Two out of three shows we did at Insomnia 49, in which we discuss cake and games, mess around with stickers and googly eyes and have a couple of interviews with 57Digital and Printcraft. Make sure you keep an eye on our youtube channel, as we will be uploading a bunch of videos at some point in the near-ish future, and also pop on over to our Facebook page, where we’ve uploaded all the photos taken over the weekend.

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This is a simple click-style MMO RPG by 5th Planet Games. The story runs that dragons have come back and are attacking things, and you – the simple farmhand – are the one who will save the day. The play style is very simplistic; you have a list of ‘quests’ which you click on, and then click to attack, using up energy in the process, which you can refill by paying real money for.

Overall, it’s a very disappointing and boring game, as well as being a blatant money maker. From the description I was expecting something more, so it only gets 1 out of 5 Dru Point from me.

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In which we talk about how insomnia49 went, do a competition which doesn’t go too well (‘grats to Noriko BTW for winning an ESET VIP License), talk a bit more about LAN and our plans for insomnia50, our plans for the 50th Aniversary of Doctor Who, and our plans for showing Neo Dorset. Dru also does a bad parody of the Portal song as an end to the show.

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This is the second cake I found in ‘The Best of Mrs. Beeton’s: Cakes and Baking’ book, that was my final choice for the i49 bake-off between myself and Mr_Potz. I was particularly attracted to it because it’s very different from anything I’ve made before, and also I think it’s special enough to warrant being the subject of a bake-off.

Ingredients:

  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ‘pinch’ of salt
  • 100g margarine
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml dry still cider

Method:

  • Sieve flour, salt, baking powder and spices into a bowl.
  • Soften the butter, then cream with sugar and add eggs.
  • Add in half the flour mix and beat, then add half the cider.
  • Repeat using remaining flour and cider
  • Spoon into a cake tin, and bake at 180°c for 50 mins, until firm to the touch, and cooked through.

Below, again, is pics of it before and after cooking, respectively.

Old English Cider Cake Pre-cooking Old English Cider Cake

 

Once again, I shortened the cooking time, and only baked the cake for 40 mins, since my fan-oven helps speed the time up. I’m a little bit disappointed about how this turned out, it’s much flatter than I would have expected it to be, and it rose unevenly. I’m really hoping that the taste more than makes up for any lack of appearance. Don’t forget to tune in at 1800/6pm BST on Friday 23rd August, where we’ll be coming live from i49, and you can find out which of our two cakes did best.

If you have a suggestion of what I should make next, send an email to dru@g3-radio.net, or leave a comment. Liked this post and want more? Check out all the Cooking With Dru posts, and be sure to keep an eye on our Youtube channel for the making-of videos.

This is a slightly more advanced tile match game made by Mad Hat Games. The story line goes that the Princess has been kidnapped by some Bad Guy, and you, the Brave Knight, have to go on a quest to get her back. A bit cliché, but fine. As you progress through the levels, you have to match the tiles, three or more, in order to get points with which to fight the enemy present, and the higher the level, the harder the tile game and the enemy you have to fight.

While the graphics were cute, the game overall was built up to be something more than it is, so I was left disappointed. 2 out of 5 Dru points, as it’s alright, just not what I was expecting.

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I found this recipe while looking for something to make for Potz and my i49 Bake-Off in ‘The best of Mrs Beeton’s: Cakes and Baking’. Since I couldn’t decide which I wanted to make – the cherry cake or the cider cake – I decided to make them both, one after the other.

Ingredients:

  • 200g plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 100g glacé cherries, washed, dried and quartered
  • 150g margarine
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon milk

Method:

  • Sift flour, salt and Baking powder into a bowl. Add the cherries and mix well, then set aside.
  • Beat margarine until very soft, then add the sugar and cream together until light and fluffy.
  • Slowly add the eggs, beating thoroughly after each addition.
  • Fold in the dry ingredients, adding some milk if the mix is too stiff.
  • Grease a cake tin and spoon the mixture in, and add a small hollow in the middle
  • Bake for 30 mins at 180°c, then reduce temperature to 160°c and bake for a further 50 mins

Below is a picture of the uncooked cake mix, and the final product.

Uncooked Cherry Cake  Cherry Cake

As you can see, I used baking parchment instead of just greasing the tin, as my pan is getting old and it’s non-stick-ness is coming into question. Also, finding the cake was done after the 30 mins I took it out. It was very dense, however, when I finally cut into it, and probably the extra 50 mins at the lower temp would have helped it rise some more, but it was nice enough as it was. Also 100 grams of cherries didn’t seem like nearly enough to me, and I think next time I’d put in the full 200 gram pot.

If you have a suggestion of what I should make next, send an email to dru@g3-radio.net, or leave a comment. Liked this post and want more? Check out all the Cooking With Dru posts, and be sure to keep an eye on our Youtube channel for the making-of videos.

This is a classic rouge-like game from watabou. It has standard 8-bit style graphics and keeps a tally of where each character played gets up to, as well has having some achievements to unlock, such as collecting gold, or dying by fire or poison.

Overall it’s a very nicely made game. The graphics are nice and clean, not overly blocky. It retains some features of Nethack like the scrolls and potions changing all the time, while introducing new features like finding seeds and hit point bubbles in long grass. The monsters are fairly well balanced, just don’t ever make the mistake of disturbing a grave! I very much enjoyed it, even though I’m not very good at it. It’s good fun, if very frustrating.

This gets a solid 4 out of 5 points Dru points.

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In which Dru answers a few more questions, reads a Philip K Dick story, waffles about nothing in particular and performs a not-very-scientific study with the hypothesis that people don’t care what she says as long as it’s her saying it by reading out the results of random Lorem Ipsum generators, and gains two listeners thus proving her hypothesis.

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