For those who missed it: Here's the 1.9 Pre-release What I know is new off the top of my head: Added NPCs to NEW villages Snow Biomes Snow Golems whole slew of Nether updates: New Nether drops/plants Nether brick (can't be made, only found in -see next bullet-) Nether Strongholds Nether Dungeons New nether mobs: Nether Slime and Flame Spirit (Spirit I hear is deadly) New item drops: Rotten flesh from Pigs Ghast Tears from Ghasts (No, really?) Blaze Rod (no use yet it seems) Golden drop (3 x 3 craft of these makes a gold ingot!) Mooshrooms? (Mushroom Cows) Mushroom Biomes? Known bug: Jumping causes your exp to go up. This is intentional, jens is using it as a way to test exp recovery system or something like that. I'll start pulling pictures when I find them online. Enjoy the loss of productivity, the nether is cooler now.