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  • Games of 2014: Hearthstone

  • kimchibaka 31/12/2014

    I somehow don't think Trump needs loads of money from Blizzard, he seems to be doing 'rather well' as it is!

    Haven't spent a penny and constructed my own decks, anything else doesn't seem like a fun way to play or learn a game to me, but each to their own :) I'm quite happy bumbling around the lower levels every season as a result solely due to my own choices, good or bad.

    Had lots of fun for free and it's taken me a fair while to work out (first CCG) - I'd say it was perfect really for what it is (though again don't have any previous experience with these things).

    I can have most of the cards I want having played all year and built up many duplicates, gold and dust, but usually I don't bother and try to perfect my strategy with the basic cards. I'm not sure I would recommend it as F2P for new players now though who would have to pay or grind for Naxx entry (to get those cards), and missed the bonus packs of Goblin cards.
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  • Catastrophe games: How Spelunky and XCOM helped prepare me for an incurable illness

  • kimchibaka 26/11/2014

    Wow! I never thought I'd read anything like this on any games site full stop. Amazing article - thanks so much Christian (also love your work btw, and subject aside this is no different).

    All power to you, you brave, strong and very wise fella :)

    Personally I'd speak to my neurologist about cannabis...they may not prescribe Sativex but after decades now they should be aware of the possible benefits (for some). Worth a punt mate I reckon. You're better off with the natural variety anyway imho (Sativex is a pharma scam to make big bucks off nature) - just research decent strains and CBD, CBN as well as THC. Modern strains are too THC rich in ratio to the others which is fine for some but is not what nature intended, which leads to some of the problems in others and adverse publicity, and from what I understand high CBD content is best for MS.

    You don't have to smoke it either - vape it or cook edibles.

    All that is assuming it's not against the law where you are (ofc!).

    Again - amazing article :)
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  • Don't call it a comeback: Xbox One's first year

  • kimchibaka 23/11/2014

    Haven't been tempted by either of these, though the WiiU (against all expectations, as even as a long term Nintendo owner and huge fan of the Gamecube the Wii didn't appeal) is looking increasingly tempting for the GAMES. I'm sure I'll pick one up once the price drops a little (I've moved to PC now and the price of exclusive hardware and games is huge looking from this side of things).

    That said - and I'm not on either 'side' - why anyone would have picked up a 'Bone' of the two - friends, a handful of exclusives, and/or being ill-informed aside, is absolutely beyond me, but heigh ho.

    I do understand people defending their purchases and choice.

    I just wish Nintendo weren't so convoluted about controllers and whatnot, unless I haven't kept up they have really over-complicated things with what's supported, what's not, which legacy controllers are still available and which aren't etc.
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  • Assassin's Creed Unity review

  • kimchibaka 11/11/2014

    From the article (not much interest in the series having pretty much yawned my way through the first two, as far as will allowed) it reads like a low six to me. Reply +3
  • Blizzard reveals Rogue-only Goblin Auto-Barber Hearthstone card

  • kimchibaka 11/11/2014

    Don't like mech cards in this game fullstop, feels like it should be more organic to me.


    Never played WoW so maybe since playing from launch I just didn't know what I was getting into (my fault I accept)?
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  • Blizzard botting ban strikes thousands of Hearthstone accounts

  • kimchibaka 28/10/2014

    Looks like a very advanced bot compared to what I'm used to (I 'dwell' at the lower levels, never having spent a penny on cards) - mind you Trump played almost as fast and made just as many mistakes. He just took longer at times to decide.

    The ones I face (as I bounce around between levels 15-20) take fucking ages to make each move, it's infuriating.
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  • New lighting tech debunks moon landing conspiracy theories

  • kimchibaka 20/09/2014

    @Penguinzoot Yeah I think I'll join you in your sleepy daze, much comfier than trying to work out what's really going on. Reply -4
  • kimchibaka 20/09/2014

    @Cirius-Moonlite Yes there should be you'd think eh, considering we went there back when the latest black and white TVs were still cutting edge.

    We can send small probes to the far planets but still not put a man on the moon again (?).

    What about the total NASA blackout when ISON was around? I can totally accept people coming to different conclusions, but to those of us who followed these things carefully...

    I'm certain mentioning the fact that SIR Jimmy Savile touched base with the NASA LURE programme at the University of Leeds will also get me lots of negs, but heigh ho. He also got chummy with the 'pope' and successive prime ministers and royalty from Mountbatten down to being Charles and Di's marriage counsellor but nothing to wonder about there either - just don't question and carry on...

    Mr Leadbetter once again shame on you and Eurogamer with opinion pieces dressed up as fact and insulting some of your readers so.
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  • kimchibaka 20/09/2014

    @Penguinzoot If you can't even question why Nixon was nailed when 'presidents' before and after have always done exactly the same thing (ever heard of PRISM just as one recent example, not sure if you're old enough or have researched enough to understand what Hoover got up to?) then you probably shouldn't be conjecturing about 'tens of thousands' when it needed a few hundreds, all of whom were/are under a lifelong oath of secrecy - whatever the 'truth'.

    Watch the 2hr+ 'documentary' (yes I question both sides of the coin equally and with the same cynicism) linked to earlier in the comments if you haven't already. The 'footage' is a joke.

    Explain to me the complete silence or reticence of so many who have 'been' on the moon.

    Explain the (what looks like) a 'shut up NOW!' elbow from one of them to another when he answered a press conference question in such a ludicrous fashion (it might have been the 'what does the moon smell like?' one - long time since I researched all this).

    Explain the visual impossibilities (FFs look at the header photo of this very article and look at the different angles in the shadows of the lander and the astronaut and tell me with a straight face that happens so far from the light source), let alone the fact - already mentioned - that the glare from one astronaut to another supposedly lit him up totally from all angles but not the nearby lander.

    Explain to me how Armstrong was lit in the video footage in the same way on his first descent down the ladder with no other 'astronauts' present to reflect anything.

    I'm not saying we haven't been to the moon since - I'm saying the footage as presented didn't happen (as presented).

    You think with so much at stake as so many have pointed out the USA would broadcast live footage of what even NASA scientists working on the space programme just a year or two earlier have publicly said didn't think would EVER be possible? That was almost technically impossible and would have been a disaster which would have rocked the world would have been televised live? That a craft that could barely take off from the ground here reached the moon through the Van Allen belt and (pretty much blindly) faultlessly landed there and returned just a couple of years later?

    That they couldn't even track the craft but we had 'live' TV pictures? That folk with the unique Australian footage thought at the time it was fake?

    Have you seen the interviews with the top guys at NASA who still can't/won't answer any of this (on film if you care to bother watching)?

    I could go on but have had enough.

    I look forward to the next Eurogamer article where an American tech firm 'proves' that Sandy Hook and Aurora were included in The Dark Knight Rises by sheer coincidence, and also how the BBC reported the collapse of (undamaged) Building 7 (WTC) 20 minutes before it happened.

    Back to your fluoride and aspartame folks, nothing to see here.
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  • kimchibaka 20/09/2014

    Does the engine show why the camera footage from behind of the astronaut jumping showed a flap on his backpack flip up but in the (much closer) photo from the front of supposedly the exact same moment there isn't one at all? Or all the other visual inconsistencies and impossibilities that scientific experts in the field can't explain?

    That aside, fuck off Eurogamer telling us what 'reality' is and that some of your readers are idiots (again). I come here to be entertained - if I want to be brainwashed and treated like a fool I'll read the Daily Mail or watch Fox News thanks.

    Mind you, comments like the one comparing all the tapes being wiped to Doctor Who episodes are priceless. Makes one wonder why they didn't re-use the WW1 film stock for WW2 to save a bit of dosh when we were supposedly a few farthings away from losing the war. You really do deserve some of your readers and vice versa.
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  • Only 0.5% of Hearthstone players reach Legend rank

  • kimchibaka 19/09/2014

    @persus-9 I'm one of those players who just build their own decks, work things out for themselves (or not!) and happily bounce around doing my dailies from ranks 20-17. Out of interest I did look up some online decks once and tried one but never used it enough to get used to it. Oh and also saw the name 'freeze mage' but made my own interpretation (quite different from what I then compared it to but I like it).

    Once I get Pyroblast for this deck I'll boost a good few levels I'm sure.

    I'm also too lazy to swap cards in and out so most decks are the clueless set-ups I made when I first played the game! You can almost smell the frustration when you beat folk with the same old decks playing the meta with a random load of rubbish they don't expect and aren't playing around :D

    Apart from the obvious farmers and bots the thing that annoys me is the 'match'making and 'rng'. I'll often win five then lose six, say, to a series of warriors or druids in a row, with amazing rng. It works for me too when I've been losing of course - e.g. playing random damage cards against a pack and having all the damage land on the one card I need to take out...
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  • Playing Hearthstone to lose

  • kimchibaka 26/08/2014

    I've always greatly enjoyed the articles by Christian I've read :)

    This is no different - but perhaps only (the wider scope aside, there is enough specific detail there to make it exclusive imo) because I've played the game a fair bit.

    On the one hand think it's fair to call it 'P2W' now that you need to pay to go through Naxx to get the extra cards/knowledge of them, on the other I'm quite happy bouncing around the lowest ranks - mostly having fun when I don't face ANOTHER bloody Priest - and (thanks to saving gold up for Naxx) haven't spent a penny.

    Do feel sorry for new players though.
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  • Hearthstone Naxxramas bug causes some users to be charged twice

  • kimchibaka 30/07/2014

    Finally unlocked for me a few hours later - it seems so far I've only been charged once (paid in gold).

    First boss seems cheap but is rather easy if you have the right build/class (beat first time with Druid).

    I guess they're working quite hard to fix this (?) compared to previous problems as cash is involved.

    Hope everyone else's problems are resolved soon :)
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  • kimchibaka 30/07/2014

    Now when I try to buy it again it says I already have a transaction pending and to wait, guess that was my 'activating purchase' attempt (?). I blooming well hope so or I dread to think how many times I've bought it :( Reply 0
  • kimchibaka 30/07/2014

    Not working again here - all sorts of errors from the screen just hanging permanently to 'failed database'.

    I got as far as 'authenticating transaction' at one point which hanged for so long the game timed out.
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  • Video: Why do Japanese games tell you characters' blood types?

  • kimchibaka 18/07/2014

    Maybe a bit off-topic but it's 'interesting' to say the least imvho that very, very few in the UK know their blood type even though it was checked as soon as you were born - but they don't tell us, and it's not on your medical record - you have to pay for private tests. If your mother remembers (sadly mine is not around anymore)then that'll help in case of emergency.There is a 'neutral' replacement but it's not the same thing.

    In an emergency situation blood tests take twenty minutes to come back at best. And that's after you get to the hospital.

    Good luck going to somewhere like Japan if you have a major accident where there are simply no blood stocks of the rarest 'Western types' whatsoever. I don't know about other Asian countries that I visited (Vietnam, Thailand etc), as Japan is where I lived for many years.
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  • kimchibaka 18/07/2014

    @lone_wolf_uk I'm not saying it's OK, I'm just saying how it is, a quick google tells you that. OK, it's drawn attention to it, the article isn't railing against the 'injustice' is it? (I've not bothered to watch the video to be fair, but why would I watch an 'Outside Xbox' vid as a PS3 owner?)

    Completely unnecessary article imvho unless it was written in one line - 'blood groups are important in Japanese culture so that's why they're there'.

    Unless you're going to crusade against it (which this article doesn't), it's simple.
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  • kimchibaka 17/07/2014

    Because blood types in Japan are seen (rightly or wrongly) as an absolutely crucial part of one's personality/personal compatibility. They're obsessed with it to the point where it'll affect your uni and job prospects, not to mention possible marriage matches.

    What next - a show analysing why American characters in games have American accents?!!

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  • Blurred lines: Are YouTubers breaking the law?

  • kimchibaka 16/07/2014

    Excellent article. Shame on Yogscast (and others). Reply +2
  • Starcraft, Guild Wars and State of Decay designer reveals MOBA Gigantic

  • kimchibaka 16/07/2014

    Pixies will never/can't play Gigantic again unless Kim rejoins :( Reply 0
  • Here's some off-screen PES 2015 gameplay footage

  • kimchibaka 05/07/2014

    'Real-time lightning?'? Sold! Reply 0
  • What's it like going to a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering?

  • kimchibaka 29/06/2014

    @Ayche This was my first such card game and I started by levelling all the characters to 20 against the AI. You get enough cards from that to have a good go at ranked games at the beginning levels 25-21 where people are in the same boat. Plus you have a rough idea about different classes and a good sense of the neutral cards.

    Reading up a bit about basic starter sets and cards is good too.

    I'd definitely do all that before jumping online! It's also good to beat all the enemy AIs on 'expert' for extra practice and the bonus gold you get.

    I still don't have some key cards I need for my Mage but have enough fun to play daily and probably win about 50% of the time, so my level is quite stable. I rarely come across decks with far more powerful cards than mine, so in that sense I think my level and the matchmaking is pretty spot on.

    The only thing that annoys me is that some of the 'random' attack cards don't quite seem so random after you've been on a winning streak (and probably vice versa) e.g. say I have four cards on the board and my opponent plays two random attack cards, they always take out my best card!

    Delighted with the game on the whole and haven't spent a penny :)
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  • kimchibaka 29/06/2014

    I always greet on my first turn and say thanks at the end of a game, if they've played particularly well they get a 'well played'. Not everyone is sarcy and unpleasant! Unfortunately the tone of most of the emotes is rather provocative so you do have to be careful.

    You'd be surprised just how simply greeting someone often sets off a good game with emotes used appropriately and politely.

    If someone's spamming just right click to squelch them (shut them up). I don't find I have to do this very often though.
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  • Video: Let's Replay Yoshi's Island while doing a Mick Hucknall quiz

  • kimchibaka 27/06/2014

    Waiting for Tom's article about Ellie's sexist jokes about 'bellends' and impotency (how hilarious) - NOT. Reply -5
  • Sniper Elite 3 has a 10GB day one patch on Xbox One

  • kimchibaka 23/06/2014

    Does this merit two reviews of the game on Xbox One - one for the patched version, and one for out the box for those who can't download such a huge amount of data?

    Seems to be getting awfully close to the point where a DF article - while interesting - won't be enough - it should be reflected in scores.
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  • Mercenary retrospective

  • kimchibaka 16/06/2014

    Great to see this game revisited, just driving round shooting all the buildings was a fun and absolute unique experience at the time. Reply 0
  • BioWare reveals Mass Effect 4 details, early footage

  • kimchibaka 09/06/2014

    It looks like you'll once again be using a Galaxy Map to traverse through space...
    How else would you find your way around - by smell?
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  • Hover is a parkour-based spiritual successor to Jet Set Radio

  • kimchibaka 29/04/2014

    Whatever the promise the game seems to have this article reads far too much like an advert for me. Reply -1
  • Chris Roberts shows off Star Citizen dogfighting

  • kimchibaka 12/04/2014

    New to this one and some comments about the business model made me look for older articles to understand why. Anyway, came across this one from December which talks about the DFM being delayed...that side of it doesn't look very advanced from this video, and this is four months on...
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  • Titanfall Xbox 360 won't come to Games on Demand

  • kimchibaka 11/04/2014

    When's the SNES version out? Reply +24
  • Microsoft's Windows XP support ends today

  • kimchibaka 08/04/2014

    Ye gads...folk suggesting Vista or 8 (with or without 'update') instead :O

    Thought it was common knowledge the 'even' ones were absolute shite and the 'odd' ones were the ones you wanted (ME anyone?)?
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  • Catherine retrospective

  • kimchibaka 16/03/2014

    What next...a Titanfall 'retrospective'? Reply +2
  • Godus 2.0 launches with "virtually no clicking"

  • kimchibaka 12/03/2014

    Please fuck off with this BCE/CE shit...whoever it comes from. Reply -10
  • Microsoft "concerned" by claims GCHQ considered using Kinect for surveillance

  • kimchibaka 28/02/2014

    Some people are genuinely surprised at this?!!

    Believe it or not MS didn't spend $0.5bn promoting the original Kinect so you could 'enjoy' dancing with stormtroopers...
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  • Infinity Ward confirms Call of Duty: Ghosts PC minimum specs

  • kimchibaka 24/10/2013

    @null 50MB? Pfft! I remember having to upgrade my ZX81 from 1KB to run some games!

    Mind you that was when we lived in a lake, had gravel for tea and used to work 25 hours a day down't pit. We've moved up to a wheelie bin and cat litter for tea now - luxury :)
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  • Sony vows to improve PSN for PS4 following GTA 5 issues

  • kimchibaka 28/09/2013

    How about improving it for the PS3...the customers you already have and are paying for things on that? Reply 0
  • Digital Foundry vs. the Xbox One architects

  • kimchibaka 22/09/2013

    Just read like an open platform for Microsoft PR, with no challenge whatsoever from Richard.

    Very poor.
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  • Tada! The 20-year crusade to solve checkers

  • kimchibaka 18/09/2013

    Fascinating article :) Reply +7
  • Microsoft will "aggressively challenge" any government attempt to use Kinect for snooping

  • kimchibaka 24/07/2013

    Yep, smartphones are a massive concern too - snail mail not so much (was that a serious comment?!!). That's why I won't have one - I have nothing to hide, but why should someone be able to track me at all times and be so simply able to hack my email and everything else I use or look at on there, and potentially gather my address, passwords, photos, banking details, etc?!

    Further to my previous comment - as I'm 'lucky' enough to soon receive a PC with Windows 8, I looked around for how to install Windows 7 on it instead. I found this article on, which is a site I don't know but sounds fairly mainstream; 'Why We Can No Longer Trust Microsoft'. If it is mainstream, it's a pretty big red flag when even they start talking about Microsoft reshuffling to put intelligence agency people at the top, no?!!!,2817,2421733,00.asp

    Apparently the deliberate government backdoors were suspected as long ago as Windows 2000! If so, being critical, one might think that this was perhaps at least some of the point all was the half a billion spent on marketing Kinect (an otherwise pretty useless device).

    Linux for me on my PCs from now on I think. And thank god for Noscript on Firefox.

    And for anyone like me who's belatedly woken up to this issue (thanks Xbone!) and after a bit of research is now also untrusting of Google, Duckduckgo is an alternative I believe - personally I'd appreciate any other recommendations.
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  • kimchibaka 23/07/2013

    British security services have people at all major newspapers 'guiding', censoring and spinning the news, and otherwise reporting back etc, so anyone who thinks Microsoft, Google, etc, don't is mad in my book.

    That kind of stuff is WAY beyond what the NSA and the courts do in plain view (which is what has been picked up on here). MI5/6 and the NSA etc essentially have a level that operates completely above the law.

    Now bear that in mind as a mere possibility, at least, please - how does this look to you?
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  • This week on Outside Xbox

  • kimchibaka 13/07/2013

    @metallicorphan It's years ago now, but apart from the friends 'thing' I thought we were promised that ~70% of buildings would be enterable.

    Didn't happen. Plus (and more importantly) they took the fun out of it I think most gamers would agree on that.

    It was a good game but not great by any stretch of the imagination.
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  • The DualShock 4's bright rear-facing light can't be turned off

  • kimchibaka 08/07/2013

    Makes absolutely no sense at all for a game that's single player and doesn't use the eye (i.e. most of them to some degree) as it'll just drain the battery.

    It'll look cool for a but if you look at it...but you won't. You'll only see it reflected off the TV, which'll be annoying.

    @SeesThrough All vertianly sees through this - late design decision means a lack of a useful feature which actually could get quite annoying if games don't use it.
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  • Microsoft suggests Windows 8 apps may come to Xbox One

  • kimchibaka 01/07/2013

    Can I get a version with Windows 7? Reply +42
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf spoilercast

  • kimchibaka 24/06/2013

    I haven't been back to my Gamecube village for over five years...I would love to pop back but dread to think of the state of the place now, and all those letters from friends who have moved on :( Reply +4
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze coming to Wii U later this year

  • kimchibaka 11/06/2013

    Looks brilliant to me, but not something I'll pick up a Wii U for. Pretty much the same as everything else they've shown. Shame, but I imagine a lot of people will get one as a second console after the PS4 eventually when the price drops.

    Is it 'pony tail' or 'ponytail' Jeffrey? Or, as I will know you as from now on, Jeff Rey :D
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  • Watch Gran Turismo 6 at 60FPS

  • kimchibaka 18/05/2013

    So they've ditched the characters, the wacky courses, and the weapon pick-ups?

    No matter how good it looks, I think Nintendo have really dropped the ball on this one :(
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  • Saturday Soapbox: Force feeding fandom

  • kimchibaka 11/05/2013

    I've never played it but I agree Dan, Kinect Star Wars not only looked like 'crap' but seemed an absolute insult to the fans.

    Shame EG gave it an 'average' 5/10.

    Still, all reviewers are different eh? Oh, was you.
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  • Windows 8.1 will revive the Start button, reports suggest

  • kimchibaka 09/05/2013

    How on earth is having more government spyware than ever before 'not a bad OS'?! Reply 0
  • Candy Box is the stupidest, most addictive thing since Cow Clicker

  • kimchibaka 08/05/2013

    @Bluetooth Very many thanks - good on ya :-)

    The dragon level scales :( Almost beat it a few times with 900-odd health, so thought I'd level up a little bit. Got up to 1080 and suddenly I can't even reach the dragon because of some crazy enemies they've introduced.

    I guess you need to tackle each level with the right approach at roughly the point you're 'meant' to...

    Correction - there are different paths through each level, some (much) harder than others. Not sure if the harder ones open up as you get 'stronger'. But beating the harder paths gets you extra handy items. And, it's the right item at the right time (duh me) so for the much-tougher enemies on the dragon level invulnerability was the key.

    Anyway, worth replaying the levels a few times to make sure you get all the items :)
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  • kimchibaka 08/05/2013

    @L0cky Cheers buddy, exactly as the instructions said, and exactly what I thought I'd been doing...this time it worked though :D

    Bring on the dragon!
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