Recommend you consider adding a mod pack that is not hard core. Say All The Mods 1.10 There are several reasons for this suggestion.
1] It allows a person to learn the true base of each Mod versus in hard core the recipes have been changed.
2] Not all minecraft players are Hard Core players. Well OK at least not yet. A certain percentage will grow into one once the have a understanding of the basics for each mod
3] Attraction ... Attraction ... Attraction. We are always on the lookout for new members. If a new member joins and finds servers in 1.10 + are just hard core they will most likely move onto another server.