Sunday, May 19, 2019

How to unlock more characters / teams (Team Sonic Racing)

When you play the story mode (Team Adventure Mode) in Team Sonic Racing, you can only play as team Sonic, which means that you can only use Sonic, Tails and Knuckles. However, you might want to play as the other teams as well, but how do you unlock more characters in Team Sonic Racing?

The answer is simple: just play the Team Adventure Mode, and you will unlock the other teams as you complete new zones. Do this and you will unlock Team Rose first, followed by Team Vector, Team Dark, and finally Team Eggman. It takes a little while to reach the point where you will unlock all the teams, but just keep doing the adventure mode, and you get them eventually.

There are a total of 5 teams and 15 playable characters, and you get all of these by doing the main story mode. So just enjoy the game, and you will gradually unlock them all.

Luckily for us, you don't need to do anything to unlock them for multiplayer, neither online nor locally. So in these modes, feel free to use whichever team you like the most, even if you haven't unlocked them in the Team Adventure Mode yet.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Countdown to Diablo 3 Season 17 release

Diablo 3 Season 17 is starting soon, and there is a lot of confusion exactly when it is. The answer is that it officially opens on May 17th at 5:00 p.m. PST. This means just after midnight in Europe.

Anyway, since timezones can be a bit confusion, we added a countdown on our website. So you can see exactly how long it is until the Season 17 begins!

The best classes to start with for Season 17 (Diablo 3)

Each new season of Diablo 3 brings the ability for your first character of the season to get a free set, and these change every season. What this means is that some classes will come with a great set to start the season off with, while others come with sets that are mostly useless. For this reason, certain classes are better as the first character of the season than others.
For season 17, the classes with great free sets are Necromancer and Demon Hunter. These two classes get The Shadow's Mantle and the Grace of Inarius sets, both of which are perfect for getting to a high Tormet difficulty quickly, allowing you to use these as a means for farming the sets for other classes if you wish.

In contrast, all the other classes give you a free set that is sub-par, and you will need to grind out a completely different set if you want to get to a high difficulty.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

How to get a spot in the World of Warcraft Classic beta test

The official World of Warcraft Classic beta test has begun, but at this point very few players have actually been invited to test the game. We can expect that Blizzard will gradually invite more and more players just like they do in expansion packs for the game, but that gives you no guarantees of getting a spot. In this post we will show you how to get a spot in the World of Warcraft Classic beta test, but getting a 100 % invite requires a lot of work.

Sign up for the beta

Many people don't realize that you need to sign up / opt in as interested in playing the beta before you even have a chance of being picked. Without doing this, your chances of getting a key is next to none.

Anyway, log in to your Blizzard Account, then go to "Games & Subscriptions" in the right-hand menu. Scroll to the bottom of this to find the "Go To Beta Profile Settings" button, and click on this. This will take you to a list of all the Blizzard franchises, and World of Warcraft Classic is one of the franchises you can mark yourself as interested in testing.

As you can see from the screenshot above, click the box for World of Warcraft Classic, and you are marked as a potential beta tester.

Doing this far from guarantees you a beta spot, but it's the first step. Most people just do this and wait, and if you are lucky, your account will be flagged to get beta access at one point in the future.

Become a content creator to get a guaranteed spot in the WoW Classic beta

Right now it seems like the only way to get a guaranteed invite to the World of Warcraft Classic beta is to be a content creator, which means you must be a streamer, create WoW YouTube videos or something like that.

It's not known exactly how many subscribers or followers you need for Blizzard to send you a beta invite, but it can be very difficult to reach this point in a short amount of time. So this option is rather unlikely unless you already are a content creator. If that's the case, then you should contact Blizzard to get in touch with them about granting you beta access.

11 tips for Rage 2 beginners

Rage 2 just got release, and in this post you will find 11 tips that are really need to know when you first start playing the game. While this guide won't make you a Rage 2 expert just yet, it will give you some nice advice on what to do in the early game, and which parts of the game to focus on.

If you got any other tips for beginners, make sure to let us know in the comment section below!

1) Get the Combat Shotgun early on

The Combat Shotgun is likely the very best common type weapon in the game, and you can get it very early on. You should get it as soon as possible! To do this, head to Marshall in Gunbarrel and accept his mission. When completing the very first mission, you will find the Combat Shotgun, and it's yours to use forever on from that point on.

The great thing about the Combat Shotgun is that it is pretty accurate when you hold down the zoom button, but it also gives a great scatter when fired from the hip. This makes the Combat Shotgun extremely versatile, and you might not feel the need to change it for any other weapon for a long time. So don't ignore Marshall when you first get to Gunbarrel, or at least not until you got the shotgun.

2) Prioritize damage upgrades

You have the option of spending your resources on permanently upgrading your health, overdrive meter or damage dealt when you are in Wellspring, and we recommend spending them on permanently increasing your damage. This is by far the most efficient use of the resources, especially since the game is pretty easy, so you won't really need a permanent health upgrade anyway.

3) You can repair your car

You will definitely get to a point where your car has low health, but a lot of players don't realize that you can fix it back to full health yourself. All you need to do is to go out of your car, walk up in front of it and use Focus Energy to get it back to full health.

4) Don't focus too much on the main quests

The main story line is surprisingly short in Rage 2, so you should focus on exploring the world and having fun instead of rushing the main story, or else you will find yourself finishing the game in a very short amount of time.

There are so much more to do than just the main mission anyway, so go ahead and do all those side quests, explore all the cool stuff on the map, and just have fun. A lot of the areas that are unused for quests have a lot of cool stuff and great loot hidden somewhere, so it tends to be worth just exploring at your own pace anyway. 

5) Remap your ability selection key

The original ability selection keys are a mess, requiring you to hold CTRL while clicking on keys like F or R. That's just a big mess. Remap these to something more intuitive, preferably keys where you can click on a single key without having to hold another one down at the same time.

It does not really matter which keys you chose to use instead, so just go with whatever you feel is comfortable. It's not really possible to make it any worse than it already is anyway. 

6) Talk to all the NPCs twice

Some NPCs will only give you a reward the second time you talk with them, and only tanking you for doing a mission the first time. So if there's an NPC with a dialogue prompt, talk to them twice. You won't always be rewarded for doing this, but every once in a while you will get a reward!

7) Always look for Arks

Arks are essentially your main abilities in the game, and you will want to get all of these. Luckily for us, they are all marked on your map, so if you got nothing better to do, hunt down these to find the superpowers they have. These areas tend to contain a lot of loot with rare resources and the likes, so if the Arks themselves aren't a good enough reasons, then you've got another one. 

Very few of the Arks are strictly needed to finish the game, but they are a huge quality of life improvement. Some of them are also really great to use, and allows you to get to new areas more easily (like the Double Jump Ark).

8) Change the time of day to get daylight

Some missions and areas can be very difficult to navigate during the dark of night, but it's actually possible to change the time of day in Rage 2. All you need to do is to head to the Photo Mode and go to the options there. This allows you to manipulate the clock to be whatever you feel like! This is a great way of getting rid of that annoying dark that prevents you from scouting far into the distance.

9) Always buy crafting schematics when you find them

Crafting in Rage 2 can feel a bit unintuitive, but what you want to do is to get as many schematics as possible. You buy these from vendors, and they stack, and when you have a certain number of the same schematic, you unlock the next rank of the crafting. You don't have to use the schematic or anything like that, just buy it from the vendor and you will soon get higher ranks on your crafting.

10) Look for meteors

Every once in a while, a visible meteor will fall down from the sky. You should look for this to get a lot of loot! It's not that difficult to find, especially after you realize that it can be tracked on the map.

For those of you that own the Deluxe Edition, the game will spawn a rare meteor that will give you the BFG 9000 early on, so this will likely be the first meteor you find. So while most meteors are random events, some are scripted, but they are still worth checking out as soon as you see them.

11) You can buy MTX with in-game money

There is no need to spend money to get gold weapons or other MTX skins in Rage 2, because you can trade in-game dollars for Rage Tokens that are used to buy the MTX skins. So don't cash out real money unless you feel like it, because you will likely be able to afford the cool skins later on anyway.

If you want any of these skins, head to Wellspring and look for the vendors that sells them. 

How to find meteorites that fall down (Rage 2)

Meteorites in Rage 2 are random events (with some scripted exceptions) that can happen pretty much any time you play the game. You will clearly see the meteor fall down from the sky, and after this you can go and loot it any time.

To find the meteor that fell down, look for a blue circle on the map. The even is called Feneleatries on your map, so make sure to head to this location. When you get there, use a gun or another weapon to break it open and enjoy the loot that is inside it!

How to save the game in Rage 2

Whenever you are playing Rage 2, you definitely want to save the game to make sure you don't lose any progress between your play sessions. Luckily for us, it's very easy to save in Rage 2. The game has an extensive autosave feature that saves pretty much any time you do anything at all. That includes picking up loot, killing enemies, or even fast travelling. Just look for the small disk icon in the lower bottom right of your screen to see when it autosaves.

If you don't completely trust autosaves, you can opt to manually save. To do this, head to the menu and select the "Save" tab. This allows you to create manual save files that can be used to save the game at a particular point in time, allowing you to keep playing (and autosaving) and use that save file as a backup or whatever you want. You can create as many save files as you want with the manual save system, so don't be afraid to use it.

Most people will be fine with only using the autosave feature though, since it tends to be very good in Rage 2.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

How to get the unarmored epic mounts in World of Warcraft: Classic

Back when World of Warcraft vanilla first launched, the epic mounts were simple recolors of the level 40 versions of the mounts. This meant that they looked almost like them, but ran at 100 % speed. It was pretty difficult to get these mounts back in the day, and when patch 1.4 hit the server, these mounts were removed from the mount vendor and replaced by the epic faction mounts we still have today. All the players with the old epic mounts also had the opportunity to trade it in for a new mount, and a lot of them did. This means that the old unarmored epic mounts became incredibly rare, but will we be able to get them in World of Warcraft: Classic?

Unfortunately the answer is no. It will not be possible to obtain the unarmored epic mounts in World of Warcraft: Classic. Blizzard said this was to prevent people from rushing the vanilla experience, and that they have no plans to ever release them on live or classic servers again.

So if you were hoping to get your hands on one of these mounts, you're out of luck, because it will not be possible. Instead the regular epic mounts will be for sale from the mount vendors.

How to change the time of day (Rage 2)

There is no intuitive option to change the time of day in Rage 2, but there's actually a pretty good solution out there for anyone that don't really enjoy playing during the dark nights.

In order to change the time of the day in Rage 2, simply press pause and go to Photo Mode. This mode gives you a lot of options, including changing the time! You can change the time to be whatever you like, down to the minute.

This is a great way to skip over the dark nights that provide next to no visibility, and rather play during the day where there is more than enough light to see everything.

When is the World of Warcraft: Classic release date?

We will be able to return to Azeroth the way it was in vanilla with World of Warcraft: Classic, but when exactly does the game release? The answer is that the official release is on August 27th 2019, just before summer ends. At this time anyone with an active World of Warcraft subscription can log into the Classic servers to play the original game before any of the expansion packs.

Many people are bummed out that they didn't get to play it during their summer holiday like Blizzard hinted at, but at least we got a release date to look forward to.

While the official release is on August 27th, the Americas will actually get it on August 26th, since the release is worldwide. You can see the full list of different time zone releases by clicking here.

How to get the Combat Shotgun (Rage 2)

A lot of players consider the Combat Shotgun to be one of the best and easiest guns to use in Rage 2, so you will definitely want to get your hands on this weapon as soon as possible. Luckily it's not that rare of a weapon, and you can get it pretty early on.

In order to get the Combat Shotgun, you will need to go to Gunbarrel and find Marshall. He will give you a mission called "Blackout" where you must enter a sewer to find and Ark, and the Combat Shotgun will be located in this Sewer next to the Ark. Enjoy the weapon!

How to reset your Nanotrites / respec your skills in Rage 2

You have 3 different attributes and 8 different skills that you can upgrade in Rage 2, and it's possible to create a different playstyle by choosing to upgrade different skills. So what do you do if you place your Nanotrites in the wrong skill or attribute? It's actually possible to respec your skills, and you do this by visiting the doctor called Doc Karl in Wellspring.

To find Doc Karl, head inside Wellspring and follow the right path. When you reach the tunnels, follow the tunnel on the left until you see an opening on the right. This is where Doc Karl is located, and for $500 he will reset your Nanotrites. This removes all the upgrades from your skills and abilities, but also gives you the resources back, so you can reallocate them!

How to get BFG 9000 (Rage 2)

The BFG 9000 is a classic weapon from the DOOM series, but it's also possible to obtain this in Rage 2. However, it's only available to players who have the Delux Edition of the game at this point in time, so you will need to buy this version to get the BFG 9000 weapon.

If you do have the Delux Edition, what you need to do is to log in with your Bethesda Account by signing in at the main menu in Rage 2. If you don't have one, don't worry, you can easily create a new account from the same menu. Anyway, when you have successfully logged in, just quit the game and reboot it. Now load your save game (or start a new save file), and you will get a quest with instructions on how to get the BFG 9000.

The quest will tell you to find a meteor that landed just outside of Vineland, so go there and look for it. Once you find the meteor, open it by shooting at it, and you will soon see the BFG 9000 inside it. Loot it, and it is yours to use for the rest of the game!

And that's how you get the BFG 9000 in Rage 2. There is currently no method to getting this weapon without owning the Delux Edition of the game, so you will have to shell out real money to upgrade your version to get this.

Friday, May 10, 2019

How to get Nazjatar Battle Commendation (World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth)

The Nazjatar Battle Commendation are a new currency added to WoW in patch 8.2, and it's tied to PvP activities in the Nazjatar zone. The Nazjatar Battle Commendation are used to purchase some cool items like Essences, toys and even a mount, so all the mount and toy collectors will be wanting to get this currency.

The main method for obtaining Nazjatar Battle Commendation is to participate in the new PvP event in Nazjatar, called Battle for Nazjatar. This is a zone-wide battle where each faction fights to control five different controls points, called Tidal Conflux, Alathi Spire, Thoras'tal Spire, Zin-Azshari, and Lemor'athra Spire. Each tick where your faction controls one of these points award a point to your faction.

Each game lasts until one faction has 1,000 points, or it ends 45 minutes after it begun. It seems like most games will end much earlier than 45 minutes though. A new game begins shortly after the previous one ended, so it's pretty much always possible to participate in the battle event.

If your faction wins the battle, you will be awarded 3 x Nazjatar Battle Commendations + 100 Conquest. If you lose, you only get a single Nazjatar Battle Commendation plus 25 Conquest points.

In addition to participating in the Battle for Nazjatar you can get extra Nazjatar Battle Commendations by completing PvP World Quests in Nazjatar, but that is limited to once per day.

As you might have guessed, you will need to have War Mode turned on to be able to participate in the Battle for Nazjatar, so you won't get any Nazjatar Battle Commendations without War mode on.

Idle with War Mode on to get them passively

It seems like everyone who are currently in Nazjatar get awarded with Nazjatar Battle Commendations even if they are doing other activities like World Quests or just grinding mobs, so you might not need to actively participate in the battle to get the rewards. However, you will still need to have War Mode enabled to get these.

All items purchasable with Nazjatar Battle Commendation

The Nazjatar Battle Commendations can be used to buy items from Crafticus Mindbender (Alliance) and Dazzerian (Horde), and they sell the following items:

- Alliance War Banner / Horde War Banner (Toy) - 10 Nazjatar Battle Commendations.

- Alliance War Standard / Horde War Standard (Toy) - 30 Nazjatar Battle Commendations.

- Inkscale Deepseeker (mount)  - 150 Nazjatar Battle Commendations.

- Engine of Ceaseless Progress (Blue/Rare Essence) - 20 Nazjatar Battle Commendations.

- Engine of Ceaseless Progress (Green/Uncommon Essence) - 5 Nazjatar Battle Commendations.

- Engine of Ceaseless Progress (Purple/Epic Essence) - 50 Nazjatar Battle Commendations.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

How to find and open secret rooms in Forager

The dungeons in Forager all have secret rooms in them. Most of these secret rooms contain one or more chests that tend to be quite valuable to open, so you should definitely learn how to recognize where to find the secret rooms, and how to open them. Most often these chests have a variety of gems and other valuable materials in them. There's even a challenge in the game that requires you to find all the secret rooms, and this challenge is not actually that difficult once you learn how to look for them.

So, here's how you find secret rooms in dungeons in Forager. Just look for cracks in the wall! All the secret rooms are hidden behind walls that are visually cracked. There is not a single secret room that does not have this, so just keep your eyes open for the cracks in the wall, and you will likely find them all.

To open the secret room, use an explosive on it. The easiest method is to use a Bomb, which can be crafted for 2x Jelly, 4x Iron Ingot, and 2x Coal at the Cauldron. Just make sure to craft 4-5 of these before you head into a dungeon, and you will be able to open all the secret rooms in it.

There are some other options for opening the secret rooms available a bit later in the game, such as the Fire Rod or the Ice Rod. You get these after doing the respective Dungeons, so there's no need to bother with Bombs after you have got one of these. In the late-game, you can also use your Bow with arrows that explode, or other means of explosions.

How to unlock Swords (Forager)

Swords are used to fight enemies in Forager, and they function in a lot the same ways as the Pickaxe; swing it towards an enemy to damage it. You won't start the game with any Sword though, so here's how to unlock Sword in Forager.

Firstly you will need to unlock the skill called "Combat". The "Combat" skill is located directly two blocks to the right of the "Magic" Skill (that is one of the four Skills you start with). Just like any other skill in the game, you need to spend a Skill Point to unlock it, and once you do, you have it permanently.

After you get the Combat skill, you also get the Sword automatically in your Tool kit, so you don't even need to craft it. You should upgrade it though, and the first upgrade called "Bone Sword" can be done at the Forge for 16x Iron Ingots, 8x Bricks and 4x Bones. You can keep upgrading it to make it deal more damage and give it special features.

Since the Sword is a tool, it won't take up an inventory slot, and you will have permanent access to it after you get it.

Most people don't really prefer playing with the Sword, since the Pickaxe and Bow tend to do about the same amount of damage, so why bother with the sword at all?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

How to fix the CE-34878-0 error in Apex Legends (PS4)

The CE-34878-0 error in Apex Legends is an annoying one. Not only is it responsible for freezing the entire game, it also typically causes a crash shortly after, so you have to reboot the entire game. This bug is unique to the PlayStation 4 version of Apex Legends, and even though Sony tried to fix it in the past, it is still popping up from time to time.

If you are one of the people who are getting the CE-34878-0 error every once in a while, fear not, there's actually a pretty simple solution for fixing the CE-34878-0 error in Apex Legends.

What you need to do is to open the game, then head to settings. Uncheck the box that says "Convert Incoming Voice to Text Chat". Now save the settings, and you are done.

No one outside of Sony or the developers of Apex Legends really knows why this fixes the CE-34878-0 error, but it does. So after you have turned this feature off, you will no longer get the bug. 

How to link your Borderlands 3 SHiFT and Twitch accounts

There is a good reason for why you will want to link your Borderlands 3 SHiFT account and your Twitch account, because the new feature called ECHOcast allows you to get in-game loot in Borderlands 3 by watching streamers play the game.

To link your accounts, begin by logging your SHiFT account on the Gearbox website. Click on Setting, then go to the tab called "Connections". Click on the Twitch icon there, and authorize SHiFT to interact with Twitch. If you're not logged in to Twitch, now your chance to log in with the account you want to connect. When you authorize the connection, you are set to go.

The next time you watch a streamer play Borderlands 3, you have the chance to use the ECHOcast Twitch extension. This allows you to inspect the inventory, profile and skill tree of the streamer, and most importantly, allows you to claim chests!

How to claim chests by watching Borderlands 3 streaming

Any time a streamer plays Borderlands 3 and finds a chest, you can click on a button on the ECHOcast extension to claim this chest. You only have two minutes to claim it after the streamer finds it, so you can't just get lots of chests by letting the stream run on another device.

After having claimed the chest, log in to your SHiFT account when you are in-game in Borderlands 3, and all the chests you have claimed will be available to open in Sanctuary III.

How to farm berries (Forager)

When you start playing Forager, berries are some of the first resources you will gather. However, when you reach end-game, berries tend to be one of the bottlenecks in some production lines, especially if you like having many Fish Traps. The Fish Traps tend to be very costly in regards to Berries once you have 10+ of them, so how do you farm berries?

There's no insanely good farm other than hoping they spawn close to some of your Lighthouses. Unless you are willing to do some manual grinding that is.

The Winter Dungeon has a lot of berries in it, and this is a good strategy for farming berries in Forager. What you want to do is to just run in, solve the dungeon and loot as many berries as possible, then run out to reset it. If you have a fully upgraded Amulet, you should be getting around 150 - 200 Berries per run, and each run should only take a minute or so.

This means that you won't realistically be able to grind millions of Berries, but it is entirely doable to farm a few thousand of them in a somewhat short amount of time.

Can you plant Berries in Forager?

Right you you won't be able to plant berries to set up a Berry farm, but this is something that the developer of Forager has said that he is working in implementing. So you will likely be able to craft Berry Seeds at the Mill once we get an update to the game.

When this is possible, it should be pretty easy to stack Lighthouses next to the Berry farm to get lots and lots of Berries in a short time. 

How to get the Unshackled Waveray mount (World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth)

The Unshackled Waveray mount is a brand new Horde-only mount added in patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft. This is tied to the Nazjatar content, and only the Horde can get this. The Alliance counterpart is the Anokan Waveray.

To get the Unshackled Waveray, you will need to reach Exalted with The Unshackled. This is a new faction in 8.2, and you mainly get reputation by doing daily quests, world quests and other activities in Nazjatar. Once you reach exalted with them, you will be able to buy the mount for 250 x Prismatic Manapearls. These are also tied to pretty much the same activities that give you rep, but if you don't have them by the time your reach exalted, check out this guide to farming Prismatic Manapearls.

When you are Exalted and have the 250 manapearls, go to the quartermaster of The Unshackled, called Finder Pruc. He will sell you the mount, and that's all you need to do to get it. Enjoy your new waveray!

How to get the Ankoan Waveray mount (World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth)

The Ankoan Waveray mount was added to World of Warcraft in patch 8.2, and it is tied to the new Nazjatar content. This mount is only available to the Alliance, but the Horde has the Unshackled Waveray mount as their equivalent.

In order to get the Ankoan Waveray mount, you will need the following:

- Be exalted with Anokan. This is the new Alliance-friendly faction we meet in Nazjatar.

- Get 250 x Prismatic Manapearls. You get these by doing content in Nazjatar, and the mount cost 250 to buy. Click here for a guide on farming Prismatic Manapearls.

When you are Exalted and have the 250 Prismatic Manapearls, head to the Anokan quartermaster Artisan Okata in Nazjatar to buy it. And that's it; you are now the proud owner of the Anokan Waveray mount!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Will Borderlands 3 have Linux support?

Borderlands 3 will release at the autumn 2019, and many people are wondering if it will have support for Linux distros? The short answer is that it's highly unlikely that it will support Linux at launch, since the PC version of the game is tied exclusively to Epic Games Store. This game store does not support Linux at all, so Linux users won't even be able to install the launcher for the game. This in turn makes it seem highly unlikely that Borderlands 3 will have support for Linux.

On April 1st 2020 Borderlands 3 will release for other PC stores such as Steam, so if it will ever get Linux support, this is probably the time it will get it. However, we have to wait a bit before we find out.

Which consoles will Borderlands 3 release for? Answered.

Borderlands 3 will release on September 13th, but to which consoles will it be released for? The answer is that Borderlands 3 will only release for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.

This means that you won't be able to return to Pandora and the other planets in the game if you only have a Nintendo Switch or any of the last generation consoles like PS3 or Xbox 360.

If you want to play on PC, get ready to use the much debated Epic Game Store to buy and launch the game, because it won't be available on Steam or any other stores except for Epic Game Store until 6 months after release.

Guide: Classic/Vanilla Honor System explained (World of Warcraft: Classic)

Those who played during World of Warcraft vanilla probably faintly remember the classic Honor System where all PvP was based around getting Honor. This system was removed in the Burning Crusade prepatch, but it will make a return in World of Warcraft Classic, and this guide will teach you everything you need to know about the vanilla Honor System, allowing you to target the rank and rewards you want.

It's worth keeping in mind that the vanilla Honor System was designed around spending a huge amount of time grinding Honor, so getting a high PvP Rank is an activity that will likely occupy 12-14 hours of your day. It is possible to get to around Rank 10 or so without putting in these insane hours, but 11 to 14 definitely requires an insane grind.

Anyway, let's get into the basic of the vanilla Honor System!

The basics of the Honor System in Classic / vanilla

The Honor System is based around getting Honor Contribution Points (CP). You get this from the following sources:

- Killing other players to get Honorable Kills (HKs). Not all players are equal; higher PvP Ranked players will provide more CP than lower ranked players. Also killing the same player two or more times within a 24 hour period will decrease the CP gained. Each extra kill during these 24 hours get 10 % less CP than the previous kill, so the enemies essentially become worthless after you have killed them 6-7 times. The CP is also split amount all the players that participate in the kill.

- Fulfilling Battleground objectives. Whenever your team gets a point in WSG, get resource ticks in AB or things like that, all the members get CP.

To get to a higher Honor Rank, you basically want to get as much CP as possible each week.

Getting Rating Points from your Honor Contribution Points

Your CP will be locked during maintenance every Tuesday (US) or Wednesday (EU), and used to calculate how much Rating Points (RP) you get. During this time, your CP will be measured against all the other PvP players on your faction on your server, and a certain percentage get awarded with RP. This means that you are essentially competing against all the other PvP players on your own faction, and only 0.03 % of the players with most CP will get to the highest bracket of RP.

Here are all the brackets and the top CP earners that get awarded with each bracket of RP:

12 000 RP: Top 0.03 % of CP earners.
11 000 RP: Top 0.08 % of CP earners.
10 000 RP: Top 2 % of CP earners. 
9 000 RP: Top 3.5 % of CP earners.
8 000 RP: Top 6 % of CP earners. 
7 000 RP: Top 10 % of CP earners. 
6 000 RP: Top 15.9 % of CP earners. 
5 000 RP: Top 28.8 % of CP earners. 
4 000 RP: Top 32.7 % of CP earners. 
3 000 RP: Top 43.6 % of CP earners. 
2 000 RP: Top 56.6 % of CP earners. 
1 000 RP: Top 69.7 % of CP earners. 
400 RP: Top 84.5 % of CP earners. 
0 RP: The rest who got 15+ HKs that week.

This RP is what determines your Rank, and as you can see, the max amount of RP you can get in a single week is 12 000. However, only a few people will get this every week.

It's also important to know that you get a 20 % decay of RP each week, so you start off with each week with 20 % less RP than the week before, assuming you didn't get any RP that week. This does not play a big role when you are a low ranked player, but it will be a huge pain in the ass when you are Rank 10+!

RP needed to reach each rank

Below is a table of each rank and how much RP you need. The titles are in brackets with Alliance first, then Horde.

Rank 14 (Grand Marshal / High Warlord): 60 000 RP.
Rank 13 (Field Marshal / Warlord): 55 000 RP. 
Rank 12 (Marshal / General): 50 000 RP. 
Rank 11 (Commander / Lieutenant General): 45 000 RP. 
Rank 10 (Lieutenant Commander / Champion):  40 000 RP. 
Rank 9 (Knight-Champion / Centurion): 35 000 RP. 
Rank 8 (Knight-Captain / Legionnaire): 30 000 RP. 
Rank 7 (Knight-Lieutenant / Blood Guard): 25 000 RP.
Rank 6 (Knight / Stone Guard): 20 000 RP. 
Rank 5 (Sergeant Major / First Sergeant): 15 000 RP. 
Rank 4 (Master Sergeant / Senior Sergeant): 10 000 RP. 
Rank 3 (Sergeant / Sergeant): 5 000 RP. 
Rank 2 (Corporal / Grunt): 2 000 RP. 
Rank 1 (Private / Scout): 0 / 15 HKs. 

As you can see, you pretty much need to get at least 5 000 RP + enough to combat the 20 % decay each week in order to rise to a higher Rank. 

The 20 % decay is 11 000 RP when you have 55 000 RP at Rank 13, which means that you will need to be in the top 0.08 % of players to even stay the same, or in the 0.03 % of the players to even get 1 000 RP that week. 

Funfact: About 3-6 players per server are able to get enough RP to fight the decay you get at Rank 12-13 and push them up to Rank 14. This is why you won't ever see more than a few Rank 14 players at a time.

Some tips for farming Honor Points in Classic

We will end this guide by giving a few tips on how to grind Honor Points, based on how it worked in vanilla. The community will obviously be a lot different this time around, but these tips will likely still be relevant.

- You need to have at least 15 HKs during a week to even get RP, or else it counts as 0 RP, no matter how many CP you got.

- Play with a team that can grind Battleground to maximize Honor gained per hour. And then begin to clock in as many hours as humanly possible if you want to get to a high Rank. It's virtually impossible to get to a high Rank without plating with a pre-made group.

- It might not be a bad idea to stay away from the most popular servers, since these will likely have a lot of dedicated players that are trying to get a high Rank, making it more difficult for everyone involved.

- If you get to the top 0.03 % of the PvP players every single week, it will take you 12 weeks to get to Rank 14. But it's extremely unlikely that anyone will be able to do this.

How to turn off screenshake (Forager)

Some items like the Mining Rods have a pretty annoying screenshake in Forager, especially when you have 10+ Mining Rods active in the game. There are no possibilities for turning of the screenshake in the menu, but there is actually a method to getting rid of the screenshake in Forager.

What you need to do is to locate a file called "secretOptions.ini" and look for "screenShake="1"".  Change this to screenShake="0", and save this file. After this you won't ever see any screenshake when playing Forager again.

The secretOptions.ini can be found in your AppData folder, typically found somewhere along the following place: "C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Forager". The AppData folder tend to be hidden, so go to Windows options and turn on hidden folders to see it if you can't find it.

And that's all you need to do to turn off screenshake in Forager. If you ever want it back on, do the exact same thing, but change 0 back to 1 again in the secretOptions.ini file.

Campfires in Minecraft explained

The 1.14 update of Minecraft added a lot of new stuff, and one of the new things is Campfires. In contrast to torches, the Campfires in Minecraft has multiple uses, and in addition to providing you with light, they can also be used to cook meat and create smoke signals!

How to craft a Campfire in Minecraft

The recipe for crafting a Campfire in Minecraft
The recipe for crafting a Campfire in Minecraft.
The first step is obviously to craft the Campfire, and this is very simple. The recipe is just 3x Logs, 3x Sticks and 1x Coal. Just place these materials in the Crafting Table, and you are good to go.

You can now place the Campfire anywhere you want to, both inside or outside. If you want to create a smoke signal, you obviously need to put it outside, since the smoke won't rise if there is a roof above it.

It's also worth noting that the fire from the Campfire will not set fire to anything, so it is safe to place it close to things that would normally catch fire.

How to create a smoke signal on the Campfire

The smoke signals are a good method of showing important areas from far away, for example if you are playing with a friend and want him to see where your base is or something like that. A regular Campfire will have a big smoke column for 10 blocks up from the fire, but it's possible to increase this to 25 columns if you place a Hay Bale underneath the Campfire.

When the smoke signal is 25 blocks high, it can be seen from far away, and can be used without much trouble. This is a nice way of indicating important areas without spending a lot of resources making the spot.

Use the Campfire to cook meat

The Campfire can of course also be used to cook meat, but it does not have an interface like the Furnace got. Instead just put some raw meat in your active inventory slot and place it on the Campfire. This will begin to cook it, and it will be done in 30 seconds. There are four slots on each Campfire, so it's not very efficient if you want to create 20+ Meat, but it's a nice method for just getting rid of a few raw meat. It also does not require any additional fuel after you have built the campfire.

It's also worth keeping in mind that the cooked meat will be dropped on the ground, and you must run over to it to loot it. It will despawn after a while, so you can't just let it stay there indefinitely like you can with the cooked meat from the furnace.

How to roll (Forager)

If you've seen Forager on YouTube or Twitch, then you might have seen that the character can roll. But the game never tells you this, so that leaves the question, how do you roll in Forager?

The default key for rolling is the space bar. Just aim in any direction, hit the space bar, and your character will roll in that direction. Rolling is a little bit faster than just walking, so it's a great tool for saving time, but it does also consume a little bit of Stamina, so you might not want to use it all the time, especially before you have upgraded your Stamina to a good level.

Anyway, that is all there is to rolling in Forager. Just hit space and you're good to go!

How to increase your inventory size (Forager)

You begin Forager with a rather limited backpack size where you can only store 16 different items at once. You might not run into any immediate problems, but most people will have some issues with the inventory size once they buy more land and unlock two or three different Biomes, since each Biome comes with its own set of different items.

The method to upgrading your inventory size in Forager is to upgrade your backpack. To do this, you must first unlock the Sewing Station, a building that is essential for crafting a lot of different materials and tool upgrades. You should invest a Skill Point into unlocking this pretty early in the game, and build one when you have enough resources for it.
There are lots of different items to loot in Forager. 

When you have the Sewing Station you will be able to craft a "Small Backback" for 4x Thread and 2x Flowers. This should be easy to get your hands on, even if you only have the starter Grass Biome unlocked. Crafting this will give you a permanent +4 inventory space!

After you have crafted the Small Backpack and gotten the +4 inventory spaces, a new upgrade is available. Each new backpack upgrade gives you yet another +4 permanent inventory spaces, but they also requires new and rares materials for each additional upgrade.

After having bough all the upgrades, you will have a total of 20 inventory spaces, which still might not be enough. If that's the case, make a few Vaults and store the items you don't immediately need there. The Vaults are way more powerful than a lot of people think, since all new items you get will get automatically stored there after you have placed an item there. This means that if you put your Flowers in the Vault, all the new Flowers you loot will be automatically transferred to your Vault, and won't ever bother you with taking up an inventory space until you go to the Vault to get it.

Anyway, that's all you need to know about increasing your inventory size in Forager, since this is the only method to doing so. Enjoy your upgraded backpack!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Forager max level explained

Forager allows you to do a varity of different tasks in order to gain Experience, and this Experience will eventually lead you to leveling up. Each new level allows you to spend 1 Skill Point on any Skill you have unlocked, and permanently learn this Skill. But how many levels are there in Forager, and what is the max level?

The max level is level 65. At this point you will stop getting addition Experience from any source, and you will get to play the game as before, with the exception of not leveling up anymore.

At level 65, you will have unlocked all the Skills in the Skill Tree, so it's not like additional levels would have benefited you in any way.

Max level in the demo

The demo version of Forager is a good way to get a taste for the game, but here the level cap is set at level 10. So just like the Experience will stop at level 65 in the regular game, it stops at level 10 in the demo.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

9 beginner tips for playing Forager

Forager is a great indie game that has been inspired by The Legend of Zelda, Stardew Valley and idle games. It's probably one of the best indie games of 2019, but just like many sandbox games, it can feel a bit overwhelming to get into. In this post we will be sharing some of the best beginner's tips for Forager, and hopefully help you get started with the game.

1) Make Fish Traps early on

Fish Traps are a great way to get Energy early on, and you can craft them as soon as you get a few Skill Points. When you can craft Fish Traps, make as many as possible and loot them whenever you have the chance. This will give you a steady supply of food to increase your Stamina (Fish and Seaweed), and you will likely get lucky and find a few Anchors which can be sold for 200 Coins each.

2) Get multiple Markets

You can get the Markets fairly early in the game, and you should create a few of them. Not only can you sell all your items for coins, the Market will also let you buy items. The inventory changes every ten minutes, and you might get lucky and find some awesome things that you would otherwise have to wait a long time to get. This means that if you are lucky and find Bones for sale early, you can upgrade your Tools much earlier than intended and make the early game progress a lot easier. All the Markets have their own inventory, so with 4-5 different Markets, you have a high chance of finding some of the items you need.

3) Bottle up a few Fairies

Just like in games from the Zelda franchise,  fairies that are put in a Bottle will automatically heal you if you should ever die. It's a great idea to capture a few of them in the early game, and if you don't die, you are going to be needing them for crafting later on anyway. To capture a Bottled Fairy, craft a Bottle at the Forge, find a Fairy and left click on it with the Bottle as an active item.

4) Use the Bow instead of your Pickaxe

It seem obvious that you should be using your Pickaxe to destroy thing to gather materials, but don't; the Bow is so much better! Why? Simply because the Bow does about the same amount of damage, but the benefits are that it's ranged, and it does not consume energy! This will save you from having to eat all those Berries early on in the game.

The problem is that you will need arrow though, but there's a workaround; get the Quiver artifact from a random Big Chest to get rid of this problem once and for all. Once you have the Quiver, don't bother using the Pickaxe ever again. 

5) Don't skip the Dungeons

The Dungeons might seem daunting at first, but trust us, they are worth completing. And if you are having trouble, use a guide to make it easier to finish it.

6) Learn what dig spots look like

After you get the Shovel, learn what the dig spot looks like, and make sure to always dig in them. These spots have a much higher chance of dropping rare loot, and they can drop Bones and other rare materials at the beginning of the game, potentially allowing you to upgrade your Pickaxe or another tool before you even get to the Graveyard Biome.

7) Create a few Vaults

Vaults let you store your items, but the beauty of it is that once you put an item into the Vault, all the future items you loot will be automatically transferred to the Vault. And if you need to use them for crafting, you can even do so without retrieving them! In other words, the Vault acts as a kind of expanded inventory without any real downsides, so get this once you begin to have trouble with managing your inventory.

8) Focus on automating your stuff

In order to be able to automate most of your stuff, you will need skill from the upper-left part of the Skill tree, so it's a great idea to focus on getting to the uppermost, leftmost corner as soon as possible. When you do this, you will get access to some incredible useful things like the Mining Rods and Droids that will do a lot off the work for you. When you have these, you don't really have to worry about mining, picking up crafted materials and things like that any more, making it much easier to focus on exploring.

9) Don't bother with the museum early on

I very early went out of my way to fill up things in the Bundles for the Museum, but it's not worth it in the early game. All of the Bundles will require certain items that you won't be able to get until you reach end-game anyway, so you might as well put those early-game resources to good use, because you will have hundreds of thousands of them by the time you are actually able to finish the bundles anyway. So just ignore it until you have bought all the land.

How to get the Inkscale Deepseeker mount (World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth)

The Inkscale Deepseeker is a new mount added in patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft, and this mount is tied to PvP activities in Nazjatar. If you want it, be prepared to participate in the World PvP events that take place all over Nazjatar, and you obviously have to turn on War Mode for this. Basically a new event takes place every 45 minutes, and both factions have to fight to gain control over 5 different control points (located at Tidal Conflux, Alathi Spire, Thoras'tal Spire, Zin-Azshari, and Lemor'athra Spire).

Whenever you control a control point, your faction gains a point, and the faction with most points after 45 minutes (or if they reaches 1,000 points) win. The winning side get 5 x Nazjatar Battle Commendation, and the losing side only get one. You can also get the commendations from certain quests and world content.

This is important, because the Inkscale Deepseeker mount can be purchased for 150 Nazjatar Battle Commendation.

The best case scenario is that you will need to win the PvP event 30 times to get all 150 Nazjatar Battle Commendations, or roughly around 50 times if you got a 50 % winrate. Some battles tend to be over quick, so while it will take a lot of wins, you might not have to spend a very long time grinding these. You can also participate a bit, then run and do some world quests and still be rewarded with Commendations, as long as you stay in the zone.

When you have 150 Nazjatar Battle Commendation, go to  Crafticus Mindbender (Alliance) or Dazzerian (Horde) to use this currency item to buy the Inkscale Deepseeker mount.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

How to complete the Skull Maze easily - including a map (Forager)

The Skull Maze in Forager can seem like a daunting task to complete, but it's not as hard as it looks by the first glance. There are lots of hidden chests and secret areas in addition to the main objective.

Completing the dungeon awards you with the Skull Seal and the Necro Rod.

The easiest way to complete the Skull Maze is simply to follow a map. This will prevent you from going in the wrong direction, or allow you to find all the chests and secret areas if you want to. The map itself is located just below this text, and you start the dungeon at the bottom middle.

Map of the Skull Maze

Map symbols explained

Red: Torchlight. You can choose to light these to get a better view if you want to.
Pink: Entrance to a secret area.
Yellow: Chest.
Green: The goal of the maze. Once you get here you "win" and get teleported out.
Orange: A Sacrificial Shrine. Be careful when interacting with this, because you will have to sacrifice one permanent Heart when doing this.
Blue: The place where you start the Maze.

How to get the X-995 Mechanocat mount (World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth)

The X-995 Mechanocat is a new mount that was added to world of Warcraft in the 8.2 patch. It is tied to Mechagon content, so this is where you want to head to if you want the mount. For simplicity's sake, we will just call it the Mechanocat from here on out.

You might also see the name Mechanocat Laser Pointer used for this mount, but that is actually the name of the item that you use in order to learn the mount, so that's not the name for the mount itself.

One of the cool things about the Mechanocat is that it is a customizable mount, so you can change the colors and some other details about it.

Start working towards your Mechanocat 

You can start working towards your Mechanocat pretty much as soon as you get to Mechagon, and the journey begins by completing a daily quest called "Shop Project". This quest is given by an NPC called Recycler Kerchunk, and you will need to collect the following three items to complete the quest:

- Mechanobot Ignition. This is sold by Cork Stuttguard for 50g.
- Shellsteel Casing.
- Multi-Leg Chaindrive.

Once you have all the items, turn in the daily quest and wait for tomorrow. The next day you will be able to get a new quest, and just keep doing these until you get them all done. None of them are really any difficult, and you will want to do these anyway to get reputation with Rustbolt Resistance.

Buy all the parts needed to create the Mechanocat mount

When you have completed the daily quest you are ready for the next step of the journey, and you begin this by buying the "Blueprint: Mechanotiger Laser Pointer" from Cork Stuttguard (the same vendor you visited for the first daily quest). This items begin a quest, and cost 500g. This opens up the option for crafting the Mechanocat Laser Pointer at the Pascal-K1N6 tinkerer, and you can craft it by getting the following items:

- 4 x Chain Ignitercoil. This is sold for 35,000g each, which means that you have to spend 140,000g to get these.
- 2,000 x Spare Parts. These drop from most enemies in Mechagon, so just keep doing daily quests or other activities to complete this. Some daily quests will also award these.
- 5 x Energy Cell. These drop from Rare Elite mobs in Mechagon. Only the first kill per day will have a chance to drop an Energy Cell, so you might have to wait until the next day if you have already killed all of them. Some daily quests will give you Energy Cells as well.

Rustbolt Resistance reputation guide (World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth)

The Rustbolt Resistance is a new faction added in the 8.2 patch of World of Warcraft. They are located in and tied to the zone Mechagon, and this is pretty much the only place you will find a member of this faction.

There are several ways to get reputation with Rustbolt Resistance, but even if you do all four, getting to Exalted will be a long grind that will take many weeks to complete. Below are all the activities that award reputation with Rustbolt Resistance.

A screenshot of Mechagon where you will be getting the Rustbolt Resistance reputation.

#1) Complete quests in Mechagon

Mechagon comes with a set of one-time quests that you should do in order to get reputation with Rustbolt Resistance. There are not too many of them, but you will also stumble across some more by playing organically in Mechagon.

You should just get these done as soon as you have the chance, since many of them are required to fully unlock the other activities in Mechagon, as well as unlocking the daily quests that you will want to do if you want to get a lot of rep.

#2) Complete daily quests in Mechagon

There will always be a set of daily quests up in Mechagon, and these can obviously only be completed once a day. The exact number of daily quests that are available will vary, but there are usually around 3 to 5 of them. Each daily quest you complete will give you 30 reputation with Rustbolt Resistance, so doing this every day is a great way to get some rep.

Daily quests will be the main method to getting reputation with Rustbolt Resistance, so get ready for doing these every day until you hit exalted. 

#3) Craft Rustbolt Resistance Insignia

The "Rustbolt Resistance Insignia" is a consumable that permanently increases your reputation with the Rustbolt Resistance by +100 (before Human, Darkmoon Faire etc. rep buffs), and can be created by Junkyard Tinkering (the new Machagon crafting/upgrading mechanic) for 50x Spare Parts. Spare Parts are looted from all enemies, both normal, rare and Elites on Mechagon, so this is essentially a method for grinding the rep.

The downside to grinding the reputation with crafting the Rustbolt Resistance Insignia is that you will want to use a lot of Spare Parts for other projects, so it's a trade-off between getting rep and building things such as mounts and pets.

#4) Use a contract to get reputation faster

Just like all the other Battle for Azeroth factions, scribes can make an item called Contract: Rustbolt Resistance. This works just like all the other contract, and all BfA World Quests will give you an additional +10 rep with Rustbolt Resistance whenever you complete it (in addition to the other rewards).

The contract last for a week and applied to each character, so you need to buy one per week per character if you plan on farming this reputation to Exalted as soon as possible.

#5) Run the Operation: Mechagon dungeon

Operation: Mechagon is an 8 boss dungeon that can only be done on Mythic difficulty. As you might have guessed from the name, the dungeon is found in Mechagon, and completing it will give you +250 reputation with Rustbolt Resistance.

This is probably the least efficient way to get reputation, but it's a nice bonus when you do this dungeon anyway.

Rustbolt Resistance reputation rewards

There is a Rustbolt Resistance quartermaster that sells some toys, recipes and other cool stuff to the player after reaching a certain reputation. 

The Rustbolt Resistance lets you buy the Rustbolt Resistor mount when you are Exalted with them, but you have to shell out over half a million gold if you want this amazing mount. 

How to get Prismatic Manapearls (World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth)

Prismatic Manapearls are a new currency added in patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft, and this currency is tied to activities in Nazjatar. This currency is used to buy the new Benthic ilvl 385 gear from the faction hub (Finder Palta for Hide, and Artisan Itanu for Alliance). This gear is meant as a method to catch up with the players who already have this ilvl on their gear, but a great thing about them is that they have cool secondary effects that is directly tied to the Nazjatar zone.

The base Benthic item cost 5x Prismatic Manapearls, but can be upgraded to go as high as 430 if you got a lot of Prismatic Manapearls to spend.

There are also two different mounts that cost  250x Prismatic Manapearls each (Anokan Waveray for the Alliance, and Unshackled Waveray for the Horde), a pet for 40, and several difference Essences for salt at 5 to 75 Prismatic Manapearls each.

So, now the question is simply, how do you get these Prismatic Manapearls? The answer is pretty much any activity in Nazjatar. This means doing daily quests, world quests, finding hidden treasure chests, killing rares for the first time each day, completing rare encounters and so forth. You will be able to get a certain amount of them every day, so if you want a full set of 430 items, you will have to do a lot of Nazjatar content for a good while.

Most daily quests and world quests can award a single Prismatic Manapearl, while the rare mobs have a chance to drop one in the first kill per day.

When will Forager be released for Mac?

Forager has been available for PC for a while, but only for Windows. Before the official PC release, the developers said that it would be released for Windows and Mac at the same time, but this never happened. The problem was that it took a while longer to get the Mac release done and approved to be sold, which is why we are still waiting on the Mac release.

The devs said that they are only waiting on the game to be published for Mac now, so the development of this version is apparently done. This means that we can expect the Mac release very soon! There is no set date, but it should not be long now.

In the meanwhile, using Wine on a Mac could allow you to play the game. A lot of users have reported this to work flawlessly, but other people have run into trouble with this method, so you just have to try it out for yourself to see.

Does Borderlands 3 requires you to be always online?

Some popular games have implemented an "always online" requirement where you will need to be connected to the Internet to play the game. There are some benefits to this from the viewpoint of the developers, but most players find it to be a very inconvenient feature. There were some rumors that Boderlands 3 requires an always on connection, but is this even real?

Luckily for us gamers, there is false, and you can play Borderlands 3 offline. You will obviously not be able to play with your friends, but other than that, the entire game should be exactly the same independently of it you play online or offline.

What is the release date for Borderlands 3?

Borderlands 3 has been officially announced, and it will be released for both PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4. The release is set to be a worldwide release on September 13th 2019. This applied to both PC and consoles, so you won't have to wait any longer to get it for your desired system.

When Borderlands 3 releases, it will only be for sale in the Epic Games Store for PC, so you will need to use that launcher and store to get the game. It will be another 6 months before you can buy it from any other PC store.

Will there be physical copies of Forager?

Forager is a great game that combines sandbox gaming with idle gaming, and it became very popular very quickly. It is currently only available for PC (and soon Mac), but the developers are working on porting the game to Playstation 4 as well as Nintendo Switch. This leads to the big question; will Forager have physical copes, or will it be a digital download only?

Unfortunately there are no plans to release Forager as a physical disk, so you will need to buy it from the Nintendo Store or the Playstation Store if you want to play it on your console, or on Steam if you want it for PC. Don't expect to see it hit the shelves of your favorite game shop anytime soon.

That said, who knows what the future holds? While they don't have any plans to release it as a physical copy right now, no one knows how the developers feel about that in 6 months or a year from now, and if the demand for the game is there, they might do it. So if you really want a physical copy, you should let the developers know.

When will Forager be released for consoles?

Forager is currently available for PC, but many people are patiently waiting for the game to be released for consoles before playing it. But when exactly does Forager get released for consoles? The answer is that no one knows. There simply is not ETA at all.

There are some rumors that it is planned for Q2, but this is not official. Some people use the Switch Store as a "source" for this rumor, but this simply says Q2 because that was the target, and Nintendo requires each dev to put up an estimation it when it releases. So don't rely on that number.

So just be patient and keep and eye out for announcement if you are one of the people who are waiting for Forager to be released for Playstation 4 or Nintendo Switch. It will only release for these two consoles, so you're out of luck if you wanted to play it on Xbox One, since there are no plans to release it for this console.

How to permanently increase the Experience gained (Forager)

Experience is one of the key things to aim at getting in Forager, since Experience will allow you to level up and gain a skill Point. Each level gives you a new Skill Point, but each new level also requires a little bit more Experience points than the level before. So after reaching level 30+, leveling to the next level can take a long time.

So, is there a way to permanently increase the Experience you gain when doing actions in Forager that award Experience? Yes, there are a few different sources actually!

We will go into detail about the different method, but one thing to keep in mind is that they stack. This means that you should work on getting multiple things to increase your Experience gained permanently, since they will have a additively effect!

#1) Craft books at the Inscription Table

When you unlock the Inscription Table, you will be able to craft books. The first book is called "Moldy Book", and it's considered a non-usable tool, which means that you can craft it once, and get the bonus from it from that point on without having to do anything. The Moldy Book will give you +15% bonus Experience whenever you do anything that yields Experience. You craft it at the Inscription Table for 4x Thread and 4x Paper.

Once you have the Moldy Book, upgrade it as much as possible. The next upgrade is Slimy Tome for +30 % Experience (4x Leather, 4x Paper, and 4x Jelly), followed by Necronomicon for +45 % extra Experience (5x Royal Clothing, 4x Paper, and 4x Bone), Glacial Scriptures for +60 % Experience (5x Fiberglass, 20x Paper, and 40x Crystal), and finally the Hellfire Glyphs for + 75 % Experience (4x Fiberglass, 4x Paper, 4x Demon Horn).

The books do not stack, and only the best one is active, so when it's fully upgraded you get a total of 75 % bonus Experience anytime you get Experience points in the first place.

#2) Get the Brilliance skill

The Brilliance skill is located in the down-right corner of the Skill Tree, and just like any other talent, it cost 1 Skill Point to unlock. This skill will give you an additional + 15 % bonus Experience any time you get Experience points, and it stacks with all the other bonuses.

#3) Get the Nerdy Glasses

The Nerdy Glasses are an artifact that can randomly drop from any Big Chest in the game. This means that you should complete quests, puzzles and dungeon to get Big Chests, and hope you are lucky enough to get this early on in the game. There is no way to directly farm for this Artifact, since the Big Chests can contain any number of artifacts.

Enjoy a total of  110 % Bonus Experience

These three methods are the ones who will permanently boost your Experience gained, and if you get all of them, you end up with a total of + 110 % Bonus Experience. This means that an action that used to award you with 100 Experience now gives you a total of 210 Experience, which will make it much quicker to level up and gain new Skill Points.

Borderland 3's Lost and Found machine explained

The Lost and Found machine is a new feature in Borderlands 3 that is used to retrieve loot that you get from playing the game, but for some reason is unobtainable. A good example is loot from an enemy that is killed close to a ledge or cliff and falls down. It is impossible to get this item if this would happen in any of the other Borderland games, but in Borderlands 3 this item will be transported to the Lost and Found machine on Sanctuary III.

The next time you visit Sanctuary III, the item will pop out of the Lost and Found machine, and you can loot it. There is a limit to the number of items that can be stored in the Lost and Found, so you should check this pretty often to make sure you don't miss any items. The storage capacity can also be increased by buying SDUs from Marcus.

So you won't have to fear missing a Legendary item that fall out of bounds in Borderlands 3, as long as you remember to have a few spaces left in the Lost and Found machine before you go out and do some grinding.

You will find the Lost and Found machine on board the Sanctuary III.

Can you throw items off a cliff to get more inventory space?

The system is smart enough to detect the difference between an item that is throw off a cliff by the player and the items that naturally drop out of bounds, so don't expect to find any items you throw away at the Lost and Found machine.

It is currently unknown exactly what flags an item for being eligible for popping up at the Lost and Found, but this post will be updated as soon as we learn more about this.

When will Borderlands 3 be released on Steam?

Borderlands 3 will be released worldwide on September 13th 2019, and many people are wondering if and when it will be released on the gaming platform Steam. Borderlands 3 will be exclusively released on Epic Games Store for the PC version. The console versions will of course be for sale on Playstation Store etc.

Borderlands 3 won't launch on Steam until 2020.
Borderlands 3 won't launch on Steam until April 2020.
So, will Borderlands 3 ever be released on Steam? It seem very likely. A press release said that the Epic Games Store only has a 6 month exclusivity, and that the game will be released for other sale platforms after that time. It does not specifically mention Steam as one of the stores, but it seems very likely that they will want to put it up for sale on the biggest gaming platform for PC gaming.

We also have no idea if the game will be tied to exclusively using the Epic Games Store Launcher even after it is sold on other platforms.

This means that we can expect Borderlands 3 to be released on Steam around April 1st 2020, a good 6 months after the official release.

Can you play Borderlands 3 without using Epic Games Store?

If you are one of the people who boycott the Epic Games Store and still want to play Borderlands 3, then you are out of luck. Even the physical copes of the game will require you to use the Epic Games Store, so your only option is to buy the game for either Xbox One of Playstation 4.

Friday, May 3, 2019

How to get Crystals (Forager)

Crystals are one of the last main resources you will find and use in Forager, and this resource is found by mining in the Winter Biome. The Crystals are technically a mineral like coal, iron or gold, but in contrast to those, it won't be found outside of the Winter Biome. Anyway, find them and mine them with your Pickaxe to get Crystals.

To get to the Winter Biome, buy islands north of the Grass Biome, and you will find it fairly soon. Most of the islands there will contain at least a few nodes of Crystals, so mine these and wait for new ones to spawn. Alternatively, purchasing more land with the Winter Biome will likely force more nodes to spawn instantly.

Get Crystals from the Market

If you don't want to unlock the Winter Biome to be able to mine Crystals, buying them from the Market is another nice option. The items that will be for sale at the Market is completely random, so you will need a bit of luck if you want to get them this way, but it's definitely possible. This solution is probably best if you only need a few of them to upgrade your tools or something like that, so if you want hundreds of them for crafting stuff, unlocking the Winter Biome is a much better option.

How to remove the cooldown from your Rods in Forager

You get a type of Rod every time you complete a Dungeon in Forager, and all these Rods have a cooldown that prevents you from using them too often. However, you might want to do just that, and there is a method to remove the cooldown from your Rods.

In order to remove the cooldown from the Rods, you will need the artifact called "Magic Scepter". When you get this, the cooldown on any Rod will be completely removed. This means that you will be able to hold down the mouse button with the Necro Rod to spawn Skeletons for as long as you hold it down, or use the other Rods to permanently shoot fireballs and what not.

This Magic Scepter is needed if you want to set up a Lighthouse farm where you grind insane amounts of Bones to get XP and Coins fast.

How to get the Magic Scepter

Here's how you get the Magic Scepter to remove the Rods' cooldown. First find the NPC called tthe Wizard. He will spawn at a random island in the Fire Biome. Since the islands are randomly generated, there is no way of telling exactly where he will be located, so just buy more and more islands until you eventually stumble upon him somewhere in the Fire Biome.

When you find him, he will offer you his first quest. You will need to find 20 x Cinderbloom and give them to him. These also spawn in the Fire Biome, so just run around and loot them, then return to the Wizard when you have all 20 of them. Now he will give you yet another quest, but this time he needs 20x Green Pigment.This Green Pigment is created at the Inscription Table when the skill "Novice Scrolls" is acquired, and requires a total of 200 Cactus Fruit, 200 Jelly, and 200 Seaweed for all 20 of them! This might take a while to get your hands on, so make sure to put down some Fish Traps before you run around and look for Slimes and Cacti.

When you have this, turn it in and accept the third and final quest he will offer. This time he wants 200 x Crystals. This is a resource that is obtained by mining crystals in the Winter Biome, so make sure to unlock at least a few of the Winter Biome islands to get enough Crystals.

When you have completed the third quest, the Wizard will gift you the Magic Scepter artifact, and permanently remove all the cooldown period from all your Rods.

How to get the Skeleton Key in Forager

The Skeleton Key in Forager is a great artifact, because it allows you to open any chest without having to use a key. This means that once you get your hands on the Skeleton Key, you won't have to create another key at the Forge ever again!

In order to get the Skeleton Key, you will need to complete the quest from the Goblin. In contrast to a lot of the other quests in the game, he will only offer you a single quest, so get it done and be over with it. His quest requires you to get 100 x Bones and give them to him, which should be fairly easy. To get Bones, just attack the tombstones in the Graveyard Biome until it "dies", and then a Skeleton will spawn. Do this until you get 100 Bones to complete the quest, and return to the Goblin to hand them in.

The Goblin can spawn in any random island in the Graveyard Biome, so just keep buying more Graveyard Biome islands to find him.

Once you have the Skeleton Key, it's yours to use forever, and you won't need to worry about keys unless you start a new save file. So get the quest done, because it's a great investment!

How to get the Shovel (Forager)

The Shovel is one of the most important tools to have in Forager since it allows you to dig for artifacts, sand, Plastic and other items that is found in the ground. It's also needed if you want to set up a profitable Lighthouse farm, but despite this many people don't understand how to get it.

Getting a Shovel in Forager is actually pretty simple, but you will first need to acquire a skill called "Farming" in the lower-left part of the Skill Tree. This skill also unlocks the Mill and other farming options, so it's a nice skill to pick up anyway.

Once you have the Farming skill, head to a Forge and spend 4 x Iron Ingot and 4 x Wood to create a basic Shovel. This is a permanent tool that you will keep forever, but you can spend more resources if you want to upgrade it.

Upgrading your shovel increases the radius in which it allows you to dig with a single dig, as well as giving you a chance to find more rare resources when you dig.

How to use the Shovel

When you craft a Shovel, use the mouse wheel or number of the keyboard to select it as your active item. When you do that, click on any tile that does not have a resource on it to dig. This will dig here, and potentially give you an item.

There are also a few dig spots in Forager, and these have a very high chance to yield a rare item when you dig on it. See the photo below; the dig spot is just a few blocks in front of the character. So always dig these once you have unlocked your Shovel!

How to get the Aerial Unit R-21/X mount (World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth)

The Aerial Unit R-21/X was added to World of Warcraft in patch 8.2, and it is tied to the new Mythic-only Dungeon "Operation: Mechagon". This dungeon consists of 8 bosses, and the Aerial Unit R-21/X drops from the final boss, King Mechagon. The mount is a flying mount, but it can be used as a ground mount as well.

The dungeon also has another mount on the drop table, because you have a hance to get the Machagon Peacekeeper mount from the 4th boss as well, HK-8 Aerial Oppression Unit.

The drop rate for the Aerial Unit R-21/X seem to be around 1 % like the rest of the Mythic-only mounts that were added to dungeons in Battle for Azeroth, and only one person in the group will get it, so it's not for the entire group if it drops. It is tradable to other members of the group, so it's possible to give it away if you are feeling nice.

It's worth noting that the mount will only drop on Mythic difficulty since Operation: Mechagon will only be available on this difficulty. However, the dungeon is expected to open for other difficulties such as Heroic and Mythic+ after the 8.3 patch, so it might drop on these difficulties as well once we get to that point. It seems unlikely that it will drop on Heroic since no of the other Mytic dungeon mounts do, but it does seem likely that you will be able to get it from Mythic+ caches once that makes it to the live game.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Borderlands 3 Loot Instancing explained

The Loot Instancing is a feature that is new to the Borderlands franchise, and you will encounter it for the first time in Borderlands 3. What the Loot Instancing basically boils down to is that it gives each player the option to collect their own loot without worrying about the other players that they are playing with, and with this option turned on, all the loot you see will belong to you, even if you play with several friends. The other players will get their own loot that you won't be able to see, so this way no one has to think of anyone but themselves.

This is a big change from how it used to be in the Borderlands franchise where you pretty much had to fight for who got the best loot, so this is a much safer option if you want to play with strangers.

Another interesting feature of the Loot Instancing is that the loot you see will scale to your current level (along with the enemies). So let's say that you want to run a low level friends through an area; with the Loot Instancing turned on you won't be able to just blast through it, but will instead be challenges by enemies that are close to your own level. The benefit is that you will get beneficial loot from this, as well as decent Experience Points. The downside is of course that it will take longer to get your friend to get to the point he want to.

Is Loot Instancing optional?

You might not be a big fan of Loot Instancing, and that's fine, because it's an option just like all the other loot options. It will be turned out by default, but you can change this any time when you play with your friends, so feel free to turn it off if you want to outlevel the content you are helping your friend with, or if you guys rather want to share the loot (but then get double the loot of course). You won't get less loot by using another option, but you will have to trust the people you are playing with of course.

Guide to finding all Archaeology items in Forager

The Archaeological items in Forager are used to complete the Archaeology bundle, and there are a total of 10 items that you need to find and deliver to complete the entire bundle. Each of these Archaeological items also has a baseline value of 200 Coins per item, so they can be a nice way to get some coins early on in the game as well.

The items themselves are tied to the 5 different biomes, and each biome has two Archaeological items each; one tied to Fishing Traps and one tied to Digging.

The digging related Archaeological items has a small chance to drop any time you use your Shovel to dig in the ground. Like any rare item, the chance of getting it will be increased by things that increase your chance to find rare items, like Liquid Luck, Accessories and a better Shovel. Dig spots can also have a higher chance to drop rare items, so make sure to dig these.

If you don't have a Shovel yet, pick up the "Farming" skill to unlock it, and remember to upgrade it as high as you can, since higher upgraded Shovels will drop better loot and give a wider dig radius. 

There's a dig spot a few bloks ahead of the character, so look for these and dig them!
The Archaeological items that are tied to Fish Traps has a small chance to drop any time you loot a full Fish Trap. The best strategy to farming these are to build as many Fish Traps as you can within a certain Biome then keep looting them until you get the Archaeological item you need from it. Then destroy all the Fish Traps and rebuild them in the next biome. This method prevents the cost from making new Fish Traps rise high, since it will reset when you destroy then ones you built.

Like with the digging, things such as increased rare items found will also affect the Fish Traps. These also counts as buildings, so feel free to use any items or other buildings that improve the output from buildings, since this will make the Fish Traps better. Some things to use are Builder's Scroll and Liquid Luck.

I would also suggest getting a Droid to do all the harvesting for you, since the Droid will automatically collect any full Fish Trap. This means that you can just go AFK close to a few Fish Traps, and the Droid will loot them as soon as they are ready. Set up a bunch of Fish Traps and take a ten minute break, and you will likely have the Archaeological item you need when you return. 

Full list of all Archaeological items 

Anchor: Found by using  Fish Trap in the Grass Biome.
Fossil: Found by digging in the Grass Biome.

Dino Egg: Found by digging in the Fire Biome.
Lava Eel: Found by using Fish Traps in the Fire Biome.

Frozen Relic: Found by digging in the Winter Biome.
Frozen Squid: Found by using a Fish Trap in the Winter biome.

Kapala: Found by digging in the Graveyard biome.
Skeleton Fish: Found by using Fish Traps in the Graveyard Biome.

Sphynx: Found by digging in the Desert Biome.
Sunken Ankh: Found by using Fish Traps in the Desert Biome.

Get the Archaeological items with the Slot Machine

Once you unlock the Slot Machine, you will have an alternative method to unlocking the Archaeological items, because they all have a small chance to be obtained by winning the slots. So try this out if you won't want to bother with digging or setting up Fishing Traps.

Get Archaeological items from the Market

Each Market will sell a certain set of Items that reset every 20 minutes, and this has a small chance to be any of the Archaeological items. So there's two ways to get these; either build 20-30 different Markets and check them every 20 minutes, or build one Market, check the items for sale, then delete the building and rebuild it. This will spawn the Market will a new set of items, and you can typically get all the Archaeological items you need very fast with this method.