Daub Stamper

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Microsoft Bingo 13_05_2018 6_10_36 PM

Microsoft Bingo • You have daubed 500 cells across multiple Bingo matches • 55G • 27.76% of gamers unlocked this

Firstly, Happy Mother’s Day to those who celebrate it, and my sincerest thoughts to those who might find today difficult for whatever reason.

Today’s achievement is another Windows one, but I elected to go with something a bit different today and locked in a Microsoft Bingo achievement. There’s probably a few other ‘achievable’ ones that I’ll be able to strive for in the future when I’m a bit pressed, but for now, I tapped out at the first opportunity to grab something for the day – and that one is Daub Stamper.

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I have to say that I think daub is a terrible word. Surely they could simply use ‘marked’ or almost any other word to refer to putting a circle on the page that would mean the same thing – but I guess it is what it is.

And ‘daub’ is what it is.

I feel like a lot of these games – like Microsoft Solitaire or Majong – were developed at the height of the Windows 8 era, but hit their stride post-Surface. The UI is decisively built for a touch screen, but the Xbox integration and greater focus on the Windows Store means that they have found a bit of a niche life in the achievement-hunting community.

Anyway, I’ve locked this in for the night and I’m going to pack it in, ready for another week.

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W.O.R.L.D.S_ Win Own Reinvent Live Discover Sim 11_05_2018 10_17_38 PM

W.O.R.L.D.S: Win Own Reinvent Live Discover Sim • Perform reactions • 20G • 59.98% of gamers unlocked this

I thought I might have been able to get an achievement a bit earlier tonight, but the footy was on.

I’ll let you sit with that thought for a minute – pick your jaw back up off the floor before you keep reading.

This weekend, I have a whole heap of family about to descend – correction: already have started descending – on my house for a birthday party that we are hosting for an elderly relative tomorrow afternoon. That means that, while I haven’t vocally given any resistance, my TV is not my own … and I’m left either waiting until the end of the evening to get onto the console, or I’m left to find ‘other’ solutions.

Tonight’s solution came by way of the Windows store in a little free-to-play game titled, W.O.R.L.D.S: Win Own Reinvent Live Discover Sim.

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Firstly, don’t ask me what that means … I have no idea. It feels like they’ve wanted to use the word ‘Worlds’, and then they’ve slapped a whole heap of words together to get an acronym. Much like some dialogue in the opening episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D …

…It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out “shield.”

Titling aside, this isn’t actually a bad little game for the price you pay. It shares similar mechanics with the Doodle God series, which shouldn’t be surprising considering it’s made by the same developer – but it is packaged together in a way that you wouldn’t think a simple puzzler would deliver.

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My difficulty in this game actually had nothing to do with the game itself, but just the effort required to install it on my laptop. Opening up Windows 10 for the first time in a little while meant that there was 40 apps listed for update. Forty. Four-Zero. Sure, the mileage varied in the update size from app-to-app, but isn’t it so incredibly indicative of the world we live in today … nothing is permanent, everything is always transient. Often in the world of gaming, we lament the loss of cartridges, in which a whole game was finished, bundled, and sold.

Sure, there are benefits to the world of updates – but let an aging man lament the changing world for a while.

Master of Reincarnation

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Clicker Heroes • Ascend the world 25 times

I have been running Clicker Heroes quietly in the background of my day job for a while now, but I actually reached two milestones today that I thought would be cause for a blog entry.

The first one is the titular achievement for ascending the world 25 times. I feel like that I’ve gotten into a good rhythm for ascending … capping out just before I get to the hero Atlas, and levelling up as many of my heroes as I can in pursuit of damage-boosting Hero Souls. The process is actually quite quick now, with my DPS letting me rapidly ascend levels to get to the higher-yielding boss battles that let me get Amenhotep to Level 150 and buy the ascension. All-in-all, a twenty minute job … and that’s if I’m not paying attention.

Which leads me to my second achievement …

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Killing Doppler, the Robot. In reality, it’s the achievement for hitting Level 500 … which I set as my psychological benchmark for this latest ascension. It actually took me a couple of days to balance out my boosts and my DPS to be able to smash through it, but as the climb edged closer to 500, I sensed that it would be an easy fight once I got there. Sure enough, by the time I confronted Doppler, it was a few clicks and he was gone.

That was enough for that ascension so I’ve reset and I’m back on the path towards my next achievement. From what I can tell, the next achievement on my journey should fall around Level 600, but the climb to 500 in this latest round leads me to believe that the next 100 levels might take a little bit longer than one would suggest.

Still, sitting around lamenting the effort results in no progress on the journey. Onward and upward.

Click, click, click.

Running Late

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Clicker Heroes • Complete 50 Five Minute Quests

It’s been a while since I’ve revisited my clickers – and the gap is definitely felt. Well, by felt, I mean noticeable, thanks to a healthy gaming approach to making me money regardless of whether I’m actually there to control where the money goes. It’s nice to be able to log on after a few days (or weeks, or months, etc.) absence and still have progress carry-over, and Clicker Heroes, as one of the OG clickers, does it beautifully.

Today’s achievement comes from having completed fifty five-minute quests. For the most part, I’ve leaned-in very heavily to the ‘gold’ quests, in anticipation of using the money to upgrade my heroes so that I can get further, faster. As it turns out, there’s a limit to that speed, and so I tend to end up around level 200 and end up ascending ready to get to the next level faster and stronger.

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Am I ‘doing’ it right though? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself, because it seems like that while the souls I get from ascending let me improve my damage capability – and therefore the speed at which I level – I’m still capping out around the same level each time. Part of this, I suspect, is patience, as in I’m not prepared to wait on that level long enough to power up enough to pass it, but it’s also likely to be a marketing goal to get people roughly to the same point each time and make the next leap incredibly difficult so that they buy a little boost or spend some money on a hero, and then get through until the next overly-difficult boss.

Right now, it’s all hypothesis and hyperbole though, and I suspect that we’ll never know, or certainly not until PC Power Plan do a ‘behind the scenes’ and interview random people from their studios and ask other outlets if they tracked demographics and buyer behaviour.

We can take a pretty educated guess though.

And that guess is, yes, we’re all dirty consumers who need to be encouraged to spend our money on microtransactions.

Boss Murderer

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Clicker Heroes • Kill 10,000 bosses

Another one gone, and another one gone, another one bites the dust.

10,000. Ten. Thousand. By anybody’s definition, I’d argue that’s a not-insignificant number of kills for a game that thrives on continuous progress through an army of endless enemies looking to take you and your mouse pointer on for a good time, and I don’t mean that in a good way.

It feels like a long time since I had a go at Clicker Heroes. In truth, it’s been less than a week, but I’ve had quite a few distractions more broadly on-my-mind: a holiday away, doing chores, calling past the supermarket on the way home, those little things that all contribute to a happy, healthy home. Combine that with a bit of a busy period at work, my lunchbreaks have been short, sharp, and often at my desk … so some time to get in a quick gaming fix has been limited.

Not today though. Today, I darn well made the time.

Today was actually an achievement that required a bit of work. Nothing an onerous as having to click, but balancing out progress versus income versus trying to knock as many bosses over in one sitting versus … well, you get the idea. Needless to say, that it took some time and monitoring of the game’s progress as it went from about 3,000 boss kills at the start of the day, through to the golden 10k needed to unlock this achivement. I am certain some die hard fans will be none-too-pleased with me with my approach of farming bosses for an hour or so, but as much as camping is a genuine strategy, as too is farming. Plus, who the heck wants to play long enough to get 10,000 bosses through normal gameplay?

One thing I haven’t worked out is whether achievements in Clicker Heroes give you any initial perks. For example, in Ragnarok Clicker, earning a specific in-game achievement is usually tied to increased DPS or clicks, though Clicker Heroes seemed to just reward you with the achievement and then carry on with business as usual.

I guess we’ll always have hero souls.

I’m about to wind-down for the weekend, and play something frivolous tonight for my Xbox achievement. I’m not sure what I’ll run with yet, but this morning I was in the mood for racing, and now I’m in the mood for Batman … so it could be something entirely different by this evening. Time will tell. At least I can safely say that it won’t be the new Avengers on the top of my list.

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!

Thirty-Five Systemized

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TransPlan • Complete 35 projects at or below par

I started a bit of a session on TransPlan yesterday looking for something to wind-down at the end of the day while watching the US incarnation of Shameless. I have to say, that this is quite a good little puzzler, in which you aim to get a coloured ball or a box into a specific location on the screen, using a variety of techniques such as an eraser or drawing pin. Yup – the tools of the gaming gods.

I was actually quite surprised to find that I’d completed 35 of the levels already. I suppose the first 5-10 levels are largely tutorial, and each part thereafter is designed to build on your knowledge of the techniques used to complete the level, so with a bit of trial-and-error, 35 is probably inevitable, but you would have to admit, on paper it seems like a good psychological barrier to overcome. From what I can tell from the achievement list, there is at least 70 levels to completion … but I also can see a group for ‘master projects’ as well … so whether they form part of those 70 levels or if they’re something additional will remain to be seen.

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!

Getting Your Money’s Worth

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Clicker Heroes • Get a Mercenary to Level 10

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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!

The first step

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12 is Better Than 6 • Pass the tutorial

I loaded up my Windows 10 installation today, moreso so I could put Sea of Thieves onto my PC and see how it ran, but while I was there, I thought I would investigate a couple of the smaller games I had loaded on in days gone by.

This little title seems to adopt a Wild West tone. It’s a top-down action game, that seems like it would work much better with a controller than keyboard and mouse – particularly a touch-pad mouse where a required right click plus left click for shooting is needed. There’s some fine finger-work required to master that particular sequence, but I managed to do enough of it to get through the tutorial.

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I love the art style of this game. It’s simplicity is similar to that of SUPERHOT in it’s strong, plain colours and attention to good gameplay. You can tell a good game when the mechanics are enough to hold your attention over the visuals, but when a game has a good combination of both, and this game does, then I think it’s worthy of a mention.

I’d like to play a bit more of this game over the next few days, but my Windows install runs a bit choppier than my Mac partition, and the internet connection doesn’t seem as stable either. I’ll give it a go and see what falls out of my attempt, but worse-comes-to-worse, I’m sure I’ve got a few clicker achievements waiting in the wings.