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Rikornak
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0. Preamble:


While I don't think f2p needs a constant flow of content, they still should be able to feel their game whole. With most main tier items ranging from tier 1-50 fixed, it now is time to fill in the few remaining missing items, the ability for free ironmen to obtain them themselves and create some more interesting item decisions. Items that have to be obtained from members should be limited to prestige armour (Recolours and Dragonstone) and cosmetics and are a concept that actually could be pursued further. More special armours (tx5, power, hybrid) could be made f2p on certain occasions, but should fittingly included then.

The thread mainly addresses issues in f2p and the beginning level experience, but will benefit members as well with some additional points mainly for the f2p-p2p transition phase, some general QoL changes, improving the entire level flow, rising values of otherwise undemanded items items they can easier come by and a more diverse distributions of equipment and more means of obtaining for Invention.

1. Skills:


- Allow free players to level p2p only non-elite skills to 20. Make features available to f2p wherever reasonable.
5 is way too low to serve as a good teaser, a somewhat higher cap grants the opportunity to try the skills out properly

1.1 Combat:


- Corrupt Equipment now lasts for 1 hour and only degrades while fighting
- Second age equipment now has a level adequate health bonus (p2p)
- Allow several fitting items to be augmented (Invention Quick Fixes) (p2p)

1.1.1 Melee:

- White Knight Weaponry now also has off-hand counterparts (p2p)
- Allow free players to play the Recruitment Drive quest and buff Initiate armour to tier 35
- Proselyte armour is buffed to tier 45 (p2p)
- Linza the Disgraced's equipment now has a level adequate health bonus (p2p)
Improvements: Tooltip / (F2P) QoL v2
Quick Fixes: Invention

26-Mar-2016 06:17:02 - Last edited on 29-Mar-2018 07:23:44 by Rikornak

Rikornak
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1.1.2 Ranged:

- All Javelins are now two-handed weapons
* All existing main-hand and Dragon off-hand versions are automatically converted
The game is lacking two handed throwing weapons and javelins are the only ones I could imagine worn this way, similar to the ranged sunspear.
- Snakeskin armour is buffed to tier 35
- Arrows and bolts do no longer have a fixed ranged requirements, but rather a potential maximum, similar to food. Secondary requirements (other skills and quests) remain intact.
* See the suggestions on page 18 and 26 to fill out gaps in tierscape for bolts and arrows respectively.

1.1.3 Magic:

- The Fletching skill will introduce an array of staves (see below), ranging from tier 1-60, most of them available to f2p
- Swanky boots re-gain tier 5 stats
- Lesser runic staves are buffed to tier 35 and made available to f2p
- Battlestaves are buffed to tier 45. Make basic ones available to f2p via 'Naff's Knockoff Staves' (fixed buy limit of 4) and single element ones as boss drops
- The (enhanced) ancient staff now has a 50 % chance to refund all catalyst runes used for zarosian spells, as well as increasing their damage dealt by 10 % at all times. It will now count as a zarosian item in the GWD (p2p)
- Mystic staves are buffed to tier 55 (p2p)
- The Master wand and the Mages' book are buffed to tier 65 (p2p)
- God staves are buffed to tier 65 (p2p)

1.1.4 Prayer:

- Make Retribution, Redemption and Smite available to f2p
- Allow free players to learn Chivalry and new ranged/magic equivalents via a skill tome found in the gilded cabbage coffin in the tomb of the fallen. Members can still additionally learn them by completing the Knight Training Grounds.
Improvements: Tooltip / (F2P) QoL v2
Quick Fixes: Invention

26-Mar-2016 06:17:07 - Last edited on 17-May-2018 06:18:05 by Rikornak

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1.2 Dungeoneering:


- Free players are granted access to the Varrock Sewer and Al Kharid resource dungeons at level 65 and 75 in order to allow them to obtain magic logs and semi-precious gems respectively.
- Introduce either 2H or dual wielded gravite crossbows, which generate their own ammunition.
- Allow the tome of frost to be equipped in the pocket slot in addition. While equipped there, it just offers its passive effects, but no stat bonuses
- Shieldbow sights can now be applied to any shieldbow, increasing its tier by 5 and its range by 1, introducing tiers for 5, 15, 25, 35 and 75
*Sighted Maple Shieldbows are nerfed to tier 35
*Sighted Strykebows are tier 87 and return the sight upon fully degrading.
- Allow free players to purchase bone crushers and gold accumulators. All upgrades, overcharges and tool belt unlocks remain p2p only.

1.3 Crafting:


- The dwarven army axe can now be used by free players and gets the following improvements:
* While mining copper or tin any semi-precious gem can now be found. Lapis lazuli are now tradeable semi-precious gems, which also can be found in gem rocks.
* Wooden knots are now tradeable and can also be rarely obtained from regular trees without using the axe. The axe now boosts the chance to obtain knots to current rates.
- Free players can now craft and wear lapis lazuli brooches and relevant silver jewellery
- Splitbark armour can now also be crafted with crafting levels between 40 and 50. Wizard Jalarast still offers a paid service for lower leveled players.
- All urns now cover items up to 10, 35, 60, 85 and 99 depending on their tier.
*Remove the crafting level requirement to add a rune to the urn
*Rebalance filling rates and experience reward accordingly to the new top tier item for that urn.
*Smelting urns now are upgraded to general smithing urns and award significantly more experience
Improvements: Tooltip / (F2P) QoL v2
Quick Fixes: Invention

26-Mar-2016 06:17:12 - Last edited on 09-May-2018 06:01:26 by Rikornak

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1.4 Cooking:


- Make minnow tradeable
- Free players are now able to churn milk into butter and cheese wheels
- Free players can now cook potatoes with butter, egg potatoes and potatoes with cheese and their respective toppings
- Free players can now skewer raw beast, bird and rabbit meat
- Increase the healing values of the following low and medium levelled foods to the following values: Sardine (300), Herring (400), Cake (400/slice), Rabbit sandwich & Makerel (500), Chocolate cake (500/slice), Roast bird meat & Trout (600), Cod & Roast rabbit (700), Pizza (700/slice), Roast beast meat & Pike (800), Meat pizza (800/slice), Salmon (900), Anchovy pizza (900/slice), Slimy eel (950), Tuna (1000), Rainbow fish (1100), pineapple pizza (1100/slice), Cave eel (1150), Karambwan & Lava eel (1500). The constitution levels required to fully benefit from the foods are increased accordingly.

1.5 Herblore:


- Allow free players to mix strength and defence potions
- Introduce a woodcutting potion at herblore 2, mixed from guam and common kebbit fur, rising level by 3.
- Introduce a cooking potion at herblore 6, mixed from tarromin and red feathers, rising level by 3.
- Introduce a lesser prayer potion at herblore 14, mixed from marrentil and snape grass, restoring as much prayer points as the current potions do. Creatures which drop marrentil on p2p worlds will now do so on free worlds as well. Snape grass will now also spawn at the Hobgoblin peninsula on free worlds.
- Introduce a lesser luck potion at herblore 16, mixed from tarromin and lapis lazuli, granting tier 1 luck for 1 hour.
- The currently existing prayer potions are once again p2p objects and buffed up to (prayer level*3.0 + 70). This buff also applies to the instant prayer restoration of super prayer renewal potions and (supreme) overload salves.
Improvements: Tooltip / (F2P) QoL v2
Quick Fixes: Invention

26-Mar-2016 06:17:16 - Last edited on 28-Jan-2018 08:18:28 by Rikornak

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1.6 Smithing:


- Players are able to smith metal boots and gauntlets up to rune. They all require one bar, are unlocked on the same levels and give the same xp as the respective daggers.
- Players can now learn how to smith defenders they've already obtained once up to rune: They need one bar, are unlocked on the same level and give the same xp as the respective swords.
- Allow free players to smith iron spits

1.7 Fletching:


- Change crossbow stocks to fitting to the metal of the respective tier: Bronze-Wooden, Iron-Oak, Blurite-Oak, Steel-Willow, Mithril-Maple, Adamant-Yew, Runite-Magic, Dragon-Elder. Existing teak/mahogany stocks are converted to maple/yew ones.

As we lack many low levelled staves the fletching skill now also allows to fletch staves from any standard log. None of the staves grants elemental runes, nor are orbs able to be attached to them. All Staves need 1 of their respective logs. For balancing reasons fletching staves should give less xp than the combined for fletching and stringing a shieldbow of the same tier.

Please note the numbers are part of our current artisans system, if fletching gets a rework after smithing I will adjust them.


Staff (tier 1): Requires fletching 11, grants 18 xp. This is the staff already ingame.
Oak Staff (tier 10): Requires fletching 26, grants 48 xp.
Willow Staff (tier 20): Requires fletching 41, grants 75 xp.
Maple Staff (tier 30): Requires fletching 56, grants 110 xp.
Yew Staff (tier 40): Requires fletching 71, grants 142 xp.
Magic Staff (tier 50): Requires fletching 86, grants 175 xp.
Elder Staff (tier 60, p2p): Requires fletching 96, grants 200 xp.

All variants up to yew can be bought at 'Zaff's Superior Spellcasting' and up to magic at 'Marvellous Mysticism', 'Magic Guild Store - Runes and Staves' and 'Baba Yaga's Magic Shop'.

Several existing staves will be buffed accordingly in order to prevent redundancies (see above)
Improvements: Tooltip / (F2P) QoL v2
Quick Fixes: Invention

26-Mar-2016 06:17:21 - Last edited on 25-Jan-2018 07:38:48 by Rikornak

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2. Shops:


In general shops in free areas should sell equipment up to tier 40, while those in guilds, the wilderness and lower levelled p2p areas will do this up to tier 50. Tools and ammunition can be more generous in some cases, but should of course remain fitting for the place they're sold.

- All shops now also sell off-hand items fitting to sold main-hand items
- Items are sold in following amounts:
* T1-30 equipment: 10
* T40 equipment: 5
* T50 equipment: 2
* T60 equipment: 1
Existing exceptions (e.g. for dragon items) shouldn't be touched by this and also be possible in the future.
*Ammo: Bronze & Iron: 1000, Steel & Mithril: 500, Adamant & Higher: 100
*Free Samples, Runes or stores with special mechanics and/or higher values won't be touched by this. Furthermore those changes won't touch non-standard equipment.

Non-specialized stores (e.g. gnome shopkeeper) and secondary assortments (e.g. weapons in a general store) can be both lower in quantity and quality.

Allow all stores to sell items noted with a fee of 20 % of the original value (done with a switch). Free samples can't be noted.

2.1 Melee:


- Bandit Duty Free now also sells rune battleaxes, scimitars and 2h swords at 80 % of the usual store price.
- Claws up to Rune are now sold at Martin Thwait's Lost and Found (p2p)
- The Warrior's Guild Armoury now sells equipment up to rune

2.2 Ranged:


- All three Crossbow Shops now have separate stocks
- Knives up to Dragon are now sold at Martin Thwait's Lost and Found (p2p)
- After completing 'The Tourist Trap' players can now purchase darts up to dragon at a new vendor in the Bedabin Camp (p2p)
- The vendors in the Ranging Guild now sell Ammunition up to Dragon and armour up to Blue Dragon. (p2p)
Improvements: Tooltip / (F2P) QoL v2
Quick Fixes: Invention

26-Mar-2016 06:17:26 - Last edited on 15-Dec-2017 07:08:14 by Rikornak

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- Archery Tickets can now be exchanged for the following (p2p) (Refine the interface used for exchange):
*Red Dragon Armour (1000 Tickets - Full Set)
*Black Dragon Armour (3000 Tickets - Full Set)
*Royal Dragon Armour (5000 Tickets - Full Set)
*Skirmisher Armour (4000 Tickets - random missing piece, lost items are still replaced with diango)
*Bronze to Dragon Reprisers (n*50^2 Tickets + previous repriser, with n = 1 for bronze and +1 for each rank)
*Rune Arrows, Bolts or Javelins (100 Tickets - 10 units of ammunition)
*Dragon Arrows or Javelins (500 Tickets - 10 units of ammunition)
*Barb bolttips (100 Tickets - 30)
Barbed bolts now have requirements and damage values of runite bolts, but are not able to be gem tipped
*Ruby bolttips (200 Tickets - 30)
*Diamond bolttips (500 Tickets - 30)
*Dragon bolttips (1500 Tickets - 30)
*Onyx bolttips (10000 Tickets - 30)
*Ranged XP (1,10,100,1000 Tickets - XP awarded scale with level and amount of tickets turned in at once)

Players will need to collect new tickets for this, which are virtual and untradeable, but have improved rates to obtain them (especially at higher levels). Legacy tickets are automatically removed and converted to 10 gp each.

2.3 Magic:


Zaff's Superior Spellcasting and Betty's Magic Emporium now sell finished pieces of splitbark armour. The price equates the one of tier 40 armour, increased by the fee required to get the respective items crafted.
Improvements: Tooltip / (F2P) QoL v2
Quick Fixes: Invention

26-Mar-2016 06:17:30 - Last edited on 10-Mar-2018 22:46:22 by Rikornak

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3. Game Mechanic:


- Allow free players to use bonus experience
*Free players can now also trade with Vic when he shows up again: His offer is limited to small and medium prismatic lamps, purely cosmetic items and items from past promotions available for them. Conversion rate is reduced by 30 (60 for p2p skills) %.
- Increase free bank space to 90 (110) and member bankspace to 475 slots. Do further improvements to conserve space available:
*Convert more item pets to the interface
*Promotional items with a reclaim cost can now additionally be stored with diango, similiar to lucky items. Items that have to be reclaimed are now indicated with their costs.
- Most skilling sets can now also be acquired via TH, Vic and thaler. This excludes direct quest and progress rewards.
- Increase the capacity of the f2p friend list to 400 (like p2p)
- Free Players have once again access to Tuska's Back via Wizard Chambers. They can play the Anima Islands D&D, but not access Mazcab and the Desert. They have full access to all rewards except for Tuska's Wrath.
- All WE Abilities are changed to tradeable Ability Tomes (drops included (GWD/cremation)), which can be obtained more than once.
- Free Players can now lift their trade limit upon fulfilling one of the following conditions:
*Having purchased anything for real currency or bonds
*Account has access to the 5 year veteran cape
*Every 125 total levels and quest points the trade cap doubles until it is fully lifted at 1250
- Extend the TH instant use settings for lamps and stars to item xp sources in the rest of the game. If you don't have the required level to use an item for your favourite skill (or this skill isn't covered by a non-prismatic multiple skill item (e.g. a combat lamp) you'll still get it placed in your inventory
*Add in a new setting for auto turning in multiple skill and prismatic sources to your lowest skill (following the rules of tears of guthix)
Improvements: Tooltip / (F2P) QoL v2
Quick Fixes: Invention

26-Mar-2016 06:17:34 - Last edited on 19-Nov-2017 07:55:42 by Rikornak

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- Tag POP items from the Port Sarim Invasion as p2p
- Extend Item lending to more modern tradeable non-degrading equipment
- Split Broadcasts from Doomsayer Warnings and allow enabled ones to be sent with filtered game messages.
*Convert outdated warnings (like the wyvern caverns) to the doomsayer system
*Remove confirmations for left-click two-way travel options to safe areas (e.g. GE <-> Keldagrim), but keep them for one-way travels and dangerous two-way travels
*Add toggles to warnings that can be disabled permanently (like the wilderness lever)
- Allow f2p to trade and equip more p2p only obtainable cosmetic items including canifis boots and robes.
- Allow free players to convert p2p only proteans into f2p variants, but not vice versa.
- The chaos elemental now is affected by tier 1 luck, down from 2
- The following changes are applied to bark and fine cloth:
*Zaff's Superior Spellcasting now sells finished pieces of armour instead of raw materials
*Trading mole skins and claws rarely award bark in addition to the nest, noses uncommonly
*The King Black Dragon can now also drop fine cloth
*The Chaos Elemental can now also drop both items
*Hollow trees now grant bark much more commonly and chests in the shade catacombs now always drop cloth alongside a secondary reward.
*Shades and Catablepons can now rarely drop fine cloth
*Moss giants can now rarely drop bark
*The tier 1 luck drop table can now award both items

4. Stuff to be considered - Experimental Corner:


I am not too sure how to implement the following entries (as they could need more developing time as the aforementioned quick fixes), but they still should be done due to balancing issues:

- Introduce a t55 crossbow, shield and power body as ranged equivalents to gud raider armour.
- Introduce a t55 magic wand, shield and power body as magic equivalents to gud raider armour.
Improvements: Tooltip / (F2P) QoL v2
Quick Fixes: Invention

26-Mar-2016 06:17:45 - Last edited on 14-May-2018 05:57:27 by Rikornak

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- Introduce Corrupt black dragon and elder items as ranged tier 60 degrade to dust
- Introduce Corrupt Grifolic items as magic tier 60 degrade to dust
- Introduce a tradeable f2p cape with 11 Armour and 7 Bonus to all styles using the Brassican cloak style to the Cabbage Facepunch Bonaza, as a permanent variation of the Starfury Cape
- Free players should be able to obtain Warpriest Armour on free worlds again

5. Conclusion:


Feedback is generally appreciated and hopefully you like my suggestion. If I have forgotten something please notice me.

If those points make it in the game, f2p really should be a whole game.

6. Change log:


29/12/15 Initial post
29/02/16
Free to Play Extravaganza released!

26/03/16 Opened up new post, adjusted some entries to the current state
26/09/16
Currency pouch is implemented

26/06/17
Restocking for shops has been improved, Old skilling outfits are now stored with diango

03/07/17
The anti-poison totem can now be equipped in the pocket slot
, adjusted the idea for the tome of frost.
10/07/17
Tier 75 warpriest armour is no longer available in f2p

07/08/17
Batwing and Carapace are now available to free players for crafting, Batwing has its crafting levels required fixed
, adjusted Splitbark crafting for making it f2p compatible
14/08/17
Several improvements have been released

21/08/17
Free players can now smith studs and craft studded leather armour

09/10/17
Tons of improvements have been released
, added prayer and herblore chapters, restructured elements of the thread
04/12/17
Many further improvements have been released

03/04/17
Task set overrides have been released
Improvements: Tooltip / (F2P) QoL v2
Quick Fixes: Invention

26-Mar-2016 06:17:50 - Last edited on 03-Apr-2018 10:41:14 by Rikornak

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