I am aware that since Fabulously Optimized was created, several similar packs have started appearing on CurseForge. So what separates this from the rest?
  • Accessibility - Fabulously Optimized supports several launchers, is hosted on three sites, has many video tutorials and supports various languages.
  • Community - Fabulously Optimized is developed with the community, helping you fix problems, considering your mod suggestions, hosting public votes for mod inclusion and even reverting changes if they were not popular. The author also contributes to the mods themselves by reporting issues and suggesting fixes.
  • Consistency - Fabulously Optimized must be sustainable, 100% server-compatible and it should work similarly across versions. I carefully consider every new mod and change I include to make sure it would work well, feel vanilla and be available in the future.
  • Familiarity - main priority is having parity with OptiFine, but sometimes Forge, Bedrock Edition and snapshots are considered as well. Note that the parity does not mean identical behavior, I highly consider the needs of existing FO users and vanilla-like Java Edition users' preferences in general.
  • Neutrality - the modpack should only give you the essential tools and fixes to customize your game, not include any opinionated extras itself (e.g. a mod that adds more environment sounds).
  • Privacy - you shall not be punished for "having too many mods" or "using the wrong zoom mod". That does not mean I encourage any rule-breaking, only that the client communicates with the servers as little as possible.
  • Transparency - Fabulously Optimized is open source (including the majority of its mods), documented in this wiki, changes are outlined, mods are clearly listed with their creator and purpose.
  • Updates - Fabulously Optimized receives fast updates and is one of the first modpacks to upgrade to newer Minecraft versions.
See also: Version support FAQ​

Why use Fabric?

Some facts about Fabric that can make you reconsider using Forge...
  • Fabric updates fast - on the same day as Minecraft itself, and so do many of its mods
  • Fabric loads fast - roughly the same as vanilla Minecraft, unlike Forge that takes minutes to open
  • Fabric is small - no huge libraries taking space on your computer, for most mods you only need the Fabric Loader and Fabric API​
  • Fabric is popular - there are more than 6600 mods on CurseForge and more than 4000 mods on Modrinth (most overlap though)
  • Fabric is supported - many mod developers support both Fabric and Forge nowadays, some even move to only Fabric now
  • Fabric is compatible - many mod developers work together to keep their mods compatible with each other
  • Fabric is easy - many launchers are supported, and the installers are accessible right from the homepage​
Looking for alternative mods to those you've been used to in Forge? Check this list out!​