There are hundreds of different encounters in the PC game FTL: Faster Than Light. Space battles are generally rather similar, depending on the layout of your ship, but text encounters vary greatly. In a text encounter, sometimes you will have a blue option. Blue options are universally better than normal options. Unlocking a blue option require a specific piece of equipment, upgrades to systems, or a specific race of crew members. If you want to maximize your blue options in a game, the following are the most efficient ways to get blue options in FTL: Faster Than Light.
Engi Crew Members – Engi crew members off blue options in six different encounters in the game. Only Lanius and Slug crew members offer more blue options and both races are incredibly difficult to get on your ship. In contrast, Engi are one of the easiest races to get on a ship. Many ships start with an Engi crew member, including the Red Tail and all Engi Cruisers. Furthermore, Engi are available for sale in about half the stores in the game. Even if your ship doesn’t start with an Engi crew member, you can unlock these blue options for 50 scrap that will significantly help you with ship repairs throughout the game.
Sensors Level 2 – The second level of sensors opens up eight blue options. This is the most blue options you can unlock simply by upgrading a subsystem. The cost for upgrading this subsystem is trivial and improved sensors are generally helpful if you ever target enemy crew with attacks or boarding parties. Since you can get this blue option without ever going to a store, it is generally worth getting early.
Long-Ranged Sensors – No other augmentation in the game offers as many blue options as Long-Ranged Sensors. For the miniscule cost of 30 scrap, you can get ten blue options. Additionally, the Long-Ranged Sensors are also one of the best augmentations in the game even when you don’t consider possible blue options. This is one of the most common augmentations sold in stores, and you should generally buy it early, both for its ability to identify ships and hazards, and for the potential blue options.
Medbay Level 2 – The second level of the medbay only unlock three blue options, but they are notable because they can all potentially provide you with a free crew member. The medbay costs less scrap to upgrade than the cheapest crew member costs in a store. Between that and the protection from system damage that the upgrade costs, it is useful to upgrade this early in the game.
Lanius Crew Members – The Lanius are one of the most difficult races to get aboard your ship, but if you can manage to get one, you earn 11 blue options for your trouble. That is definitely worth the effort in the long run, especially since they are reasonably useful crew members in general. If you see an Abandoned Space sector, enter it. Stores in that sector will almost certainly sell Lanius crew members.