Feed the Beast

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

Modpack News

Unfortunately we missed our internal deadline of getting FTB Beyond out this month. But we're close and currently projecting a release for sometime next week.

The NVIDIA bug we posted about last month has been fixed in the latest recommended driver, so you can safely update if prompted to.

Content Creator

We mentioned back in January that we had received a lot of applications to join the FTB One community. We've finished processing them all and have invited the following content creators. Take a look and give them a follow!

CaioCesarkawaii
Actina_Gamer
PPlushy
Sinfuldeity_
JaRyCu
Escomolon
stompthebean
JasonMcRay
TheNodop
krakaen
FunshineX
slothmonster
captainbritain
reninsane
ectorvynk
MischiefofMice1
loneztar
Mhykol
ulisse96
GWSheridan
thejimsLP
TheDrakma and...
Short news post this month.

Modpack News


We're getting close to a release of FTB Beyond. There are a few mods that are being finished, but we're hoping to have it out this month.

NVIDIA's latest driver release, version 378.49, causes crashes with modded minecraft. Either avoid updating to this version or install this hotfix.

Edit: A fixed NVIDIA driver has been released.

Content Creator

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This month's featured content creators are 1chick and TheDrakma. They stream at 10pm EST nightly, excluding Monday and Friday.

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Modpack News


In collaboration with BaconDonut and Darkosto, we released Skyfactory 3 for minecraft 1.10.

Last month we wrote that a new pack, FTB Evolved, was being developed. The choice of name, a throwback to our 1.7 pack, was a bit controversial.

Back when we released the original FTB Infinity, we hoped to use it a flagship pack, a well known name we could keep across minecraft versions. The numerous changes in modded minecraft between 1.7 and 1.10 made the new packs too different to stick with the Infinity name. We tried keeping some connection to the old pack with the "Infinity Lite" and "Evolved" names, but after all the feedback we've decided to scrap the idea.

We're pleased to officially announce FTB Beyond. We're still working on it, fixing up some bugs and waiting for a few more mods to release, but we're hoping for a release in the next month or two.

FTB One Community Applications

We've received a fantastic response to the call for applications to join our Content Creator Community. We're sifting through and sorting all the applications but it is going to take some time so please bear with us! We should be in a position to do a batch of invites in the next week or so.

Content Creator

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This month's featured content creator is WeAllPlayCast. WeAllPlayCast consists of Rajacent and Hermyone. They dual stream weeknights at 8:30PM EST.

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Modpack News

We're finally getting rolling on minecraft 1.10. After putting out FTB Presents Hermitpack, we finally released our first flagship pack on a current Minecraft version in years.


In our continuing partnership with Direwolf20, we've released the latest iteration of his single player pack. You can follow along with his series by downloading his world every ten episodes. Just click on the pack in the curse app, click maps and search for "direwolf20".


Coming in the next few months is another, larger pack currently named FTB Evolved. After it is released, we will start work on an expert mode for this pack.

These new 1.10 packs are a bit more memory intensive than our 1.7 ones. We recommend using at least 4 GB to run them. You can do this in the options screen of the FTB launcher and under settings, Minecraft in the Curse app.

Curse News

The plan for moving to the Curse app is unchanged. Curse is working on a few remaining features. Until they are done, the current FTB launcher will remain as normal.

Curse is still looking into bringing the app to linux, but...
FTB

Principles in Design of FTB Modpacks


Introduction


This article is designed to give an overview of how FTB designs Minecraft mod packs. This will cover everything from planning to mod selection onto config changes through to beta testing and release.

Philosophy

We are often asked what our goals are with FTB Modpacks, what is it that makes us choose one mod over another. Why was X mod included and Y mod excluded. From day 1 of FTB we have always strived to stay as neutral as possible when it comes to what mods we choose. Our primary goals are to respect the wishes of mod developers irrespective of any licences that may be attached to a mod (In other words if a mod developer wishes us not to use a mod, even though the license says that legally we can. Then where possible we will respect those wishes.) Equally we also strive to do our best to respect the wishes of Mojang and continually work to ensure we stay within the Minecraft EULA. Whilst this has not always been possible, it is something we work hard to try and achieve.

Following on from that we work hard to provide our users the best possible experience we can within the limitations of both the game and any mods that we may use. From almost the beginning, FTB modpacks were played by an extremely wide player base of all ages. When designing our modpacks we do our best to ensure that our packs are accessible to as wide a base as possible. With packs like Infinity, our goal is to try to balance our packs around our mod choices and whilst we do make a small amount of changes to the mods in the packs, we aim to both keep the vanilla side of Minecraft as close as possible to the original experience we also try to keep the Modded side as close to the original author's vision as we can. We want our players to be able to go to the various wikis and websites and for the most part be able to get accurate information about the mods they are playing.

With the...
As I am sure most people will have now seen, it was announced today that FTB partner Curse has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Twitch.TV. The FTB team is excited about the new possibilities that this will provide to our community. With regards to how this news will affect our partnership, for the near future everything will remain the same. Our plan is to sit down and talk to the appropriate people soon to talk about the partnership moving forwards. As soon as we have more news with regards to this we will release it....
Two years ago FTB and Curse first came together to form a partnership. Since then both parties have worked together to create a new client designed for installing Minecraft mods and mod packs. A few months ago Curse released a new client on Microsoft Windows and recently have released this new client to OSX/macOS. Whilst there is still some way to go before we completely retire the FTB launcher. We have finally reached a position where we are happy to fully recommend the Curse app as the preferred method for downloading FTB mod packs on both Windows and Mac.

Over the coming months new features will include the ability to download server packs from directly within the Curse app and also the ability to upload crash logs directly to FTB or the relevant pack designer. An API will also be added which will allow server hosting companies to directly access server side packs. Finally, work has started to test the viability of a Linux based client. The Curse dev team has a few Linux enthusiasts among them, so they're really excited about bringing the app to Linux.

Our current plan is to have both the Curse app and the FTB launcher continue to co-exist over the next few months. This is to give Curse the time needed to add the last few remaining features required for feature parity, at which point the FTB launcher will be retired. Once our launcher is retired then we will debrand it and remove all existing download links from our websites and finish the process of moving all FTB mod packs and other related content over to the Curse app. We still plan to make a bare bones version of the launcher stripped of all branding and FTB content available for those packs that remain on the client and cannot move for one reason or another. We have yet to determine whether download links for this stripped down version of the launcher will be hosted, however it's likely that this will be left in the hands of the pack developers that remain on the old launcher.

Finally those who are...
FTB MODPACK NEWS

This month has been a very exciting time for FTB packs! We have released 3 packs in as many weeks.

Sky Factory 2.5 Release

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It's skyblock like you've never seen it before! High tech mods, full automation, and chicken sticks! Sky Factory starts the player in the void with nothing but a tree and a *single* piece of dirt between you and certain death! Version 2.5 adds a variety of new mods to the pack and gives the player much more choice than ever before. The option is now available to begin in the classic void world or Botania's Garden of Glass, which allows the player a different set of challenges. Pick up your achievement book today and start your journey!

FTB Inventions Release

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With most of our other 1.7.10 content, balance and extended progression are focus points when designing unique packs; however, these core concepts have been thrown out the window with FTB Inventions. This modpack is designed for the creatively styled builder, designer and ultimate factory constructor. For the first time ever, resource gathering is eased by Equivalent Exchange, and the main focal point is building and large technology based mods. Want to make a spawn city come to life with friends or an over complicated factory mass-producing most items in the pack? If so then FTB Inventions is for you! --Inventors, dust off your wrenches and prepare to dive into a world where the sky is the limit!

This pack contains Fastcraft, by Player. Fastcraft enhances Minecraft with increased performance. Bug reports being made directly to Mod Authors should state Fastcraft is enabled.

FTB Unstable 1.9 Release

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The official...
FTB MODPACK NEWS

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FTB Inventions

Testing and Development is nearly complete.

FTB Inventions: With most of our other 1.7.10 content, balance and extended progression are focus points when designing unique packs. However, these core concepts have been thrown out the window with FTB Inventions. This modpack is designed for the creatively styled builder, designer and ultimate factory builder. For the first time ever, resource gathering is eased by Equivalent Exchange, and the main focal point is building and large technology based mods. Want to make a spawn city come to life with friends or an over complicated factory mass producing most items in the pack? If so, then FTB Inventions is for you! --Inventors, dust off your wrenches and prepare to dive into a world where the sky is the limit
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Once final stability testing is complete, this pack will be available on Curse and the FTB Launcher.

In the next few weeks, we shall begin the development of modded 1.9 packs, beginning with FTB Unstable 1.9 that will be available to the public. This will also be available on Curse or the FTB Launcher.

Visit www.feed-the-beast.com for all pack downloads and information.

FTB TEAM NEWS

It is our great pleasure to welcome Darkosto to our mod pack development team.

Darkosto is currently a full time streamer on Twitch (twitch.tv/Darkosto). Much of the stream is devoted to modpack development, giving viewers insight into the process of creating packs from inception to completion, and focusing on viewer interaction and input. Darkosto's modpacks are based upon unique concepts to give players a fresh experience in the Minecraft world. From adding realism with block physics to adding enemies with intelligent A.I., his packs...
PAX East 2016

If you will be at PAX East this year, and need your Minecraft fix, check out these awesome panels. "Making the Most of Mods in Minecraft" will be in the Dragonfly Theatre at 10 am, Saturday. "Modpacks in Minecraft" will take place in the Albatross Theatre on Sunday at 4:30PM.

We hope to see you all there!

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