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#1 Murdoc

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:05 PM

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Hey everyone. Due to the fact a number of people often come here asking about what's changed in RuneScape since they were last active (understandably not wanting want to have to trawl through an extensive News archive), RSC's staff have very kindly given me an opportunity to compile a list which catalogues key updates the game's seen over these past few years. Some brief commentary which seeks to outline the basics with further links to Zybez/RS Wiki (official and unofficial) pages that will take readers into more detail accompany everything that's been deemed "noteworthy". But remember that this is by no means exhaustive. If you think something's been [unfairly] left out, feel free to leave a comment and it'll be looked into ASAP. Pre-2009 content can be summarised as well so long as there is demand for it.

So, without further ado:

2013
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2012:
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2011:
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2010:
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2009:
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Recurring experience-related events
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RuneFest
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Don't be shy to give feedback! :king:

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#2 N3V3R S4W

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:08 PM

This will be very helpful to those coming back to the game. Thanks for taking the time to make this.

Edited by Radke Legend, 15 March 2012 - 09:07 PM.


#3 Milktea4me

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:11 PM

Looks nice. Glad to see someone stepped up for the new incoming people! I was going to make the tip about it, but I hope a Mod puts this as a sticky in the Questions board.

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#4 bolsh

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:25 PM

geez, soul wars was 2009? that seems so long ago.

thanks for this sticky, it will definitely be helpful for anyone looking for information :-)
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:28 PM

Epic post; assuming people think to look at it.

Either way even for those of us who have been here throughout all of it, this is a great reference tool and honestly something pretty cool to look back on! Great job Murdoc!

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#6 Jim

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:30 PM

View PostMurdoc, on 05 March 2012 - 11:05 PM, said:

2010:
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Perhaps you could add the special of the Staff of Light. It takes 100% of the bar and lowers melee damage to you.

But I will be linking this very often with my explanations.

Edited by Jim, 05 March 2012 - 11:33 PM.

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#7 Murdoc

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:37 PM

View PostBroken Frame, on 05 March 2012 - 11:08 PM, said:

This would probably be more beneficial in the Tips section. Nonetheless this will be very helpful to those coming back to the game. Thanks for taking the time to make this.
Logically this is the place someone with such a problem would come to first. Tips tends to be a home for players who're already comfortable and are more interested in maximising their efficiency (and so on). ^_^ Merci for the good faith though lads, and don't worry Jim I'm on it. :thumbsup:

Edited by Murdoc, 05 March 2012 - 11:45 PM.

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#8 Milktea4me

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:01 AM

View PostMurdoc, on 05 March 2012 - 11:37 PM, said:

View PostBroken Frame, on 05 March 2012 - 11:08 PM, said:

This would probably be more beneficial in the Tips section. Nonetheless this will be very helpful to those coming back to the game. Thanks for taking the time to make this.
Logically this is the place someone with such a problem would come to first. Tips tends to be a home for players who're already comfortable and are more interested in maximising their efficiency (and so on). ^_^ Merci for the good faith though lads, and don't worry Jim I'm on it. :thumbsup:
You just blew my mind because I honestly saw Tips in a different light. Loving the sticky and I'll also be using and spreading it like wildfire (Assuming people will actually post questions about coming back now).

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#9 Cynicism

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:15 AM

Sweet, now I can look back and see how long I've been playing this game!

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#10 Gladz

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:57 AM

It's beautiful as expected. :-D Crazy looking back on some of the updates and seeing just how long ago they really were.

Little feedback: how about flipping the order so that the most recent updates are at the top? Nothing major, it's just that newer updates get a lot more attention than older ones.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 04:08 AM

This is great, never seen all this in one place before. So much has changed :(
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#12 Murdoc

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 04:16 AM

View PostGladz, on 06 March 2012 - 12:57 AM, said:

Little feedback: how about flipping the order so that the most recent updates are at the top? Nothing major, it's just that newer updates get a lot more attention than older ones.
No worries. I was going to say that it might be a bit irksome for people who've been gone for several years as opposed to a few months to 1, but those spoiler tags probably make it easier for them to scroll now (which is where RS Wiki really falls down haha).

Edited by Murdoc, 06 March 2012 - 07:39 AM.

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#13 Magick

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:17 PM

Oh awesome idea, I had always wondered about something like this since a considerable percentage of questions are from returning players.

Good job all around.

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#14 Milktea4me

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:29 PM

Add graphical rework perhaps? I'll help with this if you want me to.

Edited by Milktea4me, 07 March 2012 - 01:30 PM.

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#15 Tact

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:42 PM

Would you consider changing the thread's title to something like "Back from break: What did you miss?" The current title doesn't capture the sticky's intent for me; it just sounds like an archive of Runescape updates for general browsing.
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#16 Murdoc

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:51 PM

View PostMilktea4me, on 07 March 2012 - 01:29 PM, said:

Add graphical rework perhaps? I'll help with this if you want me to.
I don't think that's must-know information considering all it's done is make 'Scape a bit prettier. Pretty obvious what's happened the moment you log in, too. :-/

View PostTact, on 07 March 2012 - 01:42 PM, said:

Would you consider changing the thread's title to something like "Back from break: What did you miss?" The current title doesn't capture the sticky's intent for me; it just sounds like an archive of Runescape updates for general browsing.
You have an excellent point. :-D

Edited by Murdoc, 07 March 2012 - 01:51 PM.

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#17 Milktea4me

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:54 PM

View PostMurdoc, on 07 March 2012 - 01:51 PM, said:

View PostMilktea4me, on 07 March 2012 - 01:29 PM, said:

Add graphical rework perhaps? I'll help with this if you want me to.
I don't think that's must-know information considering all it's done is make 'Scape a bit prettier. Pretty obvious what's happened the moment you log in, too. :-/
Perhaps add this picture to revamped armor from the news section if anyone would be interested? http://i40.tinypic.com/1179ti0.png

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#18 Evi

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:58 PM

Ohhh this is a great idea, it was also a fun read to go over for even a active player.

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#19 Murdoc

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 02:09 PM

View PostMilktea4me, on 07 March 2012 - 01:54 PM, said:

Perhaps add this picture to revamped armor from the news section if anyone would be interested? http://i40.tinypic.com/1179ti0.png
Hmm, going to stick with my guns here. The last thing I want happening is for this to become a generic breakdown of every update.

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#20 Redshift

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 03:48 PM

Excellent idea!

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