Tuesday, April 29, 2003

I got hacked in RuneScape :-(

The thrill of getting level 99 cooking in RuneScape was unfortunately short-lived as my account got hacked.

I logged in after school today when I noticed my character was in a different place than where I logged off last night. The next thing I knew was most of my valuables were missing. I lost a total of 33 Halloween masks, 52 Santa hats, all of my cash, runes and arrows, my full rune set and a bunch of other stuff. I know it's only a game, but I'm still kind of pissed off about it.

To be honest, I'm not exactly sure how I got hacked. An online virus scan did pick up a Trojan on my computer, and I wouldn't be surprised if that was what got my password. I don't know how the virus got there in the first place as I always scan downloaded files. But from I've heard, some malicious websites can infect the user's computer as soon as the victim visits it, and that might be what happened here. On the other hand, it was probably partly my fault as I had a simple password.

I also have no idea why someone decided to hack me. I'm somewhat well-known in the community due to being the 36th person to reach 99 cooking, and I'm also one of the first 2,000 players to sign up. Either of those things could have made me a target.

Oh well, better start earning my stuff again...

Update: A bit of good news: my friend Sandman2002 gave me a green mask to help me get started again. There are no words to express my gratitude. Thanks, dude!

Currently listening to: "Sandstorm" by Darude

Wednesday, April 9, 2003

level 99 cooking in RuneScape

I've finally reached 99 cooking in RuneScape after eight months of non-stop grinding. W00t!

You can see the screenshot here. It's so hard to believe I actually achieved this goal. I guess nothing really is impossible.

Of course, this monumental task would have been much harder without the help of friends. I'd like to thank Cbkmy, Jeboy and Vera02, and everyone else who traded their raw fish for my cooked. The same goes for people that gave me moral support and encouragement. There are too many others to name, but you know who you are.

I remember back when level 99 stats were the big thing. But as there are now dozens of people who have reached this milestone, chances are that many high-ranked players aren't going to stand out as much anymore. However, that doesn't make it any less of an achievement, especially considering that getting a 99 stat hasn't gotten any easier.

One of the biggest downsides of RuneScape is that it involves a lot of tedious grinding. Had I not taken an eight-month break from cooking, I'd probably be one of the top ten cooks right now. That said, being the 36th person to reach 99 cooking certainly gives me bragging rights. :-)

For those curious, my next goal will probably be level 80 fishing or 80 combat. Regardless of the choice, it should be a heck of a lot easier than getting level 99 in anything!

In other news...

Good luck and Godspeed to fellow RuneScape player Thehate on his own goal of 99 cooking!

Currently playing: RuneScape