Guide

Welcome to HorizonFlans! This server is based on the Factions plugin, Flansmod guns/vehicles, Immersive Engineering and Thermal Expansion machines.
In this short guide, we'll give some basic tips and advice to get you started.

Factions


Factions are groups of players which can be compared to Clans. A faction will often have a shared base, supplies and diplomatic relations to other factions
When you start playing, you can either ask to join someone else's faction, or create your own.
To join a faction, the leader or an officer needs to invite you. You should get a message in chat, after you have been invited, you should do:
/f join factionname
If you want to create your own faction, it will cost you $200 of ingame money.
You should pick a name to call your group. Once you've decided a name, do
/f create factionname

Building a Base


A base is somewhere to store your items, place your machines and make your own. If you have joined a faction, they may have a base already.
To get to your faction's base, do
/f home
You may wish to build a base for yourself. It is important to keep your base secret, so it does not get raided. Here are some tips:
  • Walk through the RTP portal at spawn (Walk left after doing /spawn). This will teleport you to a random location away from spawn. Spawn is located in the South Western corner of the map, at roughly -6000, 6000. It will teleport you in an area between -5800, 5800 and 0,0. This is the South West quarter of the map. Overall, the map measures 12800x12800 and is centered at 0,0. Bases in the RTP area are often found quite quickly, in order to make your bases harder to find, walk or fly further north or east.
  • Hide your base, You may want to put it in a deep valley, hidden inside a hill, or deep underground.
  • Be careful who you trust, people may ask to teleport to you, they may want to find out where your base is to raid you!
  • Make use of different blocks, Obsidian can be blown up on this server, but it is very resistant. You may want to place these in a way to make it harder for attackers to break into your base. You can also use the hardwall from Open Modular Turrets. These blocks have very high blast resistance, and can be crafted quite cheaply. Tiers 1-3 are allowed on this server.
  • Make sure there aren't any other bases around you, to show all the claimed bases around, you can do
    /f map
  • You can craft turrets from Open Modular Turrets to protect your base from enemies. Once these are setup, you can add people to a friends list which the turret will avoid shooting.
It's a good idea to set a home at your base.
To set a home, do
/sethome homeName
To teleport to a home, do
/home homeName
To delete a home you have set, do
/delhome homeName

Claims


You can protect your base by claiming it. Nobody outside of your faction and allies can build, or operate things like doors in your claimed territory.
However, enemies of your faction can open chests and blow up your land. The only time when they can't blow up your land is between 30 minutes and 2 days after all members of your faction have logged off.
To claim a piece of land, do
/f claim
a claim will be placed where you are standing, a 16x16 area around you. You can see these chunks by pressing F9 on your keyboard. (You may need to press FN at the same time)
Once you've claimed your base, you may wish to set a faction home which all members of your faction to teleport to, to do this,
/f sethome
Enemies of your faction can also overclaim your land, making it theirs if your faction power is less than the land you have.
To see information, including land, power, diplomatic relations and members
/f f factionname
You can leave out factionname to see information about your own faction.
Each member adds to a factions power, you gain some power just from being online, and lose power when you are killed (except in warzone, for PVP).
So be careful how many times you could die, you don't want other people to be able to claim your base!
Some people leave their bases unclaimed, especially if the bases are underground so that players can't find their base with /f map. This can help to hide the base, but leaves you without protection.
To an invite another user to join your faction, do
/f invite username
You can promote them to member (allowing to break blocks, open chests) with
/f member username
And officer:
/f officer username
To set the diplomatic status with another faction, you can use the following commands (they must confirm it as well)
/f neutral factionname
/f enemy factionname
/f truce factionname
/f ally factionname
You can chat to people in your faction, or your allies by using the following commands.
/f c f
(Talk to your faction)
/f c e
(Talk to your enemies)
/f c a
(Talk to your allies)
/f c t
(Talk to those who you're in truce with)
/f c p
(Return to normal chat)
To see all of the factions commands, do
/f help

Money


To see how much money you have, do
/bal
You can spend and earn ingame money at the spawn shop, or by trading with other players.
You can pay another player with
/pay otherplayersusername amount
You can use the spawn shop by teleporting to it, and right clicking signs to buy and sell items.
/warp shop

Keys, Kits and Voting


You can vote every day to recieve rewards. Voting also helps the server out by boosting our ranking on server lists.
To vote, Click here!
To claim free kits, do
/kit daily
/kit weekly
/kit biplane
/kit boat
Keys earned from these kits can be spent at the traders at
/warp shop
Right click the NPCs there to show the trading menu.

Flansmod


Flansmod is a mod which adds guns, vehicles, planes and mechas.
To craft vehicles/planes/mechas, you need a vehicle crafting table.
To craft guns, you need the gunbox that the gun is in.
Both of these are available at spawn. Look for the blocks with flags on them.

Ammunition can also be crafted in these boxes.
To craft some guns and vehicles, you may need "Flans Copper", "Flans Steel" or "Flans Aluminium".
/warp shop
The traders at show exhange steel, copper and aluminium to their respective Flans variants free of charge. Right click the NPCs to open their crafting.
You can fire a gun by right clicking, aiming by left clicking and reloading with the "R" key.
To change left/right click for firing and reloading, and whether to use hold style ADS or momentary,
Press the ; key
This opens options allowing you to choose between the mouse buttons and ADS style.
To enter a vehicle/plane/mecha, right click it. Then press R, and click the "Fuel" tab, you'll then need to put a fuel can in it.
Once the vehicle is fueled, press the W key to go forward, A nd D to turn. If you're in a plane, you need to pull down with the mouse to take off.

There is a public runway for small to medium sized planes, at spawn.
/warp runway
To get there.
Mechas can be used to mine ores using drills.
Various upgrades are available to give the mechas ore processing and terraforming abilities.

Technology


The two main tech mods on the server are Immersive Engineering and Thermal Expansion

Immersive Engineering

Here is a playlist of videos to check out: Click here!
Here is also a video, where country1 explains how to setup a biodiesel plant to power a diesel generator:
There is also the ingame handbook which you can use.
/kit handbook

The FTB Wiki also contains lots of information about Immersive Engineering. The wiki is for the 1.12.2 version, but most of the information is still relevant. Click here!

Please note that certain things are changed in Immersive Engineering for this server. A few of these are:
  • Biodiesel burn time is extended
  • Waterwheels and windmills produce more power
  • Thermoeletric generators are nerfed
  • The mod workbench has limited use

Thermal Expansion

Here's a guide on the FTB wiki describing how to get started with Thermal Expansion Click here! As with Immersive Engineering, some power output and usage rates are different from base Thermal Expansion. Some machines are also not craftable.

Pollution

Pollution is something to be wary of in the game. Pollution is stored in three different types, air, land and water. Each chunk has a pollution level. Most machines, furnaces, explosions and bonemeal produce pollution.
You can see how much pollution a machine produces by pressing shift when the block is selected.
Three numbers will show up in the WAILA hud at the top of the screen.
What does the pollution cause? High levels of pollution will lead to smog, visible above ground. This could allow enemies to find your hidden underground base. Other effects include potion effects from acid rain, farmland dying out, leaves falling off trees and crops failing to grow.

What can I do about it? Planting trees will take pollution from the land when you plant them, this is slow and not very effective though.
A better option is to use filters. The basic filter requires RF power, and will remove pollution from directly adjacent machines as they produce it. The advanced filter block requires RF power, and liquid must be extracted from it. This will continuously remove pollution from your chunk. Both of these blocks require daylight and a redstone signal to work. More information can be found about using these blocks by right clicking them.

For detailed information on the pollution in your chunk, you can use a Pollution Analyzer block. It will show the currently active effects and pollution levels.

Terminology


Some useful terms:
  • Essentials - The plugin that provides commands like /home, /tpa, /bal and the basic economy
  • Factions - The plugin that provides the /f command, for clans/groups
  • Mcmmo - A plugin which lets you level up skills like digging, mining e.t.c, giving you extra powers like chopping down trees with one hit.
  • Playertime - A plugin that logs how long players spend online, and gives you a rank corresponding. You can see the ranks at spawn. Ranks can also be bought early. Higher ranks give benefits like more sethomes.
  • PwnPlantGrowth - Prevents most crops from growing where the sky is not directly visible above them.
  • SilkSpawners - A plugin which allows players to mine spawners with a silk touch pickaxe. You may need staff help to place them, however.
  • InvisRemove - Invisibility potion cannot be brewed normally, it takes a special recipe at the customnpc workbench.
  • Immersive Engineering - Mod which adds machines, pipes, cables for automation.
  • Flansmod - A mod which uses content packs to add vehicles, guns, planes, tanks, mechas and armour to the game. The content packs are listed here:
    • Global Firestorm (GFS) - Adds military tanks, planes and vehicles to the game. Mostly cold war to modern era.
    • Macheteman (mpack) - Adds a lot of guns, from different parts of history.
    • Macheteman Italy - Adds a few Italian guns.
    • British Military Pack (BMP) - Adds British military planes, tanks and guns.
    • Official Modern - Adds modern guns, vehicles, tanks, planes and armour.
    • Official Mecha Pack - Adds Mechas and upgrades they can use for mining, fighting and terraforming.
    • Official Simple Parts Pack - Adds parts for crafting. Also adds the blowtorch (right click a vehicle hitbox to repair it).
  • CustomNPC - Adds NPCs which we use for traders, also adds decorative blocks which can be crafted using the carpenter's workbench.
  • Thermal Expansion (and other CoFH mods) - Provide many machines for automation, adds a few items and mobs like blizzes.
  • Open Modular Turrets - Adds turrets, hardwall and other security/protection items to the game.
  • Ecomod - Adds the pollution mechanic.
  • Nether Ores - Adds mineable ores to the nether.
  • Not Enough Items (NEI) - Adds an ingame recipe finder. In your inventory, press R on an item and it will show you recipes. (It does not show Flans box recipes!)
  • What Am I Looking At (WAILA) - Shows detailed information about the block you are looking at, visible at the top of your screen.

Other help


Make sure you read our rules. They are on our Discord server, (invite link at the bottom of the page) in the #rules channel.
To get the rule book ingame, do
/kit rules
There is also a free guide to Immersive Engineering machines, which you can get with
/kit handbook
A book showing which items are banned ingame can also be obtained using
/kit handbook
Good luck, enjoy your time on our server! If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the #reports-requests channel in our Discord, or somebody ingame.


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