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The Second Thousand - A Noob's Journey (Less Than 80 Levels Left)

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Good to see you're still making steady progress! :)

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Thanks Gregor, I'm training Defence through my slayer tasks. I'm ranging Iron dragons as we speak, and training defence via ranged attacks. Dragonbane bolts & Kuradel's dungeon work well together. he-he

Great work so far mate, Keep it up. Your nearly there man. :)

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A few days have passed, and there is little of note to mention. I've played a lot of Head-To-Head, leveling agility (73) and making that skill the seventh to reach one million experience. I discovered that the Pendant of Agility that I won on the Squeal of Fortune works in this mini-game, so that's now been depleted.

I won one of the summer barbeques on the Squeal, and used it to level cooking (82). I guess I'm supposed to save it for long trips where I can catch and cook my own food, but it doesn't seem all that useful, so I didn't mind wasting some of it (it's good for cooking 1,000 food items) right outside the Edgeville Bank. I picked up a nice 6% bonus thanks to our clan's avatar residing within the bank.

The other level I earned was in farming (57), thanks to the Resource Race game.

I spent some time over the weekend chopping ivy, and also took part in the destruction of an evil maple tree. For the first time, I was complimented on the lumberjack animation I purchased with the 200 runecoins each member received. So totally worth it.

Total levels = 1,723

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How about a picture to start off this entry? Haven't had a picture in awhile:

Fletching - Level 94


That should certainly be my second level 99 skill. I wonder if I could knock it out by year's end. Probably not, as there are too many other things I want to spend time on and I would need more than 250K exp/week to reach that achievement.

Other bits of information worth mentioning:

- Maxed in the clan citadel yesterday and spent nearly the entire time crafting, reaching level 83. After I leveled, I finished up at the mining plot. I then charged my clan ring at the woodcutting plot and spent about an hour chopping ivy.

- Trained agility playing Head-to-Head, and leveled that skill to 74. I also got about 5K farming experience playing Resource Race. I assume these games will be disappearing at the end of the month, but I'll keep getting my free agility experience as long as possible.

- Used the Jack of Trades aura to level herblore (58).

- Two nights ago on the SoF, I received three small lamps and a medium lamp. Seemed like an odd coincidence.

- I spent about an hour in Runespan, and definitely noticed the experience nerf that was referred to in the update notes. I had planned to reach level 85 in runecrafting by the time I achieved 1,800 total levels, but now I'm not so sure I'll be doing that.

Total levels = 1,727

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You're getting closer and closer to that level 99 Fletching. Keep it going and good luck as usual.

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Thanks, swedishboy! I have just over five million experience to go, so I don't really feel very close to 99, but I'm happy to have eight million experience done.

After a long break, I went back to combat, focusing on my assigned slayer task of 84 shades. I could remember shades only in the bottom of the Stronghold of Security, so I headed there only to find that my experience was almost nothing with those creatures. Fortunately, a clanmate reminded me about the loar shadows in Morytania that changed into shades once attacked. I whipped my way through those shadows in short order, leveling attack (71) and reaching a total combat level of 94 in the process.

On my way out of that area, I stopped off northwest of Canifis and slaughtered ghouls for a solid hour. In addition to 48 charms, I leveled constitution (71), defense (68) and strength (70), giving me a total combat level of 95:

Something Smells Strong Around Here


Two comments about that picture: the free tropical look that I got from Solomon's always shows on top of my armor, no matter what I'm wearing, which makes my attack get-up look rather silly. Also, I like the look of the ring around my lower legs, evidence of the clan avatar experience bonus I received while fighting.

I spent some non-combat time cooking, firemaking and fletching, taking advantage of the 6% experience bonus earned by being in the same area as the clan avatar. I wrapped up with some Head-To-Head (more solid agility experience) and some Resource Racing, leveling farming (58).

My next post will be a long one.

Total levels = 1,732

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Nicely done Gregor. Keep up the great work buddy.

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Has It Been A Year Already?

Wow. One year ago I started this blog, and its subtitle, A Noob's Journey, is apropos of my Runescape adventures to date. I can't say that I expected to post regular updates for an entire year, and still be going strong, but it's happened. 732 levels later, and I am not quite the noob I was on August 31, 2011. Obviously, much can happen in a year, and I have been thinking about how to organize my thoughts to make a somewhat-coherent anniversary post. Unfortunately for you, my dear reader, I am unable to figure out exactly how to write this entry, so I am going to the tried-and-true method of presenting my comments in list form. Hopefully it presents a fairly accurate representation of my thoughts and experiences since this blog began. Here we go:

12 Thoughts For 12 Months

1. One year ago today, I had 1,000 total levels and just over 2.4 million total experience. Now I have 1,732 total levels and almost 38.5 million total experience. Had you pressured me when I started my blog to predict how many levels I would have gained in the past year, I would have guessed around 500. I've had more playing time available, and have been more efficient, than expected.

2. More numbers since I'm a numbers guy. I've played for a total of 35 days and one hour, which breaks down to almost 45,700 experience earned per hour played. Subtracting the first 203 hours it took to get my first thousand levels and start this blog, I've played 638 hours (1.74 per day). While that's not exactly no-lifing, it is a fairly large number. A large part of that total included multi-tasking, so as a consequence the vast majority of my total experience is in non-combat skills. I've enjoyed chopping ivy or fletching while watching television or, heaven forbid, working.

3. Some dates - I reached 1,500 total levels on April 16th (576 total hours played and 18.8 million exp) and 1,600 total levels on June 2nd. I achieved 50+ levels in every skill just over two months ago, on June 26th.

4. As of today my blog has nearly 10,000 views. I'm grateful that others have read my words, and that many have commented positively on my blog. This has made playing the game more fun for me. I would especially like to mention swedishboy7 and Sydan, who have commented regularly through the entire 12 months that I've been writing this blog, giving me great playing advice and instilling a friendly, helpful attitude in my playing style that I plan to continue for as long as I log in to the game.

5. Barring an unforeseen curtailment of my available time (or desire) to play, I will reach the end of The Second Thousand more quickly than originally anticipated. When I began the blog, I figured that it would happen around early 2014. About four months ago, I thought that level 2,000 could be reached in the fall of 2013. Now, I feel confident that it will be before my second anniversary post. Once I reach 1,800 total levels, I'll start plotting out my path for the last 200, and estimate how much time it will take.

6. I don't spend very much time in combat. My highest combat skill is magic, and maybe 5% of my total experience in that skill has come through actual offensive spells. I don't mind fighting, although I've never tried attacking another player and don't plan to do so. With the spectre of EoC looming on the horizon, it remains to be seen whether the time I spend in combat will rise or fall proportinately to the time spent skilling.

7. A common theme throughout my posts has been my lack of ability to spend more than an hour or two at a time in any one skill. That's why it is taking me so long to reach level 99 in woodcutting. I think there has been just one time in the past year where I spent more than three hours in a day chopping. I like switching from skill to skill, and tend to lose focus, becoming easily distracted.

8. An opossum just walked right by my window. See, this is exactly what I mean about distractions.

9. I am a tremendous slacker when it comes to quests and tasks. I've completed basically zero tasks in the last 11 months, and I've earned just 24 quest points since last September 6th (only eight since February 1st!). That's ridiculous. I enjoy quests, because I generally learn something about the game, get some experience, and pick up a decent reward or two. Why can I not be bothered? I'll tell you this much: I'm going to stop being such a slacker when it comes to quests. I think I have more than 60 available to complete. It's time to quest, ladies and gentlemen!

10. I joined my current clan (Overloaded XP) on January 16th. Over the past seven and a half months, I have maxed in the clan citadel every single week. That includes even the week I went to Mexico on vacation. Getting the free experience at the various skill plots (in particular, the loom for crafting) and with the clan ring (charged nearly every time at the woodcutting plot, but that will change as soon as I hit 99), is so worthwhile. I've had some good conversations with clanmates. Although I do consider myself more of an outsider within the clan because I don't participate in many of the official events, and I'm significantly older than most of the members, I'm glad I joined and I plan to stick around for awhile yet.

11. I love to take advantage of free bonus experience. Bonus exp weekends were extremely enjoyable, especially because I was so low-leveled during the September weekend last year, and I will miss them. The Mad Necklace was great. Playing Head-To-Head at the Games for agility experience has been freakin' awesome. The Jack of Trades aura is my clear favorite. I even purchased two combat-related auras and still haven't used them once. I'm looking forward to logging in after posting this and picking up my Promissory Note for the August bonus experience, and I'll like the September bonus even more. Those who have been playing this game for years and are high-leveled (2200+) may not remember just how much more excellent (and meaningful) free experience is to a lower-leveled player.

12. I've mentioned this elsewhere in the Tip.It forums, but for the most part Runescape is still quite enjoyable for newer players. Yes, it is grindy by nature, and the high-level and end-game content is just so damn far away. But the journey is worth it. Really, this game is what you make of it. For me, it is a great diversion and a way to forget about the stresses of real-life. The Squeal of Fortune is annoying. The level of bots and gold farmers is annoying. The removal of high scores for free-to-play players was annoying. The increasing amount of micro-transactions, and the marketing of such transactions, is annoying. I am positive that these things and others are what makes long-term players very frustrated, causing some of them to leave the game altogether. I still find that all the rest of the content makes my experiences a lot of fun, and as long as it remains fun, and I have time, I will continue to play.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to sharing my Year Two experiences with you.
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I jumped on the 350K free experience like a six-year old at a bounce house after eating three candy bars. I spread the experience over six different skills, leveling five of them to 60 (construction, farming, herblore, hunter and summoning):

It Almost Doesn't Feel Right


In total, I gained 14 levels from the Promissory Note - hunter 57-60, construction and summoning 58-60, and farming and herblore 59-60. I had 25K remaining on the Note after all of that leveling, and I used it on prayer.

I'm already starting to think about how I'm going to spend the 700K experience at the end of September.

I spent about 90 minutes following that experience explosion in Falador, chopping ivy. Including the benefits from the Note, I 'earned' my fourth-highest daily experience total (463K).

I had time in a follow-up session just for Jack of Trades, leveling prayer (61), and some Gielenor Games, playing Head-To-Head and then Resource Race. For the first time, I was able to plant and pick the green herbs, earning me more than 7,500 farming experience instead of the usual 5K.

Total levels = 1,747

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Keep on playing Head-To-Head - maybe they will leave it there and I can draw cards all the way to level 99 agility. Reached level 75:

How Many Times Can I Beat the Same Four Opponents?


I won a Pendant of Fletching on the SoF, which gave me a 29K bonus that was used up in a little more than 15 minutes. I continued fletching for a time, eventually earning a shade over 200K experience for the day in the skill. I alched about 500 of the strung yew longbows that I made, expanding my coffers ever-so-slightly.

Our clan's weekly skilling competition is woodcutting, beginning last night. I might get closer to level 99 than anticipated this week.

Total levels = 1,748

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Thanks to our clan's skilling competition, over the past two days I've done nothing but train woodcutting. For the first time, we have a skilling competition where I feel that I can actually be very competitive. It is great timing too, as it coincides with the final push to level 99 and my first skill cape.

In the last two sessions I've applied the Jack of Trades bonus experience along with any lamps I receive from the SoF to woodcutting. Two days ago I earned 257K total woodcutting experience, which is the most experience I've earned in a skill in a single day. Yesterday I maxed in the citadel at the woodcutting plot, used my fealty bonus on the skill and charged my clan ring at the plot. Since I joined this clan, I never had failed to level at least once while skilling in the citadel - until yesterday. In total, I earned 211K woodcutting experience and reached level 98:

One More To Go


I'm not sure if I'll be sticking to woodcutting this entire week, or until I reach level 99, or for just another hour before I get sick of it. But the urge to get that skill cape is strong, and it would be cool for that to be my 1,750th level.

Total levels = 1,749

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Looks like I'll be sticking with woodcutting until I reach level 99. Spent a lot of time yesterday chopping ivy, earning 341K experience, which is by far the most experience I've earned in a single skill in one day.

I also passed 40 million total experience.

814K to go.

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I call dibs on 99 sex.. ^.^ You're almost there!!!!!

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Keep going! It's nice to see you're still walking down that road to 2000 total. :)

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Almost there! Waiting for the final update with that skill! :P

Yay for 99s!

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How about a few pictures?

Level 99 Woodcutting? Oh Yes!


I got within a few thousand experience, then used the Jack of Trades bonus experience tome at the clan citadel's dance floor. No need for a big celebration, although I did have my son standing by my side to watch the fireworks. I ike the cape very much.

Over the past three days I earned the final 814K experience, including 391K yesterday. My top four daily experience totals in a single skill are now in woodcutting.

I earned some agility experience playing Head-to-Head, and got two fragments of that magical amulet being 'given' away by the Squeal of Fortune. Obviously, that's a plan to get players to buy spins. I'm not taking the bait on this, or on anything requiring the purchase of spins.

Finally, I can get back to meandering my way through the game, spending an hour on something and then moving on to something else. This was a good exercise in diligence, but I'm ready for some questing, some combat training, and some dungeoneering.

Thanks for all of the recent comments!

Total levels = 1,750

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Congratulations my friend! I still, am lacking the dilligence for a 99. Do you still plan on cutting ivy in down time?

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Congratulations on 99 Woodcutting Skill mastery Greg! Very well done buddy... Big thumbs up.

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Thanks, Kyle and Low_Levelled! I think that in my down time on Runescape, I'll be fletching, fishing, or in the Runespan, rather than chopping ivy. If I do any more woodcutting, it will probably be on actual trees so I can make a little coin.

After reaching level 99 in woodcutting on Saturday afternoon, I took the rest of the weekend off, logging in only for a few minutes each evening. I received a third pendant from the Squeal (attack) so now I have three to use. I've also received a total of six amulet fragments, which I think is worth 320K coins. We discussed in the clan whether we would buy SoF spins if we had already received nine fragments, needing just one more to get the millions in GP along with the 10 daily high-alchs. Not one clan mate stated that they would do so, although I wonder if those who would do so (or already have done so) were just keeping quiet.

I earned a total of 1,714,000 woodcutting experience during the clan competition, resulting in a third place finish (first place had 3.5 million). I'd like to still get another 50K or so of experience so that I crack the top 100,000 rankings in woodcutting. I'm in no rush to do so, however. In fact, I'm not really feeling a rush to do anything right now.

Total levels = 1,750

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Since I had not leveled anything other than woodcutting in a week, I decided to head for the 'Span and train some runecrafting. I had a pendant giving 14K bonus experience that I won from the SoF, and I wanted to see if the place really had been nerfed. Yes, I can say authoritatively, it has been nerfed. Esslings, esshounds and esswraiths last for just five siphons instead of ten and nodes don't respawn nearly as quickly. I guess I should have pressed ahead for more levels a month or two ago. Leveling here is still nowhere near as slow, however, as doing things the traditional way. I spent long enough inside Runespan to reach level 78.

As mentioned in my last post, I had six amulet fragments from the SoF, so with four hours remaining until the fragments disappeared forever I decided to earn some free spins by completing easy quests. I finished six of them and received three more fragments, leaving me just one short of the 10 needed for more than five million gold. I had about 30 minutes remaining, which left me time for one final quest. I finished it with about 15 minutes to spare, spun the wheel, and came up with...a medium lamp and dragon ceremonial breastplate. So close. Two and a half million coins, though, looks good in my bank:

Nine Out Of Ten Ain't Bad


Here's a short synopsis of the seven quests I completed, for a total of eight quest points:

Let Them Eat Pie - pretty disgusting, although the guy definitely deserved it:

I Can't Eat Another Bite


In Pyre Need - very simple, and I'm sure I'll be back to battle the phoenix and extend its life:

Phoenix Is Awfully Hot This Time of Year


Monk's Friend - seemed pointless, helping a monastery get ready for a little kid's party:

Since When Do Monks Have Children, Anyway?


Pirate's Treasure - although this was a short one, I enjoyed it. I liked the idea of smuggling the rum from Karamja. Poor gardener, though:

Every Pirate Joke Has To Contain 'Booty'


Song From the Depths - this was definitely well done. The voice acting and accompanying music added to the ambience, and I really did find the singing a bit haunting. A very frustrating thing happened, however - when it was time for me to jump into a chasm, my game crashed. I don't recall that ever happening to me before. Thankfully, I was able to talk to Lucille and pick up the quest right where I was before the crash, rather than have to start all over. I didn't confirm because I was in a hurry to complete a couple more quests, but I assume the cave guarded by the White Knights is where the grotworms are (on the path to the Queen Black Dragon). I've heard that they're a good thing to fight, when the area's not over-run by bots:

Lucille, Dump the Drunk


Myths of the White Lands - this quest was simple to figure out, but I wasn't a fan. It got to be annoying, particularly leaving the caves:

I Thought 'Dung' Was Just An Abbreviation for 'Dungeoneering


Hazeel Cult - I liked the ability to actually have a choice in the direction of this quest. I'm not so sure I chose correctly, but Hazeel's been let loose on the world, guys, just so you know:

It May Be A Cult, But the Robes Are Nice


I enjoyed doing all of those quests, and it may just have motivated me to complete more. Maybe.

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