Part 2 of 3: In which Doc and Dan discuss the contents of The Minecraft Book. The affable co-authors discuss the book’s topics, audience, and grand purpose!
In late January KoPoint will launch a series series of eBooks. The first, The Minecraft Book, evolved from an early KoPoint podcast about the game Minecraft.
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Part 1 of 3: In which co-authors Doc and Dan catch us up on the state of the project, and how the KoPoint Minecraft Project evolved to become The Minecraft Book.
Note: This episode was originally recorded as a Google+ video Hangout.
About the Book:
The Minecraft Book is an accessible and fun 70-page guide for players of Minecraft. The Minecraft Book was written and edited by W. Doc Stodden and Dan Patterson, and will be available in mid-January from KoPoint. Howdy, and welcome to our Minecraft blog! As we prepare The Minecraft Book, we use this site to post book info & updates, as well as cool Minecraft-related links.
What is The Minecraft Book?
The Minecraft Book is a great entry-level resource for all players of the Mojang game Minecraft.
Who is this book for?
Though the book is written with new players in mind, it’s our hope that our guide can be a resource for all players.
Who are the authors?
The Minecraft Book was written and edited by fans of the game. Much of the prose was composed by Mr. W. Doc Stodden. Dan Patterson contributed to the prose, copy edits, and formatting. The book is published in conjunction with KoPoint. The authors can be reached by visiting our Ask page.
How can I purchase the book?
The Minecraft Book will soon be available through our own website, as well as through Amazon, Google Play, the Nook Store, and Apple’s iBooks.
Why should I pay you a buck for The Minecraft Book?
We think that a dollar is a very reasonable price to ask in exchange for a guide that will surely enhance both your skill and appreciation of this great game!
When will the book be released?
Soon! Probably late-January 2013. We’re putting the final touches on the prose. From there we edit, then format, then distribute.
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Welcome back to KoPoint, and happy New Year!
2013 represents a second year for KoPoint content, people, and programs! During 2012, our inaugural ‘season’, KoPoint folks created a ton of great content and learned a lot about the spirit and business of independent media.
In 2012, KoPoint had a number of successes:
- Together, in a 12-month period our producers created 145 full-length episodes of awesome podcast and radio content!
- We severed several hundred thousand complete streams and downloads, and several million minutes listened.
- We acquired and worked with some great tech startups as sponsors.
- We covered events like the Democratic and Republican Conventions, TEDx NYC, and NYC Comic Con.
- We interviewed an amazing array of guests, like John Bolton, Steve Wozniak, and Cory Doctorow.
KoPoint stumbled and learned, too! Over the course of the year, KoPoint cancelled almost a dozen shows. Some anticipated succeses bombed tremendously. Some business models are hard to scale. I personally learned a lot about how to look beyond personal content interests and focus on what the audience wants. I’m learning to be an assertive yet humble business person and producer. I learned that hype and trends are best avoided in favor of clear and concise goals. This sounds simple in theory, but when running a business linear progression can be a challenge.
In next calendar year we intend to grow the brand and continue to create more interesting content. In 2013 KoPoint will:
- Continue to create and distribute stellar audio and video shows. We will double-down on the most exciting and interesting content. Our strategy is to iterate shows and content by producing focused mini-seasons. KoPoint will continue to produce and acquire fresh content on a regular basis.
- Shows that are recorded live-to-tape, like AFK On Air, will emphasize video elements and live programming.
- We will foster and grow our vertical blogs, such as The Zombie Apocalypse. Along with our partners at SumAll, we will integrate vertical blogs with ecommerce and sell a few cool products.
- To that end, in Q1 KoPoint will release a number of ebooks that contain structural and thematic hooks with our vertical blogs. The first ebook will be The Minecraft Book: The Essential Guide For New And Returning Players, followed by Tales from the Zombie Apocalypse in early Q2.
- KoPoint News will continue to grow. We’ve partnered again with the Talk Radio News Service and will continue to report for news and talk radio from the UN and Washington DC.
KoPoint’s first year was about learning and growth. The second ‘season’ will be about epanding our line of great, compromise-free content and generating honest revenue with fun partners!
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In this episode of the KoPoint Minecraft Project, Doc and Dan discuss exploration, where to go and more importantly, how to get back.
We cover the basics of how to find out where you are in the world through the use of F3 and the coordinate system, making sure you know where your base is, how to get lost and how to find your way back. Through the clever use of lit towers and strategically placed torches, you should never feel lost.
Above ground building lit towers, with glowstone, lava or torches which you can see from a distance is a good way to find your way back. Underground, remember: Lights on the right. If you always place your lights to your right side as you explore caves, when you are coming back, if you keep your lights on the left, you will always find your way back to the surface. We also touch on finding your way around in the Nether.
We also discuss mapping programs that you can use if you are simply hopelessly lost!
Download Audio: The KoPoint Minecraft Project, EP 006 – Exploring