Andor’s Trail is an RPG made by Oskar Wiksten. The story is, your brother has gone missing, and you need to track him down.

I first played this back last year sometime, and thought it was all right. The ratio of loot drops to equipment prices needed evening out, and it needed an in-game map, but it was a fairly decent game.

I rediscovered it recently and thought I’d go back to it. The graphics are simplistic, but have a certain charm to them, and I do like how the control system is touch screen based. However, aside from the addition of an in-game map, nothing much else seems to have changed since I last played it.

It’s still a good game, but nothing outstanding, so I give it 3 out of 5 Dru Points.

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A while back, I found a recipe for making cold porcelain which called for glycerine. I thought it would make a cool project to share with you guys, however I couldn’t find glycerine anywhere local. Fortunately, I found an alternative, for making air-drying clay. I strongly advise using an old saucepan and spoon for this; even thought the clay is water soluble after cooking and before drying, you probably don’t want to risk it fouling things you eat out of.

Please remember these are INEDIBLE. While it may not do you any harm, eating this will probably make you incredibly sick. Do Not Eat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 cup cornflour
  • 3/4 cup water

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together in the saucepan and cook over a medium heat, stirring consistently, until it forms a thick paste that is too thick to continue stirring. Remove from heat and allow to cool until the dough is touchable. Kneed dough for around 5 minutes, or until the dough is smooth.

I decided I wanted to make some Christmas ornaments as a cheap, personalized, present, so I rolled the dough out to about 0.5 cm thickness and used cookie-cutters to make star, heart, candy-cane and snowman shapes. The recipe states that after moulding, the clay will take 1-2 days to dry and harden. I am impatient, so I put mine in the oven, on the bottom shelf at 50°c for 2 hours, checking on them every 15 minutes. This is them, halfway through the drying process.

Inedible clay ornaments

Thinking they were ready I took them out and put them on a cooling rack while I got on with another project. However, the thicker ones still felt slightly squishy at 1500, so I put them back in the oven for another hour and 15, then left them out for another half hour. Total drying time: ~4h10m. Below is the ornaments completely dry.

dried inedible clay

When they were firm to the touch I used acrylic to paint them. As you can see I’m an awful artist, and these are only half done. I’ll paint the other sides as well, and put family member’s names on them.

painted clay

Despite the long drying time, the clay was super easy to make, and could be used for any number of things. Painting only added another hour or so. This was easy and fun, I totally recommend trying it.

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Again, this is another recipe I found whilst using StumbleUpon. Taken from here, I’ve modified the ingredients slightly as I prefer macadamia nuts to almonds. Also I ended up using more marshmallow than I had planned as the bag of nuts and chips only came in 100g and I bought them before I’d converted everything from cups to grams.

Ingredients:

  • 248g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 75g coco powder
  • 200g butter
  • 200g sugar
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 200g chocolate chips
  • 200g macadamia nuts
  • 50g mini marshmallows

Method:

Sieve together flour, salt, baking powder and coco powder. Cream butter and sugar together, then add eggs and vanilla and mix. Slowly add the flour and mix, then add chocolate chips, marshmallows and nuts. Spoon mix on to trays lined with baking parchment, and cook at 180°c for around 8 mins or until the edges are cooked but the centres are still soft.

rockycookies

 

As you can see, mine look nothing like the original blogger’s, and my batch doled out using a desert spoon made around 36 cookies, but they were still delicious. The parchment definitely made a difference here, as the marshmallows mostly melted and they came off the parchment far easier than the baking sheet underneath. The only thing I would do differently (aside from having more actual nuts and chips) is I would bake them on a lower heat for a bit longer, as the marshmallows and chocolate chips both melted and the insides of the cookies were barely cooked at all. They also remained gooey even when ‘cool’ but I think this was due to the fact it was around 35°c in the flat, as after putting therm in the fridge they were much better.

9/10, would bake again.

Produced by Large Animal Games, this is a relaxing puzzle game. The aim is to move different coloured blocks into each other in order to release other coloured blocks, with the complexity of the coloured blocks increasing over time. It’s difficult to explain, given that it’s only made up of colours and shapes, but once you start playing it does make more sense.

While the interface is very intuitive, I was thrown slightly by the two levels of menu to get to the meat of the game. Unfortunately, I didn’t complete that many levels, as the complexity of the game increased significantly in a short space of time, and I am not very good at puzzle games. However I did like the music, and I found the idea behind the game interesting.

This gets 3 out of 5 Dru points, as it’s interesting but fairly average IMO.

I found this recipe at Noble Pig while Stumbling, and decided I had to try it. After all, what’s better than pizza? Pizza that looks kinda healthy!  Of course her’s look far better than mine, but they still taste just as nice. I didn’t have any peperoni or mozzarella so I made do with chorizo and cheddar, and with some help from Neothermic to set up the camera for the youtube vid (to be released shortly), I set to it.

Pizza Puffs

Ingredients:

  • 70g plain flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon or ~3ml baking powder
  • 200ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 100g grated cheese
  • 100g sliced chorizo

Method:

Mix together the flour and baking powder, then the egg and milk, followed by the cheese and meat. (Here the recipe says to let it stand for 10 minutes, presumably to let everything infuse, however I only let it stand for a few mins while I sorted out a hick-up in recording – however it was around 30°c when I made this so it probably sped up the process anyway). Give it another stir then divide the mix into a lightly greased muffin tray and cook at 190°c for around 20-25 minutes. Serve with herby ketchup/ pizza sauce.

Where I to make these again, I might add dried tomatoes, or cherry tomato halves. I would also put them in cake cases as, even greased, they were a pain to get out. They are definitely delicious though 🙂

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A little while back this recipe was making the rounds. I’d made a silly deal with Lexi from Multiplay that if I made her cake, we’d get an extra press pass. So I decided to combine the two and make her the brownie cake. Sadly she wasn’t able to get one authorized, but never mind. I had fun, she had cake and you get an article about it.

The theory behind this cake is that Nutella already has fat, milk, chocolate and sugar in it, some of the things you’d made a brownie out of anyway. So why not just use something that’s already there and just add a few bits to it? Now I did cheat a little and used supermarket own-brand chocolate spread, and because I wanted a cake instead of brownies I put it all in one tray.

Ingredients:

  • 280g Nutella
  • 62g flour
  • 2 eggs

Method:

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Put ingredients in a pan. Cook at 180°c for 30 minutes. Boom, done.

Because this was for Lexi, and I had some pre-made butter icing I wanted to use up, I went ahead and iced it with a heart and her name. Lexi and the other’s in the MPUK offices said it was lovely 🙂 Keep an eye out, we should soon be putting up a Youtube vid of me making this so you can cook along, or just have a laugh.

Lexi's Cake

 

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People say that ‘hate’ is a strong word and I agree most of the time; people don’t hate every little thing, they just dislike certain behaviours/beings and avoid them where possible, and this is the case for the majority of things, all but one..

This one is for you, parents.

It’s something that really gets on my tits, makes me irate; you could even say it grinds my gears on a whole new level. Want to know what it is?

Naked children at the beach.

I know what you’re thinking at this point: “MasterQueef, children are so innocent and they don’t dress themselves, they can’t help it”. At this point I’d like to refer to a few sentences back when I said ‘This one is for you, parents’ because it is entirely your fault that I hate you and your child. Why would you let them in the sea naked?! I know wearing some form of bathing suit doesn’t add that much protection to the ‘elements’, but at least put some fucking bottoms on the poor sod! I don’t want to see your little shit running Baywatch style through the dirty, salty water towards me showing me everything, it’s highly inappropriate and, worst of all, it makes me feel uncomfortable. Who wants to look up and see a toddler penis jiggling about while they frolic in the sea? Not me that’s for sure.

Okay, if your little girl doesn’t want to wear a full swimsuit or bikini, fair enough, but at least put something on her bottom half… Just think to yourself ‘who could be watching my small child in this very public area?’, you wouldn’t have a clue if there was some creepy paedophile sat 10 metres away from you taking snaps for his filthy fucking collection. Obviously there aren’t paedophiles chilling on every beach waiting for all the kids to come out naked, but it’s just a precaution, you know? I have never, in almost 18 years of living and about 14 of swimming, seen a child naked in a swimming pool, so why is it suddenly acceptable in the sea? I’ll answer that for you. It’s not.

Actually, I think that you shouldn’t cover your child up, it’s your parenting and you can fuck with them how you like, but next time I see you I am going to get butt naked and run towards you flailing about in the salty water, penis on full show, smacking into my legs as I run. After all, I’m still technically a child, right?

Consider this a formal warning: If you ever see me at a beach; make sure, for you, and your child’s sake, that they are wearing at least some form of clothing or else my one eyed trouser snake will be let out of its cage. Let’s see how you like it.

~MQ