Posts Tagged ‘Runescape’

RuneScape’s PvP tournament went badly wrong

Runescape

RuneScape [official site] remains one of the most enduringly popular MMORPGs around, but the finals of its most recent PvP tournament ended with the winner and several others disqualified, accusations of staff favouritism, allegations of targeted DDoS attacks, and a $20,000 prize pot with nobody to go to.

In short, it all went a bit Wacky Races.

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Have You Played… Runescape?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Runescape [official site] is a bizarre thing because it’s one of the few MMORPGs that seems to be improving with age. Where most slowly fade and die out, Runescape is only growing prettier and more intricate. Oh yeah, then there’s that bit about it surpassing 250 million registered accounts since launching — god help us if those players ever decide to form their own nation. But Runescape’s continued growth feels like a counterpoint to the way many MMOs seem to always be slowly circling the drain.

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RuneScape Adding Auctions For Banned Players’ Stuff

RuneScape [official site] players will soon be able to buy the possessions of banned players by bidding on them in Storage Wars-style blind auctions. Players will bid on a banned character’s possessions as a job lot, a sealed box containing… who knows what? It could be treasure or trash. Maybe Bank Bidders will be be a raffle rather than a police auction; they’re not sure yet. Point is, this is the strangest bit of virtual justice I’ve heard of since, er, well, Cobbo’s article on MMO prisons earlier today.

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Runescape Marks Anniversary Of 6/6/6 Glitchy Massacre

Ten years ago to this very date, the world of Runescape [official site] was devastated by an event so malicious, so evil, that of course it could have only happened on the six day of the six month of the six year of this millennium. I’m talking about the dreaded Falador Massacre—where thousands of Runescapians lost their lives and their items in the span of just a few hours. Today, Jagex are celebrating the ten year anniversary of that awful day by opening two special servers for subscribers, World 666 and World 111, where players can relive those awful events again and again and again.

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RuneScape Gets Fancier And Faster With NXT Engine

That's a fantasy MMO and no mistake!

Free-to-play MMORPG RuneScape [official site] is still ticking away after fifteen years, with developers Jagex actively updating it. The latest was a pretty big one, bringing a new game client and engine named NXT which finally takes the game away from Java and makes it look a fair bit prettier – while running faster than the previous version. For starters, the game is no longer choked in distance fog like Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. Seriously, look at this before/after comparison, it’s wild:

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Old-School Runescape Adds Brand New Continent

Oh, Runescape. It seems like just yesterday someone lured me into your wilderness, stabbed me in the back, and took all my stuff. [Looks at calendar] Aaaaand damn it. It’s been over a decade.

But don’t get all “Dust in the Wind” on me yet. To celebrate the game’s fifteenth anniversary, Old-School Runescape (a.k.a. 2007scape) [official site] is getting a brand new continent, and the first part is out now.

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Runescape Gets Raids, Giggling Cats

This is a proper snicker, yes?

Runescape’s July update will add raiding to the browser-based MMO. Also curiously giggly cats and elite slayer creatures.

As a non-Runescape [official site] player I think I’d assumed that either raiding existed already or, if it didn’t, that it probably wasn’t compatible with how the game worked so I stand corrected on all fronts.

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RuneScape Legends Takes A Card From Hearthstone

Living book looks a lot like pop up desert

Jagex, the company behind RuneScape, has announced HearthScape! Actually, that’s a lie. They’ve announced Chronicle: RuneScape Legends! It’s a collectible card game based on the RuneScape universe so you can see the possible influence of Blizzard’s recent Warcraft-based hit, Hearthstone, though.

The developers explain that the game will be “played out within the pages of a living book” and will feature such things as quest-building, letting you craft your own RPGs against enemies from the RuneScapeiverse and, of course, PvP.

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Runescape Is Back, Back! BACK!


Jagex send word that their third iteration of the enormously popular fantasy MMO – Runescape 3 – has materialised on this internet, right here. The game is kicking off with a ten-week event, in which the players must battle for “Lumbridge”. That might not sound very glamorous, but it gives players the chance to work together in PvP activities, with the ultimate goal of being champion of the event, and actually changing stuff in the world. Jagex explain: “You’ll be able to join one of the two factions, and to collect divine tears – fragments of condensed, Guthixian energy that can be gathered through combat and skilling, both on the battlefield and off.” Unpronounceable energies are the best kind.

Lovely trailer below.
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Runed Awakening: Runescape 3 On 22nd Of July


“Runescape, eh?” I say, to the cold silence of the RPS virtual office. No one is listening. And, well, cards on the table: none of us have ever played Runescape. Adam was living in the jungle at the time, Alec was trapped inside a Micro-ATX case in a cupboard at Future Publishing, and I hadn’t yet taken material form out of my constituent angry ghosts from a haunted house in Kent. No, we do not know the ways of Runescape. Which makes writing a pithy intro about the arrival of the third game a little tricky. How am I doing? Ok then. What I do know is that it’s being in delivered in HTML5, meaning it can actually be pretty impressive in a browser, and that it’s happening on the 22nd. These things, and more, are discussed in the dating trailer, which you can see below.
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Runescape Still Exists, Is Getting A Threequel

I never actually played much Runescape. Growing up, I was a snobby, Everquest-obsessed so-and-so. “Look at all these graphics,” I’d say. “My Iksar warrior is made up of so many polygons that you practically can’t count them but still kinda can.” I did have a few friends who swore by the lo-fi MMO, though, and it’s not hard to see why. Back then, free, easily runnable portals to lands beyond our wildest imaginations were hard to come by. Runescape, then, holds a very special place in many hearts, and for that reason it will never dieeeee. And so, we arrive at Runescape 3. Yes, there was a Runescape 2.  Find out what warrants the curvy, alluringly sensual new digit after the break.

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Looking For Party Like It’s 2007: Retro Runescape Reborn

it doesn't look like *that*

A shame SOE didn’t do this for Star Wars: Galaxies, or it might still be with us now. Following enthusiastic voting from some 440,000 paying RuneScape players, Jagex have resurrected the apparently beloved 2007 version of their long-running, secretly enormous MMORPG, to run alongside the flashier current version. It’s being pitched not as a roll back but a favour to the faithful, who will also play a part in deciding what gets updated in the old client.
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Not LFG: 250K Sign Up To RuneScape Clans

Not actual gameplay.
Quietly one of the most popular games on the net, RuneScape is not exactly short of players. It has, for the longest time, however, been short of a way to provide those players with the same kind of community-building infrastructure as other popular online games. The latest update fixes that, and it’s proving popular, as Jagex report: “In just 24 hours more than 250,000 RuneScape players have formed clans, including over 370 clans containing 50 members or more. The update gives RuneScape clans a real presence in the game and included a host of new features including individual clan camps, chat channels, clan customisations, clan websites and new in-game content; Rated Clan Wars.”

RuneScape is free to play, and has been out for a very long time indeed.

The Great Runescape: Jagex And The Future

Their name is Jagex and they are a game studio.

I suspect Jagex are off your radar. They were off mine. While I was more than aware of their enormous success with the free MMO Runescape, I never quite filed it as something directly relevant to my interests in PC Games. A chance meeting with their recent brilliant arcade football game Kickabout League made me reconsider, so I grasped the chance to hook up at Develop with their CEO Mark Gehard, the Head of their new not-revealed MMO Mechscape Henrique Olifiers and PR Manager Adam Tuckwell. I come away with the impression of a proud, ambitious and iconoclastic company with a lot of big ideas. An MMO which looks at Master of Orion rather than Ultima as its inspiration? Picking up where Sensible Software left of? Real Men Programmers Do It In 64Mb? PC as pure populism, and taking that seriously? And not playing the hype game at all? It’s time Jagex got on your radar. You start here…
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