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Modular Powersuits (MPS) is a Minecraft mod based around the idea of an inventor who tinkers with high-tech electronics and makes a suit of powered armor chock-full of useful gadgets and features. Inspired by heroes like Iron Man, Megaman, and Samus Aran, as well as by the high-tech armor in mods like EE2 and IC2.
MPS adds a full suit of advanced armor, which can be customized and upgraded as your game progresses. The initial cost of the armor is rather low, and it doesn't take much to get a full suit up and running quickly. Consider starting with Iron Plating, which is equivalent to Vanilla Iron Armor, and acquiring upgrade materials over time to move on to lighter, more protective materials. Pick and choose the upgrade path that fits your play style.
The Tinker Table is the workbench of Modular Powersuits, you will need one in order to install and configure modules. When you use the Tinker Table, it will show you all of the pieces of armor you are carrying that can be tinkered with. The items that are equipped will have an 'e' on them. Select a piece of armor to see what upgrades are available. When you select an upgrade, it will show the required components to install that module. For example, to install Night Vision into the Power Armor Helmet, you will need one Hologram Emitter and one Control Circuit. Mouse over a component and hold the Shift key to see additional information about that component.
There are 5 pieces of armor: Power Armor Helmet, Power Armor Chestplate, Power Armor Leggings, Power Armor Boots and Power Fist. Each piece can hold its own internal energy which feeds the entire suit. The amount of energy can be configured and upgraded, making longer trips away from home possible. To recharge the armor pieces you can use Thermal Expansion's Energetic Infuser. The suit will also use charged Redstone Energy Cells sitting in your inventory, so be careful when transporting them that your suit does not inadvertently deplete them.
Want to breathe underwater? See in the dark? Survive a fall from any height? Pick off a creeper from 100 meters with a Railgun? Till huge swaths of farmland, chop down a forest with your hands, launch explosive energy balls... All this and more is possible with MPS.
When installing a module into the Tinker Table, be sure to adjust the settings to the right in the GUI. Some modules won't function or function poorly unless you give them some juice, so don't be afraid to experiment! If something isn't working like you like it, bring the sliders up or down until it behaves like you want it to.
Worried you'll look like a stormtrooper, indistinguishable from the next poor schlub who hasn't figured out the Tinker Table? MPS is full of cosmetic customization, allowing you to change the colors and even visual details such as tubes and wings of your armor. Open the Cosmetic menu (default key: l) and tweak to your hearts content. Or turn off the appearance of your armor entirely, letting your player skin shine.