Spiral Knights: Royal Jelly

Spiral Knights offers its players many ways of earning in-game currency (crowns) and other loot. You could analyse the volatile auction house and play it that way although it’s very monotonous or go and do some clockwork levels that give out a lot of crowns and rare materials. If you’re looking for the easiest route, it’s probably the gate with most tier 1 arenas. The highest reward comes from Firestorm Citadel (tier 3 boss stratum) but it’s much more time-consuming and not to mention the risk of death is far greater. Arguably, the most efficient method is running through the royal jelly (RJ) levels found in the fourth stratum of a tier 2.

This gate appears only in one gate and stays there until it’s shifted off the gate cycle to the left every six days or so. It’s always there though so it’s best to clear the first and second stratum of that gate (tier 1) to avoid the 200 crown penalty if you intend to do a lot of RJ runs. If you plan on doing this, this is the best option. This post will aim to guide you through what is the best way to proceed through the levels. Continue reading

CCleaner and Steam

Update: Looks like this is fixed in the latest CCleaner version 3.06.

About two weeks ago I ran CCleaner as part of my weekly maintenance, I updated it but failed to read that Steam had been added to the list of programs it can work on. After a few hours, I noticed that webpages viewed through the Steam client weren’t loading properly (stylesheets were missing or broken). I didn’t do anything about this until today when I found a quick-fix for it on Steam forums.

1. Exit Steam
2. Navigate to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\config
3. Delete the “htmlcache” and “overlayhtmlcache” folders
4. Start Steam

I can confirm all is well now. I don’t know if CCleaner has been fixed or if it’s meant to do that but for now I’m just going to delete the cache folders manually.

PES 2011 – Dead Ball Expert Trophy Guide

Pro Evolution Soccer always had free-kicks (it is a football game after all) and almost always I was awful at them. It came as no surprise when I saw the Dead Ball Expert trophy, I had to write off my chances of getting the platinum trophy completion for this game. The task is simple in theory (score five direct free-kicks) but painstakingly difficult to execute in-game.

This “guide” aims to give a few pointers to gamers that have been asking me about this particular trophy and how I eventually got it. Looking back on it, it’s not something I’d do again any time soon. For those that possess mad skills when it comes to set pieces, you can ignore this or add your own comments on this trophy at the bottom of the page. Continue reading

DS: Red pixel…

It’s really annoying when you have something under warranty only for the product to go out of that warranty. Such was the case for me with my DS Lite. I brought it last year (9th of September to be exact) and I discovered an annoying pseudo-dead pixel on my bottom screen just last night. I can’t return it without dishing out some repair costs to CodeStorm UK (Nintendo’s repair company here) so I decided to fix it myself or at least try to.

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Illustrated Walkthroughs

I’ve come across some great walkthroughs that guide you step-by-step picture-by-picture on some DS games. At the moment it’s only for a few games including Dragon Quest IV and Professor Layton and The Curious Village. The latter being complete but Dragon Quest isn’t. It’s still worth mentioning that though as it helps you get started on your custom town if you ever get stuck on that.

The site is actually a blog and it can be found on the link below. Hope you find them helpful as I certainly did, especially those Escape puzzles!

Illustrated Walkthroughs