Smelting

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!

 

 

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

Game with a friend.

This session we have a special guest, my very good friend, Archery Swag (a.k.a. Taylor). He is a member and one of the gentlemen who got me started in RS back in high school. He’s been a member for a while now so he is a little more advanced than I am when  it comes to knowledge. He and my other character MaggieMayy1, founded our own clan: The Mafia Knitting Club. Well, since I wasn’t really participating all that much in my other grammatically impaired clan, I bailed and joined The Mafia Knitting Club.

#SuperSick

#SuperSick

Sorry, Red Dragans; I have officially moved on to greener pastures.

Perks to ‘Scaping with a friend:

  • Leveling advice.
  • You’re not just someone playing alone in your room.
  • You have a wingman.
  • Trade!
  • Dungeoneering opportunities.
  • The wilderness buddy system.
  • Dueling arena.
  • Dance parties!

And the list goes on…

Taylor goes to Michigan Tech and surprised me by being in Bemidji on Friday. (My friends and I play a nation-wide game of tag and he came and tagged me as well as stayed for the weekend.) This is why my posts are late. We played RS for a little while too and this was the perfect opportunity to have a great gaming session.

Right about this time, I had officially given up on the old quest. I wasn’t leveling up fast enough and I was ready to do exploring elsewhere. The best part about RS quests is the fact that you can leaven whenever you want and when you come back you can pick right back up where you left off. Someday, I’ll return but not this day.

Potam, Achery Swag, and Archery Swag's overgrown cat killing cows.

Potam, Achery Swag, and Archery Swag’s overgrown cat killing cows.

Although my imp robes were cool, we decided I needed some legitimate range armor. My defense isn’t high enough so I’m stuck with leather for now. We hopscotched our way over to Beefy Bill’s pasture. (Hint: the fastest way to get to Beefy Bill’s pasture is via  Draynor lodestone.) We were killing cows left and right until both of our inventories were full of cow hides. then, up to Varrock we went to have them tanned. I accidentally had them tanned into hard leather so the only things I could craft were more hard leather gloves. Fantastic. The hard leather gloves I had made before still hadn’t sold on the Grand Exchange so I doubt these would but I put them up for sale anyway. Now, I needed to level up my crafting skill so I could make better armor. I was about to return to Beefy BIll’s when Taylor mentioned flax farming. There is a flax farm just South of Seers’ Village. (This is in the p2p world.) I needed to activate those lodestones still so I teleported the Taverly and then had to walk the rest of the way.

Taylor has his own 14-step system to profit:

This is flax.

This is flax.

  1. Fill inventory with flax.
  2. Run North of Seers Village bank.
  3. Bank all flax.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until satisfied.
  5. Fill inventory one more time.
  6. Teleport to Lumbridge.
  7. Go to the second floor.
  8. Spin flax into bow strings at the spinning wheel there. (Crafting)
  9. Go to third floor bank.
  10. Exchange bow strings for more flax.
  11. Repeat steps 7-10 until out of flax.
  12. Go to Grand Exchange.
  13. Sell all bow strings.
  14. Profit.
Simple enough.

Simple enough.

We did that a couple of turns until Taylor told me about some fancy boots, I think they’re called “boots of lightness” or something along those lines. They increase your stamina as well as make you faster. You see, the more things you carry the slower you go and the worse your stamina; these boots fix that. The location of these boots were in this crazy dungeon and we had to buy candles and light them first in order to see. I was attacked by bats on the way down there but once my combat level gets high enough these pests shant be an issue. I had to claw through some spider webs but I got the boots! I haven’t noticed any difference but that’s because I don’t carry much to begin with.

After we got out of that dark place we returned to our flax farming. However, we were stopped along the way by this bouncing box-thing. I bought a ticket and entered. I was greeted by a circus set-up and three options. I chose the range course where I had to shoot at certain targets at different distances. I hit the first few but I missed most of them. Fortunately, I still got a bunch of xp from it so all was well.

My kitteh.

My kitteh.

Then, Taylor and I decided I needed a cat. I had seen other members with pets and I wanted one but didn’t know how. Taylor had a cat so he knew the ropes. I had to complete this Gertrude’s Cat quest, as long as it wasn’t as complicated as that desert quest, sign me up! Off to Varrock we teleported. This time we check the wiki first. I needed a sardine and a bucket of milk. You can buy both at the Grand Exchange and soon I owned both. (Hint: make sure you go to the back of Gertrude’s house and pick some of the Doogle weed to rub on the sardine!) One saved cat later, I had my own little kitten! You have to feed and pet it, like any other real cat otherwise it will run away. Time to test my nurturing skills.

To end our session, we returned to Lumbridge to finish our flax spinning, this time with our feline companions!

 

Categories: Crafting, Defense, f2p, Gertrude's Cat, Lumbridge, p2p, Seers Village, Smelting, Taverly, The Grand Exchange, Tourist Trap, Varrock | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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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