After winning your hundredth game of Castle Wars, you look at your nice stack of 200 Castle Wars tickets. Looking back, you realize that with each game lasting 20 minutes, it took over 2000 minutes of gaming to get 200 tickets, not taking into account the five-minute waiting period between games or the time spent playing games that you lost. Two thousand minutes is 83.33 hours. Play for three hours a day and it will take roughly a month to earn. With your tickets in hand, you eye a new reward from the recent Castle Wars update, the Faithful Shield. Is it worth buying? Letâs take a closer look. The shield comes with no good attack bonuses in neither accuracy nor strength, which is somewhat assumed because it appears to be a standard shield. However, mages and archers may be dissatisfied to learn that the shield has a -8 accuracy reducer for Magic and -2 reducer for Ranged. Although these slight negative values may seem insignificant for mages wearing good robes and wielding a powerful staff or archers wearing good leather armor and wielding a powerful crossbow, it is clear that this shield was not originally designed for them. It is apparent that this shield was made for warriors, however, as it has no negative modifiers for stab, slash, crush, nor strength (all of which are a neutral zero). Although Jagex has been trying to balance the combat triangle, it seems like they have made another small error, giving warriors a new Castle Wars reward while leaving out the mages and archers. To even further solidify the theory that this shield is for warriors, it has a -1 modifier for Magic defense â most of us know that negative modifiers for magic resistance is stereotypical of warriorsâ armor. Looking to the other defense modifiers, we notice that theyâre not all that bad: +44 Stab, +48 Slash, +46 Crush, +46 Ranged, and +40 Summoning. Obviously not as good as a Dragon Square Shield, it is however on par with the Rune Kite Shield for defensive capabilities. A major advantage of the Faithful Shield over any other metal shields, however, is its lack of defense level requirement. Rune shields and other armor require a defense level of 40 to wear, while Dragon requires a defense level of 60. To the delight of low-level defense pures, the Faithful Shield has no stat requirements to use, making it the most powerful shield for players with level 1 Defense. The most important thing about this shield that we have not covered yet is its massive Prayer bonus. Packed with a +6 Prayer bonus, this is the main attraction of the shield, and ultimately the deciding factor when people ponder if they want to use this shield or not. At the time of the Faithful Shieldâs release, it was the shield with the second-highest Prayer bonus out of anything that is equipped in the shield slot (losing only to the third-level shield from the Falador Achievement Diary). Recently, as more powerful boss monsters are introduced into the game, the use of Prayer becomes more of a necessity than an option. Providing stat boosts by percentages in the double digits and even giving immunity or partial immunity to a particular style or styles of attack (depending on various circumstances), Prayer can truly determine the difference between loss and victory. The higher the Prayer boost provided by the equipment one is wearing is, the longer oneâs Prayer points will last. And obviously, the longer a personâs Prayer lasts, the longer they can take advantage of the benefits. So the final question is, what are the practical uses for the Faithful Shield? As mentioned before, the Faithful Shield is undeniably a perfect match for low-defense pures. Players with extremely high Attack and/or Strength levels and low Defense levels (done to maximize damage while minimizing combat level) can use the Faithful Shield to get some of the defense they need while still maintaining a combat level as low as possible. The Faithful Shield could bring new power to pures and help them get the edge they need to resist the knock-out blows they receive and stay in the match long enough to deal a knock-out blow of their own. As long as they have enough determination to play a hundred or more games of Castle Wars, the Faithful Shield is not an offer they can simply push aside. As for other non-pures with high-enough defense levels to wield the easier-to-get counterpart of the Faithful Shield, the Rune Kite Shield, the usefulness of the Faithful Shield is questionable and dependent on circumstances. The most common use of Prayer-boosting equipment is to lengthen the duration of protection prayers. In this situation, defense bonuses are not important, as against non-player characters, the use of the proper protection prayer will grant 100% immunity from their particular style of attack. Thus, when fighting with protection prayers, one should focus on attack and Prayer boosts. Trailing closely behind the Faithful Shieldâs +6 Prayer bonus is the Unholy Bookâs +5 Prayer bonus. However, at the cost of -1 Prayer bonus, it gives a +8 bonus to all attack stats, something the Faithful Shield cannot come close to offering. Combined with other Prayer-boosting armor like Proselyte or God Robes, the one reduced point of Prayer bonus seems insignificant while the decent attack boosts seem appealing. Thus, those that have completed the quest necessary to acquire the Unholy Book and are rich enough to afford the pages necessary to fill the empty book and make it useful may prefer the Unholy Book over the Faithful Shield. And finally, for those simply interested in the visual aesthetics of the Faithful Shield, you may be interested to learn that the Faithful Shield was the first ever shield released with particle effects, and at this time, is still the only shield that uses particle effects. This shield emits a glow of purple and leaves behind a short trail of purple when the wearer is running. If you want a shield that will catch other playersâ eyes with its glimmer and show your dedication to Castle Wars, the Faithful Shield is for you.
There was a sizzling red sunset earlier this evening, and I decided to take a picture of it. The only problem is that the sizzling red sun decided to randomly disappear in the photograph. Does this mean my camera’s broken?
In game, many people ask this general question: âWhatâs your favorite thing to do on Runescape?â I have heard many different answers for this question, ranging from skilling to monster hunting. Some peopleâs answers change regularly, depending on how they are feeling. When Iâm asked this question, however, I have given the same answer for the past six or so years â my favorite thing to do on Runescape always has been, and probably always will be, Castle Wars. For some reason, ever since I first played Castle Wars, it has captured my interest and made itself not only my favorite thing to do on Runescape, but one of my favorite games in general, alongside classics like Tetris and Pokémon. One thing I noticed about Castle Wars is its lack of updates. In one aspect, I was happy because I did not want Jagex to make a mistake while updating it and make it worse. However, in another aspect, I wished Jagex would at least update the rewards because they did not meet up with the overall mini-game reward standards. The rewards served little purpose other than aesthetics (which is why the armor was called Decorative Armor), and the mini-game itself did not give enough experience to be considered more than just an entertaining pastime with other players. A few days ago, all this changed when Jagex improved the rewards one can purchase with Castle Wars tickets, and integrated some of these rewards into Castle Wars itself. The most obvious update is the change in decorate armor styles and types. The older decorative armor had bright, clashing colors, and came in three different types. The easiest to get was blue and red, the next difficult was teal and silvery white, and the hardest-to-get armor was olive green and navy blue. These sets of decorative armor were comparable to steel, mithril, and adamant, respectively. Those who liked the oddly paired colors may be depressed to find that the colors changed entirely, and now are not as odd. Also, those who had the third-stage armor may be happy to learn that with a couple hundred more tickets, they can sell their third-stage armor to get a brand new fourth-stage set of gold-tinted armor, comparable to rune armor. Overall, in my opinion, the new armor is a good change, as now the armor looks like real armor instead of toy plastic armor, and I may actually contemplate wearing it if I ever manage to get enough tickets to be able to buy it; and because now there is even higher-leveled Castle Wars armor for those who are extra dedicated. But, the advantages donât stop at just having better looking and more expensive armor. A new feature of the decorative armor is a set effect that activates when a player enters Castle Wars while wearing all components of a particular set of decorative armor. For those of you interested in specifics and statistics, here they are. Wearing the full Basic Decorative Armor set will give a +10% damage bonus against the enemy. Wearing the full Detailed Decorative Armor set will give a +15% damage bonus against the enemy and +10% damage bonus against barricades and ballistae. Wearing the full Intricate Decorative Armor set will give a +20% damage bonus against the enemy, a +10% damage bonus against barricades and ballistae, and immunity from catapult damage. And finally, wearing the full Profound Decorative Armor set will give a +25% damage bonus against the enemy, a +10% damage bonus against barricades and ballistae, and immunity from both catapult and ballista damage. Thatâs pretty good if you ask me; these set effects will bring more diversity to the game and force players to think of countering strategies. The armor isnât the only new reward â now there is a huge selection of other rewards, including capes, halos, a shield, and miscellaneous items one can bring into a Castle Wars game to get an advantage over the opponent. These items will be further analyzed at a later date, but their immediate effects are obvious â they make more people want to play Castle Wars. In my opinion, the update as a whole is a successful one, even though there are a few things I already have suggestions on improving. The new rewards motivate people to take part in a fun mini-game and add new flavor to the game, while still maintaining the core structure and giving a warm feeling of nostalgia.
Adam: Here’s a camera, could you take pictures during my graduation ceremony? Parents: Sure. After we get back home from my high school graduation ceremony, I scroll through the pictures on my camera. Adam: Uhh… did you not take more than two pictures during the ceremony? Mom: We tried, but it was so bright that we couldn’t even see the screen on the camera, so we just gave up. Adam: Did you really just say that? So I was hoping that I could have at least 50 or so good pictures of the entire graduation ceremony that I could post up here, but I only have two. Never again will I trust my parents to take pictures of an important event. UPDATE (May 30, 2010): One of my buddies was able to find me this picture of the cap throw. She didn’t tell me who took the picture, so if you recognize this picture and know that you took it, let me know and I’ll give you credit for it here.
I have already tried spinning it in circles, pushing random buttons, turning it off and turning it back on, and plugging it into my computer and unplugging it. If you know how to fix it, share your intelligence with me and I will be eternally grateful. While you’re at it, tell me why I love technology but technology does not love me back.
After taking my AP Spanish final exam (which happens to be my last final exam of high school), I went out to eat lunch with two of my college buddies (who will now be referred to by their names, Roger and Garret) that graduated high school last year. We decided to go to Buffalo Wild Wings. After I finished my exam, Roger came to pick me up, and we headed over to Buffalo Wild Wings. Meanwhile, Garret was driving on his own, and we planned to meet up at the restaurant. Upon arriving, Roger and I noticed that Garret wasn’t there yet, so we sat in the car and waited. After a while, I called Garret to check and see where he was. After overcoming a few technical difficulties, we managed to communicate with each other that we were both sitting in the parking lot facing a Jimmy John’s. Roger and I left the car. We started slowly walking toward the Buffalo Wild Wings building when we noticed that Garret was still nowhere in sight. After a minute or two, we got a call from Garret. He said that he was also in front of the Buffalo Wild Wings building, and could not see us. Then we made a revolutionary discovery. Roger and I were standing in front of the Buffalo Wild Wings in Crystal Lake. Garret was standing in front of the Buffalo Wild Wings in Algonquin, about five miles away. The most interesting part is that there also happens to be a Jimmy John’s situated near the Buffalo Wild Wings in Algonquin as well as the one in Crystal Lake. After realizing this, Roger made a :facepalm: expression without the actual facepalm.
Trying to make Ben Chow smile for the camera.
A few days ago, I ordered another MicroSD card for my cell phone. It arrived in the mail today, which is awesome because its expected delivery date was between May 25 and May 28, and today is May 24. But, there’s a tiny little problem. The MicroSD card I ordered is 8 gigabytes. What I did not realize is that my LG Neon can only use MicroSD cards up to 4 gigabytes. Fail. If anybody knows how to hack a MicroSD card to make it seem like its capacity is 4 gigabytes instead of 8 gigabytes, let me know. Your help will be much appreciated.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Sup … no, it’s just a bird. I saw it sitting right outside my window when I opened the blinds, so I decided to take a picture of it and post it to help it become world-famous.