So recently my entries have been extremely poor peices of writing with the odd badly edited picture. Not ideal. I've tried to start some more "serious" blog entries, but failed. Still, I enjoy writing, and would like to try one more time. I think I might talk about firemaking for a bit.
Firemaking is one of those skills that, for whatever reason, I really respect. Along with dungeoneering, fletching, and perhaps smithing.
I imagine you can easily understand why I put dungeoneering there. It's a good, useful skill-99 will have a lot of content and rewards. It's also a very good skill in that it shows you are really good at exploring this place. The cape looks good, the statistic is impressive, and so on. Prestige is also a bonus.
But then I'll see you look at some of the other skills, such as fletching, and smithing. You'll be thinking: why? As you might be aware, I'm not actually that big a fan of skillcapes. The colours are often slightly off, whatever-the thing is they're not my favourite thing in the world, and I doubt I'll be driven at some point to spend a month grinding away at some obscure skill just to get the cape.
I imagine there are three reasons I'd ever get a 99. Firstly, I might do it because I loved the skill, and it was a great moneymaker. After I got 91, I could hardly avoid assisting for effigies, so that's what I'll do. Secondly, I might do it because I have gradually become so close to 99 that I can hardly resist jsut spending a few million or a few more hours getting a nice cape. I'm not a great fan of them, but still-why not? Lastly, I might do it because I need something that skill offers. Perhaps I'm especially keen to be able to wear that hood, or maybe I badly want to have several chaotic weapons, or whatever.
But there's something strange here. Why would I admire people who grind away at a "pointless" skill just to get a cape? Well, it's all to do with one quality I admire-patience.
The skill is pointless, the grind is tedious, why bother? it's because they will acheive. They've set aside a period of their entire Runescape Playing time just to give that skill a go. To understand it, to get into it, to master it. At the end, they will have their reward. But they will also have the pleasure of being one of the few who have acheived. Just because the skill isn't worth all that much, they still decided they wanted it. I don't understand why I like that, but I do. I couldn't have the patience for that sort of thing.
Let's take a look at firemaking. To all intents and purposes, getting high levels in the skill is pointless. Being able to burn better quality logs has no impact on the game-a fatal flaw. They don't cook better, either. In fact, burning magic logs as opposed to normal logs only has one difference, and that's how much money you are putting into it.
Of course, certain quest rewards make medium level firemaking worthwhile, if only because it's fun to have completed lots of quests. Diaries, too, come with useful rewards that involve firemaking. But the real problem is that firemaking does not have any merit on its own. In and of itself, the ability to light better kinds of log is not at all useful.
That's why I respect firemakers.
P.S. I just realised I am three steps away from total level 1337. I have to document that.