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On March 7th I started, on the 12th I was level 7, today after 2.5 months or about 10 weeks I did it!!

Actually I averaged 10 levels a week for 10 weeks.

If you are new and just getting started here are my tips to you.

Get a fishing pole as early as you can, for cash only, for xp you need to either hunt, run story missions over again, do stranger missions, clear hideouts, do random encounters, etc..

Now things are much better for new players compared to 10 weeks ago.

The day I started, I had no clue what to expect, I spawned in near Valentine, set up a camp, went to it, 3 players saw me and followed me to my camp and started messing with me, they tried to lead my horse away, etc.. later I found out they just did that to see what I would do because they were bored, and this was fun to them, to intimidate new players, that should have told me how it was going to be.

For about 8 weeks it was brutal, you literally had to hide and hunt/fish to get any level grinding done, or do things like spawn in New Austin then fast travel to Rhodes to do things and not have a whole bunch of red dots just killing anything that moved in each town center making going to the butcher a real problem, I remember in Strawbery some guy hiding on the cliff over looking the butcher and just taking pot shots at anyone who came in to his view, just because.

For a time there were players who woudl purposely crash into you then shoot you for it, etc.. yeah,  it was something.

So it was hard, but if you want to do well in this game you have to level up to open up better weapons, ammo, horses, camp upgrades, etc.. and you cant do that if you are fighting griefers all day.

My strategy was to ignore them, if they killed me parlay and get back to what I was doing, and there were many bad days.

But if you are just starting you have it so much easier than we did 2 months ago, so just level up, the faster you do it the faster you can really enjoy the game.

Im now at a point where I have everything I want and need, as I make gold I will buy one more thing then clean up my weapons, otherwise I am done and it is time to play.

My advice is work toward a goal each time you come in so you have a plan and then stick to the plan.

The new system makes it very easy to avoid people, you  will still find a random back shooting excuse making coward out there, (im doing daily challenges relax dude) lol yeah ok, but otherwise if you go into passive mode and just grind your levels, you will have no problem at all.

I bought every weapon except the semi auto pistols and the carcano, but I have everything else, and all ammo types, all pamphlets except for bait and a few horse stimulants, I put in 19 days and 14 hours I think it said when I looked earlier, I think around 500 hours of game play in 2.5 months, to complete the 100 levels.

Good luck, enjoy the grind, once it is over you will be thankful you did it and you will have earned everything you have in game and be able to focus on pvp and other pve modes.

 

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Very well done sir ! Way to hang in there. I started when beta released. Hit 176 last night. What a show it has been. Sitting on 12k cash and 137 bars. Have everything as you mentioned and now I can relax and just enjoy this beautiful game ! It's only gonna get better from here. Tip of the hat to new folk just starting.  You will be spared the hell a lot of us went through. 

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1 minute ago, Chris Arbaugh said:

Very well done sir ! Way to hang in there. I started when beta released. Hit 176 last night. What a show it has been. Sitting on 12k cash and 137 bars. Have everything as you mentioned and now I can relax and just enjoy this beautiful game ! It's only gonna get better from here. Tip of the hat to new folk just starting.  You will be spared the hell a lot of us went through. 

Thank you, and WoW you have a ton of gold and cash, I am broke, under $400 and I was just gifted 6 gold bars so.. I have 6 lol.

Very impressive man, and thanks for helping me make it til the end.

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Wow.....  When I opened this thread about your long journey to lvl 100, I was expecting a much longer post in classic Lumper style.  😁 

 

On a serious note, I would also urge new players to download the RDR2 app for their phone, tablet or other iOS / Android device.  .....assuming your device is compatible.  

The app allows you to view the big map on your device which makes it easier to plot paths, check you waypoints, etc.  You can also view the map on the device when you're fishing.  .....you can't see your minimap on the screen during this activity so you're essentially blind without it.

It helps when evading people, spotting "red blips" and is generally useful in that you don't have to  open the main map on your screen as often which can sometimes leave you exposed.  All of the icons, blips,etc. you would see on your in-game map on your main screen you will see in the app.

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2 minutes ago, Kean_1 said:

Wow.....  When I opened this thread about your long journey to lvl 100, I was expecting a much longer post in classic Lumper style.  😁 

Same, I was getting comfy and settling in for a long, entertaining read of a wild west epic and was surprised at how quickly it ended 😂

 

Well done, sir. I finally just hit level 40 lol

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13 hours ago, Moosh89 said:

Same, I was getting comfy and settling in for a long, entertaining read of a wild west epic and was surprised at how quickly it ended 😂

 

Well done, sir. I finally just hit level 40 lol

 

13 hours ago, Kean_1 said:

Wow.....  When I opened this thread about your long journey to lvl 100, I was expecting a much longer post in classic Lumper style.  😁 

 

On a serious note, I would also urge new players to download the RDR2 app for their phone, tablet or other iOS / Android device.  .....assuming your device is compatible.  

The app allows you to view the big map on your device which makes it easier to plot paths, check you waypoints, etc.  You can also view the map on the device when you're fishing.  .....you can't see your minimap on the screen during this activity so you're essentially blind without it.

It helps when evading people, spotting "red blips" and is generally useful in that you don't have to  open the main map on your screen as often which can sometimes leave you exposed.  All of the icons, blips,etc. you would see on your in-game map on your main screen you will see in the app.

LOL, I know I am way too wordy, and it often cracks me up because most people simply wont read it, they just dont have the patience, so I have been trying to shorten posts when I think of it, I dont like to be so wordy, but often I feel when I read it back that it comes out as if I were speaking and if I were this is what I would say, but I knew I had covered this already, I only wanted to short summary for new players who seem to be joining everyday so they might read it and learn something.

 

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Nice one partner !!! Lvl 100 !!! You have grown my friend :D 

I remember my lvl 100 not so long ago. Currently lvl 130 and moving forward. (285 hours in game)

Finishing my card set. I just want them all :D need 3 more to have all 24 cards - then ill buy some pamphlets im missing and some pistols( havent got any yet). 

Hopefully new updates introduce more money sinks ;) 

 

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5 hours ago, James Hickok_1837 said:

Nice one partner !!! Lvl 100 !!! You have grown my friend :D 

I remember my lvl 100 not so long ago. Currently lvl 130 and moving forward. (285 hours in game)

Finishing my card set. I just want them all :D need 3 more to have all 24 cards - then ill buy some pamphlets im missing and some pistols( havent got any yet). 

Hopefully new updates introduce more money sinks ;) 

 

I have all 24 cards with 16 of them at tier 3😁

Buying 2 leMat revolvers fully tricked out is definitely a money sink which I found yesterday. Had over $1200 before purchase and a little under $400 after.🤑

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22 hours ago, Ozy8753 said:

Been a long ride with my friend Chris Arbaugh I'm about to hit level 200 tonite have nearly everything in the game,

$ 24.000 & 390 gold bars.

WoW thats awesome man, and holy smokes you have a lot of cash and gold, well done!!

 

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8 hours ago, Vaderspupil said:

I have all 24 cards with 16 of them at tier 3😁

Buying 2 leMat revolvers fully tricked out is definitely a money sink which I found yesterday. Had over $1200 before purchase and a little under $400 after.🤑

Tell me about it, I bought dual Mausers for $1200 then modified them so even more I used them twice, the bought the Lamats, lol so yeah lots of ways to rip through thousands of dollars, But I want to try them all so....

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1 hour ago, The_Liquor said:

I use as much gold as I can for stuff like that. Rockstar seems to hand out enough in freebies I always have a few bars on hand when something comes up.

Nice!!

I see lots of people with tons of gold, I dunno I spend it as it comes in, lol I am already in my head spending it on stupid cosmetic upgrades so I have the next 15 bars pre spent, as soon as I get 5 I go to the shop, so I am def a little jealous of your stock pile.

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Well, I’ll admit near when the gold first came out I got the one time 25 bar deal. But I’ve used gold on my leMats,  Evans and a few other ‘got to try them’ items as they came out and still have my stock pile. That being said, I don’t spend a lot on cloths horses and other things. And I haven’t gotten any cosmetic weapon enhancements yet. So it tends to go along way and replenish itself between purchases.

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On 5/23/2019 at 2:23 PM, Vaderspupil said:

I have all 24 cards with 16 of them at tier 3😁

Buying 2 leMat revolvers fully tricked out is definitely a money sink which I found yesterday. Had over $1200 before purchase and a little under $400 after.🤑

Yeah but Le-Mat deff worth it. I stopped using my Schofields after i got the le mat's. 

Im curious if there is any secret achievement on having all 24 cards on tier 3 . im so close. Need only 2 more cards to lvl to have all tier 3. The cards were really expensive to get cash and xp wise. 

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On 5/22/2019 at 9:49 AM, lumper said:

On March 7th I started, on the 12th I was level 7, today after 2.5 months or about 10 weeks I did it!!

Actually I averaged 10 levels a week for 10 weeks.

If you are new and just getting started here are my tips to you.

Get a fishing pole as early as you can, for cash only, for xp you need to either hunt, run story missions over again, do stranger missions, clear hideouts, do random encounters, etc..

Now things are much better for new players compared to 10 weeks ago.

The day I started, I had no clue what to expect, I spawned in near Valentine, set up a camp, went to it, 3 players saw me and followed me to my camp and started messing with me, they tried to lead my horse away, etc.. later I found out they just did that to see what I would do because they were bored, and this was fun to them, to intimidate new players, that should have told me how it was going to be.

For about 8 weeks it was brutal, you literally had to hide and hunt/fish to get any level grinding done, or do things like spawn in New Austin then fast travel to Rhodes to do things and not have a whole bunch of red dots just killing anything that moved in each town center making going to the butcher a real problem, I remember in Strawbery some guy hiding on the cliff over looking the butcher and just taking pot shots at anyone who came in to his view, just because.

For a time there were players who woudl purposely crash into you then shoot you for it, etc.. yeah,  it was something.

So it was hard, but if you want to do well in this game you have to level up to open up better weapons, ammo, horses, camp upgrades, etc.. and you cant do that if you are fighting griefers all day.

My strategy was to ignore them, if they killed me parlay and get back to what I was doing, and there were many bad days.

But if you are just starting you have it so much easier than we did 2 months ago, so just level up, the faster you do it the faster you can really enjoy the game.

Im now at a point where I have everything I want and need, as I make gold I will buy one more thing then clean up my weapons, otherwise I am done and it is time to play.

My advice is work toward a goal each time you come in so you have a plan and then stick to the plan.

The new system makes it very easy to avoid people, you  will still find a random back shooting excuse making coward out there, (im doing daily challenges relax dude) lol yeah ok, but otherwise if you go into passive mode and just grind your levels, you will have no problem at all.

I bought every weapon except the semi auto pistols and the carcano, but I have everything else, and all ammo types, all pamphlets except for bait and a few horse stimulants, I put in 19 days and 14 hours I think it said when I looked earlier, I think around 500 hours of game play in 2.5 months, to complete the 100 levels.

Good luck, enjoy the grind, once it is over you will be thankful you did it and you will have earned everything you have in game and be able to focus on pvp and other pve modes.

 

Good read, and congratulations! 

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