RuneScape has a novel new way of dealing with bots

RuneScape has a novel new way of dealing with bots: Botany Bay.

It’s a place where characters found guilty of botting are read their last rites and are then executed – in a manner of your choosing.

The robot helm-clad offenders can be smooshed by a giant dragon-like hand, swallowed into an abyss or burnt to a crisp by a beam from above.

Players forming the jury can also – presumably impartially – lob rotten fruit at the dirty scoundrels.

How does it get to that point? Well Jagex claims it can detect botting programs, and if you’re caught at it, a brilliantly massive dragon-like hand comes down from the sky and points at you, over and over again. And then it picks you up and takes you away. A temporary ban, in other words.

Mess up again and you’re suspended again, only this time for longer. Mess up again and that’s it: three strikes and you’re out. If there’s space at Botany Bay, the banned character will go there to await their punishment. If there’s no space, the character will be unceremoniously banned forever.

Other players hear of an active Botany Bay trial via an announcer who lurks at places all over the RuneScape world. The announcer teleports players to Botany Bay, and that’s the only way there.

Why take part? Because you’ll be rewarded with a pitchfork your character can wield as well as with some emotes.

geReporters, Runefest and BXPW

The summer’s gone, but my writer hat is still laying somewhere collecting dust and sheltering spiders. I am afraid it’ll stay that way for some time more. RL happened and I’ve been working hard. I can’t complain, though – the work I’ve been doing during the last year or so is the most interesting work I’ve ever done – in fact, maybe the most interesting work there is in IT business nowadays. So yeah, I am pretty happy about that.

As far as Runescape goes, I still play, but not much: do my quota in the Clan Citadel, a few slayer assignments here and there and a lot of Temple Trekking recently.

Runewise will be at RuneFest. Alas, I can’t come personally, but Tabt, Goggie and Jethraw volunteered to represent Runewise at joined Sal’s/Runewise stall. I just shipped Runewise’s poster (designed by Cremnlin) and some fliers to Tabt. If you end up going to Runefest, come by the stall and say hi 🙂

I also got some good news from the Grand Exchange Central. They are fully back in business and Absenm has big plans for the future, including hosting an analogue of “World Street Journal” for Runescape economy. Writers are very welcome. If you wish to become one, contact Absenm at absenm[at]gmail.com. Here is a quote from Absenm about expectations for the writers: “People interested in writing for us have two options. One, write guides that give tips and advice. Two, geReporters, who write stories about the eco system not related to giving investment advice. Straight out reporting what is currently happening. Just the facts.”

Finally, BXPW. I sold all my herbs and will be training construction. But that’s not what I wanted to say 🙂 Much more interesting is this article from Merch Gwyar. She uses BXPW as an example of game event which could be shared by parents and children, even if parents are not playing. One thing I would add is that in my opinion it should not be a one street road – children should also make some effort and actually tell their parents about the game events ahead of time.

Cheers!

Scary Bonus XP Weekend: the Details!

The Halloween Scary Bonus XP Weekend is coming, but that doesn’t mean you should be afraid of the intricate details. Everything you need to know is here!

When can I earn bonus XP?

Between noon, Saturday 27th October and noon, Monday 29th October (GMT).

What’s different this time around?

1.The bonus XP multiplier does not reduce at an hourly rate!
2.Bonus XP is active on both members’ and free-to-play worlds.
3.The XP multiplier on members’ worlds is x2, whereas the multiplier on free-to-play worlds is x1.2.
4.Summoning now receives bonus XP at the full x2 rate on members’ worlds.
5.Outfits, auras and other many other items that grant you bonus XP (e.g. Lumberjack clothing, Constructor’s outfit) will work alongside the weekend XP bonus. Your XP earned at base level receives the bonus, but the multiplier does not apply to the extra XP earned from the item.

For more information, including lists of XP boosting items which do and don’t work alongside the weekend bonus, be sure to check out our Scary Bonus XP Weekend FAQ.

Remember, there’s still plenty of time before the event kicks off – get planning and get prepping!

Halloween 2012: Haunted Houses

It’s that time of year again: the veil between worlds waxes thin and restless souls wander the night.

No-one’s happier about that than Brother Heinous. This mad monk’s planning to collect the essence of these ghosts to fuel a curse against Falador and Varrock, and he needs a horde of unscrupulous minions to help him gather ectoplasm for his vile ritual. The only foil to his foul plan is Brother Righteous: a Saradominist monk who’s also seeking ectoplasm to strengthen the magical barriers protecting the two towns.

This is where you come in. Once you’ve reported to your chosen monk in either Falador or Varrock, listen out for the global announcements in your chat window every 2 hours, indicating spectral incursions across Gielinor. When this happens, ghosts will spawn in houses across the world. They’re easily exorcised with a right-click and reduced to ectoplasm, but you’ll have to find them first! Speak to the monks for clues, work together with your friends, and get hunting for those haunted houses!

Bring back enough ectoplasm and you’ll not only increase the score of your chosen side – which will be tracked throughout the event by our Community Team – but you’ll also earn points to spend on robes to show off your allegiance to Team Heinous or Team Righteous. The robes’ colours can be switched on the fly, for the morally flexible among you.

Collect the whole set, and you’ll earn the right to buy an ectoplasmator. This strange device will give you Prayer XP for each ghost you kill, much as a bonecrusher would for a creature that drops bones. You can only claim the item while wearing a full set of robes, of a colour linked to the side you’re claiming the item from: wear the unhallowed version to claim it from Brother Heinous, or the hallowed version to claim it from Brother Righteous.

It’s going to be the side with the most support that prevails, so get involved with the community to further your chosen cause! The RuneScape Community Team are running dual campaigns for the duration of this event: Mod Sabre representing the cackling hordes of Team Heinous and Mod Mike the dewy-eyed defenders of Team Righteous. Visit your thread of choice to pledge your support.

Age of Wushu Released A New Video: Shaolin Against Wanderer’s Valley

In this week, Snail Games introduced two schools in Age of Wushu to players, which are  Shaolin and the evil Wanderer’s Valley. To round out the week, Snail Games released a new video that pits the two schools against each other in a fight to the finish.

Who do you think is the Deadliest Warrior? Check out the video below to find out.

Details for Age of Wushu’s Deluxe Edition were also revealed this week. Give them a look here. Age of Wushu is scheduled to launch on February 1st, 2013.

Age of Wushu is competing with other games in MMOsite Reader’s Choice event. Vote for it now!

RuneScape Halloween event 2012 guide, serving good

The RuneScape Halloween event 2012 has been released to RuneScape, October 24, 2012. RuneScape players have the option to choose good or evil.

This RuneScape holiday guide details how to fight for good. Therefore, see the RuneScape Halloween event 2012 guides main link hub page for links to the other guides on the RuneScape Halloween event 2012, including fighting for evil.
View slideshow: RuneScape Halloween event 2012 serving good

Start out by talking to Brother Righteous as detailed in the slideshow. First on must join the team then the hunt. He will give a hint as to where the ghosts are.

As ghost locations reset every two hours, it is best to find their locations from a fan site with a community that can update the lists around the clock.

Withdraw from bank the teleport items needed and then go to each location as seen in the slideshow. Note that actual locations have changed, but the slideshow still gives an overview of the process.

Note that for full rewards one must serve both good and evil at least once.

King Black Dragon & Dungeon Rework

King Black Dragon (Members Only)
It’s been ten years since the King Black Dragon ate his first adventurer, and although Gielinor is a bigger, more dangerous place than ever, he’s still ranked among RuneScape’s most lethal monsters. With this in mind, we’re proud to herald the return of the king, with an awe-inspiring new look and graphically reworked lair!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To tempt a new generation of dragon slayers to face down this three-headed terror, there’s a magical artefact behind Edgeville Monastery which allows quick access to his home. For those entering the old-fashioned way via the Wilderness, there’s a 10% bonus to damage dealt to the King Black Dragon.
The dragon’s hoard of loot has also been enriched. We’ve increased the value of his drops across the board, but there are also brand-new Dragon Rider gloves and boots – with best-in-slot prayer bonuses – and two cosmetic upgrade kits for the dragon kiteshield: one adding ornate decoration, and the other giving a more warlike appearance.
Finally, everyone involved in taking down the King Black Dragon has a chance to receive a lore book, chronicling the rise and fall of the fabled Dragon Riders. As with the recent God Wars lore books, this will be given in addition to regular drops, so you won’t miss out if lore’s not your thing.

Step into the dragon’s lair – if you dare!
How to fight the King Black Dragon:

Use the artefact behind Edgeville Monastery to teleport there instantly.
Alternatively, enter via the Lava Maze in the Wilderness. Doing so earns you a 10% bonus to your damage output against the King Black Dragon for the duration of your visit.

Requirements:

You must be a RuneScape member.
A combat level of 100 or higher is strongly recommended, and bringing friends will greatly increase your chance of survival.

Dungeon Updates (Members Only)
Along with the King Black Dragon’s Lair, four more dungeons have been updated. Battle your way through the following dens of villainy and drink in their breathtaking new graphics and sound:

Brimhaven Dungeon
Chaos Tunnels
Fremennik Slayer Dungeon
Taverley Dungeon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!
Mod Dylan
Behind the Scenes VideoIf you haven’t already, you can take a tour of the King Black Dragon’s lair and the dungeon updates in our recent Behind the Scenes video:
In Other News

Coming Friday: Yelps has added crates of skilling resources to the Squeal of Fortune. These come in two sizes, increasing in rarity, and contain level-appropriate materials for training the following skills:
Construction
Crafting
Farming
Herblore
Smithing
Summoning
The Dwarven Warsuit – a miracle of dwarven engineering – is now available in Solomon’s General Store. It comprises a full armour, crossbow, shield and sword reskin, a new teleport animation, two titles and two emotes.
There’s just one week left for those of you eligible for Sizzling Summer to claim your free items from Solomon’s General Store. If you haven’t already, log in now to claim your five-piece Tropical Islander Outfit, Squid Cape, Crab Dance emote and ‘the Tanned’ title.
It is now possible to select multiple options from your purchased teleport animations within the customisation interface. When you use your Home Teleport spell, one of these selected animations will play at random. If none are selected, your Home Teleport animation will play as normal. Please note: For other teleport spells or tablet teleports, your ordinary teleport animation (or Sky Jump, if it’s one of your selections) will still be used.

The patch notes archive can be seen here.

 

Halloween 2012: Haunted Houses

Haunted Houses (Free-to-Play and Members)
It’s that time of year again: the veil between worlds waxes thin and restless souls wander the night.
No-one’s happier about that than Brother Heinous. This mad monk’s planning to collect the essence of these ghosts to fuel a curse against Falador and Varrock, and he needs a horde of unscrupulous minions to help him gather ectoplasm for his vile ritual. The only foil to his foul plan is Brother Righteous: a Saradominist monk who’s also seeking ectoplasm to strengthen the magical barriers protecting the two towns.
This is where you come in. Once you’ve reported to your chosen monk in either Falador or Varrock, listen out for the global announcements in your chat window every 2 hours, indicating spectral incursions across Gielinor. When this happens, ghosts will spawn in houses across the world. They’re easily exorcised with a right-click and reduced to ectoplasm, but you’ll have to find them first! Speak to the monks for clues, work together with your friends, and get hunting for those haunted houses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring back enough ectoplasm and you’ll not only increase the score of your chosen side – which will be tracked throughout the event by our Community Team – but you’ll also earn points to spend on robes to show off your allegiance to Team Heinous or Team Righteous. The robes’ colours can be switched on the fly, for the morally flexible among you.
Collect the whole set, and you’ll earn the right to buy an ectoplasmator. This strange device will give you Prayer XP for each ghost you kill, much as a bonecrusher would for a creature that drops bones. You can only claim the item while wearing a full set of robes, of a colour linked to the side you’re claiming the item from: wear the unhallowed version to claim it from Brother Heinous, or the hallowed version to claim it from Brother Righteous.
It’s going to be the side with the most support that prevails, so get involved with the community to further your chosen cause! The RuneScape Community Team are running dual campaigns for the duration of this event: Mod Sabre representing the cackling hordes of Team Heinous andMod Mike the dewy-eyed defenders of Team Righteous. Visit your thread of choice to pledge your support.
Mod Wilson
How to start seeking out Haunted Houses
Speak to Brother Heinous or Brother Righteous, in either Varrock Square or Falador Park.
Listen out for announcements every 2 hours and seek out ghosts in the houses of Gielinor. Speak to the monks for clues.
The ghosts can only be seen from close up, and will only spawn in buildings in built-up areas. Team up to find them!
Requirements
Free players and members alike can participate and claim the cape, but you must be on a members’ world to claim the full set and the ectoplasmator.
Behind the Scenes Video

If you haven’t already, take a tour of Haunted Houses with our latest Behind the Scenes Video:
In Other News

From Friday, there’ll be a range of spooky delights available on the Squeal of Fortune. These include creepy candy that’d give a zombie a sugar rush, a ghoulish mask that can turn you into an incorporeal entity, and much more!
Solomon’s selling an infernally amazing range of armour and weapon reskins inspired by that hellacious lord of the Abyss, K’ril Tsutsaroth. If you like your gear spiky, dark and just plain spectacular, indulge in a set or two at Solomon’s General Store.
Random events will no longer activate in the game:
If you are in an event upon log-in, you will still need to complete the event.
It is no longer possible to obtain points towards random event costumes and emotes. You will still be able to spend any remaining points for the immediate future, and we encourage you to do so.
Another method of obtaining the costumes and emotes will be introduced to the game in the near future.
All music tracks linked to random events will be automatically unlocked.
We’ve updated all human face models, in accordance with player feedback.

No cheat and no high price gold in RS

Players who are making Runescape gold in rigged ways should turn a new leaf, because Runescape takes real action this time.Runescape claimed that they’ve updated the Macro-Detection Systems again to avoid macroing in RuneScape.
Runescape release a post at their official site. Players may award that there’s less macroing going on since last year, it is because Runescape has been working on the anti-cheat update always. The post says it was a common phenomenon that every tree has an accompanying crowd of bots in the past, but it is not going to happen today and tomorrow. Runescape Gold would never stop for what they have made; they will move on to strengthen their macro-detection systems on and on. They declared to ban several thousand more accounts for macroing.

 

As they have reviewed all available macro programs, none of the macroers can escape from. It is astonished news to cheaters. But is that really good news to none-cheaters?
Let’s move on to the next part. The most controversial thing is that Runescape announced that players caught for macroing don’t receive a warning, which means the suspect accounts would get banned directly and permanently, since all banned people have no chance to appeal for themselves. Runesacpe did so because they though cheaters would get away if there’s a warning offered, they don’t want the macroers expect they will be soft. No exception for high level players and members. No next chance or warning will give. Runescape is quite definite. They said people would like to macro on their high-level, main accounts, and this is the right time and right method to catch them, ban them forever.

so far this month we have already banned over 500 high-level accounts with skills in the 80s and 90s. Don’t make your account one of them. Runescape carry out their banning program firmly. According to a forum, 60% of Runescape players are on the side of the update. 10% are Neutral. Some of players are worry about if there’s wrong accounts get banned. We have to wait to see if the update really works effectively as what Runescape said.Anyway, don’t risk your high-level accounts. Never try to make your Runescape gold or do powerlevling via prohibitive methods. If you need Runescape money, we can transfer you in safe ways. No cheats or bots will involve in. Good luck!

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