Hi there, and welcome to the first edition of the RuneScape Times Monthly Newsletter! Some of you may know me, some of you may not, and even more still may know me as one of my other aliases, but let me introduce myself anyway! My RuneScape name is Supermancav (but you can call me Paul) and I recently joined the Editor team at RuneScape Times. I’m very excited to be a part of the team, and also to be writing this first newsletter!
This month’s newsletter is going to be short and sweet, just a bit of information over the last month at RuneSlayer and some thoughts on the August Behind the Scenes. Enjoy!
Last Month at RuneSlayer
July saw the release of over 20 new RuneSlayer quests, two new Court Cases, and an update to the Dungeoneering guide! July also saw the inception of two new programs within the RuneSlayer community: Making a Difference and the Esteemed Members Group.
Full list of July’s updates:
- 25[34 including sub-guides!] Quest Guides ( Ratcatchers, Smoking Kills, Shades of Mort’ton, Salt in the Wound, The Fremennik Isles, Ghosts Ahoy, Hazeel Cult, Dwarf Cannon, The Grand Tree, The Golem, Demon Slayer: Shadow of the Storm, Fight Arena, Throne of Miscellania, Royal Trouble, Monkey Madness, Troll Stronghold, A Fairytale Part II – Cure A Queen, Grim Tales, Troll Romance, Glorious Memories, Recipe For Disaster[all sub-quest guides too], Dig Site, Desert Treasure, Shilo Village and Back to my Roots)
- 2 New Court Cases for Distractions & Diversions
- Dungeoneering Guide Updates (Bosses & Challenge Rooms)
- Launched “Making a Difference”
- Introduced the Esteemed Member’s Group
Need some SC tools for that next Construction level? Some more penguin points for RuneCrafting? Then check out these weekly events held by RuneSlayer!
WEEKLY: Stealing Creation Event
Fridays @ 7:30PM EDT
WEEKLY: Penguin Hunting
Tuesdays @ 10:00PM EDT
Saturdays @ 4:00 PM EDT
August in RuneScape
So far we’ve seen three of August’s updates: the Grand Exchange update, the Edgeville update, and the Audio update. The Grand Exchange has been inverted: decorations now reside in the center, while the bank and exchange have been placed in the four corners of the circle. Personally, I’m a bit iffy on this update. I rather like the center decoration (though, personally I would have placed the Spirit Tree in the center with fountains surrounding it), but the pillars have a knack for getting in the way of me locating a banker. It’s just something I have to get used to, I guess!
The Edgeville update, on the other hand, is completely perfect! The lighting has been altered to give it the sense of darkness fitting of the town’s history and geography (for those that are unaware: Edgeville was a Zarosian fortress, followed by a desolate ghost town. It has only recently been recolonized. It also resides next to the dark and dangerous Wilderness). There’s also what appears to be a new locked castle within Edgeville, that has been confirmed to be used in a future update!
I don’t personally play with the sound on (too busy blasting some ADTR) so I have yet to see how the new audio updates are, but if you have please let use know in the comments below!
Next up this month is the Temple Trekking rework. Now, already having a full set of lumberjack (and, wait for it: got all pieces in the less an hour of Trekking [be jealous!]), I probably won’t try the new trekking right away, but it still sounds like it will be good! Hopefully you will be able to choose lumberjack pieces as your reward to make it a bit easier for people.
Next up this month, and the one I’m looking forward to most, is the sequel to Branches of Darkmeyer! Now I could go on and on about how I don’t think the name is ominous enough for a quest in a series with names like Darkness of Hallowvale and Legacy of Seergaze, but then I wouldn’t have any time to tell you how excited I am for it! Now, as you may know, the original developer of the series (Mod Tytn), left Jagex last year. This has made a lot of us worry wondering how the sequel will be with a new developer, but I’m quite confident it will be great! As long as we don’t use the Blisterwood Tree to fashion ourselves a giant wooden pillar, that is!
Pillar jokes aside, we come to the final update of the month: minigames! The end of the month will see the release of many new rewards from various minigames around RuneScape. The one I’m most excited for of course being a Jad Pet! I can’t wait for that! We’ll also see the release of Master Runecrafter robes, which should make RuneCrafting a bit more bearable for most of us! Also in this update will be new livid farm spells, level 85 Hybrid Armour (don’t get your hopes up; see: Abyssal Vine Whip), Necromancer gear (which sounds like the mage equivalent of White Knight armour like Proselyte), cosmetic Skull staves, and Shadow wraps for the aspiring thief.
I must admit, it sounds like a pretty good month! That’s not keeping me from hoping for Ritual of the Mahjarrat next month, of course!
Finally, I’d like to take a moment to say goodbye and apologize to Mod Trick. Trick is departing from Jagex this month so that he can travel. For those of you that don’t know, Trick was one of the developers of Dungeoneering, and more recently developed the finale to the Sea Slug series, Salt in the Wound. I’d like to take a moment to personally apologize to Trick for being so critical (scratch that: rude) in regards to his quest. I understand it was his first try at making a quest, and being thrown into a finale that a lot of players had big expectations for would make things even worse. For that, I’m sorry, and I’d like to wish you well in your travels!
I am, however, going to continue using pillar jokes. Dem pillars, man!
Well, that’s all for this month! I hope you enjoyed this month’s newsletter! Check back each week for my personal and in-depth review of each update as they roll out, and look for next month’s newsletter on September 1st, hopefully full of games, in-depth reviews, predictions, and the going-on’s of the RuneScape and RuneSlayer community!