Java Edition pre-Classic rd-20090515

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Java Edition

Release date

May 14, 2009



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This version is currently missing.
While this version is known to exist it is missing from the launcher and has not been archived elsewhere, meaning that it is currently lost.
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rd-20090515 is a pre-Classic version made on May 14, 2009, at 22:00 UTC.[1][note 1] This version was never released. Although there is a version titled "rd-20090515" in the launcher, attempting to play it downloads rd-161348 instead.


  • Spawn Human mobs by pressing G.[2]
    • Can't be spawned outside of the world edge.
  • Block picking using the number keys 14.
  • Support for different block types and dynamic blocks.
  • Fullscreen mode.
  • Crosshair (+)
    • In this version, it was very thin. The graphic was made thicker in rd-161348.


  • Grass exists on dirt while under light.[2]
    • Grass blocks revert to dirt when they are no longer under light.[2]
      • Grass blocks revert to dirt when a block is on top of it.
    • Grass has to be next to dirt in order for the dirt to grow grass.
  • Shadows have been brightened.
Level generation
  • Unless a level.dat from an older version is launched, the world is no longer flat.
  • Loading a world from older pre-Classic versions causes all blocks to become stone
  • Grass Block JE2.png Grass Block
    • Top Texture is slightly brighter.
    • Grass Blocks now have side and bottom textures, rather than the same texture on each side.
  • Cobblestone JE2.png Changed texture of Cobblestone.
  • Removed the ability to place Grass Blocks legitimately.
  • Moving is much slower when in midair.
  • Changed Player's physics. Now they can jump farther, and fall faster.


  • This version is the version shown in the "Minecraft progress." video.
  • Unlike other pre-classic versions, this does not use a "ddhhmm" (day-hour-minute) format, but instead a "yyyymmdd" (year-month-day) format.
  • The game is renamed from "Cave Game" to "Minecraft: Order of the Stone" in this version.[3]
  • The "rd" prefix in the update's name stands for RubyDung, a previous game Notch worked on and abandoned, and was used as some of Minecraft's inspiration.
  • There was a version in the launcher titled "rd-20090515", however, rd-20090515 is not on the Minecraft download servers - attempting to download will download rd-161348 instead, a much later version.


  1. While the version name implies that it was released on May 15, it was actually released at 22:00 UTC on May 14 (which is midnight on May 15, Sweden time).


  1. "rd-20090515.json" , May 14, 2009.
  2. a b c "Minecraft progress" by Nizzotch. . May 15, 2009. Archived from the original on April 16, 2018.
  3. "Minecraft: Order of the Stone" – The Word of Notch, May 14, 2009.