Posts by Twinsen

Friday Facts #239 - PAX East report

Posted by Klonan & Twinsen on 2018-04-20

AMD Ryzen crashes (Klonan) The long fight with the elusive Ryzen bug (more and more) seems to finally have some resolution. A few weeks ago I sent an email to AMD, filling them in on the details of the crash, and asked them if they could help us solve this. Very quickly I was put in touch with a member of their CPU engineering team,...

Friday Facts #232 - PAX, Bugs, Graphs

Posted by Twinsen, Rseding91 and Posila on 2018-03-02

Hello, it has been extremely cold these last weeks. It's one of those weeks when we can't think of anything to write about. So we will try to write some small parts. The struggle for the stable Most of us are working on fixing bugs and small issues on our backlog, but some of us are already working on 0.17. TOGoS is doing major changes...

Friday Facts #231 - Belt compression & Crash log uploading

Posted by Twinsen, kovarex on 2018-02-23

The decision of how to approach the belt compression in 0.16 was not an easy one, we were basically facing two possibilities: Splitters are the only way to reliably compress a belt. Compression is automatic everywhere (inserters, sideloading, mining drills). Non-automatic belt compression is kind of an nice example of emergent...

Friday Facts #229 - Taiwan report & Lamp staggering

Posted by Twinsen, Klonan on 2018-02-09

After a long 14 hour flight back, Albert, kovarex and I arrived back from Taipei, after our attendance at the Taipei Game Show. Jitka started her vacation by staying there to visit the Taiwan island. We stayed there for 7 days (2 days in the business area, 3 days in the convention area and 2 days of free time where we visited the city). ...

Friday Facts #225 - Bots versus belts (part 2)

Posted by Twinsen, kovarex & V435000 on 2018-01-12

The previous FFF seems to have caused quite a reaction. We had many discussions in the office regarding this topic, so this week some of us prepared some detailed responses. Bots vs. belts aftermath (Twinsen) I started the article from last week saying this was mostly of a rant, so just the opinions of a player who prefers belts over...

Friday Facts #224 - Bots versus belts

Posted by Twinsen & Kovarex on 2018-01-05

We had quite a lot of critical bugs after the 0.16.8 release that introduced the logistic chest finalisations mentioned in the last FFF. I'm sorry for the trouble, but it is called experimental version for a reason. It seems that 7 releases in the past week has been enough to stabilize it. We are finally in a state, where we are fixing...

Friday Facts #220 - The best Friday Facts ever

Posted by Twinsen on 2017-12-08

Christmas is coming early for Factorio fans. We have a lot of exciting things to show you and announce this week, so hold on tight. The artillery train Some of you might remember we said there is an artillery train planned, well we now have a playable version of it, so we can show it to you today. The artillery train (or more correctly,...

Friday Facts #219 - Cliffs

Posted by Twinsen, Albert, TOGoS on 2017-12-01

Several months ago TOGoS (Dan) half-jokingly mentioned that what Factorio really needed was mountains and cliffs. This was also suggested many many many times. Albert immediately got very excited and they started having some discussions about how to make it happen. Fast forward a few months, and Ernestas had made some cliff graphics...

Friday Facts #218 - Import bpy, Export player

Posted by V453000 & Twinsen on 2017-11-24

Hello dear biters and related species from unexplored planet full of life and natural resources. Recently I have been working on several high resolution graphics for your best friends - the tank and the player character. In this article I would like to show their updated visuals to you, as well as a sneak peek at how they are produced. The...

Friday Facts #217 - Just another Friday Facts

Posted by Twinsen & Rseding91 on 2017-11-17

Hello, most of the team is out of the office today attending the Game Developers Session here in Prague, if you're around you can look out for some people wearing Factorio t-shirts. As we were thinking about what to write in this Friday Facts, kovarex suggested "In the next Friday Facts we should write about how hard it is to write Friday...