Hat Trick Friday: RuneScape

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Welcome to Hat Trick Friday, in which I pull a game that’s not part of my normal rotation out of a hat to play for an entire evening. Today’s title is RuneScape, the long-running free-to-play fantasy sandbox MMO.

According to the login screen, it’s been 939 days since I last logged into RuneScape. Way to lay the guilt on, Jagex! I’m assuming that was for one of my previous experiments, perhaps the month where I was trying to play 10 MMOs that I never had before.

So, my first Hat Trick Friday. Gotta say, this might be tough. I really do get set in my ways, and jogging myself out of my normal routine to play a different MMO for a single night feels… alien. Interesting. Going to require some patience as I settle in.

Aside from making me pick a new name (aw) and a combat style, everything’s as I left it nearly three years prior. However, I just want to start over since I remember nothing and want to see the experience fresh. Apparently that’s not as easy as it sounds — from doing some quick searches, I’m told that the character and account are one and the same and there is no reset, so I’d need a new account to start over. Fine.

Obviously, he looks totally like me. There’s a maxim that I follow in character creation, which is if I’m playing a male avatar and there’s the option to give him a handlebar moustache, I have to take it. Well done, sir.

I use a fantasy name generator, which spits out Wigbald. Wigbald it is then!

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Aw! Wigbald’s first steps into a wider world!

Gotta say, ding RuneScape for it’s cruder graphics if you must, but its music and voice acting is really well-done. Going to take some getting used to using WASD keys to turn the camera instead of moving.

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Ha. Anyway, this old coot takes me through the island tutorial before I’m dumped into the proper game.

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Zombie attack! And fighting here is about as thrilling as you might expect from the above screenshot. Thanks for helping me out, beardy!

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Spent some time poking about the options. There are scads of choices here, from automating some elements of combat to the robust music collection system. Starting out it looks like I have access to 122 out of the 1065 tracks in this game. You can customize a playlist out of them for the game to go through, even. Man, I wish more MMOs had a music collection system like this.

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Well… that’s a novel use for cows. Giant cowster wheel. Don’t step in the cracks, dude!

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Or, if you like, zombie cows. No discrimination here!

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I gotta say, for all its clunkiness and unabashed love of naked polygons, there’s a real charm going on here. And the polygons? Can be really expressive when animated right. Anyway, we put down a smallish zombie uprising in the church, as Wigbald’s mustache saves the day. I also get her headdress as loot.

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I’m sexy and I know it.

And that was about it for my RuneScape evening! I spent way too much time farting around with the account settings and music and poking around the tutorial to make progress, but fun was had. Hope I get back to Wigbald’s adventures some day!

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One thought on “Hat Trick Friday: RuneScape

  1. Shintar October 16, 2015 / 1:07 pm

    Runescape was the MMO my friends played before I even knew what MMOs were. They tried to get me to join but I always said no because I didn’t see the hook. To this day I couldn’t really tell you what Runescape is “about”. It’s clearly doing well due to word of mouth, but it can’t have a very active PR department…

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