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I have found that Tekkit is the most amazing Minecraft mod ever, but I notice that often Technic is also listed with Tekkit. So, I must ask: What is Technic and how do I use it (is it a server mod, client mod, etc.)?

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I'd say that the most major difference is the addition of the Thaumcraft and Mystcraft mods in Technic. As others have said, Tekkit is for use in a multiplayer setting, while Technic is for SSP only.

The major mods in both are IndustrialCraft2 (adds electricity and industrial machines), Equivalent Exchange 2 (adds in alchemy using the Philosopher's Stone, and several highly powerful end-game tools like the Void Ring, Ring of Arcana, etc), Redpower 2 (adds in redstone wiring and machines), and Buildcraft (adds in some automated mining machines as well as transport tubes and controls for that).

In addition to those core mods shared by both packs, Technic adds several features that are best in singleplayer. Major differences are:

  • Thaumcraft / Thaumcraft 2: Thaumcraft is a magic and arcana inspired mod for Minecraft. It features aura and vis (pronounced "vees"), which introduces a new mechanic for enchanting and crafting unique items. Thaumcraft also introduces the "Taint" - if you've ever played Terraria, the Corruption from that game is similar to the Taint in Thaumcraft.
  • MystCraft: MystCraft is a mod for Minecraft inspired by the Myst series of video games. It allows the player to craft different types of books which allow for teleportation between different "ages", which are basically new worlds. As you get more advanced, you can write your own books, which lets you customize the ages to your liking. For instance, I wrote an age with the "Hell" modifier, which spawned me in a world with a ton of Eldritch Obelisks (artifacts of great power in Thaumcraft), which helped me to get ahead on my research.

A few other minor changes worth mentioning:

  • Somnia: Simulates the world while you're sleeping. So, unlike vanilla Minecraft, when you sleep, stuff smelts, crops grow, etc.
  • Mo' Creatures: Basically what it says on the tin. There's a ton more creatures in Technic than there are in regular Minecraft.
  • Treecapitator: Handy little mod so that, if you chop the bottom of a tree out with an ax, all the wood in the tree falls down at once (kind of like real life, eh?).
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I'd say Mo' Creatures is a fairly major mod. It may not add many new mechanics, besides rideable creatures, but it causes quite a large change in the world. –  SaintWacko Sep 26 '12 at 15:59
    
+1, fair point. The world is much more animated thanks to Mo' Creatures. –  TARehman Sep 26 '12 at 17:14
    
Why the downvote? Was something wrong with this answer? –  TARehman Sep 27 '12 at 13:23
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I find it worth mentioning that Redpower also adds microblocks, allowing you to create sub-meter structures like a glass table or slates above (wall-attached) wires. Very neat for compact structures –  Zommuter Jan 2 '13 at 11:06

Tekkit

Tekkit is for multiplayer.

Mods in Tekkit:

  • Forge API
  • IndustrialCraft 2
  • Redpower 2
  • Buildcraft
  • Equivalent Exchange 2
  • Railcraft
  • ComputerCraft
  • Balkons Weapon Mod
  • Ender Storage
  • Immibis Core/TubeStuff/Dimensional Anchors
  • IronChests
  • Nether Ores
  • Wireless Redstone Chicken Bones Edition
  • Not Enough Items (NEI)
  • Power Converters
  • MAtmos
  • Rei's Minimap
  • Inventory Tweaks

Technic

Technic is for singleplayer only.

Mods in Technic are as the ones above, plus:

  • Thermal Expansion
  • Somnia
  • Optifine
  • GuiAPI
  • ID Resolver
  • Thaumcraft
  • Mystcraft
  • Treecapitator
  • Steve's Carts
  • Mo' Creatures

As you see there is a lot more mods in Technic.

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Ah, there we go. The biggest thing I miss in Tekkit is Mo' Creatures –  SaintWacko Sep 26 '12 at 15:58
    
Is it possible to install Optifine into Tekkit too? –  Jeffrey Lin Nov 7 '12 at 0:45
    
it is already in the modpack... if your somehow dont have it. Yes its possible but a bit strange to do :D –  RustyMembers Nov 8 '12 at 14:10

While Tekkit is an SMP mod, Technic is SSP only. This means it cannot be played with others, but it allowed them to add quite a few mods which were not feasible in an SMP setting. I'd post a list of the mod differences, but the Technic site is blocked here, so I'll have to do so when I get home, unless someone feels like editing it in.

The easiest way to use Technic is to download the Technic launcher from their website. This will give you a choice to run Tekkit, Technic, Hack/Mine, Yogbox, or Voxel Modpack.

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