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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Don't try this at home

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 It my be out of date, so I'll make adjustments as the need arises.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…)

Imagine: if OOO had a twitter account…

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by spiralspy

Twitter, you know, this platform where you got this 140 character limit per post that makes the platform unsuitable for anything except quick status updates. (more…)

How Guild lockdown should have been implemented

Friday, March 6, 2015 by spiralspy

Lets face it. Guild Lockdown could be fun since you don't have to put up with a random team, but isn't due to its broken by design nature: You need five teammates (of the same tier) to enter the coliseum. Most guilds don't have that amount of idle and willing players online at the same time. At least one other guild needs to signup before the match can start (doubling the size of the previous problem)...

New version of TradeTrax!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by spiralspy

The v1.4 update took a wee bit longer than I had anticipated. In particular because I got really annoyed with the calculator component. When I sell something, I want to be able to type SELLPRICE - AUCTIONHOUSE_FEE into the liquidation form. That is, transparently route the input through the calculator...