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by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Jun 30, 2023 1:25 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #65 - Factorio in Unreal Engine 5
Replies: 3
Views: 3042

Alt-F4 #65 - Factorio in Unreal Engine 5

Today we've got a very fun project to talk about: The FUE5 project, explained in this article by *Hurricane*. It's Factorio, but *3D*! Dreams do come true sometimes. It's not quite a game, but more of a stunning re-imagining of its visuals. There's lots of technical details on how this was achieved,...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Mar 31, 2023 1:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #64 - Requesting a Train
Replies: 1
Views: 1192

Alt-F4 #64 - Requesting a Train

New year, same old Alt-F4! Issue #64 is not just satisfying for lovers of the binary format, but hopefully for everyone else as well. First-time contributor OceanPhantom is here to share the exciting recent developments in the space of automating the train network even further via the use of modific...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Aug 12, 2022 3:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #63 - Dana Dev Blog: Spaghetti Recipe Graphs
Replies: 1
Views: 1517

Alt-F4 #63 - Dana Dev Blog: Spaghetti Recipe Graphs

After a somewhat lengthy pause, Alt-F4 returns with an issue reminiscent of the good ol' FFF: A dev blog! Only here, it's not about the game itself, but a very unique and slightly crazy mod. Credne brought Dana into this world, and it took quite a bit of doing to get there. Lots of technical detail ...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Jun 10, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #62 - AngelBob vs. Space Exploration vs Industrial Revolution
Replies: 1
Views: 2120

Alt-F4 #62 - AngelBob vs. Space Exploration vs Industrial Revolution

This week's issue #62 is an exciting one, as first-time contributor Laurence makes their debut by tackling a question that a lot of you probably asked yourselves at some point: What's the difference between some of these big modpacks again? And why might I enjoy one over the other? Laurence played t...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri May 27, 2022 1:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #61 - Draftsman: A Python module for creating blueprints
Replies: 8
Views: 3408

Alt-F4 #61 - Draftsman: A Python module for creating blueprints

For this week's issue of Alt-F4, we return to the roots of being a spiritual successor to the FFF by going deep on a technical topic. To that end, redruin1 presents his newest invention: Factorio Draftsman. Sure, there have been other projects trying to build a library for generating blueprints for ...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri May 06, 2022 4:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #60 - Burning Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 4047

Alt-F4 #60 - Burning Questions

On the diamond anniversary of Alt-F4, local madman Sir Fendi returns once again with a deep dive into Factorio’s thermodynamics. Or, said another way, he wants to find out how you can get the most out of your coal by further processing it into different fuels. Isn’t that nice of him? Modules are nat...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Apr 15, 2022 2:41 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #59 - r/place 2022: A Pixelated Tale
Replies: 0
Views: 1301

Alt-F4 #59 - r/place 2022: A Pixelated Tale

A couple of weeks after the chaos that was r/place, resident historian *stringweasel* took it upon himself to go through the chronology of how the Factorio community tried to leave its mark on the canvas. Battles were fought, alliances were forged, and a lot of fun was had! If the article reminded y...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Apr 01, 2022 10:23 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #58 - Mods for Your Swamp
Replies: 0
Views: 1309

Alt-F4 #58 - Mods for Your Swamp

For no special reason, on this particular Friday, *Sir Fendi* took it upon himself to highlight up a few humorous mods that might not be useful, but sure are fun. We'll will start with mods that only change visuals or audio to add some unique flavors to your eningeering experiences. Afterwards, we'l...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Mar 04, 2022 2:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #57 - Nuclear Energy and You
Replies: 2
Views: 2566

Alt-F4 #57 - Nuclear Energy and You

Another week, another Alt-F4 …? I guess we’ve been away for a while. It’s totally because we didn’t want to steal the spotlight from the FFF, which returned this year! Either way, let’s stop distracting from the great piece we do have this week: First-time contributor Sir Fendi wrote a very detailed...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Dec 31, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #56 - Factorio's Early Days
Replies: 5
Views: 3129

Alt-F4 #56 - Factorio's Early Days

For the last Alt-F4 of the year, on the very last day of the year, we wanted to take a look back at *ye olden* days of Factorio. Back when it was still a diamond in the rough, with definite potential, but concrete issues and annoyances as well. We hit up various people in the community and got their...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Dec 17, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #55 - The Dark Alleys of Modding
Replies: 6
Views: 3373

Alt-F4 #55 - The Dark Alleys of Modding

For issue #55 of Alt-F4, stringweasel prepared a very special treat for everyone, getting various modders to talk about the deepest, dankest hacks they’ve come up with to make their mods work. We’ve got MagmaMcFry, raiguard, Deadlock989, Anachrony, PFQNiet, and Earendel all confessing their sins! Co...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Dec 10, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #54 - Story Missions: The Story
Replies: 2
Views: 2125

Alt-F4 #54 - Story Missions: The Story

For the first issue in the last month of the year, first-time contributor GreenFlag presents their first big modding project that aims to add a proper RTS-style campaign to the game, in the spirit of the game’s tutorial levels. It’s pretty involved, and a lot of fun! Continue reading: https://alt-f4...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #53 - Laziness through Automation
Replies: 3
Views: 2119

Alt-F4 #53 - Laziness through Automation

For the very prime real estate of issue #53 of Alt-F4, grandmaster *Therenas* himself returns to grace us with another article. Following up his previous masterpieces that mostly talk about his own mods, here's more words about exactly those things. Those words explore the topic of automatically tak...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Nov 12, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #52 - Fluidic Power Benchmarking
Replies: 18
Views: 4695

Alt-F4 #52 - Fluidic Power Benchmarking

For issue #52, stringweasel returns with part two of the Fluidic Power Experiment where he dives into the rather surprising performance implications of his creation. If you liked last week’s article, you’ll like the second part this week. What a surprise! Continue reading: https://alt-f4.blog/ALTF4-...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Nov 05, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #51 - The Fluidic Power Experiment
Replies: 2
Views: 2074

Alt-F4 #51 - The Fluidic Power Experiment

For issue #51 of Alt-F4, long-time contributor and editor extraordinaire stringweasel delights us with a deep dive into the history of mods trying to make Factorio power network management more realistic. All of them have their own issues and trade-offs, which is why he then introduces his own take ...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Oct 29, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #50 - Rocket Silo Curiosities
Replies: 0
Views: 1278

Alt-F4 #50 - Rocket Silo Curiosities

This week is the golden anniversary of Alt-F4, it being issue #50 and all. No special festivities though, feels like we are doing that often enough. Instead, garr890354839 makes their first contribution by talking about some of the weirdnesses and some of the math surrounding rocket silos. Then, eve...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #49 - Dyworld Release Party
Replies: 0
Views: 1483

Alt-F4 #49 - Dyworld Release Party

After an involuntary two-week break (please join our Discord to contribute your amazing article *hint hint nod nod*), Alt-F4 is back with issue #49! There's two returns in one week actually, as *Dysoch* returns to talk about Dyworld once again, this time about the release party and all the fun leadi...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Sep 24, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #48 - Angel's Automated Unit Tests
Replies: 1
Views: 1690

Alt-F4 #48 - Angel's Automated Unit Tests

After a long while, an ancient contributor by the name of Lovely_Santa is back in his writing pen! We’ve last heard from our hero all the way back in Issue #2 where he was experimenting with the modding abilities of the new (at the time) spidertron. This time, he actually stays on the topic of Angel...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #47 - Optimizing the Solution
Replies: 0
Views: 1422

Alt-F4 #47 - Optimizing the Solution

After a three-week hiatus, Alt-F4 is back, more motivated than ever! We start off with a bang as *ilbJanissary* goes into depth about how the calculation engine behind [FactorioLab](https://factoriolab.github.io) does its magic. It might seem complicated at the surface, but the process is broken dow...
by AlternativeFFFF
Fri Aug 20, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alt-F4 #46 - One Year And Counting
Replies: 1
Views: 1790

Alt-F4 #46 - One Year And Counting

Oh man. It really has been a year since I started this project. Can’t quite believe it’s already been a year, while also not quite believing the project carried on for a whole year. In the beginning, it was just a silly idea that I wanted to try out and see where it would go, not really expecting it...

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