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Behind the Scenes - September 2015


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Behind the Scenes - September 2015
 
Much like a good book, September has villains in Lord of Vampyrium, fantastic locations in Prifddinas Waterfall Fishing, and a terrific ending with the Double XP Weekend on the 25th. With Balthazar's Raffle running throughout, you won't be able to put RuneScape down!
 
Balthazar's Raffle
 
Every day in September, Balthazar will be asking you to roll up and take part in his raffle. He'll offer one ticket a day from his tent near Burthorpe lodestone, so make sure you visit him from the 1st of September.
 
He'll also throw in an additional ticket per day if you complete one of two tasks: a daily challenge, or searching the world for his star act – Gilly Willikers the clown – who has gone missing, and could be tumbling anywhere near the lodestones of RuneScape.
 
The choice is yours: enter your tickets on the day you get them, or save them up for a killer prize. There's something different each day, and they continue to rotate throughout the month. We're expecting people to go crazy for the golden Barrows armour, as they Dha-rock:
 
Day- Prize- Quantity
Monday- Spring cleaner, pre-loaded with 250 springs- 5,000
Tuesday- 100 million coins- 100
Wednesday- 5 large protean packs- 30,000
Thursday- 1 portable bank- 40,000
Friday- 3 deathtouched darts- 20,000
Saturday- Golden Barrows (Guthan, Ahrim & Verac)- 1,000 of each
Sunday -Golden Barrows (Dharok, Karil & Torag)- 1,000 of each
 
There's something new to the raffle this year: Balthazar's Bargain Barrel Blowout. For every five tickets you hand in, you'll receive a Rummage token. After the raffle is over on October 1st, you can cash in the token to take a dip in Balthazar's barrel. You'll find lamps, resources and a rare chance at a golden Akrisae Barrows set!
 
The Lord of Vampyrium
 
It's been nine years since Castle Drakan was added to the game, and this month's Master quest - The Lord of Vampyrium - opens the gates and beckons you inside.
 
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The story starts with something that has not happened for centuries: Lord Drakan has shown his face in public. There is no clue to what he wants, or why he has chosen this moment, but the Myreque don't care. This is a gilt-edged opportunity, and they will grab onto it with everything they have.
 
Take your place at the head of the Myreque, break into Darkmeyer and bring an end to his reign. There's no turning away now: it is time to kill or be killed.
 
The Lord of Vampyrium is the penultimate quest in the Myreque series, and has some steep master requirements, so make sure you're ready when it swoops down in September:
 
Branches of Darkmeyer
Level 79 Construction
Level 78 Slayer
Level 75 Constitution
Level 75 Defence
Level 75 Prayer
Level 75 Strength
Level 70 Hunter
You would be hard-pressed to find a quest as dark, desperate and intense as Lord of Vampyrium, and we think you'll go batty for it. Personally, I'm looking forward to counting the gravestones outside of Castle Drakan on day one.
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Prifddinas Waterfall Fishing
 
 
Ferenc2017's Runelabs idea - Priffdinas Waterfall Fishing - makes a splash this month, offering social skilling with healthy XP rates in a beautiful environment.
 
Between the Meilyr and Crwys clan districts, you will be able to clamber up the sides of a waterfall to a secret fishing spot. Once there, you'll be able to kick back and fish crystal urchins to your heart's content.
 
This is a low effort activity, similar to the Seren Stones. It's not the top XP in the game, but it's very competitive, and is a great way to train while chatting with your friends. We'll even throw in the odd distraction, like a giant urchin, geyser or leaping urchins.
 
You'll be able to trade in urchins for rewards and experience, including a crystal fishing rod and homes for the much-sought-after hermit crab. This little beauty can only be found through fishing in the new spots, and will live in any home you buy for it, such as the treasure chest and old boot.
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Double XP Weekend | 25th September
 
For many of you, September will be all about Double XP Weekend, starting 25th of September. That gives you a month to get prepared, hoard resources and aim for serious gains!
 
Throughout the month, we have fine-tuned the updates and promotions to aid you on that path. Balthazar's Raffle offers Bonus XP stars as consolation prizes, and protean packs and portable banks as prizes. Waterfall Fishing is prime Double XP fodder, too, and there is the small topic of Time to Train...
 
Time to Train and More
 
If you remember Time to Train, it's dead simple. Everything in Treasure Hunter becomes prismatic XP and XP-accelerating items. It's just the ticket for power-levellers over Double XP Weekend.
 
There are other glittery Treasure Hunter promotions to distract you over the month. Starfury armour lands on Gielinor, alongside the return of their partner weapons. These scaling combat sets are potent in battle but also offer mining bonuses at the Seren Stones.
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Finally, we'll be upping the number of Keepsake slots to 50, which might be of benefit when you see the bleakly beautiful items that Lord of Vampyrium has to offer!
 
Clan Cup
 
Finally, 7th September signals the start of the 2015 Clan Cup! This your clan's chance to prove their skill, and we have amazing prizes up for grabs too. The Bossing Cup tosses out weekly boss challenges that would make the average player weep, while we're expecting the PvP cup to be a bloodbath. The Raids Cup steps it up even further, while the Skilling Cup has a different flavour entirely, testing your clan's ability to gain XP within a session.
 
Make sure you get your registrations in before 4th September if you and your clan want to start handing out family-sized cans of whoop-ass.
 
It may be the end of the summer and another year at university and school, but we think you'll agree that there's plenty to look forward to in this super September.
 
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Next Week's Streams
 
Next week sees the return of our new morning show, Good Morning Gielinor, as well as a selection of RuneFest teasers that you don’t want to miss – whether you’ll be at the event or watching from home!
 
Watch it on Twitch at 8.30 UTC (Game Time) and catch Good Morning Gielinor - Episode 1, if you missed it.
What is a Behind the Scenes article?
 
Behind the Scenes is a sneak peek at the planned game updates that we hope to launch in the coming month.
 
This, however, is only a plan - not a promise - that a particular update will be released in a particular way or at a particular time. To get you the highest quality updates as quickly as possible, we usually keep on tweaking and testing right up until the moment before release, so sometimes things change or take a bit longer than expected. We aren't afraid to change our plan if necessary, as we will never launch an update before it is ready.

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"Finally, we'll be upping the number of Keepsake slots to 50"

 

 


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“I had a feeling we weren’t coming back from this fight when it began.”

“Do you have any regrets?”

“I don’t. It seems surprising, I know, but I wouldn’t change a thing. This is how it was meant to be.”

“Huh, you never really notice how lovely the day is until you realize you’ll never see it again.”

“Mmmhmm.”

 


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Um, those levels seem firmly in the Grandmaster range.
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Um, those levels seem firmly in the Grandmaster range.

That was also the case with Branches of Darkmeyer, so for perhaps the first time ever, they're actually being consistent!

 

That is some gorgeous concept art though.



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Um, those levels seem firmly in the Grandmaster range.

 

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They said that they were keeping it as a Master level quest because they want the finale to be a Grandmaster


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Um, those levels seem firmly in the Grandmaster range.


Do you ever not complain about updates?

That clearly wasn't a complaint. I was pointing out an inconsistency in categorization. Then again, it's all fairly meaningless anyway.
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They said that they were keeping it as a Master level quest because they want the finale to be a Grandmaster


Why would it not be possible to have two grandmasters follow each other? :P
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Yea, looking over past quest reqs, it seems like things in the upper 70's can go either way as Grandmaster or Master. Although it seems requiring a level 80 is the point that they are always Grandmaster.


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Hunter level in bts was wrong, apparently its 76 https://twitter.com/...358505561825281


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That would push the level requirements above those of Plague's End, wouldn't it? There really isn't much reason not to call it a GM quest by that standard, unless the quest itself won't be especially long or hard.



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That would push the level requirements above those of Plague's End, wouldn't it? There really isn't much reason not to call it a GM quest by that standard, unless the quest itself won't be especially long or hard.


But they've always maintained that levels only are what determine a Grandmaster quest. This was first discussed after the release of the embarrassingly bad Nomad's Requiem quest.
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That would push the level requirements above those of Plague's End, wouldn't it? There really isn't much reason not to call it a GM quest by that standard, unless the quest itself won't be especially long or hard.

But they've always maintained that levels only are what determine a Grandmaster quest. This was first discussed after the release of the embarrassingly bad Nomad's Requiem quest.

But that standard hasn't been valid since The World Wakes, which, by the looks of things, is going to have its sole requirement changed/removed.


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That would push the level requirements above those of Plague's End, wouldn't it? There really isn't much reason not to call it a GM quest by that standard, unless the quest itself won't be especially long or hard.

But they've always maintained that levels only are what determine a Grandmaster quest. This was first discussed after the release of the embarrassingly bad Nomad's Requiem quest.

But that standard hasn't been valid since The World Wakes, which, by the looks of things, is going to have its sole requirement changed/removed.

 

 

I think the World Wakes was justified not based solely upon the hard reqs to do it, but also all the quests suggested before completing it. It builds off The Void Stares Back which requires a level 80.


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It was also considered a special quest with special circumstances given the nature of the content of the quest.
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I think the World Wakes was justified not based solely upon the hard reqs to do it, but also all the quests suggested before completing it. It builds off The Void Stares Back which requires a level 80.

Not denying that TWW deserved its rank (for impact, if not for raw requirements): it's more an argument for jumping this one up. Since Branches of Darkmeyer would add 76 WC and a couple of 70s, you're looking at pretty similar requirements to Plague's End.



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Considering that recent hack of a grandmaster we had, it's probably more that they're making corrections to their definition of quality work.


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Let us hope the quest lives up the hype unlike some other recent releases or holy cow this month is gonna be a barren one in terms of release.

 

I mean sure fishing thing will be nice and all, but it doesn't really hold much attention holding longevity as updates go for anyone already done with fishing so in terms of stuff to do rather than just stuff to look at then carry on as normal the quest is all the month holds.

 

Also epic lol that Akrisae set is the 'super rare' rummage barrel prize gd game putting the one set people don't really want or use as the super rare prize. I mean Ahrim and Karil get usage from being decent t70 gear for range and mage. The melee brothers all see some usage for the same cause plus dhar n guth get some set effect usage. But ark is like junk. 


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why do you think it ended up in the trash barrel


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