Saturday, November 29, 2008

philosophy: 100 essential thinkers

Monday, November 24, 2008

games: runescape, freeworld/road tour

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note: red dot indicates route of road tour.

i've always been a sucker for virtual worlds, name it, secondlife, kaneva, entropia, there, utherverse...what else? i've been there.. it's proly due to my background in architecture before venturing into the legal field where 3d modelling is a basic thing that makes runescape phenomenal is the fact that it runs on any browser... true to its name, jagex stands for java-game-experts..(yeppers! no painful downloads of buggy softwares..haha!)...preferably IE7(the big dog in browsers) for forced sun-java renders..

here, i'm tryin(attempting is a better word) to present a series of videos on-a-road-tour in order to orient the un~initiated...incidentally, the following areas/transition points may be accessed instantaneously through the use of magical runes by teleport..that is if you have the proper level to cast them. they are: varrock town center, lumbridge castle courtyard( spawn area when killed), falador(near western bank)...also "cabbage patch"(a point between draynor and port sarim upon the final upgrade of the explorer ring)... this is also my jump-off point to karamja for swordfish and tuna fishing...then to crandor for some level ups...

first leg: lumbridge castle to varrock southgate.

tour starts in lumby castle where everything begins...crossing the bridge to al-kharid gate..then passing through the gem trader into an area where most smithers gather being the best site in the freeworld to smelt ores(its also a place where a stove/range is closest to a bank in terms of number of squares)...continuing NE to the 'duel arena' then back up N to the 'fire altar'..going further north into the 'scorpion pit'(this is a good mine to 'rock around' with two addy rocks, 2 golds, 3 miths, 2 coals, some tin and coppers, several iron and 5 silver ores..closest bank is duel arena)..avoid this however, too many new players( the 'complainers' and the 'feeding-bottle-generation'..XD) access this mine, it's best to mine gold/silver at the crafting guild(7 golds, 7 silvers) near falador...then on to the northern most part of al-kharid..travelling west to the southgate of varrock (low levels..beware of the dark wizards in this area)...SW to the champions guild(lots of chicken for feathers used in fishing salmon and trout)..then back to the south~gate where the video ends...

second leg: varrock to barbarian village

travelling N to townsquare of, you will meet romeo(who felt that juliet's cousin was a hottie!). among the important establishment here are: 1). sword shop;2). ranging shop;3). eastbank of varrock adjacent to the rune essence mine...also the ; 4). armour shop and the 5) apothecary's shop(for your strength potions)...somewhere northeast from the bank is the 'earth' altar...

moving N and entering the palace of vrock access the 'grand exchange'(GE) on its left.. then, moving S from the GE then W towards the river passing by the cooking focal point is the shed with lots of dead trees..there is a ladder down inside which gives access to the edgeville dungeon where 'hill giants' may be killed(slaughtered is a better word) for bigbones which sells at a very good price or if ever you wanna level up your prayers also in the dungeons is a very nice mine, my fav in fact for 'world hopping' addy ores..++its proximity to the grand exchange( if you can stand the skeletons), [however, if you need my opinion as to what is the best mine in the free world...i should say: crandor's the stats..entrance to volcano=4 gold rocks, coastline of crandor= 7 miths & 3 gold rocks...second level: 6 coal and 1 mith(at king scorpion area) plus 3 coal & 3 addy rocks(at moss giant area), you also need to consider the fact that most players go to crandor to train on combat not to do mining...thats a big plus for less competition..capability for 'super heat' is a must...XD] get the key, you need to access it from another ladder across the river at edgeville..

heading S..a bridge leading to the barbarian village [among the more important amenities here are; 1). furnace for pottery; 2). helm shop]..within this area is a busy fishing spot for pikes, salmon, and trouts. you may also use the fire at the helm shop or the pub~haus for cooking the catch..crossing the bridge theres a few rocks to mine( 4 coal, 5 tin)..going into pub haus( a good place to train ranging). north of this area is edgeville bank( jump-off to the wilderness)..then back outside...end of video.

third leg: barbarian village to falador

fourth leg: falador to rimmington

fifth leg: rimmington to port sarim

sixth leg: port sarim to draynor

final leg: draynor to lumbridge

further help and references:

Sunday, November 23, 2008

games: runescape/ rules of gameplay


Rule 1
- Offensive Language

  • Effective date: 27th February 2008
    You must not use any language that could be considered offensive, racist, obscene or otherwise inappropriate. This includes swearing.
    If you suffer serious abuse such as receiving racist remarks, harassment or obscene and vulgar language, please report them to us using the in-game Report Abuse button which can be found in the chat interface of all our multiplayer games.

comments: this is perhaps the most important and also the most violated rule. it has a basis in legal ethics where a lawyer is obliged to refrain from the use of 'abrassive language' in any degree..

the game simplifies it thru a 'report abuse' button and tracks the public/private chat of the way of evidence.

any form of provocation when countered has no effect whatsoever despite the mitigating factor...the best thing to do is have the offending party in the 'ignore list' filter..

lots kids ranging from 7-12 yr. olds...they can be very rude..but not all.

it would be pretty good to have an online virtual court where players may be summoned and asked to answer for a charge..but thats just wishful thinking..

Rule 13 - Personal Details

  • Effective date: 27th February 2008
  • For our players' privacy and safety, you must not ask for personal details such as full name, email address, instant messenger handles, telephone number or your home/school address or age. You also must not post anyone's personal contact details (including your own) on our in-game chat or forums.

comment: the next rule i consider more important is the 'privacy' provision. though it's basic among human beings to be curious and to want to know something about a fellow player... the sharing/procurement of personal information is not recommended and prohibited.

its hard to develop real friendships without any idea as to who really is the person behind a friend's avatar(reminds me of the cloak-and-dagger culture we have)..this game is about killing monsters and also fellow players...there could be a build-up of animosity. information may be mis-used for another's advantage.

some players try to be smart by trying to secure information in a subtle manner..what i do is give false information(ask no questions and you will be told no lies..haha).. or better yet.. warn them or say somethin like " don't you know i could have you reported?"... it's being firm without getting unfriendly..

Saturday, November 22, 2008

games: my RS videos

these are recent video captures on partial window size selection using hypercam2..taken at the hilltop of crandor island. the island has 3 levels. first level are undead skeletons, king scorpions, hobgoblins..2nd level: 3 moss giants...then finally 2 lesser demons...all these monsters may be engadged in combat on your way to the enclave of the dragon 'elvarg'...there is a secret exit after killing the dragon, on the way are 5 more lesser demons and countless deadly red spiders and a separate section of 5 more lesser demons for training combat before climbing the rope to safety atop the volcano...from there you emerge at 'karamja'(a fishing village) and take a boat to port sarim mainland...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

games: runescape

time off from serious computing...raj finds time to play RUNESCAPE a massive multi-player on line game with more than a hundred servers round the world.

after completing several quests(33 qp's)..dragon slayer is the final quest that gives you the right to wear rune plate mail and the green d'hide (dragon hide) body armor.. the best armor a free-to-play player (fvp) could get.

hints and tips: in slaying the legendary dragon Elvarg i had full adamant insert, a rune scimitar, a diamond Amulet of Power, and level 42(protect from melee) prayer(you may also need to turn on Protect from Range prayer if you plan to kill the dragon from a distance). my combat level was fairly high at 60++. using focused attack CHOP(auto-retal is off). my HP boost of 20 swordies was more than enuf..i still had some 10-12 remaining which i sold to the grand exchange where i proceeded to get my full RUNE insert after talking to Oziak to show him the dragon head which i carried in my


melee training at crandor lesser demons(lvl82 monster).
1. full rune-set insert
2. rune scimmy
3. amulet of power(diamond)
4. amulet of strength(ruby)
5. strength potions(4)
6. tuna & swordfish(+10,+14hp)


standard gear: rune fullhelm, rune platemail, rune platelegs, rune gauntlets(uncharged), amulet of power, rune scimitar(fastest slasher weapon)...warlock cape...

standard gear 2-handers(most powerful freeworld weapon)/no shield for faster kills at the expense of defense...

ranging gear: rune-med-helm
specs: dragon hide body, dragon hide chaps, maple shortbow, iron arrows, ammy of power/ rune gauntlets(uncharged)..

ranging gear: rune full helm...highly recommended for severe damage melee opponents...

ranging gear with emergency 2H...for unexpected close encounters(melee)...

NEW SCREEN CAPTURE: ranging lesser demons at crandor...on this scenario, it goes "owww...whewww!" then falls and in 15 seconds!... lol
note: this is a manually edited screen capture graphic image file(gif). it contains 30 frames x 2 for cloning=60 frames at 0.50 sec per frame rate except for first and last image which is timed at 2 seconds rendu..LCD screen at 1280x800 res...bundled in adobe image ready and ported to firefox for saving file...