Its been a week since players eagerly jumped into Runescape hoping to stay in the forefront of the Divination tsunami for as many hours as possible. Since then the mad pace has evened out and the xp counters have slowed, here’s my opinion after a week of a new skill.
What I Didn’t Like
I’m doing this first because I don’t like to end on a bad note. But, as of Tuesday the 27th of August (a week and a few hours after release) already a handful of players have reached level 96 in Divination. No doubt in the early hours of tomorrow morning that’ll be 97 nearly 98. It could just be the relentless pace they are training the skill at but still, 96 in just a week after release? To me thats a bit fast, but I’m not here to make a big deal out of it, 13 million xp is 13 million xp.
Alot of people are complaining Divination is too similar to the Runespan, I can see where they are coming from. You have a similar skilling animation and where your harvesting your xp from is practically the same as in Runespan but just with a different appearance. What sets Divination apart from Runespan is the rewards, in the Runespan your rewards are very limited while in Divination you have countless rewards you can cash in on.
To me the simplicity of the skill is too much. I know most ‘gathering’ skills are simple and should be simple, but after you train one level of Divination its practically the same until level 99. The only difference is the location after you level up, but once you change locations your doing the same thing as you were doing before. Even the graphics are pretty similar as you level up.
What I Liked
Divination is a great gathering skill. Most gathering skills these days are obsolete and probably will be for a looong while. What Divination provides is a gathering skill thats worth training for the rewards. The rewards for Divination are a wide range of very useful perks which nearly all the gathering skills lack. People will be training Divination more for the rewards then for the sake of skilling. Also, the rewards have the potential to help even out current Runescape economy which is still recovering from the bot outburst.
Divination is a gathering skill thats very social. Most gathering skills you don’t want others with you as they will take your resources. This is not the case for Divination, its a great skill to hang out and chatter with other people while gaining some xp.
In terms of gathering skills, this is the one Runescape needed. Its simple to get started, has good rewards, and has a social aspect to it. I also think that the value of Divination will increase greatly when the follow up skill is released that is meant to further increase the need for skilling Divination, (similar to mining and smithing). Once the two skills come out I think they will go great hand and hand, as well as provide more purpose to Divination.