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HMM, LOOKS LIKE THERE'S NOTHING HERE THAT QUALIFIES.
HMM, LOOKS LIKE THERE'S NOTHING HERE THAT QUALIFIES.
I guess I'll wait an hour, like I have to do every Steam event.
same for me :D
Works now :)
Thanks for letting me know :)
Looks like a lot of work tho^^
2 3 words: SAM or ASF I was dumb enough to do it manually, but with fast internet is not too bad even with big games
It tells you exactly which games to play so you don't have to play the guessing game either :)
Idle Master's simple launcher is also an option.
( Run: CMD, direct your path to the idle master folder location, steam-idle.exe [GameID] )
Doesn't help me since I don't use Windows, but I hope it will help someone else, thanks :)
+1 to this method
What version do you use? id or ide?
not the one you're replying to, but i used the oldschool idle master
Its not dumb to do it manually coz that's what I did hahaha. I did download them in the middle of the night when everyone is sleeping in my area so the connectivity was pretty smooth There were initial hitches when the 1st game I launched did not register. All in all the process is pretty smooth and I got all 5 projects and 3 daily task done in 30mins. I am from SEA which I'll say is a dang good result. :) Cheers~
Just tag any game, and something will appear
yay, Assetto Corsa on free weekend!!
and the ultimate version is supposed to be on sale with 75% discount but they are doing 50% in reality.
if they fix it, I might get it.
yusssss. Gonna get it for myself and a friend :P
Ultimate version at 75% off, fixed?
it's 75% of 80€ on my side.
for sure, it crawls on my potato machine, so I'll stick with the free weekend for now.
I didn't even realize this was going on. xD
That's because it just started.
Is it possible to open a game without downloading it? ASF?
ASF or appid trick.
How do I do this in ASF?
I believe its just
play appid in console
play ASF 4000
play ASF 4000
4000 is supposed to be app id right?
how to do this play asf id thing ? if u dont mind explain for me how to set it up plz i need those badges :(
edit: nvm i figured it out :D i am so proud of my self
ASF or appid trick?
I know about ASF, but what is this other trick you are hinting at here?
I can't remember exactly because I never used it but back in the days there was a simple trick to idle games where you install some small game then go to the install folder and rename it to the appid of the game you wanna idle.
Then you start the small game and Steam believes the other game is being played and records playtime for it.
As I said I never tried it so hopefully somebody will correct me if I got something wrong or you can probably also find a step by step guide with Google.
There's a video of this trick here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16UBdNTsd7I
sam easy solution
Use SAM - SteamAchievementManager
asf is safer than this tool Sam wrongly used can setup ya a good ol' ban
Luckily in this modern day and age it is possible to play games without actually playing them.
Can i get more info on how to do that?
just a single command in ASF
you need to "addlicense" first, then you can use "play"
Thank you, I didn`t know this either
Play the first game you added to your Steam account, excluding last year's game Dota 2. But mine is Dota 2 Test :|
SAM : 205790
HL2 easy life, never ending options ;D
For me, it was Portal :)
Master Reboot is mine. It seems I had a Steam account for 12-18 months before I even added a game, which I honestly have no recollection of.
Left 4 Dead 2 was mine. Someone told me about Steam giving it away for free one X-mas, so I made a Steam account and got it. Such was the beginning of a bad habit. :p
lmao same here with the free l4d2 giveaway back in december 2014 and now i'm sitting on over 1070 games , near 700 dlcs and 0 pirated games since that date :D
All the games to start, so much downloading...
Frankly, I might skip this mini-event because of that. Quite annoying to download some game just to play it for a couple of minutes to satisfy the badge requirements. I mean, it's not the end of the world, but not exactly the most convenient thing :/
Use ASF or Idle-Master and no download required
Steam Download Simulator 2019. I skipped the event for the same reason. Plus I like keeping my "recently played" lists on BLAEO nice and tidy. :D
And I don't trust the alternative tools.
Hmmm, i am not sure tho. Is it ok if i play the same game for 4 days?
It is almost impossible for me to download all this
You dont have to play them but you do have to download them and launch the game. Downloading maybe an issue for you, you can try to put them in the Steam download Q and go to sleep/work and see if they are downloaded when you are awake/back. I did it without any other programs installed but I did have a stable download. Cheers~
I used Archie, downloading it for hours just to play for a min didn't make sense to me :/
Noted, I just prefer to download the games and if I can't manage it. I prefer to just skip the event. Its just personal choice. I hope you are able to get things done through the event. :D
Well, i understand if you prefer it that way :)
It seems you are able to play the same game for the whole event. Fired up DST for Speed Clean and its the only one registered while the site is glitching which Spin Cycle and Clear the Backlog was not registering. Warm Regards, Cruse~
Yeah, i "played" L4D2 again today with Archie and it unlocked all 3 quests.
I am not sure how to fix your issues tho :/
LOL, 1 game to Unlock them ALL!!! No worries, the problem was resolved after Steam refreshed the games. ;) Thank you~
completed all tasks in 2 minutes with sam.
how to unlock dota 2 test? nvm got it haha
there's a search box in sam, write 205790 and click add game.
But how do you play the game that is free during the whole event? When i type appid in sam it says: ''You don't own that game.''
open game's page on steam, click play and cancel download. after this type appid to sam. refresh if it doesnt work
you beat me to it,,,,lol good advice tho
Yay that worked, thanks! ^^
Start download and let it download for a minute pause the download refresh and it should show up, if not put in app id.
Even if you are late, you still have my thanks! xD
Oh great - my "Blast from the Past" game is a MMORPG that shut its servers a few years ago and can no longer be played. I guess the third tier badge is off limits from the get-go...
You probably don't need to actually log in to the game, just launch the application.
If you can't from the GUI then ASF or SAM (look elsewhere on this thread) might do the trick for you.
You literally only have to launch it. You don't even need to get to the main menu. Once the process launches, you can open task manager and exist the game. It'll still register.
Yeah, except Steam removed the game from the store after they shut down the servers. I can't even download the launcher to run it anymore...
Oh well. Apparently there's a bit of wiggle room to miss two tasks and still get the level 3 badge.
add its appid there and paste into the browser
That worked! Thanks!
Too bad there is not a sale attached to this spring cleaning to clutter my profile up a bit more....
Summer sale should be next month at least.
Is that confirmed? https://www.whenisthenextsteamsale.com/ this says june 23.
yeah but im holding my 1 euro since march I think. I would rather not wait for another month
well to be fair it would be quite counterintuitive to the whole cleaning thing if they tempt you to buy new stuff for your backlog :D
Ah I love how it's broken, my alt got objective to play games that are not on the account... Now to find key for one of them...
Isnt that the temporary f2p games?
No, they are in category "Can't Wait"... Thankfully it's some bundle trash so I might find extra key.
Wait, what? How?
Play a game you purchased within the last 6 months.
Play a game you purchased within the last 6 months.
Since it's an alt account I imagine it's because he hasn't purchased anything in a while. I also have an alt that I used back when you could store gifts in inventory, but I got a list of f2p games so didn't have to track any keys or buy anything.
That makes sense with F2P games, but it sounds Ekaros got proper buy to play games for the already owned section o.O
Try the Family sharing if you have those games in your main account. :)
Greetings. I don't want to use SAM o ASF, but I know there is a trick to “play” a game you have in your Steam Library in order to fulfill the quests for the badge, but I don't remember the steps. Anyone knows how to do it, please? Thanks in advance.
just use sam or asf....
I don't want to use SAM o ASF,
I don't want to use SAM o ASF,
Nice advice there, Nixxi :D
Do I need to add more periods?
Oh, that was sarcasm? Alright then, my bad ;)
Is there really? Never heard about that before. ASF and/or SAM work, of course.
I believe the "trick" is to launch the game lol. From what I gather, you don't really need to play the game, just launching and then closing it should work.
I think you mean the old appid trick. Not sure if my explanation is completely correct but you should be able to find a step by step guide under that name.
That's the trick I was looking for. I don't want to use ASF or SAM because my first game is CoD MW 2, a VAC-enabled game and I don't want to be flagged by the system.
Thank you, my friend!!
Glad I could help ;)
Ah what a blast from the past. First game added to my account was counter strike: condition zero :)
ASF absolutely trivializes this.
How do I use this ASF thing that is mentioned here? I dont want to install all the free games.
I used SAM and it's really easy/user friendly.
there are lots of Threads about it here in the forum.
Download ASF, configure it, run it, enter manual command line ("c"), enter "play <appid>".
It works better to run the play commands sequentially rather than all the appid's at once. You only need to let it run the game for a second or two. You can resume automatic card farming (using "resume") or just exit the program when you're done.
Thank you good sir :). Everyone keeps saying to use ASF but nobody actually said how. I didn't know you could enter the command line with C key ^^.
I don't think you need to install all of them, any one should do
Thanks God for ASF. I couldn't have played my first Steam game otherwise, since it's a Windows only game
Not tried Proton then?
Unfortunately, I don't have Linux either, and for what I read, Proton is not really good on OS X
How do I get "Tag Contributor" to work? Even though I run the games I added existing tags to, it never completes that step. It gives me a new set of games every time I refresh the page. I can't get it to unlock.
Update: Worked for me now.
Heh, same issue, see below. I guess that's a temporary malfunction of Steam currently then.
The list stopped giving me new games every time I refresh the page. The games remain the same now. I think they are aware of a bug of some kind and might be working on it.
I hae the same problem
Strange, Steam won't log my "Tag contributor" activity. I started at least 6 different games is suggested, nada. Then I tried adding tags first, before I started one of the suggested games - still nothing.
FYI: If you have a game that shows up in multiple tasks/projects, you will complete only one of them, and the list for the other task/project will be regenerated. The possible exception here is the "free" games and your first/second game.
really? i did left 4 dead 2 and got SPEED CLEAN and spin cycle (weird why this isn't in caps like speed clean) done as well as 1 project for apparently having a friend recommending it
Oh weird, maybe Steam decided to treat me like "We know you have ASF so we are going to F with your tasks' game lists to make things more difficult for you"
yeah i managed to do left 4 dead 2 again for both those things again. They just really want me to play that game like I get it its finally time for me to get the impossible free weekend achievement but i dont wanna
Just for the record, I completed both "Trusted Friend" and "Tag Contributor" by launching Shadow Tactics, so it does seem to count one game for multiple categories ;)
I have an alt that got Spin Cycle, Clear the Backlog, Trusted Friend, Blast from the Past, and Tag Contributor all from launching DDO one time. :)
For the tag contributor. Didnt show anything for me as well. Tagged one random game and suddenly it showed bunch of games at the event page.
But I do have a problem with blast from the past. Its a game thats not in the store anymore and it doesnt show up in my library as well (Anno Online). Any ideas? with the ASF or SAF that others are mentioning here?
appID should be 336510, you can add it in ASF or SAM if I understood previous comments well enough. Hopefully.
Thanks, will try it out :)
!play botname 336510 doesn't work?
Didnt try it yet, but thanks for suggestion.Will try it later
or if you want to play it
another useless event by valve, where 99.99% of the userbase uses an app to "play" 🙆
I just want 3 more steam levels so I can get one more section showcase added to my Steam profile, then I'll stop caring about events & badges ;)
just one more ... just one more ...
yeah, i'm not blaming people here. i wouldn't even download a single game just to get the badge if i have the option to "cheat" it. 😅
i'm also sure they don't expect people to do it, else steam's bandwidth would be destroyed. 🤷
It's either use tools, or RIP user data caps. Brilliant.
When the meta is the real game.
I really appreciate them throwing in a random generator for my library ( I can name 2 or 3 sites immediately that does the same) but I rather play my games when I'm in the mood for it, not immediately, and by downloading tens of gigs daily.
Maybe casual people outside of reddit/sg do it properly. They could use the money spent on this to buy exclusives though.
Am I the only one who was genuinely looking forward to that event? :/ Last year I installed Cities Skylines even though the download took longer than the Hundred Years War and I was just mildly interested in playing it, and I ended up liking it enough to put it on my wishlist, win it here, and play it for like 50 hours. Honestly if you don't try to rush through the event with ASF or all that stuff, and just do it casually by playing a couple games for like 20 minutes, it's pretty fun.
Same here. I get to try free games along with checking out some unplayed games in my backlog, win/win in my book
I like it, too! I know technically I could play my backlog whenever I wanted, but having a clear goal makes it even more fun.
I do wish it gave you more time to play them, though. It's awesome that 20 minutes per game is enough for you! I personally always feel like I need to beat whatever I install before moving on. (In this case I lucked out; my first set of daily challenges included Subsurface Circular, which only takes two hours to finish.)
I mostly see this event as a way to try a few games, so 20 minutes is usually enough for me to get a first impression :) I might not go further into some of them, but sometimes it rustles my what-shall-I-play-next sequence and it's a nice change of pace.
For the replaying old games thing, I usually select short ones I can finish in a couple of hours (or things like roguelikes when I can just go for a run or two). This year's "Blast from the Past" happens to be one of them too so it will fit perfectly :)
Roguelikes are perfect for Spring Cleaning! My "Blast from the Past" is Braid, which I haven't played yet and seems fairly long. I might just save it for the last day of the event and then keep playing it afterward.
I think it's a nice way to try a few new games. As you say, maybe the RNG will even be able to pick a game you'll like :)
Oh hey, I am the cat that likes to do things the hard way hahaha. I am glad things turns out smooth for me without having to use any of the programs. :D Cheers~
This could be a fun event if they extended it for a month instead. Doing all those tasks in a few days is unreasonable if the intention truly is backlog cleaning.
Yay! I'm a .01%er!
...If only that paid anything in this case. Except I did enjoy one of my backlogs enough to keep it on y drive and keep playing it a while (Guts&Glory) and it also got me back into Grim Dawn a bit so I could finish elite level content
Oh boy, can't wait to install bunch of games just to launch them for the task and then uninstall once more! ;D
Btw for the Speed Clean one, do you have to play a different free game each day or can I just play L4D2 every day for it to count?
Too early to tell, if I am not wrong, the list should change daily, since its a daily task and there's a mention of random choosing games from your library. Or maybe you could just play the same game for the daily task, we'll see in 24hrs. ;)
You don't need to install any game, instead use the "app-id trick", or ASF or SAM.
That's what I did.
I don't know the trick and won't get any extra programs.
Go to your \Steam\SteamApps\common\ folder and find a game that has the file "steam_appid.txt" file.
Open it and replace the ID with that of a game you want to launch.
Now all you have to do is start the game.exe (not from Steam but from within the folder) and you can play any game without installing.
This also works to farm cards.
I'm just glad I have unlimited bandwidth now. Otherwise it would be a major pain to download some of them!
I used L4D2 for Speed Clean both days so far and it counted, so I can confirm that works
Excellent, thank you.
Play the first game that you added to your account, excluding the game from last year "Dota 2"
You have to play "Dota 2 Test - 22,000 MB
That's the thing. Even if you wanted to take the event seriously (rather than just use an app to fake your plays) Valve's available selections for play tend to be incredibly cumbersome to work through. [Large install size aside, why would we want to reinstall any game that we've already "completed"?]
If the event used more "or" conditions in their tasks, let us pick from a selection of tasks each day, or otherwise gave us more options, the event would be a lot easier to take seriously.
Sad, but true. Anyway, I actually installed a few oldies, and it was nice remembering the story of those games. So, there is some merit of doing such an event, I guess.
Alas, it is the same for me. Except it will just be regular Dota 2 for me. The sad part is that I have no interest in the game at all! I only have it in my Library due to it being part of The Orange Box!
I will install it while I am sleeping and load it up after work tonight.
You could set up ASF (Archie's Steam Farm) and make it run the game for 2-3 seconds instead of installing it.
Can I ask how you do that with ASF?
You have to put IPC mode ON,
make your Steam 64 ID in the SteamOwnerID field and then go to 127.0.0.1 in your browser and input:
play (AppID) or play 205790 for Dota 2 Testing. (https://steamdb.info/app/205790/)
https://steamdb.info (For games ID)
https://steamrep.com (for Steam ID)
https://github.com/JustArchiNET/ArchiSteamFarm/wiki/Configuration#global-config (ASF config and FAQ)
Thank you very much. This will be helpful.