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.


Categories: f2p, Lumbridge, Prayer, Range, The Grand Exchange, Thieving, Towns | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Let’s begin, shall we?

Alright so after you get all signed up and you lie about reading the terms and conditions you are good to go. Just get all logged in and click the massive gold button labelled “PLAY.”

It's pretty self-explanatory.

It’s pretty self-explanatory.

You start off by choosing a female or male. (If later you decide you want to change genders you can always go to the Make-over Mage by Falador. This is available in both f2p and p2p worlds.) Then you choose the basic theme of their clothing. You have several options and you can choose anything from a warrior to a thief. When you’re done, click the green “Continue” button to move on.

Some outfits have sub-categories as seen here under the "Adventurer theme."

Some outfits have sub-categories as seen here under the “Adventurer theme.”

Next you’ll have several more decisions to make such as the hair style and color, the shirt style and color, the pant style and color, as well as the boot style and color. There will be a model of your character off to the right of the window to preview before you make your final decisions. Once again, when you’re done, click continue.

That was easy enough. Now it’s time to choose your name. Keep in mind that once you finalize your gamer tag, there is no take-backs. You’re stuck with what you have. Also, when it comes to your decision making, you can try to be clever but chances are that name has already been taken to be prepared to add a few numbers. If you think that’s a tacky look, then you’re going to have to try a lot harder. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I named my character Potam because I saw it in a CAPTCHA. I started out by looking up medieval name generators but then I got lazy. You should try to be more creative than that. If you’re also lazy, here are a few sites to get your creative juices flowing:

Once you hit continue, you’re going to finally get to do some serious clicking. This next part of your RuneScape journey is going to take some time, it took me about two hours to get through everything and I’m a veteran. They’ve changed the tutorial process a LOT over the past few years. You used to only have to fight this dragon and help this one warrior. You’d be let into the big leagues with no idea how to do anything except eat cabbage and swing your fists.

My original character is a little bit of everything but for Potam, I decided the bow.

My original character is a little bit of everything but for Potam, I decided the bow.

Potam is going to point out some interesting things about the tutorial process. She’s not going to walk you through it because it would defeat the purpose of the tutorial. I will, however, give you a brief preview of the end of the first cut scene. You must choose your weapon. There is no real advantage of one weapon over the other so just pick whatever suits your fancy.

The tutorial is essentially a series of tasks. You’re character is in the center of the screen; you can change your point of view by moving the arrow keys. There will be a yellow circle around your feet with a line of yellow dots leading you to your first task. Don’t worry, you are walked through EVERYTHING in the tutorial section of your journey so don’t worry about getting lost or confused. (Hint: Use an actual mouse instead of a track pad. This makes handling your character MUCH easier.)

There is even an arrow if you don't believe the dots.

There is even an arrow if you don’t believe the dots.

During the tutorial you will be asked to pickpocket pompous traders, bake disgusting pies, save a woman’s daughter from drowning, and numerous other ways RuneScape tricks you into earning xp (experience points used for leveling up) and teaching you crafting techniques. If you’re into poor humor, you’ll love the conversations you have with some of the NPCs (Non-player characters, or characters that RuneScape had built into the software for you to interact with) they’re great. Some of them are serious but others are like the stereotypical parent trying to tell a dirty joke to seem “hip.”

Make sure, when you’re playing this that your computer can handle the energy draw. I decided to run RuneScape, iTunes, Chrome, my e-mail, and Microsoft Word all at the same time and my game crashed. If this ever happens to you, don’t worry. When you log back on you’re right where you left off. There is no concept of “save” points in RuneScape so you never have to worry about losing the last hour or so of progress. Whew.

It's great.

It’s great.

So, after leveling up, killing some trolls, conjuring up your first spirit wolf, and fletching some arrows you’re finally inducted into knighthood.

There’s this huge ceremony and confetti and knights and a person with a scar and clapping and there is much rejoicing. At the end of every post where I record Potam actually does something I will post three screen shots: my inventory, my skill chart, and where I am on the map. This will pose as data and represent how far Potam has evolved as a character.

Categories: f2p, Fletching, p2p, Quests, Skills, Thieving, Tutorial | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

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