The 2022 Steam Summer Sale hits all the usual beats of previous sales — absurd discounts, the opportunity to earn trading cards, and craft event-specific badges — but there are a few interesting differences this time around too. One such difference is the introduction of time-traveling trickster Clorthax, on a quest to sell you some secret and (allegedly) wildly popular games from the far future.
You can find Clorthax and start his mission from the Steam Store homepage, by hitting the “Free Fun This Way” banner. Follow his quest along and you’ll soon be rewarded with a pretty prize — the Clorthax’s Paradox Party Badge.
How to earn the Clorthax’s Paradox Party Badge
To earn the badge, you simply need to follow Clorthax’s instructions. He’s squirreled away ten games from the far-flung future in the recesses of Steam and wants you to find them. Of course, he can’t just tell you what they’re called or where they’re located, or the space-time continuum would fold in on itself like a delicious, non-Euclidean pretzel. Instead, he can give you riddles to hint at the location of the games, causing, in his own words, “smaller [paradoxes] that’ll just make the future slightly crappier.”
So the game is afoot. Solve Clorthax’s riddles and with each game you find, you’ll unlock a new reward and inch closer to achieving your Clorthax’s Paradox Party Badge. Find them all and you’ll be sitting pretty with a shiny new fully leveled-up badge.
Of course, in order to navigate Steam and earn your badge, you’re going to want to check that the Steam servers are up and running. If you’re running into any errors, check out our guides for fixing Steam’s Web API error and fixing Steam’s Verifying Login Information error. With luck, you’ll be able to dodge any server outages and find those oddly-titled games from the future without issue.