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

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

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