Some glitch in the terrain generation algorhithm resulted in this half a Jungle Temple, not far from the Cow Mountains trading post mentioned in the previous article. Obviously, this means that most of the redstone traps and switches aren’t working. So I just located the chest, grabbed the goodies and left.
I added the Tough Boats Bukkit plugin. Now you can explore by boat without worrying the stupid things will break.
After the “Horse Update” (1.6.x), the need for roads became more apparent. Horses, or “land boats”, add a dimension of travel to Minecraft that was never there before. Now that it’s possible to explore the surface of the landscape quickly while on horseback, the need for clearly delineated paths is becoming more apparent. Sand is a good material for this, as is gravel, since they’re both used as road surfaces in the real world. I prefer sand because it’s a better visual, and it’s easier to obtain in Minecraft (although that’s moot in Creative Mode.)
Grand entrance stairwell and wooden ceiling. Exterior views here.