Range

FRIENDSHIP.

This guy. I had no idea what his deal was. He wasn't a bot but he did repeat that saying at least fifty times. Oh, and he was brandishing a small horse.

This guy. I had no idea what his deal was. He wasn’t a bot but he did repeat that saying at least fifty times. Oh, and he was brandishing a small horse.

Today I made friends! Like, good friends. Like friends I sat in front of Lumbridge castle with and chit-chatted the night away with. When I first joined in the World 3 social system, I didn’t think it was going to be a very eventful evening, so say the least. There were only about 800 people in the world so the Lumbridge courtyard was nearly empty (meaning there were a couple of groups here and there, but no one really causing a ruckus.) This horse guy was shouting out “Just say neigh to gambling!” over and over and over. When I tried to speak with him to figure out what his problem was he called me a bitch and then proceeded to tell me about how lame RS was.

Excuse me, sir. You’re the one brandishing a mini-horse and bad puns. Anyway, after I told him that he teleported away. Damn. I feel like that would have been a fun conversation if he would have never left.

I was forced to kill an imp out of boredom. Of course, my range levels were so low simply scratching the damned thing took ages. It took so long, in fact, some gentleman came over and stole my fun. He took his giant 2h sword and chopped the thing to bits. I guess he “saved” me even though I was not taking on any damage. My hero?

Soon, I fell into a lovely conversation with Zail, girl in blue robes, Aryan727, and some guy named Doom-something (but he didn’t say very much). Zail was showing off his sweet robes that matched his red eyes when someone wearing straight purple robes and a yellow party hat (another extremely rare/expensive item like the Santa hat). I didn’t quite catch her name but we referred to her a the “Purple People Eater.”

From left to right backrow: "Purple People Eater," King545, Potam, Zail, Aryan727, and BlueDevils Frontrow: Hans (an NPC), and Nbgt56

From left to right backrow: “Purple People Eater,” King545, Potam, Zail, Aryan727, and BlueDevils
Frontrow: Hans (an NPC), and Nbgt56

All of these people were great conversationalists. We all talked about when we first came to RS, Zail had been here since 2004. We also discussed the update since 2007 and the new RS3 soon to be released, the graphics look amazing! However, King and Aryan were non-too pleased. They liked the ore vintage-y feel. The basics, you know? This went on for a few more minutes. Only after he proposed to me and expressed his true love (accompanied by emoted-kisses) then Nbgt56 ventured over to this one kid complaining on the internet. (Hint: if you’re looking for sympathy, DO NOT look for it on the internet. The following will happen.)

Toasty warm.

Toasty warm.

This poor guy was complaining about how he was 14 and got some girl knocked up. Ok, if you’re that age and about to be a dad, go ahead complain all you want but at least make that complaining count by complaining to a therapist. The internet is NOT the place to go. There is no mercy on the internet. Nbgt56’s response to hearing this guy’s sob story was to immediately harass him about it. This guy never stood a chance. He kept trying to respond but, like any other cyber bully, Nbgt56 was not one to be so easily subdued. Aryan and I just couldn’t watch it anymore and called Nbgt over to chat with us. We were asking him how his day was going and he responded with more exclamations of attraction, this time for Aryan as well as me. I’m not the person to feed into this so when I turned down Nbgt’s second proposal of marriage, he responded by lighting me on fire (but not really, he just started a fire where I was sitting. It couldn’t actually hurt me).

In addition to this bullying madness one of the frog guys from that frog parade was there, all dressed up and looking downright froggy. I told him I remembered him from before and when a group of people do something that great with their RS time, you should always give them a little positive feedback. You know, just to make an attempt at increasing the internet-friendliness ratio.

Just a classy guy.

Top-level $WAG.

Also, if you didn’t notice in the image to the left here, Ricky also joined us. You can always tell it’s him due to the salmon-colored shorts. Oh, and he is literally ALWAYS hanging out around the Lumbridge courtyard talking to everyone. They should name an NPC after him, he’s so chatty. Oh, and who knew he had a bright pink mohawk under that feathered hat?!

Soon, Nbgt got bored of professing his love for Aryan and me so he left. Thank god. That guy was like a mosquito, always buzzing about back and forth. Every person that would come and stand next to us would be barraged by him, explaining how he “likes” Aryan and Potam. Kid. You better check yourself before you wreck yourself. If someone is ever causing this much chaos, you should really report them. They are the reason some of the RS people get such bad reputations.

I think tomorrow I will start questing again. I don’t want to overstay my welcome in Lumbridge, I don’t want to become a squatter. Oh, and I gotta keep it FRE$H.

 

 

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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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Game with two friends! (Pt. 1)

From left to right: ArcherySwag (Comabat Level: 137), Potam (Combat Level: 37), A Man262 (Combat Level: 151)

From left to right: ArcherySwag (Comabat Level: 137), Potam (Combat Level: 37), A Man262 (Combat Level: 151)

Today I went adventuring with Taylor (ArcherySwag) again but this time we added one more to our party, another fellow Mafia Knitting Club member, Alec (A Man262). His name is particularly ironic due to the fact that A Man262 is a woman. He used to be a man but one day he decided to go around and troll all the horn-dogs that patrol RS; however, to do so he had to adopt a pair of breasts. 

Anyway, A Man262 is not a member so this round ArcherySwag and I had to stick to the f2p boundaries. A Man262 hadn’t played in a while so ArcherySwag and I decided to just do our own thing. I needed to replace my imp-hides wizard’s robes with some actual range-wear since  we were planning on doing some hardcore adventuring. Turns out, even if you are a member, in f2p worlds you can’t do anything that you could do if you were in a members world (i.e. leave the f2p boundaries, wear certain clothes, wield certain items). Even the skills only allotted to members were dumbed down.

Ooovoo-ing it up.

Ooovoo-ing it up.

Moving on, so what I needed was some hard leather armour. I knew I could craft it but ArcherySwag was on the move so I headed up to the GE just to take the fast way out. Well, turns out no one wants to sell their hard leather items (or buy, in my case, those hard leather gloves still haven’t sold). So, I had to go kill some of Beefy Bill’s cows and make my own. ArcherySwag was also trying to tell my my bow sucked but, as it turns out, the “crappy” bow I had was a lot better than both the short bow and the shield bow I coud buy from the archery shop in Varrock. TAKE THAT.

So A Man262 finally made it into our world. We all decided to meet up at the GE. Now, usually you would communicate via RS chat when you team up with other players but with my friends we like to live voice/video chat with Oovoo. This makes communication instantaneous and much, much easier.

For some reason, A Man262 wanted to hit on this one girl he was standing next to in the GE by the fountain. Unfortunately for him, he had to start the conversation out explaining that he was, in fact, a man and not a woman like his character would suggest. Oh, and he approached her with a classy, “Hey gurl.” She was very friendly so, like any other friendly individual, she said hi and from that point on, they were in love.

NO REGRETS.

NO REGRETS.

Not really. Her name was Kate1909 so Alec (keep in mind that Alec is being a total douche right now on purpose) asked if 1909 stood for her year of birth and then followed that delightful question with “I like em old.” Well, on that note, Taylor and I left those two alone. Alec also proceeded to run away and follow us to the costume shop, also in Varrock, to buy some neat clothes. Before the RS2 update you could only obtain these clothes through minigames but now you can just walk in and uy your own zombie outfit. Fine by me. I bought all of them. I needed to do something with all this money I’ve been earning through the Squeal of Fortune and whatnot.

Kate1909 started Private Messaging Alec after he left asking him what he meant by “I like em old.” What the heck do you think he meant?! Alec didn’t really know how to respond so he just ignored her for a while. After we all had costumes I wanted to take a picture with all of us and Alec wanted some text to be in the screen shot. When I said “go” he was to send his message; however, when he clicked to show the message, “I’ve got a half chub right now” he actually sent it to Kate1909. Poor girl. All caught up in a world she couldn’t possibly understand. As damage control, he sent “yolo” as a follow-up. Right. How cute? Taylor and I are rolling over laughing while Alec claims he and Kate1909 are in love. He tried proposing but she refused. Seeing how she’s only 15, that would make sense. She still has her whole RS life ahead of her.

Kate1909 and A Man262 hitting it off.

Kate1909 and A Man262 hitting it off.

Then we prepared to enter the Wilderness. To get to the Wilderness from any location, lodestone teleport to Edgeville and head North until you reach the wall. This wall is much like the entrance to the deep desert or the holy water-covered cave mouth in the mausoleum. You will get a warning before entering the Wilderness. Why? Well, if you get killed in the Wilderness you lose all your stuff…oh, and perchance there is some stranger walking by all your things, they can take them. This leads to high-level players hanging out in the Wilderness, hunting down lower levels, and then taking their things. It’s a cruel world out there. (Hint: If anyone EVER asks you to go out into the Wildy with them, DO NOT GO. They are going to kill you and take your things.) This is why before we left we all stopped at the Edgeville bank, put on our best armor, stocked up on food, and filled our quivers. Once we were adequately prepared (a.k.a. I had food because out of the three of us, I was most likely to be killed by some random) we walked up to the wall and entered the Wilderness…

It's a horrid place.

It’s a horrid place.

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Breaking of the blood pact.

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UPDATE: They all sold within a day or two. I feel so rich!

I began today’s session by spinning what flax was left in my bank account into some more bow strings. Once finished, I teleported up to Varrock and on to the GE (Grand Exchange). If you’re ever in a highly populated free world, you might notice the vast amounts of people hanging out at the Lumbridge Castle. Well, in a highly populated Member’s world, the place to be is the GE. There were players everywhere bartering their wares in the chat box rather than in the bidder’s box. Anyways, I put all my bow strings up for sale and I should be making a pretty penny off them due to the fact that they’re going for 177gp a string.

I was getting a little restless at this time so I went to activate some more lodestones on my map.

Me fighting a mugger outside an Edgeville general store.

Me fighting a mugger outside an Edgeville general store.

Edgeville is the closest to Varrock so it didn’t take me too long. For a new player, going out on the open road can be dangerous considering there are muggers, bandits, bears, and al sorts of PCPs out to get the low-levels. After that was all said and done, it was questing time! I’ve started picking one at random to do and see where that takes me. Fortunately this time I didn’t have another deep desert issue: I got the blood pact. This quest is set in Lumbridge and is available to non-members so feel free to give it a shot. I began by talking to Xenia, a woman standing in the graveyard just south of Lumbridge.

The gig: three ruffians kidnapped a damsel in distress and were going to sacrifice her. Crazy cultists. So down into the catacombs we went. I wish I had brought some sort of melee weapon because that is what you need to fight the first guy. Xenia walked me through literally every step.

Poor girl. She never stood a chance.

Poor girl. She never stood a chance.

All the bad guys were level three so if you don’t feel safe fighting a few level threes, go kill chickens somewhere until you do; or follow what I do and stock up on food before entering any dungeon. (Hint: Eating and fighting is probably the wisest tactic you’ll ever learn.) I kicked their butts, saved the girl, and left the catacombs. The best part? I got to keep the weapons the characters were using: a serious charge bow improvement. In the building right next to the entrance to the catacombs there is a coffin. I opened it a disturbed an unruly ghost. For some reason I couldn’t interact with it.

After I quick teleported over to Draynor and head over to Falador in order to activate that lodestone. On my way, I stopped by the clan camp just below the southern Falador gates. There I received my new clan cape which portrays our two clan symbols: a wizards hat and a bow. The cape itself is purple.

Since I’ve kind of been on a roll with this whole lodestone thing, I went to activate the two I had left on the far west coast of the RS mainland (these are all in the member’s world).  Ardougne was simple enough since it was right south of Seers’ village without any obstacles in the way.

Those bats were real jerks.

Those bats were real jerks.

My adventure to Yanille was quite a bit more exciting. I passed some people chopping down yews and then I was out in the open. Oh, and I was being harassed by these crazy bats… level 57 bats. At one point there were three of them attacking me at the same time. I tried to fight them off as best I could but I only had 100 health points left I had to make a mad dash for it.

These bats were mage bats so they could hit you even while you’re running away. (Hint: when you go up against ranged opponents, give your health a little more wiggle room than you would when fighting a melee enemy.) 

I was struck twice during my attempted escape and just barely was able to make it to the nearest bank to withdraw all that beef I’ve been harvesting off my cow-profit system. Then I went back out there to show them batsies who’s boss…meaning me. Ten steaks and three bats later, I succeeded in activated that darned Yanille lodestone. ADVENTURE = SUCCESS.

Here is a shortcut through The Blood Pact, if you’re interested.

**Next post: be ready for some video! Or, at least an attempt!

Categories: Ardougne, Crafting, Defense, Edgeville, f2p, Falador, Lumbridge, p2p, Range, Seers Village, The Blood Pact, The Grand Exchange, Varrock, Woodcutting, Yanille | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Free cake, killing cows, and tackling the Grand Exchange.

I haven’t been seeing very many actual players on my journeys so I decided to try  new, more populated world. Usually if I’m just in the mood to work on my skills, I’ll stick to the less populated areas (Hint: the less people in a world, the faster/smoother your game will run) but today I feel like chattin’ it up with some strangers.

Before you press that play button, choose your world.

Before you press that play button, choose your world.

In World Select mode, you can see the first two worlds are in yellow. That means those are member worlds, whereas the white worlds are f2p. For the sake of population, I headed to World 3 with 1182 people logged in and active.

I spawned in Lumbridge because that was where I left off last time and I could immediately tell my game was running slow. Not only did it take a few seconds longer than usual to load but also when I would click somewhere so move, Potam wouldn’t respond right away. Ah well, this is the price I pay for making a few friends.

Lumbridge castle is the hang-out place so I headed over there. As soon as everything got caught up with itself, there were white dots (my fellow players) all across my mini map (the small map in the upper right-hand corner of the screen). I picked a small cluster and sat myself down in the middle of them.

13Shadow5 and Potam chilling in front of Lumbridge Castle.

13Shadow5 and Potam chilling in front of Lumbridge Castle.

I started asking questions and someone named The Real 13Shadow5 started answering. Apparently she had played for almost four years and this is her third character (currently at level 100). Her other characters were leveled at about 125 and 10. But why the multiple characters? Well, she just got bored. Makes sense, I guess.

I then migrated to a different part of the courtyard where I sat down and eavesdropped on their conversation. They had begun their conversation in English but now were speaking German. I don’t speak German so this was not an enticing eavesdropping conversation. Some people ran by and one called the other a “walking toilet” while a different group was discussing their skill levels. One man claimed he had a 99 runecrafting level. Someone else called him a n00b. These are the day to day RS conversations held between its players.

My cluster.

My cluster.

A guy named Ricky was explaining about how he wanted to be friends with his ex and if her boyfriend interfered, he’d burn his house down; I had to join in. I like to ask questions so eventually he was asking for dating advice and whatnot. Seriously, you can talk about anything with anybody in RS. I also had a brief argument with a gentleman about whether it was appropriate to use replace the word “boat” with “goat” in the saying “whatever floats your boat.” After that was over, some random guy wearing a Santa hat (these are incredibly rare) traded me a cake. (Hint: if you want free things, be a girl in RS. No reason.) 

Potam's new armor she got through the Squeal of Fortune.

Potam’s new armor she got through the Squeal of Fortune.

Some random person asked me to join their clan! I haven’t joined any clans yet so I agreed. Basically clan members get matching capes and can participate in clan wars. So yeah that was exciting! Our name was “Power of the Coman People.” I really hope our fearless leader, 27griffy, simply made a typo but when he changed our name to “Red Dragan” my condescending spelling obsessed side started to peep through. Woops? Maybe I’ll stay but only if I can correct the name…

I had a nice conversation with one of our clan mates named cya6ftunder about how he is only using this character until his other two are no longer muted. I asked him why and he explained how people started giving him crap and he went off on them pretty hard. Apparently his brother died and has a hard time with coping. However, my internet BS-meter went off when he described how his brother died twice on the ER table. Who knows if it’s true. I once ran into a guy who claimed his principle was shot by a student that day. Within three hours the story was all over CNN: a kid had shot the principal of his school and held the vice principal hostage. You never know who you can talk to over the internet or what you might find.

After an hour, I had officially two new friends on RS: Baron Stahlmesser and 27griffy. Go team!

I had to leave the game for a while to eat some dinner and when I came back I wanted to work on my skills. I had collected imp hides to make some really cool imp armor but my crafting level isn’t high enough. What did I do? I headed over to the cow pasture North East of Lumbridge. This is a great way to cover multiple skills in one action:

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Take that!

  1. You kill the cow. (Range/Defense/Health)
  2. Pick up the bones, hide, and raw meat.
  3. Bury the bones. (Prayer)
  4. Chop wood. (Woodcutting)
  5. Light the wood. (Firemaking)
  6. Cook the meat over the fire. (Cooking)
  7. Take the hide to a tanner.
  8. Craft the soft leather into something. (Crafting)
  9. Sell the items you just crafted at the Grand Exchange.
  10. Profit.

To make this go smoothly go to the tanner in Varrock, the city North of Lumbridge, then go straight North to the Grand Exchange or the bank.

I suppose I’ve mentioned the Grand Exchange one too many times without explaining what exactly it is. The Grand Exchange is essentially a place where you can buy and sell items to other players.

The Grand entrance.

The Grand entrance.

If you need something just type it into the search bar. If you’d like to check the prices or just see how the market is going, check out this website. If you’d like to sell your items for maximum profit, type in the name of that item in the site and watch the market. When the market is at its highest sell, sell, sell! Before you can begin these economic adventures you have to take a tour. I took the long tour so as the get a thorough idea of the place. There is an option to take the fast route if you don’t have any time to waste. Here is one quick tip: under the red and white cabanas there are four people behind the. Two are bankers and the other two are Grand Exchange people.

The man on the left is the banker and the woman on the right is the Grand Exchange employee.

The man on the left is the banker and the woman on the right is the Grand Exchange employee.

For some reason, this took me forever the first time around so I thought I’d give you guys a heads up. Also, if you’re in a more populated world, your computer may lag when you come here due to the mass amounts of people wanting to exchange goods.

Potam came here to sell some of her crafted goods. She had at least twenty pairs of leather gloves. When you sell these individually, you won’t make very much but selling in bulk will guarantee you quite a bit of gp (gold pieces, the currency of Runescape).

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What a load of lodestones.

Or maybe it's purple?

Or maybe it’s purple?

It can take a while to walk/run from one side of the RS world to the other; sometimes even the trek from Lumbridge to Port Sarim can be unbearable. If you have explored your magic abilities, then you may have noticed the Blue circle with a white “H” in the middle.

This is RS’s way of apologizing for the vastness of its world. When you click on this symbol a simplified map of RS will pop up. You will then see a series of markers. These represent lodestones (teleportation stations for the magically inept). There is usually one for every big town or city so whenever you venture into new territory make sure you check your map for where that city’s lodestone is located. Once you find it, you’ll have to activate it, simple enough.

Voila! You can now fast-travel (move from one area to another without walking). If you’re set on activating all the lodestones in one go, you can always check back to the simplified map of RS: the lodestones you haven’t activated yet will be represented by a shield with a padlock.

There are three locations already activated.

There are three locations already activated.

Alas, there’s a hitch. Well, actually a couple of them. One, after a certain point in the Wilderness, teleporting is out of the question. The same goes for when you’re in combat, unfortunately. Sorry, when you get yourself into a jam with something that has twenty combat levels on you, you’re only real choice is run and hope to God whatever it is doesn’t have range skills and your stamina doesn’t run out too quickly. Oh yeah, and hope you’re within five minutes of your spawn point (where you choose to pop back into the game when you die).

Dying is a completely separate topic that I’ll brush more on when Potam has her first brush with Death.

This is what the Lumbridge lodestone looks like.

This is what the Lumbridge lodestone looks like.

Potam has recently been getting these “dodgy fliers” encouraging her to venture to Lumbridge and attend some thieving convention. Sounds good to me; I teleported to Lumbridge (this location is in a f2p world). Unfortunately I couldn’t really remember where the flier told me to go so I just messed around for a while. There is this great place just northeast of the castle where there are level 4 goblins just hanging around. This is the easiest place to get your combat levels up when you’re just a beginner. Be sure to pick up all the drops (the items the creatures you kill leave behind). You never know just yet when or how you might be able to use them or heck, if you get too many of the same item you can trade with someone, sell it at the nearest general store, or at the Grand Exchange. So, for the time being just throw everything in the bank. These are marked on the map as golden dollar signs, pretty hard to miss, if you ask me.

This is Potam's bank as of now.

This is Potam’s bank as of now.

Most of the items here I received from the tutorial quests while others I got from the Squeal of Fortune. Eventually I can get rid of the pot and the bucket, even the pan. (Hint: Always always, always, keep your food!) As you can see here, similar items will stack (instead of two same-items taking up two spaces in your bank, two same-items will only take the place of one).

Some items cannot be traded and you have the choice to either let them rot in your bank or destroy them. It’s up to you.

 

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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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