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I have been getting a lot of questions about this Infinity Expert Mode so hopefully this will clear some confusion. Also please keep in mind Infinity Expert mode is not released to the public yet and I do not have a hard ETA in place yet.

So about two months ago I wanted to develop a new modpack for Feed The Beast that had a longer play life and a sense of forced progression without the need of a guide to have to constantly refer too. I started choosing mods for this pack and even sent out a few surveys to the community to get a feel of what you all wanted in a modpack, and the answer always comes back to a vast majority wanted a mixture of tech and magic mods so they can do what they want and play with others on a server that have a different play style than they do. So of course I started choosing mods and before I knew it had a base pack that I could launch and create a new world, however this was the easy part. Next came custom configs/recipes to make things a bit harder. I started on the custom stuff and realized the mod list was extremely close to Infinity which is quickly becoming the most successful pack in FTB’s history. So I set back and thought about things for a bit and I decided why make a pack to compete with Infinity, why don’t I take my resources and time and make Infinity better! This is how Infinity Expert Mode was born.

I then reached out to a few mod developers for some answers on how to make this possible. My requirements were that the player could toggle between normal and hard within the same or existing worlds. Also I wanted the client to be able to connect to a server that is in hardmode then connect to a server that is in normal and not have to reboot nor input any information. Also I wanted the player to be able to revert their world at any time back to normal mode in SSP or SMP without breaking things. Once this was a possibly we rolled with the idea. A mod was developed called FTB Tweaks (Authors name will be released at time of...
...Is not actually full of news this week! Surprise!

Player Survey:

Feed The Beast would be greatly appreciative if our players could fill out this short survey on how we're doing and what we can improve on. In order to keep the group running in tip-top shape, we occasionally like to gather data on user experiences. Our download analytics and web traffic can't tell us everything, you know.

So if you have a moment or two, please consider filling out questionnaire linked below. Thank you, folks!

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See you next week!
Though PAX Prime may be over, the event continues! FTB Trials: Episode 1 - The Sentencing [ONLINE CHALLENGE] begins now!

As part of our ongoing efforts to expand our event locations, Feed The Beast is opening up a global time-trial tournament for the FTB Trials map that debuted at PAX Prime 2015.

For those interested in competing, participation is simple: starting immediately, players can download an updated copy of Episode 1 from the FTB Launcher or Curse Voice. From there, speedrunners can record a video of their fastest times completing the challenges and submit it to this topic in the form of a YouTube video. At the end of the competition on October 1st at 11:59PM EST, the fastest verified, legitimate time will be awarded prizes provided by Curse! Easy!


Submission Form:



Additional Information:
  • You may make additional attempts and submissions at this challenge. If you do, please create a new post.
  • Submissions are due by October 1st at 11:59PM EST. Please submit your run to this topic before then. Late entries will be turned away.
  • This competition is open globally. However, please be aware that some locations may restrict prize availability.
Prizing:

Specifics will be confirmed at a later date.
Rules:
  • Please use full video for submissions. Pictures/slideshow submissions are not allowed.
  • Please do not edit or add elements to the video that may hinder the visibility of the game feed.
  • Please submit YouTube links only. If an attempt was made on a stream, please crop the run and mirror it onto a YouTube...
PAX Prime 2015 Wrap-Up:

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This past weekend saw Seattle take on the Beast with the PAX Prime 2015 FTB Tournament, the latest entry in our continued presence at PAX PC events. On Saturday, roughly 100 players decided to brave the elements and take part in the first episode, titled The Sentencing, of our ongoing challenge map series FTB Trials.

Using logic, quick-thinking, and even quicker keystrokes, participants were tasked with navigating a series of puzzles and accomplishing physical feats in order to escape an isolated island prison. Each player was also linked to a timer; escaping lockup was just one part of the challenge. How quickly a user could complete the objectives dictated their rankings within the tournament. The fastest times reaped more rewards.

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Over the course of two hours, contestants maneuvered their way through the map, eager to secure faster times and thus top slots. High-end gaming peripherals like Audio-Technica gaming headsets and Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum keyboards were on the line. Those who completed the challenge often opted for another go and a chance to refine their runs.

In the end, a handful of challengers were able to secure sub 12-minute runs. Of those, three players grabbed the top spots of the event, some even my mere seconds: imhAlt, ilovebobbi, and MrEnvelope snagged first, second, and third places, respectively. Once again, congratulations!

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We also made sure no one walked away empty-handed. Even outside the top echelons of the leaderboard, all participants, regardless of rank, were gifted exclusive Feed The Beast PAX t-shirts, Curse memorabilia, and vouchers for free subscriptions to Curse Premium.

We would like to thank our gracious partners Curse for sponsorship and prizing, community members Hiyori,...​
PAX PRIME:

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This weekend, Feed The Beast will be hosting our challenge map tournament series at PAX Prime in Seattle. Episode 1 - The Sentencing will be the first in a growing family of maps, currently identified as the Feed The Beast Trials, developed for the tri-annual FTB PAX tournaments. Participants will be invited to attempt to complete a plethora of herculean mod-based challenges in order to snatch victory from the looming jaws of defeat.

Your objective? Escape.

The tournament is currently scheduled for Saturday the 29th in the afternoon at 3:00PM before the CurseForge dinner with a trial run being conducted on Friday around noon. The tournament is open to all registered PAX Prime attendees (with valid Mojang accounts) and admission will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For this tournament, Curse has provided us with some incredible prizes including high-end gaming peripherals like keyboards, mice, and headsets, limited-edition FTB Tournament shirts, and vouchers for Curse Premium.​

FTB Meetup:

Feed The Beast will also be hosting a small meet-up on Friday outside the main entrance of the convention center at 1:30PM. FTB team members tfox83, watchful1, BigBadChris, Fireball1725, and progwml6 alongside some additional members of the modding community will be around to hang out and say hello. As we will be outside the venue, PAX tickets will not be required to attend.

Be sure to follow the official FTB Twitter Account as well as the team member's personal accounts for more precise times.

Official FTB Team Twitter
tfox83's Twitter
watchful1's Twitter
BigBadChris's Twitter...​
Pack Updates:

Again, got a couple quick pack updates this week. Two packs received brand-spanking-new betas- Trident 1.4.0 and Lite 3 1.4.0. are now available on the FTB Launcher. Like always, you can read up on our changelogs over on our website here.​

Pax Prime:

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August 29th, 3:00PM. Seattle, Washington.

FTB on Vacation:

Just wanted to give everyone a head's up that Feed The Beast will be taking a small break for the next two weeks. The reason, you ask? We'll all be traveling! Between doing the convention circuit at PAX and personal trips, pretty much the entire FTB Core team will be out of office. Busy busy busy!

Aside from emergency hotfixes, all of our packs will be temporarily frozen until we return on September 4th. See you then!
Pack Updates:

Got a quick pack update this week. FTB Infinity 1.10.1 has been moved to a Recommended Build. You can download the newest copy of the pack from the FTB Launcher or through the Minecraft plugin on Curse Voice. The changelog for the pack is available on our website here.​

Pax Prime:

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Feed The Beast is happy to announce our return to Pax Prime this August for the release of the first segment of our new challenge map series. Episode 1 - The Sentencing will be the first in a growing family of maps, currently identified as the Feed The Beast Trials, developed for the tri-annual FTB Pax tournaments. Participants will be invited to attempt to complete a plethora of herculean mod-based challenges in order to snatch victory from the looming jaws of defeat.

The tournament is currently scheduled for Saturday afternoon before the CurseForge dinner with a trial run being conducted on Friday. The tournament is open to all registered Pax Prime attendees and admission will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Stay tuned for more information including specific times, prizes, and additional news as we get closer to the tournament.​
Short news! Why, you ask? We wanna save a lot for the upcoming Town Hall!

New Town Hall Date:

Calendars are hard. They're fascinating creatures that even we at Feed The Beast sometimes fail to understand. So, due to scheduling conflicts, will be running our monthly Town Hall next week on Tuesday August 4th at 3:00PM EST instead. We'll be covering the general state of the group as well as discussing upcoming goals, elaborating on future projects, taking questions from the public, and maybe even shoving in a secret reveal or two. This extra time gives us a chance to squeeze in some extra bits as well.

From last post: since we had a huge amount of participation on social media last time, we've ditched the Twitter tag and adopted a new system for submitting questions. We've set up our brand new Official Feed The Beast ask.FM account. If you've got a question for us that you want us to answer on stream, follow that link and send it our way!​

Launcher Update:

We updated our launcher yesterday with some bug fixes and branding changes. If you've got a copy already, this new build should automatically push to your computer.​

Motion Artist Wanted:

Feed The Beast is currently looking for a motion graphics artist to help on various projects such as pack trailers, stream intros/outros, and other smaller tasks. This is a volunteer position that will be working closely with the marketing and visual design teams. Experience with video production software such as Adobe Premiere and/or Sony Vegas is required; familiarity with Adobe After Effects and Cinema4D is a plus.

If you are interested, please send a link to your portfolio to the email address media AT feed-the-beast.com
After much blood, sweat, and tears, we’re finally able to show off a new, heavily requested feature. Today, we are now proudly offering syncing for Third Party Packs to CurseForge. This new process will let you maintain a pack through the normal FTB third party system and have it automagically appear on Curse Voice.

To opt in to this program, first create a CurseForge modpack project using this form. You will need to fill in all the fields, including uploading a square image of at least 400x400 pixels. Reply to your modpack thread with the CurseForge Project ID. This is the approximately 6 digit number that can be found in the url. For example, 231835 is the ID for "http://minecraft.curseforge.com/modpacks/231835-the-hubris-of-magic". We will respond once the pack has been added to the system. It may take up to a few hours for your pack to convert the first time, especially if you have a lot of old versions. Future updates should only take 15-20 minutes.

What will be synced:
  • All existing modpack versions
  • All future modpack versions
  • The current recommended version on the launcher will be marked recommended on the client

What will not be synced:
  • Images
  • Author
  • Description
  • Mod list in the description (unsupported by curse)
  • Server files (unsupported by curse)

If you already have your modpack on the client, you can use the existing Project ID. Versions added on the Curse side will not sync back to the FTB side.

You must have a public modpack, listed or unlisted, to be eligible. Private modpacks are not currently allowed. In standing with our no-profit policy, you may not turn on Curse Reward Points for your project if it goes through this system.

While this system exists, it will allow users to use mods that they have received explicit permission from mod authors to include in modpacks hosted anywhere, but not ones that only allow the FTB...
Will this week's news look suspiciously like last week's news? You betcha!

New Changelog Hub:


Mod of the Month Selected:

The wait is almost over! MoTM - Botania is set to upload and launch this weekend. Keep your eyes open and gardens pruned!

And speaking of progress: the featured mod has been decided! With 16.8% of the vote, Aura Cascade is FTB's Mod of the Month for July/Summer! Congratulations! Over the next few weeks, we'll be developing new pack that features and highlights Aura Cascade!​

BlockJam This Weekend:

Feed The Beast will be participating in the BlockJam charity event for Child’s Play on the 25th and 26th. FTB Founder slowpoke101 and Lead Modpack Developer tfox83 will be representing the team as two of BlockJam’s special guests and panelists. Joining them this weekend will be Head of Launcher Dev progwml6, Pack Dev gideonseymour, Third Party Pack Admin watchful1, and Marketing and Visual Designer BigBadChris. The team will be participating in panels, meetups, and AFTER | PARTY.

You can read up more on BlockJam (and grab yourself a weekend pass by donating!) on their website located here.​


Motion Artist Wanted:

Feed The Beast is currently looking for a motion graphics artist to help on various projects such as pack trailers, stream intros/outros, and other smaller tasks. This is a volunteer position that will be working closely with the marketing and visual design teams. Experience with video production software such as Adobe Premiere...​