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    Hello people. The following is a beginners guide for The Blockheads. It is here to help out all the new players trying to figure out this game, and also to answer some of their many questions. Please note it is a work in progress and will be worked on in chunks. If you see any mistakes or grammatical errors, please make a comment on it. Comments and ways to improve upon it are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    This guide is correct as of 1.1.

    Starting Off
    OK to begin our journey lets create a world. This shouldn't take too long.

    After your world is finished, you want to bring in your first Blockhead. You can do this by tapping your world's portal. From here choose to spawn in a blockhead and then select your character's gender, name, and looks. You can only use the "random" button to change your character's looks, and cannot change individual parts. You will be able to give your character(s) clothing to wear in the future, so don't worry too much about his/her looks.

    Your character will then enter the world through the portal and will already have a few things in his/her inventory. You can move him by tapping the air anywhere on the map (tap too high up in the air and your character won't be able to get there and will not move).

    Breaking Blocks
    Now that you have your character, you should first acquire a workbench. To do this you first need some dirt.

    Blocks can be destroyed by tapping them. If your tap is white and has a hand in the middle then you are using your hands and will take an average amount of time to break the block. If your tap is green and has a tool in the center you are using the correct tool and will be able to break the block much faster depending on how good that tool is. Keep in mind after every use the tools durability goes down, and after a certain amount of uses the durability will reach 0 and the tool will break. If the tap is red you are using the wrong tool for that block and will essentially be wasting that tool's durability and will not work faster.

    Once a block is destroyed you gain it's drops and they are put in your inventory if you have room in your inventory for the item. Like items will stack together in the same spot, and a number will be out beside it to signify the amount of items in that spot. You may not have more than 99 items in the same spot, and picking up another item will just cause it to go to another empty spot. Tap a basket to see its contents, as items you pickup are sometimes put in baskets if no other space is available. Later you can make more baskets at a craftbench to give you more inventory space and chests at a woodwork bench to give you more storage space. If you have no room in your inventory at all you cannot pick up the item drop and will walk right past it. Items drops will disappear after a certain amount of time which is usually only about a couple in-game days (this includes fruits and seeds on trees and such; if its small and spinning and can be picked up its an item drop).

    Placing Blocks and Time Crystals
    Once you have destroyed some dirt tap on the portal again. This time choose to get a workbench warped in for 1 dirt. After its warped in, get your character to collect it and place it down on the ground by holding the block and tapping next to another block.

    I recommend travelling out and away a bit from the portal untill you start to see trees and other plants before putting the workbench down, as you can make your house out here in a lusher environment than the one close to the portal, and you won't need to go back to the portal again unless your order something else or call in another Blockhead.

    If you ever find yourself far away from the portal but without a workbench, tap your character to open his status screen and choose to get a workbench delivered directly to your character at the cost of 50 time crystals.

    Time crystals can be used in the game to speed up crafting times and do other things like this and calling in other Blockheads. They can be purchased from the portal store or can be found underground. Your time crystal count transfers between characters and worlds.

    Using the Workbench and Other Crafting Surfaces
    Once you have placed your workbench on the ground, you can begin to craft. Tap the workbench and then the green button to see a list of everything you can craft with that particular bench. The workbench is the crafting surface that allows you to craft the other kinds of crafting surfaces, and by crafting surfaces I mean anything you craft stuff on, like the campfire, workbench, and furnace, for example.

    Notice how only 4 crafting surfaces are available and the other ones are locked and have "2" written beside them. This means you must upgrade your bench to level 2 to craft all the other benches. To upgrade a bench simply select the "upgrade bench to level _" option instead of a crating recipe. Some crafting surfaces have many more levels than 2, such as the toolbench, which has 6 levels.

    Trees
    Lets start by making the 4 main benches. One is called the campfire and will allow you to make torches and other things. Torches are a great way to provide light for your blockhead. To make one first gather 10 sticks. Sticks can be acquired by destroying the leaves of trees. If the tree is really big then yoir blockhead can climb the tree to reach the highest leaves. Blockheads are very athletic and can climb and hang from many surfaces. Try it out.

    Be sure not to destroy the bottom wood block of a tree as this will only yield 1 or 2 wood blocks as opposed to the number of trunk blocks the tree has and only a couple sticks as opposed to the number of leaf blocks on a tree. Although it may take lots more time, destroy trees 1 block at a time and leave the trunk blocks for the last thing you destroy and make sure to destroy them from highest to lowest to yield the most resources from one tree. A tree can regrow itself and its leaves if part of it still remains, even if the only part of the tree remaining is a single truck block directly off the ground. If you are too lazy to replant trees or don't have their particular seed (apple, pine cones, mangoes, etc.), at least leave their bottom trunk block there so they can regrow themselves.

    On larger adult trees they will produce seeds as a way of creating younger trees. These seeds are in the forum of a pine cone on a pine tree, fruit on a fruit tree (apples, oranges, etc.) and so on. By collecting these seeds, you can replant trees. Just hold the pine cone or fruit in your hand and tap the surface dirt block to plant the tree. They will start of looking just like a pile if leaves but will slowly grow into a large tree that will produce plenty if fruit/pine cones. Fruit tree farming is a great way to get a reliable and effective source of food. You can even plant one of the 5 fruits your character started off with in the ground to grow more of that fruit. I strongly recommend doing this to ensure you have a reliable source of food in the beginning.

    Don't be the guy that chops down every single tree and never replants them. If you want your world to be and stay a lush environment replant every single tree you chop down, and never chop down a young tree, only adult trees. Keep in mind that after a certain amount of time goes by trees will die on their own, but new younger trees will also grow naturally without you planting them. It's the circle of life.

    Dropbears and Using the Campfire
    Now you've probably got some sticks and wood and replanted every tree you chopped down from top to bottom leaving the trunk for last, right? Good.

    Now lets make that campfire as it will provide light for your character by itself and by now it's probably starting to get dark. Don't worry! There are no monsters or hostile mobs at night, with the exception of dropbears who live in forests on trees and attack you during the night when you walk under their tree. During the day dropbears only attack you if you attack them. And I don't recommend attacking one until you have a good weapon/reliable supply of food. They are the most dangerous mob currently, and the only one that can hurt you. I should note that when a dropbear attacks you your health bar is reduced, and lowers your happiness and speed.

    If your health reaches 0 you do not die. Instead you just become incredibly slow. It is impossible for one of your characters to die in The Blockheads.
    Click on the workbench and and hit the green button. Select the campfire and craft it for 10 sticks. After the crafting is done, you can place it down.

    IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: campfires can and will set fire to anything flammable beside it. This includes trees, wood, beds, and other things so keep it away from these things. People have lost whole wooden houses because they put their campfire inside of it. Don't even try to make a stone fireplace as campfires can ignite things from a distance. Keep them outside and away from anything flammable.

    When you tap a campfire, you will get 3 options instead of 2. The third option allows you to add fuel to your campfire, as crafting on it slowly lowers it fuel level. You can add sticks to a campfire to give it one fuel point, pine cones to give it two fuel points, and a wood block to give it 4 or 5 fuel points. Fuel can be added to the campfire using that button or while crafting.

    The kilns and furnaces also has a fuel point system, but we'll talk about them later. Don't worry, campfires, kilns, and furnaces will not lose fuel over time, and only lose fuel when used for crafting.

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    Part 2 of this guide is in the next post. There is much more to read. (I couldn't put all my guide in one post due to the character limit.)
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    Part 2 of The Blockheads Beginner Guide.

    The Character Status Panel
    Now sounds like a good time to tell you about the character status panels. Tap your character icon/name on the side of your screen. A panel should open up with all of his info.

    At the top you have your character health. It can go down fit a variety if reasons, including dropbear attacks and starvation. Don't worry! Characters cannot die and will just become incredibly slow. To heal your character put him to sleep or feed him food.

    The second bar is the happiness bar and is determined by the other four bars: health, hunger, energy, and environment. It is a good way of telling how your character is currently feeling.

    In the second section, we have the hunger, energy, and environment bars. The hunger bar slowly decreases over time and is filled back up by eating anything edible (if something is edible it will ask you if you want to feed it to your character in a panel above his head when you select the food). If it reaches 0 you will start taking damage.

    The energy bar decreases over time when working, such as walking, destroying blocks, climbing trees, or even crafting. To replenish this bar simply put your character to sleep. You can only sleep if your energy bar is past a certain point, and will automatically wake up when the energy bar is filled. When your energy bar goes beyond certain points, your characters starts to work slower and slower until it takes much longer to complete a given task. Be sure to keep this bar away from empty, because although it won't hurt you, it will make you very slow.

    The environment bar changes depending on a variety of conditions. Being in dark place without much/any light or being exposed to rain/snow without proper clothing will lower your bar, for example. Putting some torches up to give you light or taking cover under some shelter will cause it to rise back up. This bar is the reason you should build some house or underground shelter for your character. Also don't build houses with wooden platforms as they do not produce back walls when placed and let the cold snow in (I have actually never seen snow, as I think my portal was placed near the equator).

    Below these 3 bars are words describing your characters conditions. If he's low on health it will say he's injured, if he's low on energy it will say he's tired. If he's low on the environment bar due to rain it will say he is exposed to the elements. If he's pretty good on all 4 bars (not counting happiness, as it is sort if an average between all the other bars and should be filled up if your other bars are also filled up) then it will say he's happy or even very happy.

    Below that there is a button to get a workbench warped directly to your character for 50 time crystals if you are far away from your portal like I said earlier.
    Below that there is either a big red button to cancel all current orders or 2 smaller half sized buttons to meditate or sleep on the ground.

    Meditating is like sleeping in the sense that time goes by quickly. It also fully fills your environment bar no matter the outside conditions and is a good way to pass time if your character is not tired enough to sleep. There is also a bar that appears during meditation, that when filled up will give you a nice gift, which may just be an orange or so something much more valuable like an emerald.

    When tired enough (when energy bar is past a certain point) the sleep button will pop out so you can sleep on the ground. This passes the time quickly like meditation and refills your energy bar. You will automatically wake up from your sleep when your energy bar fills up or you hit wake up. You can also quickly fill up your energy bar by paying a varied amount of time crystals while sleeping. Once you make a bed at a woodwork bench you can sleep in it instead of the ground for a much better nights sleep.

    There is actually another status bar that only appears while underwater. It is blue and will quickly decrease while underwater. If you are swimming on the surface or or walking and such on land the bar will not appear nor go down. It is refilled and hidden as soon as you are no longer underwater. If it empties you have run out of air and will begin to take damage untill the bar is refilled.

    Campfire Crafts and Dodo Birds
    OK now that you have some materials, a workbench, the knowledge of how to keep your character happy, and a campfire, let me tell you a little more about what you can craft at the campfire.

    Although the campfire on its own produces light, it's not something you make lots of just to light up your house. Instead at the campfire you can craft torches using 1 stick. Torches can be placed on background walls and will produce a good amount of light, plus they have the added advantage of not making other things catch in fire. Use them to light up your house and shelter. Later you can make oil lanterns with oil and clay and steel lanterns with steel, oil, and gla to produce more light than a torch, but for now torches work excellent.

    You can also make ember at a campfire for 1 stick to start a fire of your own, earning you a game enter achievement, but I only recommend doing this in a well contained area as fire can jump several blocks to ignite another block. You don't want to end up burning down your house when you just meant to burn down that one tree right beside it.

    Finally you can cook dodo meat at a campfire to get more health and hunger filled from just eating the raw meat by itself. I still recommend making a fruit tree farm to ensure a reliable source of food in the case when you can't find any dodo birds.

    Dodo birds like to eat apples, and will spawn by any apple trees. If you plan to raise dodo birds all you need to do is plant plenty of apple trees. Adult dodo birds will also occasionally lay eggs that will hatch into baby dodo birds after a certain amount of time, given you don't steal the egg first. I recommend leaving dodo birds and their eggs alone unless there are plenty, as it takes some time for dodo birds to respawn when fully killed off in an area.

    They are the the 2nd passive mob in the game as they will never attack or hurt you in any way, and are the 3rd mob in the entire game (includes both hostile and passive mobs).

    The Toolbench
    The next crafting surface you might want to build is the toolbench. It is also one of the three crafting surfaces unlocked at a level 1 workbench.

    It requires 1 dirt and 1 flint. Flint can be found within the first 6 or so dirt blocks and can easily be seen when walking across your world's surface. It looks like bits of black particles trapped in a dirt block. Collect flint with a spade to get it faster and get more flint from 1 deposit.

    Once you have the flint and dirt, go to the workbench and select the toolbench. Once it is done crafting, place it down somewhere, preferably next to your workbench.

    The toolbench has 6 levels, each one upgrading the bench to allow the making of tools with a new material. The levels of tool materials are, in order, flint, stone, bronze and tin, iron, steel, and gold.

    It requires some of the material to unlock that level to be able to craft tools with that material, and you must unlock the levels in order. You cannot unlock the iron level without first unlocking the bronze and tin level first, for example. Also not all types of tools are available in all tool materials. For example, you can craft a bronze and flint machete, but not a stone machete, or you can only make a steel pickaxe, not a steel spade and such.

    I recommend getting a good amount of flint in the beginning to make your basic tools like pickaxes and more spades until you are able to mine out some stone with a flint pickaxe and upgrade your workbench to level 2 so you can use more stone to make stone tools, which are stronger and faster than flint tools. Stone is a grey block found under the initial 10 or so deep dirt layer.

    Part 3 of this guide is in the next post. Still plenty more to read.
    Last edited by mingo888; February-13-2013 at 04:05 AM. Reason: Updated and added stuff.
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    Part 3 of The Blockheads Beginners Guide.

    Shelter
    I would think you would have already made some sort of shelter, but if you still haven't I'll walk you through it.

    When building a shelter you must think of 3 main things: location, efficiency, and creativity.

    The location is where you will build your shelter. I recommend building your shelter about a 10-30 second walk away from your spawn portal, but you can choose this. Just make sure you leave some space between you and the portal so if you ever decide to build anything to the left and/or right of your shelter you have some room, but are still close enough to the portal so that you can easily access it. Some people even decide to build there shelter right over their spawn portal so the portal is inside their house, which you can do if you like.

    Next you need to determine whether you will be building a house above ground using wood or stone and such or if you will be digging out a shelter underground, like I did.

    At first I just dug a step tunnel going downwards into the ground and I stopped when I was a couple dirt blocks above the stone layer (I could still see the top of the surface and a few of blocks above it). Then I just dug out a 2 block high tunnel about 6 or so blocks long. I later expanded it and replaced the step tunnel with a ladder. I put all my crafting surfaces in it (except for the campfire, of course), my bed in it, my chests in it, and the entrance to my mine in it at the far side of the tunnel. I then put a door between it and my ladder to the surface and lit it up with torches I made at my campfire. It's located not too far from my spawn portal and there is my fruit and plant farm above and near it on the surface.

    But enough about my shelter (I posted a pic of it below this section). Once you've got a good location for it, you want to make it efficient. This means putting things (like crafting surfaces, for example) together in the right spot and keeping your chests organized so you can easily put away your stuff and find it when you need it. It should be simple to navigate and move around in it too, and should be lit up well. It also should do as a shelter should do, and should keep you away from the snow (if any in your area), rain, and other aspects of nature. Also be sure to make a door (or a trapdoor if your shelter is directly underground) so you can get in but dodo birds and other mobs don't get in and annoy you.

    Finally be creative! Don't just copy someone else's home (unless you really like it), make the home originally and unique to you. Make it pretty and nice to look at and decorate it with things like windows and furniture. Design your home so it works for you and your game play style.

    Another couple things to consider are farms and mines. I prefer to keep my farm above my underground shelter, which includes fruit trees for a reliable and plentiful source of food as well as other plants like corn and flax. Some people prefer to make a underground or indoor farm instead, which is also fine as all plants will grow undergrounds with proper space and lighting. Some people like to have their main mine outside and away from their home, while others like to keep an entrance to it from inside or near their home. Both of these are perfectly fine, just make sure to be creative and make it match your game play style.

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    The Craftbench and Woodworkbench
    Ok now that you have a shelter and your first three main crafting surfaces (workbench, campfire, toolbench), it's time to get the last two main crafting surfaces, the craftbench and woodworkbench. These are the final crafting surfaces available at a level 1 workbench.

    A craftbench requires 1 dirt and 1 stick to be crafted at a level 1 workbench. It only has one item available to craft before you upgrade it to level 2 and 3: the basket.

    Baskets can be put in your inventory hotbar (the bar along the bottom or right side of the screen) to give you an extra 3 spots, and they work in a similar fashion to the way you equip clothes, by listing the extra squares beside the hotbar sqaure. Although they give you 4 squares, you are taking up 1 hotbar sqaure by carrying the basket itself, so are essetially only gaining 3 more spots. You may have noticed that your character entered the world carrying a basket, but for 5 sticks per basket you can craft as many as you'd like.

    You can drop a basket carrying items on the ground and only the basket will show, because it is "holding" the items. Same goes for putting baskets in chests. An interesting thing to note here is by putting baskets inside if baskets you can have a infinite inventory, but keep in mind that you can only view the contents if a basket if it's in your hotbar. I like to keep my hotbar full of baskets so that I have the maximum viewable inventory space.

    If you decide to upgrade your craftbench to level 2 for 1 limestone (a fairly common lightly coloured block found in the same places stone is found), you will get access to more craftable items at a craftbench. These are the miscellaneous items that don't necessarily fit into the other benches, but can be very useful such as the boat which allows you to traverse oceans much, much easier or steel lanterns which are brighter than oil lanters and waterproof as well.

    If you decide to upgrade your craftbench to level 3 for 1 marble (a white mineral found deeper underground) you get access to the rest of the items craftable at a craftbench, which are just expensive, but pretty, gem chadelliers. I'll talk more about a level 2 and 3 craftbench later.

    The woodworkbench on the other hand is used to craft items typically made of wood, like beds and chests. It requires 1 wood at a level 1 workbench to craft and is the last option at the workbench before the "upgrade to level 2" option for 5 stone, which unlocks all the other crafting surfaces that I will talk about later.

    Every craft at a workbench is available at start, and the woodworkbench has only one level and thus cannot be upgraded. The woodworkbench is used to craft beds, chests, ladders, doors, trapdoors, and reinforced platforms. All of these recipes take 1 wood except for doors which require 3, trapdoors which also require a ladder as well as 1 wood, and reinforced platforms which take 1 iron ingot as well as 1 wood.

    Beds are useful and should be crafted shortly after a shelter is built, as they speed up the energy recover time while sleeping and makes your shelter look more like a home.

    Chests are definitely important and should be built as soon as you start running out of inventory space. You are able to keep your items in their for safekeeping. Make sure you keep your chests organized so you can find your stuff. Don't just shove everything in chests randomly. Also be sure to stack like items together to conserve space, but if you get a 99 stack you will have to make another one as 99 is the max amount for a stack.

    Ladders are useful in homes (especially underground shelters like my shelter), buildings, and mines as they allow you to quickly climb up an area. They do get washed away from water (no counting rain) though, so don't place them in pools and such.

    Doors will keep the wildlife out and will automatically open and close when you walk past it. The material the foreground of a door is made our of depends on the surrounding blocks. Trapdoors are like doors but upside down.

    Finally reinforced platforms are like normal blocks except no backwall is formed when you place one up in the air, where as other blocks would make a backwall. A backwall is the wall placed in the background when a block is placed above air. These are not a very good material to make a house out of, but are great at removing backwalls from other blocks when placed underneath them.

    Make sure to place these two crafting surfaces somewhere close to your other crafting surfaces inside your shelter (excluding the campfire, of course) for easy access.

    Farming-Trees-Classical
    OK well one of the main aspects of the game is farming. Farming allows one to collect a lot of one particular resource such as wood, fruit, or even animal drops like leather. I'm going to talk to you guys about farming all the different kinds of plants, starting with trees.

    I have already talked to you about trees in a previous section, but now let me categorize all the types of trees into 3 main groups: Classical, Fruit, and Other.

    Classical trees are the really huge ones that do not produce anything you eat like fruit. They are most useful for wood and stick farming. Currently the only tree in this group is pine trees, which yield pine cones. Pine trees grow very tall and wide, so be sure to give them lots of space above them and between other pine trees.

    They also have a fast growth rate and grow quicker than the other trees, however I find that they also die faster as well and need to be replanted more often. They will usually reproduce other pine trees before they die though. Finding them in your world is not very hard, as they are pretty common. Just look for a very large tree with dark green leaves with pine cones hanging on its leaves.

    Pine cones can be replanted to grow a new pine tree. Like I said before, when destroy a tree or part of one, destroy the outermost leaves and work your way to the trunk, starting with the top of the tree. Destroy the trunk afterwards as a tree can always regrow itself as long as the final and bottom trunk/leaf block remains. Use a machete and axe when harvesting this tree for leaves and wood for maximum resources.

    Part 4 up next!
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    Part 4 of The Blockheads Beginners Guide.

    Farming-Trees-Fruit
    The next group of trees is Fruit trees, and as you can guess these are the relatively small trees that grow slower but grow fruit every certain season. These tree's fruit can be eaten to fill a substantial amount of your food/health bar, so I recommend planting several of them to use as your primary food source. I like to plant orange trees as they are faster growers than some of the other fruit trees, and can grow fairly large before they die. They also seem to produce more fruit than the other trees, which may be due to them growing larger than the others. Even just a couple orange trees outside your house can provide you a decent amount of food.

    All fruit trees will produce something edible, and all have a fairly long lifespan. Some fruit trees grow faster than others, and some live longer than others. The list of all the different kinds of fruit trees are: Orange, Mango, Apple, Cherry, Coconut, and Coffee Cherry. These trees can be planted by planting the fruit they produce (ex. plant an apple to grow an apple tree).

    An interesting thing to note here is unlike other trees such as orange trees or pine trees, cherry and apple trees, along with maple trees, will change their colour/pattern of their leaves based off the season.

    Also it seems that some trees grow better in different climates, such as players claiming coffee cherry trees grow better and faster when they are nearer to the equator. Keep this in mind when farming different crops.

    Farming-Trees-Other
    OK so this tree section is for any trees that don't grow fast and large, but also don't produce fruit or anything edible. Like the classical section, this section only has 1 tree in it, maple trees.

    Now I'm not sure why, but maple trees are my favourite kind of tree in-game. This may be due to the fact that, like I said before, maple trees, along with apple and cherry trees, have their leaves change explores depending on the season, making them very beautiful to look at during the different times of the year. They are not very useful for farming, though, due to the following reasons:

    1. Maple trees are very slow growers, perhaps the slowest growers in the game (although coffee cherry trees may take longer to grow in the wrong climate), and take a long time to grow to a substantial size. They make up for this with their long lifespan, however, so they can live for a very long time before dying. If given the time and room, they will also become quite large, as seen in the image below this section.

    2. They do not produce anything except for maple seeds, which cannot be eaten unlike flax and sunflower seeds, cannot be used in a campfire or kiln unlike pine cones, and serve only to grow new maple trees. This makes maple trees relatively useless.

    Although you could farm maple trees for sticks and wood, this is much better done with pine trees which can quickly regrow themselves to very large sizes. I still have 2 young maple trees in my game though, not just because I wanted to have access to every plant in the game, but because they are beautiful and are my favourite tree.

    This concludes the 3 part "Farming-Trees" section. If you are wondering where cacti (prickly pear plants) and kelp are, check the "Farming-Other" section. If you are wondering where all the other crops are check out the "Farming-Crops" section.

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    Farming-Crops
    In this section we have all the plants that are labeled as "crops", meaning they are 1 block big plants grown on the ground that grow a second part a block higher in the right season so it can reproduce itself. The second section will automatically break or "die" after a certain amount time after it was grown, leaving behind one of the crops seed or resource.

    The plants in this section are flax, sunflowers, corn, carrots, and chilies. All of these plants are best harvested with a shovel or a machete, as they are faster and give you more resources per plant.

    Flax is green plant that looks just like a small bush. It is possibly one of the most common crops in the game and can be found with relative ease. It is, however, in some sense slightly different than the other crops as to gain its main resource, flax, you must destroy that actual green bush instead of the second part that grows off it in the right season.

    Flax has two resources it produces, flax and flax seeds. Flax itself is a non-edible material that is not used in the reproduction of the plant. It is instead turned into linen at a level 1 tailors bench (1 linen for 3 flax). Flax is gained by destroying the actual green bush-like plant.

    Flax seeds, on the other hand, are used as a food source (although they do not give you much hunger/health back), a method of replanting flax, or can be used to craft oil at a press (which, like all the other crafting surfaces I haven't spoke of yet, will be talked about later). Flax seeds can be gained by destroying the green bush-like part of the flax plant just like you would get flax, but can also be gained by destroying the reddish/orangish second part of the plant that grows of it in the right season.

    The second crop is sunflowers. Sunflowers look like a small stem with two leaves and will grow a sunflower above it in the right season. Sunflowers are fairly common, and may be the second most common crop in-game. They are most recognizable when they have their sunflowers grown.

    They are very similar to flax except their only resource is a sunflower seed, gained by destroying the small stem or the sunflower. These seeds function just like flax seeds, as they can be eaten for a small amount of hunger/health, can be planted to grow more sunflowers, or can be pressed into oil at a press. Due to sunflowers not producing any resource except for sunflower seeds, this probably makes them one of the least valuable crops in-game.

    One thing I should note about sunflowers is that, along with all the other crops except for flax, their main bottom block may break or "die" occasionally, dropping a sunflower seed so you can replant it. It can be annoying especially if you have a large farm and must replant lots of sunflowers and other crops or if you go on a large trip and come back to find all your crops (except flax) dead and that their drops have long disappeared, especially if you find all your chilies are dead due to their extreme rareness and you have none saved in your inventory or chests.

    This the main reason I always recommend keeping at least 1 of every crop in your chest for times like these. If worse comes to worse, and you, say, have lost all your chilis, you can always try to get one from meditating if your lucky or try to get one from a golden shovel.

    Sunflowers and all other crops (excluding flax) may also spread to nearby empty dirt blocks on their own. This can be useful when building up a giant farm, or can be annoying as they keep growing in all the "wrong" places that you disapprove of.

    I should note here that although I say flax does not die on its own nor spread to nearby blocks, I have been finding cases recently in which flax was dying and spreading. This, however, was very minimal compared to other crops and should not be worried about too much.

    The next crop is corn. Corn looks like a straight stalk or stem with little green branches coming off it. In a certain season corn grows a second block with, well, corn. They are a more uncommon crop in the game, but are still not too hard to find if you go exploring around your continent a bit.

    Corn's only resource is corn, and unlike flax/sunflowers, you plant the corn itself in the ground to grow more corn plants, instead of a seed. Corn can also be eaten to regain a substantial amount of hunger making it a good, reliable food source if you prefer not to live off fruit trees. Like sunflowers, corn may also die and regrow itself on its own, so be sur to check up on it and all your other crops regularly to ensure they are still alive and well.

    Carrots, the second last crop in-game, are very similar to corn. They look like a short stem with a bunch of green leaves that looks like a small bush of some sort, and in the right season will grow a second block looking like a lovely white flower.

    Like corn, carrots have only 1 resource, carrots, which can be replanted to grow more carrots or eaten for a substantial amount of hunger/health. The main difference between corn and carrots is that donkeys (the third, and passive mob, in-game which I will talk about in a few sections) have a strong liking towards carrots, and will actively spawn in front of any carrot plants. You can create carrot patches in an enclosed area so donkeys will spawn and breed there, as carrots will occasionally be "eaten" by donkeys, causing a baby donkey to be born which will eventually grown into an adult donkey.

    "Why raise donkeys?" You may ask. Well, you see, 1 carrot, 1 stick, and 1 string (crafted from linen at a level 2 craft bench) can be made into a carrot-on-a-stick at a level 2 craft bench, allowing you to ride donkeys over land so you can travel much faster, which is why a carrot farm or "pasture" is a good idea.

    Other than their looks and liking from donkeys, carrots function exactly like corn, and will still die and regrow themselves on their own.

    This section continues in part 5 of The Blockheads Beginners Guide, which is in my next post, just like all the other parts to this guide.
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    Part 5 of The Blockheads Beginners Guide.

    Farming-Crops (Continued)
    Finally, we reach the last crop, chili. Chili is the rarest crop in-game, with some world containing only a handful of chili plants. They are small, green, and bush-like and in the right season grown a second block that grows red chilies, which are so hot they glow in dark places or during the night.

    Chili is an example of those "extremely rare but just as useless" items, as their only resource is chili, which can either be planted to grow more chili like corn and carrots or can be eaten, which is a bad idea. Chili is very hot and eating a few of them will cause your blockhead to burn and take damage from the heat is the chilies until he cools down. Some people try to cool themselves down after eating chili by eating other foods or swimming in water, but it turns out how fast you cool down is more related to the actual climate of an are rather than what you do or of your in water or not, so you'd cool down quicker after eating chili in the North Pole rather than at the west equator, regardless of whether you are submerged in the ocean or not or have eaten other foods.

    Since chili is so rare, some people choose not to farm it for the fear that their only chili will die and they will lose it forever. This can possibly be the case if you are not careful though, so I recommend waiting until your first chili has grown the second block, harvesting it, and planting one chili and keeping another one somewhere safe like in a chest for those "just in case" situations. Eventually you could have well over a stack of chilies if you farm it successfully.

    If worse comes to worse and you think you have none left, you could always get some chili (or any plant for that matter) by meditating or by digging with the golden shovel.

    Up next is "Farming-Other", where I'll talk to you about the two final plants in-game, cacti (prickly pear plants) and kelp.

    Farming-Other
    This section is for all the other plants in-game that don't fit into any of the other catagories. This means all plants here arn't any type of tree or small crop, but rather of its own type. If enough of another type of plant are added, I may add another catagory specifically for that type and remove them from here. Currently the only two plants in this section are cacti, otherwise known as prickly pear plants, and kelp.

    Cacti are plants that grow in the desert. They are well known as prickly pear plays because like fruit trees, they also grow a fruit, prickly pears. Unlike fruit trees, or any trees for that matter, cacti does not have a trunk or leaves. It does freely grow on its own, often creating unusual shapes with its blocks, and also reproduces and dies on its own, much like other plants. Instead of a trunk and leaves, cacti are instead made of green prickly cactus blocks. They are climbable, and often you character will climb them when harvesting thier prickly pears, however they are also harmful as you character will take slight damage when climbing them. Breaking a cactus block brings no harm, however, but breaking one fully yields no drops.

    Cacti only have one resource, prickly pears. Although they have the word "prickly" in them, you will not take damage from eating them, and will instead recover health and hunger just like other fruit from fruit trees. Prickly pears also can be planted to grow more cacti, but unlike all other plants, they must be planted in sand, making them the only plant in-game to not be planted in dirt.

    The next, and last, plant in this section is kelp.
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