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Level 40 : Master Dragonborn
Hello citizens of the PMC!
As the title says, in this 'blog' I'll review, and share my thoughts and other things about the FTB mod pack!!

What is the FTB mod pack?
"Feed the Beast, also known as FTB, originated as a custom challenge map in Minecraft that made heavy use of multiple tech mods."*
"The mod pack used for the map then became very popular and soon evolved into many other packs including lite, ultimate and tech world." *

The "Feed the Beast" modpack started form a map, similar to Skyblock, which had many upgrades to it. The modpack became quite popular as time past, and then split into many other modpacks.

*Both quotes are taken from the official ftb website, which you can find the link to in the 'useful links' section

The different packs:
The FTB launcher has alot of modpacks to choose and play. In this section I'll showcase some of them:

Crack your mind with the Mindcrack pack!
The mindcrack pack, obviously played by... the mindcrack server. It has many mods that add so much to the
game, such as IndustrialCraft, Thaumcraft, and Buildcraft.
Although, there is a 'catch'. Some may find it good and some will find it very bad:
Gregtech. It is an add on to IndustrialCraft2, and it add alot of machines, but changes alot of them too.
I.E. the macerator recipe need 3 diamonds to make with Gregtech, while normally it doesn't take even one.
It's not a bad mod though! some people could find it very challenging and fun, when you're not having a walk in the park.

"taaaake it easy!" the direwolf20 modpack:
Don't like the hard recipes from Gregtech? That's the place for you.
The direwolf20 pack has many shared mods with the Mindcrack pack, such as IC2, Buildcraft, Thaumcraft, etc.
It also has some more amazing mods, like Mystcraft (create your own dimensions!) or Modular Power Suits (make your own customize able dream suit, for a reasonable amount of resources!)

Other pack reviews will come in the future.

But... But.. Where do I download it? how to install?
The link to the FTB's official site will be in the useful links section, at the end of the post.
I do highly recommend to download it, and at least give it a try!

Installation steps:
o Download the launcher from the official site. (link will be in useful links section) I suggest downloading the .exe launcher, but it's your choice!
o Navigate to the place where you downloaded the file, and open the launcher.
o Select the Mod pack you'd like to play (Personally, I like the direwolf20 and mindcrack packs the most)
o Now select the options tab, and in the "install folder..." box put where you want to install your mod (I suggest putting it on your desktop or the .minecraft folder in AppData).
o On the bottom right there's a box called "Select Profile". Click the arrow near it, and select "Create Profile".
o Put your real minecraft username and password, and the profile name could be anything you want. Then click "Add".
o Press the "Launch" button, wait for it to download the mod pack, then enjoy the game!

Ok... The game's working, but it's soooooo complicated!! where do I start from??
There's a few things you can do:
o Play with The wiki site open (I don't think that's the most fun option, but you can do it)
o Watch An LP on youtube.
o Learn the game by yourself! NEI can show you recipes and other useful stuff!

My thought about FTB:
I think FTB is amazing. It's fun, and there's so much stuff to try, mine, and learn!
It reminds me of when I just started minecraft, and discovering new things was the whole fun about it! :)
Of course, I'm not a 'master' of it, in fact, I don't know much about it at all! all I know is a bit of BuildCraft, Industrial Craft, and Twilight forest. As I said before, I do highly recommend downloading and trying the mod pack.

Of course there are FTB servers, and there are a few on PMC you can find and play.
Even though it's a blog, and not a server, I do have a small, private server you can play, and learn FTB from!
It's hosted at my home, so it's a bit laggy and not up 24/7, but it's a different experience than all the big servers!
If you'd like to join it, please comment or send me a PM with your minecraft IGN, and I'll whitelist you!
Hope to see you there :)

This pack is missing this mod called *insert mod name here*.. can I add it?
Yes, you can! here are the steps:
Note: make sure you download the mod for the current modpack version, it might not always be the latest one.
1. Open the launcher
2. Click 'Edit Mod Pack'
3. Click 'Add Mod' on the bottom right
4. Choose your mod's .zip file, the press 'Open'
5. Launch the game as usual, and there you go!

What mods should be added?
Of course everyone has it's own opinion, but here are mods I think should be added in to this mod pack:
o Aether mod - I don't have many experience with this mod, but from what I've seen it's awesome, and should be added! :D
o Optifine - many people need that to reduce lags, customize things and also the epic zoom!
o Mo' Creatures - I think ftb (the overworld, at least) is missing some mobs... so I chose the nice and popular mod that adds cool mobs, but basically it could be any mod as long as it's good.
I'll possibly will be adding more mods in the future!
o Capes mod - it's kind of optional, but I think it'll be awesome to see everyone with different capes when you go to a server... :D

Useful Links:

FTB official site
FTB download
The FTB wiki

Hope this blog helps you understand more about the FTB mod pack, and convince you to download it! :D
If you have any suggestion, or you'd like to give any feedback, please do in the comments!

Update #4 : 05/01/2013 2:32:46 pm5/01/13

*Added info about different packs
*Minor changes.

Update #3 : 12/20/2012 3:42:45 pm12/20/12

Added a new section - what mods should be added?
some changes to other texts, but not something too big.

Update #2 : 12/10/2012 12:47:44 pm12/10/12

* Added another section, about adding mods

Update #1 : 12/08/2012 2:48:35 pm12/08/12

* Added picture (I made it by myself :D)
* Published to the public

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  • skythekid300
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • October 25, 2014, 3:26 pm
  • Shaman75
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 17, 2014, 10:00 am
Do I need to have a real account like when I buy Minecraft?????
They should add minecraft comes alive and mo creatures
  • bhmiji077
  • Level 40
  • Master Dragonborn
  • October 8, 2013, 10:53 am
hmm.... minecraft comes alive sounds interesting... I suppose it's a mod? never heard of it :P
as for mo' creatures, dunno... maybe some of the mobs, but not all. they got the horse model from the mod for the horse update, so I guess that counts as one..
It's about time somebody gave their opinion for something
  • bhmiji077
  • Level 40
  • Master Dragonborn
  • May 19, 2013, 6:34 am
  • CNCminecraft
  • Level 71
  • Legendary Engineer
  • May 1, 2013, 11:02 am
diamond already subbed!
  • bhmiji077
  • Level 40
  • Master Dragonborn
  • May 2, 2013, 4:49 am
Thanks! :D
  • tf2manu994
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • December 20, 2012, 7:53 pm
do u know how to add maps to it?? (portal craft)
  • bhmiji077
  • Level 40
  • Master Dragonborn
  • December 20, 2012, 9:27 pm
Do you mean how to add saved worlds or maps you played in to it? Because if so, you just put it in the 'saves' folder.
  • tf2manu994
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • January 4, 2013, 4:39 pm
no i mean why the fuck does portalcraft not download?
  • bhmiji077
  • Level 40
  • Master Dragonborn
  • January 5, 2013, 12:07 am
idk what it won't download for you... it works perfectly for me. Try to re-install ftb, or edit the mod list for the pack you're using.
bhmi can u make a ftb server
  • bhmiji077
  • Level 40
  • Master Dragonborn
  • December 9, 2012, 6:05 am
lol I already did, I'll whitelist you :) although it is a vanilla server, so there's no staff or plugin or stuff like that

btw it's the same ip
  • bhmiji077
  • Level 40
  • Master Dragonborn
  • December 8, 2012, 9:11 pm
Wow! I never thought this post would get so much views! Thank you all guys!
Just started playing FTB and this was a good post. One question: I want to add Optifine, is there a way to add mods? If you could post a link or tell me that would be great. Thanks. :)
  • bhmiji077
  • Level 40
  • Master Dragonborn
  • December 8, 2012, 9:11 pm
I'm not writing this comment from my computer atm, but when i'll come back home I'll try to.
  • bhmiji077
  • Level 40
  • Master Dragonborn
  • December 10, 2012, 12:20 am
After alot of testing.. I found out I was using the wrong optifine version xD
I have succeeded adding it to the mod pack... here are the instructions:
1. Download your mod (optifine in this case), and make sure it's for 1.4.2, because that's the minecraft version FTB uses.
2. open the launcher, then click 'Edit Mod Pack' button. now a window with 2 big boxes should pop up.
3. click 'Add Mod' on the bottom right, choose the optifine.zip file, then 'open'. click the launch button as usual, and there you go!

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