Feed the Beast

The official forums for the Feed the Beast modpack and launcher.

Hello due to a backlog that had built up on our support desk we have taken the decision to clear out all the tickets and start again, if you were waiting for a reply feel free to resubmit it or you can head over to the support section of the forums and post it there, sorry for the inconvenience.
Captainnana
So for the past few weeks we have been working on the new launcher but we are still undecided on what design we should use for the UI so we thought there is no one better to ask than the people that use it!

We are looking for any ideas or suggestions you may have for the new launcher design we will then be using a combination of all of them to decide the final launcher design, we know that a people don't like change but things are going to change, hopefully for the better in the new launcher but don't worry our current plan is to keep the old design as well and just make the launcher default to the new one.

The whole backend of the launcher is being rewritten to use a more streamlined system which will make using FTB more accessible and run faster. Please feel free to post your designs below, wire frame is fine but it might be easier to understand if you add a bit of content so we can fully understand what you mean, we already have some internal designs but we would love to see what you come up with as well.

We want our default design to stay grey but we will be adding skinning to change that if you want to as well, we are looking to use our screen space better allowing more menu space as well as maps and texture packs per modpack.

Feel free to build upon others ideas and be aware that others may build on yours, don't claim that others ideas are your own and have fun with it! If you have any feature ideas feel free to post those as well, enjoy!
Next month, some of the FTB team will be attending Pax East. Whilst there, Pax will be hosting a FTB tournament. Currently this is scheduled to take place on the Friday Evening. To take part in this tournament you will need to be at Pax and have a ticket to enter on Friday. In order to help us organise this it would be useful to get an idea of how many people are attending Pax and would be interested in taking part in the tournament. Please only take part in the poll if you are definitely going to be at Pax over the weekend.
Hello just thought I would give you all a bit of an update on what is going on here at FTB; the big news this week is that development has started on our next big launcher version, launcher v2 which will bring a total redesign of the launcher as well as new features and more customisability.

A new and improved website adding many of the feature requests and improvements that the community requested has also started development recently which we expect to be released in the next few weeks; here is a sneak preview (feedback appreciated):
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In other news work has began on the map for the pax tournament which will be released before pax for anyone wanting to get involved to practice before the tournament. We hope to have the ultimate pack finished soon, which is the best estimate we can give so please don’t ask for us a better one! We are currently waiting for a few mods before we release the ultimate pack, we always try our best to make maps forward compatible however this is not always possible.
Most of your worlds will work between packs as we keep id's the same throughout all our packs so you can change easily if you wish. The best packs for forward compatibility with ultimate pack are Direwolf20 or MindCrack, if you want to use greg tech then we recommend you use the MindCrack pack and if not you should use the Direwolf20 pack, there are also other differences between the packs so you should look at the full mod list for both packs on the launcher before making your decision.

Finally be sure to follow us on twitter here for regular updates about FTB: https://twitter.com/ftb_team
So last night I was sitting around chatting to a few people about various things when something dawned on me. After some quick verification it turned out that today is the first anniversary of the birth of FTB.
Twelve Months ago a group of us sat around in the Direwolf20 IRC channel just chilling and chatting with not a lot planned for the weekend. In order to help pass the time I came up with an idea to have a race against one of the other Direwolf20 Admins (aka Nishtown) to see who could built 10 items from various mods
the quickest. Honestly when compiling the list, I expected it to last a week or two. It included items such as a functioning Red Power Sorting System and a working Industrial Craft Nuclear Reactor. We played using the same pack that Direwolf20 was using for his series. Instead of taking a week or more, less that 48 hours later, we finished within 20 minutes of each other.

We had enough fun that weekend that the following weekend we did something similar, except this time we started in a void world with a glass monument to display items.People watched this on stream and enough people were interested in trying it out for themselves that we released a private little pack for our community. The map started to grow in popularity within our community to the point where we really wanted to do something that was a bit more special. Getting together with a few members of the community we expanded on the idea and one of the community members (Shadow) put forth a plan to automate the process of item in, reward out. That map was built and released to the community at large. Soon after we built a multiplayer version on request for Direwolf20 and Nearbygamer and much fun was had while they spent 4 hours (I kid you not) trying to figure out how to get iron.

The youtube series was a huge success, but one thing always held us back. There was no easy way to install the mods or the map. Various attempts were made to get a solution to this and in time the FTB...
You can now find updates to Direwolf20 pack, Mindcrack pack and MagicWorld in the launcher! You can also find the new TechWorld and Lite packs.

There is currently an issue download servers on the launcher so you can download them here

Updating users are advised to backup their saves, you will get a screen that looks like this:

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but clicking 'Yes' should not ruin your world, and we have found no disappearing items/blocks. but again, remember to save backups of your worlds!
So since the launch of our support site it has been gaining popularity in use and now our current support team just cant handle the volume of tickets so we are now looking for a larger support team!

If you are interested in joining the team then you will need to complete the following application and PM it to captainnana (me):


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Name:

Contact email:

Age:

A bit about yourself:

Experience in support:

Example support request:

So having tried the current support site and ran a poll to see what people see what you all thought there was no real clear winner from that, I have decided that the current support site isn't that great and will be discontinued as of now, it will be replaced by our new support desk desk.feed-the-beast.com this will be ran by our team (there will also be applications to help out on there soon) so the support given to people as well as the bug tracking should be a lot better, again this is another trial and therefore it may not stay forever depending on how well it works. The idea is that people can still use the forums to get help from the community and if they can't get the answers they need there then they can create a support ticket with us for us to help them, as questions keep appearing we will be adding common answers to the knowledge base so be sure to check there if you have a problem.

I would also like to thank Kayako for allowing us to use this software which normally we would have no hope of ever affording!

Thanks for the feedback as always and be sure to let me know what you think of the new desk.
Captainnana
I am pleased to announce that the launcher now has a modpack that will allow you to play the FTB Insanity map on SMP with your friends!

simply hit the download server button to download all the files and you can then connect to that server (which has the map pre-loaded) and start playing!
Please find below the latest news with regards to the update of the FTB Launcher and Mod Packs.

Currently the launcher is being further refined and optimised. Upcoming features on the launcher that are currently planned include:

Private Pack Support (Done): Includes private codes for packs so the modpack list is only populated with the packs you use
ETA: 1-2 Weeks

Backdating of maps (Done): This will allow you to see when there is more than one version of a map e.g. the Direwolf20 world maps
ETA: 1-2 Weeks

Ability to select between multiple config options for individual mods: e.g. selecting between easy mode and hard mode Gregtech from within the launcher.
ETA: 3-4 Weeks

Advanced options for Java and Java Selection. (Done)
ETA: 1-2 Weeks

Launcher Skinning: The abilty to create, intall and use various skins for the Launcher.
ETA: Unknown

For a full changelog of the launcher please visit:

Change log

Currently we are working on several new packs for the FTB Launcher. The following is the latest available news.

FTBBetaA: The first test pack that was released. This pack will be phased out over the next month or two.

FTB Ultimate: Waiting on further mods to be updated and released to the public.
ETA: Unknown

FTB Map Pack: Waiting on Equivalent Exchange 3, work starting on the map shortly.
ETA Unknown

FTB TechWorld: Construction and testing will begin soon.
ETA 1 week (Very soon)

FTB Magic World: Released, further mods that we hope to add include Ars Magicka and Mystcraft. This pack will be updated once these mods are updated and ready for release.
ETA: Unknown (Soon)

FTB Direwolf20 and FTB Mindcrack: Both released. These packs will be updated upon request by the relevent parties.

FTB Lite: Pack should go into testing over the next week. I would like to see this pack released in the next week or 2. This is NOT a fixed date but just an internal target. (Very soon)

From now...