Alternative Friday Factorio Fan Facts

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A border wall using a natural choke point

Alt-F4 #10 - Protecting your Empire

Written by Recon419A, trupen, stringweasel, on 2020-10-23

Welcome to the tenth edition of Alt-F4, breaking into double digits! This week, Recon419A returns to present a compelling argument, this time about how you should go about setting up the borders of your empire. Next, trupen does some science and dives into some of the rare annoying aspects of Factorio. Lastly, stringweasel has some corrections of last week’s issue of Alt-F4 on the origins of Nauvis.

A screenshot of a translated word not fitting into its button

Alt-F4 #9 - Translation Process

Written by TheEnemy42, stringweasel, on 2020-10-16

After our special love letter issue last week, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming this week with issue nine! TheEnemy42 gives us some insight on how the crowdsourced process of translating Factorio into many different languages works, and stringweasel continues their Nauvis Archives series by digging into the origins of some of the language that has developed around the game. Enjoy!

Image of Compilatron being handed a love letter by an inserter

Alt-F4 #8 - A Love Letter to Factorio

Written by stringweasel, Zirr, Conor_, Therenas, Dexter of Rivia, Recon419A, trupen, ironic toblerone, TheKool, Frank_si_narra, Twisted_Code, Goose, on 2020-10-09

For this issue of Alt-F4 we decided to do something special: ask the community why exactly they love this game so much. Everyone was invited to submit a short piece detailing their absolute favourite thing about Factorio, which many promptly did. Here’s to one of the greatest games of all time, and to the dedicated team that made it a reality these last eight years!

Screenshot of a mining outpost defended by artillery turrets

Alt-F4 #7 - Megabase Mentality

Written by ChurchOrganist, LoneWolf, T-A-R, on 2020-10-02

We’re back, providing you with your weekly dose of Factorio content! In today’s issue 7, ChurchOrganist brings us up to speed on what has been happening with Yuoki’s mods lately, LoneWolf gives us the rundown of why decentralised smelting is clearly the way to go, and T-A-R informs us about an MMO community event happening this weekend.

Dead biter nests that dropped alien artifacts

Alt-F4 #6 - Purple Goop

Written by arrow in my gluteus maximus, stringweasel, psihius, on 2020-09-25

Hello and welcome to the sixth issue of the community-driven weekly blog by the name Alt-F4! This week, you can read about the insanity that is arrow in my gluteus maximus’s raycasting engine constructed with vanilla Factorio, while stringweasel gives us a history lesson on how biters used to take part in the production of science, and psihius recommends a Factorio review that’s worth watching for newcomers and veterans alike.

Fusion rocket exploding

Alt-F4 #5 - Improving on Perfection

Written by pocarski, Romner, Dr.MagPie, on 2020-09-18

Welcome to the fifth issue of Alt-F4, and we’re still picking up steam! Many contributors, translators and techies are being busy bees helping to further the project, which is just great. If you want to join in the fun check out the Contributing section at the end of this issue. In actual news, this week pocarski makes the case for allowing landfill to be dug up again, Romner follows up their submission from last week by talking about obliterating biters with the power of fusion, and Dr.MagPie takes us to the Factorio Zone!

Fanart of a cute engineer riding the new spidertron

Alt-F4 #4 - Designing Blueprints

Written by gamebuster800, Landmine752, Romner, on 2020-09-11

Welcome to the fourth issue of Alt-F4, rounding out the very first month of posts! This week, gamebuster800 describes their process for designing blueprints, Landmine752 shares some of their favourite fan art, and Romner gives us some insight into their Realistic Fusion Power mod (in the first part of a two-part series).

A conveyor belt with two infinity loaders at both ends, with a popup showing information for the left one

Alt-F4 #3 - Tronparty

Written by JD-Plays, T-A-R, Raiguard, on 2020-09-04

Welcome to the third issue of Alt-F4. This weekend, there’ll be an attempt to try and break the record for the highest number of players on a single Factorio server; read on for details of how to join the fun. There’s also an action report about the Big Community Games launch party, which should totally haven been covered last week. Completely my (Therena’s) bad. Finally, Raiguard shares an exciting mod of his with all of us. Let’s get to it!

A Spidertron stands next to the crash site

Alt-F4 #2 - SPIDERTRON!!!

Written by Lovely_Santa, Robynthedevil, Xorimuth, on 2020-08-28

Welcome to the second issue of Alt-F4, the community-driven follow-on to the Factorio Friday Facts. And man, am I always pleasantly surprised by the community. Within hours of publishing the first issue, the Discord was filled with enthusiastic people that were willing to help at all stages of the process. One thing you might have noticed is that the page you’re reading this on got a small upgrade here and there. Thanks to everyone who has been so enthusiastic about the project!

A zoomed out view of a small factory from Factorio

Alt-F4 #1 - We Need You!

Written by Therenas on 2020-08-21

Welcome to the very first edition of the ‘Alternative Factorio Friday Fan Facts’ (also known as Alt-F4), the community-driven follow-on to the venerable Factorio Friday Facts. It aims to fill the void that the discontinuation of the FFF left in all our hearts. To fill the gaping hole in our calendars every Friday, we aim to provide a variety of content, created by the community. Topics like community showcases, mod spotlights, and write-ups about Factorio updates will be frequent subjects, but pretty much anything that’s awesome and Factorio-related is welcome.

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