Tips and Tricks
Start the game by building a big pile wood, by chopping down trees with your hand axe. This stuff is used in loads of early items like the crafting table and doors.
Remember that you can place blocks down. Use dirt and mud to build bridges and steps over previously impassable rivers and mountains.
Iron is the most important ore for a new explorer. This stuff - which looks like a dark brown stone - can be used to make more powerful tools that will help you dig deeper into the dirt.
Take out slime monsters to create torches to light up your home.
Stones can usually can be found on the ground surface, so use your pickaxe to bring them out. Once you get 20 stone blocks, go back to your workbench and make sure you build that furnace! The furnace can then be used to make copper and iron, which is used when it comes to crafting stronger items.
Flail weapons, such as a boomerang, can be used to hit multiple enemies since it can be thrown. Use these flail weapons to attack the heads of various enemies.
Place an extra block on the floor near your door so you have a step up above the oncoming zombie horde. This extra block will let you hack away at zombies from the safety of that extra block. Those zombies won't come inside anytime soon.
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