Minecraft Welsh Handbook

11 Oct 2013

Linked to the multi award-winning Sandbox online game, the official  Minecraft  Beginner's Handbook in Welsh has been published by Rily.

If you enjoy computer games, or have a child who is an avid gamer, Minecraft will need no introduction. For the uninitiated, this is a BAFTA award winning sandbox game, loved by over 41 million users worldwide. The Welsh game version is well established, meaning that the Minecraft experience is available through the medium of Welsh, and the fantastic news is that a new handbook  Llawlyfr i Ddechreuwyr  (Beginner’s Handbook) to accompany the game, is now available.

This book contains hints and tips and will generally assist you as you work your way through the game, helping to improve your Mine-craft! Learn how to find resources, make a shelter, craft tools, armour and weapons, and protect yourself from monsters. It gives advice from Minecraft experts, along with Jeb the developer and Notch the inventor of the game, ensuring you survive your first days in the Minecraft world. This informative handbook is considered a must-have for all game fans.

The hotly awaited English version of the book has sold out on pre-order, and the Welsh version looks set to be every bit as successful. This ground breaking translation by Owain Siôn is likely to make its mark, allowing Welsh speaking children to enjoy and improve their gaming through their first language, and allowing Welsh learners to experience and use the language in a very different way. Owain Siôn, who is also a Welsh teacher at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, said, "It was great to work on such a ground breaking project within the Welsh books market, which combines computer games and reading. I was fortunate to be able to do some research with my pupils in my Welsh lessons. I was surprised to find out that the game was so popular with the pupils, and many of them assisted me with various terms and explained the concept before I began the task of translating. I hope that the handbook will draw more Welsh speaking pupils of secondary age to the game, and persuade the ones who already play, to play it through the medium of Welsh".

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