Huntercoin: Mithril Edition HOT TIPS!


Posted by Cynic | Posted in Bitcoin, Games, Software | Posted on 14-03-2014

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CTRL + H: This toggle visibility of all the floating windows. Use it to quickly clear the map for a bigger view.

CTRL + F: What is your FPS? This is displayed in the upper-left corner.

Zoom in to save resources: It is likely that most players can ignore this tip, but for those on older hardware or with low end video hardware… The Huntercoin map is very large with 252,004 cells and tens of thousands of hunters and a lot of coins. Displaying that amount of data takes computer resources (CPU & RAM). If you are on an older machine you can conserve resource by limiting the amount of time you spend zoomed out. You can also monitor how much power is being used with CTRL + F.

Plot interceptions: Use the “Show Direction” button to show you enemy paths. Then plot your intercept path by paying close attention to the numbers on the path lines. This can give you laser precision when hunting. However, make sure to check back that they haven’t changed their path! Also, consider that moves can take 1 or 2 blocks to get into the blockchain, so take “pending” time into account as well.

Use many teams: If you only play 1 team, you’re going to cry from boredom. Use as many teams as you feel comfortable with. You only need to make more than 1 HUC per team to be guaranteed profitable. Good players that make several hundred HUC a day use many teams.

Use many color teams: Don’t limit yourself to 1 color. You will not do well. Use more than 1 color, and use them in tandem with each other.

Get enough HUC: When you buy a few HUC, get a bit extra. Very long moves can cost you 0.005 HUC. Buy that tiny bit extra and save yourself some time so that you can make those long moves and come back later to check on them. You can buy HUC at (Buy now while it’s cheap!)

LEAVE HUNTERCOIN RUNNING!: Unless you have a good reason to shut down Huntercoin, just leave it running. You will not need to wait for the blockchain to sync the next time you get back to playing then. If you do shut down Huntercoin, you will need to sync the blockchain again, and depending on how many blocks there are to sync, it could take a while. Huntercoin, like other crypto currencies, does not take up a lot of resources, and is better left running than shut down.

Your other option (and the best option) is to uncheck the “Restart Huntercoind process when game starts” and “Kill Huntercoind process at the end of the game” options in the settings. (Press the ESC key for the settings.) This will keep the daemon running and keep the blockchain sync’d for you. You can close Huntercoin: Mithril Edition, and then later restart it with the blockchain up to date.

Run a Virtual Machine (VM) and use multiple monitors: If you have multiple monitors, there’s no reason why you can’t run and watch both the MM client and the QT client at the same time. Get a VM running and run one of them in there.

Check the forum threads regularly: The Huntercoin: Mithril Edition is constantly undergoing changes with new features and improvements. (Some of the docs are bound to be wrong because of this.) Make sure to check the [ANN][HUC] Huntercoin – Mithril Edition Client forum thread in the Bitcoin Talk Forums whenever you have a question.

If you play Huntercoin in multiple locations with multiple computers: This has nothing to do with Huntercoin: Mithril Edition, but, it’s a solid tip… You can actually send your hunter teams between wallets! Use the “Config” in the QT client and enter an address from your other wallet into the “Transfer” text box. You must click “Go” for the transfer to take place, and you will also need to wait for the blockchain to pick up that command.

DEVELOPERS LOVE FEEDBACK!!!: Make sure to say “thank you” to Mithril Man at a minimum. Leave some constructive comments on what you like in his client, and leave some well thought out ideas for him as well if you have any. If you can spare a few HUC, make sure to tip him because nothing says “thank you” louder than a few coins! You can donate a few HUC to Mithril Man at this address: HMSCYGYJ5wo9FiniVU4pXWGUu8E8PSmoHE

For ADVANCED Players

Do NOT try any of these if you do not know what you are doing.

Set the datadir: For advanced users, you can set the folder that Huntercoin uses as the data directory. Normally the data directory is in %appdata%\huntercoin. The “-datadir=C:\Path\to\Huntercoin\data\folder” command can be set in the settings dialog, or can be set in the huntercoin.conf file as “datadir=C:\Path\to\Huntercoin\data\folder”. Use quotes for the full path if there are spaces.

Use a RAM disk: For advanced, advanced users, if you’re looking for further performance boosts, you can set the data directory to a RAM disk. However, ensure that your RAM disk is properly flushing memory to disk or you may lose data. DO NOT USE THIS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

Set the data directory to an SSD: If you have an SSD, use it for the data directory. You will get a performance boost.

For ALL Players


You can get more information about Huntercoin at the official Huntercoin web site or in the official Huntercoin Bitcointalk Forum thread.

Huntercoin: Mithril Edition Floating Windows


Posted by Cynic | Posted in Bitcoin, Games, Money, Software | Posted on 12-03-2014

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There are 6 floating windows to help you play the game:

  1. Mini Map
  2. Statistics
  3. Cell Info
  4. Target
  5. My Troops
  6. Chat

Mini Map

The mini map lets you zoom in and out and pan around the map in a small area. It is useful for monitoring different locations, tracking the crown, finding hearts, and finding coins.

Click the crown to instantly find the crown on the mini map and follow it.

Cick it again to stop following the crown.

During heated battles for the crown, this is essential information to have.

Click the heart to toggle heart visibility on the map.

Hearts give you extra hunters. They’re rare, so if you have a chance to get one, get it!

Click the coin to toggle coin visibility on the map.

These are the real prizes in the game. Collect as many as you can.

Double-click anywhere in the mini map to instantly navigate on the main map to that location.



The statistics window gives you quick information about how many hunter generals there are (players/teams), and how much loot they have.

It also tells you the total amount of loot that all players have, the amount that you can mine on the map, the name of the player that has the Crown of Fortune, and how many coins they have.


Cell Info

Cell Info tells you about the specific square you have clicked on. If there are no hunters on the square, it is empty.

If there are hunters in that square, like here:

Then you will see all of their names and how many coins they have:

Click on a name to make it your “target”.

If you’ve closed the Cell Info window, you can easily open it up by double-clicking on any square. The Cell Info window will be restored along with information on that square.



Selecting a hunter in the Cell Info window makes that hunter’s team your current “target”.

Double-click on a hunter, or click “Center on Map” to quickly navigate on the map to where that hunter is.

If “Show Direction” is not greyed out, click it to toggle the hunter’s path so that you know where he is going. Paths are even numbered so that you can see how many blocks it will take for that hunter to reach a particular square on the map. <– This is a killer feature that will help you play much better! (Especially against bots!)

Enemy paths are drawn in cyan (light blue). (Your paths are drawn in red.)

The “Find” input lets you enter the name of any hunter to quickly locate them on a map.

To track a hunter, click the lock button. Your cell selection will follow that hunter.


My Troops (moving not available in read-only preview)

The “My Troops” window is where you control your hunters.

Click on a colored tab to select the color of your team that you want to control.

In the first panel, select the name of the team. In the second panel, select the specific hunter that you want to control. Double-click on a hunter to center the map on that hunter.

Right-click on the square you want to move to. You can see the path that your hunter will take, along with the number of turns it will take to get to each point along the way.

The blue highlighted square is your currently selected hunter. The yellow highlighted square is your last selected square.

Your paths are drawn in red, unlike enemies that are drawn in cyan.

As you can see, in game chats appear in word bubbles, so you can quickly and easily find out who is talking. And hunt them down if you like…

Click the green checkmark to move. (Unavailable in preview.)

The radar screen shows all the different colors around your team. You can click the hunter icons to hide colors as well.



FAIR WARNING 1: The chat window is uncensored. Some people may curse or express objectional ideas. Be prepared to ignore some people.

The chat window lets players communicate directly with all other players in the game.

FAIR WARNING 2: Chat is stored on the blockchain forever. If you do not wish to say something that you want stored forever, don’t type it into the chat. Once it is said, it is said FOREVER.

You can filter chat by color, view all chats, and view the console here.

HOT TIPS FOR PLAYING! (coming soon…)

Huntercoin: Syncing the Blockchain


Posted by Cynic | Posted in Bitcoin, Games, Software | Posted on 12-03-2014

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After you’ve entered the settings and restarted Huntercoin: Mithril Edition, the program will start the Huntercoin daemon and begin to sync the blockchain. If this is the first time that you’ve sync’d the blockchain, it could take a while, depending on your Internet connection speed. (On slow connections, expect it to take a day.)

The only thing you need at this point, is some patience. If you’ve ever downloaded a large MMORPG before, this is actually much faster.

At first, you will see a “Starting” and “Waiting” message like this:

“Waiting” will continue for a little while, and usually around 1~3 minutes.

Go get yourself a cup of tea.

When you get back from getting a drink, the program should be synchronizing the blockchain for you. This is the lengthy part, and depends on your Internet connection speed.

You will see several messages:

  • Game CONNECTED TO Huntercoin DAEMON, Hurray!!!!
  • Trying to (re)syng from block ####
  • Out of Sync, block #### is ## days, ## hours ## minutes old, keep syncing

The ## days and hours that you see isn’t the time that you need to wait. Huntercoin is a real time game, so that’s just an indication of how far out of sync you are. On a fast connection, “1 day” of blocks should synchronize in a couple minutes or so.

You may see an “[!ERROR!][TIME]: System: The operation has timed out” message. This isn’t a problem as the game will continue to sync the blockchain. If you really like the updates, you can safely restart the program. The amount that you’ve already downloaded is already on your computer and won’t be lost. (See below.)

And when it’s finished, you’ll also see “New Game State Loaded, height:####”.

The “height” is the blockchain height, and is a measure of what “turn” the game is on at the moment.

But… what you’re really been waiting for has finally arrived!


(The preview edition is “read-only”, so you can only “see” the game, but can’t play it. It is still very useful for getting some in-game intelligence about enemy movements as you will see.)

Continue with Huntercoin: Mithril Edition Floating Windows

Starting Huntercoin: Mithril Edition the First Time


Posted by Cynic | Posted in Bitcoin, Games, Money, Software | Posted on 11-03-2014

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The program folder has 3 items in it.

Double-click “setup.exe” and wait for the client to load.

Once the client loads, you must enter a few settings in the settings screen.

Press the ESC key to display the settings.

Now, enter the proper settings as detailed below.

1) Uncheck “Use Testnet”.

2) Enter the path to the huntercoind.exe file. This is what you downloaded from the official Huntercoin web site ( It should look something like this:

C:\Users\YOUR WINDOWS LOGIN\Downloads\Huntercoin\huntercoind.exe

It won’t look exactly like that, but will be similar.

3) Check “Restart Huntercoind process when game starts”.

4) Check “Kill Huntercoind process at the end of the game”.

5) Enter your RPC Address as “”. “” is the local loopback, which means your computer, and 8399 is the port that Huntercoin uses.

6) Choose a username and password with no spaces. It doesn’t matter what they are. You can let people know these as they aren’t real secrets (unless you’re running some special services, which you won’t be if you’re playing Huntercoin).


7) Run the Huntercoin QT client that is in the same folder from step #2 above. After it loads, close it. This will create the Huntercoin appdata folder.

8) Open Windows Explorer and enter “%appdata%\huntercoin” into the address bar. This will browse to the folder that you just created in step #7 above.

9) Make a copy of “db.log” then rename it to “huntercoin.conf”. You MUST make certain that the file extension is .conf and not .log. You may need to change the folder options to show file extensions.

10) Open “huntercoin.conf” in a text editor, e.g. Notepad, Editplus, Notepad++, etc. DO NOT USE MS WORD OR WORDPAD!

11) Enter the following into the text editor:



12) Click the “Test DAEMON Settings” button. You should receive this message if you entered the path properly:

13) If you want to play in full screen mode, click the Graphics tab, check “Fullscreen Mode”, then choose the appropriate resolution for your monitor and click “Test”.

DONE! Your settings are all finished. Click “Apply” or “OK”, and confirm saving the settings.

Now, restart the program!

Continue with Syncing the Blockchain

Huntercoin: Mithril Edition – Preview


Posted by Cynic | Posted in Bitcoin, Games, Money, Software | Posted on 11-03-2014

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The following is a preview. Official documentation will follow.

Huntercoin: Mithril Edition

INSTRUCTIONS: Read and perform the steps on this page, then continue on with the links at the bottom of the page. And make certain to read the “Hot Tips!” They are a MUST! (Really – you need to read it.)

INFO: There are many missing features. This is a preview. They are coming… Because we love HUC fans!

“Huntercoin: Mithril Edition” is a Huntercoin client that lets you play Huntercoin without the huntercoin-qt.exe program. It provides a much smoother, easier game flow with advanced features to assist you in finding coins, hunting hunters, and avoiding being hunted!


Installing XNA

Visit the following URL to download the proper XNA framework:

Once downloaded, double-click the MSI file to install XNA and follow the directions. You may need to reboot your computer.

Getting the Most Recent Huntercoin Daemon

Visit the official Huntercoin download page here:

To use Huntercoin: Mithril Edition, you do not need to run the Huntercoin QT client, but you do need to link Huntercoin: Mithril Edition to the huntercoind.exe (the Huntercoin daemon).

Once downloaded, simply unzip the file into a new folder.

Getting Huntercoin: Mithril Edition

To get Huntercoin: Mithril Edition, visit the download announcement page here:


Once downloaded, unzip it into a new folder.

You’re now ready to sync the blockchain, then start playing.

Continue with Starting Huntercoin: Mithril Edition the First Time

Mithril Man’s Huntercoin Client Preview


Posted by Cynic | Posted in Bitcoin, Games, Money, Software | Posted on 23-02-2014

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If you haven’t heard of Huntercoin, and you like games or crypto currency, then you need to find out about it NOW. You can find the official Huntercoin site here:

And the official Huntercoin thread at the Bitcoin Talk forums here:

MithrilMan in the BTF is creating a new client for Huntercoin. It’s not ready quite yet, but I had the chance to test it along with 2 other people. The game client is coming along really well, and is extremely smooth.

We’re running on testnet, so the screenshots don’t show the full main game, but they do show some cool features that you’ll love when its released.

This is the full client running in maximized mode instead of full screen (click to open the full resolution):

Mithral Man Huntercoin Client

There you can see how clicking on a hunter shows the entire team of hunters in the “Target” window. You can click to center on a hunter, or even show the direction that the hunter is traveling in.

The Cell Info window shows a specific hunter, and also the coordinates in the title bar:


It’s likely that there is more functionality yet to be implemented there, e.g. number of coins carried, etc., but so far, it’s coming along very well.

This video by Snailbrain (the Huntercoin creator) shows Mithril Man’s client. In it you can see paths that players are taking.

The chat window is significantly improved. Here’s a shot that shows how you can chat in multiple colours:

MM HUC chat

When was the last time you chatted with Bitcoin?

By choosing a tab, you can filter chats to show only 1 colour:


In the top left of the screen is a green “radar” screen that plots players on the screen. I’ve highlighted 2 portions to help you see how it works (click to open a larger version):

Huntercoin RADAR

In there, where you click on the screen moves the radar around with the click-point being the center of the radar. You could use this at the edge of your screen to give you a quick peek at what’s off to the north/south/east/west without having to scroll. A very quick & useful tool.

The floating map lets you monitor another area of the screen, or immediately find the crown. It also has a checkbox that lets you follow the crown as it moves around.

Floating map

That will certainly make getting the crown a much harder fight. If you’ve been in a fight for the crown, they last HOURS and leave countless destructed and killed hunters all over the map. It’s a non-stop bloodbath, and extremely exhilarating! For example, if 1 HUC is about $1, then owning the crown is worth almost $12,000 a month! (1 block per minute with 0.25 HUC per block.)

The Crown of Fortune is very much worth protecting and fighting for. And Mithril Man’s new floating map and direction finding is going to make future crown battles truly even bloodier!

So, the future of Huntercoin is looking very bright. More development. More tools. More of everything!

Huntercoin is HOT!!!


Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Bitcoin, Games, Money | Posted on 04-02-2014

If you want to see the future of gaming, check out Huntercoin.

This will be a revolution in video games. You can make money while you play. The better you play, the more you make.

It’s simply incredible.




Renegade Slayer’s Travian Guide for Beginners: Being Farmed


Posted by Cynic | Posted in Games, Logic, Travian | Posted on 22-08-2011


Travian is an massively multi-player online browser war game. MMOBWG? Whatever. This guide is for new players that whine about being attacked. Follow this guide, and you won’t be attacked, and you will easily grow.

Beginners often whine about being attacked in the game. Larger players steal their resources and kill their troops. Well, if you’re one of those whiners, you need to continue reading. If you are a farm, and you follow the advice below, you will be able to get out of being farmed.

Farmer Motivation

Farmers are only motivated by profit. They don’t care about “attacking” as much as they care about getting your resources. Now, for a farmer, there are 3 basic kinds of attacks:

  1. Raiding for resources
  2. Clearing a new farm
  3. Punishing a farm

Raiding is very simple. The farmer is only raiding you to get your resources. They’re not looking to kill troops, but if you have troops in your village, well, that’s unfortunate.

Clearing farms is important for farmers. (Clearing is killing all the troops in a village.) They don’t want to send their whole army out to farm just you. There are other farms out there, and they need their troops to farm them as well as you. But every now and then, if you have lots of resources, and lots of troops, a farmer will decide that it’s going to be profitable long term to kill all your troops and then farm you.

Punishing farms is also important for farmers. Farms that decide to get brave can become a problem, so every now and then a farmer may decide to make an example of a farm by catapulting it. The degree of punishment varies widely from a simple attack on your barracks, to crop lock, or zero popping your village. Sometimes it’s just a personal grudge.

Farmers prefer those in order. i.e. Farming is most profitable, so it’s #1. Clearing leads to profit, so it’s #2. Punishing a farm isn’t very profitable, so it’s dead last.

So what does that mean to you if you’re a farm? 3 things:

  1. Don’t give up resources. Ever.
  2. Don’t keep troops in your village. Ever.
  3. Don’t piss off the guy trying to farm you. Ever.

I’m not saying “be a wimp”. I’m saying:

If you are much weaker than an opponent, your winning strategy is to not fight him.

It’s stupid to fight when you can’t win. So don’t.

Now, regarding those 3 points:

Don’t Give Up Resources. Ever.

If I’m farming you, and you give up resources, then I will be back again and again and again. I won’t stop until it’s no longer profitable. So, in order to avoid giving up resources:

  1. Build crannies. Plural.
  2. Keep your cranny level above your warehouse and granary level.
  3. If you are being attacked, and have resources above your cranny level, SPEND or SEND!

You should have at least enough cranny capacity to store 2000 resources, and depending upon how aggressive your farmer is, maybe 10,000 or more. If you need to build 10 crannies, then build 10 crannies!

As long as you are in danger of being farmed, keep your warehouse and granary capacity below your cranny capacity. Then, even if they fill up, farmers can’t get any resources. (Remember the Teuton cranny-dipping bonus though.)

If you have resources above your cranny capacity, then before you go to bed, or before you go to work, or whenever you’re not going to be playing, or whenever you are being attacked… SPEND or  SEND! Spend all the resources you can first. Build a new building or resource field. If you can’t spend it all, then send any extra above your cranny level to a friend or a fellow alliance member.

Here’s an example report with the names redacted:

Farming report

Will I be back to raid that player more? You bet! There’s a profit of 3,089 resources there. (Minus 250 for the clubswinger that died.)


Don’t Keep Troops in Your Village. Ever.

If you are being farmed, never keep troops in your village. Farmers can easily send large armies to kill them all. The cost to the farmer is nothing. Probably about a day to recover. However, it will likely take you a week or more to recover.

For example, if you have a total production capacity of 1,000 resources per hour (250 each), and you need to rebuild 100 Phalanxes, then that will take you 31.5 hours of resource production. If you aren’t raiding, then you’ve just lost a day and a half of production. A farmer on the other hand will probably be raiding enough to make up that amount very quickly. So, you fall behind even worse than you were before. Not good. You just got weaker in comparison to your previous position.

Here’s another report, again with names redacted:

Don't lose troops

The farm lost 10 troops for no reason. And they lost resources. Bad. Very bad. I’ll be back raiding that player again. And probably killing more troops.

So how do you not keep troops in your village? Easy. You raid. Across LOOOONNNNGGGG distances.

If you are only available to play, for example, at 8 AM and 8 PM, then find a tiny village that is 6 hours away from you and raid it. Aim for players with only 1 village, and only at villages with a population of less than 30. The safest are villages with populations under 10. Remember, the object is to keep your troops alive until you have a LARGE number of troops. You should have at least as many troops as the player that is farming you, and preferably twice as large. So, if they have an army of 500 troops, then you want to have at least 500.

However, remember that different troops are worth different attack/defense values, so  if they have 500 Teutonic Knights, then you’ll need to have at least 1,500 Phalanxes. It’s all just simple math. You can find the troop strengths in the Travian FAQ.

If you slowly build your troops, and don’t needlessly lose them, you’ll become much more powerful than you would otherwise.


Don’t Piss off the Guy Trying to Farm You. Ever.

I have single-handedly destroyed entire alliances. And I’m not the only one to have done that. But why would I do that? Well… somebody pissed me off. So, what are some things you should not do to piss off farmers?

  1. Don’t be rude. Be polite.
  2. Don’t keep troops at home.
  3. Write intelligently.
  4. Don’t beg.

If you are constitutionally incapable of shutting your loud mouth, and find that you MUST communicate with farmers or your head will explode, then for god’s sake… be polite! If they are rude, then stop talking to them. You’re not going to get anywhere by being a smart ass. Larger players will catapult smaller players into dust just for fun sometimes, and they target the rude ones first.

Sometimes it pays off to talk to a farmer, but most often, it doesn’t. It’s all just case-by-case and there’s no way to predict how a farmer will react to you except by reading their profile. Some players only raid inactive players. Others raid everyone. If someone posts in their profile that they don’t raid active players, then feel free to contact them, but be polite.

Next, don’t try to kill their troops. If they are a large player, you’re only going to piss them off, and then they’ll be back with catapults. Keep your troops out of your villages until you are strong enough to truly fight back.

Next, write intelligently. Use a spell checker. Use a grammar checker. There’s nothing worse than reading complete garbage. If English isn’t your native tongue, then tell the farmer. They are more likely to forgive you for not writing well.

Finally, don’t beg. It’s pathetic. Be polite. Treat other players like human beings with a level of respect. You’ll likely get the same respect back.

Here’s some typical begging from a farm of mine. While he can’t write to save his life, at least he’s relatively polite. Still, it’s pathetic. He needs to read this guide!

FARM wrote:

hi, can you just dont atack me please? im new in travian and i want to learn how to play and receiving atacks is harder to learn :s
FARMER wrote:

Don’t worry. There are no catapults.
FARM wrote:

ok, but dont farm me please i beg you, im trying to build my second vilage and is hard when i get atacks from a strong guy like you :s
FARM wrote:

nice now my hero is dead and i dont got resources to resurect him :'(
FARMER wrote:

Yeah, and you spent resources that I was counting on using to pay for the troops that I lost there because you should have dodged them, but you didn’t. So now I’ve lost troops and it’s all your fault.

Hahaha~! (Just joking.)

But at least you dodged your settlers. That was a good thing for you.

Go read the travian forums and look for information about farming. That will help you more than anything. The key to farming is that it needs to be profitable. Read on that.
FARM wrote:
yeah i know and i think you lost resources in the troops you lost and the resources you take from me, and yeah i send my setlers away :b

But, he didn’t piss me off there. Instead, he left troops at home, caused losses for me, and as such, I’ll continue to farm him to make sure that I make up those losses.


If you want to stop being farmed, build crannies and don’t keep troops at home. Those are the 2 most important things when facing much larger opponents that are farming you.

Good luck!

Renegade Slayer