A nice round number.
The easy thousand.
It took me 203 hours to reach this point. That's fairly quick, I'm thinking. My sons, who have had accounts for much longer than I have, agree.
I decided a couple of months ago to reactivate my membership in the game, so that I could play a computer game and have fun with my boys, even if we were in different physical locations. Since then, I have done a lot of reading (guides, forums), a lot of exploring, and a lot of leveling. I set up an Excel spreadsheet to chart my goals, because there is just so much to do and I am a numbers-oriented person. My primary goal was to get all skills to level 30, and with the exception of summoning, hunter and farming, that's been accomplished. Which brings up a question I've had: why hunt-er and farm-ing? That's inconsistent. Why not hunting and farming, or hunter and farmer?
That's a great example of why I chose to describe this blog as a 'meandering' journey through my next thousand levels. I tend to digress, switch goals, change ideas. It's a constant battle against my desire for structure and organization (see Excel spreadsheet, above). I decided that I would start this blog upon reaching 1,000 total levels, and the day has arrived, so here I am. My hope is to provide a little bit of entertainment for those of you who have become battle-hardened, cynical, bot-hating, scam-busting, shaking-your-fist-at-Jagex-in-anger-and-sadness players.
Remember when this game was fun? Well, that's where I am now. This is actually fun for me. I'm enjoying most of what I try, at least for the first few hours in a row of a particular skill. I'm liking the quests, and will spend significant time in the near future working on my quest point total. I'm having a good time soloing the floors of the Daemonheim dungeons (although I spend inordinate amounts of time milking every bit of available experience I can out of each floor). I enjoy the roleplaying aspect and opportunities of the game, which is why most of my time is spent on World 42. I definitely plan to get more involved in that. As I mentioned, there's just so much to do.
I'm no expert blogger, but I do look forward to sharing my rambling thoughts, and descriptions of my journey through the second thousand levels, with anyone interested enough to read them.
Onward we go.
Current levels - in signature below