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Cheating at games with Linux


Carl Burks

One of my children wanted me to join them playing Starbound. Recently I've pretty much given up on gaming, so I didn't have my old character. First I had to get steam up and running. I'm not sure if it was the multilib or the kernel update, but my Arch's X server didn't want to start up after. I was on a limited time table, so rather than fix the problem I just swapped the OS. With Manjaro the touchpad didn't work out of the box, so I popped Ubuntu onto the machine and I got Steam installed. Shortly later I was able to install scanmem. I fired up Starbound and made a character.

First I need to find the pid for Starbound.

ps -A | grep -i starbound

ps - report a snapshot of the current processes

then I spawned scanmem

pid 99999 I replaced the 99999 with the actual pid.

Next I collected some pixels in Starbound I typed in the number that I had in scanmem. I repeated this process until I had two matches. I used:

set 1000000

Instant pixel millionaire.

After that I repeated the process for tech cards etc until my character was back to the level of progress my old character was.

This process works for most games.