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Feed The Beast

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Feed the Beast, also known as FTB, originated as a custom challenge map in Minecraft that made heavy use of multiple tech mods. Developed by a team led by Slowpoke and announced on February 24, 2012 on the Minecraft Forums, the map quickly became known as one of the more challenging maps and inspired several derivatives.

Slowpoke announced the creation of a new mod pack on August 13th, 2012 with a post on the Minecraft Forums that was inspired by the Feed the Beast map and its mods.

The Map[edit | edit source]

Slowpoke's image of "The Beast".

The map played very similar to a type of map known as Sky Block, where the player is started in a void world with only a small platform, and must overcome a series of challenges. Because FTB included tech mods, it was possible to use the various custom blocks and items to keep track of the challenges and the player's progress, as well as automatically give awards after each challenge was met.

The map was then adapted to allow multiple players to compete against each other in a race to complete the objectives. This version gained large popularity after being live-streamed on Twitch.tv with Direwolf20 vs Mattabase, both very well known users of the mods included in the map.

As the map was released to the public, it became apparent that it was very difficult to distribute the map file, mods, and configuration settings to those interested in playing it. At some point a decision was made to combine all of the mods into an easily distributable pack, as well as create a launcher that would stream-line installation.

The map went through various iterations, including the bedrock map - known for the challenge and reward structure made of bedrock. However most players that refer to the FTB map, truly mean the pyramid map, known for its large basalt pyramid that included various rooms that listed a set of items the player had to create in order to solve each challenge. That version was then updated to a harder version, known as FTB Insanity, which took many players 50 to even over 100 hours of play time to fully complete.

Feed the Beast Challenge Map: Build Team
Mattabase Laremere Meiadm Phalcoon Tahg Slowpoke
Feed the Beast Challenge Map: Mods
Lex Manos: Forge, Timer Mod, NoGen, Music Box -
Eloraam: RedPower 2 -
Alblaka and the IC2 team: IndustrialCraft 2 -
Xen0ph0b3 and Pahimar: Equivalent Exchange 2 -
Spacetoad, Krapht, Sengir: BuildCraft 2/3 -
Sengir: Forestry -
CPW: Compact Solars and Iron Chests -
AtomicStryker: Advanced Machines 4.0 -
iChun: PortalGun -
Krapht: Logistics Pipes -
Ecu and Chickenbones: Ender Chest -
Chickenbones: Not Enough Items and Wireless Redstone CBE -

The FTB Modpacks[edit | edit source]

Slowpoke's FTB mod pack announcement image.

A key feature of the new mod pack would be the solicitation of permissions from the mod developers prior to inclusion of that developer's mods in the FTB modpack.

The modpack is centered around mods built on the Minecraft Forge platform. It initially focused on mods of a technical theme, such as IndustrialCraft 2, BuildCraft, and RedPower 2. However it then expanded to other genres, such as magic mods like Thaumcraft and Mystcraft.

The initial mod pack was released as a beta in November 2012. It stayed in beta status for some time because of the necessity for mod authors to update their mods to Minecraft version 1.4, where everything became server based. This process proved a long road for a few of the mods that were core to the pack.

Other versions of the FTB modpack were created, including a Lite version, which slimmed down the list of mods to assist new users learn the ins and outs without being overwhelmed. A Magic World version, which focused on mods of a magical nature, was also released.

Recent FTB modpacks include built-in quests with Hardcore Questing Mode, and some focus on other themes and difficulties.

The FTB Launcher[edit | edit source]

The launcher was released as alpha during a livestream by Slowpoke101. The number of downloads quickly overwhelmed the server, leaving many users frustrated. After resolving the server issues, a beta version was released. A website, feed-the-beast.com, soon followed. The first production release also suffered from the sheer number of downloads, but the issues were shortly resolved.

The main features of the launcher are:

  • It automatically downloads a list of FTB modpacks and approved 3rd party modpacks.
  • It automatically downloading all mod installation files and creation of the minecraft instance.
  • It has full distribution support from all developers of the mods included in the pack.
  • It has a planned set of config files, assigning unique ids to all mod blocks, preventing overlaps that cause Minecraft to crash and were the frequent bane of users trying to manually install mods.
  • It automatically downloading featured and 3rd party maps, such as the Feed the Beast challenge map.
  • It supports downloading of pre-configured server instances, making it very easy for admins to host the mods on a server.
  • It automatically downloading featured and 3rd party texture packs.

CurseVoice[edit | edit source]

After a partnership with Curse, Inc., the FTB Launcher is being replaced with CurseVoice. It allows for easier modpack creation, configuration and usage, although it is in beta.

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