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Jun 01, 12 at 7:20pm
RuneCast – from MCM
RuneCast’s first episode is out today and comes to you from the cosplay-tastic world of MCM at London’s Excel.
In this episode VodkaB checks out more of your videos, chats to some chap in a hat and fires your questions at Senior Developer Mod Chihiro and Lead Designer Mod Mark.
For info, discussion and all things RuneCast, check out the RuneCast thread.
Mod Paul M
May 29, 12 at 10:24am
Patch Notes - 29/05/2012
The following small fixes and adjustments have now been made to the game. If you spot any further bugs in-game, please use the Bug Report feature.
Several graphical issues around Rimmington have been corrected.
Quests & Tasks:
"Remora's Cutscene Necklace" is no longer available on the Grand Exchange.
The "Burning sapling" message no longer disappears as soon as you pick up the Burning sapling in Song from the Depths.
Players can no longer access Dorgesh-Kaan by using the Recommendation system.
A typo in Mother Mallum's dialogue has been fixed for Slug Menace.
Skills & Minigames:
The Balthazar Beauregard's Big Top Bonanza minigame worldmap icon has been updated so that it correctly shows in the Taverley area when the circus stops there.
Bonecrusher now functions correctly with Grotworms.
It is now possible to remove Clan members from the ban list with a filtered name.
Clicking "fletch logs" on a free world no longer stops the "make-x" menu from reappearing.
The checks for placing a loyalty outfit inside a POH costume room no longer gets confused if you already have a full fancy dress box.
On the Grand Exchange interface, all Summoning pouches and spells no longer state that the player needs to complete Wolf Whistle to use them.
The Yelps popout no longer appears when you complete a quest.
It is no longer possible to get two Capes of Validation by claiming one then speaking to Diango afterwards.
The trade tracker no longer allows free players to trade freely if they try to trade over 2.1b worth of items.
Equipping Akrisae's equipment no longer closes the equip screen.
May 29, 12 at 10:24am
Queen Black Dragon, Diamond Jubilee and Clue Fest
Queen Black Dragon (Members):
Bigger is definitely better this week. It’s also hungrier and more likely to incinerate you! The Queen Black Dragon has arrived, after being announced at RuneFest last year, and she’s truly colossal. She is so gloriously, over-the-top huge, that we’ve had to zoom out the playing camera, just so you can keep track of all her attacks!
And boy does she attack. At a combat level of 2100, the Queen Black Dragon is the toughest single-way, single-player boss in RuneScape by quite some margin. She demands the greatest preparation, the keenest concentration and the most agile of reflexes. With that in mind, we recommend that you have a combat level of at least 120 before you attempt to take her on. You will also need a Summoning level of 60 to pass through the entrance to the Queen Black Dragon’s lair.
You might wonder why the Queen is so angry. Forced to sleep by dragonkin artefacts, she is using human souls to negate the artefacts’ magic. You’ll need to send her back to her slumber, which means weakening her and then re-activating those artefacts. But beware: she won’t take it lying down. The Queen has four combat stages, and each stage adds more frequent and more powerful attacks to her repertoire. Think you can survive grotworm swarms and fire waves? Then prepare for her crystal armour and time-stop magic! By the final stages you will have gone from being on your toes to being on your toenails.
Defeat the Queen and her riches are yours. A Barrows-style treasure chest appears, filled with bolts, combat items and dragonkin lore, as well as some items unique to this update. Perhaps the most anticipated is the dragon kiteshield. It requires a Defence level of 60 to wield, and looks spectacular with a dragon head motif on the front. If you’re particularly lucky, you might get your hands on some coral crossbow upgrades, which can be collectively forged into the Royal Crossbow: one of the most impactful ranged weapons in the game, particularly in long, protracted battles. To forge the Royal Crossbow, you’ll need a Smithing level of 70 and a Ranged level of 85 to wield it. Royal bolts can be gained from mid and high-level grotworms and the Queen Black Dragon’s treasure chest. Finally, royal dragonhides have been added to the drop tables of the mid and high-level grotworms, as well as the Queen Black Dragon. These new hides can be made into tradable ranged armour if you have a Crafting level of 87 or more, and can be worn if you have level 80 Ranged.
How to start fighting the Queen Black Dragon:
Enter the grotworm caverns north-east of Rimmington.
A shortcut to the QBD lair is inside the Grotworm Caves, near its entrance
Level 60 Summoning
It is recommended that you have a combat level of at least 120 to fight the Queen
You do not need to complete Song from the Depths, but doing so gives you a damage reduction against the Queen Black Dragon
Mod TLQ RuneScape Content Developer
Diamond Jubilee Holiday Event (Free and Members):
We’re proud of our British heritage, and June 2nd is the beginning of a landmark weekend for anyone who’s British (or even a fan of our monarchy): it’s the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, our Queen! To mark the occasion, we’ve brought a little of the celebration to RuneScape, and free players and members alike can take part over the next two weeks, starting from today.
Travel to Varrock to take your place at the party. Gather with friends; talk to diplomats; buy fish’n’chips and cream teas from Bang Ersenmash’s stall (be quick, they only remain in game for the two weeks); purchase Jubilee-themed souvenirs from the entrepreneurial Will Shakenspear; and gain the permanent service of a Queen’s Guard for your POH (members only).
You can also get into the spirit of things with two tasks. The first is for members only and can be started by talking to Minnie Coop in the Varrock Marketplace. She has a job that will result in you keeping a pet corgi. Free players will be able to take Minnie’s corgis out for a short walk over the two week period. Just remember: a corgi is for life, not just for Jubilees.
The second task is the much-anticipated return of the Cryptic Clue Fest!
Cryptic Clue Fest:
Open to free players and members, this year’s edition of the Cryptic Clue Fest is just as fiendish as previous years. Talk to Essjay, again in the Varrock Marketplace, and you’ll be enrolled in an important effort: to make sure there are enough supplies for the two weeks of celebration.
Solve riddles, travel the world, swap answers with others, and generally unravel the Clue Fest conundrum to walk away with a diamond sceptre (free and members) and diamond crown (members): both fit for a queen. Mod Ana RuneScape Content Developer
As Mad May draws to a close, we bid a fond farewell to spring by adding two exciting new costumes to the Squeal of Fortune. Not only do they look great, but they also represent something of a first for cosmetic items...
Starting with our content update today, on Tuesday 29th May, and running throughout the summer months, two impressive new clothing sets will be obtainable as unique prizes on the Squeal of Fortune. There are five pieces of clothing for each of the two must-have sets, so you’ll need to be feeling lucky in order to bag all ten. Don’t forget, the more spins you have at your disposal, the better your chances are of snagging all the items – and getting all of them is certainly something you’ll want to do!
Taking a space on the uncommon slots, the first outfit is the Queen’s Guard uniform: perfect attire for kick-starting a summer of regal rejoicing. The full set encompasses a Queen’s Guard hat, shirt, trousers, shoes and staff. It’s everything a stalwart defender of royalty might need to perform their duties admirably.
Resting on selected rare slots, the second outfit is altogether more exotic and mysterious – a set of Dragon Ceremonial clothes. Made in honour of the Queen Black Dragon, this elusive set consists of a Dragon Ceremonial Hat, Breastplate, Greaves, Boots and Cape. We’re sure you’ll agree, they look as formidable as they do beautiful!
And, as if that wasn’t cool enough, when you complete a costume, not only will you look awesome, but you’ll also be given the option to re-colour the outfits once equipped! Re-colouring is a first for cosmetic items of this nature, and it’s a big reason we think that these outfits will be so desirable.
As there are 10 cosmetic items in total up for grabs, we’re also pleased to announce that you’ll no longer need to worry about winning the same unique cosmetic item more than once. If you’re fortunate enough to snag one of these items, it will always be one you don’t have yet.
One last thing! Don’t forget that RuneScape members get 3 spins on the Squeal of Fortune instead of 2 for every day they log-in during Mad May. Since May isn’t over yet, you can maximise your chances of bagging the goodies above by making sure you’re still subscribed. Subscribe now and claim those extra spins!
Thanks to player feedback, we have reviewed the quality and value of the prizes available on the Squeal of Fortune, and we’re pleased to announce that we will be making significant improvements to the drop rates and overall value of the loot on offer.
With the launch of our next content update on Tuesday 29th May, each time you spin the Squeal of Fortune you’ll stand a greater chance of winning something awesome, courtesy of our revised, remixed and revitalised prize list.
We’re confident that this revised selection of prizes will ensure that spinning the Squeal is not only more exciting than ever, but will also bring about some genuinely useful contributions to your ongoing RuneScape adventures.
So, without further ado, we’re now able to confirm the following great changes to the Squeal of Fortune:
Ten times the chance to win super-rare cosmetic items!
More coin prizes added that will also appear more frequently, including 5,000, 50,000 and 500,000gp!
Coin prizes substantially increased in value, e.g. the 50gp prize is now 1000gp.
More useful common items in increased quantities.
New items swapped in to replace your most commonly discarded items including:
Construction and Fletching supplies such as planks and logs.
Crafting and Smithing materials, including leather and ore.
More gems, from sapphire to diamond.
Combat consumables such as arrows and runes.
And much more!
We’d like to reassure players that we have thought very carefully about which items to add, remove and increase the likelihood of. We’ve made these changes with a full set of statistics and a healthy wedge of player behaviour data to hand, as we know how important it is to make sure the changes are in-keeping with a healthy in-game economy.
With that reassurance in mind, all that remains is for you to enjoy this new and improved collection of prizes, and to maximise your chances of scoring some truly great rewards when using your free, earned and purchased spins!
Don’t forget that members get more daily spins each day, so get some extra spins by subscribing now!
With the beta sign-up only a week away, we’d like to let you know how the beta will work and how you can get involved in shaping the future of combat in RuneScape!
In recognition of the commitment shown by our long-term members, anyone who registers for the beta who has been a member for 12 or more consecutive months will have full, unlimited access to the beta for the entirety of its duration. In addition to this, we will be choosing another 50,000 of our most active and committed members from the remaining pool of registrants. If you’re not selected to participate, though, don’t worry, as ALL members will have temporary access every weekend from the 7th of July until the beta closes. Not a member yet? Sign up now.
The registration process will be open from the 1st to the 19th of June for members only. On June 1st, we will be adding an item to all player inventories. Clicking on this item will open the Evolution of Combat website, from which you can sign up to the beta for the chance to help define one of the biggest updates in RuneScape’s history!
Invites will be sent out on the 26th of June, when the beta officially launches! Successful applicants will be able to log in to the beta worlds as soon as they receive their invite.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be updating the Evolution of Combat website with everything you need to know about the beta process, as well as revealing lots of exciting new features you can expect to see in the Evolution of Combat Update.
In the meantime, check out the second-ever installment of the Behind The Scenes on video, with an exclusive interview with Mod Mark (Lead Designer), Mod Chris L and Mod Rathe (lead developers for combat).
With Behind the Scenes videos, we take a look at updates coming to you very soon.
Check out this week’s video for a look at some beautiful Jubilee-inspired content, a very challenging Cryptic Clue Fest and words from Mods Mark, Chris L and Rathe as they reveal a little bit about what you can look forward to with the Evolution of Combat.
If you like this Behind the Scenes video, then check out RuneCast – a fortnightly round-up of what’s going on in RuneScape.
May 29, 12 at 10:24am
Wild Weekends: Monkey Mania
In our final Wild Weekend of May, monkeys are running wild throughout RuneScape. Hunt them down for your exclusive monkey cape! There will also be an invasion of zombie monkeys, so join the Community Team in defeating them for extra spoils!
The final Wild Weekend will run from Saturday the 26th up to and including Monday the 28th (GMT) in their entirety.
Chase the Monkey!
The monkeys of Ardougne Zoo have been curiously observing the penguins and their spying antics. From Saturday to Monday inclusively, if you manage to hunt down 10 monkey escapees who are running wild throughout RuneScape, you’ll be able to claim an exclusive monkey cape!
If you’ve found all 10 monkeys, head over to Diango in Draynor Market to claim your prize!
Zombie Monkey Invasion!
The Community Team will be frequently spawning an invasion of zombie monkeys throughout the weekend. If you manage to kill at least 5 on a given day, you’ll receive an XP lamp for your efforts in fighting back the zombie masses. This is repeatable from Saturday to Monday inclusive, so you can receive up to 3 XP lamps in total.
For more information on when and where the Zombies will spawn, check out the following forum post.
Don’t forget that, as a member, you’ll get 3 spins every day that you log in during May - as part of the Mad May offer - so you’ll have even more chances to win fantastic prizes! Subscribe now to get your extra spins!
May 29, 12 at 10:24am
Players Gallery & QBD Lore
Gather, minions! Arch an eyebrow, twiddle a moustache and laugh maniacally as we celebrate the villains of RuneScape!
Nomad, Lucien, Vanstrom and other baddies are simply more interesting, eyecatching and kickass than your average hero, so we're bringing you the latest Players' Gallery in the name of EVIL.
Ghoulish cries go to Valhelsing 2 for creating the winning image of the month. You get signed concept art, Jagex store credit and RuneScape membership. Dishonourable mentions go to Mewb and i hlt zero. Great work, miscreants!
Next month, the Players' Gallery topic will be the 'Olympics in RuneScape'. What events would you imagine taking place? Who would be going for gold? On the gallery team, we imagine Thok shotputting chinchompas. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 25th and you may well be a winner!
Don't forget to check out our Deviant Art group, where you can find even more inspiration from great RuneScape artists to become one yourself!
We're always looking for great artists and if you'd like to see your work featured on our website, then check out our forum thread which can be found in the Community Home forum.
Mod Turtle Community Management
New Lore: The Mermaids and The Dragon
If you've played Song from the Depths and are eagerly awaiting the Queen Black Dragon boss battle, then you should visit this week's Lore, The Mermaids and the Dragon. Mysteries are resolved, new ones awaken, and the Queen gets a chance to reveal more about her upcoming appearance.