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Mar
09
by Tonius at 1:06 AM (463 Views / 0 Likes) 13 Comments
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We wish to update RotaryCraft soon to fix some quite annoying bugs. However, there comes an issue with doing this.

Due to some necessary changes in the code, the way engines, shafts and gearboxes are stored in the world files has changed a bit in the new RotaryCraft update. Unfortunately, this will break any currently placed engines, shafts and gearboxes. It is advised to remove these and keep them as items until the update is out.
To clarify, here's what will happen if you don't: before and after.

We understand that this could potentially be quite an annoyance to you, but we cannot avoid changes like this, and we don't want to miss out on important bug fixes either.

The update is currently scheduled to happen sometime on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014. Please take care of your machines before this date. As we have no way of knowing who is lying afterwards, there will be no refunds if any of your machines were still placed.
Mar
08
by Tonius at 10:43 PM (436 Views / 0 Likes) 26 Comments
You will be prompted to update upon launching the game.
  • Added Statues 2.1.1
  • Added SmallBoats 0.10.6
  • Updated Thaumcraft to 4.1.0f
  • Updated Gravitation Suite to 1.9.9a
  • Updated ProjectRed to 4.3.2.26
  • Enabled ProjectRed's Compat module, allowing more effecient ways of producing Red Alloy
  • Enabled a proxied ComputerCraft HTTP API
  • Added a way of obtaining Nether Stars
  • Fixed client crash caused by placing three blocks of wool in a crafting grid
  • Fixed Induction Smelter recipe for manyullyn ingots
  • Made RotaryCraft Mercury Items interchangeable with Thaumcraft Quicksilver
  • Better Grass and Leaves Mod configs will now be ignored when updating
Mar
06
by Tonius at 6:40 PM (289 Views / 1 Likes) 9 Comments
EDIT: It's back up.

The server is currently down. There is a specific block in the world that is freezing up the server whenever it is loaded. We are currently looking into ways to remove this block from the world.

Changing the block ID won't be good, because the block shares its ID with all other machines from RotaryCraft. This is why this particular issue is more complicated for us.

Sorry for the inconvenience. Please check back later.
Mar
05
by glitch80 at 2:52 AM (186 Views / 2 Likes) 1 Comments
A few minor changes and mod updates are being applied today. Here is a summery of the things we've changed:
  • Updated Mekanism to 6.0.22.
  • Updated PathoniusKit to 1.2.2.2.
  • Buffed Mekanism generator output.
  • Replaced IC2 and Railcraft bronze and steel tools and armor with the Mekanism versions, and gave them roughly the same stats.
  • Modified Wee Flowers recipes so they produce dyes
  • Enabled Atomic Disassembler
  • Enabled ore doubling in the Smeltery, non-metal mattocks and modifiers increasing a tool's mining level
Mar
03
by sk89q at 7:19 PM (170 Views / 0 Likes) 3 Comments
At the moment, the MapPad (the map received at spawn) currently does not "completely work" -- the screen is a regular Minecraft map. However, the commands work (>homing, etc.). We'll look into fixing it.
Mar
03
by sk89q at 1:17 AM (905 Views / 6 Likes) 34 Comments
edit: New member applications have been processed. Sorry for the delay.

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Introducing the new and improved Alice 1.6

A message from the ModPack team.

The ModPack Team has been working for the last two weeks on rolling out a re-balanced and much improved version of Alice 1.6. There are some significant changes in the pack this time around, and there is a lot to be excited about. We've added a large number of new mods, retired a few, and brought back several other favorites from the past.

What started out as a humble re-balance and map reset has turned into an update of grandiose proportions. Even so, balancing resource scarcity and relative "toughness" has remained one of our top priorities throughout this update.

Our goals

With this update, the ModPack Team hopes to present players with increased focus on exploration and creativity in their gameplay. Mind you, we are by no means forcing you to discover and explore the plethora of amazing new dungeons added by mods like ChocolateQuest, nor are we saying that you must use all the brand new and brilliant blocks from Carpenter Blocks or Chisel mod. (Promise.)

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However, this re-balance isn't a simple, static update. Over the next several months, mods will be added, content further balanced, new mechanics created, and so forth, long after the mod pack's initial release. Once you get on now, you may notice that a handful of items, blocks and other mechanics – from new and old mods alike – aren't currently enabled or implemented. Time constraints have required that we focus on critical issues, and set aside some features for inclusion in future updates.

That said, let’s see what’s been changed!

What's new

We hope that you don’t have to simply repeat the same work that you may have done previously, and so we’ve made a plethora of changes to the modpack.

To begin, we’ve replaced Extra Biomes XL with Biomes O' Plenty, and we have padded the world with neat world generation mods like BigTrees! Finding that perfect place for you base should prove to be a bit more fun this time around.

As far as technology goes, our “big end game” mod, GregTech is currently no longer a part of the mod pack. It wasn't easy to do — simply removing such a monolith of a mod — but we have added two equally large mods, specifically, Mekanism and RotaryCraft. (And in time, we intend on adding Atomic Science and a few other mods.)

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Possibly the biggest change, however, is that automated mining methods such as quarries have been removed from the modpack (a few of the bee species are also affected similarly). Surely we are nuts? But wait — we have shifted the direct focus of mining and resource gathering back to tools. Awakened Ichorium Pickaxe wielding one-man quarries... Oh my, power trips are quite indubitably great for your health. Don’t enjoy mining at all? We’re writing our own share of mods that help you trade resources in a much larger quantity via the market, but you’ll have to hold as we figure that out. It’s an experimental idea, and it might not even work out, but we’d like to try it.

Spawn shops will now be regulated by a "necessity" rule. Simply put, spawn will no longer sell items for the sake of convenience, but will instead sell items that cannot be obtained due to the likes of disabled mechanics and so forth.

There’s many more changes than those that we’ve mentioned, so for a more in-depth look, you can check out this spreadsheet that compares the old mod packs' mods with our new, re-balanced modpack.

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The future

As previously mentioned, this mod pack update isn’t a “static” update. Content will be added, possibly removed, and so forth. Here’s a quick taste of possible additions to Alice later down the line…

The mod Dimensional Doors was a hot topic during the entirety of this new update. Exploring through the very fabric of space and time, conquering dungeons and solving puzzles along the line. All with the added functionality of being able to create very own personal pocket dimensions? I’m sold. All of these mechanics may seem simple at first, but their applications are from it. Hence, it was decided that we defer Dimensional Doors for a later update.

Another great mod that wasn’t added yet is Twilight Forest. Exploration and adventure is a key gameplay mechanic of Minecraft, and in order to improve on said exploration, the ModPack Team decided to bring dimensional mods into the exotic flavour of SKCraft. Twilight Forest isn’t the only such mod that was considered, others such as Tropicraft were also part of our daily discussions. In the end, however, they were deferred for a later update.

As you can see, the mod pack isn’t a set-in-stone, absolute true form of it’s existence. New content will most certainly be added, current content modified, so don’t stop suggesting, and keep the new mods rolling!

Thank you!

We understand this mod pack was a huge inconvenience for everybody involved, both the players and the ModPack Team alike. In the light of all this, we would just like to thank everybody for sticking with us to the end!

We hope that you, the players, have as much fun playing the new mod pack as we, the ModPack Team had building it!

Release notes

  • If you find the new trees too funky, use F9 or F10 to adjust the settings. It takes some getting used to, but you can grow to enjoy it!
  • We'd like to thank Lord_Drahcir's friend, Nox, for the launch screen.
  • We will be moving builds later in the week when we get some time. In the mean time, find a place to settle and play with some of the new mods.
  • Withers are not yet properly spawning in the Nether; we're going to look into it.
  • The Bazaar is not yet open. It will be rebuilt anew.
  • Some of our trading mechanics are still in the works!
  • Go to the Welcome Center in the market in order to get an Ender Cup that will put you randomly far from spawn if you drink it.
  • Sorry, we don't have GammaBright this time. This is partly because some of the new mods added appear to break it.
Mar
02
by sk89q at 11:02 PM (298 Views / 6 Likes) 17 Comments
We're almost ready to push the update! It should possibly done within the hour, but it largely depends how quick we can push old Alice's files off and replace them with the new ones.
Mar
02
by sk89q at 5:10 AM (415 Views / 0 Likes) 12 Comments
We have some bad news to report:

Something went wrong with the world pre-generation and we'll have to retry it one more time, so we'll have to reluctantly push launch until sometime tomorrow. Aside from that, everything else should be expected to be ready. It's most unfortunate that we have missed the weekend, but we'll still be working on preparing the server and modpack until then.
Mar
01
by sk89q at 9:01 AM (376 Views / 2 Likes) 10 Comments
We would like to push the update / rebalance as soon as possible; however, I'm currently pretty busy this weekend (and the following week), and today's power outage that also fried my computer's power supply did not help, so the timeline for the update has been somewhat complicated.

That said,
  • The goal is still release this weekend and as early as possible.
  • Before we go forward with the update, we have to pre-generate the world, but I'm expecting (and hoping) that it will be completed within the next 12 hours.
  • We will have to defer some mods until I can deal with some of their associated issues (Twilight Forest, and so on).
  • For some mods that we really wanted to add, they appear to have some critical bugs that are not yet fixed. While we could possibly fix those ourselves, that will have to wait as well. In the mean time, those mods will have to wait.
  • We may not be able to move over the builds until this coming Thursday or Friday, pending my availability. In the mean time, you still have to find a place to live, and you can begin exploring the new mods.
If all things fall into place correctly, we should be up and running within the next 15 hours.
Feb
24
by sk89q at 4:25 AM (2311 Views / 0 Likes) 107 Comments
As an update, we are currently considering these mods (as in, they are on the table, but they are not necessarily going to make it into the modpack).

Many of them will not make it due to:
  1. Game breaking bugs
  2. Balance problems
  3. Serious annoyance
  4. etc.
If there is a mod that is not in the list that you would like us to consider, please suggest it. If there is a mod that you think we should really add that's in the list, please also make a post about that.

So without further ado, here is the list (as of writing, 47% are still under consideration, and the verdict of 55% have been decided upon):
  1. Additional BuildCraft Objects
  2. Additional Pipes
  3. Advanced Genetics
  4. Advanced Machines
  5. Advanced Solar Panels
  6. AliceFixes
  7. Antique Atlas
  8. Applied Energistics
  9. Aquaculture
  10. Ars Magica
  11. Atomic Science
  12. Backpacks
  13. BattleTowers
  14. Better Farming
  15. BiblioCraft
  16. Big Reactors
  17. BigTrees
  18. Binne Mods
  19. Biomes O' Plenty
  20. Blood Magic
  21. BuildCraft
  22. Carpenter's Blocks
  23. CCLights2
  24. CCScanner
  25. ccSpeaker
  26. Charge Pads
  27. ChickenChunks
  28. Chisel
  29. Chocolate Quest
  30. Circuit Mod
  31. ComputerCraft
  32. CraftHeraldy
  33. CraftingSuite
  34. Crossbow Mod 2
  35. Custom NPCs
  36. Custom-Branding
  37. Custom-Codex
  38. DartCraft
  39. DartPatch
  40. Deadly World
  41. DecoCraft
  42. Defense
  43. Dimensional Doors
  44. Electric Magic Tools
  45. Ender IO
  46. Ender Storage
  47. Engineer's Toolbox
  48. EnhancedPortals
  49. Extra Utilities
  50. ExtraBiomesXL
  51. Farlanders
  52. Fiat Lux
  53. FlatSigns
  54. Forestry
  55. Galacticraft
  56. Galvanized
  57. Gany's Nether
  58. GasCraft
  59. GateCopy
  60. Gendustry
  61. Glenn's Gases
  62. Gopher's Peripherals
  63. Gravitation Suite
  64. Greg's Lighting
  65. GregTech
  66. Growthcraft
  67. Hardcore Ender Expansion
  68. HarvestCraft
  69. Held's Peripherals
  70. High Pressure Tanks
  71. Highlands
  72. Immibis's Peripherals
  73. IndustrialCraft2
  74. Infernal Mobs
  75. InfiniBows
  76. Iron Chests
  77. Item Scanner
  78. JABBA
  79. Jammy Furniture Mod
  80. Lantern mod
  81. Legendary Beasts
  82. Light Bridges
  83. Magic Bees
  84. Magical Crops
  85. MapWriter
  86. Mariculture
  87. Mekanism
  88. Metallurgy
  89. Mexican Mod
  90. MFFS (Calclavia's version)
  91. Minechem
  92. Minecraft Comes Alive
  93. MineFactory Reloaded
  94. MineTweaker
  95. MiscPeripherals
  96. Modular Furnace 2
  97. Mystcraft
  98. Natura
  99. Natural Absorption
  100. NBTEdit
  101. NEIAddons
  102. NetherX
  103. Nuclear Control
  104. ObsidianPlates
  105. OmniWrench
  106. OpenBlocks
  107. OpenPeripheral
  108. OptiLeaves
  109. Painter's Flower Pot
  110. Pathonius Inc. Toolkit
  111. Plugins for Forestry
  112. Portable Recharger
  113. Portal Gun
  114. Power Converters
  115. ProjectRed
  116. qCraft
  117. Railcraft
  118. ReactorCraft
  119. Red I/O
  120. Redstone Arsenal
  121. Remote IO
  122. Roguelike Dungeons
  123. RotaryCraft
  124. SecurityCraft
  125. Shipwrecks
  126. Simple Recycling
  127. SmallBoats
  128. Smart Moving
  129. Sorrowful Penguin
  130. Speech synth peripheral
  131. Steve's Carts
  132. Steve's Factory Manager
  133. Sticky Redstone
  134. Super Crafting Frame
  135. Switches
  136. Text Formatting
  137. Thaumcraft
  138. Thaumic Tinkerer
  139. Thaumic Tinkerer KAMI
  140. Thermal Expansion
  141. Tinkers' Construct
  142. Torch Lever
  143. Traincraft
  144. Translocator
  145. Treecapitator
  146. Truss Mod
  147. TubeStuff
  148. Twilight Forest
  149. Underground Biomes
  150. Unique Artifacts
  151. Universal Electricity
  152. UsefulFood
  153. Vein Miner
  154. Vending
  155. Voice Chat Mod
  156. Wireless Redstone
  157. Witchery
  158. XACT
  159. You Will Die
Feb
21
by sk89q at 8:06 PM (894 Views / 5 Likes) 35 Comments
Here's an update on the rebalance:
  1. We expect to complete as soon as possible: We are aiming to finish before the middle of the coming week, but we want to finish as soon as possible. It should not take more than a week from today.
  2. Resets like this are unheard of: We've been running servers since 2010 (modded since early 2012) and this has never happened before. While I have historically helped or built the modpack myself, I was mostly absent during the creation of 1.6's modpack due to time constraints, but now I'm able to afford some free time.
  3. We'll try to make it up with new gameplay: The new world may be... considerably different... in gameplay mechanics after the reset. The emhpasis will still strongly be on automation, but we're going to swapping (big) mods, adding new ones, and removing some. We're trying to make it up for everyone giving you all something substantially new to play with, whether you like automating, adventuring, decorating, building, or achieving end-game.
  4. If you regret losing all the work on machines: You're probably going to be building entirely different machines. A lot of the machine work (and recipes) that you have done is not applicable on the new modpack, so the amount of work that you will be repeating will be minimal.
  5. If you regret losing all the work on Thaumcraft: Well, I know nothing about Thaumcraft. :p People who do are working on that, however.
If you have been absent, we have reluctantly decided to "redo Alice 1.6." This is because the balancing in 1.6 has been particularly broken and the modpack has been our most conservative yet (changing very little from MC 1.5). In order to make things right, we're going to rebuild the modpack and relaunch. We are providing you the opportunity to transfer over aesthetic builds.
Feb
19
by sk89q at 9:33 PM (2667 Views / 9 Likes) 86 Comments
Here's the scoop on the re-balancing of Alice:
  • It is strongly likely that we will resetting Alice within the next week. While it pains us to do so, it will provide us with a chance to correct problems with the original modpack.
  • A world typically lasts up to a year or more, but unfortunate circumstances have developed at this time.
  • As we strongly value the time put into all of your work, we would like to provide the opportunity to copy over builds from the current world.
Machines and things of that nature are not eligible, but we will happily move over structures that you have been working on (up to the point of reset). In addition, we will be able to terraform any areas for you that you may have painstakenly terraformed on the current world.

If you have builds that you would like to transfer over (which does not include machines), please post on this thread and provide a picture and coordinates. Do the same for any large terraforming projects that you have already conducted or are in the process of conducting. Nothing is being moved over at this time, but this information will allow us to know the scope of this operation.

Should the reset occur before we are able to make arrangements for your builds, do not worry as it can still be done after the reset.

If you're worried about the work that you may have put into making machines, the new modpack will feature the removal of the overly tedious recipes that were added in 1.5 and 1.6. We will also try our best to remove duplicate items (i.e. ingots) as we used to in Alice 1.4 and before, which should help with decoding recipes. Last but not least, we plan to add many new (and interesting) mods that have not yet made an appearance on Alice.
Feb
17
by sk89q at 6:11 AM (1358 Views / 4 Likes) 69 Comments
I'd like to make some clarification on the recent discussions regarding balance.
  • Alice has become more tedious between Alice 1.4 and 1.6. The difference has been due to a changeover of who maintains the modpacks since MC 1.5. Previously I did in older versions, with some help from Pyrocommando, famerdave, and TexasGamer. The ModPack team has handled it since MC 1.5.
  • Tedium is not a goal of mine. It may be the goal of some people, but the idea here is to adjust Alice back to 1.4 levels where the tedium is taken away. The game is not enjoyable when you must figure out 20 recipes to make a simple piece of insulated copper cable. It also does not even matter when there are other ways to play the game, because then the tedious route will only be ignored.
  • We'd like to add new more or new ways to enjoy the game by adding new mods or trying new things. Because of the changeover of modpack handling, we've also tried far fewer mods than before. In fact, this version of Alice has had the fewest number of new mods yet.
  • There have been a lot of balancing issues (and many surprise hotfixes) with the last two Alice versions as well. We're going to try to make sure that this does not happen in the future.
  • The number of recipe ingredient variations since Alice 1.5 have also be out of this world, which has made it very hard to figure out what to make and how to make it. Hopefully we can resolve it.
  • We do not plan on removing Forestry's bees.
  • We may not remove KAMI.
  • We will likely remove Gendustry or at least adjust it heavily.
  • We're not sure if we're going to reset, but I will try to have a response in a few days. A reset is obviously a lot of work for all of you, as well as for us, though it does open up the possibility of changing around all the mods that we use.
Feb
17
by sk89q at 12:32 AM (1228 Views / 1 Likes) 58 Comments
Hello everyone!

This post affects all players. Please read!


Unfortunately, the mod pack for the current version of Alice is poorly balanced compared to the previous releases, in that a large number of items have become considerably easy to obtain provided that you follow the right procedures. Now, this in effect means that you can rush through the game quickly, and as some of you have noticed, you can simply just get a lot of items for cheap now from others, without even playing the game.

With that in mind, a few weeks have passed and options are limited. Some have suggested that they may be interested in a restart of the world as they'd like to play from the beginning, without obtaining a lot of materials so easily. However, that would mean losing potentially a lot of work, so we'd like to avoid that as much as possible.

Much of the balancing issue has stemmed from bee-related additions, as certain mods were added to the modpack without the proper balancing that usually occurs in such a case.

Before we can do anything, we'd like to gauge the community's opinion on the matter, and entertain any dissent or suggestions. Please make a reply to this thread and post your feelings on the subject.

If we do end up restarting, we plan on adding new mods and adjusting the ones available:
  1. Tinker's Construct might make a return.
  2. Dimensional Doors may be added.
  3. Biomes o' Plenty may replace ExtraBiomesXL.
  4. GregTech/IC2 may be made easier in certain ways (i.e. less annoying cables).
  5. ... we're open to many other ideas
Feb
16
by sk89q at 11:12 PM (326 Views / 0 Likes) 19 Comments
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We're looking for anyone that may be interested in joining the modpack team. You would be helping with creating the modpack, choosing mods, and so on. It does not require much technical knowledge, though you should have a decent computer.

If you are interested, please send me a PM detailing the amount of experience that you have with the mods.