Posts Tagged With: Grand Exchange

Old school like the old school.

Still going strong since 2007.

Still going strong since 2007.

I had previously mentioned an Old School RuneScape, before the updates that have made the world what it look like now. When I say Old School, I mean the 2007 version. In order to give the readers a proper comparison, I’ve taken a journey there myself. (Keep in mind that if you have a Mac operating system this will not work: I had to use my boyfriend’s Windows 7 for this project.) Also, because I was on a PC, the screen shot capabilities were a little different and I apologize for their lack of quality.

Seriously, this is as basic as it gets.

Seriously, this is as basic as it gets.

Although this world has the same map, you need to begin from scratch. Well, almost scratch. You get to keep your name but since the graphics are so basic, it’s just better to re-do your outfit. But yeah, when it comes to skills you also have to start from zero but the 2007 version has it’s own Tutorial Island for you to visit; however, this one doesn’t take four freaking hours to finish. You literally mine some stuff, bake some bread, kill a rat, talk to a wizard and leave. Real complicated. Maybe this is why so many players petitioned to have the 2007 version brought back even if it was on a separate server.

Once I got past the Tutorial Island, I landed in Lumbridge where things have changed. There aren’t any lodestones here. If you wish to teleport you need to either be a high-enough mage or have the magic tablet specifically set to the destination you’de like to travel to.

Oh how the times have changed thee, Lumbridge.

This is just outside the entrance to the Lumbridge Castle courtyard.

I met up with ArcherySwag (Taylor) and he gave me one of these to go to Camelot. He showed me a new way to profit! This is only for members, if you wish to profit as an f2p player, I suggest the Beefy Bill formula. The key phrase here is: toad legs. There is a pond surrounded by toads just chilling on the ground. Here is the 11-step process to profit.

  1. Empty inventory.
  2. Journey to Swamp in the Tree Gnome Stronghold.
  3. Fill inventory with toads.
  4. Pull toads’ legs off. (Be careful because once you do this they become edible.)
  5. Run Southwest to Grand Tree Bank.
  6. Deposit legs.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 as many times as you like.
  8. Walk/run/teleport to Grand Exchange.
  9. Withdraw legs in note form.
  10. Sell at Grand Exchange price.
  11. Profit.
Toads on toads on toads.

Toads on toads on toads.

It is really quite simple and the gameplay from these is extremely similar to what it is now. Or course, in my case, I had a friend show me the way so the process moved quite a bit faster than anyone else’s but regardless, get money, get paid.

Between the two so far, I have much more fun playing on the new edition just because I like the advanced graphics so much more. If you’re feeling vintage, by all means play the 2007 version but if you’re ready to so some business, take the RS2 route. Oh, and I guess if you have a Mac you’re kind of forced that way anywho. I don’t think I’ll be playing this version anytime soon unless Taylor’s there. Plus, Potam looks like a bell-bottomed hippie with orange dreadlocks.

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Categories: Camelot, f2p, Lumbridge, p2p, The Grand Exchange, Tutorial | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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.

Categories: f2p, Lumbridge, p2p, Skills, The Grand Exchange, Varrock | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 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 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.

Categories: Al Kharid, f2p, Lumbridge, p2p, Quests, The Grand Exchange, Varrock | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 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).

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

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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