A rogue-like adventure game set in space. It features a randomized galaxy in which a heroic crew must travel, fighting and trading along the way, to deliver the crucial data to save their galactic Federation.

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Does waiting change what the event will be at a “Distress” beacon?

If I see that a location has a distress icon, but I visit other places first, does that change what the distress event will be, or will it ever go away? I ask because I know there is an escort quest ...
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Do Engi extinguish fires faster?

Engi are naturally faster at making repairs. Does extinguishing fires count as a repair action?
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Does ion weapon damage stack with cloaking and teleporter cooldowns?

The teleporter and cloaking device use a similar "cooldown" period to the ion weapons lockdown. Do those two abilities stack? In particular, if a ship cloaks, can I ion the cloaking device during ...
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How do I hire new crew members?

I know how to buy new equipment in stores, but how do I hire new crew members? http://www.ftlgame.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=11447 reads like the crew members show up in shops, but the buy ...
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When does dodge chance take effect?

Does the game roll for my dodge chance when the enemy weapon is fired, or when it would hit my ship?
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What effective combat strategies exist with the cloaking device?

I recently unlocked the Stealth Cruiser, but my first game with it is going less than stellar. Cloaking alone seems like an ineffective way to survive a battle, as the time between cloaking is so ...
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Is the Burst Laser I superior to the Dual Lasers?

In my haste a bought a Burst Laser I before fully examining the stats, only to realize afterwards that it was inferior to the Dual Lasers I already own. The part I find unusual is that the Burst Laser ...
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Do engines require their extra power bars to be powered to influence FTL recharge rate?

When you upgrade your Engine Systems, it increases the rate your FTL drive charges during hostile situations. To reap this benefit, do your upgraded engine's need to be MORE powered than otherwise or ...
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How is score calculated?

Okay, so I've managed to beat the game on Normal. It seems like the thing to do now is work on getting a higher score. However, scoring is a complete mystery to me. What sort of things should I do ...
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Do breach and/or fire chances roll per damage or per hit?

It seems to me that weapons that do more damage in a single hit, tend to proc their breach or fire chance more often. Is this observation false or true? How are Breach or Fire procs calculated?
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Do anti-ship drones sometimes intercept enemy energy shot weapons?

Sometimes I swear, on all that is holy, I see my anti-ship drone shoot an enemy laser out of the air as it leaves its gun. This is similar to how a Defense Drone Mark 2 will shoot lasers out of the ...
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Why did my oxygen run out in FTL?

I was attacked in an ion storm (sensor and 50% power) and my O2 was damaged. I repaired it and killed the intruders but my O2 kept running down and everyone died. There were no fires. Why would that ...
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How does weapon power work in FTL

I cannot seem to work out how the power works for weapons in FTL. I picked up a Hull Laser II that consumes 3 power. I already had the Burst Laser II (consumes 1 power). I upgraded my power and got ...
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Does crew headcount or race influence oxygen usage?

My ship has a fixed volume, but my crew count can range from 1 to 8 and include various species. Do either of those two factors influence the rate of oxygen consumption?
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Are there any shops in hostile zones?

In FTL: Faster Than Light, each sector is labeled as either Civilian, [Species] Controlled, or Nebula. Each of these sectors has a corresponding color that determines whether or not they are Friendly, ...
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What happens to my FTL progress when I quit during combat?

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 ...
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Utility of level 3 sensors?

Among all the discussion surrounding FTL, one thing I have not seen is a verdict on the wisdom/idiocy of upgrading to level 3 sensors. For those of you who never have, doing so allows you to see the ...
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Can the Stealth Cruiser purchase shields?

Can the Stealth Cruiser ever purchase or otherwise obtain shields?
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FTL Boss impossible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I beat the final boss in Faster Than Light? I have this ship: To me it seems pretty impossible to win vs Flagship (it's the first flagship I have met) I have ...
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How do drones choose their targets?

How do anti-ship and beam-drones choose their targets? Is it always random or is there some pattern or some other method?
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Is rebel advancement determined by the distance between two beacons? [duplicate]

If two beacons are farther away from each other than others, does this greater travel 'distance' give the rebel fleet more 'advancement' than shorter distances?
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How do you complete the achievement 'Artillery Mastery' for the Osprey?

It says 'Get to Sector 5 without upgrading your weapons system'. The Osprey has two weapons systems, one for standard weapons and one for a special beam weapon it has. Am I restricted from upgrading ...
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Is it possible to get the Zoltan Shield/Engi Med bot dispersal etc through random encounters?

Each ship you unlock has certain features which distinguish it from the others. The Zoltan ship has the Zoltan Shield Augment, Engi ship has the Med Bot dispersal Augment etc. Is it possible to come ...
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Can I lock my doors?

The GUI has two buttons on the lower right hand side of the screen, one closes all doors on the ship, and the other has two functions. If clicked once, the Open Doors Button opens all internal doors, ...
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Can the exit beacon be unreachable from all other beacons?

I just encountered a interesting RNG result. See the marked star? It cannot be jumped to, from anywhere. YES I have on-mouse-over-routes turned on. Could the game in theory, make such a star the exit ...
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Can I turn specific weapon on auto fire without forcing all of my weapons to do so?

If I have 3 weapons on my ship, lets say an Artemis Missile, an Ion Blast, and a Pike Beam, can I have my Ion Blast on auto-fire at their shields, and then use the beam and missiles without them ...
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Does Healing Burst heal enemy crew?

It says it 'heals all friendly crew in the room' and 'can target your own ship'. Now I would assume that the specification of friendly would mean I could board an enemy ship, and use this weapon to ...
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Where is it more likely to find the Weapon pre-igniter augmentation?

I have found this augment a couple of times while playing FTL. Each time it has been a breeze when it came down to fights with this augment. Anybody has any idea as to which sectors is more likely to ...
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Are there any benefits to the Rockman other than their extra health?

In Faster Than Light (FTL) the Rockman has extra health and walks slowly but is that all he's good for. A really slow tank doesn't seem that great to me.
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How do I complete 'The United Federation'? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you collect all the crew types? One of the Kestrel achievements 'The United Federation' mentions having a member of 6 different species on your ship at the same ...
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Do multiple statis pods result in multiple Crystals?

I recently had a game where I found two Damaged Stasis Pods. They take up a valuable augmentation slot so I'm not sure if there is any benefit to taking a second one. I never found the Zoltan ...
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Any way to make your crew stop attacking a system?

So I have a game paused right now. Here's the dire situation: Enemy: Auto-scout, all rooms seperated from each other, ONE hull point left. Me: Teleporter on cooldown, two fully leveled rockmen ...
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What determines what races a slaver can provide?

When encountering a slaver ship, you have a couple of options to acquire a new crew member. You can buy slaves, fight to receive a slave as a bribe, or kill the slaver crew to gain your choice of ...
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What is the point of putting a Rock on the comm with the Mantis?

A couple times now, I've encountered a Mantis ship decorated with Rock body parts. If I have a Rock crew member, I am given a blue option to put him on the comm with the mantis ship. Every time I do ...
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Which strategy best ensures survival? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I keep up with the power curve? So, currently I've only managed to get a high score of 1200. I tend to play in my lunchbreak as most games only last about 25 ...
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How do you get rid of boarders in FTL? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I counter enemy away teams? In FTL, What is the best strategy to deal with boarders? I know the ideal is not to get boarded at all, but how do you make the best ...
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How do I keep up with the power curve?

I've played through several times on Normal, and after about three sectors I invariably find that I'm utterly outclassed by every enemy ship I encounter - my weapons can't do more than tickle them ...
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Is it possible to escape a fight without fuel?

I am stuck in a never-ending fight in FTL. Is it possible to escape the fight? I have no fuel, and no missiles left. My shield and my engine are top notch. The enemy shield has 3 slots. My best beam ...
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Is there a shortcut key for the cloak?

The cloaking system is very useful for avoiding damage, but I can't seem to find a shortcut key to activate it. This makes using the cloak more difficult than it should be. Is there a shortcut key ...
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Farming rebel controlled sectors?

Does it ever make sense to not run from the chasing rebels? I often end up in the situation where my last couple jumps out of a sector are through rebel controlled locations. The fights are tough, ...
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Tips for killing enemy crew without use of boarding parties

I'm a fan of capturing enemy ships intact if possible, due to the greater rewards involved. With a teleporter, a couple of Mantis "spare" crewmates and an S. Bomb, this is very effective. However, I ...
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What is FTL engine speed good for?

In "Faster Than Light" each upgrade of the ship's engine increases dodge factor, but also it increases you FTL speed, which starts at 1 and goes up to 2.75. What is FTL engine speed good for?
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How do I properly use the Bulwark?

I'm currently trying to master the Bulwark, and am finding it a lot harder to make progress with than the Kestrel or Engi ships. Specifically, I find I'm running out of missiles a lot easier, and that ...
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Do automated reloaders stack?

My current game is going very well and I have a more powerful arsenal of weapons than in any of my previous games (2x burst laser, breach bomb mk II and anti-bio beam). I also have one automated ...
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Can I disable a ship without destroying it and without teleporters in FTL? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tips for killing enemy crew without use of boarding parties While playing FTL, one of the jumps resulted in me picking up an angry spacer whose ship had just been ...
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Does leaving a sector early give the player more time in the next sector?

In FTL the player can generally leave a sector before the rebel fleet makes it absolutely necessary to jump to the next sector. Often it can be a good strategy to spend a few extra jumps in a sector ...
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What happens if I jump with crew members away on another ship?

What happens if I jump with crew members teleported away on another ship? I've never dared try.
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How do I get a system upgrade for advanced lasers?

How do I get a system upgrade? I have an advanced laser and adding power doesn't let me use it. It says system upgrade needed. Is a weapons upgrade what I need?
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Shooting vs. melee when fighting boarding parties

I noticed that, when two people are fighting against a single intruder in one room, one fighter usually moves closer and fights with the intruder hand-to-hand, while the other stands back and shoots ...
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How do I get the second Rock Cruiser achievement?

I am trying to get the second achievement for the rock cruiser "Destroy an enemy ship with a defense drone using only missiles." Can I get this achievement if I also use an Ion weapon? The text ...