Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Of The One Without a Real Title

How nice.

Any Friends fans will know there's a reference somewhere, buried in that title.

I've been watching all the episodes of a series which I still cannot believe I missed. I got the entire collection on 5 DVDs and after more or less 24 hours I'm not even done with the first.

Then again, Kitt has succumbed to Kayla...again. A blog has gone down...again, I didn't pick up any exact details but according to Tim, Kayla didn't know Kitt's latest blog existed until in the last two or 3 posts whereas Kitt mentioned before leaving after her 99 Magic Cape. My best hope ? Pray she finds some form of solace now...

Many psychologists would say that you shouldn't blame yourself, but somewhere down there, I feel a bit guilty for asking Kitt to let people comment and maybe that was what Kayla was looking for, an opportunity...

If Kitt stops blogging, what will this spell for the rest of us ? Would she come after the rest of us or just stop there ? Tim lets no one comment, Marlaine keeps tight check on all her blogs. If there is any, I'm the most open target out here, no comment moderation, a belief that 'everyone can speak freely' which can be easily abused...

I do have a request to Kitt, however: I would like to have Kayla's IP, a while ago, I banned someone from my clan chat under the alias 'person', this is one of those Kayla uses and I want to see whether she's already hanging around here or was that just coincidence and diving it a cast sea of conclusions.

I did get 70 range and I can now do anything remotely involving range, this is all I wanted and I am impressed with the Black Dragonhide's defensive capabilities in Castle Wars. I was able to tank as per usual with more versatility than usual do to my newly acquired magic defence.

Unfortunately, I was barely able to hold of a Saradomin Sword unlike before, where I cut down 2 Godsword wielders, all higher level than me with an Anchor, Guthan's and an Iron Minotaur.

It also turns out that the Giant Chinchompa is a very playful character.

Regards, Boombaye1

Monday, May 26, 2008

Of Fun

I spent the week having some fun...

Ice Titan at Clan Wars...

Group Shot ! From left to right: 0 Ice Dragon, KND321 and Me...

Blood donations are accepted...please ?...

Abyss Creatures: Short words, long meanings.

I ran into the army...this is one of their 'softer' drill sergeants...

Not one of our better games, I was the one who took the 5 damage...

Not better than before...

At least the Titan's on my side now...

Epic Blockage. The Pyrelord is mine...

I love this guy.

Leeches...why was I so excited about that ?

*ahem* w0000000000000000000000000000000000t !
No Ravens in sight. I'm leaving members soon and it's too late.

Big level, lots of stuff.

Aye. Big one.

My stats as of...yesterday. May already be out of date.

I joined Blessings. Smaller clan than the hype makes you think =P

Regards, Boombaye1

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Of The New Level Up Messages

When you level up from now on...

A normal message shows up in the chatbox.

The skill icon starts to flash until you log out.

And then, a detailed description of what you got shows up after you click the icon.

Cool, eh ?

Regards, Boombaye1

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Of The Fever

When I talk of a 'fever' I talk of suddenly loving a skill that was normally at the back of my mind.

These last few days, I went from adding a few small things to my house through making the most expensive modifications I've ever done to it.

I've reached 57 Construction and the minimal level required for building a Marble Fireplace. I plan on using stew to do the rest, the rest is a nightmare.

3 Hours bringing down rats with a Wily Hellcat.

An undisclosed amount of stew.

Selling a number of things I really valued.

I'm now heading back to the Warriors guild with stew in mind for another attempt at getting that 6 level boost I crave so much. All this time, I'm hoping of completing my dining room. I have everything but the Marble Fireplace.

The song 'Bet on it' sung by Zack Efron is playing in the backround. The following lines keep reverberating in my mind:

"Don't you ever lose yourself to get what you want."
"I'm not gonna stop that's who I am"
"I'll give it all I got that got that is my plan"

I've been at this since 10 AM today without a single break.

I won't stop until its done or I have to leave.

Regards, Boombaye1

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Of Opulence

Today was a good day.

I bought 2 things made of marble which is actually a milestone for me.

A Marble Cape Rack for 350k and...

Yep. An opulent table at 200k.

2 Marble Blocks = 600k
4 Gold Leaves = 500k
4 Cloth = 3k
6 Mahogany planks = 10k

And I bought the flatpack for a mere 200k.

I wasn't happy when JaGex released the Grand Exchange with inaccurate prices. Right now, I'm nuts with happiness as the first pieces of marble have been installed in my house. What once only existed in my twisted dreams is now reality as I stare blankly at that table sitting in my dining room.

Originally, I first installed the Cape Rack and then decided to cut trees to buy a Gilded Magic Wardrobe. I checked the Grand Exchange price on the Opulent table just for fun. I thought it was 2 mil at first, an outrageous price. When I looked closer, I noticed a 0 was missing in action.

Another look at my inventory and my jaw went slack as I realized I could afford one of the most expensive pieces of furniture for the dining room.

I'm now at the Seer's Village Magic Trees, this time, after the Gilded Magic Wardrobe again. My dining room currently contains the Opulent Table, Gilded wall decor, a bell pull, mahogany benches, a limestone fireplace and opulent curtains.

I'm first gonna get that magic wardrobe, then Gilded Benches. Too bad that you can't flatpack fireplaces. My dream is a house with marble fireplaces. They're just too beautiful to pass up.

An over-furnished study is my target after the benches and the wardrobe. I doubt I'll make it past a Lunar Globe but that should be enough. It seems that I'm one of the few people willing spend money on things as expensive as Marble Cape racks and Opulent Tables.

Even houses with the most awesome dungeons, lined with enough spikes to turn you into Swiss Cheese, don't have opulent tables and Marble cape racks and most don't even have Lunar Globes.

Too bad tomorrow, school kicks off again.

Regards, Boombaye1

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Of Friends and the Not-Too-Distant-Future

I'm going to detail a list of my greatest friends. Those who are regular players, have aided me in great times of need and those who just seem to make each day a better experience.

6. Air Dragon15. Intelligence, need I say more ? One of the more recent people I ran into to have perfect (to a certain extent) grammar. Also the guy who drove me to read Digital Fortress, which I must add, was awesome.

5. Megs 60. I haven't seen her in ages. She seems to lead something of a harder than average life than most. Ran into her at Castle Wars in the waiting room. Great person.

4. Denalikenls. A Runescape mother who still has enough time to still enjoy her life =P A person who can talk about quite a few topics and someone I can learn from.

3. Wan Sweeney. Smart and great person, she has great grammar and spelling and doesn't talk about her theory of astrophysics...actually makes fewer grammar and spelling mistakes than me, go figure. Spends her time in Varrock with her 92 Magic and heals people with Lunar for experience till 99. Inactive for a while. I miss her.

2. Cheesey563. Can be annoying at times when he constantly brags about party hats and full Bandos he owns* Even so, he was the one who supported many of my efforts when I got hit by that keylogger. He gave me 900k when I first lost my whip. When I died and lost my whip again, he gave me another. I sold that one to finish Legend's and buy my Dragon Sq.

1. Zezimna1. Who doesn't have a person on their friend's list not named after Zezima ? Fun person with a great sense of humor. She seems to be on less often nowadays though.

There are also people who I have deleted do to extreme inactivity.

Stanmarsh222. The first person to ever land on my Friend's list. I asked him to bring along 20 essence when I was crafting Air Runes at level 20, he agreed and then a friendship spurred. He's been gone for ages now.

Zaklea. He was a member of my first clan back in Easter '07. That clan has died and he is now greatly inactive.

Jagex's latest post says that huge graphical revamp may be closer than we think.

In last week's Image of the Future newspost, we revealed our secret plan for RuneScape: a complete graphical rework. We were sneaky and held back a little information, however: namely, when you can expect these updates.

Drum-roll, please... You will have access to all of these updates within a couple of months! There really isn't much time to wait. If you can't wait for more details on the update, a new Development Diary is coming later this month.

We plan to keep improving RuneScape's graphics in the future, so we would encourage you to 'Send us your Specs', if you have not already.

Finally, we can reveal another image of the future...

A few months ? This could be our Christmas present ! Or if we're really lucky, our *gasp* 4th of July present ! Probably not but this brings me hope that I will be back when this thing comes out..... Unfortunately, my internet is capped at 3 Gigabytes and this may use up quite a bit.

I did get on of those earlier goals of my back.

And also a goal of opportunity, I only had 9k to go on this and made 59k in the end =P

Regards, Boombaye1

Friday, May 16, 2008

Of Effort and Freeplay

I'm preparing to become a free player. Bringing my members skills up a bit and looking at my current achievements.

I'm in my house right now with my pet Zamatrice and will be uploading pictures as I type this...
Looking around, I can see I've really made progress as you can see, I've got a full portal room with another one across the hall. This is the first time I've ever appreciated my work. A full house with most room AND 2 parlours supporting the place.

I never really looked at any of my achievements hard enough to see that I am actually a high-leveled player. The Grindscape piece of my life has taken so much up that I disregard these achievements as mere stepping stones to a larger goal. I'd see a player with a higher level than me and instantly, the green-eyed monster kicks in.

I'm ranked 64,165 in the Summoning high scores which is quite fantastic for a skill with so few uses and that takes so much money. As I now realize I have 2 weeks till membership dies and I need those to work my stats up.

My goals are as follows:

60 Agility. Agility's abilities kick in even on free worlds. My energy regeneration will always be above average.

55 Construction. Perfectionism, 55 Seems like a good number and I can reach it today.

50 Summoning. Hope seems lost for a Raven but perfectionism is in this goal too and I just like the fact that I'm halfway in terms of skill and not experience.

70 Range. Member's ranging methods are far superior and I want to wear Black Dragonhide for the first time before I leave.

54 Thieving. I'm 2k away from it.

A good looking outfit for the free worlds. I can't wear my Elegant forever.

These are my goals. I have 14 days. Wish me luck.

Regards, Boombaye1

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Of 'The Days'

My first days after Boombaye1 was created were based on a simple schedule of Kill, Chop Wood, Kill, Cook, Smith and Kill.

My earliest levels were spent with a training sword and bronze square shield with my treasured leather armour. I'd hack apart goblins like an absolute madman and if i ran too low on health, I just headed to the chicken coop with my bronze axe and tinderbox, cook a few chickens, eat and move on.

I discovered the joys of smithing on tutorial island. My original directive was to only wear what I could smith so that there would be no loss should I die. It worked but the levels suddenly became harder to obtain and I was stuck at the steel full helm when I realized this wouldn't work.

I packed a few chickens, 100 gold coins, a bronze axe, hammer, steel pickaxe and my full iron and journeyed to the island of Karamja in search of glory. I climbed down the rope and into a pit of skeletons. Panicking, I couldn't find my way out and charged in deeper and encountered something truly massive: a Lesser Demon.

I died that day, desperately fighting on to some form of solace, but to no avail.

I decided on a smaller goal: access to the Cooking Guild. I spent 2 afternoons on the River Lum, fishing, cooking and dropping what I cooked. I gained level 35 fishing and 40 cooking during those days.

I pushed forward into the guild and reveled in its majesty. With the 37k gained from smithing months ago, I bought a Rune Longsword. That day, my love for the longsword picked up. I barely, if ever used a scimitar.

The Grindscape portion of my journey began when I encountered Air Running: excellent cash, quick and most of all, easy. I made 100k in a single afternoon, never had I seen so much money in my entire existence !

I walked into Varrock West Bank and saw someone selling full mithril at a mere 15k. I made a grab for it. Soon enough, I was training at the Lesser Demons I had come to fear and respect. I received my membership at 12:34 in the morning and my first task: Hunt.

I used the 2k I had left to travel to Feldip, my World Map open at my side once again. This incredible world opened up in front of me. I gained 2 levels when I went to bed that night and never let go for 6 months...

To be continued.

Regards, Boombaye1

Friday, May 9, 2008

Of Runescape

Anyone who keeps up with my blog will know that I recently went on hiatus from Runescape. With their new and perhaps upcoming graphics update, I just feel tempted to come back. My level 100 character is currently parked out in Lumbridge in her Elegant outfit, Dragon Scimitar and Dragon Sq shield.

Once I remove these items, I won't be able to put them back on until I get my membership back. I know JaGex did this to members from using their more powerful equipment on less well equipped free players but I still want to be able to re-equip them but NOT use them in any way. I want to train my Combat stats but I can't do it wearing full member's gear.

I can be more than a bit of a show-off. I like walking around in a 1 million+ casual outfit.

Really, the elegant: 200k for the full set.
Dragon Square Shield: 700k when I bought it.
Dragon Scimitar: 100k
Amulet of Glory and Ring of Wealth: 60k for both. prices dropped badly.
Headband: 6k

Total: +-1066k

It is also my main indicator of the fact that I was members once. I mean really, who is gonna go through the effort of going through the hiscores for my name to look up my members skills ? Mining, smithing, fishing and woodcutting are good non-combat skills I could consider training but really, no combat: no fun.

Regards, Boombaye1

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Of Cortex Command

Marlaine: Boom - This game calls to you when you think you are nuthin’ but sick and tired of it! Even I have been “called back” when I wanted to quit about 3 years ago and it wasn’t even that complicated yet! I have seen soooooooooo many people leave and then a month later, return, sorry that they got rid of all their member stuff. Shrugs - you might want to come back……. I’ve heard stronger irritation towards the game from people who quit and came back!

Huh ? I was talking about Cortex Command.

On first sight, its 2D pixel graphics seem unwelcoming but don't let it fool you.


It has an incredibly realistic physics engine that is impossible to replicate in 3D , even with the strongest of machines.

A simple strategy game with addicting gameplay.
Story Summary:

Cortex Command is set a few hundred years into the future, where the now cybernetic human race is able to travel between stars and has already met several alien civilizations.

Interstellar trade and prosperity reigns, but there is always an ever-expanding frontier to explore and exploit for precious resources. In this gold rush of galactic proportions, fantastic adventure and brutal competition awaits.

You play as the boss of a small gold mining company that has just arrived at a newly discovered Earth-like planet. The large space ship that brought you here along with many other adventurers is called a TradeStar. It acts as a massive orbital safe haven and marketplace for the fortune seekers who venture down onto the planet's surface. Your purchases of bodies, guns, and equipment are sent from the TradeStar orbiting above and delivered to you by your choice of landing craft.

However, it soon becomes clear that the planet isn't as pristine as initially thought, and you will have to quickly adapt from your humble beginnings in order to survive and ultimately discover the dangerous secrets of this alien world...

Key Features:


Fully destructible environments - The gold you need to excavate is sprinkled throughout the terrain of each scene. Use special digging tools to blast your way into the dirt and debris. All the pieces of bodies and ships from your struggles will fall to the ground and permanently add to the battlefield. Get more powerful (and expensive) diggers and you can even tunnel into your enemies' bunkers from below!

In-game buying menu - At any time and place during the game, bring up a powerful menu to order new bodies and equipment, all delivered at the location and by the transport ship of your choosing. Rockets are cheaper but unreliable and harder to land. Drop ships are far more expensive but can quickly deploy entire groups of puppets onto difficult terrain. Ships and equipment returned to the TradeStar are refunded to your account.

Build your own bunker - At the start of most missions, you are able to take your time and build your own command bunker from scratch. Easily design twisting tunnels and place doors, traps, and turrets to thwart your enemies' intrusions! Pre-deploy and equip bodies in and around your installation to prepare yourself for your objectives. Don't spend too much though, or you won't have enough funds left when the mission starts!

Four-player cooperative and/or versus multiplayer - Gather your friends and plug in those game controllers! Play skirmish or campaign missions with or against up to three of your buddies. 2 vs 2, 1 vs. 3, 4 vs. the CPU - it's up to you! (rhyme intended). Flexible control settings allow you to use the keyboard, keyboard + mouse, or any generic game controller you can find and plug in.

Built-in editors and modding - Several in-game editors allow you to easily create your own stuff. The game's engine is built to make it very simple to modify and add your own content. Design your own missions, guys, ships, weapons, tools, bombs, and shields - and easily share them with your friends. Join and download some fantastic mods from the community at the Data Realms Fan Forums.


Fun, eh ?

At this point on, all new versions are downloaded as demos, then you can buy to unlock all features BUT version 18 is free.

This isn't an MMORPG but still really fun.

Personally, I just don't like that this far into the future, you still use mundane weapons such as AK-47s and SMGs. I may have copied and posted much of this thing...

Cortex Command is copyright DataRealms and I own no rights to nothing yadda yadda yadda...

Regards, Boombaye1

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Of the Somewhat Irregular Webcomic

I started reading IWC a few years ago and then stopped more than a year ago...when Kitt set up her new blog, I noticed her linking to the place. A spark lit a candle, dormant in my soul for years. Last night, I stayed up till 2 AM reading up on what I missed...I missed quite a bit. A total or around 400 episodes.

What makes this thing special or 'Irregular' you ask ?

It updates once a day.

It combines physics, elements of RPG, lego and TV tropes.

Great humor, only missed 1 or 2 updates in its into history of 5 years.
Hiroshima/Nagasaki reference. I love this guy...theoretically .

Friday, May 2, 2008

Of Writer's Block and Music

I can't think of anything to blog about. My blog grew up in a world of Runescapers and unfortunately, there is lack of interest in Titan Quest...or dumb humor. I need ideas, people ! lolcats and Chuck Norris jokes can't last forever.

Just like Tim, I also want to embed some music into this bucket. The ones I'm looking for are:

Once in Every Lifetime - Jem The Eragon soundtrack don't come cheap

Beethoven Virus (a version that doesn't kill my eardrums)

Its the End of the World as We Know it.

Free versions of these songs and knowledge of how to embed them would come in handy. I have also considered Everyday by Carly Commando...

S O freaking S !