Cloak of Seasons

So it’s now summer and Jagex has some weird idea that what we really want this time is a cloak. Um, why?

It’s not really very good-looking but my real complaint is that it takes 600 items to create 1/4th of the cloak. So I would need 2,400 leaves, blossoms, etc. I have been making bonfires for over an hour and I have not gotten even 10 charred leaves. This means that I would need to hardcore game and not sleep for weeks just to get a cloak.

I could always buy it, of course but that is true of practically everything in Runescape. You can basically buy most stuff but where’s the fun and sense of achievement in that?

The only real way to get it through using the actual items is probably to buy more Treasure Hunter keys but since you need tons of items that means you would need tons of keys.

I thought microtransactions were meant to rid me of some pocket change (hence the “micro” part, but Jagex seems to be going for the people with deep, deep pockets. I would buy the cloak if it cost like $5-10 or maybe even more but I am not going to spend $500 on a virtual item that isn’t even going to make my character uber.

Sorry, Jagex, I’ll be keeping my┬áspare change in a jar and under the sofa for now.

Mining Silver – I Like the Sparkly Rocks in Runescape

runescape miningAnother day, another skill to train. I have been mining in Runescape. Since I have 20 mining and need to level up crafting so I can use a dragon longsword, I have been hitting those sparkly silver rocks for over an hour now.

This picture was taken at the Varrock south-west mining spot where there are 3 silver rocks and many iron and tin. Apparently, in members this place is pretty empty. There was one guy who there mining just like me but he was gathering iron.

Silver spawns quite slowly so there is a waiting time. I just use that waiting time to mine iron then I drop the ores to make space for silver. This is not a particularly fast way to level mining so I can’t really recommend it. I’m only doing this because I got bored of picking up flax and spinning them for the crafting exp.

I am thinking of just buying the silver ores, smelting them into bars then making tiaras. It will be more expensive but the exp will be much faster.

Things I did today:

  • decided on doing the Lost City quest so I can equip a dragon longsword
  • picked flax in Burthorpe
  • spun flax into bowstrings
  • planted and harvested potatoes
  • made compost (very environmentally friendly!)
  • mined rune ess until level 20 mining
  • mined silver
  • I am not sure what to do with the tiaras that I will be making. Maybe sell them at the GE?

Cows in Runescape – Tasty Meats and Useful Hides

Anyone who has ever been a new player in Ruenscape is familiar with cows. They are the top mobs to train on because of three very useful drops: bones, raw meat and cow hides.

Runescape Cows - They Own and You Know It

The bones, of course, only give a little bit of prayer exp but when you are low level, a little bit is all you need to level. The raw beef is good for training cooking and also it heals some hitpoints so you can train at the cow area practically forever just using the drops to heal. Lastly, the hides can be gathered and banked to use or sell later. These cow hides are a very easy way to make money for new players, especially in free to play.

The only problem with this is that the f2p worlds tend to be really full of people who are trying to kill cows. The good news is that in members there are more cows and fewer players so that is one good reason to get members. In fact, when you first log into the tutorial area in p2p one of the first things you will do is kill cows, get cowhides and craft them into leather gloves. The bank is also nearby for those who want to sell the drops to other players in the Grand Exchange.

As for me, I have been killing cows for days now because I need to level up crafting so that I can do the quest to get the dragon long sword. The dragon scimitar is better for training in p2p but that quest is probably too hard for me to do for now. My current goal is to train until level 60 attack, do the quest, get the dragon long and then work towards getting s scim.

Double Exp Weekend – Members Only in 2012

So the Runescape double exp weekend is now live. I got members just in time to get it. Actually the name is a bit misleading as you don’t really get double exp all weekend, which is what I thought I would get. Oh well, exp is somewhat increased though not really by that much.

Right now I am getting only 1.4x exp which is more than normal but still not double. Hmmm. I feel a little bit disappointed!

Also, I am confused as to someone signing the news as “Mod Fetzki, Head of RuneScape.” Who is this person? Head of RS? Does that mean there is a leg of RS? How about the hand of RS? Or the foot of Runescape?