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FTB is short for Feed The Beast and is a custom minecraft launcher that made it easy to install & use mod packs for minecraft. It’s used because a lot of people don’t know or just don’t want to add the mods themselves and it just made it easier and faster to grow modded server communities because there is a general launcher now making it easier for everyone to connect. FTB has in total 57 modpacks that come with it with one of the most popular being Direwolf20’s pack. it has been created by SlowPoke in November 2012. FTB Servers are very popular and a great bit of fun.
This originated as a custom challenge map in Minecraft that made heavy use of multiple tech mods. It 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 Nearbygamer, both very well known users of the mods included in the map.
Eventually it grew out to what’s its today one of the best known and well used modpack launcher.
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