Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

Beginner’s Tips for King Arthur’s Gold

King Arthur’s Gold is a superb game, but one that can be extremely daunting for new players. Lucky for you, I’ve assembled a great list of tips for all you rookies out there. I hope they help to guide you in your mighty Arthurian quests and adventures.

Don’t Build The Space Needle

skyneedleSee how that tower is about 100 blocks high but only block wide? That ain’t good for business. Some Builder could come along, give it a couple of good whacks with his pick, and destroy hours of your hard (albeit misguided) work. Thicken that sucker up, coat it with spikes, and make it look a little bit less like a Jenga tower.

You Probably Suck At Shooting Things

arrowsAn archer begins the game with 30 arrows. If you have fired them all off and still haven’t hit a target, you might want to consider a career change. Being a good arrow-slinger takes quick reflexes, a slick mouse, and lots of practice. If you possess none of these vital qualities, drop your bow, pick up a sword, and button mash like kuh-razy.

Stay The Hell Away From The Shark

jumpthesharkI get the allure of shark-hunting. You probably want to re-enact scenes from Jaws and pretend that you’re the only thing standing between a fanged menace and the merciless slaughter of beach-lounging innocents. But know this: That shark will #@&%ing destroy you. It cares not for your delusions of grandeur; only your sweet, delicious entrails.

Your Sword Is Not A Shovel


At some point in the game you’ll be faced with a wall of dirt, wood, or some other exceedingly fragile material. Your first instinct may be to reach for a sword… but don’t. That’s not what it’s for. In the time it takes you to smash through half a dozen dirt blocks, your enemies will have regrouped and sent an assault team to smash through your skull. Use a bomb, switch classes to Builder, or let someone else handle it.

Stop Building Crap Outta Wood


The only thing you’re accomplishing by building defenses out of wood is giving your team an exploitable weakness. One well-placed fire arrow can (and will) destroy your fortress of reinforced lumber, leaving you weeping within its charred remains. Take the extra minute to mine some stone, and do it right the first time.

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Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer