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Attack of the B-Team: Server File Release!

Good morning, good morning!  As many of you know, later today we will be beginning Early Access for Attack of the B-Team!  We've already racked up nearly $7,500 in donations for Child's Play charity from over 1,000 donors, and tomorrow's live stream is sure to bring in even more charity!

We want to make sure that everyone who gets early access can start playing with their friends immediately, that's why we're releasing the server files for Attack of the B-Team right now so that Game Server Providers and your every day Joe Schmoe can get their servers up and running and configured how they want now, and be ready to play in 15 hours when Early Access begins!

Here's the download link:  http://mirror.technicpack.net/Technic/servers/bteam/BTeam_Server_v1.0.1.zip

Thanks for your generosity, and we hope you enjoy early access! Watch this space for more news about this exciting pre-launch event!

Attack of the B-Team: Invasion Itinerary

Many of you have noticed the teaser page for our new pack: Attack of the B-Team!  This new pack is a large modpack with big ores, and a mad science theme!  It's also a collaboration between us and the incredible B-TEAM!  Youtube superstars Generikb and BDoubleO100 will be leading an all-star team of youtubers in an ongoing Lets Play series of the pack, which kicks off this Friday at 3:00 PM EST with a massive livestream event!  Featured in the team: ChimneySwift11, Keralis, Skyzm, MrWoofless, and Pungence.  There will also be a server build team, led by Glis!

So where does that leave you, our players?  We hope you'll be playing along at home with the Attack of the B-Team modpack!  Attack of the B-Team is Technic's first ever modpack to launch in conjuction with a charity fundraiser, and those who donate get access to the pack at the same time the B-Team does!  100% of all money goes to Child's Play charity, a wonderful cause which delivers toys and games to hospitals, to brighten the days of sick children.  Donate at least $5 to the cause through our teaser page and you'll be playing Attack of the B-Team on Friday afternoon.  Otherwise, you'll get access to the pack during the public release on Monday.

So, here's the schedule:

  • From now through Monday, February 3rd at 3:00 PM EST: Donate to Child's Play Charity through our teaser page to bring fun to sick kids!
  • Thursday, January 30th at 11:59PM EST: We release the server files to the public, allowing admins to get their servers ready for Early Access players!
  • Friday, January 31st at 3:00 PM EST: Everyone who has donated at least $5 receives Early Access to the pack! Anyone who donates at least $5 after this point will receive Early Access within minutes of their donation!
  • Also Friday, January 31st at 3:00 PM EST: The kickoff livestream event begins! This awesome live stream event featuring GenerikB and BDoubleO100 will continue for several hours as they introduce you to the finer points of Attack of the B-Team!
  • Monday, February 3rd at 3:00 PM EST: Attack of the B-Team is released to the general public and the Child's Play charity event ends!
  • Forward, Into The Future: The Attack of the B-Team Let's Play series begins!

 

Technic Launcher Build #390 Now Stable

The Technic Launcher, build #390 has now been marked at stable. Non-beta users will automatically download the new version the next time they start the launcher.

Release notes since Build #382:

  • The launcher now has built-in support for the donor.technicpack.net donations system. This change will allow donors to automaticallhy receive early access to Attack of the B-Team on Friday.
  • Several architectural improvements were made to pack loading, user authentication, and the skin-loading system. In addition to making it easier for other organizations to use our Launcher Core for their own launchers, some users may notice moderate improvements in threading and face/pack art loading.
  • A little friend of ours has come to visit the launcher! He'll be sticking around for the remainder of the Attack of the B-Team pre-launch event.

Technic Launcher Build #382 Now Stable

The Technic Launcher, build #382 has now been marked at stable. Non-beta users will automatically download the new version the next time they start the launcher.

Release notes since Build #373:

  • The launcher was updated to support a new feature in the latest version of Solder: the ability to host images internally to solder.
  • The launcher's resource downloading and modpack installation process was rewritten to support Mojang's new resource system. Resources will be downloaded and installed before minecraft launch, if necessary. New Technic users should no longer see several minutes of soundless play after installing the launcher.
  • The Technic Launcher and Platform now support Minecraft 1.7.4.

Good Golly, What Just Happened?

This morning, many users noticed an outage where they were unable to download a number of libraries when installing a modpack, resulting in crashes when the modpack tried to launch.  We just rolled out Launcher build Stable #374 to address this issue.  So what happened?

Surprisingly, it wasn't a bug in Stable #373 as many people thought-  this morning, Mojang rolled out a change to move the core Minecraft libraries to a new location, leaving us unable to download them.  The change we rolled out pointed the launcher correctly at the new location.

So how can we prevent this from happening in the future?  We've received a few resources that will help us stay better apprised of what Mojang is up to, ideally allowing us to learn of changes like these BEFORE they go live.  We hope this will allow us to better serve you in the future, with fewer outages like these.  Thanks so much for your patience and support!