Runescape – Adding Perks To Weapons and Armour To Help In Combat – A Beginners Guide

Invention is tricky to understand with all the different components and its difficult to know what combines with what to get something that may help you get a bit more damage in combat or a few useful perks.  There are lots of spreadsheets out there and posts but they seem to be written in code most of them so I’ll try to go through from a beginners point of view to help you understand how to start perking your armour and weapons and a suggest few nice ones to add to help start out.

First Step – Augmenting

The first thing you need to do to your weapon or armour is augment it.  You can make an augmentor or buy it on the grand exchange.  To make it you need divine energy, base parts, flexible parts, tensile parts, enhancing parts and powerful components.  These all take time to get so if you don’t have time or have money then just buy one on the grand exchange.  Once you have one just use it on your weapon or armour piece you want to augment and it will turn into an augmented version ready for the next step.

Second Step – Gizmos

So gizmos are things you need to make and on them you can generate perks which then attach to the augmented armour or weapon to provide a bonus.  To start with you need to make gizmo shells (you can’t buy them).  There is a weapon gizmo shell and an armour gizmo shell, you can also get a tool gizmo shell which I won’t be covering in this post.  You make the weapon gizmo shell with blade parts, crafted parts and strong components at the invention bench.  You make the armour gizmo shell with deflecting parts, crafted parts and protective parts at the invention bench.  Once you have the shells then you can click on them “add materials” to get to the next step.

Third Step – Adding Materials

So clicking “add materials” on a gizmo shell will bring up a new window:

Runescape Adding Materials To a Gizmo Shell
Runescape Adding Materials To a Gizmo Shell

As you can see from the image above, you click or drag the materials onto the five slots to see what possible perks you can get and then can create it if happy.  When you click create you will not necessarily get the top one and may have to re-roll it a few times until you get what you want, you can also fail it.  If you have enough materials to try again it will let you re-roll on another gizmo shell but it will use a new one, not the previous one.  “But how the hell do I know what materials to add for what perks?”  I hear you cry.  Well that depends what you want to get out!  In the next section I give some tips for those who want to add stuff but don’t want to research the full ins and outs of whats available.

Non-elitist Ok Perks To Get Started

On an augmented two handed weapon you can add two weapon gizmos, otherwise you can add one gizmo to main hand and one to offhand.  Generally I would aim for precise and aftershock perks on weapons if you are after adding extra damage.  The pros go for Precise 4 + Equilibrium 2 in one slot and aftershock 3 in the other but you don’t have to get those exact numbers, even aftershock 1 is better than nothing.

On armour you can have two gizmos on legs and two on tops.  The main ones to aim for are crackling, enhanced devotion, impatient and biting.  The pros will go for things like biting 3 which requires nox components and is too expensive for my tastes but you can get biting 2 for nowhere near the cost and is very helpful.

Weapons – Precise Perk

So to make the first one you want precise really, you can use precise 1-5 on its own instead if you can keep re-rolling until you get what you want.  To get precise 5 add 5 armadyl components to the gizmo shell.  You can’t get that many have a look at the other suggested combos on the wiki page which includes getting equilibrium with it:

https://runescape.wiki/w/Precise

Weapons – Aftershock Perk

Now aftershock perk can seem expensive as you need to use Ilujankan components which come from Anima Core Zaros items which are 18mil at the time of writing but only get you 1 component for disassembling but don’t panic, there is a way to get more.  You buy an Anima Core Legs of Zaros and Anima Core Body of Zaros then augment them both (you don’t need gizmos on them).  Then level them up to level 9 in combat and disassemble which will give you more Ilujankan components and enable you t make this expensive perk.  More details and combos on the wiki page:

https://runescape.wiki/w/Aftershock

Armour – crackling

Crackling 3 is great and can be reasonably cheap to get by using explosive components gathered by disassembling hand cannons.  Even if you only have crackling 1-2 its better than nothing.  You can get it with secondary perks too as shown on the wiki:

https://runescape.wiki/w/Crackling

Armour – Enhanced Devotion

This one is gained by using Faceted components which can be gathered by disassembling crystal items.  A cheaper way to do it is by disassembling crystal flasks or light orbs.  You can get enhanced devotion 2-3 quite easily:

https://runescape.wiki/w/Enhanced_Devoted

Armour – Impatient

Now this one can cost some money as it needs Zaros components and Zamorak components specially if you are after 3, I would go for 1-2 to start with as its a lot cheaper:

https://runescape.wiki/w/Impatient

Armour – Biting

Now as I said above biting 3 is not worth it for most people but biting 2 can be got quite easily and cheaply using direct components.  You can also try to get it with a secondary perk like venonblood/reflexes/mobile.  The compnents you need for this are suggested on the wiki:

https://runescape.wiki/w/Biting

Summary

Now if you have learnt anything from this I hope it is that perking is worth it and doesn’t have to be expensive.  Start with adding a few small cheap perks to get the hang of it and you can easily replace them over time when you get more cash or components.

GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots

Here are a selection of game play screenshots from the game GTA V (GTA 5) by Rockstar:

GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Vespucci Beach - Paper Bag Man
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Vespucci Beach – Paper Bag Man

GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Shooting From The Back Of a Broken Helicopter
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Shooting From The Back Of a Broken Helicopter
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Senora Freeway - Motorbike Parade
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Senora Freeway – Motorbike Parade
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Sandy Shores Crew Gathering
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Sandy Shores Crew Gathering
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Sandy Shores - Car Jumping The Helicopter
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Sandy Shores – Car Jumping The Helicopter
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Pillbox Hill - In The Sewer
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Pillbox Hill – In The Sewer
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Pillbox Hill - Great View From The Top Of A Building
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Pillbox Hill – Great View From The Top Of A Building
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Paleto Cove - Sunrise
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Paleto Cove – Sunrise
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Paleto Bay - Fireball Explosion At Night
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Paleto Bay – Fireball Explosion At Night
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Pacific Ocean - View Of Venice Beach From Above
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Pacific Ocean – View Of Venice Beach From Above
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Mount Gordo - Independence Day
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Mount Gordo – Independence Day
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Mirror Park boulevard - View At Night
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Mirror Park boulevard – View At Night
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Integrity Way - Car Lights In Reflection From Wet Road
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Integrity Way – Car Lights In Reflection From Wet Road
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - South Mo Milton Drive West Vinewood - Quad Bikes
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – South Mo Milton Drive West Vinewood – Quad Bikes
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Grand Senora Desert Sunset Plus Car
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Grand Senora Desert Sunset Plus Car
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Equality Way - Del Perro Pier
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Equality Way – Del Perro Pier
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Del Perro - Selfie Stick
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Del Perro – Selfie Stick
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Great View of Cassidy Creek
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Great View of Cassidy Creek
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Burton Station - Finish Him
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Burton Station – Finish Him
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots - Burton Car Park Crew Meeting
GTA V (GTA 5) Screenshots – Burton Car Park Crew Meeting

Screenshots – Elite Dangerous

Here are a selection of game play screenshots from the game Elite Dangerous by Frontier:

Runescape – Spring Cleaner Guide

The Spring cleaner is an item I use a lot and make a lot of cash from, it can be confusing to set up and understand how to use it so here are some words and pictures to help you!

Where to get it?
You can get it from invention at level 43 or I think they still dish it out on treasure hunter now and then. If you have it sitting in bank then you should definitely start using it 🙂

Should I upgrade it?
Answer is yes you want the max upgraded version to Spring cleaner 9001 as it dismantles noted drops too then and you can get it instantly by buying springs on GE but its expensive (10K springs needed!) so don’t worry if not – Start using it anyway and it will upgrade as you go.

AHHHH WHAT DO I DO WITH IT, THERE ARE TOO MANY SETTINGS?
Don’t panic – All you need to do is set it up first time and then just take it with you on slayer tasks or even to boss kills and it will start dismantling stuff and sending the ore etc to your bank (so saves picking stuff up too!).

There are two modes, I only use dismantle mode. The rest is personal choice on what you want to dismantle and what you don’t. To start off copy my settings below and off you go:

Runescape Spring Cleaner Configuration Settings
Runescape Spring Cleaner Configuration Settings

Make Money
So you will see messages appearing and have stuff appearing in your bank which is generally worth more than the normal drop! I got this today with a bit of combined luck of dwarves ring so it does work:

Runescape Spring Cleaner Chat Notification
Runescape Spring Cleaner Chat Notification

Kerv Contactless Payment Ring Review

Well, I first saw this on Kickstarter in October 2015 and it sounded like a great idea for someone like me who travels through London every day constantly getting my card out to swipe through the gates at the train then the tube and sometimes the bus too. Estimated delivery was stated as April 2016, and well over two years later and some nagging via email it finally arrived at my door January 2018! So we had a bit of a bad start….but I have gone straight out and put it to the test and thought I would share my experience good and bad so that others can get a bit of information if they are looking at buying this product.

First Impressions – Look and Feel

I must say the packaging looked amazing and when you open it looks very smartly presented.

Kerv Smart Ring Packaging
Kerv Smart Ring Packaging
Kerv Smart Ring Inside Packaging

The ring looks nice and smart, feels smooth and weighs hardly anything.

Kerv Ring
Kerv Ring

Generally I like it and the fit was perfect as measured using the Kerv sizing chart.

Kerv Smart Ring Look and Feel On My Finger
Kerv Smart Ring Look and Feel On My Finger

Initial Setup

The box came with a set of instructions to set up your online account, associate it to your ring, then set up a virtual mastercard and add some money to get started.

Kerv Ring Instruction Leaflet
Kerv Ring Instruction Leaflet

I found it very easy and was up and running in no time. I went straight for the auto top-up feature which is a bit of a pain as the lowest value is £30 to trigger an auto top up and the lowest value you can top up with is also £30 so every time it tops up you could have £60 on there waiting to be spent. I’d prefer if it were smaller values but there you go.

First Test

So I jumped straight in and tested it on my route to work. There is a contactless reader into the train and out the other side then a reader into the tube and out the other side, I hovered it over the first reader wondering if anything was going to happen and ping, it worked! It was a little slower than I was expecting but worked none the less. The other readers it was roughly the same but the last one it came up with the dreaded “seek assistance”. I stepped back and let the other people through then took it off and put the ring directly on the reader and it worked again. This led me to think I was using it wrong, if only I had read the instructions properly!

On the way home it was pretty much the same as above, when I got back I opened the instructions and there it was….It says clearly on the instructions how to use it and I had been doing it differently like a prize turnip!

Kerv transmission ready gesture for making a payment
Kerv transmission ready gesture for making a payment

Second Test

Well, this time fully prepared I approached the first reader and this time using the correct hand gesture it picked it up really quickly similar to using an actual card on the machine. I continued all the way to and through London and back again and it picked it up on every single one no problem at all. Was very impressed.

One of the main problems I found is that (at the time of writing) you cant use it with your TFL account to see journey history, payment history or to claim a refund. They do give you a virtual MasterCard number including the CVV number but if you put that into the TFL website it doesn’t pick up the data. This is because the chip in the ring has a separate card number but unfortunately they don’t give you that number on the website or anywhere else. I contacted support on this one and they said they are working on it and will update me when they have something.

Support

Support were very responsive and helpful in general, I first had a lot of contact with them as I was a Kickstarter backer and had the long delay I mentioned, they replied every time within 24 hours and did update me on progress. I do wonder if I would ever had received the ring now if I had not contacted them.

Summary

A good device if you don’t mind wearing the ring when you are travelling and don’t like getting your card out constantly. Use it properly on the reader and it will reward you by working as designed. I have fingers crossed that they will get the device chip number sorted for integration with the TFL website but even without that its a good gadget to show off and save you time.

Runescape – User Interface Recommendations and Tips

Basics

Press “L” to toggle lock/unlock interface in order to drag, resize and re-arrange your UI. Gameplay – make yourself familiar here. A lot of useful settings here. Worth mentioning are area looting & the different skilling options. Interface Settings – toggle slim headers, XP pop-ups, show reset timers and make X progress to mention a few. Controls – customise keyboard and mouse sensitivity, keybinds and toggle camera type. Graphics Settings – graphic settings. Audio Settings – audio settings. Combat Settings – select combat mode and which stats to recieve XP in for the combat styles.

General recommendations

Slim headers – what do we need large headers for? Gameplay settings – take a few and make yourself familiar here. Many useful QoL settings. Lock interface when not editing.

How to create a customized UI

1. Start out by resetting your current UI by going to the main menu (ESC) then go to “Quick Load Layout” and select “Retro”.

2. Resize the game window so it is exactly as you would like it. Personally I have my game window occupying 70% of my screen. Ignore this if you play on fullscreen.

3. Main menu then “Edit Mode” then “3D World Editing”. Resize your “Game View” to something like this. (we will get back to this later).

4. Now open everything you want accessible at all times while playing RuneScape. It will look messy at first don’t worry – we will make this look good.

5. Play around with the placement and sizes of your interfaces boxes. This may take some time and you may have to change the “Game View” several times.

6. Main menu then “Edit Mode” then “Gameplay HUDs Editing”. Change the placement and sizes of the different HUDs.

7. Congratulations with your new interface!

Tips & Tricks

If your gameplay is stuttering go to “Controls” then check that your camera type is set to RS3.

Technology – How to Find Out About the Windows Lock Screen Image or Spotlight Image

I had a certain image two days in a row on windows spotlight lock screen that looked like a half crescent moon like sand dune structure and wondered where it was, for reference, here is the image I was talking about:

Windows spotlight lock screen image
Windows spotlight lock screen image

Now after a bit of googling for things like “what is the big sand half crescent on the windows spotlight” and “what is the big desert structure/sculpture on the windows spotlight” with no luck I pressed CTRL+L to get back to the lock screen and investigate further. When you look at the top right of the lock screen there is an icon “like what you see?”, if you hover over it it tells you where this is:

Icon "like what you see?
Icon “like what you see?

Even better than that, if you click on the middle icon “What do we have here?” it will take you to a bing search for the building or location in question:

Icon "What do we have here?"
Icon “What do we have here?”

For those that are interested, it turns out this is actually not a “half crescent moon like sand dune structure” but in fact its the Auditorio de Tenerife in Santa Cruz, Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). An auditorium, who’d have thought it?