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Mods that Compliment TerraFirmaCraft

Discussion Yesterday, 12:42 AM
I have searched for a good 1.7.10 TFC modpack for a while. However, I haven't been able to find a perfect one - most, like TechnoFirma or TerraFirmaTech, have too much tech, while others, like TerraFirmaPunk, are good but have other themes (in the case of TFP, steampunk). I am wanting a mod pack...
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Panning with sand just as good as gravel?

Discussion 30 Jan 2015
I've always don panning with gravel.  Does panning with sand work just as well?    Also it seems we can refil our gold pan from blocks under water now.  Does it actually yield nuggets? 
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Woodland Lag

Support 30 Jan 2015
This isn't a bug report, just a question. I'm running with a notso-hotso graphics card right now, and the game runs fine... except in the presence of certain trees.  Even more or less dense forests of pine, maple, etc aren't cripplingly laggy.  But when there are willows or sequoia load...
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I want to find a small community town server

Server Request 29 Jan 2015
Im looking for a small server whitelisted or not, I just want to play and build with others. Id prefer a newer server but im cool with an older server just as long as I can be a part of the community people playing on the server ign: Coal_Miner69 Skype: same as ign age:16
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Item name dictionary

Discussion 28 Jan 2015
I apologize in advance if this information is available somewhere, As I am no coder I don't really know how to call what I need. I am editing a plugin in my server and need the name for a few terrafirmacraft items. Is easy for me to find the item id using NEI, but the plugin only accepts names an...
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How do you play TFC?

Jan 25 2015 04:07 AM | Kittychanley in Articles

If you have a moment please cast your votes regarding how you play TFC. If you have friends who play TFC, we would greatly appreciate if you spread the word and ask them to vote as well. It only takes a second, and the results give us better insight on TFC's playerbase.
http://strawpoll.me/3481702/

Please note that anybody can vote in this poll, and you do not need any sort of account to cast your vote.

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News from the Front

Jan 15 2015 12:44 PM | Bioxx in Articles

I promised some news on where things are headed with the anniversary post and I think its about time to at least let you guys in on where things stand. I'll put things bluntly first and then expound.

1.8 sucks. TFC will not be ported to 1.8.

I say this only halfheartedly however. Some of the changes that 1.8 has brought to the table are actually very welcome in the grand scheme of things. However it feels like it was released with no regard for modders whatsoever. This is my personal reaction and I know that it is actually a bit harsh as I'm aware at the level of interaction that Mojang has with the Forge team and others.

I won't go into too many details about all the little and big things that they've changed which have really stuck a dagger through any plans to port TFC. Suffice to say a great many things, most notably chiseling, appear to be impossible at this time to bring into the new rendering system that Mojang has so graciously *Rolls Eyes* bestowed upon us. There are a number of other things that also make porting the existing codebase into 1.8 far more trouble than it is worth as well.

Now what does all of this mean? It means that TFC will not be porting beyond 1.7. Even if a way is provided to deal with all of the new rendering issues, there are other things that would require us to essentially rewrite TFC in order to deal with.

So that is what will happen. Very, very, very slowly. Some of you may remember my old TFC2 project from long ago. That is being revived in some incarnation as the next iteration of TFC. Nothing is entirely set in stone beyond the fact that I plan to take my time with this one. As more plans are solidified, I'll be sure to fill you guys in. As far as TFC Build 80 and beyond are concerned, we will continue to add more content for 1.7 and polish the game.

Dont worry, your new light source is still coming.

Edit added by Kittychanley:
For a bit of clarification since there seems to be some misunderstanding of the above final paragraphs.
  • TFC "Beta" (i.e. Versions that start with 0.#) will not be ported beyond Minecraft 1.7.10
  • TFC2, a complete rewrite of TFC "Beta" is currently planned for Minecraft 1.8, but will take a very long time before it is released.


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Happy Birthday TFC and also 79.15 is released!

Jan 03 2015 01:24 AM | Bioxx in Articles

Can you guys believe its been 3 years already? There is some big news on the future of TFC in regards to 1.8 and beyond coming soon so I wanted to give you guys a heads up on that, however I'm not quite ready to discuss our plans here. Suffice to say that there are some big changes coming. But for now, enjoy the bug fixes just released in 79.15.

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Build 79.14 is now available.

Dec 19 2014 11:49 AM | Bioxx in Articles

It took us a little while to get this together but I think there are a number of solid things in this update. Hopefully my new cheese stuff doesn't cause crashes *crosses fingers*.

Note: A change was made that will result in a Forge Mod Loader error when you first load up your existing worlds due to the removal of an unused item. It is perfectly safe to hit "Yes".

Important: The base version of Forge that we are using has been upgraded to 10.13.2.1272

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79.13 is among us.

Nov 25 2014 08:07 AM | Bioxx in Articles

>Insert clever line here to point people to the 0.79.13 changelog.<

Important: I forgot to mention that this update will cause stairs to disappear from your world due to the rewrite. Unfortunately this is unavoidable, Sorry!

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Well That Was Fast: 79.12 Released

Nov 12 2014 01:20 PM | Bioxx in Articles

So I created a major bug and then realized that I hadn't gone over the list of PRs on github before I released 11. Oopsie!

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Build 79.11 Released

Nov 12 2014 11:26 AM | Bioxx in Articles

You know what to do!
Important: The base version of Forge that we are using has been upgraded to 10.13.2.1236

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Believable

Nov 04 2014 09:41 AM | Bioxx in Articles

Before I get down to the subject of this post I want to say that I love the passion that TFC creates. I've seen so many people from all different walks of life joining our community and sharing their knowledge and love for TFC, that it's truly been epic. We have so many die hard fans that it has truly been an awesome experience to be at the helm of this community for going on 3 years now. To think that the very first reply I received on the TFC MC forums thread was someone saying "This might be going places" and then to end up where we are today still gets me excited. So even though we are still 2 months away from the official 3 year mark, I want to say thank you to everyone who's been along for the ride.

Now down to business.

It's been a while since I've done a post on something other than strictly update news, but I decided it would be a good idea for me to update the definition of 'believable' for everyone. I've seen a few threads come and go that challenge a particular feature as not being believable because 'insert reason here'. Most of the time, these arguments are made because the user has extensive knowledge of said topic and cares deeply about us getting it 'right'.

Dictionary.com defines 'believable' as: "To have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so." I like this definition, but I do not feel beholden to it. I find that narrowing down what is and isn't believable is too complex of a matter to definitively say for each and every person. We all come from different places in the world, filled with our own life experiences and holding to many different ideologies. As a result, what makes sense for each of us is slightly different.

So how do I decide if something is believable? First of all, I tend to read quite a bit about the topic. Obviously some things receive more research than others but I try my best to get a good handle on the subject. More often than not, my initial plans for a feature are crazy in depth. Then I have to take a step back and decide how to best translate this into a game. Everything in the universe is incredibly complex, no matter what the subject is, that you have to decide what to cut. Sometimes I don't cut enough detail and the feature is overburdened with needless invisible complexities (the old system for heating/cooling which used math that approximated specific heat), or has little detail at first but needs more details to make the entire thing feel complete (Food taste). At the end of the day I have to ask myself if the player could take the knowledge that they've gained from playing with this feature and apply it in some small way to the real world and be successful. If the answer is mostly yes, then it passes my meter. I always want players to be able to learn something when they are playing TFC. Education in gaming is incredibly important to me.

However, there are times when believability and accuracy is sacrificed because we are dealing with a game and with players that will exploit anything if given the opportunity. It's human nature. Thatch is a perfect example of this. I am fully aware that a thatch roof is very solid and could easily hold a mans weight. However, for so many reasons, allowing players to walk on thatch is just terrible in a game such as TFC.
Another example would be tomatoes being classified as a vegetable even though they are technically a fruit. If TFC were attempting to be textbook accurate, this would be a grievous mistake. But we aren't, and tomatoes are vegetables for two specific reasons. First of all, if you've noticed, there are no fruits in the standard crop system. This is by design. I prefer the idea of fruits being seasonal and out of the players control. This encourages an interesting aspect of exploration to make sure that you have fruits all year long. Secondly, the average person doesn't think about the tomato as a fruit. Do you believe that most people really think about the fact that they are pouring fruit sauce on their spaghetti?

An important subject that I should address here is the aspect of fantasy elements and how they mix with TFC as a whole. Fantasy is perfectly fine. I've never wanted TFC to be based completely in reality. As awesome as real life can actually be sometimes, fantasy aspects provide convenient ways to make a game better. I love having Skeletons and Zombies in Minecraft, I've just always wanted Minecraft to be grounded, which I feel TFC achieves. Obviously we have more work to do for everything to mesh well but its coming along.

The last thing I will say before I end this article is directed at those who know a whole lot about a particular subject in real life and find that TFC isn't accurate when it should be. Before you spend the time to type up a long post and get into a heated discussion, I ask that you first try to put yourselves in the shoes of someone who doesn't have your extensive knowledge. Then ask yourself if the basic idea is sound. If it is, then we've achieved believable. Remember, TFC is not a simulator, its a game that encourages people to want to learn new things without the boring drudgery of school and textbooks.

Ok I'm done typing now. I started this at like 4am so forgive me if my thoughts don't translate into text well. It makes sense to me so hopefully it will to all of you as well.

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Build 0.79.10.375 Released

Oct 28 2014 07:53 PM | Bioxx in Articles

I sat on this release for a few days to make sure that no other big bugs came out. This update should fix a few annoying issues. Head over to the changelog page for details.

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79.9.357 Release

Oct 23 2014 01:09 AM | Bioxx in Articles

This is a mini-update with only a single bugfix. Definitely grab it if you like horses.

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