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by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #39 - JOSEF
Replies: 1
Views: 278

Alt-F4 #39 - JOSEF

In this week’s issue of Alt-F4 #39, which is divisible by 13 (quick maffs), Drogiwan Cannobi makes their first contribution to the project by elaborating on the background and on the inner workings of his Rube-Goldberg-esque self-expanding factory that’s lovingly titled JOSEF. It’s a really cool con...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #38 - FacSTEMrio
Replies: 2
Views: 291

Alt-F4 #38 - FacSTEMrio

This week, our in-house technical editor decided it was a good idea to write another article himself. We weren’t so sure about that, but nobody could stop him. So, we present: Conor_ writing about the relation between Factorio affinity and the STEM fields of study. Time to don your graduation cap an...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri May 28, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #37 - Combinator Crash Course Continuation
Replies: 0
Views: 215

Alt-F4 #37 - Combinator Crash Course Continuation

On the 37th week during which an issue of Alt-F4 is being released, we present: Issue #37! What a surprise! In it, long-time contributor pocarski is back with yet more very approachable explanations of how you can spice up and optimize your base with but a few combinators! Continue reading: https://...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri May 21, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #36 - The Nauvian Perspective: Bentham and Xisumavoid
Replies: 0
Views: 211

Alt-F4 #36 - The Nauvian Perspective: Bentham and Xisumavoid

This week brings back The Nauvian Perspective for the second time, which involves talking to Factorio personalities about life, the universe, and everything. This time, Bobby had a little chat with Bentham aka. MangledPorkGaming about the very early years of Factorio’s existence. Continue reading: h...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri May 14, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #35 - Do you even lift bro?
Replies: 1
Views: 394

Alt-F4 #35 - Do you even lift bro?

In the middle of May, in a very expected fashion, issue #35 of Alt-F4 is here for you to consume through your eyeballs. On offer is a scientific exploration by Romner of why exactly the Factorio engineer is much more of a chad than Minecraft Steve. To round this feast for the senses out, Conor_ then...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri May 07, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #34 - How Did We Get Here?
Replies: 3
Views: 1501

Alt-F4 #34 - How Did We Get Here?

This week’s issue #34 has Nanogamer7 start on a potential new series of articles about the very origins of Factorio. This week features a dive into potential inspirations for this masterpiece of a game, with a diversion into game design here or there. Stay awhile and listen! Continue reading: https:...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #33 - Vanilla: Shaken, not Stirred
Replies: 0
Views: 320

Alt-F4 #33 - Vanilla: Shaken, not Stirred

In this delightful issue #33 of Alt-F4, Villfuk02 presents their most recent mod creation: The Recipe Randomizer! A spotlight is put on all the design problems that needed to be overcome to make a recipe randomizer that is actually good. After that, redlabel announces the most recent COMFY event, wh...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #32 - Operation Wireshark
Replies: 0
Views: 374

Alt-F4 #32 - Operation Wireshark

Welcome to the shark-filled issue #2⁵ of Alt-F4. In these treacherous waters, The-Kool guides us towards putting speakers to good use, maybe even as a shark-warning-system, in the latest episode of Complexity Corner! Then, Hornwitser gets to some actual shark hunting using Wireshark, telling the sto...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #31 - Combinator Crash Course
Replies: 2
Views: 537

Alt-F4 #31 - Combinator Crash Course

After a quick one-week break, Alt-F4 is back with issue #31. In it, pocarski returns to talk about yet more ways to build computer logic in Factorio, featuring combinators this time, which turn out to be simpler to use than you’d think! Afterwards, Big Community Games announce another exciting event...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #30 - The Nauvian Perspective: Zisteau
Replies: 0
Views: 336

Alt-F4 #30 - The Nauvian Perspective: Zisteau

Crossing into the realm of numbers that start with a three, issue #30 has stringweasel bringing a bit of a new format to Alt-F4: an interview, sort of. He talked to YouTube famous person Zisteau about his perspective on various topics relating to this game of ours. Continue reading: https://alt-f4.b...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #29 - Beacons and Not Belts
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Alt-F4 #29 - Beacons and Not Belts

This week, for issue #29, we have a rare double feature again! First up, TheKool, who can’t stop talking about modules, rounds out his Complexity Corner saga by talking about beacons and what they are good for. Then, oof2win2 returns to put the spotlight on their mod No Belts, which offers a very in...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #28 - ROFL
Replies: 9
Views: 1238

Alt-F4 #28 - ROFL

This fine week in March, first-time contributor Ph.X talks about their very compartmentalized system for laying out a base using isolated modules and connecting them through a Logistic Train Network. Taking inspiration from software development and the lessons learned there, Ph.X uses the concepts o...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Mar 12, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #27 - Designing the Unnecessary
Replies: 0
Views: 412

Alt-F4 #27 - Designing the Unnecessary

This week, pocarski continues his descent into belt-related madness by taking a look at universal balancers. The result is as crazy as it is useless, so you know we’re in for a treat!

Continue reading: https://alt-f4.blog/ALTF4-27/
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #26 - Putting the Multi in Player
Replies: 0
Views: 280

Alt-F4 #26 - Putting the Multi in Player

In this week’s 26th issue of Alt-F4 (half a year of issues!), oof2win2 goes into the Factorio multiplayer and explains some of the technical machinations behind it. If you’ve ever wondered what a desync is or how the game manages to handle hundreds of players and many thousands of entities at once, ...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #25 - Efficiency, Efficiency, Efficiency!
Replies: 2
Views: 531

Alt-F4 #25 - Efficiency, Efficiency, Efficiency!

In this silver birthday issue of Alt-F4, TheKool returns for this third and final instalment of his series about modules. In it, he covers efficiency modules by talking about the theory and then presenting a real(ish)-world experiment!

Continue reading: https://alt-f4.blog/ALTF4-25/
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #24 - Creating Memories
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Alt-F4 #24 - Creating Memories

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.

Continue reading: https://alt-f4.blog/ALTF4-24/
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #23 - Beltravaganza
Replies: 7
Views: 973

Alt-F4 #23 - Beltravaganza

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 ...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Jan 22, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #22 - Blueprint Rant
Replies: 10
Views: 1199

Alt-F4 #22 - Blueprint Rant

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! Continue rea...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #21 - The Ultimate Modding Honour
Replies: 6
Views: 981

Alt-F4 #21 - The Ultimate Modding Honour

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 po...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #20 - Retrospective 2: Electric Boogaloo
Replies: 1
Views: 463

Alt-F4 #20 - Retrospective 2: Electric Boogaloo

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 miss...

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