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Behind the Scenes - October

 

You want to know what's coming out in October? Did you mean Arctober?

 

Yes, me hearties, this month is all about the Eastern Lands! Four new islands to visit, a bevy of rewards and even birds to spot, all in the glorious name of completing the Arc region.

 

For the rest of the month, we stray into other waters. Have your timbers thoroughly shivered by our Halloween event. Swash your buckles with the final, definite, cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die launch of Bounty Hunter. And keep your hoard safe in Customer Support Week.


 

The Arc – Chapter Two

 

So, let's start with the Arc island chain, and a glorious thing it is, squarely answering your feedback on the Arc Chapter One. It's full of fun training, killer rewards, and more stuff than you can shake a Yaktwee stick at.

Here's the whistlestop tour:

  • Four new islands in the form of Tuai Leit, Goshima, the cyclops island ofCyclosis, and the sullen Islands that Once Were Turtles
  • Several miniquests, during which you'll scuttle the fabled zombie ship, the Harbinger
  • High-level Divination and Farming training methods, with Divination offering best-in-skill XP rates
  • An Arc journal with pages of birds and impling-like kami to tick off
  • Updated contracts from Sojobo, with more skills covered and better loot from NPC marks
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Most importantly, there are the improved and expanded rewards that you've been demanding since the first visit to the Arc:

  • A bone picker upgrade for your bonecrusher
  • Tier 85 boots and gloves that will supplement Ports armour with a set effect
  • New divination scrimshaws
  • A crystal tool siphon
  • A particularly awesome-looking Hunter outfit, giving +6% to Hunter XP and stacking with the Yaktwee stick

 

This is all coming into port on the 10th of October, and we'll be celebrating with some permanent changes: a free ticket to large islands as a drop outside of the Arc, free supplies on your first visit, free flags, reduced costs for the better Uncharted Isles and rarer resources on those same islands. That's some of the best rates of XP.


 

Halloween

 

But, if you're a little sick of colour and daylight, then close the curtains, let the darkness in, and enjoy this year's Halloween event. We'll be chucking you through a dimensional rift so you can re-enter the twisted world of Dimension of Disaster. Here, you will find Dr Fenkenstrain, who is taking the Invention skill to pretty disgraceful lengths. If you've got the stomach(s) for it, disassemble dead people and bring horrific animated creatures to life!

 

The event will run for two weeks, giving plenty of time to collect its macabre rewards, including a pet and a flashy lightning rod conductor hat.

 

This little treat won't actually require Invention, and will be available to all - so free players and members alike will be able to create their own zombie monstrosity.


 

Bounty Hunter Worlds

 

But where might you get an influx of bodies from? How about Bounty Hunter? After being delayed from September, it's coming in October!

 

If you're unaware of what Bounty Hunter is, it's a hardcore PvP minigame where you're assigned another participating player as a bounty target and asked to hunt them down - but it makes you their target too.

 

The new Bounty Hunter aims to make PvP a viable, endgame moneymaking method. We also plan to knock you out with the range of rewards on offer – brawling gloves, patches to upgrade your ancient gear to tier 88, Crucible weapons with tier 87 stats and brutal special attacks...and much more.


 

Customer Support Week

 

To be confident that you can enjoy everything in October, we'll be giving you incentives to make your account rock-solid during Customer Support Week.

 

During this week, you'll encounter Count Check, a vampyre who vets your account for correct setup of security measures, and rewards you with lamps – giving you yet another reason to ensure you're protected.

 

He's got a couple of events to get involved with: a special edition of The Drop focused on security, and a free clue scroll every day for both free players and members. Level up your account security now, because it all kicks off soon with additional free Treasure Hunter Keys every day for people who have secure accounts.


 

Solomon's Store and Treasure Hunter

 

To round out October, we will be bringing an elite skilling outfit to Treasure Hunter. There's a running theme with this outfit: get 7% additional Dungeoneering XP, 7% extra XP on all skill nodes, 7% damage boost in dungeons and 7% discount at the Dungeoneering shop, to name a few.

 

Plus, there's the Walk Like a Zombie event, which rewards ghoulish tasks around the world with rotten zombie outfits. My favourite part? You can use the outfit to bite other players and infect them so they, too, stumble about like a zombie.

 

Finally, for those of you who buy certain RuneCoin packages on Solomon's Store, we will be offering you a spider-related outfit and a pet as a cheeky little extra.

 

Enjoy!

 

There should be enough meat on October's bone to keep any zombie enthusiast happy. And make sure you take a trip to the Eastern Lands this month – there hasn't been a better time to embark on the Arc.

 

Mod Osborne
Lead Designer – RuneScape


 

In Other News

 

Today is your last chance to take part in our Summer Sweepstake for a chance to win a trip to Jagex, among other awesome goodies.

 

Members (including Ironmen) can claim a ticket by clicking on the sun icon in game, then clicking 'claim ticket'. Then, visit Balthazar and hand in your ticket for an XP lamp, and your chance to win.

 

This ends at 23:59 UTC (game time) tonight. We'll be announcing the winners next week. Good luck!

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I have 29 pairs of dragon claws. Hoping there's a small boost with the Bounty Hunter BTS or on BTS release. I've been holding on to them for months...

I kind of doubt it, they're just too weak (t60) even with the special...especially if they're bringing in new t87 stuff and special attacks with them. But we'll see I guess.

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As special attack weaps, claws are fairly good.

 

Even AGS is pretty good with the ability to hit 8ks.

 

I'm hoping that the stuff that makes ancient warrior stuff is tradable, and allows you to augment them..

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I have 29 pairs of dragon claws. Hoping there's a small boost with the Bounty Hunter BTS or on BTS release. I've been holding on to them for months...

I kind of doubt it, they're just too weak (t60) even with the special...especially if they're bringing in new t87 stuff and special attacks with them. But we'll see I guess.

 

They're adding a wilderness hilt reward to temporarily boost them to t70 as a reward from Bounty Hunter, unless that's changed.

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I'm kinda curious to see how the dungeoneering xp outfit will work given the need/desirability to wear other items in dg.

 

Like is it going to be an inventory hog you put on just b4 u end a floor?

Is it going to have sort of stats inside dg to make it so you can wear it?

Will it perhaps inherit stats from/merge with your bound items and/or armour?

 

Lots of potential ways they could make it function to maximise use, but the easiest (and dumbest) will the the straight up inventory hogging you wear this or your armour

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I have 29 pairs of dragon claws. Hoping there's a small boost with the Bounty Hunter BTS or on BTS release. I've been holding on to them for months...

I kind of doubt it, they're just too weak (t60) even with the special...especially if they're bringing in new t87 stuff and special attacks with them. But we'll see I guess.

 

They're adding a wilderness hilt reward to temporarily boost them to t70 as a reward from Bounty Hunter, unless that's changed.

 

Ah well then that will probably push them up a bit.

 

 

As special attack weaps, claws are fairly good.

 

Even AGS is pretty good with the ability to hit 8ks.

 

I'm hoping that the stuff that makes ancient warrior stuff is tradable, and allows you to augment them..

 

Still though, doesn't (for example) snipe+shadow tendrils usually give you well over 10k unboosted? And similarly for other styles. I might be missing something dps but I'm not quite getting it.

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Meh. I could care less for EOC pvp... I like legacy DPS... it is a bit more slower pased that I can keep track of.

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Does this 'arc' have anything to do with Ports? Because I have not noticed anything different with ports but apparently this arc is on it's second release here...

 

Yes and No.

 

It is to do with ports in so much as the Arc is a region you send voyages to with ports, and one of the reward shop items is to buy ports resources.

 

But at the same time no because it is an entirely separate thing to ports that is allowing us to physically go to the islands themselves.

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Wonder if they're going to be able to squeeze in both Children of Mah and Sliske's Endgame by the end of this year since there are no quest releases this month.

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Wonder if they're going to be able to squeeze in both Children of Mah and Sliske's Endgame by the end of this year since there are no quest releases this month.

 

Official release windows are November for Children of Mah and December for Sliske's Endgame.

Both are already in dev by different teams so shouldn't be an issue unless there are unforseen delays.

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Do we know if Children of Mah is going to have multiple endings that will affect your playthrough of Sliske's Endgame, or should the result of Children of Mah be relatively fixed/limited within certain boundaries?

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They haven't really revealed much but they have mentioned choices that alter the out come and something to do with the Mahjarrats race being doomed.

 

My guesses in terms of choice will be Zaros is guaranteed survival, we will have a say in whether Zammy makes it or not and there'll be something around the various Mah tribes and whether we doom the Mahjarratt to die out or do something that means they can breed again.

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