Screenshot: Receiving two Abyssal Whips as drops from Abyssal Demons

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I’ve never really had much luck in getting Abyssal Demon tasks – my first one was on my 200th con­sec­u­tive task (and I’ve been around for long enough that I have tasks completed from even before the point reward system was implemented).

I happened to get another Abyssal Demon task for my 202nd task, and this trip ended up rewarding me with two Abyssal Whip drops.

The total gain from this task was about 2 million coins – I had about 1 million in collectable drops, and 1 million in coins and alchemized products.



My irresolute resolution

I’ve never really liked new year’s resolutions.

I personally think it’s silly that you should set goals based off events, rather than off your own schedule.

I make goals for myself on a regular basis, as the opportunities arise, as I see fit. I think it’s suboptimal for the concept of new year’s resolutions to even exist in the first place.

What’s so special about a new year? Why not make new month’s resolutions? Are there such things as new decade’s resolutions, that hold more gravity and magnitude than new year’s resolutions?

If I realize half-way through November that I need to change something in my life, I’m going to set my goal on the day I make the realization; I’m not going to wait until January 1 of the following year so I set my “upcoming change” as my new year’s resolution.

In a way, I guess I do make new year’s resolutions.

But I also make a lot of new day’s resolutions, and my new year’s resolutions don’t necessarily correspond with the start of a new year.

They’re just resolutions.

It must just be the way it’s worded – a new year’s resolution implies that it’s something one will work on this year. It slightly irritates me that this person will work on this resolution this year, but not for the rest of his or her life. Maybe if they were called “life’s resolutions,” I would like them better?

Or just … resolutions.

As I click the “Preview” button on this blog post to look at what I’ve written so far, I see an advertisement for weight loss below this text – a before and after picture, where the woman in the “after” picture is quite obviously not the same woman from the “before” picture.

A countless number of people set weight loss as their new year’s resolution; maybe the hype behind new year’s resolutions is just a marketing strategy?

Unfortunately, not everyone is as critical as I am, and not many people share my opinion about new year’s resolutions.

I’m sure that, sooner or later, someone is going to ask me what my new year’s resolution is. If someone asks me online, the solution is simple – I can just link them to this blog post. But, in person, it becomes a bit more tricky.

In order to prepare for that, I decided to come up with a new year’s resolution to use for these particular conversations.

My new year’s resolution is to act more spontaneously.

I have a habit of planning things out in excess, preparing for a plethora of possible outcomes rather than just a few realistic ones. This sounds funny after what you’ve just read above, (the fact that I’m preparing for an in-person conversation that might not even happen,) but as much as it is ironic, it proves that this is in fact a legitimate resolution.

I like to wait for the perfect moment to do something, when I’m done thinking about everything that could go wrong, and preparing my mind and body for what will happen. Some might say that this is merely a sophisticated form of procrastination.

There are some things to which I already act spontaneously. When I’m speaking publicly to a non-pro­fessional crowd with an intent to entertain, I tend to do much better when I don’t plan anything at all, and just start talking. My resolution is to force myself to do this for other things as well. I think it’s best de­scribed with an example.

Before I write a paper, I like to make sure that I won’t be distracted for the next few hours. I make sure that I’ve gone to the bathroom recently enough that it won’t bother me during my paper writing. I make sure I’ve eaten enough so I won’t get hungry while writing, but if I’ve eaten too much lately, I wait before starting so I won’t feel bloated. I make sure that any possible relevant resources I need are readily avail­able, even if the chance of actually needing these resources are near-zero. I make sure that there are no other urgent matters to which I need to tend before starting. I make sure that my thoughts are organized in my mind, so ideas from unrelated topics don’t cloud up my mental outline. If any of these conditions aren’t met, I reschedule my paper writing time.

In 2015, I want to just go for it.

Rather than waiting for this idealistic atmosphere to begin my work, I want to just start.

If you think about it, all the things that could possibly go wrong don’t actually have truly negative con­se­quences. If I need to grab a snack, I can grab a snack, then continue writing. If I’m not feeling well, I can write a bit, then take a break and continue writing later. If I don’t have particular reference materials I need, I can pause writing, search for the resources, then resume after finding them.

Is this a resolution that I’ll actually end up working on? I’m not sure yet. Do I even want to try and give up some of my meticulousness, which is a trait to which I attribute a lot of my success, and exchange it for spontaneity? That, I’m even less sure about.

At the very least, it’s something that I can respond with when asked about my new year’s resolution.



Stream VOD: Corki vs. Katarina and Brand vs. Talon in mid lane


Playing two blind pick normal League of Legends games with a friend, the first game going Corki mid vs. Katarina and failing, and the second game going Brand mid vs. Talon and having great success.

The Brand game starts at 34:10; feel free to skip to that part if you want to avoid watching me teach you how not to play Corki.



Screenshot: Gaining 600 points for completing a Slayer task

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This weekend is Slayer weekend on RuneScape – you get double the points as rewards for com­pleting tasks, and there are higher chances of rare drops.

The timing happened to be great, as I was on my 200th task. Not only did I get a huge bonus for com­pleting an interval of 50 tasks, I also got my entire reward doubled. So, for finishing my Abyssal Demon task, I got myself 600 points.

It’s great that these kinds of events are being put into RuneScape, but it seems like this one was a little bit buggy.

Right before my Abyssal Demon task, I had an Aviansie task. One of the items on the news article out­lining Slayer weekend stated that all monsters that drop charms would drop an extra charm. Unfortunately, it seems like there was an error in the code, and it prevented Aviansies from dropping any charms at all.

On top of that, I usually get a lot of alchable materials from Aviansies, so I brought Nature and Fire Runes. I ended up not using any of them, because I think that part of the drop table was bugged as well. Luckily, it seemed like the noted Adamant Bars were still being dropped fine, so I was able to make a profit off of those.



Stream VOD: Syndra vs. Katarina mid & Zed top


Match history:

I start the game as Syndra mid vs. Katarina, but after my buddy Riven in top lane starts having problems, I lane swap for a little while to help him out.

In this game, I have a very successful laning phase, but end up being in the wrong place at the wrong time very often during mid- and late game.

This video was recorded in third-person spectator view using a replay of the game.



Screenshot: Reaching Level 99 Mining and achieving skill mastery

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My Christmas Eve accomplishment on RuneScape is getting Level 99 in Mining. I posted a little while back that I had reached Level 98, and I finished powering through to skill mastery today.

That makes Mining my seventh skill to reach level 99; the others are Firemaking, Fletching, Ranged, Cook­ing, Attack, and Constitution.

It seems like, at this rate, the next skill in which I reach level 99 is going to be Woodcutting. Since the release of Prifddinas and the Max Guild, there is now a convenient portal that takes you to the active Crystal Tree, so that’ll make Woodcutting a lot easier because I no longer have to roam the map trying to find which tree is available to chop.



Screenshot: Winning a Lucky Saradomin Godsword

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This was my second high-value lucky prize, my first one being a Saradomin Sword.

The best part about this win is that I already had a regular Saradomin Godsword, so I was able to sell it on the Grand Exchange for over 16 million coins.

And, of course, I prefer the passive effect of the Godsword better than the active special attack, so I stopped by Saradomin’s camp to kill 40 minions and enter the boss room to change the effect on the sword.





Stream VOD: Trying out Legend of the Poro King


I try out Legend of the Poro King, the new Snowdown Showdown 2014 game mode released today. In this stream session, I manage to earn one icon and make it halfway through earning another icon.

For those wondering, the reason I didn’t get the third icon for using Mistletoe LeBlanc is because you need to win with a Snowdown skin on, not just play a game. You’ll notice that I get confused about this during the stream, and I didn’t realize this stipulation until after I ended the stream.