A brief history of my account, it was created during the fall of 2004. I didn't have a home computer until about a year after that, but I did play occasionally at a friend's house and the library where my mom works so I'm counting that year. I don't recall exactly when I got p2p, but I think that I did a summer and cancelled, a december and cancelled, another summer, another december, and then on spring break I bought it and just kept it (that would be in 2007 I think). In the midst of all that bouncing back and forth I got 99 firemaking and cooking. After that, I really devoted myself to combat, maxing magic and hitpoints at rock lobsters summer 2008 first, then getting 99 prayer a bit later that fall (funded by sara godwars). I slayed through the winter, maxing ranged and summoning, then my three melees, and then slayer spring 2009. Since then I've done random monster hunting and chillling with my friends and skilling, really. This year I also picked up the habit of merchanting, which was really the only thing I did consistently.
The fact of the matter is that most of the things in scape are pretty dull. Corp and dungeoneering aren't too bad, but I don't think they're worth $5/month just for the privilege of being able to waste time on them. Honestly there are funorb games which are more engaging than runescape's most challenging gameplay. So I'm ending my membership now with no regrets for the time I've spent on this game - I've made some excellent friends, whom I hope to keep in touch with as all of us go to college. Specifically I'd like to thank:
Alex for being cool and nice to talk to, and saving me from teh rc pkers
Nick for keeping the pimp hand strong
Raider for teaching me the very important lesson that "money in teh hands of newbs is just money that has not yet been given to me threw the ge"
Tanner for always banning e8
Cav for making me aspire to be more efficient, and being awesome
Conner for being funny and yet thought-provoking
Simon for being great at monster hunting
Brent probably won't see this, but thanks for giving me one of your spare santas when a friend took mine
To keep this from being too obnoxious, thanks to Gremmy and Chad and Chris and Matt and Officercarl and Jeroen and e8 and Gaige and Spa and everyone I missed as well. You guys are awesome.
On to the part we all care about.
WHAT I ACCOMPLISHED:
Here's my closing bank:
I estimate that 350-500M of that was generated since the beginning of 2010 via merching; it's definitely an activity I'd recommend for people who like fast xp and nice items. To those who say it's wrong, I'd like to point out that merchants are making money off of you as I type. What can you do but merch back, and as long as everyone does it the system will break even. All that flipping does anyways is keep the market fluid.
Here's a bob to give an idea of my net:
And here are my closing stats:
In about 6 years, I played scape for 213 days even. That means that during those 6 years, 9.7% of my total time was spent on scape, not to mention time on forums etc. This is 14.6% of my waking hours assuming that I slept an average of 8 hours per night, or 29.2% of my free time, assuming 8 hours of school every single day, which wasn't the case of course lol.
During these 213 days (5112 hours) I gained almost exactly 300 million experience, meaning I averaged 58.7k xp/hour - could be worse.
Notable things I did:
- get a lot of hilts
- get a draconic visage (this didn't happen until I did the karamja elite diary a week ago actually haha)
- either top or get #2 on runemonkey for something one day (was when I did rock lobs for magic/hp)
- lose an ags pking
- do every quest, and love them
- be recognized by a complete stranger for my ranking on the hiscores (was when this pic was current, check teh summoning)
Things I didn't do:
- be good at pking
- place well in a tsg slayer competition
- be an active participant in a serious clan
- solo a hilt, despite 4-500 solo kills
- get a sigil, although I didn't kill corp enough to deserve one anyways
That's all I've got. Grats if you read this far, feel free to rate me haha. I'm glad I found a game that gave me so many good times. I'll probably be on arcanists for awhile yet.