1. Tutorial 1 - Redstone Basics


    This is my first tutorial about redstone.  I intend to slowly make tutorials about most of the things I build and post them here.  I understand that this one is probably quite basic for most people who have been playing Minecraft for a while, but I’m starting from the basics and working my way up.


    Redstone Basics

    This is redstone dust:

    It’s used in Minecraft to connect things, like doors and switches. It has two states, it can be either on or off, depending on whether it is connected to something that can give it power.

    This is a redstone torch:

    You can use it to supply power to redstone dust. It is crafted from redstone dust and a stick.

    A torch is usually on, and it supplies power to any pieces of redstone dust immediately next to it. If the block connected to the torch is also connected to a piece of redstone dust that is on, then the torch is turned off. Like this:

    When you place redstone dust next to another piece of redstone dust, they connect to each other and act like wire. When one piece of redstone dust has power, it supplies power to any other dust that is connected to it, to a maximum of 15 blocks away from the source of power. Like this:

    There are a number of different objects that can be controlled by redstone:

    Doors

    Wooden and iron doors open when they receive power from redstone. If you connect a redstone wire to the block under the door, it will open when the wire has power and close when the wire doesn’t have power.

    Rails

    An intersection made of minecart rails can be controlled by a redstone wire. If the intersection receives power it changes direction, and then changes back when it loses power.

    TNT

    If a block of TNT receives power, it will be set off as though it had been hit by a player.

    Note blocks

    The note blocks, which make sounds when hit, can also be played using redstone. When they receive power, they play whatever note they’ve been set to.

    Dispensers

    When a dispenser receives power, it randomly throws out one of the objects inside it. If the object is a projectile, like an arrow or snowball, it gets shot out as though fired or thrown by a player.

    As well as redstone torches, there are some other objects that can power redstone dust:

    Switches

    A switch connected to a block next to redstone dust will power the dust if the switch is down, and will not power it if the switch is up.

    Buttons

    When a button is pressed, it will supply power to any connected redstone dust for a short amount of time and then turn off.

    Pressure plates

    Stone pressure plates supply power to connected redstone dust whenever they have a player or mob standing on them. Wooden pressure plates supply power whenever they have a player, mob, or dropped item on them.

    If you liked this article, check out my new one: How to Build Big in Minecraft :)

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