People of Gielinor rejoice, for Runefest 2019 is upon us!
Jagex, the creators of Runescape, have been holding their annual Runefest this week. During Runefest you can enjoy Q&A panels, food, music, and live events along with meeting some of your favourite content creators. During this event, Jagex held a panel for the future updates coming to the game, and it’s going to be good!
The first announcement during the content panel was the Morytania Expansion. A new Master Quest, Sins of the Father, will be coming to the game. It is another quest in the Myreque series and takes place after A Taste of hope. Players will need the following skill requirements met before being able to begin:
- 62 Woodcutting
- 60 Fletching
- 56 Crafting
- 52 Agility
- 50 Attack
- 50 Slayer
- 49 Magic
In A Taste of Hope, things started to look up for the Myreque with the defeat of Ranis Drakan but that optimism may not last. In Sins of the Father, you’ll come face to face with Lord Lowerniel Drakan himself. If you somehow survive, you will unlock access to the Vampyre capital, Darkmeyer! There is a lot of content for the players to really sink their teeth into, but the one I am most excited for, and most players it seems is the Hallowed Sepulchre. The Hallowed Sepulchre is a new skilling activity for players to train agility, Jagex has heard our cries and is trying to make this skill more engaging for us! Once a player enters the sepulchre, they will be given a limited amount of time to raid the crypt. The crypt will be filled with tombs that players can search to steal items from. Items will be randomly chosen from a new loot table, with a rare chance of obtaining a Hallowed Mark. Players will also earn Agility experience for avoiding the various traps in the area, as well as getting a bonus amount of experience whenever a tomb is looted. If players earn enough Hallowed Marks, players can cash them in for the much sought after and requested, Dark Graceful set.
The sepulchre is made up of five levels, each requiring a higher Agility level to access. Similar to Pyramid Plunder, players access the next level via the previous one. The Agility requirements are:
- Level 1: 52 Agility
- Level 2: 62 Agility
- Level 3: 72 Agility
- Level 4: 82 Agility
- Level 5: 92 Agility
The last big announcement for this expansion is a group boss, The Nightmare of Ashihama. Much like the Corporeal Beast, this boss is aimed at small to large groups, “this new boss will be both challenging and accessible”, Jagex stated in their reveals post. Jagex is also going to be running another player design competition, much like what they did when releasing the Chambers of Xeric. Players can send their submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, send both your RSN and make sure your subject is “The Nightmare.”
Clan System Update!
Clans have been an integral part of Runescape since the game’s release. There are clans older than some of the players. Some clans are older than some of the Old School team as well! Jagex has announced some features they would like to pursue, but they are not set in stone.
- New clan ranks and permissions. You’ll be able to customise access to the chat channels and organise your clan structure according to your liking.
- More chat channels. You’ll be able to remain in your clan’s chat channel whilst guesting in another clan, and staying in contact with your friends in your friend’s chat channel.
- Up to 500 clan members. There’s strength in numbers. The clan system will offer more channel members than the existing friend chat.
- Clan-wide K/D counters. Identify the strongest (and weakest…) among you.
- Customisable recruitment boards. Advertise and grow your clan with greater ease than ever before.
- Clan noticeboards. Share key information with your clan members in one central location.
- Clan broadcast messages. Communicate with your clan in-game, and rally the troops with a moment’s notice.
- Link your clan Discord server. No more bypassing the chat filter to share your clan’s server information.
Jagex is using the time between the announcement and the release to talk with the players and the community to define a clan system that works for the players. They are also inviting Clan leaders to Jagex HQ in Cambridge for a chance to bring their expertise to the place where Old School Runescape is made! Players can find the Clan Survey here.
The last announcement was the Group Ironman…btw… addition! The Ironman and Ultimate Ironman game modes were released on October 13th in 2014. It was a groundbreaking moment, influenced by player-made modes of the game. The Hardcore Ironman game mode was released on November 10th of 2016 and brought with it amazing achievements, a lot of close calls, and countless tragic deaths. The next development of Ironman will allow fearless heroes to fight alongside each other with the release of the Group Ironman system. As a fresh Group Ironman, you’ll be able to join a group of two to five players. You and your group will earn your items and supplies together, without trading with any other players.
If you’ve chosen to be a Group Ironman you’ll be placed in a penned off area upon completion of the tutorial. Here, similar to Barbarian Assault, you’ll find other potential members of your group. The more people there are, the easier it is to gather items and achieve goals. Your group can always increase in size (up to five players), but cannot decrease. We don’t want players to gain an advantage with a bigger group and then move down to a more competitive bracket. With the proposed clan system, each group will have its own secure chat channel separate from the existing channels.
Each group will have a group leader. The group leader will have the power to initiate a vote to remove someone from the group. In the event of a tie, the group leader will decide the outcome. If you are removed from the group you will remain a Group Ironman but will have to recruit more members to your own newly-formed group.
As Jagex continues to hear feedback from the community, changes are sure to come, so make sure to stay tuned to Critical Strike for all future updates and be sure to follow Jagex on Twitter for more content and future updates with both Old School Runescape and Runescape 3.