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Topic: GemCraft - Chasing Shadows / How to play without the pouch?

Originally posted by fractalman:

Trust me, after a certain point, black >>>white, even without skills; it might be that grade 45 is the switchover point without skills, but the switchover happens eventually, regardless.

I believe you, after all you are one of the most hardcore Gemcraft gamers, but the trouble is that if you can’t get a gem higher than G45, you don’t need to use black at all. And I think I’ll remain in this condition up to the point when I’d buy the pouch or Steam version.

 
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Topic: GemCraft - Chasing Shadows / How to play without the pouch?

So there’s no sense in playing X5 on glaring, because you will not get all waves, only 99? Pity, I was expecting full 182 – but mobs got through at ~87 so I charged the last node without dying last time I’ve tried.

Also I’ve discovered that shadow cores only start dropping from latter half of waves, regardless of their number, talisman fragments too.

 
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Topic: GemCraft Labyrinth / Exp Farming?

IIRC wild gem is best sacrificed, it’s worth some 10k mana, you spend 2400 on unlock yellow, orange and lime, build a mana farm and pwn. A lime-orange gem starts paying off at grade 7 and above, so get that to grade 7 while killing monsters, place at the start where most monsters pass, and watch it gather mana for your evolution. (That was pretty long ago already, maybe I should re-pwn GCL?)

 
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Topic: GemCraft - Chasing Shadows / Pause Bug

Shadows don’t pause by design. To pause while a shadow is on screen, open Options (total pause), then the shadow will also stop.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Idle Games

Originally posted by LouWeed:

I actually get this. The problem is whenever I’ve tried an idle game and I manage to “optimise my idle flow” I find my inner monologue saying “OK so now what? Where is the end? OK I’ll probably unlock something new soon but I doubt it’ll be much different than the last thing I unlocked…when does it end? Do Icontinue to do this forever?” And then I see my life stretching out in front of me….it’s at this point that I tend to quit. Game satisfaction level low, depression level high. What am I doing wrong

Nothing, I think, you just are of the type of people that want changes more than stability.
 
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Topic: GemCraft - Chasing Shadows / How to play without the pouch?

30 you say? I don’t see that a black gem with even 100M hits is better than a similar white gem at grade 45 (1r7b8y vs 1r7w8y, both gems grade 45 – bloodbound grants x23, poolbound grants x31). Maybe with skills they’d differ, but without skills black loses. That was on Y6 with almost-maxed traits, hatred at 2 and mana lock at 4.

Also I wonder does X5 drop talisman shards. And, how does the game drop shadow cores, barring pure random? When I first ran K5 glaring with 7/7/7/7/2/2 traits, I spent ~200 cores and got 400 in return, now I spent about as much at Y6 and got a mere 61 core.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Idle Games

Idle games eventually drive a player to meta-gaming, that is, do something that only consists of numbers in the game, not its plot and other stuff. Optimize idle flow, calculate what to upgrade first, pursue certain upgrades in favor of the others, etc etc. This is entertaining, but not to everyone. Those that don’t like idle games tend to go past them, and those that can understand a correct exponent stay for a while and enjoy a new set of functions. To each its own, they say.

Gabidou99, just don’t feed the troll.

 
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Topic: GemCraft - Chasing Shadows / Collection of game resources

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Topic: GemCraft - Chasing Shadows / How to play without the pouch?

Yep, found that 36xG20 also gives 999 giants. Also have to add, that if ever your monsters start leaking, pay close attention to mana burn type, and anger them at least 5 gems less. About black+red, sadly they don’t progress as fast early, and without skills either caps out pretty early (endurance-wise :) ) white caps at ~G33, black gets steadier but caps at ~G25 because not providing enough hits by the time it gets tough.

I didn’t use mana farms before trapped beam, and I had to learn how to do that properly first, but once set, and if hatred is low/none, one can get a megaton of exp+mana on a level with just a red mana farm, more if red/white or red/black.

 
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Topic: GemCraft - Chasing Shadows / Tired Of Losing On The Last Wave

Having an annoying beacon somewhere with HP in millions is as simple as creating a tower, stuffing a G9 pure yellow with target structure and let it be. If there are a lot of beacons, consider making a tower-amp spot with a G12/G8 amps and target structure with that gem, should allow you to clear the field of beacons faster than they appear. And if you really anger that giant wave that spawns beacons, you should notice that the beacons’ HP do not increase from angering, so you get a say 2G HP per giant and 2M HP per beacon. A G12 (amped) can likely whack such a beacon with one shot, maybe two, while your main killgem won’t get distracted from whacking more monsters.

 
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Topic: GemCraft - Chasing Shadows / How to play without the pouch?

There is a way to power level even pouchless, it requires that you replay levels with white and red available. Only red suffices to a less degree, and if you’re below level ~300. To do: Create a mana farm out of red/white/orange, orange amplifiers, 3-4 long at someplace where all monsters would have to pass. Create a red/white/yellow killgem closer to the orb and either stuff it into a trap, or into a tower, add amplifiers and adjust its range so that it won’t kill monsters that have not yet passed the mana trap. Anger liberally, G1x5 first waves, G3x10 or x20 (depends on your killgem) from wave 15-20, G5x20 at the end if no white is available, or if you’ve got your mana trap killing monsters, up to G20x40 every wave (provided your killgems and mana farm are all G30+). With mana farm, increase the grade ASAP but one gem at a time, and don’t forget amps to be 3 grades less than the smallest gem in mana farm (preferably keep them in consistent grades). If there is a wave with beacons placed at kill, create 5-8 towers across the map and stuff em with G12 yellows targeted structure just for the elimination of beacons (they are worth very heavy exp). With your kill gem, watch for waves that dislodge gems in radius, this can harm your killing if you have it in a trap, this way create 2-4 traps and upgrade one at a time so that killing never stops. I’ve done that on K5, and got some 40M exp and a hundred levels while not yet having hatred available.

 
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Topic: GemCraft - Chasing Shadows / Saved Game Lost

1. Private browsing is your enemy regarding saves.
2. Clipboard save is your friend, as you get total control over the data.
3. If the dev was wise enough to provide some form of an encryption on the data, or a link to Kongregate profile somewhere inside, exporting/importing might remain when badges arrive. Hope so, though.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Bachelor thesis about idle games needs help

No rewards? No, thanks.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Idle / clicker games list

Originally posted by Gabidou99:

You pretty much have to play Idle Mine actively if you want to progress. Active play is powerful, Especially if you have an Auto Clicker

No, past a certain stage autoclicker is not needed, while yes, using that will make you progress several times faster early on, past hellstone, only double as fast which is negligible considering you can use the computer for other tasks (but place Idle Mine window so that a portion of it is visible on the desktop).

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Idle / clicker games list

Originally posted by Gabidou99:
Originally posted by DonutKnight:
Originally posted by Gabidou99:
Originally posted by ffejpsycho:

Oh Yeah, cant get enough of that “stare at my screen in stupor” action ;)

You do know you can browse other tabs while it run, right?

But some stops when you get your mouse out of the screen.

Name me one.

Idle Mine stalls if you switch to another tab, for example (framerate drops to 1 from 30, and since all tasks there are timer-based, it’s as if you’ve never bought faster upgrades). I expect some others do that too.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Official Enigmata Stellar War Thread

Drop all but 1 vira saviors, these tend to heal themselves if they cross chargors’ areas of effect. Stuff chargors in between lightbringers/aries/tesla, these amp fire rate as well as damage IF the towers are hit by what chargors release. And try to compact the base (there’s a tedious way to do that) in order to be able to stuff more weapons due to less walls needed. Otherwise, nice base. (I’d drop 2 chargors for NEs, you have 11 chargors and only 9 NEs, and I’d add a galaxy turret or two, they do ridiculous damage, even more than a NE if not vs a shielded enemy.)

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Official - Enigmata 2: Genu's Revenge

Originally posted by chisibaba:

um dont kinds this days know to read we dont live in dark ages for gods sake…
Sorry but I simply couldent resist myself ;D

I think kids don’t know how to write either. Couldn’t resist, sorry.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Astrox players?

About point 2 – you are probably running a 10-star galaxy. Do a custom restart and set your galaxy to have 50 systems (as well as amping pirates strength, as otherwise you’ll be able to wreck all of them without challenge).

 
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Topic: General Gaming / me robaron la cuenta y ocasionaron que me banearan

thanks for translation, but this might be worthy of moving to contract wars forums then.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / [Little Warlock] Underrated new game

About suggestions, yes probably I should put them into game comments.

About screen resolution, I say the height of the game is too big, not the width, with my 1366×768 screen the game window does not fit in the browser even if I press F11 to move the browser into full screen. Yes, one should not chat mid-battle :)

And about hotkeys, this is very cool to know that there are some, technically these are enough to cover most of the clicky-miss issues I have experienced. I believe they should be explained in the tutorial at some point.

Hmm, so PVP in there is AI vs you? This explains a lot. I wasn’t speaking about live PVP lags (yet), I understand that there are multiple sources for it, and it’s better that the game will lag than crash.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / [Little Warlock] Underrated new game

Well, about paying 5 life to reshuffle your deck – this should retain requiring manual interaction, indeed, but while there are cards in deck, an auto-draw is HIGHLY recommended. Indeed I have just put my nose into the game, gathered a bit of data and pretty much left (for a day, probably). About P2W issues – this is pretty normal, because in any MMO (and this game fits the description) you have to pay either time or money to progress (or both, in case of some games). About buying boosters – yes, you can get boosters with relative ease (this is good!), just splat a ton of gold for them, and apparently you can get gold by replaying PvM levels.

Well, this is enough for me to take a second glance at the game. I don’t have months to burn here, that was a reason why I ditched The Gate, so I won’t stay for long.

EDIT: nah, too much grind for a booster, also it doesn’t fit in my browser window (fullscreen – no thanks) and occasionally skips clicks on cards, which IS bad when one needs to heal a creature and couldn’t press the f’n card before that creature gets killed. And, if there are two melee units in one place, you plain cannot choose which one you want to target for heal or damage.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / [Little Warlock] Underrated new game

I don’t say underrated, IMO this combines two things that shouldn’t be combined, real time battles and manual collect, which is good for PvZ but not good for a CCG. Also, no ability to see what card has been played against you (when it’s a spell) gives small ability to understand what to do for countering. Also, what’s with that timered draw? If there are free slots in hand, the game should draw in an instant, otherwise wait until a slot would be freed and then draw. I am already tired of clicking the manual draw button. So for me, this one deserves a 3.5/5, but seeing a “+3” spell available and getting a +0 same spell out of a booster means unfair advantage for P2W’s with the consequence of lowering the rating to 3.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Any idea if theres a MAX level for upgrading weapons in elona shooter?

IIRC there is no max level on guns in Elona Shooter, it’s just the game becomes too tedious past a certain point that Mk30+ weapons appear too rarely to be placed into wiki.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / What are you currently playing?

Warcraft 2 Beyond the Dark Portal :D

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Best way to store ingame level?

I perfer JSON over XML, because of its compactness due to lack of tags. Yes, once your game allows a ton of functions on a single level, you should devise a level editor. (I use MS Excel workbook with a macro to convert the placed data into a JSON to import into the game)