With all of the recent drama in the Bukkit community and the resultant delays in the release of a plugin-compatible version of 1.8 a lot of us have been getting impatient. So impatient that with a big push from Trident87 and some help from Lord_Sunday123 and yours truly we have set up a Feed the Beast server for our community.
What's Feed the Beast? It's a collection of modpacks for Minecraft and after playing it for the past week or so after having never tried it I can tell you all that it's truly amazing. It has something for everyone. Redstone mechanics not enough for you? No problem -- build automated mining machines, power generators and even computers with a simple language to write programs to run on them. Enchantments and potions leave you thirsty for more magic? Use one of the many new enchantments included in game or one of the two complete magic mods and abandon your sword for a staff or a wand. Are you a builder? Enjoy creating awesome structures with literally thousands of new blocks added in the various included mods.
For our server we're running the DireWolf20 pack. If you want to join us download it from http://www.feed-the-beast.com and choose the DireWolf20 pack and once it downloads the appropriate mods connect to ftb.emeraldworld.info:25566 (I'm working on getting rid of the alternate port but our DNS registrar has a crappy interface for entering SRV records).
For those who prefer/need optifine there's a decent tutorial here on how to get it working with FTB:
I apologize to anyone who's missed me during my absence. I've been playing it a lot over the past week and helping prepare it so that we can have things like grief prevention in place. There are still things that need to be implemented but we're looking forward to getting the community's input as we decide on things like Equivalent Exchange for the economy and additional plugins. Hope to see you on there soon!