Hi folks! I've been lurking around here for a week or so and figured it's about time I join up. So, I've been playing the Magic Pack (I wanted to try out TC3 after watching some DW20) for a few days now and I'm quite enjoying it so far. I spawned on a reasonably sized island covered pretty much completely with redwoods, which has been interesting. Fortunately it's not too far by boat to find some vanilla trees (and a coastal village which is on the wrong side of the coastline ) so I wasn't stuck when I came across a recipe that didn't like redwood. (I forget what it was, and this is besides the point and I'm rambling already, oops.) I've completed a little TC2 research, though haven't really done anything substantial with it yet. TE is definitely fun, and I'm very close to filling up some redstone energy conduits which should help in arranging my machines. I've mostly used RailCraft coke as fuel so far, but soon I'll bring my first magmatic engine online. I've also discovered how helpful hoppers are for feeding multiple kinds of ores or dusts into the appropriate machine. And the igneous extruder made reaching the Nether before finding diamonds much easier (in-place obsidian casting is always messy!). It's also nice to be able to produce netherbrick, since I haven't explored far enough to find it naturally yet. I haven't done anything with Soul Shards yet, though I plan to. I have found a skelly spawner, and I did find a zombie spawner also... but tragically a creeper blew it up a few seconds layer :O. On the other hand, the dungeon chest contained a block of steel, which let me create a Feed Station without needing to worry about the magma cream needed for a blast furnace (And with that and another dungeon, I've found more than a stack of rails, which I don't really need quite yet ) This has given me plenty of leather for Mystcraft (and raw beef for a villager who will trade it to emeralds ), but I seriously need to do some more aggressive chicken farming, since there weren't many on the island. I have visited my first three Ages last night (the first ever, since I haven't used Mystcraft before), and escaped each in seconds without mishap with some handy symbols (including glowstone, bright, and flat, plus 3 biome sizes and rates of time, with assorted biomes) so tonight I plan to make a stable flat age and raid villages. What else is going on? ... Oh yeah, I also played around with Survivalist's Pickaxes (making a Carpenter so I can stack them in cartons) and for a while thought something was broken. Then I found that the pickaxes and the broken ones were going into my Miner's Backpack Whoops! I don't think I'll post any screenshots yet, as my build isn't very developed yet and a redwood island isn't *that* interesting. I'm considering adding Factorization for the barrels (they just look so awesome) but I'm worried that i'll be added to the pack and it would land me with ID problems (or I might configure it wrong and get messed up ores) so I'm holding off on that for now. And no, I did not name myself after the Gem of Eternal Density from EE2.  Oh yeah, and maybe I'll use one of the 2 diamonds I've found so far to pop into the TF if I have time after messing around with Mystcraft tonight. And no, I'm not looking for any servers to join, as my terrible internet has never let my SMP attempts get far, other than LAN.  More about me: I'm a software engineer/tester working in the hydrological simulation space, I like chicken, sci-fi and I'm a Tobuscus fan (though he regularly fails so hard at Minecraft that it's painful). DW20 is the one to watch if I actually want to learn something about Minecraft.