing area. Yes, it's free stuff.

Q: How can I get some blocks that are only available from the creative inventory?
A: Until the Robo-X-Change is functional, you'll have to ask me for them. Depending on what you're asking for, I'll request an equal exchange (stone for stone, sand for sand, etc.)

Q: What's with the railway in the sky?
A: Wheee!

Q: Ok, then, what's with the roads out the gates?
A: Decoration, maybe ease your travels a bit.

Q: Can I cut down all the trees around the town just because I want to?
A: There's nothing stopping you (but it would be in poor taste).

Q: You're such a control freak!
A: That's not actually a question.