La-Mulana 2 Guide: Outfit Locations, Walkthrough, and Secrets

La-Mulana 2’s PC release snuck up on…just about everyone, and so I haven’t had time to make a fully detailed guide like my old Axiom Verge guide, but I thought I’d get started since I couldn’t find much info and I got really, REALLY stuck. WIP as I complete the game myself and flesh it all out, check back for updates!

Update: The wiki’s fairly complete and I’ve been a lot less able to play the game than I’d hoped, so for now I’m shelving this

As a Metroidvania, La-Mulana 2 can be quite confusing, so as always in addition to the content of the guide, feel free to pop in my Discord Server or post in the comments below to ask questions or share info!

Here there be spoilers. The game’s huge and writing a spoiler-free walkthrough is pretty much beyond my time-allotment for now. Read carefully and I suggest only reading when you’re stuck. 

Game Info

Title: La-Mulana 2 
Platform: PC
Developer: NIGORO
Publisher: AGM Playism
Languages: Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese
Release date: 2018-07-30
Length: Long (Likely >40 hours)
Genre: Metroidvania

Updates

2018-08-12: Majorly expanded the item & item location list, starting to work on a map though it’s too ugly to share just yet; tomorrow probably! Added some boss info to Shrine of Frost Giants. My La-Mulana 2 streams have continued too if you want to see the footage!

2018-08-05: Started a video walkthrough. Added Divine Fortress. Added and fleshed out Items section. Greatly expanded the walkthrough, though there’s still much, much more to come. Added pictures of all the wall murals I’ve found, since I’m sure they’re a puzzle.

2018-08-04: Added info on the PS4 controller bug, and a workaround. Expanded the shops in the walkthrough. Finished La Mulana Ruins walkthrough.

2018-08-03: Published La-Mulana 2 guide

La-Mulana 2 Quickstart Tips & Tricks

Save often. If you beat a boss, get a new item, or do almost anything, save. La-Mulana 2 will have (almost) no mercy. Though it will save continue points automatically at save points you fast travel to, but these won’t persis forever. So save.

You can fast-travel at any time, to any unlocked place. Sometimes this is the only way to escape a certain death, and may even solve some puzzles.

Similarly, you can heal by fast traveling to Village of Departure at any time and resting in the hotsprings. Easily La-Mulana 2’s greatest mercy. Otherwise the only way to heal is to find a healing fairy (later on), or “level up” with experience.

The blue meter below your HP is your “experience”. When you get a “level” your health is refilled fully, but nothing else happens. There is no track of your “levels”, it’s really just a health restore method.

La-Mulana 2 is brutal. Expect traps at every corner, expect death, try not to get too frustrated. It can be healthy to take breaks and revisit areas later. With a fresh mind you might find something you missed.

Read (Y button on Xbox controller) every save point pedestal before leaving; this registers them in the Holy Grail’s fast travel menu.

Most bosses you can just leave the room from. Sometimes this is the intended way to handle them; if a boss seems impossible, you’re probably just not supposed to fight it yet. Explore elsewhere.

Some items must be equipped to use (or unequipped to turn off). Pay extra attention to your “apps” menu, as you can only hold so many apps. Create different sets for exploring/scanning if you run out of space.

There are sequence breaks (as more or less always in a Metroidvania), but they make La-Mulana 2 drastically harder until you’re back on track. Avoid them until a second playthrough IMO.

Surprise Fish, surprisingly, are not abundant from what I’ve played. Other surprises, however, are common. Huzzah!

Walkthrough

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Food Fantasy Guide, Quick Tips, & All Recipes

Food Fantasy just released for iOS and Android, a surprisingly complex and well-produced RPG/Restaurant Simulator. I’ve been impressed with it so I decided to start collecting info to help other players, especially in light of how complicated it is.

You can stop by my Discord server to chat about Food Fantasy. We have a guild (mostly) just for members of my Discord! You can also support my guides on Patreon!

This guide is a Work In Progress (Food Fantasy just came out after all), but as always feel free to ask questions, share info, or just chat about Food Fantasy in the Comments below! I’ll be updating as I play and figure things out.

Game Info

Title: Food Fantasy
Platform: Android & iOS
Language: Japanese, English
Release date: 2018-07-24
Developer: Elex
Price: Free with IAP/Gachapon. No ads.
Genre: JRPG/Restaurant Simulator
Filesize: 1.3GB (installed and updated)
Always Online: Yes, persistent internet connection required
Gambling element: Yes (standard character Gachapon a la FateGO etc)
Battery Drain: High

Updates

Events

Current time-limited events for Food Fantasy are announced when you open the game, and can be confirmed from the Events tab on the main menu (simple enough).

Blessings

2018-08-15 to 2018-08-23

You have 8 days to complete 4 sets of daily missions to get a special Tangyuan skin: Bountiful Gold. You’ll unlock the skin even if you don’t have Tangyuan. Some missions aren’t possible at extremely low player levels, so level up fast if you just started.

The daily missions (at least for day one) are easy, here they are:

  • Enter Catacombs twice
  • Use experience potions (any kind) 5 times in Food Souls menu
  • Complete 2 Public Orders (the red orders that appear 3 times a day). Doesn’t have to be with the perfect chest bonus.
  • Complete Replenish missions under Trials 3 times
  • Complete Airship once
  • Clear 5 Rubes from Restaurants
    • Use the Friends tab in Restaurant to find friends with rubes (the ghost in the chef hat) to clear. You can clear 10 for free daily for free tips and to help friends. You do NOT need the expensive gloves to do this, they are a waste.

You can, but probably won’t need to, consume 400 gems to buy a completion point (4 needed for the skin) after the 4th day. It’s just to catch up people who missed days. Play daily and these look easy so far.

Happy Cheers

2018-08-13 to 2018-08-19

Spend extremely large amounts of crystals to get underwhelming rewards. A whale hunting event at its worst. The 1000 crystals reward is attainable though, especially for those with the monthly subscription pack(s). Note that the final reward costs over $1000 worth of crystals and STILL isn’t enough to summon Toso.

Best things to spend crystals on IMO are team/Fallen Angel slots (until they cost 800), and summoning for Toso/Sweet Tofu in the limited gacha.

Brewing Fine Wine

2018-08-13 to 2018-08-19

A separate gachapon is added to the Summon tab, with 1.5% rate for Toso and 3.5%? for Sweet Tofu. Sweet Tofu will be re-added to gacha later, unclear if Toso will be available in the future from a non-gacha method.

Sweet Tofu is a particularly good healer, the only SR healer that beats Milk even at 0 stars. As always, ignore any advice to pull 6 summons only or to use “summon codes”, these do not work. The listed gacha rates are all there is.

15 Days Of Sign In 

Time: From creating your account until 18 days after

Get Brownie, a special Brownie Skin, and some other goodies by logging in daily 15 times in the first 18 days.

New Player Benefits (Foie Gras)

Time: From creating your account until 20 days later

For the first 20 days after you start playing, you’ll unlock daily challenges for smaller rewards, and if all 9 days worth of challenges are completed, you’ll get Foie Gras, an UR Food Soul. There’s a “benefits” button on the main menu you can track this in.

Don’t expect to finish each ‘day’ of challenges in one day though; they unlock day by day but don’t have to be completed until the 20 days are up. The challenges can be pretty tough when first unlocked, so just focus on steady progress through the game to make sure you can achieve them.

The challenges are a pretty good way to learn the game too, so while you can’t unlock everything the day you unlock it, keep them in mind and try to complete them as you can, both to learn the game and to earn your UR!

Expired Food Fantasy Events
Labor Away!

2018-08-08 through 2018-08-14

Get Receipt items with every completed delivery order. Exchange them for restaurant decor before the event ends. Leftover receipts will be lost at the end of the event.

This one looks pretty hard to complete, and pretty meh items IMO. I wouldn’t recommend getting too torn up over almost certainly missing out on items. Public Orders still only give one receipt.

Flavor of Love

Time: 2018-08-03 through 2018-08-09

Get 1 free spin and up to 20 paid spins (diamonds). Can get a special Chocolate skin (Bavarian) and other rewards. Spins not used roll over to the next day, but expire at the end of the event. 

Newbie Benefits

Earn SR shards by buying IAPs exactly equalling the values in the event tab. For example, buying a $15 IAP doesn’t match the event, so you get nothing at all. I contacted support and yes, this is a “feature”, and I feel a little scammed. Buying a $1 IAP worked as advertised however. 

Promise of Youth 

Time 2018-08-08 

Eggette and Pineapple Cake added to card pool. Their rate is 1.50% instead of the usual 0.95% for an SR, looks like a brief rate up.

Food Feast

Time: 2018-08-02 through 2018-08-07

Get free Exquisite dishes and other rewards daily.

Spring Blossoms Among The Night

Time: 2018-07-24 through 2018-08-1

Complete any combat stages to collect Pedals. Use the pedals to earn rewards at the Event menu.

You can get a special Adventure Sakura Skin for a very high number of pedals, or more generic reward items.

Desert Party

Expired

Time: 2018-07-24 through 2018-07-30

Get 1 Gingerbread Man each time you summon a Food Soul during the event period. Exchange them in the Event menu for Chocolate Shards or other rewards. 

Chocolate is obviously the where your first Gingerbread should go, should you get enough, so you can summon him. You need 60 Gingerbread (he requires 60 shards as an UR), so it will likely take you most of the event to get enough. If in doubt, consider not spending gingerbread until the last day to see if you have enough, and spend them elsewhere if you can’t get enough for the summon.

Gingerbread Men not used when the event ends are lost. Use them!

Sweet Temptations

Expired

Time: 2018-07-24 through 2018-07-30

A standard Gachapon “rate up” event for two characters, Gingerbread (UR) and Chocolate (SR). When Summoning these characters have higher (but still low!) rates of appearance compared to normal.

Video Guides

Full Playlist

Restaurant Guide

Delivery Orders Guide

Cooking Talents/Skill Tree Guide

Airship Guide

Guild Guide

How to beat Treasure Chests

Food Fantasy Quick Tips

General
  • The tutorial is very long, but Food Fantasy is surprisingly complicated. It’s okay to ignore the story should you choose, but you’ll get going faster if you pay attention to the UI walkthrough.
  • Don’t forget to tap the ? icon next to “main story mission”; there are sidequests to take on for extra rewards that aren’t listed elsewhere. Very easy to miss.
  • Food Fantasy crashes quite a lot at the moment, so it’s a good idea to have a cloud save just in case
    • Tap the player icon in the top left of the main menu, then tap Account to link either a Facebook or Google Play/Gamecenter account to save your game in the cloud
      • Use the “switch” button on the left of this menu to download an existing save, for example when loading Food Fantasy on a new phone
      • Once saves are set up, they’re automatic and more or instant
  • You can get extra Soul Embers (gachapon points) by sharing the results of a spin or other things. You only get one share reward every few (4?) days You actually need Facebook/Whatsapp/Line installed on your phone to attempt to get them, as an irritated TapTap found out 
  • It’s easy to forget what all Shards/Materials/etc you have, tap the Vault icon at the main menu to see. With 15 shards you can Ascend a character (this isn’t done automatically, as it is in some gacha games)

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Grow Comeback Guide & Walkthrough

Grow  Comeback is the latest Grow game in the series by Eyezmaze, and since I didn’t find much info online when I first played it I made a tiny little guide for it! Grow Comeback is a double entendre; the game is about a literal comeback in-universe, but it’s also announcing the comeback of the Grow series via a crowdfunding campaign by On.

Play the game here on the official site; it takes a minute to load, then scroll down a bit under the ad to get the game. It’s HTML5 not flash so it works on PC and mobile regardless of platform! Watch out for malicious rehosts of the game, play Grow games on eyezmaze.com.

Grow Comeback Endings

Click the items to “use” them, the order in which they’re used affects the outcome. A specific order is required to “win” or see the endings.

To keep things fun, spoilers are staggered, so you can see which item to use first/last to help use process of elimination to figure things out, rather than simply looking at the whole list and spoiling it all in one go. If you know the first item, there’s much less possible mistakes to make.

Normal Ending

Item 1
Dumbell
Item 2
Heart
Item 3
Crowd
Item 4
Hair
Item 5
Armor
Item 6
Sword

Secret Ending 1

Grow games usually have at least one secret ending. This one has two!

AKA the

Ending spoiler
Hairy or Afro Ending

Item 1
Crowd
Item 2
Dumbell
Item 3
Hair
Item 4
Heart
Item 5
Armor
Item 6
Sword

Secret Ending 2

AKA the

Ending spoiler
Mario Ending

Item 1
Hair
Item 2
Crowd
Item 3
Dumbell
Item 4
Sword
Item 5
Armor
Item 6
Heart

Videos

My Let’s Play with the first two endings: 

You can also see the Secret Ending here:

Credits

Thanks to users this reddit thread and Demonlord Lorence on my youtube for info on the secret endings!

Mothergunship Tips & Tricks Guide

Mothergunship is out now for PS4, PC, and Xbox One! You can buy it for PC here or digitally for Xbox One/PS4.

I’ve been having a blast with it so I’ve started a guide to share some important info and tips! I’ll be expanding it over the next few days/weeks, so feel free to suggest info, tell me what I’m missing, or ask questions in the comments!

Mothergunship Essential Tips

Progression

The game is a “roguelite” meaning it has progression systems between runs; you lose the currently held gun parts but nothing else upon dying. This means you’re always moving forward and at most you “lose” a short play session’s worth of progress, rather than starting over from the beginning.

This makes Mothergunship much more accessible for those who haven’t played many Roguelike games, but don’t think it won’t get harder as you go along! But generally, don’t be afraid to experiment and learn by doing, since there’s very little to lose.

Note that not all features are unlocked from the start; progress through the main story missions to unlock various features like the ability to spend Experience, the Smugger’s Shop, Endless Mode etc.

Experience (purple diamonds) are used to level up your mech between levels, and can raise your jump count, movement speed, HP, hazard resistance, energy cap, energy recharge rate, ability to find secrets, and resistance to landing stun.

Coins can be used inside or outside of a level; inside a level Coins buy very cheap gun parts that are often critical to surviving and progressing through the map. After a level, extra coins are added to a total from which you can buy (very expensive) guns in the Smuggler’s stop.

Gun Parts can be gained from shops inside levels, and are kept as long as you beat the level. Gun parts are never dropped randomly or found in secrets; only shops.

Gun Parts are the only thing in the game that can be ‘lost’, but you only lose what you found in the level, plus anything you decide to take along. By simply not taking a favored gun on a risky mission, you can avoid losing it. Even if you do lose a good one, you can potentially get it back from the Lost and Found part of the Smuggler’s stop (for a fee, of course!).

There is (for some ungodly reason) a limit of 100 gun parts, so after you pick up too many gun parts, you’ll have to sell some.You’ll never be unable to pick up a gun part and lose it instantly; at the end of a mission you pick which parts to sell.

Kiting and dodging

Kiting (the practice of running around enemies to avoid their shots) is critical in this game (it is a bullet ballet after all). Certain enemies have limited ranges, unusual bullet arcs, or limited turning radiuses. 

Large cannons in particular you can often stand directly behind and hit, other enemies you’ll have to circle strafe around to keep them from hitting you. 

It’s often best to clear out low-HP smaller enemies before engaging in a strafe-down with a larger, high-HP enemy. You can only keep track of so much at once, and the difference in health can be quite large.

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Tap Tap Fish Second Anniversary Event (2018) Guide

This is a guide for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium, with only the July 2nd Anniversary Event (2018) information. See the main guide for a more comprehensive set of information. Feel free to add any of my guides to your homescreen for easy access, and offline loading of guides you’ve used (on supported devices)!

Support me on Patreon to help me keep making great guides! Paypal also accepted.

Update 2018-07-16: Baby Corgi does not require the IAP! I made a video discussing problems with the event.

Last year’s fish are included, also the babies; the costs/unlocks for them can be found at the 2017 Anniversary Event Guide. Tap the orange clownfish in the event tab to switch tabs to the 2017 fish. The 2018 event themes work for the 2017 unlocks, you do not need to buy the IAP.

A new fusion fish update is also included but not part of the event. See the Fusion Fish Guide for that info.

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Fusion Fish & Farms Mini-Guide

This is a “mini-guide” for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium, with only the Fusion Fish & Farms  information, split out to be faster & easier to load on mobile devices. Feel free to add to your Homescreen for easy access!
See the main guide for a more comprehensive set of information or the Addendum below for other relevant posts.

2018-07-07: All new fish found!
2018-07-04: Updated for the Krill Farm Update. 

If you enjoy my guides, please consider contributing to my Patreon to help me make even more, higher-quality guides & articles! With enough funds I can reduce or even remove ads as well!

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Pokemon Quest Recipe Guide

Recipes in Pokemon Quest are one of the most important (and initially, most confusing) aspects of the game. They’re the primary way of getting new pokemon, and without the right recipe you just can’t get some pokemon. So here I’ve compiled the basic recipes, how to make them, and some supporting info to help get you going!

The information in this guide should apply 100% to both mobile (iOS and Android) and Nintendo Switch versions of the game, though I primarily play on Mobile. 

If this guide’s successful (and I keep playing the game) I’ll look into making other guides for the game. I started with just this one since I find myself always having to look it up anyway. As always, feel free to comment to ask questions or point out new info!

Basic Recipe Info

Recipes are the primary way of getting new pokemon in Pokemon Quest so it’s important to understand how they work to get what you want and avoid wasting materials.

Higher quality materials attract rarer pokemon but take more turns/expeditions to complete; early on you should focus on low-quality recipes to quickly fill out your common pokemon list and keep a steady flow of new pokemon and not worry too much about rare ingredients.

Note that higher-evolutions are never obtained through recipes, you’ll always get basic pokemon. Pokemon in Pokemon Quest appear to always evolve via level-up rather than other conditions. (Not sure about Eevee yet).

Pokemon Quest Recipes List

Note Rainbow Matter can generally be substituted for recipes to raise their quality level.

  • 1 Mulligan Stew à la Cube
    • Cost: Any combination that doesn’t match another recipe
    • Effect: Attracts a few specific pokemon
  • 2 Red Stew à la Cube
    • Cost: 4 Red ingredients
    • Effect: Attracts reddish pokemon
  • 3 Blue Soda à la Cube
    • Cost: 4 Blue
    • Effect: Attracts bluish pokemon
  • 4 Yellow Curry à la Cube
    • Cost: 4 Yellow
    • Effect: Attracts yellowish pokemon
  • 5 Grey Porridge à la Cube
    • Cost: 4 Grey
    • Effect: Attracts greyish pokemon
  • 6 Mouth Watering Dip à la Cube
    • Cost: 4 Soft 1 Blue
    • Effect: Attracts water-type pokemon
  • 7 Plain Crepe à la Cube
    • Cost: 3 Sweet 2 Grey
    • Effect: Attracts water-type pokemon
  • 8 Sludge Soup à la Cube
    • Cost: 4 Mushroom 1 Soft
    • Effect: Attracts water-type pokemon
  • 9 Mud Pie à la Cube
    • Cost: 2 Mineral 3 Soft
    • Effect: Attracts ground-type pokemon
  • 10 Veggie Smoothie à la Cube
    • Cost: 4 Plant 1 Soft
    • Effect: Attracts grass-type pokemon
  • 11 Honey à la Cube
    • Cost: 4 Sweet 1 Yellow
    • Effect: Attracts bug-type pokemon
  • 12 Brain Food à la Cube
    • Cost: 3 Sweet 2 Hard
    • Effect: Attracts psychic-type pokemon
  • 13 Stone Soup à la Cube
    • Cost: 4 Hard, 1 Mineral
    • Effect: Attracts rock-type pokemon
  • 14 Light-as-Air Casserole à la Cube
    • Cost: 3 Mineral, 2 Red
    • Effect: Attracts flying-type pokemon
  • 15 Hot Pot à la Cube
    • Cost: 3 Mushroom 2 Red ingredients
    • Effect: Attracts fire-type pokemon
  • 16 Watt a Risotto à la Cube
    • Cost: 4 Soft 1 Yellow ingredients
    • Effect: Attracts electric-type pokemon
  • 17 Get Swole Syrup à la Cube
    • Cost: 3 Sweet 2 Mushroom ingredients
    • Effect: Attracts fighting-type pokemon
    • I swear it’s actually called this
  • 18 Ambrosia of Legends à la Cube
    • Cost: 4-5 Mystical Ingredients
    • Effect: Attracts Legendary pokemon
      • Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos, Mewtwo and Mew are only available from this

Even if you don’t necessarily want pokemon of a specific recipe, I’d recommend going down the list and completing one of each recipe as one of your first tasks ingame. This not only completes your recipe book ingame for easy reference, but you get some rewards for completing Challenges as well.

Note that some combinations meet the requirements of multiple recipes, if this is the case the result is the lowest number from the list that it satisfies (not counting Mulligan stew).

In-Depth Recipe Info

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Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- Guide

Yume Nikki Dream Diary is here, now with a Version 2.0 update that brings it closer to what most of us expected! Here I’ve documented a walkthrough of (most) of what you need to do, what effects do, the endings, and other information.

Feel free to comment to ask any questions or share info! I’ve provided links to some key terms in the Yume Nikki Wiki, feel free to get lost in the wiki as well, it’s quite enjoyable. I’m trying to link all the references to the original game, as they’re a rather significant amount of the enjoyment to be had in the game, so point out any I’ve missed as well!

For purpose of clarity, the full name Yume Nikki Dream Diary will be used when referring to this game, and Yume Nikki alone will be used to refer to the original game by Kikiyama.

Game Info

Title: Yume Nikki -Dream Diary-
Platform: PC (Steam)
Languages: English, Japanese, French,Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Portuguese
Release date: 2018-02-23
Developer: Kadokawa Corporation
Price: $20
Length: About 4 hours
Genre: Horror/Exploration
Filesize: 3GB

Updates

Version 2.0

As a quick overview, 2.0 adds:

  • The Sewers, Block World, and Snow World, which are all connected
    • The Sewers is mostly a connection to existing worlds, plus a new puzzle/jellyfish is in it
    • Block World is accessed via The Sewers and is a puzzle blocking access to Snow World
    • Snow World has the Hat and Scarf effect, and access to Pink Sea/Poniko/Uboa
    • Most existing worlds are untouched beyond The Sewers connections
  • Two new effects, Hat and Scarf and Uboa Mask
    • Interact with Poniko’s desk while using the Lantern after triggering the Uboa Event (lights out) in Poniko’s room, then chase Uboa to get the Uboa Mask
    • Get Hat and Scarf in Snow World from Mafurako
  • Uboa’s Trap room added per above, it looks amazing
  • Four new subsections of The Wilderness added via a Lost Woods/looping maze puzzle including the Aztec Rave Monkey, some purple pylons, the hot springs room, and a lake you freeze to get some concept art
  • A new NES minigame added, Witch Adventure, referencing the Flight of the Witch event
    • This is found by finding the cat in The Sewers, then meeting it again at the roof of The Mall
  • The strangest addition, Madotsuki’s apartment now has a bathroom in the bottom corner, accessible only in the dream world. It has no apparent function.

All in all, 2.0 is a fantastic update that brings the game a fair bit more in line with the original and addresses several concerns of fans!

What is Yume Nikki -Dream Diary-?

As a heads-up in case you haven’t purchased the game yet (or haven’t started it), Yume Nikki is something closer to a “reimagining” of the original than typical remake or sequel.

Many are disappointed by what they find (as, well, was I) so it’s best to be aware of what you’re going in for. That said, if you’re a big enough fan of Yume Nikki, you’ll probably dive right in and play it like I did so I figured I would make a guide to help those who have already committed to it.

Walkthrough

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium June Pirate Event (2018) Guide

This is a guide for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium, with only the June Pirate Event (2018) information. See the main guide for a more comprehensive set of information. Feel free to add any of my guides to your homescreen for easy access, and offline loading of guides you’ve used (on supported devices)!

This Event has ended.

Update 2018-06-03: This event/guide’s been so popular I had to pay to upgrade my server! As always contributing to my Patreon can help me make even more, higher-quality guides & articles, and it keeps the lights on of course!

I streamed the event earlier with my thoughts, and you can see a video guide instead below if you prefer:

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Please Stop Spamming Reviewers’ Inboxes With GDPR Notices, They Mean Nothing

So tomorrow the GDPR privacy protections go into effect in the EU. In reality, this means you need to change your data retention policies and ask for consent, notify people of data breaches and some other stuff. But in most people’s minds, this seems to mean “spam everyone with emails and hope it all works out”.

Now, I’m not in the EU nor a policy maker, so don’t trust me: Go trust The Guardian and their policy experts:

The vast majority of emails flooding inboxes across Europe from companies asking for consent to keep recipients on their mailing list are unnecessary and some may be illegal, privacy experts have said…

(Also almost no one is limiting their spam to Europeans, despite the Guardian’s wording here.)

As a reviewer on dozens of PR listings, I’ve gotten over 100 emails about new privacy policies, “please sign up again”, blah blah blah. I just cleaned out a dozen from my inbox before writing this article.

Odds are, at most 1 in 10 of these emails are even meaningful and less than that were actually necessary. If I opted into your review list, you do not have to email me. If you’re just going to be following the policies you’re…required to follow anyway, you don’t have to email me. Save the emails for PR. That is why I consented to be on your list, not spam about whether I consented to be on your list (goodness the irony).

If you already gathered my consent, there’s almost certainly no need to spam my inbox. Even if you didn’t, there’s various clauses in the policy that allow collection without consent provided it follows the GDPR’s retention/etc policies.

In short, stop emailing me and make sure your actual data policies met GDPR, because that is the only part that ever mattered. This was not supposed to be another EU Cookie Law where no one changes anything but all burdens are passed on to the consumer with a bunch of annoying crap no one reads.

In fact, reading a bit of it, it seems this consumer-side burden was specifically intended to be avoided in the GDPR. What initially appeared to be another Dumb EU Overreaching Law seems to largely be a case of poorly informed people doing basically random things hoping they’ll accidentally comply with it.