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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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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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