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April 2018

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This Grand Life Happiness Guide: How to Keep It Under Control

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We talked a bit about happiness in our This Grand Life guide, but since people still seem to have a lot of trouble with it, I decided to write a separate guide for this. So in today’s article, we’re going to check out some tips & tricks on how to keep your happiness high in This Grand Life.

The truth is that once you get used to the game’s mechanics, you will have no problem keeping your happiness under control. But until then and especially early on in your game, it might prove to be a challenge.

But worry now – after reading this article, you will know everything there is to know about it and how to max it out. So let’s get to it and see our This Grand Life happiness guide below!

First of all, the most important thing that you should know is how happiness works in the game. It usually stays at 50% for most of the time, being affected negatively when one of your other 4 ratings (hunger, fun, hygiene, health) is at zero when the week ends. There are certain in-game events that have a negative impact over it as well, but these things don’t happen too often and they are usually out of your control.

So the main thing for you to do to keep your happiness in check is to make sure that you don’t end a week with either of your stats at zero. This is relatively difficult to master especially if you just started playing this game, but it won’t be that hard after a while.

You have to understand that this game is, just like real life, not a race and you should take time to keep everything under control, even though this means you can’t work 4-5 times per week (which will increase your finances, but ruin everything else). However, you will still be able to pull every now and then 3 work sessions a week without going crazy, and still keep everything under control.

Try to plan all your activities in such a way that you spend as little time as possible traveling and you can do multiple activities in one place. For example, I was suggesting getting a job at a place where you can eat or increase your fun in order to reduce travel.

Also remember that you will always start your week at home – a place where you can get a free shower for a quick hygiene boost and also food, fun and health. Your home should be the main place for emergency recovery of your stats and there’s no problem if you spend one week every now and then maxing out your stats at home.

As you see in the screenshot above, there are also places that you can visit and things that you can do to further increase your happiness levels. In this particular case, it costs quite a bit for a person who’s just starting, but eventually you will be able to afford such extravagances more often.

You should also keep an eye on what’s happening in town as there will sometimes be special events that last for a week or more, which can increase your happiness drastically. These can be free or very cheap, so a real opportunity for improving your happiness.

Finally, achieving various things in the game will increase your happiness – more or less. Finishing school gives you a massive boost, getting a pay rise does the same, just as getting a new job does it to. There are really many methods to increase your levels of happiness in This Grand Life, so as long as you learn to keep your other stats above zero, you will be more than fine.

Hopefully this quick guide helped you understand how happiness works in the game and you won’t have any trouble keeping it under control for now on. And if you have other tips and tricks to share on this topic, let us all know by posting a comment below.

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This Grand Life Guide, Cheats & Tips to Succeed Every Time You Play

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In today’s article, we’re going to share with you a complete This Grand Life guide with tips, tricks and strategies to keep your happiness levels high and complete your life goals no matter what. We’re also going to update this article with any This Grand Life cheats we can find in the future.

I love This Grand Life! It’s that type of a small game that will never make it on the mainstream market, but which can turn a bunch of people into diehard fans. A life sim with a really strong focus on the personal finance element, this one is definitely a game the PF fanatics will absolutely enjoy. But fortunately, people who are not directly interested in personal finances will find it a great challenge to test their gaming skills.

And although the game becomes repetitive after a point (but doesn’t real life get there too?) and relatively simple once you get the hang of it, it is still extremely challenging and beautiful. And we’re here to help make it even better for you by sharing some This Grand Life tips and tricks in our strategy guide.

How to keep Happiness up?
Most people seem to struggle with this particular metric which goes up slowly, but decreases extremely fast if not taken care of. However, I consider it to be extremely easy to keep under control in most cases.

Happiness starts going down drastically when you end the week with one or more of your stats at zero. In order to prevent that from happening, simply make sure that you never get to zero with any of your stats or quickly fix those problems before the week ends. If you do, happiness will slowly start going up again towards 50%.

Buying items and specific events also increase your happiness, but usually the special events that happen in the game in various places give you a huge boost in happiness. Take advantage of these when they happen and you’ll never ever have to worry about this metric – or read our in depth guide to happiness here if you need more help.

Optimize work & travel times
Always try to optimize the number of places you need to visit weekly. Also, try to find a place to stay that is as close to those that you must visit in order to reduce travel times.

Basically, the better you are at optimizing time usage each turn, the better you will do. For this, you should try to start with a job that’s both close to your home and in a place that allows you to do something else. For example the fast food joint, where you can work and eat, or a restaurant where you can work, eat and have fun at the same time.

Later on, as you get better studies and you can get better jobs and reduce travel times, these don’t matter much, but for the most part of the game they do. So take a week or two to walk around the city and get accustomed to the places there, then try to spend as much time as possible in as few places as possible. This is the key to success!

Don’t rush to study
Studying allows you to get better paying jobs, but you shouldn’t hurry to do this as it will be very difficult early on when you have no money. Wait a solid number of weeks until you have a good home, some money saved and some solid items at home before starting to study.

Most likely, you won’t be able to study and work full time, but you will be able to get a part time job and switch to full time during the breaks if needed (rarely it will be needed if you play a good game).

You will also have to take a loan to study and before you do, make sure that the specialization you’re choosing will allow you to get a good job in a good place in the city. Sometimes going for the slightly lower paid jobs is a good idea if they give you other boosts. For example, community lawyer doesn’t pay too much but it gives you a fun boost when you work, which matters a lot!

Balancing study and work and keeping your needs under control is the most difficult part in This Grand Life, but once you get past this, you’ll cruise easily to a nice, perfect life.

Keep an eye on the economic growth
Always be on the lookout for increasing your income as almost everything in the game is based on how much money you have. The easiest way to get a nice boost in your salary is to keep an eye on economic growth and simply re-apply for your job when the earnings per hour increase. You can do this indefinitely and you’re always getting a pay rise, so it’s worth doing, especially since you don’t spend any extra time for checking out.

Your initial traits
The game can be easier or more difficult based on the way you build your character and this can result in you having an easier life from a financial point of view or a more difficult one.

Of course, the game is made to be played on a more realistic mode in order to be very fun, so try staying away from the easiest routes – going for a ton of points and a huge allowance. Instead, balance your positive and negative traits and go for the challenge!

Also remember that some of the negative traits can be cured in the game (such as alcoholism or smoking) and even though that requires extra work on your side, it’s worth doing because the benefits are huge in the long run.

Try to save early, save often
Saving money is, just like in real life, extremely important in the game. Therefore, you should focus on that as soon as possible – and you should start by putting money in your savings account as soon as possible. You won’t make much, but the extra few dollars a week are better than nothing.

You should also invest in the stock market as soon as possible for the dividends and potential spikes in the values of the shares.

These will have a minor impact early on in the game and will get more important as you progress through life and you are able to invest and spend more, but taking the head start is always wise.

Explore all the possibilities
There are virtually endless possibilities in this game and even though the gameplay itself is repetitive and grinding is inevitable, you still have many options along your way.

Remember to focus on your final goal and always play to get closer to the finish line. Most of the things that happen in the game though are related to being at least stable from a financial point of view, so you should do everything to thrive financially.

Explore all the possibilities that you have at your disposal, though, as it’s not all resumed to getting a job, saving in the bank and trying your hand on the stock market. You can start your own company, you can buy a ticket each week and hope for some amazing wins, you can even get a social life and start dating… there are a ton of things that you can do that make this game more complex and a lot more beautiful.

So don’t ruin it by only grinding and doing the same things over and over again: you will get there, for sure, eventually, but it’s a lot better if you do it the fun way!

Take it slow
This is probably the most important thing to remember: the game is a life sim that happens a week at a time. Compare that to real life and you will see that you can’t (normally) get to having a million dollars after 100 weeks of play time. Take it slow, build your character, build your life and enjoy the ride. It’s the only way to do it!

This would be everything that we have for you right now in terms of tips and tricks for completing all milestones in This Grand Life and keeping that happiness level high. If you have other strategies to share with fellow players, don’t hesitate to let us know by commenting below.

Also, if we find any cheats for the game, we’ll update this article so it doesn’t hurt to check back every now and then.

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Spellsworn Cheats: Tips & Strategy Guide to Keep on Winning

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Spellsworn is a really addictive multiplayer game that I’ve stumbled upon on Steam a few days ago and I wasn’t able to put it down since. Today, I am here to share with you a bunch of Spellsworn cheats – actually, tips and tricks in a complete strategy guide. This will hopefully help you better understand the game, find out which are the best spells to use in battle and more.

The game itself is extremely good. I love the way it mixes concepts from battle royale games like PUBG with traditional MOBA elements. The spells themselves offer a ton of variety and multiple gameplay options, while everything else seems to be pretty well optimized for a new, free to play game.

But we’re not here to praise it, we’re here to read some Spellsworn tips and tricks to keep on winning, so let’s just get started with that right away!

Take your time to go over all spells
In this guide, we will talk about spells and strategies to help you win the battles you’re part of, but you should do your own due diligence and check out all the spells in the game. See what works for you. Try different combinations. Try different methods – what has worked nicely for me might not work for you!

This is the reason why it’s best to take some time, read the details of all the spells in the game and try the ones that sound the best. Then return after playing 5-10 games, when you have a better understanding of what’s happening during each battle and check them out again.

Finally, make sure that you always keep an eye on the battlefield, especially at the spells that are thrown your way and make your life miserable. Chances are that they’ll do the same to your enemies, so try to play using them and see if that gives you better results. And don’t forget: since this game is still under development, some of the future updates will most likely NERF some of the spells and make others better, so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for that.

Stay away from the heat of the battle
The first thing you should do when you get into a battle is to try and stay as far away as possible from the heat of it. If you are lucky enough to play with beginners, you’ll notice most of them rushing to the middle of the arena and battling it out for dear life.

Don’t go there and instead stay on the outskirts, using any cover you have and directing well placed spells their way to take them out one by one. Don’t forget, though, to keep an eye on the shrinking areas and the green circles that appear every now and then, indicating falling obstacles that deal a ton of damage.

Learn to aim your spells
Since each spell has a pretty long cooldown timer and you can often find yourself in front of an enemy with no spell to cast, it’s best to really learn how to aim them and use them to get the most out of them.

Different spells have different aiming mechanics and work differently, so you will have to exercise on your own. Usually, the best strategy here is to anticipate your opponent’s moves and cast the spell in the direction it will be when they reach that area. Take your time and have this in mind: aiming those spells and hitting the right target becomes easier the more you practice!

Push the buttons without looking at them
Every millisecond counts in Spellsworn, so you should’t waste any by moving your eyes down to the keyboard, trying to find the hotkey for the spell you want to cast. Learn to press them without watching and your game will get much better

It’s usually just the QWER keys that you will have to use anyway (or just the first three), with the odd F for the Immolate spell which can’t be changed. It’s not very difficult, so if you aren’t doing this already practice until you can and you’ll see a huge improvement in your game.

Buying more spells vs upgraded spells
Probably each player has their own opinion on what is better: to have more spells in order to be able to cast more often, or have fewer spells, but upgrade them as much as possible in order to make them extremely useful.

My opinion is that you have to find a balance somehow: going with one or two spells isn’t that useful, while going only with level 1 spells isn’t helpful either. Based on what I have played so far, I can say that going with 3 spells is ideal for the first battle.

This allows you to either level up all the spells you get to level 2, or max out one of them and keep another to level 1. This depends on the spells that you’re going with in battle, but it’s usually a really good idea to max out your main damage spell and keep the rest as support for the first battle.

Recommended build (spells to take into battle)
Spellsworn offers a large variety of spells that are different enough to allow for various combos and builds and what works for me might not work for you just as good, but I am sharing my build in case you’re looking to see what works in my case – and works really well!

So, as I said before, I always start with three spells and upgrade to four later on in the game. Initially, I start with the following spells:

Fireball: this is the main attacking spell that I use. Pretty basic and deadly if aimed correctly, which you will do eventually.

Homing: this is another offensive spell and probably the most popular in the game. Not only that it follows an opponent, but it also knocks them back, providing additional potential advantages, especially in the later stages of a battle when the play area is smaller

Blink or Charge: these will both serve mainly one purpose: to help you get out of the toxic zone if you’re unlucky enough to be pushed there. Blink is a bit more difficult to use (but usually with better results), while Charge is pretty easy to use. I recommend trying them both and seeing what works for you.

Later on in the game, I will add Meteor Shower for its great area damage and sideway balls of fire and Counter Pulse. This is an extremely useful spell, especially for when there are more enemies in tight areas, but also requires a bit of practice for one to be able to get the most out of it. But, so far, I’m getting great results with this build and I am sticking to it so far.

These would be our tips and tricks for fellow Spellsworn players. If you have additional comments to make our strategy guide better and complete, don’t hesitate to let us know by commenting below.

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