FTB Minecraft (Feed The Beast)

Feed The Beast Minecraft (FTB) is a mod pack for servers and clients.  It is similar to the Tekkit pack, but has been updated to support the modern Minecraft versions in which Tekkit is still clambering desperately to support.  Basically, you take normal Minecraft, and you add a bunch of mods that change the way you play, by adding new items to build and things to do.  The screen-shot provided shows the solar panels, which is a new way to power machines.  These solar panels in the screen-shot are used to power electric furnaces, macerators and other machinery that are unique to this mod compilation.  Servers are required to download a new .jar file to host the game, and clients are required to download a new launcher which takes your normal Minecraft login information to use (you need to purchase Minecraft to play this mod).  Best of all, it retains the entire normal Minecraft game, as well as all the new things (so you can still play like Vanilla if you choose to do so).  Brilliant time sucker!


http://feed-the-beast.com/ Notable Features:
– Adds lots of new things to do to normal Minecraft
– Works on the same systems that can play Minecraft
– Uses Minecraft login information for play (you need to own a legitimate Minecraft account to play)
– Seperate install for server and client
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  1. Making your own FTB server is pretty simple. You do require a separate PC, and that PC should be sporting AT THE VERY MINIMUM 1GB of RAM. I found that a computer with a Pentium 4 3.2GHZ with HT, and 1GB of RAM gave playable performance with 2 or 3 players… any more than that and it was lag city. My current server is running a Core 2 Duo 2ghz, 8GB of RAM and is silky smooth with the 25 player limit I have set.

    To setup a server:
    1) Head to the website and download the server software.
    2) Edit the server.properties file to your liking
    3) If you’re running Windows, run one of the .bat files with the amount of RAM that you are looking to use (eg, if you have 1GB of RAM, double click the server.start.1gb.bat file to start it).
    4) If you’re running Linux, you will need to make your own startup file. Basically open up one of the .bat files with the amount of RAM you are going to use with a text editor and copy the text. Make a new text file and save it, make it executable. I made my file called serverlaunch.sh. To start it, either double click if you have a GUI, or type ./serverlaunch.sh if you’re using a command line (or ./yourlaunchfile).
    5) First load takes the longest!

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