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Placeable Dynamic FTL Drive 1.4

Falling with more style than ever!

  1. ItsTheKais

    Do you miss that fancy FTL drive visualization from before Starbound 1.3? Wish you could really see the fruits of your overwhelmingly spooky erchius mining expeditions? Yeah, me too...


    This mod adds exactly what it says it does: a Faster-than-Light Drive object (based on the cockpit view from <1.3) which, if placed on a ship, will animate in time with your voyages, complete with whirring cooling fans, erchius fuel flowing through a sciencey condenser coil, and a dramatic flashy reaction! The drive is 8×10 tiles, so it fits exactly into the teleporter-sized "closet" rooms on most vanilla ships. Once you've made the base drive, you'll also learn the recipes for six colored variants so your engine room can match the rest of your ship!

    If that weren't cool enough, the drive also has three wire output nodes that can bring your fancy ship builds to life as they sail the stars! The top node turns on whenever the ship is moving. The middle node turns on while the ship is speeding up to or slowing down from interstellar FTL flight. The bottom node turns on while the ship is actively in FTL flight.

    There also exists a separate FTL Pinout; this compact 1×3 tile device does not animate as enthusiastically as the full-size drive but still has full wiring functionality using the same three-node layout, allowing for a ship to travel in style without needing to spend as many resources or dedicate as much space.

    Craft these devices at the Wiring Station under the sensors tab! Both objects can also be placed on non-ship locations as decorations, but they will not animate, nor will their wire nodes do anything.

    NOTE: Due to API limitations, the ship's fuel level must be monitored to determine when FTL travel is taking place. Because fuel isn't consumed in admin mode, these objects will not be able to detect FTL travel while flying the ship as an admin, so only part of the animation will play and only the top wire node will function. Make sure you aren't in admin mode before testing your ship build!

    This mod should work with (but has not been tested with) all shipworlds, including modded ships and build-your-own ships. May be adversely affected by mods that alter ship fuel usage, for the same reason it has trouble with admin mode.

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    Mod Pack Permissions:
    Anyone can use this mod in their mod compilation without the author's consent.
    Mod Assets Permissions:
    You must get the author's consent before altering/redistributing any assets included in this mod.
    MiamotoRei, Cryptoid, Eralia and 5 others like this.

Recent Updates

  1. 1.4
  2. 1.3
  3. 1.2

Recent Reviews

  1. greenRAM
    Version: 1.4
    I love this! I wish this were in the vanilla game after you fix your drive.
  2. Predilecta
    Version: 1.3
    Great for animating space travel.
  3. MelOzone
    Version: 1.1
    I oh-so-hate CF removing this animation from the game. This mod gives a nice fuel for those nostalgic feelings.
  4. Garus
    Version: 1.1
    Honnestly that's GREAT. Always wanted to 'see' the drive for real in my ship.
  5. Luna Celestica
    Luna Celestica
    Version: 1.1
    Helm, warp 6. Engage!
  6. starboundminer
    Version: 1.1
    I love the mod because i ever wanted to have a engine in my ship.
  7. Kazedin
    Version: 1.1
    will definitely follow you around, thanks for making my engine
    room meaningful
  8. rare_candy_bracelet
    Version: 1.0
    hi, I'm in love??? thank you for this gift