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.
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.
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.
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.
I started asking questions and someone named The Real13Shadow5 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.
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.
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: BaronStahlmesser 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:
You kill the cow. (Range/Defense/Health)
Pick up the bones, hide, and raw meat.
Bury the bones. (Prayer)
Chop wood. (Woodcutting)
Light the wood. (Firemaking)
Cook the meat over the fire. (Cooking)
Take the hide to a tanner.
Craft the soft leather into something. (Crafting)
Sell the items you just crafted at the Grand Exchange.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
As you can imagine, this is a blog about Runescape. This is a blog for newbies, those seeking a nostalgia rush, or those interested in simply mocking the nerd that decided to create a blog about video game adventures.
This is Potam!
I first heard about Runescape in a chatroom through a certain bit of software I use to “share” music. I never really looked into it until my junior year of high school when a couple of my guy friends were all like “have you heard of Runescape?” Yadda-yadda-yadda, we ended up having a few gaming sessions that would extend into the wee hours of the morning. (This was also enhanced by our use of Skype at the same time. For those interested in group gaming I highly suggest the Skype ‘n’ ‘Scape method as your preferred method of communication.) Runescape is the reason I game so much even now. It’s great for those who haven’t mastered the Call of Duty controls. If you’re anything like me, those games are still terrifying. If you’re not like me, then Runescape can still benefit you in the way any mindless task would. Seriously, it’s like if Skyrim and Minecraft had a baby it would be Runescape.
That was five years ago. Runescape has evolved immensely with updates adding tutorial extras, better graphics, and longer/cheesier cut scenes. Starting March 2013, there is a site based on the layout from 2007 so if you’d like to play a more “vintage” game then sign up here. It’s still free, for the time being and it’s still just as “delightfully outdated” as my friend, Matt, would say.
This is Potam waving!
This blog, however, is going to be played on the more modernized edition (which is also free). I created a character: Potam (I got the name from the little CAPTCHA when I signed in). Everyday I will post something about the adventures Potam had, the quests she went on, the levels she gained, the people she met, the works. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, snide remarks, etc. feel free to express them. If you’d like Potam to try a quest or if you have any pointers that might make things move along faster please share! Personally, I know the shortcuts to get through these quests a little faster (i.e. the Grand Exchange). For those who don’t know what the Grand Exchange is, I’ll explain in a later post when Potam journeys there. However, I plan on working through the game the way any beginning who doesn’t know the cheats might do. (Sidenote: there are no cheats in Runescape. Do NOT download anything that even suggests a Runescape cheat. It’s fake. Stay away, far away.) Also, if I use any Runescape “lingo” I’ll try to define it for you but if you have any questions, please ask.
Fair warning, I am a member and will be doing things in the p2p (pay-to-play) and in thef2p (free-to-play) boundaries; I’ll be sure to mention where I am and when I cross the border from one to the other.
All you need is a username, a password and (if you don’t feel like paying for a membership) you get 10,000 hours of free play time.
Hopefully I’ll see you out there. Have fun! Take chances! Pwn n00bs (take advantage of new players)! Good luck.