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On the train I had a feeling seeing a scratch card abandoned on the floor in front of the seat I chose that something wasn’t right about the ticket, and upon picking it up I noticed that it had won, only £1 but a win is a win right? Now this wasn’t going to change my life in any significant form, and probably the reason the person purchasing the ticket discarded it, however I figured that as the purchase price was £1 I would use the ticket to get another ticket and try to see how far we could take the winning streak.

Of course the second ticket won £4, so essentially whoever threw the ticket away could have used it and won another prize, maybe not the £4 I won as they would’ve got another ticket another day but still I was on a winning streak, following my own personal gambling strategy I pocketed half of the money as profits and played on with £2 using lucky pennies I had found on the way.

A lucky penny by definition cannot be one that you have received as change as there is absolutely no luck involved in the procurement of that coin. Now some say that the shinyness of a coin effects how lucky it is and it could be possible as finding a clean shiny penny in the streets would be luckier as most coins would be dirty and used especially just lying about like that. When you take the coin you want to take care not to put it with other coins as much like an electric charge the luck would dissipate and it would just become another coin and worthless lost amongst your change, treat it with respect and care and keep it separate until you are ready to use the coin.

There are a few ways you can use your lucky penny, the first and obvious use here is to scratch off a scratchcard in the hopes of winning, other uses include spending it at a wishing well or lake in a park by flicking it into the water as you make your wish, or making a wish and placing on a point of interest in a public location. Artificial wishing wells may not be as lucky as using it on a public lake, there is less water and it seems so artificial and when everyone has spent lucky pennies there is it truly lucky? Plus you have to get the penny into the water with your flick so having a bigger target does help.

Choose the way in which you spend your lucky penny carefully as you only have one chance to use the luck and once it’s spent it is spent whether you gained favour from the luck or not. If you have used the coin to rub a scratchcard then obviously the coin remains in your possession unlike using it for a wish in other locations, this presents the problem where you do not wish to spend the coin as it would be bad luck after this to do so, instead it would be recommended to donate to a charity and pass on the luck, do not try to gain another piece of luck by flicking into a lake either as the luck is already spent and would give you bad luck to do so.

When donating to a charity I would suggest flipping the coin into the charity pot as a symbol of flipping the bad luck back into good but I wouldn’t say that is important as you are giving the money to charity, passing on the luck and flipping it for extra luck if you wish the luck on the charity can be a good symbolism and I’m sure any charity would understand that, even if you flip it and catch it then place it into the container. If you really want to be extra charitable you could even give them a completely unused lucky coin straight from picking it up and give them your full unused luck as well as a small donation towards their goals, and if their bucket is full of lucky pennies then obviously the dissipation of being amongst other coins isn’t an issue as there are so many lucky coins in the pot it gathers rather than dissipates.

Playing on with the £2 I had a little luck winning a further £1 out of the two tickets, and I used this to play on but with no winnings. I probably beat the odds by winning so frequently but I did maximise my chances by swapping stores and tickets used rather than playing off the same ticket rail which would reduce the chances of winning as if you’ve just purchased a winning ticket off that rail it’s likely the next few won’t win.

Remember to only play with money you can afford to lose, www.gambleaware.co.uk do not chase winnings or victory, and I only played with a ticket I found so I won with no loss to myself, the actual odds of winning are far lower than the 3/5 winning tickets I had here, perhaps a sign lucky pennies work? Judge for yourself, I only played for entertainment purposes and the chance to win big, the odds are stacked against you.

With the plethora of issues I have been fighting against with the council while they tie everything in red tape and be belligerent in avoiding and delaying in every way possible in dealing with the situation they placed me in I finally have a place back in my town, so having lost the majority of my possessions through when they illegally witheld my benefits causing me to lose my home in the first place I unbox the few things I have and the items which were left in my moms attic from my childhood.

This mini-series of video’s follows my progress of sorting through the boxes through getting furniture and putting my life and home back together again to a liveable standard.

A while ago I took part in the random act of kindness challenge to buy a random gift for the first 5 people to respond wanting a gift, obviously as I didn’t really advertise it well enough and make sure people saw it at a time when facebook was really playing up at posting things and visibility I instead chose to purchase 5 gifts for the person who responded.

I started off with a drawing of that person as I knew she was a crafty person and enjoyed hand crafted things so I figured a drawing would be a good gift, of course I’m not the worlds greatest drawer and I felt like this was a little bit of a cop out so continued my search for further gifts, from there I found the doctor who badges and stickers, again a pretty cheap thing so it needed more to go with it.

Another outing I found a crafting book, containing a style she wouldn’t normally work in I figured it would be a good gift as it would be something a little different to try and perhaps a fun gift, finally I found a little dress and bangle to go with it to round out the gifts to 5 and make a package worth sending through the post, all of which I am sure did the job of bringing a smile to her face!

I would encourage you to take part in the challenge and post for the first 5 respondents to get a random act of kindness gift from you at some point in the coming year to bring a smile to their face, especially with the way the world is at present and show that kindness still exists in the world, of course the requirement is they post a similar challenge for their first 5 respondents in order to participate (and send a gift back to you if they wish) spread some kindness and love and show people still care.

And of course for everyone else there’s always internet hugs *hugs*

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Day one of EGX 2015 drew to a close, after a long wait at the early entry queue while a video played we eventually got onto the show to have quick look around before I had a day of booked up sessions with developers and press, many of who’m have stated that they will send screenshots and game codes, but obviously not in time for such a quick article as this. I will be focusing on a few of them in detail either in the main article or in their own separate game-play and review articles as necessary.

I started off the show having a play on the upcoming rock band, which I will go into detail more about in the later video. Sufficed to say it is a fun experience and quite easy to grasp the new 6 key system, although a few changes to the controller itself will be missed such as the strum board, and the gimmick of playing live on stage is a much better on screen experience than the usual cartoonish feel of the game.

After this I hit up the playstation and xbox one zones, checking out what they individually had to offer. The xbox area was spread out with separate queue’s for each section and a collectors card system to win a prize if you can play in all segments much like playstation had the previous year. While the playstation zone was very different having a sealed section with queue’s for the games side by side and a few set props visitors could pose for photo’s with.

I had a little time to check out the latest assassins creed, where I decided to try and do everything within the mission parameters within the time limit, failing as I seemed to despawn one of the allies I had and spending far too long attempting to track down his location, even with eagle eye highlighting character locations this proved impossible. The mechanic to essentially zip line between locations made traversing without getting spotted pretty much a predetermined fact, however when it came to the actual free running element I found that you were often stopping where you expected the character to jump off the small ledge as the system appears to have been adapted in a manner that jumping from ledges is not permitted whether you would take damage or not, and jumping while free running is entirely impossible.

This method doesn’t feel as satisfying and correct as previous games, and sometimes when you come to the end of a path you’re running through you find you end up jumping to the side or a path you never intended to and have to go out of your way to get back down to the floor. Other than these factors though the game felt smooth and like a typical assassins creed game, hard to see what other new mechanics there are by such a short demonstration.

I arrived early to the press zone so took the opportunity to watch the latest hitman footage, where it is stated you will travel in varying locations across the world taking out hits on characters in any way you see fit, with a variety of methods depending on your stealth, cunning, patience and exploration of the level you can execute each hit a significant number of different methods, from straight hit and run to downright perfect execution planting c4 on the stage-lights and influencing factors to get the target in question onto the stage to fall victim of a “tragic accident” while you’re in the crowd where it couldn’t possibly be you that caused his death. The developers want you to feel powerful as agent 47 able to use disguises to gain entrance to different area’s and only area’s established for the specific uniforms and that you could essentially roleplay as each of those for as long as you aren’t discovered. A good feature is that the supervisor (or gang leader, or whatever is relevant) of the particular group you’re dressed up as gets highlighted on the map, so you can be sure to avoid that particular person as they will be able to instantly identify you as incorrect knowing all of their staff. It isn’t clear if you can become said leader by using their uniform as yet.

After this I spent the entire day in pre-booked sessions, starting out by playing a press competition of eternal step, a game I will be looking forward to showing you separately, an action rogue-like where you collect treasure cards which you use at the end of each floor to discard or modify your equipment in order to progress as far as possible before inevitable failure (or possibly success when the game is completed and has an ending.) The game is very fun and can get very challenging when you’re running low on hp with no potions, I made it to the first boss on floor 20 before inevitably failing, but I did set the record where other press have only managed around floor 11 and 12 at most.

The rest of the day was spent around the indie gaming section playing on sublevel zero which I had to get out there as involved in the team is phi from tinykeep, and the game itself is a challenging homage to decent with additional elements such as crafting your weapons and modifying your ship as it stands it is a very difficult game with sprawling procedurally generated worlds.

After this I played a space station management sim which I proceeded to break and another point and click adventure which again broke, don’t forget that a lot of these games are early in development and not fully finished so you can expect all of these issues to be resolved upon full release, after this I had a session with riot: civil unrest which was an interesting riot simulator which rather ambitiously provides each individual crowd member with their own ai and adaptive ai which responds to how you have acted throughout the game, so crowds get more frenzied if your police force are heavy handed and have a bad reputation, but also adapt to how they have individually been treated so at this state it currently allows for around 10 minutes of playtime before the game crashes, this will be fixed in time for a full release and additional factors such as vehicles and more gameplay modes will be activated but it is definitely an interesting concept to keep an eye out for, which I shall hopefully bring you more on as it progresses.

After this I had a session booked with pollen, a space simulator in virtual reality on a station on a moon on titan, however as the queue’s were busy I only got to play for 5 minutes before being ushered off despite booking a session which was said to last for 30 minutes in the email so I cannot tell you much about the game itself unfortunately, I have emailed the developer but have yet to receive a response.

I’m not sure if I covered this in the video but I did get to play on rise of the tomb raider at the end as well, when I had a problem attempting to leave the first area I had to ask for help, because it had not been tutorialised that you needed to shoot blocks of concrete to destroy them on spikes, which appeared to be the largest unbreakable part so even with experimenting I shot at the cracked wood, the thin pillar it was attached to and everything but the large and in reality least likely to break part of the blockage.

The representative stated that they wanted to have a more “dark souls” experience not providing any information to the player, however this seemed a major blockage not only to progress but attempting to enjoy the demo. Thankfully after this I was able to progress and even found for myself a hint button essentially listening to lara’s heart (as it beat a heart while giving a slight hint to the solution highlighted with a vocal cue) however the platforming elements proved very awkward, as many of the scenery elements which were climbable looked identical to those which you could never climb, and a lot of the action came down to quicktime events rather than actual fun gameplay elements. I had hoped this would be a return to more of the original tomb raider elements however I was left disappointed simply with the way the platforming and navigation of the rooms worked, being unable to climb onto pillars and surfaces that were completely reachable, not being able to climb the same ribbed wall as you climb elsewhere just because that isn’t the path to progress, and ultimately black screening the game as perhaps I passed the time limit being stuck in the first room for 5 minutes before asking for help because the very factor to destroy the blockage was never tutorialised or hinted at.

On the way out of the show with things closing I managed to get a quick play on total war arena, which if you enjoy the total war franchise is a much simplified version of the game, with point and click ordering of troops, activatable powers and real time online multiplayer in 10vs10 action. Troop customization and leveling occurs outside of the actual gameplay to make combat quick and fun with no pausing or problems and meaning that real time adjustments to all of your troops in a quick and efficient manner is a must.

I will have a much more in depth review of the actual show in a separate article and a few of the games I will be able to bring to you in much more detail in their own reviews also, so watch this space for more.

With EGX 2015 literally around the corner I thought it was a good idea to post about some of the latest game announcements, and the newly announced after show parties on friday and saturday night while tickets are still available (but running out fast)

Firstly if you’re interested in getting in on the after parties you will need to buy a special ticket, ordinary entry will not work and you could get party entry even if you don’t have an egx ticket as it is its own thing, tickets are available now at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/egx-2015-community-party-tickets-18468815725 Note that these parties run at the same time as the yogscast sessions, so you will have to choose between them or be very late to the party ;-) I will be attending the saturday party personally for anyone wishing to find me at the event.

Wait you want some information about the parties? Well there will be drinking, gaming and chances to meet both game devs and youtubers in a friendly social climate. Games available to play at the party will be gang beasts, rocket league, WiFi wars, rock band 4 and even napoleon dynamite dancing! So there will be plenty of fun to be had, and probably some really embarrassing and bad dance moves and singing across the stages (with possibly some greatness, you know how these things are you get both the great and the bad)

New announcements for the xbox and nintendo stands include Halo 5, Star Fox Zero, Forza 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Xenoblade Chronicles X, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes and over 30 more games. My email didn’t differentiate which would be on which stand but zelda, star fox and tri force heroes are clearly nintendo offerings, and a number of these are games I would be very interested in bringing coverage for.

Playstation have a number of more well known releases including Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Destiny: The Taken King, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and 25 more massive games, it is hard to say which console are championing the indie releases here as previously playstation had pointed out this would be a ps4 major selling point, so I will look and see who covers the most and best indie titles at the event.

Sony do have “project morpheus” at the event “playable” however it seems that although the site was launched live today at 1pm, the site never worked correctly for windows 7 either with the latest microsoft windows nor google chrome, and although I could get to stage 2 of booking no time slots ever appeared, then later it states that all slots have been booked, so if you were looking forward to playing it appears that only booked slots allowed you to gain access and these have all been claimed for the entire weekend, and with how fast these slots were filled I can imagine there is a lot of disappointment going around.

Don’t forget that there are over 300 screens of playable indie games, cosplay events, competitions, esports finals with large prize pots, and great opportunities to socialize, buy merchandise, and even get advice on getting a career within the gaming industry all within the event.

Don’t forget to claim your free game of orbital gear from bundlestars just for purchasing an egx ticket, as every ticket holder gets the game.

I have arranged some sessions with developers, including eternal step a game which won’t be available for public play but I will bring you details of, sublevel zero, riot civil unrest, and pollen. I will attempt to get some extra sessions planned and hopefully some more VR titles from the different hardwares.

If you would like to arrange a session with me get in touch, and if there are any particular games you would like me to ensure I cover do be sure to let me know.

So with Eurogamer Expo literally next week be sure to grab your tickets, Last Tickets to EGX itself are running very low so don’t miss out https://www.egx.net/egx/tickets

The 33rd annual golden joystick awards are coming soon, and voting is underway. To encourage voting green man gaming the official sponsor are offering bioshock infinite for free to anyone who votes. You will have to pay £1 initially but if you install and play the game with your playfire account linked from steam during the promotion you’ll get that £1 back to spend on anything within the green man gaming store at any point in the future.

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I would encourage you to vote saving kate marsh as the best scene winner as I think this is a very worthy winner, and I have included the scene from my playthrough so you can at least vote with an informed mind if you haven’t seen or played the game.

Life Is Strange Playthrough Playlist

Also if you would like to see the full playthrough considering how many times life is strange is up for nomination in the different categories I would encourage you to flick through my playthrough playlist.
Saving Kate Marsh in Life Is Strange Full Episode

To get your £1 rebate you will be required to link your playfire account to your steam account so it can track that you’ve played the game, this is a simple enough process and rewards you with many cash prizes throughout the year for simply playing games you own on steam, and allowing you to buy further games using credit on green man gaming.

If you wish to sign up to playfire, where you can feel free to add me, I’ll accept all requests where on steam I won’t my invite url is http://www.playfire.com/a/register/invite/uosz-e964e6

And for 20% off your first purchase at green man gaming use the voucher code GREENM-ANGAME-R20OFF I believe it is only valid on your first use of the code, so be sure you’ve got an adequate basket to take full advantage of the deal.

If you haven’t got your tickets for EGX 2015 at the NEC yet time’s running out as tickets are selling out fast, so be sure to head over before they run out. While you’re at it if you’re interested in attending a relaxed evening with the yogscast, there are two days of panels, each for £15 or £20 for both days, separate to main expo entry these are 2 hour long sessions of questions and gaming hosted by the yogscast, with team flux+ on friday being sjin, hannah, duncan and kim. And on the saturday evening it would be lewis and hat films (Ross, Trottimus and Al Smiffy)

https://www.egx.net/egx/tickets

Now onto the main event itself, if you’re not convinced to go purely for it being the main gaming convention in the uk being hosted at the NEC arena for convenience of location for the majority of the country, or the fact that you can get up close and personal with both developers and youtubers across four days, then lets get down to one of the biggest draws, the fact that there will be over 200 screens of playable games, featuring upcoming games such as homefront: The revolution, Assassins Creed Syndicate, Mirrors Edge Catalyst, Starwars Battlefront and many more.

One particular game you may wish to queue up for above all others would be the aseembly, being playable for the first ever time anywhere and being a virtual reality adventure game, which lets face it not everyone has a VR kit at home, this will be the opportunity to not only test the equipment out for yourself and experience whether you think this is the future of gaming, but also the fact that this is an adventure game rather than the usual fairground rides or on the rails stories VR tends to highlight, it would be interesting to see just how interactive the game would be and how far it pushes the technology forward.

While you’re there don’t forget to visit the rezzed zone too, filled with a variety of indie games, some you may know well such as speedrunners, and project zomboid, but also a chance to discover new indie games you will have yet to hear from, all being shown off by the development team themselves providing the best opportunity to ask them about the games and see the future plans of the development teams. If you’re after a break from the screen you can always chill out over some board games for some classic and tactile gaming.

If you’re not just there to play the games, chill out in the retro zone with some classic games such as megabomberman, or have a look at the leftfeild collection sponsored by sega, then there is even more on offer, not only the finals of a variety of competitive gaming tournaments which could be exciting to watch, there will be developer sessions where the big development teams will take to the stages to talk about the latest games and upcoming development plans, and don’t forget the usual plethora of cosplayers that will be around the event partaking in activities revolving around that and taking to the stage for judgement and even posing for pictures and to be drawn at times.

Finally for anyone wishing to enter the gaming industry there will be a career fair, providing the opportunity to speak to recruiters and get advice on how to develop your career within the gaming industry and a variety of career workshops based upon the gaming industry.

I will be attending the event and bringing you the latest from these games and more, so if there is anything in particular you would like me to cover be sure to let me know, and I will try to find you those hidden gems that might get missed by other people, and if you’re going yourself maybe I will see you there.

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So I decided to search for myself see how the results were, on google and yahoo, and it seems I’m doing alright, sure there are a couple of off things, like the guy on twitch using my name hence being Indelacio_co_uk instead, and thats the major reason many of my things resort to being a URL rather than just indelacio, and on google some stupid tribal wars thing I’ve never used, so don’t assume someone using that name is me.

Other than that though things are rather accurate, and thankfully no dodgy things or porn, just slightly inaccurate users in some instances however I do operate the majority of the top slots.

I did see this site on my search on the top page, and decided to claim the page, it was stating that I have to follow 3 sites to claim it but I noped that off right away and just reloaded to claim my own site.  Seems an easy way to subscribe to new posts and a convenient page to see everything in a quick list different to the site, up to you if you use it for searching posts and being informed of new ones, either way I’m claiming it before someone else claims it.. Whoever created the page, or if its just because of plugins I installed I don’t know but either way it seems convenient.

*shrugs*

Soda Drinker Pro is on its final push for greenlight status, in the top 50 games this means that it is very likely to have a greenlight release very soon, considering they release in batches of around 100. The more votes it has now the quicker the release will happen.

Soda drinker pro is a surrealistic exploration game where you enjoy and collect bonus soda’s while walking around worlds inspired by oil paintings and the depths of your imagination, considering the majority of the levels are based on user suggested idea’s there is quite a variety in locations you can enjoy your soda. If you are looking for an escape from reality and to wander around some very unusual and colourful worlds this is the game for you.

Mentioned and confirmed via email by the dev is that all purchases of soda drinker pro on pc made already, and as an additional content upon release for console versions the game will include vivian clarke the surreal platformer and action game where things get a lot more twisted, and you begin as a single drop of rain from a raincloud and follow the journey of what this water droplet can become, wether drank by a bird who talks to a giant worm and takes a journey into space, or you make it all the way to the sea and into the eye of a giant sea creature there are many possibilities of what you can become all with thier own frantic arcade style.

The full release of vivian clarke is being developed with 3d interpolated levels and if you have seen the game jam works by this developer such as gator time you can see the styles being implimented, or if you follow the dev on twitter (link at the start) he often posts screenshots or streams of further development of the game, and appreciates input to potential new levels in the game as crazy as you can think anything is possible.

There also appears to be some big secret he is hinting at, and I don’t quite know what it is leading to but lets see how things develop.

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