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Minecraft games for a really full-on party (aka DON’T try this at home!)

Minecraft games for a really full-on party (aka DON’T try this at home!)

Let me recap.

  • 12 ten year old boys.
  • 1 massive bonfire.
  • 18 different sugary treats on offer.
  • 1 hour of daylight.
  • 2 1/2 hours of pitch darkness.

No, really, what was I thinking?!

To align the Minecraft games with the Minecraft game itself, when they arrived the boys were set the task of gathering wood. This is the first thing you do in the game when you’re a newbie, so I thought it a fitting way to start them off. A task that would wear them out a bit and amuse them while their buddies all arrived.

I had also plotted a treasure hunt for the party that meant they had to perform four tasks to receive four clues. The clues revealed where to find five swords. The swords revealed some important treasure at the end of the party.

Spoiler alert: the ‘treasure’ was the arrival of the pizza man. There was one letter revealed on each sword – p. i. z. z. a. If only pizza wasn’t such an obvious word to “unscramble”, but what can you do?

The four sword-hunting tasks

In any case, there were four tasks to receive four clues:

  1. Gather enough wood to fill a huge basket.
  2. Exterminate a spiders’ nest.
  3. Mine for 12 gems.
  4. Defeat the enderdragon.

Task 1 | Gather wood

Minecraft games - gather wood to make a fire

I attached the first clue of the game to a stick they had to find amongst… many other sticks and pieces of wood.

Gathering wood was a great first task – it was a great ice breaker for the kids who didn’t know each other.

In the end the boys took the task very seriously and stacked the basket completely full. They were very proud of themselves when they finally found the clue. Clever tip: keep the stick with the clue out of sight until they’ve gathered plenty of wood, then drop it into the game…

Task 2 | Exterminate a spiders’ nest

Minecraft games ideas - spider's next balloon pop

This was one of the most fun of all the Minecraft games. First, make a spiders’ nest using a pin board (any board will do), black balloons and some gaffer tape. Hide the next clue inside one of the balloons and put sweets and confetti inside the other balloons.

I think the kids were more keen to get a confetti balloon than a clue balloon.

Minecraft games ideas - spider balloon popWhen I set the game up I was certain that some smarty-pants would pop the clue balloon on the very first pop and the sweets and confetti were an incentive to keep the game going. As it happened, the clue balloon lasted until the third last pop. Miracle!

Minecraft games ideas - spider balloon pop

A little down time

Minecraft bonfire of the insanities

After the spiders’ nest game, we gathered the kids around the bonfire (made with the wood they gathered) with some marshmallows and sticks.

At this stage they were so thrilled to all be together around a campfire I reckon I could have started them all in a round of Kumbyah and they would have been thrilled.

We toasted marshmallows, watched the flames, laughed at a couple of fart jokes, gathered more and more wood and watched a glorious sunset. It was all a bit fabulous, really.

Then it got dark.

Then it got dark.

Let me just say that I’m not completely mental, sending 12 little boys out to run in the darkness untethered. I made the boys torches. Sweet little $4 (including batteries, Bunnings) Eveready torches made to look like Minecraft torches. See, look at the cuteness.

Minecraft torches printable

The boys all screamed, “oh, these are fantastic, look a Minecraft torch, how cool” before ripping off the paper and throwing it in the fire.

This seemed to spark a bonfire within each of them because after that, there was no stopping them. They threw in any piece of paper or cardboard they could find in our house. The bonfire grew as high as the boys.

They pranced and danced around the fire, Lord-of-the-Rings-style, flames in their eyes and danger in their hearts, chanting ‘creeper, creeper, creeper’ (that may or may not have been my idea).

The fire grew higher still, offering up smoke and flame to the red-eyed, black-toothed Gods of the Night.

Before the fire could offer up a small boy as well, I did the only thing a parent can do in a crisis situation.

I turned on the television.

Zombie time

Minecraft birthday message

Happy birthday carved out of the big screen Minecraft world was Bart’s handiwork – such a cute touch. In any case, the boys were glued to the screen, watching each other playing 5 minutes each. This was by far the easiest of our Minecraft games and one I’d probably recommend you keep going for most of the party…

I was stunned to see how quickly they went from leaping pandemonium to complete zombies, controlled and silent. Hmmmm…. there’s something in those screens. Ha!

Minecraft fun

Task 3 | Mine for gems

Mine for Gems game

I eventually dragged them all away from the screen (most of them anyway) to take their turn mining for gems in a giant sand bucket. I was a bit sneaky because I put most of the gems right at the bottom and heaped the sand on top. It was really hard to dig down and find them.

The boys eventually got bored before they found all the gems, wandering back to the television or the fire. I realised then that there are two types of boy in the world: fire boys and zombie boys.

Generally I like the fire boys best, but at the Minecraft party, I was definitely into the zombies.

Task 4| Defeat the enderdragon

Enderdragon pinata

Both types of boys like hitting things. If mistake #1 was lighting up a bonfire at a boy party and mistake #256 was serving green cordial, then mistake #487 was giving the boys a metal rod and instructing them to hit something that was swinging. This was the most dangerous of all the Minecraft games attempted that night.

“Get back, boys, get back!!” I hollered incessantly. “Get back, stand back, look out, get back.”

The noise was unbelievable, with 16 kids (12 boys, 4 girls) screeching with excitement as the enderdragon’s nose was whipped clean off by a mighty blow.

No one listened to me. “Get back, get back! Look out! Get back!”

The shrieks swelled as the nose was whipped clean off and the “guts” fell out of the enderdragon – the poor old fairy lights I’d so carefully taped inside, dangling outside and flashing on and off, on and off as the blows just kept on coming kept coming.

Enderdragon party game


I was just so scared that one of them was going to take a blow to the head by a metal rod. Just what you need at a party, right?

In desperation I turned to Bart and said something along the lines of, “these little fuckers”. It might have been “I can’t believe these fuckers” or “crazy fuckers” or… in any case, they heard fuckers alright. Never heard a single “stand back”, “look out” or “watch out”, but I drop the f-bomb and they all have bionic hearing.

All’s well that ends well – the boys crashed through the Enderdragon and out poured the gold (Crunchies) with the final clue taped around one bar. They yippppeeeed and hooted and promptly raced the enderdragon carcass around the side on the house to hurl him onto the fire.

Enderdragon piñata ideas

Boys, huh?

The hunt for the swords

Then it was time to light the torches and head out on the hunt for the swords. A clue was read by the boy who found it and off they scurried to find the sword before returning to read their next clue.

To add to the drama,  I wrapped each sword up tightly in purple cellophane so the boys couldn’t get them open no matter how hard they tried. Being left to painstakingly open each sword myself was a special touch.

The hunt for the swords Minecraft gameI made the clues really cryptic to keep them occupied for as long as possible. You can imagine how much they loved heading out on the trail in the dark with their torches, solving the clue. They. loved. it.

“You’ll find what you seek under water” – under the tap out the back.

“Three guardians protect two swords” – the three huge gum trees in our front yard.

“The news is good that you will find another sword” – in the mail box.

“Up high but nowhere to climb you will find your next clue” – at the top of the cliff in our backyard (just keeping things as dangerous as possible, you understand).

The boys were all suitably impressed with the pizza prize which arrived right on time just as they put the sword clues together. Thank you, pizza man! Minecraft games wrapped up neatly!

At last, it ends… sort of.

After pizza it was cake cutting time, home time and wine time. But oh, what’s this you say? Not one, not two, but THREE boys are staying overnight? And your daughters are also having a friend to stay, bringing the total number of sugar-riding, party-hysterical overnighting kids to EIGHT?  Oh joy! Whose marvellous idea was this?

No really, who knew that after all you’ve been through this evening, at 1 o’clock in the morning you will still be asking yourself, “what was I thinking!?!?!”

Help me out, what was I thinking???