What's your ETA for a 1.8 build that supports the new blocks/entities? I'm also trying to "read the tea leaves" to figure out where things are headed and where to take my 1.8. server solution. I'll continue working on it as I enjoy it but would be nice to know timelines for things (like it's not clear to me when Spigot will support 1.8 similarly). I agree with you on tangible things over concepts. I offered in #spongedev to partner with someone to enable a Sponge-API plugin with my 1.8 server build (i.e. minimalistic at first but then expand the features with each pass). That way they'd have something you "can use now" as opposed to waiting for the full thing. The discussion didn't go anywhere though. So I'll just continue doing my own thing. At worst, the community just has another option to choose from even if on the fringe side of the house.