Bound by Flame: Randval Quest Problems (Solved)

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Bound by Flame has been criticized by many as being a buggy and glithcy game, and one of the problems that many of the gamers playing this title comes with the Randval the Loner quest. This is a side quest, actually, that requires you to have Randval recon the area, but no new dialog options appear to make it happen for some players and it’s apparently impossible to complete this quest.

However, the the Randval quest in Bound by Flame is not bugged – you just have to wait a little bit and progress through the main story – let him go and when he appears once again, he will have the new dialog option. If he still doesn’t have that option, just play a bit more – head to the main camp and return – and he will have this new option.

HOWEVER, the main quest will become bugged if you don’t do the Randval the Loner quest before visiting the Elf City. It’s pretty twisted, I know, and waiting for the guy to come back when things should happen faster makes little sense, but that’s how it has to happen in the game and now you know.

Hopefully this will help you with the Randval the Loner quest problems and keep you going in the game!

Bound by Flame Final Boss Guide: How to Defeat Him Easily

The final boss fight in Bound by Flame is almost impossible, especially if you don’t have a solid strategy to approach the demon/dragon combo that is probably driving you crazy already. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who thinks that the final boss in the game is insanely difficult, but you’ll surely not be one of those who can’t beat him/it either because we have here the Bound by Flame final boss guide and we’ll tell you exactly what to do to beat him easily.

Probably the most important thing to know when dealing with this difficult boss in the game is that you really need a strategy and you need to stick with it all the way to the end. It also is better if you have your magic pockets full and a nice stash of crossbow bolts.

So here is how to beat the final boss in Bound by Flame easily:

– Keep your distance. Going all melee is pure suicide, so try to avoid it as much as possible. Stay away and send fireballs his way. It will take a lot of them, but it’ll get the job done!
– Another good strategy is to shoot the final boss with crossbow bolts. You will need around 150 of them to do the job, but in the end, even if you have just half that amount, it’s still good if you follow them with magic attacks.
– Make sure you have a decent stack of health and mana potions. Probably 20 of each would be enough for most fights.
– Fire resistance is key. Therefore, if you have the resources, enhance all your armor with fire resistance. You won’t be needing anything after the battle is over, so spend everything on getting ready!

Finally, learn the attack patterns and learn to avoid them. When his weapons start to glow, this means that he’s about to rush towards you – make sure you dodge this one out correctly, and hit him once or twice while he’s open. Melee also works good in this instance, but don’t stay close for too long in order to avoid the weapon combo.

Also, there’s one more powerful attack, when he surrounds itself with light balls and starts shooting at you. This is when “keep your distance” goes into play: run, dodge and send crossbow bolts his way.

If you’re having trouble with the dragon too, you should change your strategy a bit in this case: simply go close to mid-range and melee or fireball at the dragon’s legs, running away when he starts breathing fire close by. Then return and spam-attack the monster again. If you have enough crossbow bolts and mana, these work well too to get the job done.

Here is a YouTube video of a guy beating the final boss in Bound by Flame, using most of the tips that I shared with you above:

In the end, you will see that it’s not that difficult (at least not impossible) to beat the final boss in Bound by Flame, even though it’s a pretty frustrating fight during the first few tries! But that’s how boss battles should be: very difficult! And if you’re having difficulty with the ones early on, we also have a guide on how to beat the Concubine.

How to Fix Bound by Flame Crashes, Freezes and other Errors

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Even though Bound by Flame has been met by mixed reviews and gamers are generally divided into two sides (those who love the game and those who hate it), we did enjoy playing it and we’re hoping to be able to help you enjoy the game as well. Therefore, we are sharing with you a complete guide on how to fix Bound by Flame crashes, freezes, audio stuttering and other problems you might encounter when you play the game. In other words – if something’s bad and we can fix it, we’re sharing the method(s) with you below!

Bound by Flame crashes on start-up or doesn’t start at all
Many gamers are reporting this problem and apparently there’s nothing to do to fix it. You will have to go through a series of steps and see which works for you. First, make sure to check the integrity of game’s cache (right click the game in your Steam library -> Properties -> Local Files -> Verify Integrity of game cache).

If you still have problems, try to install the game in the default directory and not a different one, and run it as an Admin.

Some people are reporting this problem and they have installed the game on an External HDD. So if you did that too, reinstall the game on your local HDD.

Start the game in windowed mode. To do it, edit the config.ini file in the Documents/Bound By Flame folder and find the line that says “windowed mode” and set it to 1 from zero.

Bound by Flame crashes during intro video or Video Settings
If the game crashes at any of the moments above, all you have to do is to remove the graphicconfig.txt and default.profile at Documents\Bound By Flame. This will reset the game setting and the game will load without crashing.

Fix Bound by Flame Stuttering Issues, FPS lag
If you are sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements to run the game, there’s a little trick for you to do to fix audio and graphics stuttering in the game (this has to be done every time you launch the game): lower the resolution to anything lower than Full HD, then back to Full HD. This will make the game run at 60FPS instead of 24FPS, and it should run better.

Also, you can edit the config.ini file in the Documents/Bound By Flame and disable the V-sync option. This removes the 60 FPS cap completely!

Other generic fixes and performance improvements
Make sure that you have the latest drivers for your graphic cards. Laptops are generally not supported, so try playing the game on a desktop computer. Finally, close any other programs running in the background before starting the game, in order to free up some extra memory.

Are you having any problems with Bound by Flame? Let us know below if out fixes didn’t help you solve your problem and maybe somebody will be able to help!

Bound by Flame Guide: How to Defeat the Concubine Bosses

In Bound by Flame, the Concubine monsters are a set of powerful bosses presented at the end of Act 3. In order to infiltrate Blackfrost’s palace and slay the ruthless Ice Lord, players must defeat his most loyal guardians, the concubines. However, to slay the main Concubine known as the Guardian, Vulcan has to kill her minor daughters, the Creator, the Stalker and the Watcher. The combat style for all of them are quite similar, what differs is each boss attack damage and health. Learn how to take down these promiscuous deities.

Bound by Flame concubine1. Position Yourself for Melee Combat

When the battle begins, you should position yourself for a close range combat style. Get close to the Concubine but not close enough to get hit or disabled. You should definitely fight at a melee range for two main reasons, first because your specialization is either warrior or ranger, both melee classes, and secondly because the Concubine excels at magic, which means she’s less efficient at melee combat.

Bound by Flame concubine2. Find the Battle Rhythm

The Concubine has a very peculiar battle rhythm, especially at melee combat. She will basically do one attack type repeatedly with a few cast variations. Once you learn her rhythm, it’s easier to dodge every single hit and consequently counter-attack. Sometimes, she uses magic spells while in close range. This will certainly disrupt the rhythm but don’t panic. Just dodge it and try to engage her in close combat once again.

Bound by Flame concubine3. Avoid Ranged Combat

You must avoid range combat while fighting any of the Concubines. Why? Well, they are expertise mages and their spells hurt a lot. Besides, if you adopt a distant position you won’t be able to do much damage. Also, if you keep a medium-long range distance, the Concubine will spam various magical skills, in whichsome of them are particularly strong and hard to dodge.

Bound by Flame concubine4. Don’t Let Your Health Bar Go Down

To ensure you’re not going to die from a minor mistake, such as a failed dodge or a poor positioning move, then you should keep your health bar above half at all times. This way you won’t have any unexpected surprises. If you take a lethal blow while having your health bar substantially up, then you’ll still have the chance to immediately drink a potion and recover. Otherwise, you’ll just die.

Bound by Flame concubine5. Dodge Magical Abilities

The key success to survive the Concubines is to dodge their magical skills at any cost. The best option is to move around or dodge/parry their skills entirely. If you don’t manage to dodge the skills, you won’t last long since some of them can basically one shoot you. Others might seem a bit less efficient but sometimes the Concubine executes a flame combo chains that will consequently lock your character into the ground, resulting in a frustrating death.

Bound by Flame concubine6. Use Orb of Fire as Much as You Can

Using Vulcan’s fire ability, the Orb of Fire, is a great tactic against this enemy. It’s not just about the decent amount of damage it inflicts. This spell also has a chance to burn the Concubine, leading the monster into enter a state of deep flame suffering for a few seconds. This will allow you to get close and free hit her during the current time. Note that this chain tactic is capable of tremendous harm if executed correctly.

Bound by Flame concubine7. Adopt a Frontal or Sideward Approach

When fighting this monster at close range, remember to always go for her sides or front. If you choose to be sneaky and attack her from the rear, then you’ll get immediately kicked out. The Concubine has several pairs of legs and one of them is set in her very back; it works as an anti-rear attack protection. Remember that getting slammed into the ground can become a huge problem if the deity casts another disable or magic spell while you’re still not on your feet.

Bound by Flame concubine8. Don’t Rely on Your Block Ability

The last tip for this boss fight is to never rely on your block ability. Blocking works perfectly against trash mobs. However, when it comes to bosses and mini-bosses this skill becomes useless and it’s nothing more than a time-sink mechanism. You can’t block the Concubine’s projectiles, so don’t waste anytime clicking the block key. Instead, try to dodge, parry or simply move in a different direction to avoid the hit.

The Concubines have different strength levels depending on the game difficulty you choose. However, their mechanics remain the same. To defeat this deity, you only need to learn her battle rhythm and thoroughly accompany her frontal combat dance in order to flame dodge/parry and counter attack. In between, you should deny all her magical hits and keep your health bar filled. Once you repeatedly do this, you won’t have many issues to slay all of them.

Note that you need to defeat the Concubines by a specific order. Else, you’ll need to face two at a time. Kill the Stalker first (the one closest to the camp on the left side), then you’re clear to go for the rest of them.

If you’re having trouble with the final boss, we’ve also published a guide on how to beat the final boss in Bound by Flame.

Bound by Flame Guide: How to Make Gold Easily and Quickly

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Bound by Flame is the new action-RPG from Spiders and Focus Entertainment and it presents four difficulty game modes, each one with a very specific game style. In the first two modes (Recruit and Hawk), gold appears to be quite worthless. However, when things get more complicated in the Buffalo and Captain modes, gold becomes one of the most important elements in game. Here’s an extensive guide unveiling the best ways to make tons of gold easily and fast.

Bound by Flame ss1. Selling Items You Don’t Need

One of the best ways to make money in Bound by Flame is to sell everything you don’t need. The most efficient way to do this is to sell lower armor equipment and weapons that don’t match your specialization. For example, if you’re mastering ranger, then two-hand and ranged weapons won’t be of any use to you, which means it’s totally safe to sell them without risking regretting it later.

Bound by Flame ss2. Looting Everything

Looting enemy corpses and environmental treasures is a reliable source of gold. When looting potential gold sources, you’ll have the chance to loot much more than just a few coins. Equipment, weapons, components and potions are just some of the countless items that you can find during your Bound by Flame journey. It’s a bothersome task but it’s more than worth it, especially when you unlock certain feats.

as43. Exploration Feats

To increase your chances of finding more and better items, you should master a few exploration feats: Lucky, Snooper and Mule. The first two will increase your chances of finding superior items by 60% altogether. Additionally, the third feat will allow your hero to carry +50 in weight, which means you’ll be able to carry more items without getting any weight penalties.

Bound by Flame ss4. Replaying the Same Zone

In Bound by Flame monsters respawn innumerous times. To access this feature, all you have to do is to re-enter the zone. By replaying the same zone over and over, you won’t just gain additional experience, you’ll also get more loot, which can be sold to merchant NPCs or used to craft superior items worth even more.

Bound by Flame ss5. Completing All Type of Quests

It’s irrelevant to say that main quests usually give generous rewards since everyone will get them. On the other hand, side quests generally have substantial rewards too but they’re not mandatory. However, accepting and finishing this type of quest is not a bad idea, especially if you’re looking forward to get all the gold you can.

Bound by Flame ss6. Exploring Around

Exploration is not an extensive feature in this game but it does exist, so you should consider taking it to your advantage. Most zones have hidden chests placed in unexpected places, so keeping an eye on the map won’t hurt you. Also, you should always stare at the ground and look for lootable stone piles; they usually contain random craft components.

Bound by Flame ss7. Crafting & Components

Crafting and upgrading is quite useful in Bound by Flame. It doesn’t just make your character stronger, as it can make you richer. Crafting items you don’t need will reveal itself useful once you find a merchant to sell them. If you don’t feel like crafting, then you can always sell all the ingredients you have. Some of them sell for a surprisingly high amount of gold.

If you follow all the tips and tricks suggested in this guide, then you shouldn’t have any issues with gold during your adventures in Bound by Flame.

WildStar Guide: How to Fix the Addon/UI Crashing Bug

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Probably the most common and annoying bug in WildStar beta is the addon/UI crashing bug. Even though there are currently several temporary fixes, there doesn’t seem to be a stable and permanent measure to prevent the addon system from crashing. Fixing this issue requires plenty of persistence. Here’s what you can do to fix the addon/UI crashing bug:

1. Reload the UI System: If your addon has just crashed and things are not loading by themselves, then your UI system needs a manually reboot in-game (press ESC > Addons > Reload UI). This should fix the issue, at least for awhile.

2. Restart WildStar: If reloading the UI system is not working for you anymore, then restarting the game will certainly help you. This solution is quite bothersome but efficient.

3. Repairing WildStar: Some players have reported extreme cases of UI crashing. If your system is crashing every few minutes, then something is definitely wrong with your game. Repairing it should fix the issue.

4. Uninstall Addons: Certain non-official addons might cause the whole system to malfunction. Uninstalling those addons normally solve the recurrent crashing issues.

If none of those solutions were able to fix your addon/UI issues, then you should submit a ticket to WildStar’s support and request for official assistance.

How to Fix Dark Souls 2 PC Crashes, Black Screen and Freezes

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The PC launch of Dark Souls 2 didn’t go as well as Namco Bandai might have anticipated: a ton of gamers found it impossible to play the game because of crashes, black screen problems and other issues. They are flooding now the official forums in demand for fixes and apologies. We are here to help you out a little bit, if possible, with some tips and tricks on how to fix the Dark Souls 2 crashes, freezes and other problems that you might encounter when playing the game on your PC.

Unlike other developers, Namco Bandai hurried to offer an official response to all the problems that the players are reporting. They are listing a lot of possible official fixes on the game’s Steam page, so make sure to check it out here as well. But until then, here is what they have already posted on how to fix the Dark Souls 2 crashes, freezes and performance issues:

How to fix Dark Souls 2 crashing on start-up

– If you are an AMD user, you should try to enable GPU scaling (go to AMD control center – Properties (Digital flat-panel)
– If you are an nVidia user, you should do something similar: go to the Nvidia Control Panel – Adjust desktop size and position – Set “Perform scaling on” to “GPU”
– If you are using multiple screens, disable one of them to hopefully correct the issue

This potential fix has been listed on Steam, it’s worth checking it out:

– Select Dark Souls 2 in Steam.
– Unplug your HDMI/DVI/VGA Cable
– Hit Enter (this will start the game)
– Plug it back in.
// Using this workaround the game is locked to windowed mode 1280×720
// After setting your resolution and Fullscreen mode in the options menu, restart the game using the same technique. For some people this will allow the game to be played at their desired resolution and in fullscreen mode.
// As a result of this workaround, there will be no sound sent through your HDMI cable.

How to fix Dark Souls 2 Controller problems

Some players are having trouble playing the game with a controller on their PC. Here is what you should try: open up your Device Manager and go to Human Interface Devices. Right click and disable the HID game controllers (including virtual game controllers). Also, if you have a G13 joystick from Logitech, disable it too.

How to fix Dark Souls 2 Keyboard and mouse problems

One potential fix that Steam users have found involves downloading a free software called Autohotkey. Check out hot to do it here.

What to do if you can’t play Dark Souls 2 online

This appears to have something to do with the VAC – if you’ve been banned on VAC previously, you might not be allowed to play the game. This is only temporary and although there is no known fix at the moment, Namco Bandai is working hard to solving this issue.

There are some other things you should try, even though they are more generic. But if none of the fixes shared above solve your problems and Dark Souls 2 crashes, gives you the black screen treatment or freezes randomly, you should give them a try:

– some players have had success by downloading and installing the K-Lite Codec Pack on their computers. You can check them out here and see if it works (it’s a free download).

– update the Graphic card drivers to the latest version.

Finally, all we can do is wait for Namco Bandai to do what they were supposed to do in the first place and fix this game. Maybe they fix the console-related descriptions: who knows what A, X or Y are when they’re not related to keys on the keyboard?

Do you have problems with Dark Souls 2 crashing or not working? Have you managed to find a working fix? Let us know by commenting below!

Soul Calibur: Lost Swords Characters Guide: How to Unlock

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Unlocking all the characters in Soul Calibur: Lost Swords is not a task that’s as difficult as it might seem at first: it’s more a matter of knowledge than skill, which is good especially for non-hardcore players who want to enjoy all the fighters in the game. So if you are curious how to unlock all the characters in Soul Calibur: Lost Swords, this is the article to read!

The game starts with just three playable characters (Siegfried, Sophitia and Mitsurugi). You can instantly unlock two more characters in the game by playing their event quests:

Ivy
Complete her Event Quest – you will eventually receive an unlock key for her.

Taki
Complete the Event Quest, similar to Ivy’s. The quests rotate on a monthly basis (at the moment of writing this article)

Four more characters have been confirmed to be coming soon to Soul Calibur: Lost Swords, and they are:

Astaroth
Will be released sometime in May 2014 and you will be able to unlock the character by completing the Event Quest.

Hilde
Will be released sometime in May 2014 and you will be able to unlock the character by completing the Event Quest 7-3 on Very Hard Difficulty.

Nightmare
Will be released sometime in May 2014 and you will be able to unlock the character by completing the Event Quest 6-2 on Hard Difficulty.

Pyrrha Alexandra
Will be released sometime in May 2014 and you will be able to unlock the character by completing the Event Quest 6-2 on Hard Difficulty.

Other well known characters are rumored to be coming to the game, and some have been also confirmed, like Amy, Seong, Rock and Cassandra, all of them expected to become available by the end of the year. As soon as that happens, we will make sure to update our guide to let you know how to unlock them.

Guide: How to Get Married in Elder Scrolls Online

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Getting married in Elder Scrolls Online is clearly a fun fact and a less permanent or difficult decision than real life marriage. Still, you might find it difficult to take the step in the virtual world, so we are here to help with this guide on how to get married in Elder Scrolls Online. Because in the game you need more than love to do it!

So here is how to get married in Elder Scrolls Online:

The most important thing that you need (well, except for another player willing to marry you) is the Pledge of Mara. This is really an expensive task, as the only way to get it, at least for now, is by purchasing the Imperial Edition of the game (you can get it here). Once you get that edition, you will also get the Pledge of Mara which can be used to marry another character. Only one character needs the Imperial Edition / Pledge of Mara to get married, not both partners.

In order to perform the marriage ceremony, you need to take your significant other to a Shrine of Mara. There’s at least two of them for each alliance, as follows:

  • Aldmeri Dominion: Vulkhel Guard in Auridon & Elden Root in Grahtwood
  • Daggerfall Covenant: Daggerfall in Glenumbra & Wayrest in Stormhaven
  • Ebonheart Pact: Davon’s Watch in Stonefalls & Mournhold in Deshaan

Once you and your future wife or husband to be are near the shrine, the player with the Pledge of Mara can start the Ritual of Mara aka the wedding ceremony (you will have to quickshot the Pledge and target the player you want to marry). In no time you will be married. Congratulations!

Being married in Elders Scrolls Online comes with some nice advantages: each of you will receive a Ring of Mara, a wedding ring with your names engraved on them, which gives you a 10% XP boost when worn. A really nice item!

Do have in mind, though, that there are no such thing as Divorces in The Elder Scrolls Online, meaning that once you marry, you’re stuck with a soulmate for life!

Dark Souls 2 Guide: How to Beat Nashandra / Final Boss Fight Guide

Congratulations for making it this far in Dark Souls 2 and finding yourself face to face with the last boss of the game: Nashandra! Obviously, it’s not the easiest boss around and if you’re not really careful, she will destroy you immediately. But fortunately we are here to help you a bit with our Dark Souls 2 guide on how to beat Nashandra, the final boss fight of the game.

Extremely important when you get here is to summon two AI characters to help you in battle and make things a lot easier. If you can’t summon two because you haven’t talked with all the NPCs in their instances and rushed through the game, at least summon Benhart of Jugo. It will be extremely helpful!

While your companions will attack Nashandra, you will have to pay attention to three of her dangerous attacks: the laser beam which is a long range attack (just watch her when she lifts her hand – that’s when the laser attack is about to happen – just keep the distance or run away from it!); the second attack is the “basic” one where she swipes her weapon around and that should be easy to avoid if you’re not near or at least block it with a shield. Finally, there are the “fountains” around her which curse the player if you enter them and take a bit of health.

The key to beating Nashandra in Dark Souls 2 is to be extremely mobile. Basically, you should create and follow a pattern: move all the times, attack from close range, retreat, avoid her attacks and attack again. Usually she will go for the axe swing which should be just avoided, and when she goes for the laser attack it’s when you should take advantage: she stands still for the entire duration of the attack, so keep slashing and cutting until you eventually bring her down.

And this is it! You have managed to beat Nashandra in Dark Souls 2 and I hope you had a great time playing the game!