Tuesday, April 29, 2003

RuneScape account hacked :-(

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

The first sign of trouble was that my character was in an unfamiliar area. I checked my bank to find that most of my valuables were gone. The hacker took 33 Hallowe'en masks, 52 Santa hats, my combat equipment, all of my gold and a bunch of other stuff. I know it's only a game, but this still pisses me off.

Of note is that an online virus scan picked up a Trojan on my computer. I suspect that's how they got my password. Though I'm pretty careful with what I download from the Internet, I've heard some malicious websites can install viruses through browser vulnerabilities. On the other hand, this was probably partly my fault because my password was simple.

It's also possible that the hacker decided to specifically target me. The fact that I'm somewhat well-known could have been the reason. But considering that Jagex doesn't return items, none of this really matters. 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. You can see the screenshot here. I still can't believe I actually achieved this goal. W00t!

Of course, this monumental task would have been much harder without the help of friends. I'd like to thank Vera02 and Jeboy for swapping their raw lobsters for mt cooked. I also owe my gratitude to Cbkmy for letting me cook his swordfish. The same goes for everyone else who sold me supplies. There are too many people to name, but you know who you are!

In my opinion, the biggest problem with RuneScape is that there is too much grinding. Doing the same thing over and over again gets boring really fast. I'd probably be among the top 10 cooks right now if I really tried. That said, being the 36th person to reach 99 cooking certainly gives me bragging rights. :-)

In other news...

On a related note, good luck to fellow RuneScape player Thehate on his own goal of 99 cooking!

Currently playing: RuneScape