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The Needle Skips

The Needle Skips

  1. The Needle Skips
  2. Slime is of the Essence
  3. Merch store
  4. Survey
  5. Patch Notes
    1. Clans
    2. Mobile
    3. Quests, Challenges & Achievements
    4. Other
  6. Competition time
  7. Lootscape
  8. Livestreams this week
  9. Pink Skirt Events

Roll out the red carpet! Ready the brass ensemble! Hurl confetti like there’s no tomorrow! Questers and slayers rejoice – we’ve got a brand new quest for you this month and with it comes the availability of the 400th RuneScape quest point. That also means one more slayer prefer & block slot is available, and a new pet.

The Needle Skips

This quest, which is live today (Monday November 19th) was designed by Mods Osborne and Krista. It’s a novice quest, meaning there are no requirements and that it’s open to everyone, and set in the Piscatoris peninsula.

It’s a story told from multiple perspectives, focussing on a local family and the Needle – a powerful artefact created by the elder gods to aid them with their planetary constructions. Something horrific has happened… but due to the powers of the Needle, the whole site is trapped in some kind of time bubble, leaving an untouched crime scene for you to investigate.

You’ll be using a search engine of sorts, entering clue words that you have discovered to unlock glimpses of history stored inside the bubble. As you discover more clues and clue words, further plot is revealed, finally giving you the chance to save the unfortunate individuals trapped inside.

This is the latest in a long history of detective quests, following the likes of Murder Mystery or One Piercing note. And just like One Piercing Note, it’s a fully voiced quest, and an all-female cast. And, of course, you’ll have access to another elder artefact – the Needle itself. No doubt that will come in handy in the future (or past) too.

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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.

Slime is of the Essence is a new community event that will run for five days. Over the course of five days players will need to help defeat King Slime in Rimmington by lending a hand to a host of quirky characters. Players will need to employ a new skill each day, and free tools will be offered to help get the job done.

Your reward? We’re not going to spoil that surprise completely, but there will be some tiered Slime Hunter armour, an animation and a slime pet up for grabs.

Players will be able to start the event by popping down to Rimmington when the event begins on Thursday November 22nd.

One thing to note – we had a great time coming up with a name for this one, although it’s an absolute crime that ‘Goo’d Well Hunting’ didn’t prevail. This truly is the darkest timeline.

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NEW Illustrated Map of Gielinor available on Official Merch Store!

You might have seen this new map of Gielinor offered as prize in a recent survey. Now you can own a copy for your wall. Fine Art Prints are available at 4 different sizes on the store. Click here to see sizes and prices.

Featuring iconic locations from both RS & OSRS and a few familiar creatures, the map is a decorative representation of the shared fantasy world in which the RuneScape games are set.

These are high quality prints on premium materials and the prices do reflect this and we know this might not be for everyone. If you want something less premium, we will also be adding a 80 x 40 cm deskmat featuring the map and a smaller mousemat to the store end of December/early January. The map can also be found on the sleeve art for RuneScape: The Orchestral Collection on vinyl and CD which should be shipping over the next couple of weeks (currently available for pre-order at Laced Records.

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SURVEY

Thanks to everyone who took part in our survey last month for the chance to win one of these prints. We have contacted our winners and contacted them through their in-game message centre!

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Patch Notes

Clans

  • Add Citadel tier to clan log
  • Add a right click option to Clan Log to broadcast the Clan Log stats (Visitors, Fealty, Cappers) that week (admin+ ONLY)
  • Permission restrict who can view the clan ban list to admin+ by default but allow a clan to toggle it so all recruits can see who's banned if they wish
  • Allow recruited members who left a clan chat then left a clan to be joined straight into a clan chat when recruited to a new clan
  • Add an additional warning to Clan Owners trying to leave a clan that they can just demote themselves to remain in the clan
  • Allow owners to demote themselves to Overseer or lower
  • Allow a clan member to click on the "time to rebuild" layer in the Citadel interface to broadcast to the clan how long is left until Clan Citadel resets
  • Push welcome back clan broadcasts to the respective clan chats
  • Push a broadcast out to tell the clan the name of the clan member who's moved the Clan Build Tick
  • Fix the clan avatar customise permission tooltip
  • Make the Citadel Tier upgrades actually show up as Green on the interface if you've hit the right number of visitors for your respective tier
  • Convert the Clan Noticeboard editing interface into an Overlay, allowing you to create/edit events while in combat/skilling
  • Add a event reminder broadcast to automatically fire when the event has 15 minutes to go
  • Add a event reminder broadcast to automatically fire when the event has 12 hours to go
  • Add a event reminder broadcast to automatically fire when the event has 24 hours to go
  • Add a clear all events button to the clan noticeboard (right click clear event to get to it)
  • Add a bank pin check on a Clan Login message
  • Add a broadcast to tell the clan what the Clan has been renamed to
  • Add a job title "Replacement owner" to allow the clan to see who would assume ownership of the clan if the owner stepped down
  • When right click examining a Clan Avatar, show that clan's information to the player in an interface
  • Allow Clan Avatars to contribute more clan resources every 20 - 30 seconds, for example a Tier 7 Storehouse will now have 15 clan resources added each time whereas previously it was 5
  • Clan Avatars can now be dismissed on the first attempt via the Pets interface
  • The Clan Noticeboard can now save events more reliably!
  • Mobile

  • Fixed a bug that caused certain sections of the wider menu buttons on the Options Menu from being unresponsive to taps.
  • Overhauled the Expert Skillcape Shard Bag for both clients.
  • Updated the shards to use interesting colourful sprites that match the respective shard object.
  • Added skill icons to each shard to identify at a glance which ones are which.
  • Indication of which Expert Cape of Accomplishment has been unlocked.
  • Tapping a shard within the bag will inform you whether or not you have collected it.
  • Fixed an issue where the new choice select options were not displaying correctly for an interface we have zoomed in on.
  • We have removed the changing contextual button that changed the home teleport icon.
  • Instead we have returned the extra buttons at the bottom of the worn equipment interface, we have increased the size and spacing of these buttons noticeably. As part of this fix, rejoice for full access to the currency pouch has returned. Users can now access Oddments, Rare Item Tokens, Bonds etc... from the currency pouch.
  • We have made further improvements to the dungeoneering party minigames interface on both PC and mobile. Primarily around the size of buttons and the spacing of UI elements.
  • We have improved the Player-owned Ports Ships minigame interface elements so they are easier to tap and fill the interface better on mobile.
  • We have increased the size of the Hefin serenity posts minigame interface elements so they are easier to tap and fill the interface better on mobile.
  • We have increased the size of the livid farm minigame interface elements so they are easier to tap and fill the interface better on mobile.
  • Added a combat indicator (flashing red border) when you have an interface open that covers the full screen. This will let you know that you are in combat and being attacked. The speed of the flashing will increase as your health drops.
  • < 10 % health -> Flash every second.
  • between 10 and 25 % health -> Flash every 1.5 seconds.
  • between 25 and 50 % health -> Flash every 2 seconds.
  • > 50 % health -> Flash every 2.5 seconds.
  • We have added special drag and drop areas on the left hand side of the backpack on mobile.
  • Drop area is there by default for all users. This is also slightly larger. This is there as an alternative to right click to drop or destroy anything. It also serves as an indicator as to what you are doing. Dropping an item in the game world can be confusing.
  • At the relevant magic levels a low alchemy, then later a high alchemy drop area exists below the drop area.
  • Lastly once you have passed the point in the tutorial a disassembly drop area is added.
  • These are all sized so that they are all visible with the smallest inventory size on mobile.
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    Quests, Challenges & Achievements

  • Dailyscape and Portnight achievements will no longer reset after completion if their respective streak is broken.
  • Fixed an issue where some achievements weren't counting towards total achievement completion.
  • You'll no longer get reminders about failing the achievement Source of Denial if you've already completed it while doing the new Sq'uirk achievement.
  • Pizzas can now be delivered to all highwaymen.
  • Players that have filled their toolbelt will now receive the 'Get tooled up' achievement as expected.
  • Players will now receive the 'Reverent Sculptor' achievement when talking to Copernicus Glyph with all five God chisels in their inventory.
  • 'Hacks' achievement is now correctly marked as F2P.
  • Players that own a full set of superior player owned ports gear will now receive the related achievement as expected.
  • The farming skillcape perk can now be used to unlock the 'Smartest Harvest' achievement.
  • Ring of Kinship upgrade achievements will no longer be lost when the ring is reset.
  • Adjusted the grammar on some achievement titles and descriptions.
  • If you have the complete from Shield of Arrav before the quest rework was completed without finishing the quest, you can now properly complete the quest.
  • Resolved issue within the sentence displayed within the Quest Store when claiming more rewards.
  • Ironmen that come across stray parcels from the hedge will have them cleaned up when attempting to interact with them.
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    Other

  • Hellion aura can no longer be reset with the Premier artefact.
  • Players are now able to enter the VIP worlds with Gold Premier Club 2019 active
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players who had previous Premier Club and the new Premier Club in certain combinations from being able to open Premier Club Tokens
  • The Premier Club artefact slayer boost will no longer activate when you haven't activated the boost.
  • Virtual levelling announcement now points to the correct place in settings.
  • Players can no longer spam click the confirm option on shops when buying over a certain value limit to buy multiples of items
  • The shadow barrows transmog rings now have the correct weapon models set.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented certain players from obtaining the Toy baby dragon during 'From tiny acorns'.
  • Slayer VIP Coupons are now free-to-play objects.
  • Achievements for Elite Dungeon boss kills have been combined for the purpose of reducing total requirements for the Final Boss and Insane Final Boss metas. Solo kill achievements remain untouched, but are removed from FB/IFB.
  • Clicking on the Treasure Hunter button in the lobby now opens the interface as expected.
  • Added some blocking to the rocks in the Araxxor cave at the end of path 3.
  • Players will no longer log in to being stuck in the river next to Gunnarsgrunn if they hadn't logged in since the river widening.
  • FIxed a graphical issue when turning into Linza with Ring of the Disgraced.
  • The skybox & filter options, access from the world map button's right click menu, has been reworked.
  • Skybox can be selected in one tab
  • Filter can be selected in another
  • In Advanced, various settings can be set and saved as a preset. Beware, you may cause some strange looking effects. Sun colour, sun ambience, fog colour and depth as well as volumetric light colour and density can be set to custom values.
  • Added antigriefing to all of the Skillchompas hunter areas.
  • Visually updated the bug reporter, additionally included support center links for specific bug categories.
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    Competition time

    To celebrate the launch of Premier Club, we are giving each and every one of you the chance to WIN a monster gaming PC from the Chillblast factories (i5-8400 / GTX 1060 / 2x 8GB DDR4 RAM / 250GB SSD / 1TB BarraCuda HDD) as well as 6 months of free RuneScape membership.

    Entering couldn't be simpler, and if you've been an avid ‘Scaper then you know what to do - just head to this page.

    LOOTSCAPE

    If you’ve been watching our livestreams, you must know that it’s a great opportunity to grab some awesome in-game prizes. And for November, we have ‘Thankful’ prizes that many of you have been asking for – past Thanksgiving Event rewards! That’s right, you might have missed the opportunity to celebrate one of the most delicious American holidays in RuneScape over the last years, so now’s the time to get a bite at that turkey. Rewards unlocked include:

  • Give Thanks emote (from Thanksgiving 2008)
  • Turkey herald cape crest (from Thanksgiving 2011)
  • "the Thanksgiver" title (from Thanksgiving 2014)
  • Turkey drumstick override (from Thanksgiving 2015)
  • Mackers pet (from Thanksgiving 2011)
  • That’s not all! As you may have already noticed, Postie Pete is back. And he has prepared a special LootScape surprise for those of you who follow our streams: an extra Parcel from the Hedge (awarded to non-ironmen players).

    Exciting isn’t it?! So don’t wait up, connect your RS account to your Twitch account and find out more about it here. Once that’s done, have fun and watch our streams during the day for a guaranteed drop.

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    LIVE STREAMS THIS WEEK

    Each week, we host developers Q&As, exclusive in-game first looks and more. And it’s all live on our Twitch channel, join us!

    Missed a stream? Don’t worry, we keep them all on our YouTube channel. So be sure to Subscribe to it!

    Tuesday, November 20th – 17:00 UTC (Game Time) – Dev Q&A

    You have been requesting more opportunities to exchange with us on current projects, or simply address all sorts of questions that could rise during your adventures in Gielinor – now’s the time to answer them! Join our JMods on the sofas for a general Dev Q&A, a time where you can ask us anything live on the Twitch chat.

    Watch live on Twitch – be sure not to miss it!

    LootScape will be enabled (see all details above).

    Sunday, November 25th – 19:00 UTC (Game Time) – PvM with Mod Lee

    Our resident PvM expert Mod Lee knows no fear and he’s ready to take you all on another round of boss mass this Sunday. From Vorago to the Kalphite King, the Corporeal Beast, the Angel of Death, if you’ve got a set to complete, an achievement to unlock, or simply want to hang out with friends and slay some, this is the place and time!

    LootScape will be enabled (see all details above).

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    PINK SKIRTS EVENTS

    Of course, adventures continue in Gielinor even when we're too busy (PKing) creating the adventures of tomorrow. Our PMods are here to welcome you in a range of PvM Boss Masses, Events and Q&As each week. Check out all the community events organised by the Pink Skirts on their official schedule here.

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