In combat, you can see
inside the enemy ship.
Looks kinda like
Unicron’s severed head.
That’s either a huge ship
or a tiny planet.
“Never retreat! Never
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Played it Guide the tiny crew of a fragile ship across a random universe
Slave traders! And they’re jerks! They demand I hand over one of my crew, and I’m not nearly well equipped enough to take them in
a fight. I have no choice. We draw straws,
and Jack goes. Sniff. Jaaack!
Faster Than Light is a randomized space
adventure in which you manage a ship and
her crew, jumping from star to star. Your
first encounter could be a free weapon, or
a bunch of slave-trading lamewads. And
losing a crew member is a big deal: your
main interaction is ordering them around
your ship, telling them to repair damaged
systems, pilot, or heal up in the sickbay.
I have just two left. I put Emily at the
helm, and Alison in the engine room ready
to repair it if we take damage. We jump,
and run into a small scout ship. It’s an easy
fight, and we get a good
amount of scrap from the
wreck. In the next system
though, there’s an asteroid
field and a pirate vessel.
I target their shield
generator with all my
lasers and missiles, while
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chunks of rock batter my own. As their
shields go offline, it’s fun to watch them
scramble around inside their ship trying to
fix the generator while other systems catch
fire. When they finally explode, the scrap
My ship is a mess. The
fire in my engine room
would kill my crew if I
send them to put it out.
from their vessel is substantial.
You can use scrap to upgrade, so I make
a major investment to double my shields.
And in the next system, I find a spare
combat drone. It turns out to be a lethal
combination: in every fight thereafter, my
drone zaps away their shields in time for
my main lasers to take out their generator.
I run into another slaver ship. Hand
over a crew member? How about you hand
over...your...hull integrity! Shoot them
before they overanalyze my smacktalk!
We’re both double-shielded, I have a
combat drone and they have a defense
drone. It’s close. I use my lasers to take out
their drone control system, and that lets
my missiles get through to their shield
generator. But by the time I take out their
weapons systems, my engine is on fire.
Luckily, they surrender, and offer me a
slave to leave them alone.