Want to bring down energy prices? It’s actually easy

Thursday, April 14, 2016 by spiralspy

Ever since after beta, energy has been too expensive (and back then, "too expensive" meant 4k cr per 100 E) and a lot of solutions have been proposed to bring the price down, such as: Make energy bind when bought Limit the volume you can trade per day Disallow bid cancellation Sink crowns in special events ...

Why you wouldn’t want to run your own (private) Spiral Knights server

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by spiralspy

There seems to be this funny idea in the wild that, if Grey Havens open sourced Spiral Knights, you could setup your own little toy server. Preferably one with a good drop rate for fire crystals, or even better, without the forge mechanic altogether. If that happens to be your dream come true, allow me to explain why your are signing up for a nightmare...

The most important question after the liberation from SEGA

Monday, April 11, 2016 by spiralspy

... Will there ever be Metal Sonic sets and Tails Tails in the featured auctions :D?

Why open sourcing Spiral Knights wouldn’t help

Monday, April 11, 2016 by spiralspy

Ok, there's a bit of speculation about where Grey Havens is going to take the game. Some people have suggested, open sourcing Spiral Knights and turning it into a community project to cut down on cost. As much as I like open source, I don't really think that that's a road we should go down. First of all, promoting players to community game masters is a tremendously bad idea...

Why aren’t we seeing anything of the transition?

Sunday, April 10, 2016 by spiralspy

Simply answer: because we shouldn't! Lot's of us seem to be confused about why the SEGA/OOO logos are still everywhere, even though the game should have been transferred last Wednesday. Cut Grey Havens some slack here. A server migration is not something you do in a single afternoon. Especially not if you want to avoid downtime...

The legal situation keeps perplexing me

Saturday, April 9, 2016 by spiralspy

When you read the SK TOS, you'll learn that your account is not transferable. You may neither sell it nor gift it to someone else. Doing so may result in termination (though I never heard of this getting enforced). So far that's a no brainer. You have a contract and contracts are binding. No questions there...

The bullet we (may) have dodged…

Friday, April 8, 2016 by spiralspy

... or: how do you close down an MMORPG? When I wrote my last blog post, I actually meant for it to describe the worst case scenario. So, let's catch up on that now. Please keep in mind that what I lay out below is only one possible outcome and, given the circumstances, not a very likely one...

About Spiral Knights being bought by Grey Havens

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by spiralspy

So, Spiral Knights finally left the clutches of SEGA. Fundamentally, I think that's a good thing, but it makes you think about a couple of issues. Who is Grey Havens LLC? First of all, LLC stands for Limited Liability Company...