FTL

I actually just made it to the second phase of the boss for the first time! Damn those drones. Damn them so hard.

It's always a gamble for me to hit as many systems as possible because I never know if I'll hit some fluke and get destroyed. But I know I need the scrap so I just hit as many as I can before I have to jump away.

Yeah, I've been trying to fit more systems into each sector to build up scrap and crew, and for the first time tonight I went too far, hit a dead end, and ended up overtaken by the rebel fleet. There's a lot of variation in the rebel ships, some having multiple anti-ship drones or missile launchers, are really tough.

babakotia wrote:

and for the first time tonight I went too far, hit a dead end,

In options, enable 2. Show beacon paths on hover.

That helps a lot. You can sort of map out your route to the exit and make sure you can reach it by mousing over the jumps ahead.

babakotia wrote:

Do these occasionally give a positive outcome, perhaps with different crew or upgrades to give 'blue' actions

Yes there are upgrades that help, and some give blue actions.

Spoiler:

Spiders: anti-personnel droids squish them easily. I think mantis rip them apart too.
Fire: Rocks stomp fire. Repair droids are immune to fire, too.
Mantis pods found floating in space: target practice :)

babakotia wrote:

Do these occasionally give a positive outcome, perhaps with different crew or upgrades to give 'blue' actions

These do have positive outcomes; I think I've only lost one guy to spiders, and maybe one to fire. Normally things go well and I get a nice reward.

So it's random then? Sometimes it will be positive and sometime not so?

Really enjoying this so far. I've played 2 games and lost them both. I got an Engi ship now, but will probably stick with the first ship a bit longer. So how do you unlock the ships anyway, just get to more zones?

BlackSabre wrote:

So it's random then? Sometimes it will be positive and sometime not so?

Taking regular (non-blue) choices is random. Blue choices seem to always end up positive. That's why it's good to upgrade systems to level 2 at least, and try to have multiple races of crew aboard, for more and more blue options.

BlackSabre wrote:

So it's random then? Sometimes it will be positive and sometime not so?

Really enjoying this so far. I've played 2 games and lost them both. I got an Engi ship now, but will probably stick with the first ship a bit longer. So how do you unlock the ships anyway, just get to more zones?

If you click "List" in the hangar, you can hover over the ships and see how to unlock them.

It's worth noting that blue choices are always positive BUT the outcome may not directly lead to a benefit/be free of danger.

I know of at least one instance where picking the blue choice will put you in a fight (where you could possibly gain scrap and salvage), whereas taking the only other choice in that encounter results in you leaving with nothing happening.

Cool, good to know, thanks all!

Tamren wrote:

It's worth noting that blue choices are always positive BUT the outcome may not directly lead to a benefit/be free of danger.

I know of at least one instance where picking the blue choice will put you in a fight (where you could possibly gain scrap and salvage), whereas taking the only other choice in that encounter results in you leaving with nothing happening.

Blue choices also may give lesser rewards than non-blue choices (example: enabling you to avoid fights). In general they will never screw you over but you still need to consider whether the other options might be more beneficial.

Jarpy wrote:

Is that really in the spirit of the game?...

A little late to this, but seeing as I just lost horribly in a sector 2 ion storm nebula where an automated scout was able to power his ion cannon, missile launcher, shield, anti-ship drone AND evade 2 of my missiles in a row (I was able to power only 1 weapon and choose between engines and shield) I'd say that every exploit I can find other than outright using cheat codes is a fair game.
Damn that guy pissed me off.

Yesh, unlocked my first ship and also unlocked a few achievements (I wonder why they didn't integrate achievements with steam though)

Agreed! It's weird that they have all those neat little achievements, and they aren't integrated with Steam. Wonder why that is... Must be some sort of technical mumbo jumbo...

This is the only game where I`m interesting in achievements. They're real challenges and might force you to play in certain ways if you had that cheevo in mind. Plus, unlocks!

Well after a few really crap runs, I've managed to get a decent Engi setup happening. Still early in sector 3, but I have 6 crew. 1 is fully trained in weapons, another level 2 in shields, a third, almost level 2 in pilot and a fourth in the engine room.

Number 5 and 6 (two rocks) are my boarding party. Wow. It's awesome. My elite weapons guy just keeps their weapons disabled while I beam over there and kill the crew. The only problem is when they have a healing room on their ship. I've gotta drop the shields a level and activate the second heavy ion to take out their med bay.

Still, an interesting strategy that's working well for me. I've noticed that if they surrender and give you stuff, take it. Every time I haven't taken it and killed the crew, I always end up with less than what they offered me.

BlackSabre wrote:

I've noticed that if they surrender and give you stuff, take it. Every time I haven't taken it and killed the crew, I always end up with less than what they offered me.

I've noticed the opposite. I always use the starter ship though as I never seem to use the ion cannon correctly.

http://www.ftlgame.com/forum/viewtop...

I'd highly recommend for anyone who played FTL to install that mod.

What is FTL Infinite Space?
The universe is vast. With FTL Infinite Space you can explore the universe to your hearts content, or till you blow your ship to bits. Infinite Space will jump you from sector to sector, while you search for ancient powerful artifacts, and advanced technology to enhance your ships capabilities. Learn when to fight, and when to run. Dominate or be destroyed.

VERY fun

Quoting so it's a linky

Holy crap! A mod that eliminates the end-boss and doesn't gimp the experience in some other way? I'll totally try that.

My god, this game is good!!!! Do I totally suck? I haven't unlocked anymore ships yet.

El-Producto wrote:

My god, this game is good!!!! Do I totally suck? I haven't unlocked anymore ships yet.

1st one most people get is the Engi ship for making it to sector 5.

And that's also one of the best ships to beat the game with. So that helps, once you start getting close to winning you get a ship to push you over the top.

Yeah, well I hate this game. Well I love it, but I hate it. I couldn't sleep last night because I was going over strategies with my boarding party and ion weapons. Stupid game.

It's also eating all my gaming time. Like all of it. Stupid addictive game.

I probably should mention that I also loaded it up while eating breakfast this morning before leaving for work. Safe to say, I left 30 mins later than I normally do. Good thing traffic isn't as bad since most people are still on holidays.

Yeah it's that kind of game.

Seriously Steam reports 60 hours, and I didn't get it until it was on Thanksgiving sale for $6.

Thankfully, I'm only at 5 hours. But I can see that going to grow.

I really should be learning Sins of a Solar Empire or something, but geeze this is fun. Also, just convinced my friend to buy it from the developers site. Spread the love/hate :p

Ok, so I got the engi ship.

f*ck boarding parties.. seriously.

Uhh 228 hours here...

EriktheRed wrote:

Uhh 228 hours here...

You make us proud.

128 here.

Tamren wrote:

128 here.

Wait -- don't you have like 3,278 hours in PlanetSide 2? When do you sleep? =)