Alternative Friday Factorio Fan Facts

Modded Railtanker vs Vanilla Fluid Wagon

Alt-F4 #21 - The Ultimate Modding Honour

Written by stringweasel, Conor_, on 2021-01-15

This week, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming with another episode of our favorite series: The Nauvis Archives! stringweasel cracks open the history books once again to look at some old mods, and how they eventually became part of the vanilla experience. At the end, we have a quick poll for you, dear reader; we’d appreciate it if you could take the two minutes to answer those questions.

A 'group picture' of our 'staff'

Alt-F4 #20 - Retrospective 2: Electric Boogaloo

Written by Conor_, Nanogamer7, Therenas, on 2021-01-08

Rounding out the first five months of issues, Alt-F4 #20 brings the second part of our retrospective and look behind the scenes. Nanogamer7 takes us through how the translation process got started and what some of the problems are that came up. But before that, Conor_ presents us with a sort of mission statement, which puts our thoughts on the project into a succinct form.

The Alt-F4 Logo

Alt-F4 #19 - A Retrospective

Written by Therenas, Conor_, stringweasel, on 2021-01-01

This week, in the new year, we wanted to take a look back at the project Therenas started four and a half months ago to fill the void that the absence of the FFF left in all our hearts. We asked the people involved in the process about their specialty, making them write down a bit of history of how this all evolved.

A screenshot of the Clusterio entity that moves fluids between servers

Alt-F4 #18 - The Road to Clusterio 2.0

Written by Hornwitser, DedlySpyder, on 2020-12-18

As the year draws to a close, we picked two mod-related topics for this week’s 18th issue of Alt-F4. First, Hornwitser gives us some insight into the long development progress of Clusterio 2.0 and the challenges that it poses. Then, DedlySpyder talks about their process of developing a simple mod and the compatibility challenges they face.

Screenshot of part of the redesigned Factory Planner interface

Alt-F4 #17 - Interface Design Philosophy

Written by Therenas, Dr_Doof, on 2020-12-11

For this week’s issue of Alt-F4, Therenas takes a page out of the FFF playbook and talks about the development process of the next big update for his mod Factory Planner, going into his somewhat philosophical thoughts on interface design. Dr_Doof also shares a cosy little Christmas event with us, organised by the Red Circuit crew.

Image of a speed module moving at hyperspeed. Very silly.

Alt-F4 #16 - Modulating Pure Speed

Written by TheKool, DedlySpyder, on 2020-12-04

Another week, another issue of Alt-F4! The sixteenth week of this merry series of words to be precise. To celebrate, TheKool continues his Complexity Corner series by asking the five Ws about speed modules. Afterwards, DedlySpyder pontificates on how modding inspiration sometimes comes from unexpected places.

Screenshot of two belt networks interweaving

Alt-F4 #15 - Investigating 1.1

Written by Conor_, Therenas, on 2020-11-27

This week, with 1.1 experimental just released, we take a look at two of the things it brings with it. First, Conor_ investigates what the new train stop limit allows him to do in his TSM-based factory. Then, Therenas explores what the multithreading update to belts means, both in theory and in practice. Careful, you might just learn something!

Rocket-powered ship

Alt-F4 #14 - Exploring the Infinite

Written by ironic toblerone, on 2020-11-20

This week ironic toblerone takes us on a crazy adventure into space featuring the fantastic Space Exploration mod by Earendel. Suit up and strap in, this is a fun one!

Old screenshot of an assembler building the rocket defence item

Alt-F4 #13 - Megabase Archaeology

Written by stringweasel, on 2020-11-13

In this spookily coincidental issue 13 of Alt-F4 published on Friday 13th (it’s almost like we planned this), we focus on a single topic: building as many rocket defences as possible. What are rocket defences, you ask? Well, stringweasel is here to tell you, taking you back to a simpler time; the land of Factorio 0.11.

Screenshot of spidertron nesting at the bottom of the webpage

Alt-F4 #12 - Reverse Engineering the Spider

Written by xthexder, TheKool, T-A-R, on 2020-11-06

In this very easily divisible issue number 12 of Alt-F4, xthexder goes into some of the technical behind-the-scenes regarding the bouncy spider at the bottom of the page. Then, TheKool gives some newcomer-friendly insight into production modules and their uses. Finally, T-A-R shares some info on an upcoming community event that looks like a lot of fun.