Yes, you did, but that was resolves, whoo!
Zombie pigmen for resident, 2013!
I don't think as many people rush towards the nether at such a pace, but if that is the case I must just be a laggard in making the nether a "someday" trip. That aside, requiring netherquartz would likely end up making it a much sooner activity, and one that would end up sitting in the same regard of "set up nether lava pump, ignore nether until I want some ender chests".
Start up a vanilla game, and play it sans the 3x3 crafting system. It's a LOT of fun.