Mining

It’s because of Dad.

Ignore the obnoxious "Climb-down Staircase" option.

Ignore the obnoxious “Climb-down Staircase” option.

Alright so the safe word for the day is: QUESTING. With quests you get all sorts of rewards and experience points. I started today by picking one at random out of the various redded-out quests yet to be completed.

So I teleported over to the Taverly lodestone. This quest can be completed for f2p players so no worries, everyone can do this:)

Anways, off to Doric’s place. Apparently he’d been having some shop troubles, his son Boric was missing, all of his old customers were leaving him and he had no idea why. So, we came up with a plan to make some super fancy swords with some super fancy ore and show them Sir Amic and his squire, Cerlyn. So, Doric gave me a map with the locations of the certain mining sites: The Varrock East mine, the Varrock West mine, the Rimmington mine and the Dwarven mine.  The Dwarven mine (just south of Ice Mountain) is a great place to skill if you’re willing to put some time in. They have everything down there: ore, a furnace, an anvil, and a dwarf wandering around willing to pay you for everything you make.

Doric also gives you a bag to put the special ore in so you don’t have to worry about inventory space, just make sure you bring some food along because midway through mining, the ore comes alive and tries to attack you. Just peachy, right?

They're pretty easy to defeat, though. I one-shot killed them.

They’re pretty easy to defeat, though. I one-shot killed them.

I began at the Rimmington mine (to get there you just teleport to the Port Sarim lodestone). After that I moved to the Dwarven mine, where I came across these two fellows, one was a concealed dwarf and one was a wizard. Apparently they were the hooligans making the ore come alive and kill me. Alas, I had to continue on anyway. Eventually I finished my mining tasks and teleported to the Falador lodestone to get back to Doric. I had to explain the situation and we came to the conclusion that these fellows were trying to mess up his business.

Now we had even more motivation to complete these weapons. I smithed up a bronze sword and a bronze dagger and then brought them both down to Askel, Doric’s buddy in Falador, to adorn the weapons with jewels to make them look pretty. Then it was off the the Falador castle to show off our wares to the squire and then to Sir Amic. Once I got to the castle though I found there was already someone claiming to be one of Doric’s workers and stealing Sir Amic’s business.

Les guiding questions.

Les guiding questions.

Well, turns out it was just Boric, off to usurp his father because he was angry. Seriously, this dwarf has some serious daddy issues. Oh, and RS being RS seems to have made this quest seriously moralistic in nature. I had to bring Boric back with me and help him talk it out with his dad, Doric.  And when I say help, I really mean help. There is a portion of the quest dedication to me guiding the conversation to a more positive light. Some questions cause Boric to release his angst while others don’t do anything. Eventually the two work out their differences and make me a business partner, only after I clean the shop and make a new front sign for them. This is all very simple stuff so don’t worry about not being able to do it. Once that is all finished we were ready for the grand opening!

The cutting of the red ribbon!

The cutting of the red ribbon!

Quest complete!

Quest complete!

 

 

Categories: f2p, Falador, Mining, p2p, Port Sarim, Smelting, Smithing, Taverly, What's Mine is Yours | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments

Game with two friends! (Pt. 2)

The wall.

The wall.

Since we were a band of fairly high-leveled people (minus me, of course) we entered the Wilderness without fear of being killed by skeletons. If you just plan on running through the wilderness without stopping, make sure you turn your auto-attack off so if you start getting hit by those initial skeletons or grizzly bears, you can just run on by.

I let Alec and Taylor run in first. Those powerhouses mowed down practically every enemy (fine by me). The lowest level skeletons were level 46, still not really in my ball park. After running past the skeletons and bears, we kept heading North. Taylor was in the lead but he was kinda-sorta lost. Not a big deal.

Oh wait. What’s this? What does this guy think he’s doing? All of the sudden this guy named KillenLegend (skill: 1097)  starts attacking Alec. Remember what I said before about players hanging out in the Wildy? Yeah. That was this situation. Anyway those guys are going at it and it actually seemed like Alec was going to win for a while there until this asshat starts eating food. Alec being Alec forgot to stock up on food and only had a few lobsters. Well. He died. I couldn’t fight this guy but Taylor could! So, before he could pick up Alec’s stuff (the killer can see the stuff a full two minutes before the other players can so as to give them first dibs) Taylor starts shooting the heck out of him.

We thought we could wear him down... Oh were we wrong.

We thought we could wear him down… Oh were we wrong.

This guy get a big picture because this battle was epically disappointing. Anyways, Taylor is shooting him up big time, KillenLegend continues to eat. Taylor almost kills him but then he starts to run. Really?! This guy is making a run for it?! He was, what the gamers would call, a pussy (a coward). We pursued but he got out of range to the point where none of us were within an appropriate level distance to attack. Alec, by this point, was back in the game but he was putting on more armor from his bank so he wasn’t much help either. Oh, and he was repairing his dignity. Ah well, at least he could actually fight the guy. I could only stand there and yell numerous profanities at the punk. Just to be obnoxious I followed him all around Edgeville. He just kept telling me he’d kill my family. It was precious, truly precious.

Potam, A Man262, and ArcherySwag hanging out in the Wildy.

Potam, A Man262, and ArcherySwag hanging out in the Wildy.

After a few minutes, I had let him go. YOU WON THIS ONE, KILLENLEGEND.

Well, Alec re-equipped himself with this time he put on his wizard’s robes and brought his air staff and some runes. Maybe magic would work better than range for him. We re-entered the wilderness, this round making sure EVERYONE had food. While Taylor was trying to figure out where we were going we had to hide form some crazed grizzlies atop this hill to yon left.

Eventually, Alec got sick of waiting and took the lead, heading directly East for no apparent reason. We were stopped by a couple of chaos dwarves (level 68) put Alec and Taylor did away with them easily. I just was along for the ride. Soon, we came across some Moss Giants and one randomly spawning skeleton. I couldn’t take one down on my own but between the three of us we had them. The best thing about Moss Giants is that they drop big bones which you can either bury (They give off more Prayer xp than regular bones) or you can sell them on the GE as another way to profit. We began killing them faster than they could spawn so we left.

Taylor had a plan. There was a rune quarry not too far from there and here is what we’d do: sneak up on the people mining there, kill them, take their rune ore. Rune ore is expensive to buy and you need quite a high mining level to mine it so this is probably the most efficient way to acquire said ore. Only… there was one catch. When we arrived at the mine site there wasn’t anyone there.

Sad day. Us sitting by the two lone rune stones.

Sad day. Us sitting by the two lone rune stones.

Alas! We were left with nothing to do accept wander. We went as far North as we could in this f2p world but since Alec wasn’t a member (every party has its pooper) we couldn’t switch to a members world and enter. Saddy death day.

Back West, I guess was where we could go. (We had also gone too far East.) There were some greater demons . I couldn’t even hit them their levels were s high but dan-nabbit I could try! I think I hit one once. I mostly jsut walked around to the cape sellers. (NPCs that are spread throughout the Wildy selling capes. These capes can go for quite a pretty penny.) I bought about ten different capes. They look sweet!  Not long after going through a few greater demons, we all got bored and walked to this castle in the Wildy where the guards are super easy to kill and runes like to spawn all over the place.  By the time we got there it was getting pretty late so we all teleported back into the regular world. Keep in mind that after a certain point in the wilderness you cannot teleport anywhere. I went back to Lumbridge and that is where we ended our session.

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The deep desert is still not fun.

Alright guys, I finally got out of that darned desert prison and moved forward in the quest…only to reach yet another road block. It all began when I forced myself to look at things from a different angle. For one, the only PCPs in there were slaves and guards. I couldn’t pose as a guard, I couldn’t fight the guards (they were combat level 50 while I’m a measly combat level 31), so the only option I had was to look like a slave. The one time I wasn’t apprehended by the guards was when I was picking at some of the copper outside so maybe it was when I was wielding my weapons?

BINGO.

AHH YEHH!

I unequipped all of my armor (except for those fancy-shmancy desert robes) and I finally could walk among the peoples of the miner camp unhindered by those rapscallion guards. Hmmm, now what.  continued to look around and I found a couple of key on the table outside my cell: one for the main gate and one for my cell. I went outside and started talking to people again, starting with the slaves. I soon came across one particular male slave who was just so planning a grand escape and needed some help. It took me a couple of tries but I got his handcuffs off and then we were going to trade clothes. (I needed to disguise myself as a slave, disgusting robes and everything to get into the underground mine where I was to find that woman’s daughter.) I thought I was all good and then this male slave decided to get picky; apparently he wanted the entire set of robes. I didn’t have the robe bottoms, only the shirt. Well, fine! Sheesh. I guess you can only try to escape once, so you better do it right.

Since I had the main gate key, I returned to Al Kharid to buy a robe bottom only thing is, is that I couldn’t find one. It took me ages but I finally realized there was a guy named Shantay right next to the entrance to the entrance to the desert. I had walked right past him… Sweet.

So, with my full set of robes I returned to the slave and traded with him. He moved on to freedom as I headed down into the mines, around a labyrinth of slaves to a prison guard who required I bribe him with a certain pineapple. REALLY?! COME ON. This girl is definitely NOT worth all this effort. Seriously.

Those are my slick slave robes. I'm bringing 90s grunge back.

Those are my slick slave robes. I’m bringing 90s grunge back.

Alas, I digress.

Out of the mines I go to the Tenti peoples and attempt to get this “special” pineapple. Well, of course they have something for me to do first. They need some top secret plans hidden away in a chest in the miners’ camp. I need to get them and build this ultimate weapon. COOL, GUYS. Soon enough I’m back at the miner’s camp talking to the captain, trying to distract im enough to let me into that chest. This is one of those parts where you may try everything, multiple times and it still won’t work. Dig deep, everyone, you’ll get through this. I told him there was a Fire for about the fifth time and he finally took me seriously and got a bit worried. BOOM. THOSE PLANS ARE MINE, YOU FOOL.

Alright now back to the Tentis with the plans. Oh, now they want me to build it because they can’t. Ok, so you want these plans that aren’t yours to build a weapon that you don’t have the skills to make… Seems legit. I agreed to build their weapon for them because I guess I don’t have anything better to do.

Check it.

Check it.

Now, I need at least twenty feathers and a bronze bar. I had to return to Shantay to buy some more stuffs, only this time I travelled my magic carpet. I bought the feathers however, he was all out of bronze bars. Ugh.

Lumbridge has a copper and tin mine just South of it so I teleported over there and went to mine some ore, smelted it, and returned via magic carpet to the Tentis. Fortunately they had an anvil that I could use oh but wait, I wasn’t a high enough smelting level to make this weapon.

My thought process:

  • Well, f*** it. That girl can die for all I care.
  • Alright no, come on. I need to level up anyway.
  • Fine.
  • Off to the Burthrope mines!

Thus begins the tedious process of raising my smelting level.

(Hint: before you begin any quest, check the RS wiki to see what you’ll need. Please, for your sanity’s sake.)

 

Categories: Al Kharid, Burthorpe, f2p, Lumbridge, Mining, p2p, Quests, Smelting, Tourist Trap | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Graduated. Now what?

Potam has officially moved on past the tutorial stages of her existence.  I guess I should address the green goblin/elf/imp looking thing that appears somewhere on your screen when you log on. This is minigame, called the Squeal of Fortune (get the pun?), RuneScape implemented about a year ago.

A trip through the Squeal of Fortune will become a part of your daily routine when you enter into any RS world.

A trip through the Squeal of Fortune will become a part of your daily routine when you enter into any RS world.

So, what you do is essentially follow the very straightforward instructions, lights flash, and you get free stuff. For those who chose the f2p route, you may land on some items only accessible to p2p players but this is a chance you must take.

Potam had two spins on the wheel and ended up winning a medium sack of cash and a small XP lamp for the Slayer skill. If you’d like to have more spins and more chances, sometimes PCPs will drop them when you duel or you can get them through quest rewards (a bunch of items you get for completing a  quest).

After Potam was done spinning her life away she went and killed a few trolls just for kicks. They didn’t drop anything special. She got some leather chaps, bread dough, and bones. As a ranger, the leather chaps were actually useful because leather items  actually increase Range XP. The bones could be buried for Prayer XP and the bread dough could be taken to the nearest oven. (Hint: There is an oven you can use in Taverly for this beginning part.) 

So, leaving the troll corpses behind me I thought to myself, hey I’ve never seen this tent before. I guess I’ll talk to the guy standing in front of it. Turns out, when you open the shop interface, it opens a window of your browser.

Potam examining the tent.

Potam examining the tent.

Behold, it was the “Member’s Loyalty Programme”! Obviously, this option is for MEMBERS ONLY. If you’re not a member, feel free to skim through this next part until I motion for your attention. For every month you pay to play you get more points. With these points you can purchase all sorts of neat things: emotes (emoticons, or a series of actions you can amke your character do like wave or dance), auras, effects, costumes, titles or  re-colour. I’m assuming the reason they introduced this idea is because they got rid of the minigames where anyone could just win these things. They used to be available for f2p players but now they’re barely even available for p2p players. Odd, very odd…and disappointing. There was an entire frog costume you could win as well as super cool emotes like having a zombie hand pop out the ground and try to drag you down.

ALRIGHT. FREEBIES SHOULD PAY ATTENTION AGAIN.

Another thing I did with my newfound freedom was mine. I ventured down into the Taverly mine and there I was chipping away at some copper when a person redundantly named Endless End said, “hello.” I responded with a “hello there!” (Hint: saying “hello” is the best way to begin a conversation with strangers in RuneScape.) We then had an enticing conversation about how much RS has changed over the past couple of years. Endless End labelled it perfectly: a metamorphosis.

He had a baby troll for a pet!  (If you'd like one, choose to save the baby troll from the cannon during the tutorial.)

He had a baby troll for a pet! (If you’d like one, choose to save the baby troll from the cannon during the tutorial.)

After a few more exchanged words, he left and I went back to my mining. Now the key to mining copper is to also mine an equal amount of tin to go with it. (Hint: You need one copper and one tin ore to make bronze.) In the beginning this will be time consuming mainly due to the fact that you’re just in the early levels. Being in the low-levels means you’re only allowed to use the basic materials such as a bronze pickaxe. Also, at this point in your mining career you’re only allowed to mine copper and tin anyways so you might as well hop to it.

If you’ve mined before you might realize that after you’re done collecting the ore, the rock you were picking at is now depleted. Usually there is more than one rock to mine so you can move on to that while you wait for the ore to respawn (re-appear in the same spot).

See, 1:1 ratio is the most efficient way.

See, 1:1 ratio is the most efficient way.

Fortunately for Potam, because copper and tin are the most common materials found throughout RuneScape, their respawn time is extremely short, usually about two or three seconds. When you start mining the rare stuff, the respawn time will increase to minutes.

Once your inventory is full of ore head on over to a smelting chamber. Most mines have these nearby as well as anvils for smithing. When you mine, be prepared to also gain some smelting and smithing levels. Mining may be tedious but it’s a great way to multitask.

The more levels you gain, the more privileges you get. Soon you’ll be able to mine iron or wield a rune pickaxe. This is also a great way to make money later on since everyone else in the game is too lazy to do it themselves. So if you mine it, smelt it and smith it then you can sell it at the Grand Exchange AND gain levels all at the same time!

 

Tomorrow’s post: Teleporting, lodestones, Guthix butterflies, and a journey to Lumbridge.

 

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