Archive for July, 2015

BTS Video – Raids

Posted: 2015-07-14 in Runescape News
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This week, Behind the Scenes uncovers more details on Raids ahead of Monday’s release.

Watch this week’s BTS video to find out more about Mazcab, a strange new planet, and the goebies – its oppressed inhabitants.

Head to our YouTube channel and subscribe there for more official RuneScape videos.

Evolution Competition

If you haven’t already, check out this creative competition on the forums to win a RuneScape Evolution T-shirt!

All you need to do is design and submit your own Evolution styled design for a chance to win. But hurry! Competition closes Monday 13th July at 12:00 UTC.

Podcast – Osborne Exposed

This week Mod Matthe exposes all of Mod Osborne’s secrets on the podcast, including his thought on Raids!

You can listen to the podcast now on YouTube, or head to our Podbean or iTunes pages.

Developer Q&A Recap

This week we live streamed a special Raids developer Q&A, including another sneak peek at the new world, Mazcab, the rewards, and answering all of your burning questions.

Missed it? Never fear! You can watch it all again here:

Enjoy!

The party starts next week, with Raids releasing on Monday! Have a great weekend, ‘Scapers, and we’ll see you on update day!

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Raids will soon be upon us, and it’s time to get yourself prepared for the beauty and horror that the exciting new world of Mazcab has to offer!

There’s been a lot of hype around our first boss, but now we want you to get creative, and design for us what you believe is the ideal Raid boss to terrify our team of brave (but foolish) J-Mod judges.

Think creatively about what makes your creature fearsome and tough to fight: its defence mechanisms, its special attacks, any weapons it may wield, and any other cool features that will make it a worthy adversary for us to defeat.

Our winner will receive 3 months’ membership, as well as a full set of Cooler Master goodies, and they’ll have their creation drawn as a concept and signed by our Art Team! Two runners up will receive a month’s membership.

Please note: this will not be going into game – it’s just a bit of fun.

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Up for the challenge? Send us your submissions (written, drawn – or both!) to competitions@jagex.com before 23:59 UTC on Tuesday, July 21st. Good luck – and happy raiding!

You can also share your bosses on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MyRaidsBoss – we look forward to seeing your entries!

And, if you’re more of an environment kind of person, then make sure you check out our ‘Design a Raid’ competition, also on the forums!
Before entering, please do take a look at our our competition FAQs and T&Cs.

RuneScape Evolution T-Shirt Competition

Inspired by the awesome RuneScape Evolution T-Shirt available on the Merch Store, we’d love to see what you come up with based on this theme. Think about the ways change applies to your RuneScape experience: change in your character, in Gielinor – anything that fits the theme.

Check out Mod Neena’s thread for full details of how to enter.

Best of luck to all you talented competition entrants. Can’t wait to see what you send in!

The Ninjas have infiltrated the Artisans’ Workshop, making a big batch of updates to the venerable Smithing activity. They’ve made it a whole lot more user-friendly, and introduced some cool new rewards – including auto-reloading for your dwarf cannon!

The team are planning to do more focused updates like this, bringing older parts of the game up to today’s standards. If you’ve got an idea for a particular part of RuneScape that you’d like to see given the Ninja treatment, let us know on the Ninja Spotlight forum thread.

Read on to find out what the Ninjas have been up to – along with details of Solomon’s new Vitality Accessory Pack and this week’s live streams.

What’s Changed?

Smithing burial armour has a new side interface, making the activity more responsive and user-friendly:
By default, the first ingot type in your inventory will be selected.
The interface will respond as you swap ingots in and out of your inventory.
Selecting new armour pieces can be done while smithing, and will be applied on the next loop.

Selecting new ore will immediately stop and restart the smithing process with the new ore.
Anvils in the burial armour area now have ‘quick start’ as the default left-click operation.
The quick-smithing effects of the Varrock armour now apply to track-making and burial armour.

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When creating a perfect sword, you can request an off-hand equivalent.
The required amount for the mithril swords daily challenge has been reduced.
Daily challenges for adamant and rune swords have been added.
When using a heated ingot on the water pool, you’ll be given the opportunity to change your entire inventory at once, rather than one at a time.
Ceremonial sword-making has been made smoother:
Tongs can now be stored on the tool belt.

A single left-click on the anvil now places the ingot and the plans, and opens the interface.
Ingots can be used directly, without heating them first.
The artisan burial overlay has been relocated to the left of the screen, remains opened everywhere in the workshop, and displays your current respect.

The attack rate of ceremonial swords has been rebalanced.
When withdrawing or depositing ingots, only metals currently held will be offered. Note that this doesn’t filter by ingot type.
Dent size chances have been tweaked to be fairer, in terms of leading to perfect successes.

Dent messaging is now filtered.
A warning message now displays when handing in ceremonial swords that would award 0 XP.
Audio has been reworked.
New Rewards

Restocking cannon (100% respect, requires royale cannon unlock): Grants your cannon the ability to reload automatically. You must have cannonballs in your inventory and be within 15 squares for this to work.
Ceremonial sword orders (50% respect): Increases the orders received by the workshop, occasionally allowing you to choose which ceremonial sword you wish to make.

Sword polishing kit (10% respect): Gives 10 sword polishing kits, which – when held in your inventory – prevent a ceremonial sword from breaking.
Bonus package (100% respect): Gives 8 mithril ingot IV, 4 adamant ingot IV, 2 rune ingot IV, 50,000 Bonus Smithing XP and 10 sword polishing kits. Note that the ingots in this bundle cannot be exchanged for ore, and do not count towards daily challenges.

Open Treasure Hunter chests this weekend for a taste of a draconic hoard – up to four times the loot!

Each chest you open between 00:00 UTC on the 2nd of July and 23:59 UTC on the 6th of July gives you the chance for your next set of chests to be dragon chests, styled after Gielinor’s fire-breathing monstrosities.

Dragon chests multiply the prize you’d get from a regular chest. The rarer the metal the chest is made of, the more loot you’ll get:

Adamant – 2x
Rune – 3x
Dragon – 4x
Note that this will apply whether you use Keys individually or in tens.

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This applies to everything available on Treasure Hunter – lamps, stars, gear, and more – so you can enjoy dragon-sized XP gains or a veritable trove of treasure.

Have fun!

What is Treasure Hunter?

Treasure Hunter is a minigame – playable from within RuneScape – where players use Keys to claim in-game items as prizes. These range from useful resources to rare weapons and exclusive gear.

Playing Treasure Hunter is simple – click the treasure chest icon that pops up when you log in. If you’ve not played before, just follow the on-screen guide.

Everyone gets at least one Key per day, and RuneScape members get two. You can earn more Keys while playing the game, or stock up by redeeming Bonds.

If you’d like more, you can also buy Keys on the website, or by clicking ‘Buy Keys’ within the Treasure Hunter interface in-game.

A legendary Fremennik hero-turned-god comes home in style in Hero’s Welcome: RuneScape’s latest quest!

Head over to Lumbridge Crater, too, and join in the Summer Beach Party.

Hero’s Welcome, you’ll meet the mighty V – well known to those of you who’ve finished While Guthix Sleeps – as he returns to his people.

You’ll embark on a series of dangerous raids on Dragonkin lairs, and uncover some of their darkest secrets. Be ready for combat, as there’ll be plenty of fierce foes to fight, but you’ll need brains as well as brawn to succeed.

Rewards

Prevail and you’ll earn hearty helpings of XP, better yields when runecrafting, and access to new areas containing bane ore and adamant dragons. There’s also a repeatable boss fight, which can drop new throwing weapons and a tradeable level 75 cape.

Summer Beach Party

The Summer Beach Party is in full swing, making Lumbridge Crater the place to be until the end of August!

Activities

Head to the beach party and take a look around. It’s the ideal place to relax with your friends, take part in your favourite D&Ds via the portal hub, and enjoy some sun-soaked activities – plus pick up some unique rewards.

Fight Clawdia: At 45 past every hour, killer crustacean Clawdia will spawn at the crater in the middle of the beach party. Her damage scales to your life points, so everyone can dive in and help drive her back.
Build sandcastles: Follow the clues given to you by the nearby visitors and build the right castles for Construction XP.
Fish at the rock pools: Cast a line, kick back and get some Fishing XP while you’re at it. Drop off the fish at the barbecues for extra XP.
Bust out the barbecue: Hit the barbecue stands and earn Cooking XP.
Pick coconuts: Gather coconuts from the palm trees for Farming XP, then deposit them at the coconut shy for extra XP.
Try the coconut shy: Test your skill at the coconut shy and earn Ranged XP.
More activities are coming over the next few weeks. Keep an eye on the news!

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Every 15 minutes one of the XP-giving activities will be spotlighted, and it will yield +10% XP. Note that Ironman players earn 50% less XP for participating in beach activities.

You can keep earning XP until your temperature gauge fills up completely, although this can be reset up to three times a day by consuming ice creams.

Rewards

First up, there are a number of handy items that you can earn by fighting Clawdia and participating in other beach activities:

Ice cream: This tradeable item resets a full temperature gauge to 0. You can use up to three per day.
Anti-sun potion: Also tradeable, this item gives a +5% boost to any XP earned on the beach – that includes beach activities and any other training done there. The effect lasts for 24 hours (real time, not time spent logged in).
Cocktails: These come in four fruity flavours, each boosting XP gain in a different group of skills – combat, artisan, gathering and support. By drinking more of the same type, you can stack the XP boost up to 10%. The effect lasts for 30 minutes of logged-in time.
You can get these items from fighting Clawdia, from participating in the various beach activities, and by handing in a beach party ticket from the recent Summer Raffle.

There’s also a rare chance to get a tradeable token that can be redeemed for one of several new beach items. These include cosmetic weapons and headgear, emotes and more:

Bunting whip
Stick of rock
Throwing starfish
Snorkel
Bucket head
Clawdia hat
Dragon ring
Buried in Sand resting animation
Surfboard emote
Beach ball
Throwing disc
There’ll be new additions to the available items over the coming weeks – we’ll let you know in the news.

Note that the tokens will automatically become untradeable at the end of this year.

These items can also be purchased from the vendors around the beach for RuneCoins, as can challenge gems, dwarven challenge barrels, party packs and masterwork music boxes.

Finally, there’s a bunch of secret rewards available for fulfilling certain conditions on the beach. Have fun discovering them!