Posts Tagged ‘Runescape’

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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