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So I'm looking to get in to FTB but there is so many modpacks that I have no idea where to begin or which one to choose. I'm a complete beginner when it comes to FTB but some of the mods in the packs I've played with individually.
Some suggestions, snipped due to sheer size. If you'd like to read my rambling, please feel free.
The Ultimate Pack is good, but due to the sheer quantity of mods, it may be overwhelming to some users, especially absolute beginners. For beginners, I'd recommend a smaller pack, such as Beta Pack A (warning; updating to further packs from Beta A will be a pain, without a doubt; however, it's an easy entry point), Magic World if you're into magic or Tech World if you're into tech. You could also try FTB Lite or Direwolf20, although it may be somewhat of a shock updating to Ultimate Pack from either of these, as there's no GregTech, one of the major challenges when playing Ultimate/Mindcrack.
Of course, this assumes that you're eventually planning on upgrading to the Ultimate Pack. If you're not, the YogCraft pack is quite a small pack that still has the important mods present (e.g. IC2, Buildcraft, etc) but doesn't have quite as many mods as the Ultimate Pack. Direwolf20 is also fairly good for this purpose. If you want to try a vintage experience to get a feel for some, but not all, of the mods, you could go for FTB Beta A (warning: the updated versions of many mods in Beta A are much different from how they function in Beta A) or FTB Retro (not all mods present in Retro are present in future packs) if you don't care about updating and are fine with starting a new world once you get a feel for the mods on a vintage pack.
Third-party mod packs mainly offer non-"FTB" style experiences (Ampz, RPG Immersion, Voxel, Brony, New World, Magic Garden and Infamy basically all contain third-party experiences that differ greatly from the main thread of the various packs made by the FTB team.)
In terms of raw information about the packs:
Mindcrack and Ultimate have the most mods, but TrainCraft and EE3 can be a bit of an issue when switching between the two.
Beta Pack A and Retro SSP are vintage packs with outdated mod versions and experiences.
Direwolf20 and YogCraft (FTB Lite, to some extent, as well) are easier to work with due to sheer size and lack of GregTech, but have current versions of the mods.
Tech World and Magic World are more focused on tech/magic mods respectively, although you'll find a bit of magic in tech and vice versa.
The various third-party packs, which are defined by being not produced by the FTB team, offer very different experiences from pack to pack depending on which one you choose. Voxel and Brony are more focused on giving more tools for Creative-mode servers, so they're not good for actual gameplay. They differ greatly from the main thread (lots of tech and a bit of magic) that FTB Team's packs offer.
I say try the ultimate pack it has most/all the mods in it then as you play more you can see what ones you dont like.
it was how i started in ftb
I wouldn't recommend Ultimate for a beginner, personally, as it has a lot of mods and can be quite overwhelming due to sheer size.
One last note: the size of a pack is proportional to its load time. No exceptions.
Saying Minecrack, Direwolf, and Yogcraft are only for imitating the creators show seems a bit shallow to me. I don't really like Gregtech so I use Direwolf because it has the most stuff without that mod, as I can't reliably find Ultimate servers with just that mod disabled.
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