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Orbs And Scrolls In Path Of Exile Currency

For gaming enthusiasts who are looking for a simple introduction to the Path of Exile Currency, as well as orbs and scrolls, in particular, you have landed at the right place!

An Old Concept Rehashed

One of the most unique aspects of getting some hardcore gaming action with Path of Exile is that there is no currency in the game. The concept of bartering has been introduced, which is an uncommon path trodden by a role-playing action game.

So whether you are on the lookout for upgrading your equipment, enhancing your weapons or sprucing up your skill-tree specifically within the Orb of Regret, the concept is to barter currency. It is what makes the path of exile currency unique when compared with a majority of action role-playing video games in the genre. To do so, you compulsorily need to be familiar with the concept of orbs and scrolls.

What is an Orb?

Well, the simplest definition of an Orb in the Path of Exile would be a rare form of Path of Exile Currency that you can trade for getting your hands at a special list of equipment, one which is more powerful than the regular fare. Some orbs, however, are utilized during crafting. The different types of Orbs include:-

  • Blessed Orb
  • Chaos Orb
  • Exalted Orb
  • Divine Orb
  • Chromatic Orb
  • Orb of Using
  • Orb of Alteration
  • Orb of Alchemy
  • Orb of Scouring
  • Orb of Transmutation
  • Orb of Chance
  • Orb of Regret
  • Unshaping Orb
  • Vaal Orb

Here, it is important to remember that each of the above special orbs has its drop level, stack size and help text which tells you how exactly to use the orb as you deem fit. The best thing about this form of the path of exile currency is that there are different variations that can be bartered and utilized in multiple ways to strengthen your character.

What is a Scroll?

To talk in complete terms, a scroll is the most common path of exile currency. While orbs are rare, scrolls are much more commonly encountered during the game. The purpose of these scrolls varies from identifying rare items such as strongboxes or even enchanted ones and magic.

Here is a look at the various scrolls you would come across during your game. Remember, just like different orbs had their unique drop levels, stack sizes and help texts, exactly same is the case with the scroll types enlisted below:-

  • Portal Scroll
  • Scroll of Wisdom
  • Scroll Fragment

Apart from understanding all about orbs and scrolls, acquiring mastery over the path of exile currency and bartering has several other aspects. These include wise spending habits, divination cards and so on. This basic knowledge should be more than enough to get you started!

  • viki
  • November 19, 2017
  • PC

All You Need To Know About Old School Runescape Gold

For those who prefer playing the older school version of Runescape, here is a brief yet informative piece on everything that you should know about Old School Runescape Gold.

Abbreviated to OSRS Gold, you can basically mine gold ore anywhere below level 40 in the game. Always remember, the time taken for the gold to reappear would always be 60 seconds post-mining, the mining experience being at 65-level of course.

OSRS Gold Trivia

Always remember that selling gold ore is extremely profitable and this would help you gain instant points, even more than when you sell regular bars. As far as gaining smith experience is concerned, gold bar smelting is an easy process once you have it mined, and you can put it to good use for upping your experience. Based on whether you possess the goldsmith gauntlet or not, the points you gain for smelting will be 56.2 in case of the former and 22.5 in case of the latter. Therefore Old School Runescape Gold or OSRS Gold is a much-coveted ore and asset for players.

Choices, Locations and More

While there are detailed maps available online, the most important location to remember would be Al Kharid.  This is the Scorpion Mine to be specific, and as the name suggests, you will have to beware of combating scorpions in your quest for OSRS Gold.

As far as other choices and locations for Old School Runescape Gold go, the Rimmington mine with 2 rocks, Lunar Isle Mine with 6 rocks, North Crandor Mine with 3 rocks, Agility Pyramid Mine with 5 rocks and Grand Tree Mine with 4 rocks, are some of the most popular mining sites. And most importantly, the list of dreaded monsters that you would need to be prepared for combat include the Marble Gargoyle, Skeleton Brute, Insatiable Bloodveld, Angry Barbarian Spirit, Thermonuclear Smoke Devil and several more. Proceed with caution!

  • viki
  • November 16, 2017
  • PC

Go The Simba Hybrid Way For A Deeper Sleep

Over the last couple of years, I’ve increasingly become a troubled sleeper. It’s partly because of my anxiety, but mostly owing to my chronic upper-back pain. Naturally, I’ve tried switching to different pillows and mattresses but to no avail. Someone at work was talking about Simba and how the products are incredibly good. I was all ears and decided to take a look.

Yes, this was a bit beyond my budget, but when I saw that the Simba Hybrid Mattress had free delivery and a 100-Night Sleep Trial, I couldn’t resist the offer. Being a cleanliness-freak, the Simba Hybrid Mattress Protector was a must-buy. Also, the height-adjustable and temperature-controlled Simba Hybrid Pillow seemed too good to skip!

All three products were delivered on time and damage-free. Before getting into my sleep experience, let me take a moment to commend the smart packing of the mattress. Usually, one would expect a 5-layered mattress to be super-bulky. Nope, not this one! The King-Size Simba Hybrid Mattress that I ordered was effortlessly easy to unbox, and once placed on the bed base, it just unfolds and rises on its own!

With my backaches, an overly soft mattress and pillow that sink in too much are a strict no-no. But anything too hard is bad for my insomnia. To my utmost delight, both the mattress and pillow from Simba proved to be exactly what I was looking for! I believe that the responsive memory foam of the Simba mattress adapts to my sleeping position; so the firmness is exactly the way I want. My wife prefers very soft mattresses, but even she was raving about how the luxurious this one from Simba is, and how well she slept! Also, the mattress is engineered in a way that one sleeper doesn’t get disturbed when the other one tosses and turns.

The best feature I’ve liked about the Simba Hybrid Pillow is that nanotubes filling can easily be removed or added to alter height and firmness. All this without creating a mess! I’ve used the pillow for around three months now, and I’ve experienced a marginal decrease in my upper spine ache. With my insomnia almost gone, I look forward to sleep time rather than dreading it!

Just like the responsive foam of the mattress, the hybrid pillow shapes up exactly the way your head, neck and spine require. Last but not the least, there is a ‘down feathers’ layer inside for that much-needed luxurious feel. Also, did I mention that both pillow and mattress are temperature-controlled? Even better value for money!

Let me also tell you that the Simba mattress protector is an essential purchase if you are buying the hybrid mattress.  After all, you are spending a bomb on the mattress, and you would want it to remain clean. It is the best protector since it fits all kinds of mattresses, and is spill-resistant as well as waterproof.

For a disturbed sleeper like me, I feel I’ve hit the jackpot with the Simba Hybrid Mattress and Pillow. Don’t take my word for it, try it on your own. They offer a 100-night trial with free returns, so you have nothing to lose either way!

FIFA 18 Is Finally Here But What Has Changed?

Every year, EA sports pumps out yet another edition of its highest grossing titles in the FIFA segment and this year, they got out FIFA 18 like clockwork. The initial expectation was that the game would be different in the career mode, maybe in the story mode but no one expected the game dynamics to change so drastically.

Yes, defending is a complete redo since the last edition but there’s a lot of good things going for FIFA 18 that I feel wasn’t there in the past versions. Firstly, the story mode continues where it left off previously, and you get another dose of Alex Hunter’s glamorous life. Living vicariously off a virtual superstar never felt this good!

Alex plays with the best in the world and takes on new challenges in Fifa 18

Then there’s the animation and graphics that has leaped forward generations in just one year. Fifa never looked this good like it does now. PES can’t even compare anymore to the graphics and overall excitement the animations generate. Instead of actions creating frames, each frame is not controlled by you. Hence, you get smoother transitions and better total animations. It looks great and plays even better.

Anyone who relied on the right control stick to switch players, anticipate opposition moves, intercept passes and mainly play a waiting game when defending, won’t find FIFA 18’s defense too challenging to learn. However, if you never anticipated moves and mostly reacted to situations, you are in for a huge shock.

With FIFA 17, the demo was enough to get you acquainted with the changes such that you could jump right into FUT and start having fun. Here, be ready to lose coins and points as you stumble through FUT trying your level best to defend against other players. Good news is that majority of players are just learning the physics of this edition and probably will be just as bad as you are defending.

Nevertheless, it is best to stock up on FIFA 18 coins, build an impressive FUT team and better your odds at winning. All that’s left then is to regularly practice till you get the hang of the game dynamics.

A Marketplace For Rocket League Items

Do you think your Battle-Car needs a makeover? Have you run out of crate unlock keys and can’t wait to earn a few back? On playerauctions.com you can find all sorts of rocket league items on sale and auction.

What’s Rocket League you ask? Well if you haven’t played it yet then you better start now before you are the only one left not playing the sequel to  Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars! There’s a ball; there are cars, loads of whacky physics and enormous amounts of fun to be had in the virtual world of Rocket League. The only catch is that you got to build up and use rocket league items in the game maintain an advantage over fellow competitors.

Be Smart And Avoid The Wait

One way is to earn the keys, open crates and be one among the herd. The other way is to engage in the player to player transactions, either in an online auction room or p2p sales platform. Playerauctions.com is just one example, but there are several other portals offering rocket league items on a direct sale/auction basis.

Now, the reason we found Playerauctions.com great for Rocket league merchandize is due to its long history in p2p transactions and the simple process of buying and selling. You can register as a seller if you have items to trade, or as a buyer if you want to buy stuff. Put up a listing, decide on the price and your turnaround time to get started. Alternatively, as a buyer just select the items you want, pay for them and await delivery.

If you don’t get your items delivered or the turnaround time is over, you can request a full refund and cancel the order. It really is that simple, dealing in rocket league items.

Some of you might still be concerned with the security of such player to player trading marketplaces. Majority of these websites have advanced protection, buyer guarantee and multiple layers of fallbacks in case of complications or even cyber attacks. Your transactions are just as safe as they are on Steam or Origin.

Remember to bookmark these guys for Rocket League Items.

My First Gaming Chair Review – EWin Racing Champion Series

Today we are going to look at the Champion Series Gaming chair from EWin Racing. These guys make some fabulous gaming chairs that any respectable gamer will instantly fall in love with. I got mine, courtesy of EWin Racing and boy what a treat it is!

EWin Racing Champion Series – Introduction

EWin Racing makes all sorts of gaming chairs and two things immediately stand out when you buy one of their products. First, the construction is superb with full metal body and limited plastics unless it is necessary. Second, the seats are meant for uninterrupted gaming.

The Champion series is comfortable and adjust quickly to your body type thanks to its unique design and ergonomics. Though mine was a sample that I received from EWin Racing, it was surprisingly brand new, which gave me the opportunity to look at the packaging, and that’s where we shall begin the review.

EWin Racing Champion Series – Unboxing

Unboxing the chair reveals an aluminium 5 star base, which is light and doesn’t feel flimsy like some plastic footing of other brands. Removing the base reveals the back rest, which already comes attached to the neck and adjustable lumber support. Almost immediately, I fell in love with the design of the chair. It isn’t “in-your-face”, but it has dramatic ascents running across the backrest and cushions. Remove the back rest, and you get to the accessory box and the seat.

The accessory box has the instruction manual, side covers for the arms, hydraulic system and cover, wheels (they are matched to the chair!), a base platform that lets you go up and down plus the spring for the backrest and a pair of rubber gloves.

EWin Racing Champion Series – Assembly

I began by first putting in the wheels under the base, which is surprisingly simple. You just have to push the wheel heads into the slots on the bottom. No detailed work needed here.

The next step is to attach the back with the seat. Thankfully, Ewin Racing provides four bolts preassembled into the body of the back rest. Use an Allen key to remove those four bolts and keep them aside. On the seat are two flanges to the rear that you then line-up with the back rest such that the four bolts go through the flanges and back into their respective holes. Loosely screw the bolts and tighten all four until the back rest is firmly secured to the seat. (See image below)

Flip the back rest and seat combo over to expose the underbelly of the seat. Once again all necessary bolts are attached, so you just remove those that you need without having to worry about confusing numbers and directions. To attach the tri-stand that connects the seat to the hydraulic and base, just undo the screws that match with the tri-stand’s slots and fix it on nice and tight. (See image below)Bolting to the underside of seat

To install the hydraulic into the base just drop it in and secure it in place with the hydraulic cover. Then grab the whole chair and drop it over the hydraulic system to finish assembly. All that remains later is to hide the flanges on the seat using the only remaining pair of covers.

EWin Racing Champion Series – What Stood Out

As a whole, the chair boasts a metal construction with high density perforated leather foam and a beaded edge running around the chair with padding on the arm rests that are firm but not too much. Same goes for the seat cushioning and back cushioning that isn’t too soft nor tough. (See image below)

Moving to the bottom, each leg has some amount of rubber padding on the front, so your feet don’t slide off if you like propping them up on the base legs like I do. The wheels are smart in that they don’t need screws to stay in place, so you never have to worry about them coming undone.

Back up to the seat, the lumbar support and neck cushion are surprisingly well designed. They don’t feel like an after though but rather a part of the overall chair. The folks at EWin Racing probably included these cushions right from the beginning of the design. And, if you aren’t human and prefer neglecting the comfy pillows, you can remove both.

The arm rests do go up and down with a range of 800mm, which isn’t bad though a bit of movement to the sides or the front would have been nice. As for the chair itself, it sits 470mm high at its lowest position and can rise to 600mm at its highest. The knob underneath the seat lets you adjust the back rest tension to suit your preference. I like keeping mine at the lowest tension, which is how the chair reached me. (See image below) 

The last thing I want to cover is lowering the back. This chair does a complete 180 degree such that you are horizontal on it! Surprisingly, it is handy depending on what you want to do. Playing an intense game that needs your full concentration? Keep the tension high and the back at near vertical. But if you’re going to relax, Netflix and chill then push the handle to fall as far back as you need. Remember that knob to adjust the seat and back rest tension? Well, that’s what comes handy here as you finely balance the tension to suit your preference when tilting back.

EWing Racing Champion Series Gaming Chair Verdict

With plenty of styling options, embroidery choices, and killer looks, there is no doubt that EWin Racing Champion Series is a gaming chair. They may call it an “ergonomic computer gaming office chair, ” but that’s just sugar coating the truth, which is that the Champion Series is a comfortable beast looking gaming chair worthy of being a permanent companion to your gaming rig.