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Mining Money Off Minecraft

Minecraft is a sandbox game that has seen many creative and adaptive uses for both recreational and commercial uses. As a result, Minecraft server hosting has become popular. However, it costs quite a bit to run and maintain your own servers. Here are six ways to raise money from being a host for those of you who are finding it difficult to maintain your server.

Ads on your website

If your Minecraft server has its own popular website then installing advertisements on the website would be a start. Several companies can help place advertisements on your website but none of them are as competent at providing targeted advertisements as AdSense. It is very easy to set up on your website and owing to its popularity among advertisers the earnings got out of it is better than any of AdSense’s competitors.

Ad fly

Ad fly is a service that helps shrink a URL and then inserts a 5 second advertisement before redirecting the user to the destination of the link. Once a map that you have designed is uploaded on a file sharing website, shrink the download link using ad fly. The more visitors that stumble upon the link, the more money you get, so you should promote the link in forums.

Sell attractive maps to other servers

Some players might be good web designers but might find it difficult to create maps or building. So try to develop attractive maps that you can introduce on YouTube. Minecraft server hosts will pay for quality maps to play on.

FileFactory

Most Minecraft servers commonly use file sharing websites to share maps and other related files. There are several sites that offer file sharing services, Filefactory is quite popular among users. This is because users can make money by sharing files on the website. Filefactory offers $20 per 1000 downloads through a rewards option. It’s also a good option to have for your map downloads since it has a capacity for maps that exceed 200 MB.

YouTube Videos

You can search for people who will pay you to embed YouTube videos as advertisements on your server. The biggest problem with that is that in some cases, until you earn $100 you are not paid anything. So it’s important to be careful. In addition, playing copyrighted music may not work since such videos get removed.

Donations

Many people are willing to donate to a server they enjoy playing on. Work hard designing extremely good texture packs and maps. If your server has a strong community you can invite donations from players in exchange for implementing suggestions. Moreover, server hosts can offer in-game bonus for donations. Small bonuses such as titles and colored names are a nice way to thank your donors too.

Why GTA 5 Is The Perfect Birthday Gift

By now you’ve probably heard the media storm surrounding the release of video game Grand Theft Auto 5. You might not be a gamer, and you might not get why so many teens and fully fledged grown-ups are spending hours a day sitting starring at the TV, killing people or stealing cars or something. It sounds quite horrific. But you don’t need to get it – what you do need to do is buy your friend or relative the game for their Birthday if they haven’t already bought it!

So what’s so special about GTA 5?

If you haven’t engaged with video games since the days of pong or Pac-Man, you probably don’t realise just how advanced these mini worlds in the TV have become. Grand Theft Auto isn’t so much a game, as it is a virtual reality. The kind once only portrayed in Sci-Fi movies.

Yes it’s violent, but it is also an artistic masterpiece and a cutting edge piece of technology. Graphically it’s about as close to real life as you can get. Detail wise, it’s simply breathtaking.

Rockstar have established a ground-breaking franchise with Grand Theft Auto, which all started over 10 years ago. The games are recognised in the gaming industry, particularly GTA 3, for revolutionising the way we play games.

You see where games used to be limited to a set of rules within a predefined context, the makers of GTA are the pioneers of “open world” gameplay. Meaning they’ve designed whole cities from where the gameplay takes place, and the player can explore this vast detail freely without ever having to embark on the predefined story elements.

GTA 5 puts players in a very accurate rendition of LA, and from there it’s really up to them what they get up to. You can buy tattoos, smoke cannabis (hey it is legal in California with a doctor’s note), go to theme parks or the cinema, skydive, explore the countryside and mountains, hunt, buy houses and other items. The list is endless, however the most fun comes when breaking the law, stealing cars, and killing people. You can basically do anything you can in real life. And that’s the charm of it all.

Call it escapism, call it an aggression outlet without the consequences of real life – whatever it is it’s fun, and if you buy a cash strapped gamer a copy for their Birthday they might just love you as much as playing it!

An Introduction to Blizzard’s Hearthstone

“Deceptively Simple. Insanely Fun” – that’s how Blizzard describes its new game. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a collectible card game with settings and characters based on the ever-popular World of Warcraft game. While the game was released in March 2014, the extended beta-testing period made sure the game was highly anticipated by Blizzard fans worldwide. Nowadays, the game can be downloaded and played for free at Battle.Net and is available in PC, Mac, and iPad. Personally, I found the game challenging and mentally stimulating as it requires me to think ahead and anticipate the opponent’s move. You will understand what I mean when you start playing the game and you consider its objective, hero classes, game cards, and game play.

Objective of the Game

Unlike in WoW where you can play with multiple players at a time, Hearthstone is a head-to-head, turn-based strategy game. Each player begins with 30 health and with a deck composed of 30 cards. The objective of the game is simple: drain the opponent’s health to zero before the opponent drains yours. To do this, you will need to choose your hero class, and with each class comes unique hero power, minions, and spells. For me, the interactions of these three factors make the game very interesting.

Heroes and Classes

Malfurion Stormrage (Druid) – Malfurion’s specialty comes from spells that enchant and improve minions’ attack and health. The Druid’s power is Shapeshift, giving Malfurion +1 attack and +1 armor until the end of turn.

Rexxar (Hunter) – Rexxar uses beasts as his primary form of damage while using traps and secrets to counter enemy minions. His Steady Shot deals two damage to enemy hero.

Jaina Proudmoore (Mage) – I like Jaina because of her array of spells that can be used to damage enemy hero or eliminate enemy minions. She uses Fireblast to deal one damage to a chosen minion or to enemy hero.

Uther the Lightbringer (Paladin) – Uther has a host of strong minions, and he uses spells to limit the opponent’s minion on the board. For his hero power, Uther can summon a 1/1 Silver Hand Recruit every turn.

Aduin Wrynn (Priest) – I am not fond of playing against Anduin because of his healing and direct damage spells. Don’t ever think the game is over with Anduin because he can always use his Lesser Heal power to restore two health points to a minion or to himself.

Valeera Sanguinar (Rogue) – I found that Rogues are difficult to deal with early in the game because of cheap mana spells and minions. The combination of the two along with her Dagger Mastery that equips a 1/2 weapon makes her a formidable foe.

Thrall (Shaman) – Thrall uses totems as his hero power; these totems can either have a certain skill or can affect minions in play. Be wary of Thrall’s access to cards with Overload as it allows him to cast powerful spells at a lower cost at the expense of reduced available mana next turn.

Gu’ldan (Warlock) – I always have my guard up when battling against Gu’ldan because of cheap minions with Battlecry ability and powerful direct damage spells. His hero power, Life Tap, is unique, allowing him to draw a card and take two damage.

Garrosh Hellscream (Warrior) – Garrosh is my favorite because I am never out of the game with his Armor Up! hero power. This skill gives Garrosh two armor each turn that can be stacked indefinitely. With his armor in place, Garrosh uses weapons and quick to attack minions to directly damage enemy hero or minions.

Game Cards

Minions – Minions are the creatures of the game that can be summoned on the board. At the top left side of the card is the minion’s casting cost. You can find the minion’s attack at the bottom left corner of the card while its health at the bottom right corner. A minion’s attack is the damage dealt while its health indicates the damage it can take. For example, I have chosen to use a 2/2 Raid Leader to attack a 1/2 Goldshire Footman. In this skirmish, the Goldshire Footman is buried while my Raid Leader gets to live to see another turn.

There are minions that possess certain skills that can affect the dynamics of the game. Skills like Battlecry, Charge, Taunt, Summon, etc. make the game challenging and interesting at the same time.

Spells – Spell cards are powerful, game-changing cards that can only be used once. Spells differ for each class; each spell may bring about unique effects, deal direct damage, or both.

Game play

At the beginning of the game, the computer randomly chooses who goes first. The one who goes first starts with three cards. The other player is awarded the Coin which grants one free mana for one turn along with four other cards. Each player begins with one mana crystal, and all the initial cards drawn can be replaced.

At the beginning of a new turn, mana crystals are refilled and increased by one. Once a player fills the bar with ten mana crystals, no more mana crystals can be added. Simultaneous with the refilling of mana crystals, a player draws one card from the deck. After this phase, the player is free to cast spells, summon minions, and attack the opponent until the end of turn. This process is repeated until one hero loses all health or decides to concede. Although I have never experienced it, there’s a possibility for a game to end in a draw.

Conclusion

From the looks of it, the game is deceptively simple but until you have actually played and learned the game, you will never know how insanely fun it can be. I have my own share of nights spent playing Hearthstone, and I don’t think I’ll be stopping anytime soon. The game’s objective, hero classes, game cards, and game play all contribute in making the game challenging and mentally stimulating.

Earning Gold in Blizzard’s Hearthstone Game

The game Hearthstone relies on the in-game resource of gold for players to participate in arena runs and buy card packs-and for beginners, the first way one earns that is completing the basic quests, such as beating all of the AI heroes, which will then unlock the expert AI for your defeat and win more gold. Finishing these tasks will yield you 100 gold per task completed, so hold on to that for the next modes of increasing your gold supply.

There are two primary ways to earn gold in Hearthstone-arena runs and quests. An arena run is trickier, because you’ll be shelling out an extra 50 gold in order to get a chance at higher rewards, such as additional dust for crafting cards, or for individual card packs. However, one will eventually be able to recoup the extra payout overtime by accumulating arena victories, so be patient, develop your deck and choose arena runs over trading your precious 100 gold for that single card pack.

The second way, and probably the one that yields the biggest returns, is through pursuing daily quests and one-time quests. Once a beginning player finishes the two special quests The Duelist and First Blood, daily quests will become available. A player can have up to three uncompleted daily quests accumulated-one can remove unwanted quests from the list by simply choosing to abandon them, which will allow new quests to accumulate again in the empty slot. Your quests cannot accumulate beyond three.

Daily quests are repeatable, meaning there’s a possibility that out of your three accumulated quests, two or even all of them are exactly the same in their objective-they also yield a reward of 40, 60 or 100 gold. They usually consist of defeating a number of opponents with specific classes, so the game is essentially rewarding you for developing your gameplay across the board. This will become your steadiest source of gold.

The unique quests, on the other hand, are one-time, difficult challenges that are hidden to a player, are region-specific and often will only have their nature as well as the reward you will receive revealed only upon completion of the quest. These unique quests focus on victory accumulation, such as Chicken Dinner (requires you to win 100 games in any mode), or card collection, such as Got the Basics! (requires you to collect all the basic set cards). Unique quests also yield card packs and even golden individual cards, so you can use these rewards as a way to boost your deck, and save your gold for those arena runs.

These are the basic ways any player can earn gold in the game. As you increase your gaming frequency and adjust your strategies to get the most wins you can, you’ll see your gold increase in no time!

5 Ways to Be a Better Hearthstone Player

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free to play card game developed by Blizzard that has taken over the lives of millions of people. If you have played a game of Magic: The Gathering, you will not have a problem knowing the rules but if not, the game itself is not too complicated to learn from scratch. Now as you try to make your way through the world rankings, here are five ways to be a better Heartstone player:

Practice is Preparation

Have you ever heard of the adage “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”? This little nugget of wisdom is crucial if you want to get close to being a good player in Hearthstone. Before proceeding to either the Play mode or Arena mode, it is best if you complete the Practice mode first. Completing the tutorial gives you several benefits. First, it unlocks all the classes that you can play in the game. Second, it gives you the necessary experience in order to navigate through your deck effectively and play cards with correct timing. Most importantly, completing tutorials gives you, at the basic level, a sense of anticipation of what the opponent might play. An insight of the strengths and weaknesses of each class along with the different cards in a deck will help you make the more effective decision each turn.

Gain the Upper Hand Quickly

Once in game, it is crucial to deal damage as quick as possible. Don’t hesitate to use spells such as Arcane Missiles, Arcane Shot, or Sinister Strike early on. Spells combined with minion damage will do significant damage which will put the opponent on the defensive. Instead of thinking how to deal damage, the opposing player will focus more on protecting his dwindling life.

Control the Board, Control the Game

This is probably the single most important tip you can take away from the article. According to primagames.com, “board control is ensuring the other player uses up more resources removing your cards than you use removing theirs.” For example, a Chillwind Yeti is a four to cast 4/5 minion. If you force the enemy to use a 1/1 Novice Engineer and two 2/3 River Crocolisks to dispose the Chillwind Yeti, you are controlling the game since the opponent has used more mana than you did in the process. Base your every decision on this concept and you will go a long way in this game.

Look for Favorable Tradeoffs –

Part of controlling the game is looking for favorable tradeoffs to eliminate the opponent’s minion. Using a 1/1, one to cast Stonetusk Boar to waste a 2/1 Young Priestess with the special ability to give a random friendly hero minion +1 health is a solid move. Look for similar opportunities as you go through the game, and you will have an easier time coming out victorious.

Protect your Hero

Although dealing damage to the opponent may seem like the primary objective of the game, the protection of your hit points is just as important. Ideally, it is better to attack the enemy’s minions first to ensure that minimal or zero damage will be dealt to you in the next turn. However, having a minion with taunt ability like Shieldbearer will give you the freedom to attack. If you can, cast spells that will buff the minion with taunt to increase its staying power. With your defense set, you are now free to send your other minions on a damage spree.

Playing Hearthstone may seem challenging at first and losses may pile up quickly than you would like, but with these five tips, you are well on your way to becoming a better Heartstone player and eventually make a name in the world rankings.