Damnit, Drezel. (Pt. 2)

Potam in front of the mausoleum.

Potam in front of the mausoleum.

No, Drezel is not free. Not even a little bit. Yeah, sure the door might be open but here’s the kicker: if Drezel takes one step out of that cell, the vampyre dwelling in that vampyre coffin will jump out and kill everyone. That could put a damper on our grand escape plan. Alright, so what do I do, Drezel?

I have to go get a bucket from god knows where (I got mine from my bank because I keep everything…) and then I need to fill said bucket with the water from the well surrounded by those statues in the mausoleum. The water comes from the nearby river which is enchanted to keep to bad guys away. Doop-dee-doo, I filled the bucket and splashed it over the vampyre’s coffin. Apparently the monks didn’t really care that Drezel escaped because I met him in the mausoleum right after without so much as a skirmish.

Ah, well. I guess they changed their mind about the whole captivity thing.

Ever since I killed the dog, apparently the magic river wasn’t so magic anymore and that was a bad thing. A very bad thing. Drezel needed be so get him some Rune Essence to combat the evil seeping past his defenses. This early in the game I haven’t started mining Rune Essence (basically what they make rune out of for magics and whatnot). Alas, I was forced to go to the GE and buy my way out of this one. Sorry, guys.

That tiny thing in the middle is the well.

That tiny thing in the middle is the well.

So there I was with my 50 pieces of Rune Essence but when I brought them to him he wouldn’t take them because they were in note form…………… Seriously. There is always a catch with these quests. Why can’t any just be straight forward?! So, I had to teleport back to Varrock and find a bank to switch my notes Rune Essence to actual ones meaning I would have to make two trips. Fan-freaking-tastic. Fine. I guess I’ll do this dance twice.

Turns out, this was the last step to this quest and after giving him the Rune Essence he was like, sweet! Have this cool dagger! It doesn’t let werewolves turn into werewolves.

Fine by me. Oh, and I leveled up in Prayer which is fine by me, too.

Quest = Complete

Quest = Complete

Shortcut to Priest in Peril is here.

 

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Damnit, Drezel. (pt. 1)

Today I did a quest titled, Preist in Peril. You begin by speaking to the king of Varrock, King Roald. Apparently his friend, a monk named Drezel has gone missing and needs the help of a good Samaritan to find out hat happened! Well, well, well, I just so happen to know a good Samaritan who just so happens to be looking for a quest.

This is what my armor looks like, I'm supposed to me doing ok against this ghoul, right?

This is what my armor looks like, I’m supposed to me doing ok against this ghoul, right?

So, off I went to the east. It took me ages to find this temple when Drezel was supposed to be and when I finally did, the door was locked. GREAT. I examined the door a few times but to no avail. I tried to speak with this mysterious monk lingering outside but he ignored me. I checked out this mausoleum, opened the trapdoor and went underground. There was a level 50 dog there named Cerberus; I was surprised he didn’t attack me right away since monsters that high of level are usually placed there to attack people. Passing the dog, I went through a gate leading to a large room with a well inside surrounded by statues. I examined the statues and the well but nothing interesting happened. In the far corner there was another door leading to a library and what looked like a cave mouth dripping “holy water.” I tried to pass through it but I received a notice that “the guardian had not cleared me to pass.” By guardian I think they meant the level 63 ghoul wandering about the same room. Awesome, I have to fight this thing?! Lucky I brought all this food with me.

I needed to restock my health about three times but I eventually killed it and went to pass through when I received yet another warning. This was a warning you would get when you pass into the wilderness of the deep desert and it seemed fishy that a novice quest would send you into somewhere that dangerous. So, I returned to king Roald to double check what exactly it was I was supposed to be doing with that-there temple.

Of course he was of no help, he repeated what he had told me before but with no further aid. Alright, it’s time to outsource.

Back at the temple there was another player, obviously doing the same quest as me since he kept on stopping that that darned temple door that was locked from the inside. I asked him what to do and he said I had to kill the dog. What?! Since when was I told to kill a dog?! That dog wasn’t trying to kill me… I was just so confused. Then I right-clicked on the door this time instead of left-clicking to pull down the options list and that’s when I saw the option to “knock.”

Well, now why didn’t I think of that? Lo and behold when I knocked someone on the other side spoke to me, their script suggested they weren’t who they were saying they were (They claimed they were Drezel but in that horribly sketchy kind of way). Alas, they told me to kill Cerberus, so I had to swallow my morals and kill that poor dog.

At least they were considerate, right?

At least they were considerate, right?

Right in the middle of my battle my game froze and crashed so I had to switch over to a less populated world. The Canada server only had about 200-something people in it so that would work.

Eventually, I killed the dog. Poor thing. I talked to the people at the temple and they sent me back to the king who was none-too pleased to hear I had killed Cerberus. Apparently his kingdom was now going to be invaded by crazies. COOL GUYS. I returned to the temple to try and fix my mess and this time I could just walk on in since I guess the monks in there now considered me a total bro for killing that dog. I found Drezel locked in a chamber on the third floor right next to a vampyre coffin. I had to find a key by killing one of the monks downstairs and then I had to exchange it with one of the keys held by those statues down in the mausoleum. Easy enough. Soon I had the key for Drezel and he was free…

Or was he?

Find a shortcut through Priest in Peril here.

 

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Dealings with weird people and frog armies.

My computer was lagging hard.

My computer was lagging hard.

Now with those lodestones all activated I’m going to try and talk to some more people. I began this session in World 2, a member’s world. If you remember from my last post how I mentioned the place to be for members is the GE alas I teleported to Varrock and ran North to the Grand Exchange. If I could compare this place to an irl (“in real life”) location it would have to be the New York Stock Exchange. There is this constant chatter amongst people looking to buy and people looking to sell. Some people are more calm than others, while some are cursing with the very limited vocabulary they possess.  There are also the spectators in the corner and that is where I headed.

They were in a group of about seven or eight. Some were flaunting their levels like they were young men comparing the sizes of their dicks.

These guys were not very friendly.

These guys were not very friendly.

One guy was offering to lend out his santa hat (A super rare item Jagex only dropped on Dec. 25th, 2002. Worth about 122,213,043gp through the Grand Exchange.). I had never “lent” anything to anyone before, only permanently traded so I asked him how to “lend” something. his response was to completely ignore my question and just throw snowballs at me. Jerk.

There was another guy exclaiming if anyone could guess where his name came from, he’s give them something. His name was The Fuschino. Some girl got it and (you’ll only get this in a member’s world) he just up and gave her 5million gp. Jeez, I guess I need to brush up on my pop culture references.

Over by one of the cabanas there was a man named Nibisho looking for junk because apparently he was scammed.

Poor, naïve Nibisho.

Poor, naïve Nibisho.

This shocked me mostly because he was such a high level and usually if you’re that experienced you know your way past a simple scam. I was chit-chatting with him when another player, strfire75, came up and began harassing Nibisho with insults and then flaunting his skill levels (which were not very high for the experience he was claiming to have).   Nibisho ran to the bank and came backa  few seconds later with a giant carrot-potato looking thing of which he proceeding to smite strfire75. In response strfire75 threw confetti on him. It was a mighty battle.

I think, once the carrot was brought out, any negativity was deemed pointless because from that point forward the whole thing was one big joke. After a few more minutes of conversation, a player named Ryeezyyy traded Nibisho a cape and about 30k, seriously, what a nice guy.

Any malcontent was dissolved immediately.

Any malcontent was dissolved immediately.

If I wasn’t just starting out myself, I’d have donated as well. After Nibisho left, I wandered around from pack to pack eavesdropping on the conversations of others. Everyone seemed to have their own name for things and the vernacular wasn’t always easy to follow. If you find yourself in this situation, use this as a guide.

Eventually I got bored in this intimidating member’s world where all people do is throw snowballs at you and throw money away like it’s nothing. I transferred over the World 3, a f2p world where the place to be is Lumbridge Castle. The people there were doing their own thing, telling stories about how they were thrown in jail or about how their best friend is racist. Nice, light small talk. Well, there I was just chilling in the courtyard when a procession of frogs wearing capes and carrying kites walked by. There were like twenty of them, all dressed the same and all following one another. They did about three passes around the castle and then they left.

Dafuq?

Dafuq?

I took that as my sign to leave. I had nothing in my inventory. I hadn’t gained any levels. I hadn’t even earned any more money. Although this session may have been rather unproductive for my character, I definitely had some interesting interactions with some crazy people.

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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!

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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!

 

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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.)

 

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The deep desert is not fun.

Wares officially bartered.

Wares officially bartered.

After Potam acquired her imp hide robes but she still had all those leather items in her bank. What do we do when we have an exceptional amount of items? We sell them! Sell them all! So, I teleported to the Varrock and headed to the Grand Exchange to barter my wares. Unfortunately none of these items are in particularly high demand so it will take some time to sell all of them.

Alright, moving on.

I was getting kind of tired of the whole Lumbridge/Varrock scene so after teleporting back to Lumbridge I headed south, out of Lumbridge, and then west over a bridge into Al Kharid, a desert city. I explored a bit and learned the castle there is on lockdown. You can’t get in anywhere but you can kill the guards if you’re bored but there really isn’t much else you can do to interact with the castle itself.

It is very beige there.

It is very beige there.

I moved on the rest of the city and activated the lodestone. The city itself is not very big but there are places to buy scimitars (Hint: this is the prime weapon for any melee-focused character), plate legs, or plate skirts. (You know, in case you want to look feminine when you’re killing goblins.) There ar also the Al Kharid games you can look into. Personally, I’ve always viewed these as a perfectly good waste of time and gp but whatever floats your goat. If you’re in need of snacks, there is a Kebab shop where you can buy…wait for it… kebabs for one gp. Kebabs are meant to be a bit risky though. Sometimes they can give you 300 health points while other times they can give you nothing. In addition to giving you health points, if you get a spectacularly delectable kebab it can even raise some combat stats whereas a putrid kebab can lower stats.

From there I headed south to where there was an alcove with a bank chest and from there I couldn’t go any further south without receiving this message (for f2p players, you shall not pass):

Psh.

Psh.

Obviously I clicked “Proceed Regardless” because I’m not afraid of anything and into the desert I ventured. To the right of this gate there was a weeping damsel in distress. Me, being the good samaritan that I am, asked her what was the matter and apparently her daughter had gone into the desert and NOT RETURNED. GASP.

THE QUEST HAS BEGUN.

I was told to follow some footsteps heading south and sure enough there were some footsteps in the sand clear as day.

It's like they wanted me to see them or something.

It’s like they wanted me to see them or something.

So, I followed said footsteps to a band of miners guarding some sort of gate. I sweet-talked my way (meaning I paid one miner five gp) into telling me how to get past the gate. apparently the guard captain had a key on him but he wasn’t going to let me in, of all people, unless I found some guy named Al Zaba Bhasim (possibly hiding in the west *hint*hint*wink*wink*), captured him, and brought him back to the head guard. All of the sudden I lost about three fourths of my health. I looked in my chat box: I guess we need waterskins to hang out in the desert. Who knew? Well, I certainly didn’t. I had maybe 100 health left out of 500 so I had to book it back to Al Kharid to buy some (4) waterskins. (Hint: you can buy them from the guy next to the guy selling game stuffs.) I also bought a desert shirt, boots, robe, a fake beard, and a turban. If you combine your turban with your fake beard it makes a desert disguise. I don’t know what it’s supposed to be used for but I put it on anyways, just in case.

So, with my sweet desert disguise and my waterskins I journeyed back to the desert, to the miners’ camp, and west to find that Al Zabadoobeedoo guy and return him to the hands of justice! Soon enough I found a camp and in the centermost tent was the tent-dwellers’ leader who told me that man doe not exist. I had to return to the captain, insult him for not fighting his own battles and then we fought. It took some time and a kebab but eventually I killed him, and look at that! He dropped a key!

Me in my desert garb.

Me in my desert garb stuck in my cell.

There I took the key, got in through the gate and I wasn’t in there a minute before some guards caught me and threw me in jail. Great.

I’ve tried to escape time and time again but to no avail. I’ve bent the bars, gone outside, talked to all the slaves, the cart drivers, and even the camel. I’ve checked all the crates and even snuck up to the second floor of the prison and talked to the captain. I tried to convince him there was a fire in the lower mines and instead of sounding the alarm I ran to save him first but I got nowhere. Oh, and I was caught and roughed up by some guards at least ten times whilst completing these tasks. I’m officially stuck. I guess I’ll have cave and check the wiki. Or maybe not… no matter how many times I get thrown back into jail, I will find a way! I promise you that! By the way, I’m down to one waterskin so I better figure this out soon or I’m going to die. Cool beans.

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Hides on hides on hides.

So I started out today in the Grand Exchange. I checked my “Collection” box and all my items had sold. Yay! Monies! From there , I wasn’t in a very populated world so I decided to focus on my skill levels for this session. I teleported to the Varrock lodestone and made my way south to Beefy Bill’s cow pasture to follow my ten-step cow-killing system. In my chat box I noticed the daily challenge was to bury 12 bones. Well, easy enough for someone who was going to be burying bones anyway and twelve cows later the challenge was mine!

Challenge = Success

Challenge = Success

I had to Google who and where the Imperial Guard Quartermaster ( the IGQ) was (he’s in Burthorpe, by the way). So, I teleported to the Burthorpe lodestone (North of Taverly, this lodestone was automatically activated during the tutorial stages.) and headed South to his little hut/shack looking thing.

Maybe it's more of a lean-to?

Maybe it’s more of a lean-to?

I don’t really understand how it all worked but I do know I leveled up in Prayer, so that’s a good thing. I believe the Daily Challenge is a members only thing since Burthorpe is in a Members only zone. Sorry, free players. The cape you see in the screen shot was a drop from a troll I killed upon teleporting into Burthorpe. This gave me an idea. Since I was already collecting imp hides wouldn’t it be super sweet if I could make my own full imp-hide robe set? YES. YES IT WOULD.

Right next to the IGQ’s tent there is a chest that doubles as a bank. I went in, got all my imp hides out and lo and behold my crafting level wasn’t high enough. Well, great. To even make imp hide gloves I had to be at least level 10.  So, I gave up on that idea and decided to go adventuring throughout the p2p world. Southward, Will Robinson, Southward!

I didn’t make it out of Burthorpe when I passed a cow pasture and a higher level guy with a thorny whip just killing cows for kicks. He wasn’t even picking up any of the drops. Well, I guess once you get to level 100-something cow drops are menial.

Hides on hides on hides.

Hides on hides on hides.

Lightbulb! In order to get your crafting level up you need to craft things. The easiest thing to craft was leather: this guy was not picking up any of the cow hides (which, if you don’t know, can be tanned into hard or soft leather). BOOM. I went back to the bank-chest, emptied my inventory, headed to that small pasture and began my hide-farming.

If you don’t remember from your Tutorial stage, there is a man two steps North or so of this pasture who is more than willing to tan thine hides for you. So, once I had filled my inventory I walked over, had them tanned and I began my crafting expeditions. At first I would only make leather gloves, but as I leveled up I graduated to boots, then chaps, then eventually shields. In order to make a complete imp-hide robe set, I had to get all the way level 20 so I had to make at least 100 shields but in the end it was all worth it!

This is Jack Oval. He's pretty neat.

This is Jack Oval. He’s pretty neat.

To make imp hide robes you need more than just a certain level and the hide itself; you also need thread. I don’t know how I had it but when I checked in my bank, I did! This is why I advised to always keep everything you find for at least the first forty combat levels or so. As you can see in the screen shot to the left, I had already made an imp hide hood along with some imp hide gloves and boots. Already my outfit was looking #SuperSick. I added to hashtag to make it more douchey-sounding because that is what anyone would immediately think when they see someone running around with a bright red hood with horns on it.

Unfortunately, I soon ran out of imp hides and I had to go searching for more imps to brutally murder for their skin. I hadn’t really noticed too many imps around the Taverly/Burthorpe areas in the hours I had spent there but I do remember seeing a couple scuttling about in Lumbridge. 1-2-3  and I teleported to Lumbridge. (See how convenient these dang lodestones are?)

Red mist.

Red mist.

Well, apparently my observations were spot on because the second I arrive, there is an imp right there! Silly imp. Twenty minutes later I had all the hides I needed and viola, my robes were complete. Usually robes will enhance your magic powers but I don’t really care right now because they look cool. Something I noticed when I was leveling my crafting, I gained the ability to make spider silk things.

Well, I’m glad I had been picking up all those spider drops because when I checked my bank on the third floor of Lumbridge castle, I had a few spider silks. They needed thread as well but I got the complete set done. Now I have two sets of robes! However, when I went to try that set on, it wouldn’t let me because I apparently I need to have at least level 20 defense. Ugh. Sorry, peoples, I couldn’t try them on for you. I know for a fact you do not need to be a member to wear imp hide robes so go all out and make your character look awesome!

Next up: The combat triangle and a quest through the desert.

Categories: Burthorpe, Crafting, Defense, f2p, Lumbridge, p2p, Prayer, Quests, Taverly, The Grand Exchange, Tutorial, Varrock | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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).

Categories: Cooking, Crafting, Defense, f2p, Firemaking, Lumbridge, p2p, Prayer, Range, Runecrafting, The Grand Exchange, Varrock, Woodcutting | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

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