No! It costs…

Sunday, April 19, 2015 by spiralspy

...And then there was this guy who wanted to buy shadow stars. Could have sold him some, but he insisted that they should not cost more than 4k cr a piece, because that is their price. (more…)

TradeTrax v1.5 released

Saturday, April 11, 2015 by spiralspy

Time for another release of TradeTrax! I have actually been using v1.5 internally for quite some time now, and I most say, anything prior feels really cumbersome by comparison. So, update now :)! The big new thing is how the acquisition- and filterform now share the same place on top of trade center page and the keyboard navigation to toggle between those two (just try hitting the escape key)...

Buying accounts

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by spiralspy

I just came across this tremendously stupid thread on Reddit. To quote: Looking to buy a Vang. account. skype: <REDACTED>, I'm paying in paypal up to 100$. Not looking for big cr. Let's ignore for a moment that the language skills of the poster in that thread don't exactly raise confidence in him/her actually coughing up the money and that the whole thing feels rather like a scam to take over and pillage accounts...

Nick’s secret #10: The core can be opened!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by spiralspy

Do you recall Nick's 10 things you didn't know about Spiral Knights forum thread? I have been looking on and off for #10 the last four years just to discover that OOO pulled another Aurora Islands - Stone Grove on us! There's a hidden switch slightly off screen on the core terminal that will open the hatch!
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My last week…

Friday, March 27, 2015 by spiralspy

I got this annoying problem: sharing files with friends and guildmates. I mean, the problem is not the act of sharing itself, but the method by which to do it. Sure, screenshots go to, logs can be passed around via, but what do you do with zip files? Videos? Music? Executables?! I know a bunch of filehosters that will gladly be of service, but the unfortunate thing is that I trust none of them...

Equinox boxes – better than their reputation

Friday, March 20, 2015 by spiralspy

Hey, got five bucks spare? Wanna buy an Equinox box? Now, I know what you are gonna say: Equinox boxes are a rip off that just contain another lottery ticket in seven out of ten cases and if you could get like six of those if you just spend your money on energy instead.
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Wishlist for the next Torto event: Rainbow fist

Monday, March 16, 2015 by spiralspy

Tortoguns are kinda fun to play with, though not terribly effective. Takes ages to kill anything with them.  I wonder if it would be fun to have a "prismatech" version that fires one one crystal of each damage type (plus one randomly chosen one so we stay with five shards). To make up for the loss in damage, each shard should inflict an associated status effect...

Notes on “March of the Tortodrones”

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by spiralspy

Well.. it's mating season again and I just noticed that all my info on it was on my old blog. So the following is a repost salvaged from my database backup. It my be out of date, so I'll make adjustments as the need arises. (more…)