Monday, October 27, 2014

City of Steam - Bounty Tips and Exploits

In City of Steam, your first few bounties once you reach Level 30 may be very hard (or slow-going if you are carefully pulling a few enemies at a time). Here are a few tips:
  • Obviously you want only the bounties that also give you Scrolls.
    • This can be hard to find, so if you feel pressed for time, Accept a blue bounty (the highest-paying one that does not give a scroll) while waiting for the bounty list to refresh. That way, if you've run out of time for the day and you haven't gotten anything better, you can at least complete the blue bounty.
    • Typically however if you watch long enough you have a very good chance of seeing a total of five or more One-Scroll or Three-Scroll bounties show up on the board. They are rare but not extremely so.
  • If you are finding it too time-consuming to complete, you may want to bite the bullet and spend 20 Bound Electrum to complete it.
    • I recommend you do this ONLY for bounties that give scrolls, or if you need just one more bounty to complete the Daily Quest, which also gives you collectable Scrolls.
    • You will probably not need to do this once you reach around level 35, but a bounty mission may still take 15 minutes or so to complete.
  • EXPLOIT: If you insist on doing the bounty and are finding it hard, Unsummon your Mercenary so it does not move ahead and draw enemies. Then approach cautiously until the nearest enemy reacts and approaches you. Kill that before advancing to pull another one. Try to isolate the boss, resummon your Mercenary, and take it down.
  • EXPLOIT: If you run too far from a mob or boss, it may reset its position at full health, giving you breathing space (since it has reset its position and is not pursuing you).
  • EXPLOIT: The best bounty location is the Railyard because bounties count enemies killed, and enemies here spawn more enemies.
    • Each Umbrahusk killed spawns an egg, which if not killed quickly hatches a scorpion. When that is killed, it also spawns an egg which can hatch a larva.
    • If you kill these spawns, you may find the boss, the mob around the boss, and possibly the mob before the boss, will not need to be encountered because the game records enough enemies killed. All enemies will suddenly die and the bounty will be considered a success.

City of Steam codes still available

Amazing but true, some of the months-old City of Steam giveaway keys are still available. These include:

Growth Pack Giveaway

  • Last I checked, FreeMMOStation still had over 180 keys left. Just register an account with FreeMMOStation (free to register) and collect your code.
  • Package includes:
    • 5x Keys – To unlock chests in the dungeons;
    • 20x Alloys – Alloys are consumed when smelting weapons;
    • 50x Metals – This resource is required to upgrade equipment;
    • 3x Level 1 Mod Box – This box contains a random level 1 Mod;
    • 2x Lucky Scrolls – Lucky Scrolls can be used to spin great items on the Lucky Wheel;
    • 15x Potent Health Quaff – It restores 5,000 Health over 10 seconds;
    • 15x Potent Steam Quaff – It restores 100 Steam over 6 seconds;
    • 1x 500 Bound Electrum Bundle – Use Bound Electrum to purchase or upgrade items, weapons, potions in-game.
  • Last I checked MMOBomb still had over 700 keys.
  • This gives you a 15-day (temporary) pet. However, for new players who probably won't see a pet for quite a while, it is very handy to have, especially for your first few Metal Panic quests where you have to collect scrap metal in the Copper Wastes. This mission is especially annoying without a pet because it can be hard trying to click on a Scrap Metal drop in the midst of the skeleton swarms.
  • This one is harder to find, but last I checked GameItems still had close to 500 keys.
  • Not as superb a pack as the Growth Pack giveaway, but it does get you some Spiremarks:
    • 5x Keys - To unlock chests in the dungeons; 
    • 10x Alloys - Alloys are consumed when smelting weapons;
    • 50x Metals - This resource is required to upgrade equipment;
    • 2x Level 1 Mod Box - This box contains a random level 1 Mod;
    • 5x Mechanist Pyroflare - This canister fires a small burst of energy in the shape of a toiler's face a few seconds after being lit;
    • 10x Potent Health Quaff - It restores 5,000 Health over 10 seconds;
    • 10x Potent Steam Quaff - It restores 100 Steam over 6 seconds;
    • 1x Spiked Goggle - Cool cosmetic item;
    • 1x Vented Goggle - Cool cosmetic item;
    • 1x Drum Tophat - Cool cosmetic item;
    • 1x Small Spiremark Bundle (500 Spiremarks) - Spiremarks can be used to expand backpack, purchase items, etc

                      Thursday, September 25, 2014

                      Skyrim Mod Review - Adal Matar

                      The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Mod Review:
                      Adal Matar, the lost stronghold v1.1

                      Score: +2/-0

                      Summary: Two dungeon crawls.
                      Although it is advertised as a "Fight Against the Thalmor", the "against the Thalmor" part is not much better than clearing a couple of random encounters. The rest of the mod is dungeon crawling against draugr and trolls.
                      + Interesting exterior and dungeon layouts. Also a nice touch with treasure piles that actually look like treasure piles, including gold spilled on the ground.
                      -0 Implausible layouts. Like an orc fortress in show with no resources around it and just a couple of orcs to run everything. Feels bit too empty, no matter what the backstory. And the dungeons don't feel as plausibly laid out for what they are (a mine and a crypt), and instead they feel like they were laid out to be interesting. This is a trade-off for being visually interesting, so if you prize gameplay experience over immersion, then it will be okay.

                      + Interesting player home with good amount of nicely laid out storage.

                      There is token tie-in from the Recruit More Blades - Sky Haven Temple Enhanced mod. You can remove Adal Matar after completing that portion of the quest.

                      The other "Fight Against the Thalmor" mods by the same author -- South Dragon Bridge and The Cyrodiil Frontier follow the same style: Claustrophobic player home to be won after some fighting. The Cyrodiil Frontier differs in that you get token combat before a free player home chock full of loot.