Alternative Friday Factorio Fan Facts

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A small section of a compact memory cell, made using belts

Alt-F4 #24 - Creating Memories

Written by pocarski on 2021-02-19

This week, we’re following up on pocarski’s piece from last week that was all about how to build a computer inside Factorio using only belts. This time, we’re trying to teach it how to remember things. Let’s see how that goes.

Belt chaos

Alt-F4 #23 - Beltravaganza

Written by Recon419A, pocarski on 2021-02-12

After a hiatus of two weeks due to a couple of FFF’s hot off the presses, we’re back this week with two articles all about belts. In the first one, Recon419A explores an interesting concept that has belts deliver items in a just-in-time fashion. Then, things get truly nerdy as pocarski takes a deep dive into building a turing machine only using belts. Computer Science degree recommended!

Lazy engineer distracted by blueprints

Alt-F4 #22 - Blueprint Rant

Written by Conor_ on 2021-01-22

For today’s 22nd issue of Alt-F4, Conor_ wanted to share his rather strong opinions on blueprints with us, and why they might prevent you from having the most fun while playing Factorio. We’re sure he’d be happy to hear your take on this, so please feel free to share it in the comments!

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!

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