Posts Tagged With: CAPTCHA

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.

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

The Terms and Conditions

As you can imagine, this is a blog about Runescape. This is a blog for newbies, those seeking a nostalgia rush, or those interested in simply mocking the nerd that decided to create a blog about video game adventures.

This is Potam!

This is Potam!

I first heard about Runescape in a chatroom through a certain bit of software I use to “share” music. I never really looked into it until my junior year of high school when a couple of my guy friends were all like “have you heard of Runescape?” Yadda-yadda-yadda, we ended up having a few gaming sessions that would extend into the wee hours of the morning. (This was also enhanced by our use of Skype at the same time. For those interested in group gaming I highly suggest the Skype ‘n’ ‘Scape method as your preferred method of communication.)  Runescape is the reason I game so much even now. It’s great for those who haven’t mastered the Call of Duty controls. If you’re anything like me, those games are still terrifying. If you’re not like me, then Runescape can still benefit you in the way any mindless task would. Seriously, it’s like if Skyrim and Minecraft had a baby it would be Runescape.

That was five years ago. Runescape has evolved immensely with updates adding tutorial extras, better graphics, and longer/cheesier cut scenes. Starting March 2013, there is a site based on the layout from 2007 so if you’d like to play a more “vintage” game then sign up here. It’s still free, for the time being and it’s still just as “delightfully outdated” as my friend, Matt, would say.

This is Potam waving!

This is Potam waving!

This blog, however, is going to be played on the more modernized edition (which is also free). I created a character: Potam (I got the name from the little CAPTCHA when I signed in).  Everyday I will post something about the adventures Potam had, the quests she went on, the levels she gained, the people she met, the works. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, snide remarks, etc. feel free to express them. If you’d like Potam to try a quest or if you have any pointers that might make things move along faster please share! Personally, I know the shortcuts to get through these quests a little faster (i.e. the Grand Exchange). For those who don’t know what the Grand Exchange is, I’ll explain in a later post when Potam journeys there. However, I plan on working through the game the way any beginning who doesn’t know the cheats might do. (Sidenote: there are no cheats in Runescape. Do NOT download anything that even suggests a Runescape cheat. It’s fake. Stay away, far away.) Also, if I use any Runescape “lingo” I’ll try to define it for you but if you have any questions, please ask.

Fair warning, I am a member and will be doing things in the p2p (pay-to-play) and in the f2p (free-to-play) boundaries; I’ll be sure to mention where I am and when I cross the border from one to the other.

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All you need is a username, a password and (if you don’t feel like paying for a membership) you get 10,000 hours of free play time.

Hopefully I’ll see you out there. Have fun! Take chances! Pwn n00bs (take advantage of new players)! Good luck.

Categories: f2p, p2p, Quests, Shortcuts, The Grand Exchange, Tutorial | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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