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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Can I attack even after striking a deal?

I struck a deal with a slaver vessel. I will spare them for a slave. How do I attack after a successful deal? They are bad after all.
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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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How to get the “Loss of Cabin Pressure” achievement?

I have tried this achievement twice now, arriving in sector 8 with 13% net oxygen, however the achievement doesn't trigger: Each time I only have two rooms pressurized, any time my doors are ...
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Can I 'win' with all my crew on board the destroyed final ship?

In the third Rebel Flagship fight, if all my crew are on board the enemy ship when it gets destroyed, does the game count that as a win (Rebel ship is destroyed) or a loss (all your crew are dead)? ...
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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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What determines the weapon sold by the black market weapon trader?

I encountered a Black Market Weapon trader in my journey across the cosmos, and it was offering an unknown weapon for 65 scrap. I'm leery of putting down 65 scrap on a weapon with no idea what it is. ...
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Is it possible to use weapons worth of 12 energy by filling weapon room with Zoltan crew?

I couldn't get enough Zoltan crew members to test it myself, so I wonder if getting 4 of them in the weapon control room will increase total weapon power capacity from 8 to 12 or if the 4 power bars ...
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Why are the shields not upgraded?

I really don't understand the way shields are supposed to work. I know that you need to upgrade them, and I have done so for every game that I've played. But why is there only ever one blue marker ...
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In what order do weapons fire?

If I have three weapons fully charged, pause the game and set them to target specific systems and then unpause, do the fire in the order I marked my targets? The reason I'm asking is that it can be ...
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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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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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Can crew members start with experience?

I noticed in that shops, potential crew members' experience bars are shown, but I have only seen them empty. Can crew members in shops start with some amount of experience? What about crew you get ...
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Is it possible to obtain more Lanius crew?

The only way I've found to get Lanius crew so far is to start with their ship, but if I'm not using a Lanius ship, is there a way for me to get more crew members?
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How long does it take for a Lanius to drain a room of oxygen?

In an attempt to answer this question I need to figure whether or oxygen deprivation damage is a factor in a straight up fight. So my question is, in the following scenarios, how long does it take a ...
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Can enemy ships have Augments?

When flying the Zoltan ship, if you get an event with boarders it sometimes justifies bypassing your Super Shields by saying "they must have a Zoltan Shield Bypass installed on their ship!" Which ...
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What are the effects of playing on Easy?

I've been playing FTL on Normal for several games, and, having had my ass handed to me from sectors 1 to 7, have decided to switch to Easy for a while. What are the differences between playing on ...
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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 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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How to get the Astronomically Low Odds achievement?

This achievement is: "Fail to evade 5 shots in a row with a full powered and upgraded engine." What is the best way to get the achievement? Can I increase the posibilities by not using a manned ...
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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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Does the stealth cruiser have innate stealth weapons capability?

Does the stealth cruiser have innate stealth weapons capability or must you seek out the augmentation during your voyage?
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How do shields affect beam weapons which don't deal damage?

The description for beam weapons states that their damage is reduced by one for each shield they pass through, but at least 2 beams, the anti-bio beam and the fire beam, deal no damage and instead ...
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Do you need a teleporter to use a Boarding Drone?

I recently found a Boarding Drone, but was wondering; do you need a teleporter to teleport the drone onto the enemy ship, or does it automatically spawn at a room in the enemy ship?
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Should I mantain Cloning Bay powered when traveling?

When traveling through space you can encounter some events that kill some crew member, but having the Cloning Bay you can (sometimes) have a special option and "resurrect" them at the end. To have ...
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When are sector sub-types determined?

The sector map in FTL is a multi-pathed "tree" with each leaf colored to represent its type: Green: Civilian sectors Red: Hostile sectors Purple: Nebula sectors Sector colors appear to be ...
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How do nebulae beacons in normal sectors work?

It is said that they slow down the rebel fleet, but how does that works exactly? Is the fleet slowed down when they encounter a nebula beacon? Or is it when the player explore a nebula beacon? Or do ...
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Do defense drones shoot down missiles before or after a dodge check?

Defense drones take out incoming missiles (and lasers if you have a defense drone II). Do they shoot down the projectiles before or after the game does a dodge check on your ships evasion?
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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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What does breach chance mean?

On FTL, some weapons have a breach chance. What does breach do? How important is it? Screenshot below:
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Teleporting back to the ship

I don't understand why I can't get to do this, but how do I send my units back to my ship? I tried three times now and I can't seem to be able to get my units back (RIP 2 mantis on my last run). Do I ...
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How close does the final boss have to be to lose?

I have made it to the flag ship 5-6 times and each time I have beaten phase 1. However after phase 1 my hull is less than 50%. Some times I went and attacked phase 2 anyways and other times I ran ...
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Is there any benefit to choosing the “do nothing” options in an encounter?

Aside from things like preventing hull damage in a space battle you might loose, or trying to get the Coming in for my Pacifism run! achievement, is there ever any benefit or "good outcome" from ...
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Is Engi Med-Bot Dispersal affected by MedBay upgrades?

The title pretty much says it all. Do med-bay upgrades make healing in rooms besides the med-bay faster when you have med-bot dispersal?
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Can systems be replaced once all rooms are occupied?

What happens once all available rooms on a ship contain a system? Can a new system replace an old one, or will it become impossible to change systems (except for the medbay and the clone bay)?
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Why did my weapon recharge bars get cut in half?

Using the Kestrel, sometimes my weapon recharge bars get cut in half, as if my weapons officer suddenly gained multiple experience levels, even though they didn't. In the latest instance, this ...
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Avoiding missile damage early game

When I play through I seem to have a difficult time avoiding damage in the early sectors from missiles. They ignore shields and generally my evasion is low (<30%). Having extra levels of shields, ...
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Do I have to complete the Clash of the Titans achievement in a single run?

So I finally got lucky and unlocked the crystal cruiser, the Bravais. I'd like to do 2 of the achievements for it so that I can unlock its alternate layout. Getting the No Escape achievement was ...
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Damaging Piloting on Automated ships

On a piloted ship, damaging (orange color, not red) the piloting section of a ship cancels the ship's ability to dodge without a pilot (or reduces it, if it was level 3 piloting) but makes less of a ...
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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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Does a beam weapon have to hit a crew member - or just the square they're in?

The Anti-Bio beam in FTL only damages crew, and - as with any beam weapon - it's often tricky to line up the perfect shot on an enemy ship. I understand (based on answers to this question - How do ...
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Is the engi surrender event a penalty for honesty?

I've run into this event a few times. There's an engi ship that automatically surrenders without a fight, saying something like "transfer of goods acceptable?" There are two choices, 1) to accept the ...
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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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Does the choice of ship affect difficulty?

I recently completed the game and unlocked the Federation Cruiser. I have previously unlocked the Engi and Zoltan cruisers, playing mostly using the Engi. I have only played on "normal" difficulty ...
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What is the signifigance of Drones being recognized as life forms?

Why is it that my Slug crewmembers count drones as lifeforms when showing the position of enemies using their telepathic abilities? Whenever I have no sensors or only one rank of sensors (or they are ...
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Can I unlock the Crystal Cruiser with Type C of the Rock Cruiser?

I have noticed that the Type C Rock Cruiser starts with a Crystal crewmember. Does this mean I can unlock the Crystal Cruiser by simply finding the Rock Homeworld with the Rock Cruiser Type C, and ...
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Can you win ship achievements using the TYPE B layouts?

There are three achievements for each ship; you start with the TYPE A layout, and when you have completed two of the three achievements, you unlock the type TYPE B layout for that ship. If you are ...
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Change/Add to the list of names for crewmembers in FTL?

I've been playing FTL for a while now, and I am seeing the same names crop up again and again in my crew members. Whilst I realise they are used for recording stats, I don't really care about them, ...
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How do systems take damage from Beam weapons?

I've been playing around this for a bit and I can't really quite figure it out nor find the optimal way to aim a beam weapon... Basically, I've noticed that systems are sometimes not damaged by my ...
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Can the Stealth Cruiser purchase shields?

Can the Stealth Cruiser ever purchase or otherwise obtain shields?
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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 ...