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Profits Plummet At Maker of RuneScape

04 November 2014 - 08:22 AM



Full-year revenues and pre-tax profits have plummeted at the UK's largest independent developer and publisher of online games.

But Cambridge-based Jagex, the maker of RuneScape, said it was positive about the future and praised the performance of its flagship game, adding that the team finished the year "on a high".

According to the financial accounts for the year to 31 December 2013, Jagex reported operating profits of £944,833, a significant drop from £9.7m the year before.

Gross margin has decreased from 45 per cent to 31 per cent, reflecting the bigger investment in talent during the year. Headcount increased from an average of 472 to 515 in 2013 financial year.

Pre-tax profits slipped from £9.8m to £968,123.

This was on the back of a decline in revenue - from £53.1m to £46.5m. Game income, which includes both subscription and microtransaction sales, fell from £52.3m to £46.1m, while advertising revenue declined from £735,118 to 332,496.

But other income, which includes revenue from advertising and the sale of merchandise, rose from £27,907 to £89,537.

A statement by company secretary R Hodgson said: "During the year the company focused on its two leading titles RuneScape and Transformers Universe and decided to pause the expansion of the Third-Party Publishing division to ensure the two main games were prioritised above other activities.

"Revenue decreased in comparison to 2012 but the management team is pleased with the current underlying game engagement and community sentiment going into 2014, which is stronger than the same period in the previous year.

"The landscape is continuing to be very competitive but the group is positive about the future, given the successful engagement with the RuneScape community and the upcoming launch of Transformers Universe in the coming financial year. The company made the decision to invest further in Transformers Universe and extend the launch date into 2014."


29 October 2014 - 07:28 AM

For those who celebrate it, what are your Halloween plans RSC?

Nothing particularly special personally; just heading to a bar with a few friends after heading out to halloween-related events in the area.

Selling Saradomin Page 1

23 October 2014 - 07:47 AM

Selling for 25k. Post here if interested.

Canadian Parliament Locked Down; Soldier Fatally Wounded

22 October 2014 - 01:29 PM




Canada's parliament attacked near where prime minister was speaking, Harper safe
Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:57pm EDT
By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren

OTTAWA (Reuters) - At least one gunman entered Canada's parliament buildings on Wednesday and many shots were fired just outside the room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing a meeting of legislators.

Harper was safely removed from the building but parliament was locked down. Eyewitnesses said at least 30 shots were fired in dramatic scenes in the heart of the Canadian capital.

"PM (Harper) was addressing caucus, then a huge boom, followed by rat-a-tat shots. We all scattered. It was clearly right outside our caucus door," Treasury Board Minister Tony Clement said.

A spokesman for Harper said: "While the prime minister stated that facts are still being gathered, he condemned this despicable attack."

The suspected gunman was shot dead inside the parliament building, Ottawa police said.

Minutes before the shooting there, a soldier had been shot and fatally wounded at the nearby National War Memorial in Ottawa.

But the incidents, shocking in Canada's normally tranquil capital, were not over.

Ottawa police were searching for more suspects near the war memorial in central Ottawa, and on nearby Parliament Hill, a police spokesman said. Residents were warned to stay away from downtown Ottawa.

Dramatic video footage posted by the Globe and Mail newspaper showed police with guns drawn inside the main parliament building. At least a dozen loud bangs can be heard on the clip, echoing through the hallway.

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, a former policeman, told the Toronto Sun that parliament's head of security, Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, shot dead a suspected gunman.

"All the details are not in, but the sergeant-at-arms, a former Mountie, is the one that engaged the gunman, or one of them at least, and stopped this," Fantino said.

Canadian cabinet minister Jason Kenney said a guard in parliament buildings had also been wounded in the incident.


There was no word yet on the identity of any suspect or suspects or of any motive for the shooting.

It was also unclear whether there was any connection to an attack on Monday when an Islamic convert ran down two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one, near Montreal, before being shot dead by police in the first fatal attack on Canadian soil tied to Islamic militants.

Canada announced this month it was joining the battle against Islamic State fighters who have taken over parts of Iraq and Syria.

The attacks took place as the Canadian government prepared to boost the powers of its spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Public Safety Minister Stephen Blaney said last Thursday the new legislation would let the agency track and investigate potential terrorists when they travel abroad and ultimately prosecute them.

As the drama in Ottawa unfolded, police in dark bulletproof vests and carrying automatic rifles flooded the streets near parliament.

Some took cover behind vehicles and shouted to people to clear the area, saying: "We do not have the suspect in custody. You are in danger here."

Police quickly cleared several blocks of downtown Ottawa. By noon ET, the streets were empty.

Several police cars were parked on the lawns outside the parliament buildings. Small groups of police could be seen sheltering behind at least two cars.

Members of parliament were told to lock or barricade themselves in their offices, and stay away from the windows.

At the time of the shooting the opposition New Democrats were holding their weekly caucus meeting in parliament's Centre Block, where the shooting took place. A tweeted picture sent from the room showed a pile of chairs jammed up against the main door to prevent anyone from entering.

Police told people in downtown Ottawa to stay away from windows and off roofs.

The soldier who died in the shooting was taken into an ambulance in which medical personnel could be seen giving him cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. CBC News reported that he was a reservist who had been serving in Hamilton, Ontario.


In Washington, a White House official said U.S. President Barack Obama had been briefed on the situation. He said the United States had offered assistance to Canada.

Mass shootings are relatively rare in Canada, which has stricter gun laws than the United States. Compared with Capitol Hill in Washington, security on Parliament Hill is also fairly low key. Anybody could walk right up to the front door of parliament's Centre Block with arms and explosives without being challenged before entering the front door, where a few guards check accreditation.

A construction worker who was on the scene in Ottawa when the shooting began told Reuters he heard a gunshot, and then saw a man with a scarf over his face running towards parliament.

"He was wearing blue pants and a black jacket and he had a double barreled shotgun and he ran up the side of this building here and hijacked a car at gunpoint," construction worker Scott Walsh told Reuters.

The driver got out safely, then the man drove the car to the Centre Block on Parliament Hill, where construction work is underway, Walsh said.

The suspected gunman rushed past a woman with a child in a stroller, who ran away screaming. He did not attack the woman or child, he said.

Centre Block is the main building on Parliament Hill, a sprawling complex of buildings and open space in downtown Ottawa. It contains the House of Commons and Senate chambers as well as the offices of some members of parliament, senators, and senior administration for both legislative houses.

One member of parliament, Mark Strahl, tweeted from inside parliament: "Very tense situation in Ottawa this morning. Multiple gun shots fired outside of our caucus room. I am safe and in lockdown. Unbelievable."

The Canadian military closed its bases across the country following the events in Ottawa, CBC TV said.

(Additional reporting by Allison Martell and Andrea Hopkins in Toronto; Jeff Mason and Steve Holland in Washington; Writing by Frances Kerry; Editing by Amran Abocar; and Peter Galloway)

This is just days after two soldiers were victims in a hit and run by an ISIL sympathizer: http://www.theglobea...rticle21177035/

Dev Blog: Bounty Hunter Rewards Shop: Part 2

23 September 2014 - 06:39 AM

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Bounty Hunter has proven to be an update that thousands upon thousands of players can't get enough of. Since Thursday, world 18 Edgeville has been absolutely packed with lots of blood-hungry Bounty Hunters looking for their next kill.

We would like to offer a few more additions to the rewards shop to give it a little more variety, along with a more sustainable stock of items. The items proposed in this blog, if introduced, would bring long-term value to the Bounty Hunter rewards shop and would bring some more unique content to the game.

Saradomin's tear (re-worked)

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On the initial Bounty Hunter rewards poll we offered an item called the Saradomin's tear. This would act in a similar way to the Kraken tentacle, boosting the stats of a Saradomin sword but consuming it after a certain number of hits. This just barely failed the poll.

After receiving a mountain of feedback, we have re-worked the Saradomin's tear to be a little more appealing while remaining balanced. It will have the following stats and special attack.

+0 Stab attack
+100 Slash attack
+60 Crush attack
+0 Magic attack
+0 Range attack

+88 Strength
+2 Prayer

Special attack (uses 65% special attack energy): Deals one attack with a 25% damage increase. This attack will be dealt as magic-based melee damage.

After 10,000 hits with the blessed sword, the Saradomin sword is consumed and the player is left with the Saradomin's tear. This creates an item sink for the Saradomin sword, something that will help keep the profit of Saradomin Godwars dungeon nice and high.

The special attack dealing magic-based melee damage makes it very useful for a number of PKers. While the overall damage of the special attack is reduced (the standard Saradomin sword is capable of hitting higher) the ability to hit once and avoid protect from melee is something that will appeal to many.

Hardened granite maul

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The granite maul is a weapon that is loved, and hated, by pures. It is one of the strongest weapons in the game against low defence enemies but is utilised much less by players with higher combat levels.

The hardened granite maul is a simple upgrade for the granite maul. As you can tell by it’s the sedimentary marks and the indentations on its outer shell, the granite maul has now be compressed to more aerodynamic form for increased accuracy. The crush attack is increased from the +80 the granite maul provides to +95.

The hardened granite maul crumbles to dust after 1,000 hits.

This change will not have much of an impact on the area of the wilderness where it is already incredibly strong, pure PKing, as accuracy is less significant against lower defence levels. However, it will open up the weapon to be more useful for mains, offering some variety for higher leveled players.

Magic shortbow (i) improvements

We would like to give the magic shortbow (i) a little upgrade so the stats of the weapon better represent the value it holds in the Bounty Hunter rewards shop.

At the moment the uses for the magic shortbow (i) are fairly limited. The only improvement the shortbow holds against the standard magic shortbow is the ability to use two special attacks in a row. As many players have pointed out, there are very few circumstances in which players would want to use back-to-back specials.

We would like to add a small increase to the range attack, taking it from +69 to +75. This would give the magic shortbow (i) a little more to offer, as the accuracy increase is fairly generous, without taking it overboard.

Cosmetic upgrades

Back in July we polled several graphical reworks for items that were recently added to the game. These reworks came as close as 1% from the 75% threshold but, unfortunately, most of them failed.

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We would like to offer these reworks as cosmetic upgrades purchased from the Bounty Hunter rewards shop. This would allow players that prefer the original models to stick with what they know while letting players interested in Alfred's re-works get their fill as well.

We would be offering upgrades for the following items:
  • Dragon pickaxe
  • Steam battlestaff
  • Odium ward
  • Malediction ward
Teleport to target

Teleport to target was a spell back in the times of Bounty Hunter craters. It would allow you to teleport directly to your target.

We would like to offer an unlockable teleport to target spell as a reward from the Bounty Hunter rewards shop. Players that are willing to take on the risk of teleporting into the unknown will be able to surprise their targets, or get a surprise themselves. The spell would offer a new element of risk vs reward to Bounty Hunting, something we know PKers love.

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