The Minecraft Diaries 10: Desert Temple

My chickens.

My chickens.

I finally had a brainwave: I could separate the white sheep into smaller pens within the larger pen, then dye the sheep whatever color I wanted and breed them. I did this, and of course it works like a charm.

I set up a chicken pen – dig a pit one layer deep in the dirt, fence it inside, including a gate. I could easily jump in, or feed the chickens from outside. Once in the pen, I could open the gate and jump out, but they can’t. I tossed in all the eggs I’d gathered on my travels – 38 of them – and only got two chicks, but two was enough. They were adorable and took ages to mature. When they finally did, I fed them wheat seeds, and they bred and produced a third. We were in business. I would soon have all the feathers and chicken meat my heart desired.

But I still wanted to travel. Impulsively, I packed up a crafting table, a bed, and the basic tools and weapons, and took off to the east, a direction I hadn’t explored much. I killed a skeleton on the way. I’m getting less afraid of mobs, and I’ve been practicing with the bow and arrow.

I remembered immediately why I never went east: there’s a massive ocean just over the hills in that direction. One day I’ll see what’s on the other side. I seem to be on a medium sized island, so I decided to circumnavigate to the south, since last time I went around to the north.

Almost immediately I found a dungeon – my first! It had a skeleton spawner inside of it. It was half buried in sand, almost at the surface. I had some fun collapsing the sand on top of the existing skeletons. They struggled and died, which was awesome. New ones spawned. They didn’t seem to be able to hit me, but I could hit them. I built a hut nearby and tried to sleep, but the game wouldn’t let me because “there are monsters nearby.” Argh. Another boring night waiting for the sun to rise. In the morning I watched four skeletons somehow kill each other trying to shoot me. I killed the last two and jumped down to plant a torch in front of the spawner, then dug it out enough to plant a torch on top. The rest was buried. Neutralized!

I dug around and found two chests, one with a bunch of string and a saddle, each with a couple of iron ingots. Not bad. I should’ve taken some of the mossy stone, but I forgot. I marked it with a monument.

Ah, adventure! I know I’m a coward, but I’m getting braver.

Secrets of the Desert Temple.

Secrets of the Desert Temple.

Next day I kept going around the coast, and found the edge of that massive desert that starts not far from my mountain view home. I wanted to find a village, so I explored it, and found a temple instead! I knew there must be treasure somewhere, so I looked it up, and I’m glad I did (spoilers ahead): there are four chests in a burial chamber, usually with tons of good loot, but there’s a trap. It’s easy to get around; you can look it up, too, unless you’re more hardcore than I am.

And what a haul! 7 gold, 7 redstone, 7 gunpowder, and five diamonds! Plus a bunch of bones, which I took, and rotten flesh, which I didn’t. And I disarmed the trap and got 9 TNT as well.

I’ve gone just about all around the island. The small islands off the coast don’t look very interesting. There are lots of cool formations, dramatic overhangs and tall mountains with arches cut, including one that’s a very tall, narrow slit. Good stuff, but I want more! I’ve found only the desert temple and the witch’s house in the swamp. No villages. I need to go farther afield.

But first, I do want to go back to that jungle ravine and see if there’s an abandoned mineshaft down there. There should be chests in there, too, as well as the fun of exploring a prebuilt space, maybe adapting it for my own use.

There were cows in and near that jungle; now that I have diamonds and paper, I need leather so I can make a book for an enchanting table. I can get obsidian wherever there’s lava by dumping water on it, and I can dig it up with a diamond pick.

And now that I have gold, I can make a map of my island. Hot diggety!

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