WolfPack – Major Update!

Over the weekend I extensively overhauled WolfPack. This is also why I made a jump to version 1.10 to reflect these changes. So what’s new?

We played WolfPack extensively over the last few days and realized that there are better alternatives to certain mods we included. We also encountered a couple of bugs which needed fixing.

Exploding Reactors Servers
A major one was Iskallium Reactors not working well with Flux Ducts from Thermal. I made the mistake of connecting Flux Duct directly to the Power Tap and this sent my server into a crash loop, I could only remedy be removing the mod. Instead of Iskallium Reactors I now added Extreme Reactors which also has a bit more complexity and is fun to play with. Please note that this change was made in version 1.11. WolfPack 1.10 still includes Iskallium Reactors.

Inspirations
During the week I often watch YouTube videos about Minecraft mods to get inspired. And so I learned about Inspirations, a mod which adds a couple of vanilla style mechanics and items to the game. I especially like the included bookshelves, since they have the same functionality as Giacomo’s Bookshelves, but look and work way better.

Astral Sorcery and MystCraft
Two big additions to the modpack are Astral Sorcery and MystCraft. I have been looking to play with the former for a while now (I am called the Stargazer for a reason), but haven’t had the opportunity. Now it’s part of WolfPack and after we have finished building our current base, I’ll probably look into it.
MystCraft was inspired by the classic video game Myst and allows you to travel to new dimensions using special books. It has some similarities to RFTools Dimensions, but is more magical in nature. We thought it fits the theme of our pack perfectly, so it’s now in.

Ambientsounds 3 vs. Dynamic Surroundings
Dynamic Surroundings is an awesome mod that adds a lot of atmosphere to the game. BUT if it doesn’t work correctly it can quickly turn Minecraft into a nightmare. In my case it seemed to play a weird biome sound everywhere, and in a very short loop. After a couple of hours I wanted to throw my PC out of the window. The alternative was turning the biome sounds off completely, but then Minecraft feels a bit too bland. So I looked for alternatives. Ambientsounds 3 doesn’t have the fancy visual effects, but its sounds are AWESOME. They also seem to play well with the biomes mods like Biomes O’ Plenty and Abyssalcraft add.

MrCrayFish’s Vehicle Mod vs. ViesCraft/ViesMachines
After playing around with it for a while I decided to give MrCrayfish’s Vehicle Mod the boot. It’s obvious that the mod is still in early development and it was frustrating to use in Survial. ViesCraft on the other hand has great documentation, works pretty well, and the airships have an awesome Steampunk look. Since we also have jetpacks via Simply Jetpacks 2, I decided to remove MrC.’s mod.

Minor Changes
I addition to that we added a few options for Thermal and Tinker’s with Thermal Solars and Thermal Tinkering. My wife requested
Illuminations(Fabric) and Respawnable Pets, so they got included. Last but not least, MeeCreeps is out, since it didn’t work for some reason.

The world was not large enough for both of us!
Techguns has some really fun elements, but it can also be terribly frustrating. We already reduced the spawn rate of gun-wielding mobs, but they are still way to common for my tastes. The GUI elements added by Techguns also caused some problems when using Quark backpacks, so I decided to deactivate the mod on our server. Future versions of WolfPack will not include this mod.

Server Packs
Currently there are server packs for versions 1.05, 1.06 and 1.07 or WolfPack. Since the interest in our pack is still pretty limited I will probably not release any server packs for the newer versions. If there are more than say 100 or 200 downloads of one of my packs, I might bring them back, but at the moment it just doesn’t feel justified.

Last but not least …
There is now (actually since 1.07 or so) a new logo and custom menu screen (see above), which IMHO looks way better than the original one. I hope you like it as much as we do. If you have any questions, advice or requests, feel free to comment below!

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