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The main article can be found at Minecraft Wiki: Minecraft.
Minecraft (sometimes referred to as Vanilla Minecraft or Vanilla) refers to the unaltered, unmodded, original Minecraft game, on which all mods in Feed The Beast modpacks are based. It provides hundreds of blocks and items, dozens of Mobs and Biomes, and 3 dimensions on its own, which mods then expand on.
In order to play any modpack, one must own either a Minecraft or Mojang account and have purchased the full version of Minecraft. The game can be purchased in the official Minecraft online store.
Minecraft is currently being actively developed and new versions of the game are constantly released. Currently the most recent Minecraft version is 1.8, however most stable modpacks are still based on version 1.6.4. This is due to the fact that mods need to be updated to the new version, which is often a time consuming process. Currently the only FTB modpack for Minecraft 1.7 is the Unstable Pack, which is intended for testing - stable 1.7 modpacks are currently in development. A number of 1.7 modpacks are available on the ATLauncher, though most of them are still in alpha or beta stages.
A full list of all modpacks and the base Minecraft versions used can be found here.