You Are Invited!
You may have noticed a new little widget in the launcher under the official Technic packs. We've added a new way to chat with us and join the Technic community: we've started a server on Discord. We're huge fans of Discord- we love that you can join channels, even voice chat, just by clicking a link, we love how beautiful the UI is, and we love that you can start your own space to talk to friends, at no charge.
I used to play on a lot of Bukkit servers before I got into modded Minecraft, and one of the things I remember vividly is that people would team up to work together, and inevitably the very next thing someone would ask for after you joined them was your Skype information. I hate leaving minecraft, starting up Skype, going through the process of adding someone, and getting a voice call started. I think that Discord, where you can give someone a link and be chatting with them through your browser, without installing anything, without signing up for anything, is a great piece of technology that is awesome for playing Minecraft with friends. We want to help you use Discord to play Minecraft.
Discord on the Platform!
We've added Discord integration to the Technic platform! Now modpack authors can add a Discord Server ID to their pack, and that Discord server will be shown on both the modpack's Platform page, and also in the launcher. Only a little information is available right now: in the launcher, you can see how many users are online and click the widget to join the server. On the Platform, you can also see who's online and what channels they're in. Later, we hope to add even more functionality, but right now, this should allow you to build robust communities around your modpack.
Discord on your Server!
We've created a new mod for Minecraft 1.7.10! It's called MC Discord and it's a great tool for server owners to build in Discord integration on their servers. You can use a console command to set your Discord Server ID, and after that, the current online Discord users will show up in the chat interface, and clicking on the user count will take you to your Discord server. We hope to add far, far more features than these very soon, including chat integration, in-game calling, and more. For now, though, this mod makes Discord a much better option than Teamspeak for server communities: you don't have to link users to the server or cajole them to join. Just include MC Discord in your server's modpack, and configure the server correctly. Users will see the server on their own and join. Starting with Tekkit Legends, we'll be including MC Discord in all of our official modpacks, so that server owners can build their own communities around our packs more easily. We encourage other pack authors to do the same, both on and off the Technic Platform!
Discord With Technic!
We've added our own Discord server, which you can get to here! If you want to hang out and chat with other Technic users, or even get ahold of Technic staff, it's a great place to do that. We've also taken advantage of the Platform integration we discussed above: official Technic packs will be integrated with our Discord server both on the Platform and in the launcher! In-game, we won't link to our own server. We want Tekkit server admins to build their own communities using MC Discord!
How to Get Started
First, head over to http://discordapp.com/ and click "Open Discord". Then, click the + button on the left side to create your own server.
Once you're done, open the server settings
and go to the "Widget" tab
Click "Enable Widget" and copy the "Server ID"
Change the "Instant Invite" channel to the text or voice channel you want people to be directed to
To add Discord to your Platform page and in the launcher, edit your pack and paste your Server ID into the field and then hit "Update Modpack"
To add Discord to your Minecraft server, make sure both the server and client have MC Discord and then type /discord-server as the server Op to link it
A Final Note
These days, it's hard to take endorsements seriously- it seems like every time one group is talking up another on the internet, some money exchanged hands or there's some kind of business deal in the works. For that reason, I want to draw attention to something: we're not in any sort of partnership with Discord. No money has changed hands, we're not getting anything in return for adding this integration or talking them up. We just really, really, really like Discord. We think it's going to make Minecraft more fun to play. And as a result, we think that if we add integration, you'll like Technic better and play us more. That's all there is to it. We hope you enjoy playing with Discord and we hope that we can add a lot more integration over the weeks and months to come, so that you can get the most out of your Discord Server!