Is this real life?

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Clicker Heroes • Ascend the world 10 times

I feel like I might need to rename this blog Clicker Achievement a Day but no doubt that there is little difference between this and any other game that you get ‘on a roll’ with. I decided to abandon my post-transcending run to clean up some of the more mainstream achievements first, including today’s effort which required me to transcend three times to unlock this achievement.

I can’t quite pinpoint what the buff is that gives me greater damage, particularly in the DPS stats, but I have little difficulty flying through many of the early levels now, even without much intervention. Gold comes more quickly, damage is higher, and now that I’ve worked out how to auto-advance, I’m only required to check-in on the progress once every hour or two.

As a result, I was able to fast track much of the ascension just to earn enough to be able to set Amenhotep’s level 150 ability up and pull the metaphorical trigger. Even at restart which would normally require me to build up a bit of a baseline before I could unlock the better DPS is gone … and what’s better, is that now I’ve completed this achievement, I’ve earned an additional bonus 1k click damage from the start!

I’ll make an effort to whip around some of my other clickers tomorrow just to check-in on them. I have no doubt that there’s plenty of gold, teeth, or whatever commodity is being harvested ready to collect and spend.

Or, if the mood grabs me, I might have a session transcending in those games as well!

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Transcendent

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Clicker Heroes • Transcend 1 Time

And so, we now arrive on the other side of the transcension barrier. There seems to be quite a few achievements on offer post-transcension, though, admittedly, none of them look like ‘quick wins’. Rather, the achievements are for completing anywhere between Zone 4,000 to 30,000 … so I don’t know whether I jumped on this one too early, or whether there is some meta game that I’m supposed to know about to maximise my heroes’ DPS, but either way, I’ve transcended and earned myself, at the very least, this achivement.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before the excitement of ‘starting again’ when it comes to a good clicker, and for much of my lunchbreak, this is exactly what I felt as I retweaked my game to be able to cope with an ascension.

The only thing I’m confused about now is the use of mercenaries, because it looks like they have been locked-away as part of the transcension (requiring me to ascend like a normal person).

Perhaps a bit of a read of some internet guides are in order to get a bit of a handle on techniques will help me.

Bounty: Woodchip, the Rodent

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Clicker Heroes • Defeat Woodchip, the Rodent

Nothing particularly challenging here. Woodchip, a fairly benign-looking rat pops up at Level 300, and after cashing-in a whole heap of idle cash from overnight, it was more than enough to boost my heroes up enough to take him out.

And so, the journey continues.

From what I can tell, there looks to be a bounty achievement to win for every 100 levels, with zone progression achievements kicking-in after about level 1,000 and unlocking about every 200 zones thereafter. My progress is certainly not in the 100-zones-a-day level, but I’d like to clean-up all of the bounty achievements before I consider transcendence. I’ll wait and see how I feel about the process at Level 1,000 before I make a decision about pushing on or cashing in for another achievement. As I’ve talked about before, there is something quite cathartic about cashing in your chips and starting again … just make sure you check achievement progress before you do so.

Tonight will be a very quick session on the Xbox along with the accompanying write-up. After a terrible night up with my daughter, I am just about ready for bed now – and it’s three o’clock in the afternoon!

The Red Baron

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Clicker Heroes • Complete 25 Ruby Quests

I was actually thinking of letting this one slide today. Not that I was doing so out of needing to desperately earn an achievement or anything – but I just actually ‘felt’ like breaking the cycle of PC achievement earning in order to ‘take the foot off the throttle’ a little bit.

That being said – I did earn an achievement, so it seemed like a bit of a waste not to cash it in and log it here. I either didn’t remember or couldn’t be bothered to take a screenshot though – so it’s an old shot from what looks to be early-game, either when I first played or post-transcendence, either way – it’s a pretty picture to go with the accompanying Tweet. Enjoy at your discretion.

Today’s gaming has otherwise been fairly quiet. I knocked (accidentally) another achievement over in Wildlands, and I have aspirations of finishing another ‘arm’ of the cartel tomorrow which should just about put me on the home straight. I have some time booked in with my PlayStation Vita now so if I get something after midnight, I might take the time to write about that in the morning as well.

Otherwise, it’s late. And I’m tired. Goodnight!

Getting Your Money’s Worth

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Clicker Heroes • Get a Mercenary to Level 10

I am attempting a new way to link images directly from Steam. Apologies if this fails to work or is displaying incorrectly.

 

I thought that I was still a while away from another Clicker Heroes achievement, on the basis that I really had to push for the five-minute quests achievement the other day, so this is a welcome surprise. I didn’t even think to look what hero had reached Level 10, but there’s no point delving too deep into questions one doesn’t really care about, and just take the win for what it is.

In all honesty, I had envisioned a bit more of Tropico 5 today – and this achievement just fell out of when I was doing my morning whip-around of my clickers. With that in mind, I’ll revisit El Presidente another day!

Short Work

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Clicker Heroes • Complete 50 Five Minute Quests

I said I would do it, and I did it. Another achievement down on Clicker Heroes, and – perhaps more importantly – a bit more variety in the mix for PC gaming today. I think this achievement is more about running the marathon of gaming, as opposed to the sprint of early-level achievements. Fifty is a lot of quests, and when your Mercenaries don’t necessarily get a five-minute quest as part of their random selection, ‘chipping away’ at the quests, some of which have the lowest mission at around four hours, probably takes the full 127 hours of playing time I have clocked-up on my Steam Account (full disclosure: I did leave it running overnight once when I first started playing … I don’t think I’m getting those statistics back).

Tonight’s Xbox gaming is likely to be a spot of Tom Clancy’s The Division, thanks to a delicious weekly sale price of 60% off the season pass. I’ve been very keen to get back to The Division, and if there’s a bit of meat-on-the-bones which means I don’t need to work my way into the Dark Zone and deal with other people (not that there were many of them last time I played) then I’m all the more for it.

Archaeology Student

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Clicker Heroes • Complete 5 Relic Quests

Another day, another ‘ascension’, or ‘amnesia’, or whatever your clicker-of-choice essentially wants to call ‘restarting’. It’s a clever little mechanic used to keep you in-the-game … or spending money on in-game currency – depending on where you fall on the optimist-pessimist spectrum. This achievement was actually for completing five of a particular type of mercenary quest, these ones for ‘relics’, but I suspect that I have a few other achievements for similar quests on the cusp of completion as well.

I’ve been playing Clicker Heroes for a long time now, but today I saw an ad to preorder Clicker Heroes 2! I’m fairly sure that I’m quite low on the list of people that would be excited for CH2 … but … well … I am! I had a look on the Steam page to see if I could preorder it, but it’s still showing up as ‘Available 2018’, so it’s a bit of wait-and-see. In the meantime, there’s still plenty of achievements to earn – so more waiting … and seeing … to go!

Neverending

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Clicker Heroes • Ascend the world 3 times

I got a bit confused with this achievement to be honest. I thought I was actually going for the first ascension achievement, but when I ascended and nothing unlocked, I thought it was glitch. It turns out that I already had it … so when, after 20 minutes, I was able to get back to a position where I could ascend again, I tried to do it to see if I could force the achievement unlock, and – as it turns out – I got this achievement instead!

I love clickers.

My Mac was running unusually slow today, so I didn’t get a chance to jump back and forth between my usual clicker assortment like I would normally do, so I really spent some time on Clicker Heroes – trying to work towards some particular achievements rather than just climbing through the levels. Indeed, most of the late-game achievements required you to reach a level after ascension, so in my ignorance, I worked on a bit of an achievement clean-up before going for the ascension. And, let’s be honest, ‘working’ on a clicker isn’t exactly going to cause you to break a sweat – but it’s a game, and games do what games do. They create fun … exactly what Clicker Heroes does.

I’m in two minds about whether to push on for five ascensions or just go for the levels again … but, if I’m perfectly honest, there’s something really satisfying about ascending, and it’s not without its gameplay rewards anyway. I’ll see how the mood grabs me tomorrow, but it might also be a case of showing one of my other clickers some love.

Time will be the ultimate master of my otherwise very, very, busy day tomorrow.