Figured this game would be right up our alley. FTL is a sci-fi roguelike that’s kind of a cross between Voyager and early Moore BSG. You’re the captain of a Federation starship trying to get Vital Plans Of Some Kind to home at the other end of the galaxy, while being chased by a rebel fleet intent on stopping you.
Essentially the galaxy in this game operates as a giant dungeon. You jump from system to system, encountering refugees, pirates and various other random occurrences and basically try to avoid death by laser/missile/suffocation/enemy boarding/etc. You have a handful of crewmembers who you assign to your ship’s various systems to boost their stats and repair them if needed (And you’ll need to, a lot). If you’re lucky, you’ll pick up new crew along the way which is handy because they’re a fragile bunch.
The game’s great, and really makes you feel like a starship captain. You’ll be involved in hectic ship-to-ship battle, sending your crew running around to man and repair systems while calling up laser and missile volleys in a desperate attempt to pierce your opponent’s hull before they can do the same to you; you’ll have moral decisions where you need to weigh up the benefits of answering distress calls against the chance of being caught by the ever-encroaching Rebels; and you’ll find yourself desperately battling the rebel fleet, BSG-style, praying that you can keep your ship alive long enough to charge up the FTL drive and bug out. Thankfully you can upgrade your systems and, as long as you’re frugal with scrap, buy extra toys such as a cloaking device or a transporter which allows you to board enemy vessels.
Like any good emergent game, FTL gives you plenty of material for your imagination to engage with, and being able to name your ship and crewmembers makes your emotional involvement even more potent. The game’s a ton of fun, is $10 on Steam and if they update it with expansions and new scenarios could become something genuinely special.
So to give everyone a taste of what you can get up to, I’m going to write up an account about my next game, as captain of the U.S.S. CHUD. Inspired by stelios’s impending X-Com write-ups, I’m going to name the crew after chewers.
So, I need three volunteers – Sign up for duty below and I’ll get cracking on it over the weekend!