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Game that teaches quantum computing using Qiskit (http://qiskit.org) in a Minetest (http://minetest.net) block world. Works on Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFly BSD, and Android. QiskitBlocks are leveraged in the Quantum Computing Workshop with QiskitBlocks (web-based slides https://slides.com/javafxpert/qiskitblocks)

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QiskitBlocks

Teaches quantum computing and Qiskit in a Minetest block world.

Please choose one of the Installing and running options below and follow the instructions.

Installing and running (the quick and easy way using the Minetest Content Database)

  • Download, install and run Minetest 5.2. Note: This site has a preferred alternative to MacOS Homebrew installation: https://www.techspot.com/downloads/5585-minetest.html

  • Click the Content tab shown here, then click the Browse online content button. Minetest Content Tab

  • When on the page shown here, type QiskitBlocks, click the Search button, and click the Install button beside the QiskitBlocks row. Click the Back to Main Menu button when installation has completed. Minetest Search QiskitBlocks

  • For QiskitBlocks to work correctly, HTTP requests must be allowed for one of its core components. To do this, go to the Settings menu. Click on All Settings. Minetest Settings Tab

  • First enter HTTP mods into the search bar and then click the Search button. Select the row containing HTTP mods and click on the Edit button. Minetest All Settings

  • Enter q_command and click the Save button. Minetest HTTP Mods Setting Dialog

  • Leave the All Settings menu by clicking on the Back to Settings page button. Minetest All Settings Exit

  • Although Minetest typically uses your computer's default language, you must select a language in Minetest for QiskitBlocks messages to be displayed in your desired language. Currently, QiskitBlocks messages have been translated to Japanese, so please refer to the Selecting a language section below for instructions.

  • Click the Start Game tab shown here, select the round QiskitBlocks game from the lower left, deselect the three checkboxes, and click the New button. Minetest Start Game QiskitBlocks

  • From the new world dialog shown here, make up a world name with characters and underscores, enter 0 in the Seed field, select singlenode or flat in the Mapgen field, and click the Create button. Minetest New World Dialog

  • Click the Play Game button, waiting a few seconds while the new world is generated and lighted.

Selecting a language

Due to the great translation work of Kifumi Numata , you may choose for QiskitBlocks messages to be displayed in Japanese (ja). To accomplish this, take the following steps:

  • From the Settings tab, click the All Settings button: Minetest All Settings

  • Click Client and Server to expand it, then click language. Click the edit button, select ja from the dropdown list, and click the Save button. After clicking the < Back to Settings page button, exit Minetest and run it again so that your language selection takes effect in QiskitBlocks messages:
    Minetest select language

Explore and learn!

  • When you're in the starting room with all of the quantum operation blocks on the wall, use the W, A, S, D keys to walk up to the sign on the right side of the door. Right-click the sign and follow the instructions. Have fun exploring and solving quantum circuit puzzles!

Please reach out to James Weaver on Qiskit Slack (located at qiskit.org) with questions or feedback.

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Game that teaches quantum computing using Qiskit (http://qiskit.org) in a Minetest (http://minetest.net) block world. Works on Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFly BSD, and Android. QiskitBlocks are leveraged in the Quantum Computing Workshop with QiskitBlocks (web-based slides https://slides.com/javafxpert/qiskitblocks)

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