Weekly News Issue #1

Discussion in 'Feed the Beast News' started by slowpoke, Dec 22, 2013.

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  1. slowpoke

    slowpoke FTB Founder Team Member FTB Founder

    FTB News


    For a while now there have been concerns expressed about a lack of communication from myself to you on the forums. This post is going to be an attempt to try and remedy this situation. From this point on, I am going to attempt to put out a post every weekend with updates on different areas of FTB. Even if that update is “No new news”. The idea is to break us down into various areas and then we can see what sort of information we can come up with. If there are any areas missing that you would like me to add, make the suggestion and I can take a look at them.

    For now though, I think the main areas will be

    FTB Launcher
    FTB Modpacks
    FTB Website
    FTB Art
    FTB Store
    Other News

    Now lets take a crack at this.

    FTB Launcher

    Development on the new launcher has ceased most probably until the new year. Work has started on a web interface and the new mods backend that will hook into the new launcher. Once this is complete we can get back to developing the updated launcher. Meanwhile a series of hotfixes have gone out to help resolve problems that some people seem to have with the 1.6.4 packs on the original launcher.

    FTB Modpacks

    We have several modpacks out for public testing, although none of these are technically considered stable yet, they are functioning and we are pushing updates as fast as we can to them. However most packs will soon switch back to the standard format of release on a Monday after a period of testing.

    Our upcoming flagship pack is still in internal testing although I expect it to be added as a private pack for mainstream testing any day now.

    FTB Website

    Work has started behind the scenes on the server side programming for the launcher. We are also taking a look at revamping the Tech Support area and we are hoping to introduce new software to make the process much more user friendly in the new year.

    FTB Art

    BigBadChris has completed a new set of artwork for the new packs. You can see a preview of the new artwork here http://i.imgur.com/dxJsUQN.png

    FTB Store

    We will be taking pre-orders for t-shirts etc for the new artwork on the store soon. These unfortunately won’t be ready in time for christmas but we hope to be able to take pre-orders this weekend. This will go on for about a week and we expect to be able to ship these out early January. The new designs that BigBadChris has come up with should make for cheaper printing costs and hopefully this will be reflected in the price of the t-shirts. Additionally I expect there to be a discount added for all pre-orders.

    Other News

    The first of the FTB T-shirts signed by Mojang staff and friends that attended minecon will go up for auction over the christmas period. Proceeds from this will go to a yet to be determined charity. I have a few ideas on this, but want to explore them before deciding how I want to go about this.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2013
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  2. Wekmor

    Wekmor Well-Known Member

    Sounds awesome, can't wait for the new launcher :D
  3. Eyamaz

    Eyamaz nope.jpg Retired Staff

    Yes, any day now. Like tomorrow, when family is gone and leaving me alone. :p
    Xmas happens and I appologize to everyone for the delay.
  4. Tristan1301

    Tristan1301 Active Member

    About the new launcher, is there still a possibility of integrating a profile system that would allow for multiple copies of the same modpack?
  5. slowpoke

    slowpoke FTB Founder Team Member FTB Founder

    This feature is already in.
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  6. AnttiV

    AnttiV Member

    I find it hard to believe I'd be alone with this opinion, so I can safely assume that at least some folks are behind this:
    Take a (well-earned) brake and have a nice and (hopefully stress-free) Christmas/whatever you call it. It - while an awesome addition to an awesome game - is (still) only a game. We -can- wait over the Christmas and maybe figure out something else to do ;)

    Have a good one, Team FTB, and don't worry. I believe most of us can wait a while longer for anything as good as FTB is.

    I'll have to quote a certain YouTuber for this: "Taaaaaake it easy!" :)
  7. jokermatt999

    jokermatt999 Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing Monster is still in internal testing because of serious bugs. How bad is it? Any clue how many mods still need stabilizing? I appreciate the communication, even if you can't answer those specific questions. Any news is good news. Thanks for your hard work, and enjoy some time with friends and family for the holidays! :)
  8. un worry

    un worry Well-Known Member

    Thank you - for listening to the community and recognising the importance of simply keeping in touch :)

    Merry xmas to you and your team!!

    P.S. Any word on Mindcrack?
  9. VikeStep

    VikeStep Too Much Free Time Mod Developer

    I think this should've been in the OP, but the new changelog site is up and this is where all changelogs will be going:


    Make sure you send that site to people if they ask for changelogs or complain they aren't on the forums. The reason I am bringing it up is because it doesnt seem like most people have seen the new Changelog site and have been complaining about the lack of them when in fact they are already up there.
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  10. Eyamaz

    Eyamaz nope.jpg Retired Staff

    Monster is still in internal testing because I had a heavy work load at my RL job and unexpected family visitors for Xmas from across state. I've had very little time to get to my computer to do anything. Magic World 2 has been ready for three days, but I've been unable to push it to the launcher.
    Regardless of that, an update for Horizons, the beta release of Magic World 2, and the beta release of Monster will all be tomorrow. If I am unable to push them myself, I will be sure to make them available for @Slowpoke to do so.
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  11. Artheos

    Artheos Active Member

    Thanks for all your hard work. I really appreciate the fact that I can play modded minecraft without having to do all the hard work myself. Have a Merry Christmas, and I will be looking forward to reading these updates each week.
  12. xjjon

    xjjon Active Member

    Aaahhh new modpack tomorrow.
  13. rhn

    rhn Too Much Free Time

    Excellent, thanks for the news!
    May I suggest however that you set up a locked thread for new.. ehhh news! and then set up a sepperate thread for comments(and link to it in first post in the news thread). Information can too easily drown in tons of pages otherwise.
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  14. Hambeau

    Hambeau Forum Addict

    This. Mis-information from people who can't [be bothered to thoroughly] read needs to be in a separate thread than the "Straight From the Horse's Mouth" thread.
  15. QueWhat

    QueWhat Well-Known Member

    Glad to see that changes have started and that the community has been listened to :) Que is happy so Que shall return to shadows.
  16. Bigdog

    Bigdog Member

    Yay Monster pack tomorrow hehe been waiting for that for my second server I like that one better then the others because its got ATG I want that no matter what would hate to have people download 1 extra mod hehe.
  17. Sphinx2k

    Sphinx2k Well-Known Member

    Nice to get a status update :)
  18. Morgan Collins

    Morgan Collins New Member

    Anyone got any idea what time Monster is coming out? because when it said tomorrow I'm not 100% sure what time zone its in and i'm waiting for it with no clue if i'm going to see it this evening (I'm in the UK) or not :p thanks
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  19. Lykeuhfox

    Lykeuhfox Member

    I didn't know another Mindcrack pack was coming out. That's good news, hopefully we'll get some more FTB videos out of those guys.
  20. KonM4N4Life

    KonM4N4Life New Member

    And now we all wait patiently for Monster to roll out today.
    Can't wait to set it up on my server, going to have lots of fun! Thanks for everything guys and gals.
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