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Darelzel

Darelzel

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A very interesting thread. Of course, some of the stuff you gave as 'hints' to backstory aren't really intended to be taken seriously. They were just thrown in as jokes, for the most part. The 'brother' thing is one of those jokey statements made when trying to speak to the ghost without a Ghostspeak Amulet, and the 'grandmother' thing is just a taunt to motivate someone that doesn't REALLY say anything about the adventurer's family. I don't think we can really take any of those seriously.

Nor can we take things like the cabbage thing seriously, either.

In any case, while the new management at Jagex has a different opinion on a lot of things than the old management (older quests, microtransactions, the wildy, and so on), I don't think our character will be given an official backstory any time soon. I think they'll stick to the principle that we, the players, can fill in the backstory ourselves.

21-Aug-2013 20:40:17 - Last edited on 21-Aug-2013 21:09:58 by Darelzel

Darelzel

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Kittyphantom said:
News, Aquamage.

The Hallowe'en event is out in Old School RuneScape. Now, this is the 2006 Hallowe'en event.

Assuming this bit of dialogue was in fact in the main game back during the 2006 Hallowe'en event, it appears the player... has no middle names. This is inconvenient for me.

Perhaps you can try the event for yourself and record the quotes.


Again, those lines are just jokes. The line "If I had any middle names" is a joke similiar to the whole exchange with Narf ending with "It seemed like a good idea at the time."

I'm pretty sure all of these things are meant as jokes and not as serious hints that our avatar has a backstory prior to our creating them.

28-Oct-2013 21:06:23

Darelzel

Darelzel

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Personally, I think it would be a BAD idea to give our character a pre-set backstory. If Jagex wanted us to have a pre-set backstory, they wouldn't have had us design our own character, choosing skin color, hair color, gender, and so on.

No, instead we'd be playing as Zanik, or as Ozan or Ariane or any of the other characters who are essentially the true protagonists of their stories. As it is, due to RuneScape's nature, these characters have to team up with a player-created character in order to solve mysteries, defeat the bad guys, and set things right.

I LIKE the fact that our character has no backstory prior to appearing at Tutorial Island/Lumbridge/Burthorpe/wherever. It allows us to fill in who and what he/she was before coming to Gielinor.

A number of Jagex designers have agreed on this point. They've said that they view the player avatar as 'You' and giving him/her any sort of backstory would defeat the purpose. And as for me, I'm fine with it. I'm happy that any 'hints' as to a backstory can easily be dismissed as jokes.

As for the 'middle names' thing, it's a fourth-wall breaking joke just like the Narf discussion. At least that's my take on it.

29-Oct-2013 23:37:37 - Last edited on 29-Oct-2013 23:38:27 by Darelzel

Darelzel

Darelzel

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To me, the adventurer has a few things in common with the Doctor of Doctor Who:

He/she has mysterious origins.

He/she is always travelling around, not content to stay in one place for too long.

He/she is always involving himself/herself in other people's problems, and fixing them and generally saving the day.

He/she can change his/her appearance on occasion.

But that's mostly where the similiarity ends. :)

08-Jul-2014 22:14:08

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