Behold my xp gains!
As you can see, I did a lot of herblore, and I did, as planned, Go To Extremes.
Before the weekend started, I had about 3.5k super energies that I'd bought at a pretty good price. I think it was around here:
I tried to fruitfall for the papayas once the announcement came that there would be another bonus xp weekend, and I started bringing the fruit bat on farming runs and so on. But it was taking too long, so once papayas started to crash I just bought a bunch of them around 2.2k each.
After that, I thought I'd better get some supplies for extremes, since I knew I'd definitely be getting at least 88. Unfortunately, I had difficulty buying the base potions, so I decided to just use up my stock of irits, lantadymes, and kwuarms. I made them into unfinished potions, double-checked how many seconds I'd need, and topped up on limpwurt roots, blue dragon scales, phoenix feathers, dwarf weed, and avantoe to have enough. I also made sure to decant my super sets into 3-dose versions.
The night before the bonus xp, I did a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation in Google Docs to double-check the order I should make my potions and predict how much xp I was likely to get.
I logged in at Soul Wars bank (to keep random events from disrupting my well-laid plans) on Friday and started mixing up the spec restores. Once I could make extreme attacks with Greenman's Ale, I upgraded my stock of super attacks. Same with extreme strengths. After that, I went back to spec restores. When I ran out of those, I made my super antifires, then the rest of my extreme strengths, then the rest of my extreme attacks. As you can see above, I ended up overshooting my prediction. I'll blame that partly on a slight underestimation of my potion-making speed and partly on the extreme magic potions I mixed up with the ground mud runes from my last Living Rocks task once I hit 91. Sometimes it's good to be wrong. :thumbsup:
So now I have 91 herblore. Please feel free to contact me for all your starved or nourished herblore effigy needs! :shades:
After finishing my herblore, I went and did the circus. At some point I read on the General Discussion thread that I could get bonus xp for turning in curved/long bones, so I dumped my stock of them and gained a construction level. Then I wasn't really sure what to do.
I did a bit of hunter, catching a few butterflies, then getting bored and switching to penguins, then getting bored again and switching to implings (where, in one of my trips, I caught an unprecedented 10 zombie implings in a row).
I also did some agility, which is the same thing I did on the last bonus xp weekend when I wasn't sure what to do. Running laps is sort of my default fallback training method, I guess; it's easy to jump in and out of.
I thought I'd train magic a little, so I cast some superheats. I didn't have a lot of iron banked, so I ran out pretty quickly and had to mine more, which was okay because mining xp is good too, and I could superheat while I mined it without slowing down much anyway. But then I caved and bought some more. Pretty soon I got tired of moving my mouse down to hit the last few iron that are below the position of the superheat spell in my spellbook, so I filled those slots with coal instead and just made 3 steel and 18 iron bars per inventory. And you can see I gained a magic level and (almost) a smithing level. :-)
I trained my thieving towards the end with a little bit of blackjacking and pickpocketing, but not much.
I did eventually hit the ten-hour mark and went off to use up my charms. I used up all my blues and crimsons (including one embarrassing inventory where I accidentally made obsidian golems instead of lava titans, whoops :oops: ), but I ran out of bananas halfway through my greens and I neglected to buy swamp toads for my golds. It was pretty late at this point and it didn't look like I'd make it to 87 anyway, so I called it a night and went to brush my teeth.
All in all, I think I'd call it a successful BXPW.
In other news, check out my new outfit!
That's my approximation of the Red Wizard from Final Fantasy, which I recently started playing. Well, the GBA remake, anyway. I'm almost at the end; my party looks like this right now:
I also tried out a Black Mage outfit. I think I like the Red Wizard better, though.