Free 2 Play and You!
Since launch, and of this writing (8/21/22) I am at Paragon 154 on my Barbarian. I’ve probably done a bit of grinding now and then on certain days when I was trying to reach a goal of something early, but otherwise, I try to stick to just doing all of the daily items each day and stopping there. This will keep the game fun and a healthier play style that won’t take up all of your time.
I am currently running in a Shadow clan, so some of the items in my daily routine will be for Shadow clans only. The Immortal clans also have a set of extra daily activities as well, which I don’t know at this point, but will add in the future if we pick the Immortals at some point for our clan to follow.
I usually log out each play session at Rakkis Plaza Waypoint in Westmarch. This gives me the best starting point before I run off to do my daily quests and activities.
My current daily routine is focused on boosting my stats as much as I can for free, thus I am focusing on certain items and ignoring other items completely.
Better stats = more powerful character = play at higher levels = get better gear/rewards/etc
My Daily Routine
Depending what items are showing in the Codex as 2x Featured events, do those first, then do the others in whatever order you want. Bounties are often at 2x battle points when I log in to play, so I do those as quickly as I can before it changes to something else.
If the event you are doing has a 2x battle point bonus in the Codex, make sure you immediately claim them when you have completed your goal. They rotate periodically, so you don’t want to wait to claim that particular activity as you may lose out on the bonus.
Now that I have things to do, I go forth and doeth them!
Invites for anything
Back In Town…
Once I have finished playing for the day, I spend some time doing maintenance. This includes visiting most of the vendor and checking a few menus for various achievements or other rewards that were granted while playing.
I kind of do most of these in one big loop for efficiency sake.
Fading Embers and Runes
Charms and Skill Stones are basically P2P items in Diablo Immortal. Don’t get caught up in spending resources trying to get these perfect. It’s not going to happen. Grand charms are a waste for F2P players and can only be effectively upgraded by spending money. Instead, focus on creating grand charms, converting them to skill stones, and then selling them for platinum!
This may seem like a lot, but I can complete most of this in about an hour on most days. Extra events and challenges will add time, but the main daily events take about an hour a day.
I hope this helps in figuring out what to do as a free player. I know once I got a routine down, it really helped me focus and get things done quicker. Remember, only play to have fun. It’s not worth the grind if you’re not enjoying it.
I will try to update this article as I find new tips and tricks for us F2P players!
Real World Costs Part 2: What do Items Cost?
From the previous article on conversion costs, we know how much each currency unit costs in real world money, we can dive into figuring out how much things cost in the game.
While some of these items may not seem like a lot of money based on your budget or gameplay style, what will confuse many people and cost them more than they thought they wanted to spend is all of the currency converting.Orbs? Platinum? Hilts? With no real world currency value attached to these items, you won’t think about spending actual money. You’re just using in-game currency at that point. Because of this you may spend more than you thought.
These types of in-game currency practices are done on purpose to trick you into spending more. If you are good with numbers and know what you’re getting into, spend away if that’s your thing.
If you don’t fully understand all the various currency conversions and what things actually cost in real world money, then it’s best you stay away from spending any real world money on any game.
Below is a list of all (I think I got them all) items I could find that had some kind of monetary value.
I am still working on the Bundles and Services, as there are a few items in there that you can't buy or trade from any other method. These items are included in bundles and advertised with extra value over the items we can calculate, so I'm working to figure that out still.
Real World Costs Part 1: Conversion Rates
First and foremost let's explain the conversion rates.
To figure out real world costs, we will be converting $USD→Orbs→Platinum→Hilts
For the purpose of this article, all monetary values will be in $USD.
When spending real money in the Diablo Immortal Shop (Shop for short), you will first need to purchase Eternal Orbs (orbs for short). From here you will be able to purchase a few high end items from the Shop, and then convert the rest to Platinum for other things.
As of this writing (7/24/2022), orbs currently show for sale in the following amounts below:
After averaging each different bundle with its discount, we find that an orb costs $.015
Next we move down to Platinum, or just plat for short. Plat is only used to purchase items in the Market.
Platinum has one easy to convert rate across it’s range.
50 orbs = 500 plat
1 orb = 10 plat
10 plat = $.015
1 plat = $.0015
Platinum is obtained by completing various activities in the Codex or by selling items in the Market.
Next we have hilts, which are earned for free from various activities, events and by just playing the game. Hlts are only used to purchase items from the Hilts Trader.
This conversion seemed a bit of a stretch, but then I was able to confirm it with a direct comparison between the Hilts Trader and the Shop afterward. I always like to have multiple points of conversion for rates that are not as straightforward.
At the Hilts Trader, 1 charm is 100 hilts, so 5 charms would be 500 hilts. So far we have:
5 charms = 500 hilts
At the Charm Craftsman, converting 5 charms into a grand charm, and then converting it to a skill stone costs 500 plat. So now we have:
5 charms = 500 hilts = 1 grand charm = 500 plat
500 hilts = 500 plat
1 hilt = 1 plat = $.0015
To check that this calculation is actually valid, we can also use this information to verify it.
In the Shop, 1 legendary crest costs 160 orbs.
At the Hilts Trader, 1 legendary crest costs 1600 hilts.
We can use this information to compare between the value of Orbs, which we know, and also using what we think is the value of hilts from the conversion above.
160 orbs = $2.24, using the original conversion from $USD to orbs
1600 hilts = $2.24, using the method above
Gold has no monetary value at all. It’s used for upgrade costs of items and gems as well as used for gambling at the Rarities and Antiquities vendor.
I thought I might be able to link gold to charms from gambling for jewelry, but jewelry was only neck and fingers, which charms are neither, even though it shows a charm in that section on the vendor.
Fading Embers and Runes
Fading Embers is yet one more currency used to trade with Cellik, the Fading Embers and Runes trader. Fading Embers are used for crafting legendary gems, one of the most expensive items in the game. Since you can sell crafted gems, then fading embers and runes also have some value as well, but it would be difficult to determine this value.
Since the market goes up and down on value for various gems, and some gems are worth more than others, but still created using the same runes, it would again be difficult to put a value on these items.
Conversion Rate Chart
Here is my spreadsheet chart of the conversion rates that I calculated out. I will update this if things change over time. Sometimes during a game's first few updates, the conversion rates and money markets in the game may fluctuate until settling in for the long haul.
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You can grab it here at the Epic Game Store for free this week, through 11/13/19.
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Layers of Fear is developed by Bloober Team and published by Aspyr.
Layers of Fear is available for free from the Epic Games Store from Now until Oct 31, 2019.
Grab it here while you can!
Today through Thurs, Oct 31, Q.U.B.E. 2 is available for free from the Epic Games Store.
In Q.U.B.E. 2, players step into the shoes of Amelia Cross, a British archaeologist, who has awoken on a strange alien planet. With the help of fellow survivor, Emma, players must face the challenging puzzles of the Q.U.B.E. in order to try and find a way back home.
Key features stated from Epic Games:
Q.U.B.E. 2 is developed by Toxic Games and published by Ten Hut Games.
You can find it for free on the Epic Game Store this week located here:
GOG, or Good Old Gaming, is giving away The Witcher: Enhanced Edition for free for signing up for their news letter.
The Witcher was the beginning of one of the most popular game game franchises.
Your name is Geralt of Rivia and you are a witcher, that means you kill monsters for a living. You were given special training to be the best at what you do and your body has been enhanced with potent elixirs to help you do it.
Suffering from amnesia you remember nothing of your past. Kaer Morhen, the last remaining keep of the witchers, was attacked by a mysterious organization, just as you were starting to lick your wounds there. The battle is won but the secret recipe for the mutagen, a substance required to create more of your kind, has been stolen. The surviving witchers set out to find and reclaim it and punish everyone involved. Memory loss or not, you are one of them.
Set in a dark fantasy world with a unique medieval, yet somewhat modern, feel to it, The Witcher isn't just another fantasy RPG. With a deep story, complex characters, and tough choices that actually matter, this game will keep you glued to your monitor for days.
You can grab your copy here:
***** IMPORTANT NOTE BEFORE CLAIMING FREE GAME*****
After trying to claim my copy, it stated that I needed to have GWENT in my game library alraedy. This is a card game for The Witcher, much like Hearthstone. GWENT is also free, and it looks like this is a way for them to get more users signed up to play it.
In order for me to get it added to my library, I had to download the GOG Galaxy client (their game launcher, like Steam) and then fully install the game before it would be "added" to my games library. It's a 2GB Download, but was quick and easy to download, then uninstall.
Once I did this, I was able to refresh the free The Witcher page and it let me claim my free game.
You may also want to remove the GOG launcher from your Windows startup as well after doing all this.
Today we have two free games available from the Epic Games Store!
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Reviews seem to be mixed on this game, but there's some questionable games that I really enjoy myself that critics didn't like, and visa versa. Play it yourself and see. It's free after all!
You can grab it HERE for free from the Epic Game's store though 10/24/19.
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Reviews are mixed for this game as well, but it seems to have an overall majority positive review.
You can grab it HERE from the Epic Games Store through 10/24/19.
Surviving Mars is the free game available this week from the Epic Game store. It will be available until 10/17/19.
If you scroll further down the product page, you will find both of the expansion free as well - Surviving Mars: Mysteries Resupply Pack and Surviving Mars: Space Race.
About This Game
Surviving Mars is a sci-fi settlement builder all about colonizing Mars and surviving the process. Choose a space agency for resources and financial support before determining a location for your colony. Build domes and infrastructure, research new possibilities and utilize drones to unlock more elaborate ways to shape and expand your settlement. Cultivate your own food, mine minerals or just relax by the bar after a hard day’s work. Most important of all, though, is keeping your colonists alive. Not an easy task on a strange new planet.
Building a sustainable colony in space
Building on a planet not fit for human life challenges you to build a smart, functional colony. Bad planning isn’t about traffic jams, it’s about survival of your colonists. You really don’t want rolling blackouts in a city constructed in a place without oxygen.
Individually simulated colonists
Each colonist is a unique individual with problems and strengths that influence the needs and behavior of the other colonists. Things can get really interesting if your chief scientists develops alcoholism after one too many long nights in the lab.
Futuristic Space Dome construction
Retro-futuristic super structures housing colonists, factories and commercial buildings with their own “neighborhood personality.” Create colonies that value science over everything else, while tired workers drink their pay away at a local bar, or attempt a utopia among the stars.
Exploration of Mars’ secrets
Inspired by the classic sci-fi of Asimov and Clarke, Surviving Mars holds many secrets. During each playthrough players may encounter one of Mars’ individually crafted mysteries. Uncovering these secrets might bring your colony great fortune, or terrible ruin. What is that sphere that manifested itself outside colony HUB B, and is it friendly?
Randomized research tree
Combine static and random research through experimentation, which allows for a different experience for each journey through the game. Attain new scientific breakthroughs by exploring the uncharted terrain of Mars's surface.
Unique retro-futuristic aesthetic
A sleek, modern take on the bright futurism of the 1960s. A time of exploration and adventure.
Expansive mod support
Craft your own fantastic buildings, parks or even a mystery to share through Surviving Mars’s extensive and convenient modding tools. Share your finest creations with the community to build the perfect society.
Cloud Save Support, Full Controller Support and Paradox Achievements
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