YouTuber and Twitch streamer Settled rose to prominence as an Old School RuneScape content creator by documenting every step in completing the game's most masochistic challenge: Maxing out each of the game's 23 skills on an Ultimate Ironman character.
Ultimate Ironman characters are forbidden buy OSRS gold and using in-game banks. This means that these players can't hoard the materials used to train certain skills beyond what they can hold in 28 inventory spaces- turning an already arduous process into an unbelievable slog. Furthermore, all of these materials must be collected personally since Ironman characters cannot trade with other players.
After a 7,000-hour journey to max his first Ultimate Ironman character, Settled decided to "up the ante," in his own words, by locking a brand new Ultimate Ironman character in the relatively small and empty swamp region of RuneScape's massive world map: Morytania.
Settled's YouTube series about this character, appropriately named Swampletics, has quickly become a favorite among fans of Old School RuneScape. Because Morytania is a relatively high-level area, even the beginning levels of every skill have proven to be an unbelievable grind.
For example, the only way for Settled to earn the first 15 Agility levels was to attempt to jump across a broken bridge. With a low agility level, there was little chance of him successfully crossing the bridge, so failing was really the only option. Failing to cross the bridge resulted in a gain of just two XP in addition to taking a decent amount of damage. Since there's no other way for Swampletics to earn agility experience with a low level, the only option was for him to fail at crossing the bridge over and over again. As he took damage each time he failed, he also had to interrupt his training by gathering food to heal himself. Reaching Agility level 15 took Settled 11 hours, whereas a normal player would reach this milestone in less than an hour.
Settled also spent days researching the in-game mechanics of Morytania's Temple Trekking mini-game in order to more efficiently earn "Tomes of Experience". These tomes provide experience to one random skill, making them highly inefficient to train a certain skill, but they're the only way he can slowly advance his Slayer level within Morytania. While this might not sound like engaging content, Swampletics fans can't get enough of the creative and incredible lengths Settled goes to achieve even the most mundane goals. These low-level goals aren't normally worth celebrating, but if perfecting a relatively unpopular mini-game is what it takes for Swampletics to succeed, Settled will do it and his fans will watch.
With so many restrictions placed on his account, Settled is pushing Old School RuneScape to its absolute limits, and the game's community is rallying around this incredible (and frankly absurd) project.