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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 FTB 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 the newest stable FTB 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. The exception is the Unstable Pack, which is designed as a test platform for mod authors converting to 1.7 and is not recommended for general gameplay.
A full list of all modpacks and the base Minecraft versions used can be found here.