Look for me in-game if you do, same handle.Maybe join my guild.
I used to play Spiral Knights last year but had stopped for a while. Let me go install it back, and if my character's still there, maybe I can join ya' for a couple of runs.
An important thing for both free and paid players is the regular "jolting" of Spiral Knights' economy through the dynamics of special events and promotions. The old adage of "buy cheap, sell dear" holds quite well, as these CE-purchasing rushes and slumps represent a grand way to build up an economic base for oneself and friends over the long term.
With the Katastrophic Confrontation special event running through the 13th, players have been buying up CE to craft up their event items, as well as spending Mist on Prestige runs for daily event tokens. This has led to a marked decrease in CE prices, as low as 6400 some days. Before this, prices hovered at 6900-7200.
So when other players are purchasing CE in droves to get their event/promotion rewards, swim upstream and begin exchanging your hard-earned Crowns for CE. You can use your windfall to craft up a few items or sell it off for a huge boost in Crowns during slower times.
That's not to say CE has no direct value for gameplay. It's wise to keep a stash of at least 100 CE for emergencies such as in-dungeon revives, danger rooms, covering teammates' elevator fees, and treasure gates.