Faster Than Light - Tips for New Players

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Re: Faster Than Light - Tips for New Players

Postby bigpaper » Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:59 am

It would be awesome to be faster than light. I appreciate tips and any pieces of advice I can get. Thank you very much for posting. It is a pure delight such people to exist who do not hesitate to share and find time to post.
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Re: Faster Than Light - Tips for New Players

Postby ProtectedGaming » Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:23 pm

Don't try to blow up a ship with your crew on it, and if you do use a boarding ship, Ion weapons can help, 2 or 3 at least.
Always stock up on fuel, even if you don't need it.
Get cloaking or weapon pre-igniter.
Never shoot first and ask questions later if you have a choice.
Don't go into a one on one fight with the mantis.
Don't mess with Nebulas.
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Re: Faster Than Light - Tips for New Players

Postby djnva » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:30 pm

Noob here, be gentle.

I've played a few times now--just on easy to get the hang of it, made the final sector, killed by flagship. I read through some of the tips here but I must be doing something wrong--I simply never get anywhere close to having the scrap to purchase all the items that are mentioned as being needed, or at least very helpful.

As a general strategy (not 100%) should I hit the red sectors and then as many beacons as I can manage for encounters? I tried that and ended up floating without fuel. I feel like I'm missing something REALLY basic here.
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Re: Faster Than Light - Tips for New Players

Postby stylesrj » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:57 am

You're missing out on luck I suppose.
If the sector is red, there will be a lot of enemies dead.
If the sector is green, encounters will be lean.
If the sector is purple... find another sector.

Red sectors are more likely to have combat, green sectors are more likely to have empty beacons (but free Scrap!) and purple sectors... just don't go into a nebula. Those are either mostly empty or full of Slugs and storms.
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Re: Faster Than Light - Tips for New Players

Postby I_am_person » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:49 pm

djnva wrote:Noob here, be gentle.

I've played a few times now--just on easy to get the hang of it, made the final sector, killed by flagship. I read through some of the tips here but I must be doing something wrong--I simply never get anywhere close to having the scrap to purchase all the items that are mentioned as being needed, or at least very helpful.

As a general strategy (not 100%) should I hit the red sectors and then as many beacons as I can manage for encounters? I tried that and ended up floating without fuel. I feel like I'm missing something REALLY basic here.

Heh, kind of seems like the strategy I employ. Hitting red sectors and lingering as long as I can before jumping out with the rebels right at my heel(even letting them get to the exit beacon while I get the last one or two beacons that I can before I go sometimes).

First of all, as a general rule I'd say, try to linger as much as possible, no matter what sector you're in. This will let you farm as much as you can and subsequently make you the most prepared. If you're running low on fuel... I don't know what to tell you expect to keep your fuel count above 15 when u visit a shop and to accept fuel surrenders if you're running low. While I've run out of fuel before, it wasn't enough times to complain about.

As for the tips discussed here, they're just their opinions. They vary for each player. For instance, one guy says to get ion weapons with boarding. I totally disagree, although I can sort of see where they're coming from. Just curious, what do you consider necessary to win the bossfight?
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Re: Faster Than Light - Tips for New Players

Postby stylesrj » Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:21 am

Cloaking is 90% mandatory if you want to survive the Bossfight. Drones won't cut it but a level 1 cloak can dodge a Drone Swarm or a Death Blossom or just the triple missile barrage in general.

I say 90% because you can win without cloak and I've seen plenty of videos that do so and I think I've done so but honestly, without Cloaking, your options for dodging are either tanking missiles or hoping you get lucky with your weapons.
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Re: Faster Than Light - Tips for New Players

Postby salandit » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:05 am

I don't know, I've personally found that Nebula sectors aren't that bad... as long as they don't lead to more nebula sectors. If you have to go through a Nebula to get to 3 hostile sectors in a row, you should do it. Just remember to upgrade your oxygen...

I've owned FTL for about a month, and I've beaten it 6 times (granted i spent the first 3 weeks getting all the ships). Cloaking is definitely not mandatory, but it is very useful to have, and if you don't you can take a lot more damage that you ought, especially during the drone surge. The 8 shot power surge is survivable if you have high enough engine power - in my ridiculous Mantis B win, I had enough scrap to upgrade engines all the way to level 8! :P But if you want to survive the Flagship in the most practical way possible, do get cloaking, along with drone control and hacking.

I recommend reading Sulla's FTL guides, he's a very skilled player and knows way more about FTL than I do. http://www.sullla.com/FTL/ftladvancedstrategy.html

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