Playing single player (vanilla 1.6.4), I left the game running while I went out for approximately 2 hours. Before leaving I put all of my valuables into 2 chests just in case I died. There was a crafting table in between the two chests. I left the game unpaused in an attempt to farm cacti while I was gone.

I left myself parked in the same room as the two chests.

When I came back, both chests, the crafting table, and the ladder that was used to exit the room I was in were all gone. A few of the stone blocks in the same room also seem to have moved. There is a one block hole in the floor that wasn't there, and there is an extra block in a spot on the wall that wasn't there.

I know that I didn't die because I still have everything that was in my inventory. I know that the game time was advancing because I have more cacti and all of my plants grew.

There is no damage to the room I was in that would indicate an explosion and as far as I know it would not have been possible for any mobs to get in.

Every other section of my house is in the exact same state as it was when I left, including my enchanting room which was in the next room over (no door in between)

How could my chests, a crafting table, and a ladder simply vanish over the course of 2 hours while I left the game running?

I tried using task manager to kill the game and re-launch it but that made no difference.

  • Were you in a house or a cave? Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 2:18
  • In my house, but my house is built in a hill.
    – FoamyGuy
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 2:25
  • Do you have roommates? I mean, in real life? Alternatively, did you recently use "Open to LAN"? Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 2:49
  • Nope no roomates, and nope wasn't open to LAN. both of those crossed my mind though.
    – FoamyGuy
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 2:55
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    Oddly enough, we have a related question: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/48961/… Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 2:55

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Honestly, it sounds like a creeper exploded and you survived it but the chests and ladder did not.

2 hours is plenty of time for it to happen and then have all the items despawn after the chests break.

  • Highly unlikely. Items would appear on the ground so you could pick them up. He said that items "moved". Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 2:13
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    @YoungGuilo items on the ground disappear after a period of time, they could of all easily dispersed during the two hours he was away if the explosion early after he left. Also he said it "seemed" to move, if the "room" is really a cave it would be difficult to tell the difference between naturally occurring walls and what the explosion left behind. Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 2:16
  • Good point I'll ask him about it. Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 2:18
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    Next time you want to do this build a "coffin" by just making a small 1x1x2 room in the wall and block off the wall behind you. That will prevent any creepers from walking up to you and blowing up while you are away (keeps skeletons and zombies from bothering you too). Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 2:46
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    A moved block, if it was dirt, may have been an Endermen. Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 2:51

First off, let me just say that I feel your pain. ;)

Secondly, I wanted to try and add a little more explanation to clear up some lingering doubts about whether or not this was a creeper, since it almost certainly had to be...

You mention a "ladder that was used to exit the room." Did this ladder lead outside or to somewhere creepers could spawn? If so, that must be where the creeper got in. When mobs are pathing around to find you they can actually climb ladders if they happen to run into them. I have experienced first-hand a creeper descending a ladder into a room with me and, may I say, it is one of the most terrifying things I have ever witnessed in Minecraft.

I'm guessing you were wearing decent armor, which would explain why you survived the explosion and your nearby chests didn't. Incidentally, do you happen to remember exactly what you had in your inventory before you went AFK? If you still had space to hold things, it's quite possible that you may find yourself holding some of the items that were in your chests. If they blew up from a creeper explosion, some may have been thrown near enough to you that you picked them up, while the rest sat around until they despawned.

As for the extra block on the wall, I'm guessing it was a dirt or grass block. The only way a block can be added anywhere like that is through being placed by an Enderman. They can pick up and place back down certain blocks. If your room is 3 or more blocks high, an Enderman could have easily teleported in there to place it.

  • The ladder just leads up into another portion of my house. So as far as I know it should not have been possible for a creeper to be up there. I am not 100% certain on my inventory items. It is possible that one or two of the items ended up in my inventory. After examining the area a bit more I am thinking I was incorrect in thinking that a new block had appeared. I think what actually happened is that a few more blocks than I had initially thought were destroyed which changed my perspective on the area and got me confused.
    – FoamyGuy
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 15:20

Might have been an Enderman attack...

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    They can't move chests, ladders, or crafting tables. Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 5:29

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