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In FTL, the "Save & Quit" options is disabled during combat. If I am in the middle of a battle and have to quit, will I lose all my progress, or can I still continue from some recent point, like right before the battle started?

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If you quit the game your data will not be saved, you'll need to start over from the beginning. Source: tested it in game.

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I can confirm this. Also tested it myself, 30 seconds later. –  winterswift Jan 26 '13 at 4:06
    
This kind of lame. Sometimes I need to quit on short notice, and it's very possible to pass through several jump points in a row without reaching a point where one can save. –  Ryan Thompson Jan 26 '13 at 19:59
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+RyanThompson, welcome to roguelikes –  Adriano Varoli Piazza Jan 27 '13 at 13:06
    
@RyanThompson You can always save after winning a battle. If you continue jumping out of battle, you're out of luck - though that will like prevent you from obtaining enough scraps to upgrade your ship anyway... –  Zommuter Jan 29 '13 at 19:55
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No you can't always save after a battle. You can't save in an asteroid field, near a sun, etc, even after you win the battle. –  Ryan Thompson Jan 31 '13 at 23:13

Your save and quit is a one shot deal. It works by writing your current game data to a file called continue.sav in your FTL directory.

This file only exists if you do "Save & Quit" from the menu. As soon as you load up your game and continue your quest, your data is loaded and the file is immediately deleted. So any interruption in the application, like quitting in a battle, while playing before another "quit & save" will result in a permanently lost quest.

You could always back up continue.sav, but this is considered cheating by many and not the intent of the developers. But it's your game, do as you wish.

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