From Lumbridge with Love
From Lumbridge with Love
Many of us look fondly on our early years of Runescape, back when we had less worries in life. Back when the most pressing issue was that math quiz you’re going to study for the class before it happens. We’d rather spend our time musing over our plans for how we’re going to defeat Elvarg, or the long road to getting into the crafting guild.
Yet a couple of years ago, we logged into Old School Runescape, and yes, many people did find it fun and stuck with it, there is no denying the old school game and community is flourishing. Yet there are many people like myself, who think that the main game is so much better. After some pondering, I’ve come to the conclusion that is wasn’t the game you cherished (at least not 100%), but we also cherished that period of our lives, both in game and out.
Firstly, look back at your life when you first started playing Runescape. Perhaps you were already an adult, leading your own life; or perhaps, like myself, you were a pre-teen, breaking the 13+ to play rule. Not for all of us, but for a lot of us life was probably a lot more simple back then. We could get home after a what we considered long day, jump on the old computer, and absorb ourselves in Runescape all night.
Secondly, remember how you felt when you first started playing. Everything was a mystery. But that was OK, because there was a healthy flow of new players back then; you weren’t alone. After baking your first bread, to running into the mighty Vannaka and killing a scorpion all by yourself, just to name a few tasks, you were dumped into Lumbridge Courtyard, without a hint on what to do.
There are people everywhere, shouting all sorts of random stuff you don’t understand. All these different levels, what do they mean? You manage to get the attention of someone who’s level is in red, and ask them where you are. Because of the way things were back then, they would take up their time and tell you where you where, and point you in the right direction. Perhaps it was to the Lumbridge cook for Runescape’s “easiest” quest, Cook’s Assistant. Or maybe to Lumbridge Graveyard, for The Restless Ghost.
From there, you began to explore outwards, exploring more and more land, gaining more and more knowledge. But then you came across these mysterious places you can’t pass, such as Shantay Pass or those big gates north of Falador. You ask about and find out these are members areas. Eventually, or maybe straight away, you buy your first membership. Remember that first step past the gate to Brimhaven, or when you passed the gates to Taverley, ran over White Wolf Mountain, and entered the Kingdom of Kandarin.
Time passed, you grew stronger and mightier, knowing more and more of the land. You conquered mightier beasts, completed harder quests, and perhaps got a 99 or two along the way. And here we are. Lore hounds, beast vanquishers, mini-game masters.
And that’s our problem nowadays. We know everything about the game, from the big to the small. The mystery no longer belongs in the game. Sometimes we get that feeling once more, such as Mazcab, or Prifddinas. But we will never get that feeling back again, the feeling of adventure, of exploring something new.
Your friendly neighbourhood noob,
Dj Shay50Posted on: July 30, 2015, by : magebit