I actually think that Flower child quit the forge because he didn't like that his mod was compatible with other mods. And because of the techic pack having it included before. He probably left the forge to make his mod completely incompatible so no one can make mod packs with his mod.
Are you serious? That makes absolutelly no sense. If that was true FC would never even had used the forge to begin with.
I for one support his decision. Not that I like that his mod is incompatible with Forge now, obviously I'd prefer to be able to play it with other Forge mods, but there's a big game design difference between better then wolves and the other forge mods. Like you said, and lots of other people said something similar...
The only reasons I like BTW is because of the awesome water/windmills, the buddy block, the hopper, millstone, hibachi, and cauldron.
Well, of course, why would anyone care about the more difficult, challenging part of BTW when playing it together with IC² or Red Power, when these mods have such a higher tech level that makes most BTW aspects obsolete?
Also, FC does this mod for fun. He makes no money from donations or adfly or anything like that, and like he said before, if he's not having any fun making it, there is no reason to continue. I also made this addon only for fun, and if I had to put up with the kind of crap he gets everyday, I might not even had done it. So, in the end, if his choice is stopping the development of BTW (which has become close to be a possibility) or continue it without the Forge, the decision is obvious.
He says he had to do it because "it wasn't fun anymore", but if you lose many of your players by choosing to be incompatible, and then drive away others with a bad attitude, who's left to play?
If you take a look on the BTW forums, you will see there are actually quite a few people that still plays it. By the way, I'm currently playing with BTW on my world, and I plan to keep it for a long time. And if most of the old players stop using BTW, so what? Again, FC did the mod for fun, and then for people who could enjoy the kind of challenge his mod provides. Since he is not getting payed, it really doesn't matter for him if there are 100 players instead of 1000.... At least I'm glad he is still working on the mod at all.