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Christmas Advent-ure 2018 Rewards Review


Days 1/2, 8/9 and 15/16 - 28 TH keys & 200 Runecoins

Product placement for 2 different forms of MTX,
one of which is predatory gambling... disgusting.

Days 3, 10 and 17 - 1 month of membership

Decent, well worth the effort required to complete the puzzle. ­thumbs up*

Days 4, 11 and 18 - 75 TH keys

Another take at luring someone into predatory gambling, during Christmas time no less. Yuck.

Days 5, 12 and 19 - 2 bonds

Can be used on membership and can be gifted... fits the Christmas theme well!

Days 6, 13 and 20 - Signed concept art

The first unique rewards, hopefully they get sent! > )

Days 7, 14 and 21 - 300 Runecoins

Rewarding creativity with fake currency is really meh, are you even trying?

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Day 22 - Bronze Premier Club

Sweet, so much free membership! > )


Day 23 - Silver Premier Club

Even more free membership, cheers!

Day 24 - Gold Premier Club & 3 bonds

Excellent, so glad that you made the right choice with these last rewards!!!

Day 25 - 5 x Gold Premier Club

Perfection.

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30-Nov-2018 13:07:25 - Last edited on 20-Dec-2018 13:48:26 by Blackwing

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Lord Drakan said:
Blackwing said:
So the first day's reward is a MTX package again... why not give something unique instead?

Myeah true, I don't use TH or SGS so I don't really need that reward. :/ Guess I could buy more bank space with runecoins.

Same, got no need for either. Even though they can still be used, it's just not worth the effort to complete the puzzle for a minuscule chance to get said reward (if we assume a mere 200 participants in total, the chance is already only 0.5%).

If the reward was unique however...

EDIT: Oh great, the forum censor is STILL applied to this subforum. Why is it removed from other subforums but not this one?!
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30-Nov-2018 13:26:34 - Last edited on 30-Nov-2018 13:27:28 by Blackwing

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Honor Wolf said:
Would it be an idea to create a Q&A thread for the more technical aspects of the various Advent-ures?

I for one pondered whether you wanted evidence of us having done the puzzle, if you wanted to see the timer in the screenshot or if the picture was more than enough.

A simple question, but it left me confounded for a few moments.

In the past, Jagex asked from you what's in the completed image to prove that you did the puzzle, but once it was found out that you could just cheat and toggle the ghost image to see what the image was, they changed the wording to what it is now. Presumably, it means you gotta take a screen capture of you having completed the puzzle now.
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30-Nov-2018 16:30:39

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Cr y said:
Quick question. When uploading the picture of the puzzle on the other forums by Mod Meadows it tells me " Contents missing " is this due to it needing to be approved by a Jmod? Or is it messed up?

Just tested it and no, there is no approval for images. It's hard to say what the cause of your problem is unless you reveal here what you tried to post (which would potentially also reveal your image).
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30-Nov-2018 23:35:20

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...aaaand the third puzzle reward is once again just a means to get the winner hooked to Treasure Hunter's predatory gambling. Looks like there's a pattern forming here: every odd puzzle has a gambling lure as reward, and every even puzzle has a meaningful reward.

More membership rewards instead please, Jagex! > )
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04-Dec-2018 11:08:08 - Last edited on 04-Dec-2018 11:08:46 by Blackwing

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In the previous years, the "who/what am I?" puzzles were either really easy or really hard, and this year it seems we're starting with a really easy one... if you're also going with a really hard one, here's hoping that you reveal the answers at the end as well, so that people who don't get them can get a peace of mind! > )
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06-Dec-2018 10:14:14

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1 week into this and the pattern of rewards is shaping up to be (per 1 week/6 puzzles):

-3 trash MTX rewards
-1 acceptable MTX reward
-1 membership reward
-1 truly unique reward

So essentially half are trash and half are at least okay. Why not replace the trash MTX rewards (RC/TH keys) with something more meaningful like membership instead?
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07-Dec-2018 13:09:44

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IceRevenge said:
Must you always be like this Blackwing?

Complaining about free stuff is disgusting.

It really depends on the intent of the party that's giving free stuff; if they genuinely wanted to make the recipient happy, then it would likely be wrong for the recipient to ask for more or something else, but sadly, that's not the case with Jagex.

Jagex's intention with most of the free stuff handouts (e.g. the MTX rewards here and the advent calendar in-game) is to get the players addicted to their MTX goods. Them giving away RC or TH keys costs them pretty much nothing, yet in return they expect those players to keep buying more RC/TH keys, because said players would probably want more after getting a taste. They don't care about whether you truly enjoy that spending experience or not, only how much money they can get from hooking people like that (because unlike membership time, for which a player might spend on average $80 per year if he plays consistently throughout the year, for MTX you can easily spend hundreds of dollars in a day). It's extra predatory with TH keys and underage players, because TH is technically gambling but pretty much completely unregulated.

So even though you personally might not fall for their marketing trick, and thus think it's wrong to complain about it, do remember that not everyone can resist it like you can. Well, I really should say "if you can", because the other alternative is that you've become addicted to said MTX yourself, and want more of it, hence why you'd accept it like that.

Mind you, I wouldn't want to bring something like this to the table, especially during Christmas time, but it'd be even worse to let Jagex prey on the playerbase's psyche without any objections or restrictions like explained above. If Jagex actually had good intentions, they'd remove the ability to buy said MTX with real money, but they obviously don't want to do that.
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13-Dec-2018 16:00:44

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arcblade kb said:
It makes sense to do it now.
We're already on the 20th. Tomorrow, Friday, is the 21st. They'd open up the 22nd/23rd anyways on Friday like they did the last few weeks. So you're left with the 24th and 25th which are usually holidays (or the staff is taking off those days).

I'm mainly curious about the 25th; the way it was worded, it sounds like it shouldn't have been opened before we actually reached the 25th. Like it was supposed to be about this year's Christmas day...

Well, IMO it makes more sense to wait till 25th at least! > )
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21-Dec-2018 23:45:31

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