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Game with two friends! (Pt. 2)

The wall.

The wall.

Since we were a band of fairly high-leveled people (minus me, of course) we entered the Wilderness without fear of being killed by skeletons. If you just plan on running through the wilderness without stopping, make sure you turn your auto-attack off so if you start getting hit by those initial skeletons or grizzly bears, you can just run on by.

I let Alec and Taylor run in first. Those powerhouses mowed down practically every enemy (fine by me). The lowest level skeletons were level 46, still not really in my ball park. After running past the skeletons and bears, we kept heading North. Taylor was in the lead but he was kinda-sorta lost. Not a big deal.

Oh wait. What’s this? What does this guy think he’s doing? All of the sudden this guy named KillenLegend (skill: 1097)  starts attacking Alec. Remember what I said before about players hanging out in the Wildy? Yeah. That was this situation. Anyway those guys are going at it and it actually seemed like Alec was going to win for a while there until this asshat starts eating food. Alec being Alec forgot to stock up on food and only had a few lobsters. Well. He died. I couldn’t fight this guy but Taylor could! So, before he could pick up Alec’s stuff (the killer can see the stuff a full two minutes before the other players can so as to give them first dibs) Taylor starts shooting the heck out of him.

We thought we could wear him down... Oh were we wrong.

We thought we could wear him down… Oh were we wrong.

This guy get a big picture because this battle was epically disappointing. Anyways, Taylor is shooting him up big time, KillenLegend continues to eat. Taylor almost kills him but then he starts to run. Really?! This guy is making a run for it?! He was, what the gamers would call, a pussy (a coward). We pursued but he got out of range to the point where none of us were within an appropriate level distance to attack. Alec, by this point, was back in the game but he was putting on more armor from his bank so he wasn’t much help either. Oh, and he was repairing his dignity. Ah well, at least he could actually fight the guy. I could only stand there and yell numerous profanities at the punk. Just to be obnoxious I followed him all around Edgeville. He just kept telling me he’d kill my family. It was precious, truly precious.

Potam, A Man262, and ArcherySwag hanging out in the Wildy.

Potam, A Man262, and ArcherySwag hanging out in the Wildy.

After a few minutes, I had let him go. YOU WON THIS ONE, KILLENLEGEND.

Well, Alec re-equipped himself with this time he put on his wizard’s robes and brought his air staff and some runes. Maybe magic would work better than range for him. We re-entered the wilderness, this round making sure EVERYONE had food. While Taylor was trying to figure out where we were going we had to hide form some crazed grizzlies atop this hill to yon left.

Eventually, Alec got sick of waiting and took the lead, heading directly East for no apparent reason. We were stopped by a couple of chaos dwarves (level 68) put Alec and Taylor did away with them easily. I just was along for the ride. Soon, we came across some Moss Giants and one randomly spawning skeleton. I couldn’t take one down on my own but between the three of us we had them. The best thing about Moss Giants is that they drop big bones which you can either bury (They give off more Prayer xp than regular bones) or you can sell them on the GE as another way to profit. We began killing them faster than they could spawn so we left.

Taylor had a plan. There was a rune quarry not too far from there and here is what we’d do: sneak up on the people mining there, kill them, take their rune ore. Rune ore is expensive to buy and you need quite a high mining level to mine it so this is probably the most efficient way to acquire said ore. Only… there was one catch. When we arrived at the mine site there wasn’t anyone there.

Sad day. Us sitting by the two lone rune stones.

Sad day. Us sitting by the two lone rune stones.

Alas! We were left with nothing to do accept wander. We went as far North as we could in this f2p world but since Alec wasn’t a member (every party has its pooper) we couldn’t switch to a members world and enter. Saddy death day.

Back West, I guess was where we could go. (We had also gone too far East.) There were some greater demons . I couldn’t even hit them their levels were s high but dan-nabbit I could try! I think I hit one once. I mostly jsut walked around to the cape sellers. (NPCs that are spread throughout the Wildy selling capes. These capes can go for quite a pretty penny.) I bought about ten different capes. They look sweet!  Not long after going through a few greater demons, we all got bored and walked to this castle in the Wildy where the guards are super easy to kill and runes like to spawn all over the place.  By the time we got there it was getting pretty late so we all teleported back into the regular world. Keep in mind that after a certain point in the wilderness you cannot teleport anywhere. I went back to Lumbridge and that is where we ended our session.

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Game with two friends! (Pt. 1)

From left to right: ArcherySwag (Comabat Level: 137), Potam (Combat Level: 37), A Man262 (Combat Level: 151)

From left to right: ArcherySwag (Comabat Level: 137), Potam (Combat Level: 37), A Man262 (Combat Level: 151)

Today I went adventuring with Taylor (ArcherySwag) again but this time we added one more to our party, another fellow Mafia Knitting Club member, Alec (A Man262). His name is particularly ironic due to the fact that A Man262 is a woman. He used to be a man but one day he decided to go around and troll all the horn-dogs that patrol RS; however, to do so he had to adopt a pair of breasts. 

Anyway, A Man262 is not a member so this round ArcherySwag and I had to stick to the f2p boundaries. A Man262 hadn’t played in a while so ArcherySwag and I decided to just do our own thing. I needed to replace my imp-hides wizard’s robes with some actual range-wear since  we were planning on doing some hardcore adventuring. Turns out, even if you are a member, in f2p worlds you can’t do anything that you could do if you were in a members world (i.e. leave the f2p boundaries, wear certain clothes, wield certain items). Even the skills only allotted to members were dumbed down.

Ooovoo-ing it up.

Ooovoo-ing it up.

Moving on, so what I needed was some hard leather armour. I knew I could craft it but ArcherySwag was on the move so I headed up to the GE just to take the fast way out. Well, turns out no one wants to sell their hard leather items (or buy, in my case, those hard leather gloves still haven’t sold). So, I had to go kill some of Beefy Bill’s cows and make my own. ArcherySwag was also trying to tell my my bow sucked but, as it turns out, the “crappy” bow I had was a lot better than both the short bow and the shield bow I coud buy from the archery shop in Varrock. TAKE THAT.

So A Man262 finally made it into our world. We all decided to meet up at the GE. Now, usually you would communicate via RS chat when you team up with other players but with my friends we like to live voice/video chat with Oovoo. This makes communication instantaneous and much, much easier.

For some reason, A Man262 wanted to hit on this one girl he was standing next to in the GE by the fountain. Unfortunately for him, he had to start the conversation out explaining that he was, in fact, a man and not a woman like his character would suggest. Oh, and he approached her with a classy, “Hey gurl.” She was very friendly so, like any other friendly individual, she said hi and from that point on, they were in love.

NO REGRETS.

NO REGRETS.

Not really. Her name was Kate1909 so Alec (keep in mind that Alec is being a total douche right now on purpose) asked if 1909 stood for her year of birth and then followed that delightful question with “I like em old.” Well, on that note, Taylor and I left those two alone. Alec also proceeded to run away and follow us to the costume shop, also in Varrock, to buy some neat clothes. Before the RS2 update you could only obtain these clothes through minigames but now you can just walk in and uy your own zombie outfit. Fine by me. I bought all of them. I needed to do something with all this money I’ve been earning through the Squeal of Fortune and whatnot.

Kate1909 started Private Messaging Alec after he left asking him what he meant by “I like em old.” What the heck do you think he meant?! Alec didn’t really know how to respond so he just ignored her for a while. After we all had costumes I wanted to take a picture with all of us and Alec wanted some text to be in the screen shot. When I said “go” he was to send his message; however, when he clicked to show the message, “I’ve got a half chub right now” he actually sent it to Kate1909. Poor girl. All caught up in a world she couldn’t possibly understand. As damage control, he sent “yolo” as a follow-up. Right. How cute? Taylor and I are rolling over laughing while Alec claims he and Kate1909 are in love. He tried proposing but she refused. Seeing how she’s only 15, that would make sense. She still has her whole RS life ahead of her.

Kate1909 and A Man262 hitting it off.

Kate1909 and A Man262 hitting it off.

Then we prepared to enter the Wilderness. To get to the Wilderness from any location, lodestone teleport to Edgeville and head North until you reach the wall. This wall is much like the entrance to the deep desert or the holy water-covered cave mouth in the mausoleum. You will get a warning before entering the Wilderness. Why? Well, if you get killed in the Wilderness you lose all your stuff…oh, and perchance there is some stranger walking by all your things, they can take them. This leads to high-level players hanging out in the Wilderness, hunting down lower levels, and then taking their things. It’s a cruel world out there. (Hint: If anyone EVER asks you to go out into the Wildy with them, DO NOT GO. They are going to kill you and take your things.) This is why before we left we all stopped at the Edgeville bank, put on our best armor, stocked up on food, and filled our quivers. Once we were adequately prepared (a.k.a. I had food because out of the three of us, I was most likely to be killed by some random) we walked up to the wall and entered the Wilderness…

It's a horrid place.

It’s a horrid place.

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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!

Categories: Ardougne, Crafting, Defense, Edgeville, f2p, Falador, Lumbridge, p2p, Range, Seers Village, The Blood Pact, The Grand Exchange, Varrock, Woodcutting, Yanille | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 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!

 

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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.

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