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 the Stealth Cruiser purchase shields?

Can the Stealth Cruiser ever purchase or otherwise obtain shields?
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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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Is there a way to change the window size?

It's a simple question, and I hope to get a simple answer. Is it possible to resize the game's window? If so, how?
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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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How long does cloaking take to recharge?

I know that level one cloaking last 5 seconds, level 2 cloaking lasts 10 seconds, level 3 cloaking last 15 seconds. But how long does it take to recharge?
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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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Does difficulty matter for unlocking new ships? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I unlock all the other ships in the hangar? Do you have to be on normal mode to unlock ships? If no does normal have any impact on the chance you have of getting ...
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Are there any defences against bomb weapons?

In terms of defending against damage from enemy ships: Shields counter laser and beam weapons (which includes all anti-ship drones). Defence drones shoot down missiles (plus lasers for the Mk II). ...
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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 of ...
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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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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 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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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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Can you get the same achievement twice on Easy and Normal difficulty?

When you get an achievement in FTL, the description notes which difficulty you unlocked it on, Easy or Normal. What happens if you have an achievement on Easy, then manage the same feat again on ...
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Can I have multiple Saves?

If I save and quit a game, can I start a new game to show my friend the game from the beginning without erasing my current game?
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Can you kill a enemy in the med bay?

Sometimes, when fighting a enemy while boarding, they retreat to the medbay to heal themselves. It is worth going after them to finish them off? Consider 1v1 in a level 1 Medbay. I'm not asking ...
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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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Can Engi Med-bot Dispersal and Emergency Respirators together cancel health loss in vacuum?

I've played with the Kruos and got the Med-bot augmentation. My ship got destroyed before getting a med-bay. Now I wonder if both augmentations together can cancel the health loss that most races ...
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How do I deal with hacking drones?

When a hacking drone has latched on to my ship, is there any way of removing it? What about disabling it?
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How do I view the achievements for a particular ship while in game?

Sometimes I forget what the exact achievements are to unlock different ship layouts while playing, but I can't seem to figure out how to view them again without quitting the current game. How can I ...
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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 systems give the most blue options for events?

Sometimes at an event, because of your systems or crew, there'll be an extra blue option. These generally have better outcomes. For example: Giant alien spiders Send the crew to help ...
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Why would you ever attempt to outrun a ship before or during a fight? (should you always take a blue option)

My "strategy" in FTL is Yes. Always accept any options other than ones that can a) lose you a crew member when you are low (Giant Spiders), or b) fight a ship if your hull is almost depleted, and also ...
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Which rooms can fit 4 people?

Some ships have rooms size 4, but you are only allowed to place 3 people in. What's going on? Any ideas?
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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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What are the the different crew member bonuses?

I picked up a crew member of an alien race at a store (I hope he was for hire and not an alien slave...) and I noticed that they had slightly modified stats from humans. Vivimord is an Engi and he has ...
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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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Do asteroid hits increase my shield operator's experience [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What triggers crew experience increases? In faster than light I sometimes find myself in a star system filled with asteroids which are hitting and damaging my shields. ...
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How much faster do Humans learn skills?

In the advanced edition, humans are given a small benefit. Namely, they are supposed to learn (master) skills faster than the other races. Exactly how much faster do they learn, and, is it equal ...
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How Powerful is Mind Control?

In FTL, Mind Control (MC) level 1 is fine and dandy, and it is what I use almost exclusively. However, Mind Control levels 2 and 3 claim to increase HP and power. Do higher levels of MC last longer?...
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Anti-drone tactics?

My preferred strategy at this point is to use a combination of burst laser and ion to keep enemies' weapons offline, however I seem to run into a lot of problems especially with higher level ships if ...
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Is there a way to cancel a beam attack on iPad?

When playing on the tablet, once you start drawing the path of the beam to perform an attack, when the beam is already charged and ready, is there a way to cancel the attack? The game auto-pauses ...
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What are all the Beacon Special Effects?

In FTL, some beacons have some of the following "environmental/special effects": Asteroid Field periodically an asteroid "attacks" yours and the enemy ships - causing 1 damage Ion Storm half ...
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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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Why doesn't the stealth cruiser have shields?

What benefits does it have to cover missing the shields?
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In FTL Advanced Edition, what can be gained from manning sensor or door subsystems? [duplicate]

The Advanced Edition of FTL includes the ability to man your sensors and door subsystems. Why? What does it accomplish?
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FTL Firing weapons during stealth warmup period

In FTL, when you activate your stealth, there is a very small window where the stealth is taking effect. Will firing your weapons during this period contribute to the shortened duration that firing ...
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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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Aside from repairing via trader, is there any other way to repair ship hull?

Aside from repairing via trader, is there any other way to repair ship hull? I've just started playing a while ago, and can't seem to find any way to repair ship hulls apart from in stores. Is there ...
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How does the “Double damage in combat” trait work for the Mantis crew in FTL

Its unclear as to whether this trait means that a subsystem manned by a Mantis crew member causes double damage to the subsystem (when damage is received) or to the enemy (when damage is dealt).
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It is optimal to target weapons in FTL?

Admittedly I normally play through on easy and have only been playing for a couple weeks. However my entire strategy usually hinges on taking out the guns first. Most time I can roll all but the ...
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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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Enemy crewmembers still being healed after using an Ion Bomb on their medbay

I just finished a round of FTL using the Gila Monster. My strategy was to put an Ion Bomb in my enemy's medbay and then teleport over my Mantis crewmembers. Normally this worked quite well, but on a ...
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Does the flavor text indicate which rewards I got?

After defeating an enemy, the flavor text will say things like "leaving behind a substantial amount of scrap" or "you collect what scrap you can". I know that ships drop different scrap rewards [low, ...
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Modifying Naming Simplifications in FTL: Faster than Light

Does anyone know anything about the simplified names in FTL? This isn't much of an important issue for the most part, but it would be nice to learn how to use the naming methods to my advantage when ...
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Copying non-steam FTL save to Steam

I have been playing FTL for a while, and managed to unlock all the ships. Recently, however, I managed to get a copy on steam. I would like to just copy my save from the linux directory (i.e. ~/.local/...
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Launching parameters for FTL?

Question : Are there existing parameters for FTL to control things such as Screen Resolution ? Reason : Im currently making a script for FTL in order to load/save my progression. Since this ...
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What other ways are there to obtain sector data?

While playing FTL, I have suddenly gained information on the sector without having Long-Range Scanners or having paid a mercenary for a scouting report. IE, I can see environmental hazards and ...