The Illustrated Guide to Minecraft

In the spirit of the new year and all things gaming, I bring to you the Illustrated Guide to Minecraft. This is a pdf instruction booklet meant to capture the spirit of the gaming manuals of old. The intent here is more artistic and for storytelling purposes, as opposed to a technical manual. As such, much information is either absent or presented in a relatively obscure manner.

The Illustrated Guide to Minecraft was made as a free download for fans and newcomers of Minecraft alike. My hope is to add some story elements to the game through this outside medium. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. Please do not post elsewhere without credit.

An Illustrated Guide to Minecraft download

Second (more ad heavy) download link

Lighter Background Download for Darker Screens

You can also now get the Illustrated Guide to Minecraft on the IPhone version of Minecraft Canary, a helpful little app with everything you need to help you succeed at MineCraft. Pick up your free copy at the ITunes store, or for $1, you can get an ad free version!

A few example pages:

Happy Holidays from everyone at BnB!

23 Responses to “The Illustrated Guide to Minecraft”
  1. Finkbug says:

    Great piece Arm. Glad to finally see it up for all to enjoy!

  2. Celeo says:

    I found this on the minecraft forums, and I have to say that this is incredible. It is very well written and looks professional!

  3. another fanminer says:

    i would like to enjoy this guide but for some odd reason media fire refuses to let me download it. is it possible if you could upload to somewhere else?

    but thank you either way πŸ™‚

    • Armand K. says:

      I added a second download link. This is a site called FileFactory, which has more ads and pop-ups, but there is a download in there. If you or anyone else can’t download from either site, let me know and I’ll try to add it somewhere else. The new link is directly below the original.

  4. Chad M. says:

    I love this. I feel like I should Print this out on some nice cardstock…

  5. another fanminer says:

    thank you πŸ™‚ looks great!! you should get it published.

  6. Keiya says:

    This reminds me strongly of Myst… I can’t help but read the whole thing in Atrus’s voice.

    • Dan says:

      Ha! I read it in Atrus’ voice as well, even before seeing your comment. Waking up without instructions is very MYST like. It would be awesome if Minecraft eventually had a similar narrative.

  7. twilkey37 says:

    Fantastic art and story, a brilliant addition to an already fantastic game :D!

  8. Seyon says:

    Absolutely loved this. A great guide for a great game. Thank you for sharing it.

  9. David says:

    FYI, this looks pretty awesome on a Kindle πŸ™‚ Any chance you could make a version where the background is a little more faded? That would make it easier to read on an e-ink screen.

  10. Gregg B says:

    I’m getting this sucker printed, cropped and bound Armand ;-D

  11. Sean says:

    I just wanted to chime in and say that this was a gorgeous piece of art, narrative, and instruction.

    If only all game manuals could be like this!

  12. Stromko says:

    Excuse me for nitpicking, but Creepers do not explode when you strike them, they explode when they get near. In fact, striking them repeatedly until they die is the best way to handle Creepers, since they will not explode if you kill them and they will drop a precious material necessary for crafting TNT.

  13. OnThatPage says:

    jajajajajajajjajajaa amazing !!! just amazing guide !!!!
    instead of making a house.. the first thing i did when i play Minecraft was going underground xD.. just dig a hole and make an underground fortrest !

  14. Esther says:

    Woow, beautifull!
    I’ve never played minecraft, but I would like to try after reading this πŸ™‚

  15. Steve Kearns says:

    Lots of help…..thanks

  16. James W says:

    Great Post!
    Thanks for make this post, much useful info here about minecraft Thanks!.

  17. Tom Rippon says:

    My brother’s been trying to get me to play Minecraft for ages. This might actually convince me… πŸ˜€

  18. Shiharu says:

    I got question for you:
    Can you give me version with out text?
    I wanna translate it to polish.

  19. Shiharu says:

    Send answer for mail if you can.

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