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Behind the Scenes - December 2014

 

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Though the weather outside is frightful, there's loads to do in RuneScape this December: Winter Weekends, a sleighload of Christmas content, an elf-tastic Task Set, Dominion Tower improvements - plus the return of the Premier Club.

 

Read on for Behind the Scenes December! Ho ho ho!



Tirannwn Task Set

 

The first thing I’d like to present to you this month is the new Tirannwn Task Set, focused around Prifddinas, Isafdar Forest, the Underground Pass, the Poison Wastes, the Temple of Light and the Death Altar.

 

There are 54 Tasks in all, covering a wide range of skills - mostly suggested by you on the forums, Reddit and Twitter!

 

The big reward is the Tirannwn quiver - a brand-new ammo slot item that’s useful for all combat styles. There's also a new mushroom patch, improvements for your crystal bow and shield, and the top four rewards chosen by you in our recent poll: teleports, increased damage vs dark beasts, Hunter improvements and trap immunity.



Dominion Tower - New Bosses & Rumble Mode

 

We’ve also been busy updating the Dominion Tower, expanding its lofty halls to include a raft of quest bosses released over the past few years: including Grimsson and Hreidmar, Vanstrom, and the lean green spinning machine himself, Yelps!

 

Rumble mode is an all-new feature, allowing groups of up to five players to make their way to the roof of the tower and battle bands of boss monsters, using special new power ups and earning more dominion factor to spend on the tower's updated rewards.

 

And what rewards they are! There are now three different types of dreadnip to use, an extreme dominion medallion, updated XP rewards and new titles to earn.

 

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Premier Club

 

As most of you know, for the past few years we’ve given you the chance to join our Premier Club, a fantastic way to save big bucks on your membership and gain some tasty goodies at the same time!

 

This year we've really gone big with those unique gifts. Gold members get 12 months of membership, a Dwarven Instinct aura to find hidden loot chests, some fantastic new lava wings, a lava hawk pet, access to VIP worlds, chat and forum badges and so much more!

 

Keep an eye out for news on the exclusive Premier Club to find out about all the other exciting things I haven’t mentioned here. It’s an offer you can’t refuse!

 

Winter Weekends

 

All members will get access to the special Festive Aura again this year, which gives double XP for half an hour every day.

 

In addition, over the whole of December we’ve lined up some special Winter Weekends to help out with all your training needs. Each has a special theme, starting with a skiller weekend.

 

The skiller weekend gives all sorts of training bonuses, such as additional rewards for the Artisans' Workshop and Runespan, and increased chances for enriched wisps in divination.

 

The minigame weekend includes more voyages every day for Ports, plus double rewards for Castle Wars and Pest Control.

 

The dungeoneering weekend gives additional XP for all your adventures in Daemonheim, and reduced costs in the shop.

 

Finally, the boss and slayer weekend gives double drops on a wide range of bosses and increased slayer XP!



Christmas

 

We're kicking off Christmas early, with three festive updates to RuneScape coming throughout December!

 

Getting involved with the Christmas content will earn you festive cheer, which can be spent on some ice-cool cosmetic overrides: a full snowman outfit and ice sickle - which was recommended to me at RuneFest!

 

Week 1

 

Firstly, you'll be helping out Santa with his Christmas deliveries, taking presents to all the good inhabitants of RuneScape. You’ll also earn cracker paper, which you can use to help build a giant cracker in the Lumbridge crater! Once assembled, legions of you will have to gather together to help pull the cracker, with all sorts of lovely goodies inside, including a new festive emote. Don’t worry if you miss out on the first cracker pull - there will be plenty of crackers exploding all through Christmas.

 

There's chaos at the Christmas tree in Varrock square, too, where tinsel snakes have escaped! Help to round them up by collecting them into a lovely tinsel train that follows you around the city! But watch out for other players, who can lead your tinsel train astray.

 

Week 2

 

The second update this Christmas is a new boss: Snowverload! Face his huge array of frosty attacks and watch him turn RuneScape into a land of ice and snow.

 

Move Snowverload to the Lumbridge crater to finally take him down. There’s more Christmas cheer on offer to those that do.

 

Week 3

 

In the third update the Queen of Snow will arrive and offer a short miniquest to melt some snow elementals. For helping the Queen out, players can earn a fantastical device: a snowboard!

 

When you’ve got your bronze snowboard you can hit the ramp to attempt to pull off a trick display. If you perform tricks and land in one piece, you’ll level up your board – making it easier to obtain more trick energy as you work towards the rune snowboard.

 

Aside from earning Agility XP as you go, members can max out a rune snowboard to have it evolve into some cool looking custom skins.

 

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Treasure Hunter & Solomon's Store

 

Treasure Hunter's bringing you some special Christmas tradeable rares - look out for those over the festive period!

 

There'll be stocking fillers aplenty from Solomon too - including the much-requested Barrows retro armour overrides.



Have Fun!

 

This is Mod Mark, wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. See you Christmas Eve in a special new Jagex Christmas video for a bonus laugh this holiday.

 

Wooters out!

 

Mod Mark

RuneScape Design Director



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Me likey your formatting :)!

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Sad month for me, the thing I am most excited about is the premier membership... But maybe that is because I cannot access the elven city (for a loooooonge time)

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Seems like Jagex focused a bit too much on the Christmas stuff. Certainly a big Christmas event is cool, and the tasks are a great addition, but it still seems like quite the empty month.

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The minigame weekend includes more voyages every day for Ports, plus double rewards for Castle Wars and Pest Control.

Extra voyages are worthless since you can't even use all your daily voyages anyways, and of course there is no 2x livid farm points :(

You make it sound like running through a few level 87 monsters is hard which it really shouldn't be at your level.

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"including"

 

"such as"

 

Seems like people overlook these words... most likely these weekends will be similar to, if not the same as, the ones in May. Then again Jagex may not always hold true to their word...

 

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Kind of sad they aren't reworking Solomon's Pets/Familiar Overrides to include all pets. Finally there's a Solomon's service that just about everyone wants and has wanted for a while, and they're all like "Nah, we can't do it!". Just do it and take our money, ok?

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I know for a fact attack animations (in runescape) only require 3 forms of movements for familiars; attack stance, defence stance and special attack stance. I could do it in a day with some solid work, especially since the models have already been created and textured BUT They're too busy pushing out Microtransactions. It's why I'm studying to work in the industry, because I enjoy it and because I hate people who only jumped onto the boat because "lol free games".

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Additionally, all the boss pets ALREADY have attack and defend stances.

 

Quite lazy on their part.

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People already have the pets and I guess they would rather push a new product rather than giving something for free or selling an "upgraded" version.  :/

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Additionally, all the boss pets ALREADY have attack and defend stances.

 

Quite lazy on their part.

Well they can't use those animations as the scale would break them since its not about just using the same code.

 

BUT they can use parts of the code and animation as a reference, almost like tracing.. ...So yeah. They're lazy.

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Skilling Weekend

 

12:00 GMT 5th December - 12:00 GMT 8th December

 

Smithing: Double XP and respect in the Artisans' Workshop

 

Divination: Enriched wisps spawn every 10 minutes, rather than 20

 

Divination: Springs last for twice as long once a wisp is activated

 

Fishing: Spots move around half as frequently as before

 

Runecrafting: Increased node spawn rate and reward points at the Runespan

 

Mining & Woodcutting: Rocks and trees replenish twice as fast when depleted

 

Thieving: Double gold relic/sceptre drops and increased chance to receive Black Ibis outfit pieces at Pyramid Plunder

 

I plan on afking runespan and maybe some pyramid plunder if i catch up on my internship portfolio.
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Ok so i guess the first weekend starts at 7AM EST?

That would be correct, noon - 5 hours = 7AM for those of us on EST ;).

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I may try pp for the first time if it means black ibis, however at this point i don't think black ibis will help me very much

 

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