Did Jagex release a how-to-play-Runescape video?
Mining with scrimshaws is gambling, wcing with scrimshaws is gambling, fishing for big sharks is gambling, receiving more herbs from seeds is entirely luck-based, smithing an extra bar is luck-based, getting herbs back is luck-based, getting seeds back is luck-based, RCing at ZMI altar is entirely luck-based, ... Pokemons difficulty and making it seem like a "long game": encounter pokemon and trainer everywhere you go which you have to fight with no getting-around. Oh, certainly not something to slow you down and very fun... (sarcasm) I prefer the sandbox-MMO; one can do as (s)he pleases and there is no "one way" to play the game.
This is an MMO, everything is luck-based. What's your solution exactly..? The new LS system? You didn't even explain what happened other then some vague references saying there's a decline in the luck-factor and an item got nerfed? i'm sure you'll point me out to some sentence I seem to have missed.
Mining iron ore at yanille used to be the way to get your mining up (or powermine) now it's LRC, does that mean the metagame has also changed and we should all go to LRC or could I stick to yanille because I want to? I train skills because I want them to go up. Very satisfying, this game has changed nothing for me I still play it to waste a bit of time, is that so wrong?
With all the mining/smithing reworks coming up it seems mining/smithing can be useful again. If you're not a merchantscumbag like myself you could get your fishing/cooking up for rocktails, DIY PoP Rocktail soups, get OVLS (herblore), 90 smithing/crafting/RCing for tank gear which will suffice at... all the bosses. Farming is a nice daily moneymaker, hunter has been useless from the start (I want expensive exotic pets!), Dungeoneering->chaotics, Construction was a moneysink from the start (yay skills!). I'd say the only real USELESS ones are fming (nobody can resist the twisted firestarter though), fletching & thieving.
Making fires is not going to make you money, fletching should be more rewarding, definetly.
Then there's THIEVING
Gambling is a sin but it's okay to pickpocket someone though.
i'd say skillers are the cheaters with all their scrimshaws, it's so unfair that they can hit higher then me at bosses.