As you may or may not know, Mojang have been releasing "snapshots" of the version 1.2 they are working on, and Multiplay have recently announced they are supporting snapshots on their servers.
With the announcement of this next big patch, the BOON Control Minecraft server will be coming back online for the next few months. We will be starting up with a brand new map so that we have the new biome types (don't worry, the old map is saved for later as there was a large build on it). Access will be, as always, limited to existing members of the BOON Control guild/community via a whitelist system. Sorry to anyone who wishes to join the server, but due to the popularity of random griefing in Minecraft, we keep our server limited to guild members or long time community members.
For anyone interesting in joining us (if you meet the "long time community member" criteria) then check out our long running server thread here: http://booncontrol.com/threads/minecraft-server-ip.1581/
So, the BOON server is back up, lets take a closer look at the 1.2 Snapshots....
Client Download: http://assets.minecraft.net/12w07b/minecraft.jar
Mob AI (smarter enemies will pathfind instead of get stuck on walls)
New lighting engine
Redstone powered lights
Zombies attack villages
Zombies break down wooden doors
creepers run away from cats
Zombies, Skeletons and Pigmen have loot tables
Villagers have babies AAAAHHHHHHH
UPSIDE DOWN STAIRS!!!!
And most importantly....
BUILD HEIGHT INCREASED BY 100%
There is now a 256 world height!
UPDATE: SERVER NOW UPDATED TO 12w08a
Client Download: http://assets.minecraft.net/12w08a/minecraft.jar
Iron Golems added to defend NPC towns.
Added inverted stair block.
Many changes to the world and lighting system.
For full changes and bugs list check out >>THE WIKI<<