Big Dig

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Big Dig
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Current Version1.3.9 (MC 1.5.2)

It might as well be cheating!

Big Dig is a pack centered around a new kind of world generation, with large and frequent ore veins. With a hefty mod list and a ton of fat veins, we hope you'll spend less time collecting resources, and more time experimenting with the best mods the Minecraft community has to offer. Ride a chocobo, build the factory of your dreams, and melt down all the ores- some call it cheating. And, well, it pretty much is.


BigDig was originally a modpack created by Technic Forums' user CanVox and utilized Technic's new 'Build Your Own Modpack' feature. The pack was intended as a way for users to spend less time on monotonous tasks and more time exploring the technology available to them. BigDig became enormously popular amongst the Technic community and was officially adopted by the Technic team on April 14, 2013; CanVox was subsequently offered a position on the Technic team as both a forum moderator and BigDig's maintainer.

Included Mods

Mod Version Author(s)
Not Enough Items chicken_bones
Inventory Tweaks 1.5.4b Kobata
Monster Spawn Highlighter Lunatrius
Applied Energistics 10.n AlgorithmX2
Better Anvils 4.1 vdvman1
BuildCraft 3.5.3 SpaceToad, Krapht, and SirSengir
Chococraft 2.8.4 Torojima
ComputerCraft 1.53 dan200
ComputerCraft: Immibis' Peripherals 55.0.0 immibis
OpenCCSensors Cloudy and Mikee
Dimensional Anchors 55.0.0 immibis
Dimensional Doors StevenRS11
Dungeon Pack stuuupiiid
Equivalent Exchange 3 pre1h Pahimar
Ender Storage Ecu and chicken_bones
Forestry Sir Sengir
Forestry: Extra Bees 1.6.pre9 Binnie
Iron Chests cpw
MineChem ljdp and Rushmead
MineFactory Reloaded Powercrystals
Modular Powersuits MachineMuse
MPS Addons Andrew2448
CoFH OmniTools KingLemmingCoFH
Pam's Wee! Flowers 1.5.1 Pam and Rhodox
Rotten Flesh to Leather 1.5.1 Epic Blargh
SecretRoomsMod Abrar Syed
Starting Inventory 1.5.2.r01 DaftPVF and bspkrs
Soul Shards 1.2.7 Shadw Drgn
Thermal Expansion KingLemmingCoFH
Treecapitator 1.5.2.r01 DaftPVF and bspkrs
Useful Food 1.4.2 Silentspy
Nether Ores Powercrystals
Immibis Microblocks 55.0.1 immibis
Trade Booth 0.4 aeroc
BuildCraft Additional Pipes 2.3.0 Flow86
Galacticraft micdoodle8
Greg's Lighting Greg Ewing
Obsidiplates Myrathi
Better Storage Copygirl
MFFS Calclavia
Magical Crops 2.0.8 Mark719
Tinkers' Construct mDiyo
Natura 2.0.21 mDiyo
Atomic Science Calclavia
ICBM Calclavia
Mekanism Aidancbrady
Ender Ore 1.0.12 Shukaro
Enchanting Plus 1.14.6 mssodin28 and GnRSlash
Rei's Minimap 3.3_06 ReiFNSK
Artifice 1.0.67 Shukaro
Open Peripheral 0.0.7 Mikee
Project Bench 1.7.5 _bau5
BuildCraft: Logistics Pipes davboecki, theZorro266, ArtForz, GUIpsp, AartBlueStroke, and others.
Mystcraft XCompWiz

Version History

Rocky Transition

BigDig underwent a chaotic transition between Minecraft 1.4.7 and 1.5.2. Due to severe bugs in the 1.3.2 version of BigDig, several hotfixes were released consecutively within a matter of days - an uncharacteristic practice for the Technic team. On May 29, 2013 the following statement was released regarding the event:

Big Dig has been updated to version 1.3.9 in the launcher, and most users will be prompted to update the next time they launch Big Dig. This version restores MineChem and updates NEI yet again- our guinea pigs have verified that this version does seem to finally resolve the NEI issue. We'd also like to take this opportunity to examine what has occurred with Big Dig over the last 24 hours.

So what happened?

It's difficult to glean, but we believe that some internal changes to NEI occurred that caused some mods which interacted with NEI to throw errors when attempting to set themselves up, but only on certain OS's or hardware profiles, and only under certain circumstances. These circumstances changed from mod to mod and version to version, making it extremely difficult to determine whether the issue was still around- both us and Chicken Bones found it difficult to track down as a result. Additionally, there was an issue with NEI which caused these errors to wreck NEI and prevent the item list from being initialized correctly.

What has changed?

Chicken Bones has pushed a version of NEI, build 21, which appears to successfully prevent the mentioned errors from destroying NEI. Users should be able to use NEI successfully, although individual mods may have problems with NEI support on certain systems. Our understand is that these problems shouldn't lead to crashes, just missing items and/or recipes in NEI. As the problem mods update their NEI support, these issues should gradually disappear.

Okay, but let's talk about Technic's response.

Initially, our response was to approach the NEI issue as urgent and try to correct it as quickly as possible. As the fix was ultimately out of our hands, however, this resulted in a lot of rapid-fire build updates that fixed very little and made it harder for our users and server ops to keep up and tell what was going on. An atmosphere of confusion was created, which was ultimately worse than taking things slow and allowing the issue to hang out a bit longer. Additionally, our rash move to remove MineChem may have broken some users' saves temporarily. Ultimately, our response was less than ideal.

So what's going to be different next time?

The solution for the future is to test out these ongoing mystery issues in test builds for those who are interested in helping us test, and allowing the Recommended build to be fairly stable until a solution is found. This is already our policy, and the path that should have been taken. In the future, we'll be in less of a rush to get a build out and will hopefully be able to provide a solution without a flurry of updates as you've seen over the last 24 hours.

We hope that this answers all of your questions about these Big Dig updates, and please feel free to ask more in the Big Dig section of the forums. Thanks for playing Technic packs, and have fun!

Changelog for Recommended Builds

Version Date of Addition Changelog
1.3.12 June 8, 2013
  • Updated to Minecraft Forge build 723
  • Added Mekanism support to Treecapitator configuration.
  • Corrected a rare crash bug in the Forge transparency fix
  • Added Simple Power Storage version 1.0.10
  • Equivalent Exchange 3 version pre1h has had a crash bug removed.
  • Updated bspkrsCore to version 2.07
  • Updated Immibis Core to version 55.1.2
  • Updated Chococraft to version 2.8.5
  • Updated ComputerCraft: Immibis' Peripherals to version 55.0.1
  • Updated Forestry to version
  • Updated Forestry: Extra Bees to version 1.6 pre 13
  • Some image files have been renamed in Forestry: Extra Bees version 1.6 pre13 to prevent bad textures from appearing in menus.
  • Modular Power Suits has been updated to version
  • MPS Addons has been updated to version
  • Updated MineChem to version
  • Updated Pam's Wee! Flowers to version 1.5.2 1.01
  • Updated MineFactory Reloaded to version
  • Updated Secret Rooms to version
  • Updated Soul Shards to version 1.34
  • Updated Nether Ores to version
  • Updated Galacticraft to version a0.1.35.297
  • Updated MFFS to version
  • Updated Magical Crops to version 2.1.0
  • Updated Tinkers Construct to version
  • Updated Natura to version 2.1 RC 2
  • Updated Atomic Science to version
  • Updated ICBM to version
  • Updated Mekanism to version
  • Updated Open Peripheral to version 0.1.5
  • Updated Not Enough Items: Plugins to version
  • Updated Buildcraft: Logistic Pipes to version
  • Updated Mystcraft to version
1.3.9 May 29, 2013
  • MineChem re-added
  • Code Chicken Core updated to version
  • Ender Storage updated to version
  • Not Enough Items updated to version
1.3.8 May 29, 2013
  • MineChem removed
1.3.7 May 29, 2013
  • Treecapitator support has been removed from Natura Redwoods, to prevent performance issues
  • Buildcraft:Logistics Pipes has been added
  • A port of Mystcraft for 1.5.2, prepared by MCF forums user Qwertygiy, has been added
  • Code Chicken Core has been updated to version
  • Not Enough Items has been updated to version
  • Chococraft has been updated to version 2.8.4
  • Equivalent Exchange 3 has been updated to version pre1h
  • Ender Storage has been updated to version
  • Forestry has been updated to version
  • Forestry: Extra Bees has been updated to version 1.6 pre9
  • Mine Chem has been updated to version
  • Mekanism has been updated to
  • Ender Ore has been updated to 1.0.12
  • Artifice has been updated to 1.0.67
  • Open Peripheral has been updated to 0.0.7
1.3.5 May 27, 2013
  • A configuration error which caused Forestry item ID conflicts has been corrected
  • NEI Plugins has been added
  • Code Chicken Core has been upgraded to version
  • Not Enough Items has been upgraded to version
1.3.4 May 27, 2013
  • Removed Easy Crafting
  • Added Project Bench version 1.7.5
  • Treecapitator support has been added for Natura's trees
1.3.2 May 27, 2013

Updated to 1.5.2

  • Removed An Obsidian Plate
  • Removed Buildcraft: Logistics Pipes
  • Removed Buildcraft: Valve Pipe (and More!)
  • Removed Computer Craft: CC Cable
  • Removed Craft & Enchant
  • Removed Flat Bedrock (taken over by CoFH Core)
  • Removed Industrial Craft 2
  • Removed IC2: Advanced Machines
  • Removed IC2: Advanced Power Management
  • Removed IC2: Compact Solars
  • Removed IC2: MFFS
  • Removed IC2: Nuclear Control
  • Removed Liquid Metals
  • Removed Metallurgy (taken over by CoFH Core)
  • Removed Mystcraft
  • Removed Power Converters
  • Removed Railcraft
  • Removed Redpower 2
  • Removed Tube Stuff
  • Removed Wireless Redstone: Chicken Bones Edition
  • Added Nether Ores
  • Added MPS Addons
  • Added Immibis Microblocks
  • Added Trade Booth
  • Added Buildcraft: Additional Pipes
  • Added Galacticraft
  • Added Greg's Lighting
  • Added Obsidiplates
  • Added Better Storage
  • Added MFFS (by Calclavia)
  • Added Easy Crafting
  • Added Magical Crops
  • Added Tinker's Construct
  • Added Natura
  • Added Atomic Science
  • Added ICBM
  • Added Mekanism
  • Added Ender Ore
  • Added Enchanting Plus
  • Added Artifice
  • Added Open Peripheral
  • All other mods were updated to 1.5.2-compatible versions
1.2.2 April 17, 2013
  • Updated Applied Energistics to version 9.i
  • Updated Liquid Metals to version 0.1.18
  • Implemented a workaround to add Metallurgy compatibility to Liquid Metals
1.2.1 April 14, 2013
  • Big Dig is now an official Technic pack.