Gamer Treats: Boiled Chocolate Cake

Here is a quick and easy recipe for the hungry gamer. A dense chocolate cake for all seasons using basic kitchen ingredients. This time tested cocoa hit is filling and easy to eat at the desk. It also lasts a long time, cook some now and enjoy it for a week!

Path of Exile: Which is the Best Zone to Farm XP Outside of Maps (Patch 1.0.0)

Path of Exile’s Patch 1.0.0 brought with it a number of changes including softened XP penalties and a bunch of new zones so I thought I’d do some testing to find out which zone is now best for out-of-map XP farming and leveling!

Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Preparation – Complete High Monster Power Demon Hunter Guide

High Monster Power Demon Hunter Guide

With Reaper of Souls hype building to boiling point a lot of people are finding themselves to jump back into some Diablo 3 farming. If you’ve taken some time away from the game then it can be hard to figure out what is currently the most effective farming spec (builds), routes and how to go about gearing for those. I was in the same position so I talked to some helpeful subscribers and did some research in order to put together a complete guide to Demon Hunter farming in preparation for RoS. Expect to see a spec optimized for high Monster Power, a route tailored to Paragon XP farming, gearing advice and some general farming tips and advice!

ZiggyD’s Hearthstone Guides, Discussion & Commentary Collection

ZiggyD Hearthstone Guides

Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft is set to take over the world of digital CCGs (Collectible Card Games). It’s got everything a game needs to be a huge success including the amazingly popular WarCraft branding. Ever since I was given a beta key I have been hooked on this game so get ready for plenty of guides, commentaries and discussion videos!

In this article you’ll find the majority of my Hearthstone coverage sorted in an easy-to-browse way. My goal is to give you an easy point of referral for whenever you are looking for a specific guide or for if you just want to kick back and watch some games. Enjoy!

Diablo III Console Version Exclusive Coverage, Gameplay Footage & 1st Impressions Review

Diablo 3 Console Exclusive

Recently myself and 3 other Australian gamers (the TwoAwesomeGamers & TheGamerSheep) were invited to playtest the Diablo III console port. Basically they just handed us a console with the game in it and said “have fun!” – and that’s exactly what we did.

As you can probably tell I was a pretty big fan of the PC version of Diablo III – I covered it extensively on YouTube for over 6 months even coming up with my own popular Demon Hunter build “CinderStrafe”. As such, the prospect of being able to play Diablo III on the couch with my girlfriend and/or some mates sounded pretty awesome. However, I also needed to know whether the controls and UI would port over well to the console. Well, I’m happy to declare that they do!

So, without further ado – check out the highlights from my session of playing Blizzard’s ARPG rebirth on the console!

How to Power Level Using XP Chains in Final Fantasy 14 A Realm Reborn

FFXIV Power Leveling

In this short guide for Final Fantasy 14: A Real Reborn I’ll be going over how to use the XP chain bonus system to power level your characters. There was quite a bit of testing done on this in closed beta and a lot of people have expressed interest in forming parties explicitly to do this in the open beta and subsequent launch.

Through story quests, side quests and hunting logs there isn’t too much need to do this on your main character unless you want to be super time efficient. However, this should be pretty useful for people that want to level alternate classes quickly to unlock cross-class skills to use on their main.  If this sounds like you then read on!

Path of Exile: The Infernal Blow Heavy Metal Marauder – Full Build Guide

Infernal Blow Build

The passive tree has been updated for 1.2. Full article update soon.

I originally designed this explosive marauder build when I decided that instead of kicking the new season off with onslaught that I would go to anarchy and have some fun with a melee spec. I wanted to create something that had a real weighty feeling to it and after playing around with a few skills I knew that Infernal Blow with Melee Splash was the way to go. Since this build was designed with Anarchy league in mind it’s not recommended for hardcore leagues, though I think with careful play and gearing it is reasonably hardcore viable thanks to some excellent defensive mechanics.

So far I’ve taken this Marauder to level 79 and gotten into level 71 maps without any major issues. I still have a significant amount of room to improve my gear as well so I am pretty confident I can take him into high level maps over time. I have to also mention that this was one of the most fun builds to level that I’ve ever played. Right from level 19 when I picked up melee splash Infernal Blow became amazing to use. All I had to do was craft high physical damage maces with a couple of alterations and I was set to smash. If you’d like to learn more about how to level this build then check out the level 30, 50 and 69 recap videos in the description below.

ZiggyD’s PC Setup Powered by AMD – Optimized for Streaming, YouTube & Gaming

ZIGGYD's AMD PC

On this page you will find a list of the hardware I use for gaming, streaming and making YouTube videos. Live streaming and video editing are particularly hardware intensive, especially with video games, so a well optimized setup is important. I am not an expert when it comes to computing hardware but over the past 5+ years I have had a fair bit of experience with what works (and what doesn’t!). I’m often asked what is the most important piece of hardware for streaming and YouTubing and it is, without a doubt, your CPU. Encoding is hard on CPUs, and a slow or inefficient CPU will be a massive bottleneck in video creation as well as making it impossible to stream with a good clear picture. Read on for the hardware I currently use.

AMD

I am now sponsored by AMD! I have been provided immense support by AMD in the form of a long term sponsorship including a PC that is custom built for high-end gaming, streaming and making YouTube videos. Through this sponsorship I am able to produce better gaming content more quickly, stream at higher qualities and play better games on higher graphics settings. Check out the video and list below to learn more about how AMD is helping to power ZiggyD.

CPU – AMD FX 8370

8 Core, 4.0/4.3 GHz processor. Overclockable with AMD Overdrive. Performance oriented towards intensive applications like video editing and streaming.

Graphics – AMD R9 Fury X (Crossfire Dual Cards)

Two AMD R9 Fury X linked together using Crossfire Technology. High end performance for 4k gaming and VR ready.

Motherboard – ASUS Sabertooth 990FX

RAM – 32GB Corsair DDR3 RAM

Plenty of RAM for the 50 or so browser tabs I usually have open at once.

Harddrives – 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD & 4TB WD Black

SSD for OS and games. Stream vods and videos are directly recorded to HDD to prevent bottlenecking.

Power – Corsair HX1200i

1200 Watt Fully Modular power supply.

PC Case & Cooling – Origin Genesis Case v2 with Origin PC Cryogenic Custom Liquid Cooling System

With Sentinel Lightning Control this case was provided by Origin PC in Australia, who built and tested this full setup in collaboration with AMD. This case is large and built to accomodate a dual graphics card setup with water cooling and plenty of fan cooling with space to spare. Oriented with HDD expansion bays in the front and cabling on top for easier management.

You can learn more about this sponsorship in my AMD Sponsorship announcement video.

Learn more about how I handle sponsorships and promotional content on my personal code of ethics page.

How to Take Advantage of the 20% Quality Gem Recipe in Path of Exile

How to Use the 20 Quality Gem Recipe

The newly discovered 20% quality gem recipe is a real game changer for PoE. Knowing about it now means that we have a few different considerations if we want to be able to effectively and cheaply improve our character when they reach endgame.

In case you haven’t seen the recipe yet it goes like this:

 

Any Level 20 Gem + 1 Gem Cutter’s Prism to Any Vendor

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Same Gem at Level 1 with 20% Quality.

As you suspect it means that if you want to get 20% quality gems for your character then you are going to need to make sure you have level 20 gems! In the rest of this article I’ll share how you can go about leveling additional gems while you progress, how you can efficiently power level your existing gems and what gems you should actually use this recipe on!

Race Stat Differences & Class Choices for Min-Maxing in FFXIV: ARR

ffxiv race stats

To get this out of the way nice and early on: the differences between the races in Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn are very, very small. In most cases it’s less than 0.5% difference at end game.

If you aren’t the sort of player who is interested in min-maxing your characters then just don’t worry about the stat differences and pick the race that appeals most to you aesthetically, or that you feel you can roleplay best as.

With that in mind, let’s min-max this to find which race and sub-race is best for which classes!

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