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Title: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Akima on 17 Oct 2012, 01:27
I've been playing FTL: Faster Than Light (http://www.ftlgame.com). The creators bill it as:

"FTL is a spaceship simulation roguelike-like. Its aim is to recreate the atmosphere of running a spaceship exploring the galaxy (like Firefly/Star Trek/BSG etc.) In any given episode of those classic shows, the captain is always yelling “Reroute power to shields!” or giving commands to the engineer now that their Warp Core is on fire.  We wanted that experience, as opposed to the “dog fighting in space” that most videogames focus on.  We wanted a game where we had to manage the crew, fix the engines, reroute power to shields, target the enemy life support, and then figure out how to repel the boarders that just transported over!"

It is surprisingly addictive and tense, and I haven't managed to beat it even on easy mode yet. That final boss ship is seriously tough. There are only two modes: Easy, in which you die a lot, and Normal, in which you die sooner. For $10, it is worth a look.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Jace on 17 Oct 2012, 01:52
I thought I finally had it with the engi drone ship, but it turns out it was just the first stage of the boss fight, and the repair station was all the way across the map.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Pilchard123 on 17 Oct 2012, 03:06
I really want to get this but, believe it or not, my computer is too poor to run it.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Blyss on 17 Oct 2012, 11:42
It sounds very cool.  I'll look it up.  I love that kind of stuff.   :-D
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: LTK on 17 Oct 2012, 12:01
I've been playing FTL since they gave me early non-beta access for Kickstartering it. Steam tells me I've put 85 hours into the game. It took me about 60 games to win on Easy, and then I very quickly logged two additional wins, after which I switched to Normal and after another ten games, against all odds I won with a surprisingly underpowered Engi cruiser A, thanks to being able to deploy two attack drones. I've unlocked all ships and layouts except for the secret one, which is really frikkin' hard to get.

And you're absolutely right, it can be really tense at times. I'd often be shaking in my (metaphorical) boots during very difficult fights. Although I'm a bit burned out on it by now. In my latest run I had the Rock cruiser B with a boarding crew of two rockmen, who got warped away when the enemy ship jumped because I hadn't been paying attention. Just made me want to give up, cause I was doing so well. This game is really not forgiving when you screw up.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Akima on 17 Oct 2012, 22:24
I get attached to my little crew dudes, and feel bad when they die, especially when it's because I've forgotten something really stupid.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: ackblom12 on 17 Oct 2012, 22:31
This game is so damn good. I've beaten it a few times on East, but Normal victory still eludes me. I've also been trying my damndest to get the last 3 ships (Mantis, Rockman and Crystal) but I have only run into th eMantis ship once and I didn't have a Mantis crew member, so no dice. Haven't managed to run into the Rockman ship at all and the only time I've gotten the Crystal crew member, I was already in Sector 7 before I got him fixed.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: LTK on 17 Oct 2012, 23:09
You don't need to have a Mantis crewmember in order to get the Mantis cruiser. Just make sure that when you find him, don't completely destroy him.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: ackblom12 on 17 Oct 2012, 23:11
Well son of a bitch.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: VonKleist on 18 Oct 2012, 04:24
I haven't managed a win on normal yet. I´ve got all the A ships except for Mantis and Crystal cruiser and some of the variants.
It is kind of unforgiving. With the more specialized ships you mostly just need to encounter one Zoltan ship with a drone in the first two sectors and you´re fucked.
I´m kind of burned out on it by now but I´m sure I´ll get back to it sometime.

What bugs me the most is the gap between easy and normal. If you haven't found proper weapons and upgrades by midgame on normal you might as well start over because the flagship is going to fuck your shit up even if you get to The Last Stand without too much trouble.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: snalin on 23 Oct 2012, 17:20
I got to the third fight with the final guy in my second run just now. I didn't realize I had to fight the thing more than once, so my two fighter guys died while boarding.

The setup was really sick - two lvl2 ion canons, one heavy ion canon, two fighter drones. No ship could shoot at me or have any shields after half a minute.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: LTK on 23 Oct 2012, 17:52
I did a run with the Mantis cruiser, and in three entire sectors I encountered exactly two manned ships and roughly eight million unmanned drones. I'd say this time the game was actively trying to screw me over.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: de_la_Nae on 28 Nov 2012, 04:06
FRAGHAGLAGH

I like this game, but had what I thought was a great Easy run in the Engi ship and got trounced in Flagship Part 2: Flag Harder.

Also found out in Flagship 1 that, if a crewmember in a room is trying to beat down a door when you use the teleporter to whisk him back, it won't work. It would appear the act of engaging the door possibly puts him into the next room for purposes of that game mechanic.

By the way, has anyone successfully cleared the crew out of the Flagship, in any stage? I'm wondering how that changes things, if any.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: ackblom12 on 28 Nov 2012, 04:17
An AI takes over all functions of the ship. It does mean, however, that repairs no longer occur and bonuses from manned stations are not applied.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: VonKleist on 28 Nov 2012, 04:35
The Wiki says the AI is supposedly harder to beat so I only once killed them all in the third stage by accident. I was going to win anyway so it didn't make a difference.

I´ve tried to get the Mantis Cruiser but I never get the stupid encounter if I get the Mantis Homeworld at all :psyduck:

Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: snalin on 28 Nov 2012, 08:12
It seems like destroying a turret during the first encounter makes that turret be destroyed during the second. If you have good shields and defensive capabilities, teleporting crew into the guns that are isolated will save you a lot of trouble later on.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: LTK on 28 Nov 2012, 08:49
That's not true, weapon systems are restored between stages. However, killing the crew in weapons stations will keep them empty for the following stages, so they can be destroyed easily.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Jace on 29 Nov 2012, 15:06
From what I've been able to tell the best thing to do is kill off all the dudes but one in the flagship, that way the AI doesn't take over and it makes it much harder for the dude to repair stuff.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: VonKleist on 30 Nov 2012, 01:08
Argh.. I can't play because my desktops' power-unit is probabyl toast and FTL needs minimum resolution of 1280x720 and my backup is a netbooooooook :psyduck:
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Nikolai on 03 Dec 2012, 15:19
I've got 46 hours logged, my record being 3-49. I ain't even mad.

Also, mods! (http://mods![url=http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/10/18/ftl-mod-round-up-fly-ships-from-star-trek-star-wars-and-firefly/?ns_campaign=article-feed&ns_mchannel=ref&ns_source=steam&ns_linkname=0&ns_fee=0)
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: snalin on 03 Dec 2012, 18:14
That is one borked hotlink. Correct one is here (http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/10/18/ftl-mod-round-up-fly-ships-from-star-trek-star-wars-and-firefly/?ns_campaign=article-feed&ns_mchannel=ref&ns_source=steam&ns_linkname=0&ns_fee=0)
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: de_la_Nae on 27 Jan 2013, 11:07
For those who hadn't noticed, Feerless Leeder (i.e. jephbutt) has been recording playthroughs of FTL because...well why not? (http://www.youtube.com/user/jephjacques/videos?view=1&flow=grid)
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Pilchard123 on 27 Jan 2013, 11:12
Welp, I've failed this assignment then.

EDIT: Jeph sounds different to what I expected, though I'm not entirely sure what that was. Hm.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: de_la_Nae on 27 Jan 2013, 11:54
He sounds pretty much exactly what I imagined.

However I've been imagining him as a friend of mine from Ohio that I used to hang out with before he got married and moved out to California. The similarities, in both appearance and voice, are amusing.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: TheCollyWolly on 27 Jan 2013, 17:11
So I bought it today, and motherfucker is this a tough game.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: ackblom12 on 27 Jan 2013, 17:12
It's basically tailor made to shit all over you.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: TheCollyWolly on 27 Jan 2013, 20:11
My crew just suffocated and now I'm deeply depressed
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Pilchard123 on 28 Jan 2013, 10:23
I don't like buying things online. FTL is on steam. GAME sells wallet codes for Steam. My local GAME store just closed down. I didn't buy any. I am angry.

[head-desk]
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: TheCollyWolly on 28 Jan 2013, 13:16
Has anyone had a thing where your oxygen just starts draining for no reason at all? No leaks, doesn't matter if the doors are open or shut. the whole ship just drains, and everyone dies. It's happened three times now, once in the next-to-last sector :/
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: ackblom12 on 28 Jan 2013, 13:25
I've had it happen when the oxygen has been shut off for some reason. Usually it happens right after I've been in a nebula that shut down the power to my oxygen.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: idontunderstand on 01 Feb 2013, 01:49
A related game (http://gamelab.mit.edu/games/a-slower-speed-of-light/)

Pretty fun actually.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: LTK on 01 Feb 2013, 03:47
It's not related at all, but still really interesting!
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: snalin on 01 Feb 2013, 04:05
That is so cool. And it's written for Unity, so I can play around with it when it comes out. EEEEE!
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: ackblom12 on 01 Feb 2013, 12:27
Mantis Cruiser B is my absolute favorite thing ever.

Also fuck you Crystal Cruiser Quest. Fuck you so goddamn hard you fucking harlot.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: idontunderstand on 02 Feb 2013, 07:27
It's not related at all, but still really interesting!

Well it had the word "light" in it...... :P

Unfortunately it's really slow on my comp, which puzzles me, because it meets all the technical requirements.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Pilchard123 on 02 Feb 2013, 10:22
That was weird.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Pilchard123 on 15 Feb 2013, 05:32
I've just finished a uni assignment and yesterday got rid of a huge project at work. Bought this as a reward. Let's see how well I fail.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: LTK on 19 May 2013, 12:18
Played another few games of this since a friend of mine bought it as well. I did pretty well this time with the Osprey. I got the No Redshirts Here achievement for Normal as well as the Slice and Dice achievement and defeated two stages of the flagship, but by that time there were no repair nodes remaining and I was too beat up to be able to fight any more. Still, reached second place in my Osprey high score list.

Also, before that I did a run with Red-Tail. I fill it with a full complement of crew. I install a teleporter for the mantis and rockman to use. Uselessly, since I proceed to be torn apart by three consecutive auto-assault ships. AARGH

I also remembered I had to eat...
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Schmee on 15 Sep 2013, 19:31
Got FTL on friday, unlocked the Engi ship, Zoltan ship, and both layouts of the Confederate Cruiser by Sunday. Oh jeez.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: mtmerrick on 15 Sep 2013, 20:30
Got given a steam code for FTL as a late birthday present :)

I'll let live yall know when I get a chance to play.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: SageJiraiya on 28 Nov 2013, 20:23
I just finally got this game.
Actually, I bought it during a humble bundle but have only just started playing it.
I suck at it even on easy difficulty.
But, it's stills heaps of fun.
Do recommend.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Schmee on 28 Nov 2013, 21:23
I've unlocked every ship except the crystal one, and beat the game on normal with most of them. Here are hints:
 - In the options, enable "show beacon paths on hover". Planning your jumps will be much easier.
 - Pause. Pause often. Just check over your ship once in a while, to make sure that you aren't on fire or suffocating or anything.
 - Hold control while aiming to toggle autofire on a per-weapon basis. Keep ion weapons on autofire, but wait for everything else to charge and fire it off all at once. Burst lasers first, then heavy lasers and hull lasers a second later, then once the shields drop fire the beams.
 - Speaking of beams, be careful where you aim them. Most beams do damage per room, and its possible to hit at least 5 rooms on almost every ship with a single Halberd beam. However, the Anti-Bio and Fire beams count each floor tile as a hit, so keep that in mind when firing them.
 - If you want to repair a hull breach, open all doors connecting to the breached room. The oxygen will spread into the room, giving you more time to repair it.
 - Oxygen is a privilege, not a right. Feel free to disable it if you need an extra power bar temporarily, but remember to turn it on again later.
 - Ion bombs and Burst Laser IIs are OP as hell. With a two-star weapons officer, ion bombs will permanently drop the enemy shields by 2 layers, for only one power.
 - Defence drones can shoot down boarding drones. This makes phase 2 of the boss a LOT easier.
 - Speaking of the boss, here's a good strategy:
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: ev4n on 06 Dec 2013, 06:23
Bleh I get so frustrated with this game.  Got like 8 crew yesterday, so bought a transporter, then promptly killed half my crew while they were across.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: de_la_Nae on 07 Dec 2013, 13:58
Let me guess: Accidentally blew up the enemy ship?
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: ev4n on 07 Dec 2013, 17:36
ayup....  :x
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: de_la_Nae on 08 Dec 2013, 12:30
I've done that.

I've also suffocated someone because I sent them onto a drone ship.

I've also ran away and forgot to get my person back.

I've also had the enemy run away with my people still on board.

I'm...not so good at this game sometimes.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Nikolai on 02 Jan 2014, 08:37
FTL Advanced Edition (http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/01/02/ftl-advanced-edition-will-introduce-new-race.aspx) announced for sometime this year.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Schmee on 02 Jan 2014, 16:52
Quote
The Lanius automatically and uncontrollably suck oxygen out of any space they inhabit.
Oh, wonderful.

It's also coming out on iPad.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: de_la_Nae on 02 Jan 2014, 16:58
Sounds like my boarding crew is going to get changed up a bit. That has eeenteresting offensive implications.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: LTK on 02 Jan 2014, 17:57
What bugs me is that it's a logical impossibility. Why do they lower the oxygen level in the room when they don't breathe it, while other species don't lower the oxygen level in a room and they do breathe it? If there's some sort of chemical reaction going on when their body comes into contact with oxygen, such a massive amount of oxidation should be incredibly damaging, but they don't lose any health from coming into contact with oxygen. Call it a nitpick, but the rest of the game was logically consistent (by sci-fi standards) so I really expected better of them.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: de_la_Nae on 03 Jan 2014, 00:37
Just like the power dudes cause power things to happen because POWER MAGIC (i mean science) by being in a room, maybe...I dunno, maybe they have some weird POWER AURA that fucks up the oxygen generation process? Because your ship has to be creating that stuff through science magic, I can't figure any way around that.

Maybe one of their cellular respiration pathways in the presence of oxygen gives off a 'harmless' byproduct of ozone from oxygen?

Or maybe their bodies somehow twist O2 molecules into a strange configuration that others can't process? I don't know how, mind you, but I don't actually understand how aforementioned power-magic-auras work either.

Also I'm going to nitpick you: is it that they don't breathe it, or that they don't require it for their functioning? There's a difference.

Not to pick on you LTK, but I'm not sure this isn't a case of simply not twisting your science-fiction logic out far enough. I'm sure we can bullshit up some more silly answers given time.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Schmee on 03 Jan 2014, 01:28
There's an important distinction to consider: Do the Lanius only absorb oxygen, or do they suck up all gases? They could have some kind of wormhole inside them, powering them as it jettisons matter into deep space. It wouldn't be the weirdest thing I've read about.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Schmee on 27 Mar 2014, 18:28
Advanced Edition (and the iPad version of the game) will be released on April 3!
(http://i.imgur.com/vwMin.gif)
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: de_la_Nae on 27 Mar 2014, 18:43
That .gif gets me every tiime.

Also eeeeeee
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Pilchard123 on 28 Mar 2014, 01:33
Yus!
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: ChaoSera on 28 Mar 2014, 02:31
That's no good! I was planning on spending the first two weeks of April playing Age of Wonders III, and now this! Where do I get the time? :psyduck:
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Edguy on 02 May 2015, 15:16
Late to the party, but I just beat the boss for the first time, after picking FTL up again a few weeks ago. On easy. I used the Zoltan ship, and found good results with the combo of the Halberd Beam and one of those Ion spamming guns.
Title: Re: FTL: Faster Than Light
Post by: Schmee on 02 May 2015, 18:30
Congrats - beating the game is no small achievement, even on Easy.