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Mod Shauny

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With the clocks tumbling back and the nights drawing in, it feels like the right time to be tying up some of the threads that have been dangling loosely over RuneScape before the cold embrace of winter affirms its grip.

So in the spirit of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s and other such metaphors, we’re delighted to finally roll out things such as the open Mining & Smithing Beta, Achievement Bonanza and Tooltips for Potions!

Which is not to say there isn’t plenty of new content too. Indeed, a brand new quest called Needle Skips is nearly here, along with a new slimy community event. It’s also Premier Club time, and lest we not forget Black Friday.

Mining & Smithing Beta


We realise that the Mining and Smithing Rework is keenly anticipated. Splendid news, then, that our Mining & Smithing Beta is upon us and it will be completely open to all RuneScape members when it goes live on November 13th. It’s a full beta too, with access to all content and no area restrictions whatsoever, giving you an excellent opportunity to try out all of the new mechanics we’ve been working on.

Here’s a few specific details about what to expect:

Mining

  • No depletion of materials

  • Ability to mine AFK (although you’ll be rewarded for paying attention)

  • New ore bank for storage

  • Four new tiers of ore spanning 60-90


  • Smithing

  • The ability to smith from a new metal bank

  • Additional mechanics to reward those who pay attention

  • Better XP thanks to new upgrading and armour burial processes

  • Make masterwork and trimmed masterwork armour which, if you’re not aware, is the best melee armour in the game!

  • Four new tiers of metal spanning 60-90


  • PvM

  • Ore, bars and metal equipment replaced on drop tables with new stone spirit and salvage items

  • Spring cleaner has been improved


  • We’re really keen for our players to get their hands on the beta and do let us know how you get on. Please share your feedback on our Discord channel, via Reddit or on Twitter from November 13th. The beta will last for two weeks.

    Needle Skips




    When players stumble across a tall blue woman lying dead on the floor, with the name ‘Megan’ written in blood beside her, they are plunged into a bizarre murder mystery unlike any other. Can you, using the power of an elder artefact (the aforementioned Needle), unravel the puzzle?

    Players will examine the scene and search for keywords using a brand new in-game mechanic to try and discover what happened, peeling back layers of the story in the process. Can you solve the murder mystery? Needle Skips is a Novice level quest, is fully voiced and represents the 400th available Quest Point!

    To get started on Needle Skips, players will have to investigate the Needle found on the hill west of Piscatoris.

    Double XP Weekend


    And don’t forget the double XP weekend, which will be coming to you on the 16th to the 19th of November, members will have the opportunity to enjoy a 100% XP boost between November 16th (12:00, or midday) and November 19th (11:59, late morning). Non-members can still enjoy a 20% XP boost!

    Slime is of the essence




    Tossing your food scraps down a well can’t do much harm, right? This is possibly true, providing said scraps aren’t feeding a giant slime, which then emerges from the well and terrorises the local populace.

    We have a new community event that will run for five days. It will focus on the use of different skills that players must employ together to deal with this new slimy menace. Their reward? We’re not going to spoil that surprise completely, but there will be some tiered Slime Hunter armour and a slime pet up for grabs.

    Players will be able to start the event by popping down to Rimmington, although we’ll also be giving out daily teleport tools to take them straight there.

    Achievement Bonanza




    Things are about to heat up on the RuneScore HiScore tables with the impending arrival of Achievements Bonanza.

    A while back, we asked you for your ideas for achievements you’d like to see in the game. We were hoping to put together 100 or so, but we’ve actually ended up with over 130, spread across a wide assortment of skills. Well over half of these are based off your suggestions, so thanks ever so much to everyone who helped deluge us with so many wonderful ideas.

    The new achievements will be visible from the achievement tab.

    Parcels From the Hedge




    Members may remember Postie Pete from earlier in the year. He’s hard to miss, unless your local postie is also a skull wearing a cap and carrying a satchel in their mouth.

    Pete’s back this month to host another round of Parcels From the Hedge, although this time his free parcels contain even better rewards. They stack too! As well as daily parcels, players can claim more from skilling – and keep their eye out for the occasional special package containing some specific guaranteed loot.

    Premier Club


    Want to hear all the details about what exactly you’ll be getting as part of Premier Club this year? Expect some news shortly...

    Black Friday Sales


    It's nearly that time of year again. A fantastic week of sales is on the way for Black Friday, with as much as 75% off some items and new offers every day, plus a rollicking two-day mega sale to cap it all off.

    Tooltips for Potions




    Rounding off the month is Tooltips for Potions. As the name suggests, this comprises a significant update to the amount of information you can see when rolling your cursor over a potion. The new system is dynamic and will accurately reflect any effects that are interacting with a potion at any given moment. Magical!

    That’s it for November! We’ll see you again in December when the name-dropping of certain festive events will not only be permitted, but also actively encouraged.


    The RuneScape Team
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    02-Nov-2018 14:02:02 - Last edited on 02-Nov-2018 14:23:01 by Mod Shauny

    Blackwing
    Nov Member 2012

    Blackwing

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    November 2018 Month Ahead Review

    Mining & Smithing Beta
    Not really interesting to me, but for some others it sure is; still, the thing here is that a beta like this doesn't really count as an actual game update, because it's not new content in the actual game.

    Needle Skips
    Looks like this is the update of the month for me; pros are that it's finally a quest, in a year that has heavily lacked on quests, and that it's voice-acted, which raises its value significantly, but from what I can recall of the pre-release material you've shown regarding this quest, it's relatively small. Nice, but not huge.

    Double XP Weekend
    November's dxp weekend is one of the best examples of very obvious filler; it's way too soon, and its sole intention is to distract those who don't know better from the content drought. Shameful display.

    Slime is of the essence
    Is this an MTX event? I can't seem to be able to read along the lines of whether it is or not for sure, but I think it is. If it is, as usual, MTX does not count as an actual game update. Another thing is dailyscape: why are you once again adding more to it, when you've said so many times that you want to reduce it? Act upon what you claim to do.

    On a side note, it's interesting how Rimmington has been on such a spotlight in both, RS3 and OSRS lately. > )

    Achievement Bonanza
    If there are no meaningful rewards for doing these, it's just more filler tbh. Better kind of filler, though, because permanent filler at least doesn't add to the dailyscape issue.

    Parcels From the Hedge
    Geez, how much filler do you guys put into one month? The usual dailyscape issue applies here as well.

    Tooltips for Potions
    This is patch note material though. Nice, but not an actual game update in itself.

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    Overall rating for the month: 4/10 - Below Average

    Yes, there's a lot going on in the month... but majority of it is boring filler.
    The Runescape Witcher
    || Arclight for demons | Ghrazi rapier for humans and monsters

    02-Nov-2018 16:01:57 - Last edited on 02-Nov-2018 16:36:04 by Blackwing

    Impatience

    Impatience

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    Blackwing said:



    Tooltips for Potions
    This is patch note material though. Nice, but not an actual game update in itself.


    Gonna have to disagree with you there. Potions tooltips is a huuuge QoL improvement.
    For some potions it isn't even possible to figure out what they do with purely ingame means.
    So yeah, congratz Jagex, on at least trying to make the game playable on Mobile for the new players you're obviously wanting to attract.

    @ Jagex: Though good luck on getting those new players to look past the horrendously aged early-game (example: the quest in Morton still has you rebuild the town/houses with the crafting skill and awards crafting exp on completion, it's been around 14 years since the construction skill came out...).

    And honestly, I'm surprised Needle Skips is noted in the BTS this month, given the announcement of DXP I was sure it'd be postponed to December. Then again, it's not in-game yet, we'll have to wait and see.

    02-Nov-2018 16:52:25 - Last edited on 02-Nov-2018 17:01:24 by Impatience

    Blackwing
    Nov Member 2012

    Blackwing

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    Impatience said:
    Gonna have to disagree with you there. Potions tooltips is a huuuge QoL improvement.
    For some potions it isn't even possible to figure out what they do with purely ingame means.

    I'm not saying that it isn't a QoL improvement, simply that it's what you'd find under patch notes as complementary to the actual game update.
    The Runescape Witcher
    || Arclight for demons | Ghrazi rapier for humans and monsters

    02-Nov-2018 17:01:10

    Impatience

    Impatience

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    My bad, I meant to say it's actually a great deal of work even just to document the effects of the large amount of potions in this game, nevermind implementing the tooltips. Original tooltips weren't a ninja fix/patch either btw, but something done in TAPP.

    Moreover, ninja fixes/patches aren't purely about the amount of work or time something takes, but about which team implemented the change. This wasn't done by the ninja/patch teams, so it isn't a ninja fix/patch.

    Technically, it is new content. Before you actually had to open the Wiki in order to figure out what some potions did.

    TL;DR: I'm saying the effect this has on players/gameplay is way out of the scope of usual ninja fixes/patches.

    02-Nov-2018 17:05:26 - Last edited on 02-Nov-2018 17:06:37 by Impatience

    Blackwing
    Nov Member 2012

    Blackwing

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    Inque said:
    Who still uses Blackwings in 2018? (Just joking!)

    Pff, who cares about the competitive side of a children's card game? Casual Synchro era is where the fun is at! > )


    Impatience said:
    My bad, I meant to say it's actually a great deal of work even just to document the effects of the large amount of potions in this game, nevermind implementing the tooltips. Original tooltips weren't a ninja fix/patch either btw, but something done in TAPP.

    Moreover, ninja fixes/patches aren't purely about the amount of work or time something takes, but about which team implemented the change. This wasn't done by the ninja/patch teams, so it isn't a ninja fix/patch.

    Eh? So according to this logic, if the ninja team did a quest for example, it'd be categorized as a patch note rather than an actual game update? That makes no sense; the update/patch defines itself, not who made it.


    Impatience said:
    Technically, it is new content. Before you actually had to open the Wiki in order to figure out what some potions did.

    Some people not knowing some of the effects doesn't mean that the effects did not exist, and thus they are old content.
    The Runescape Witcher
    || Arclight for demons | Ghrazi rapier for humans and monsters

    02-Nov-2018 17:51:20

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