Month Ahead - August

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Mod Poerkie

Mod Poerkie

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We like to keep you on your toes, so we've brought Double XP Weekend forward this year! Gosh and, indeed, golly. And what better reason to gorge on some gains than Master Skillcape Perks and a rework to 99 perks!

The delayed Dragonkin Laboratory will come this month, and there are side orders on August's menu that include more Summer Weekends, The Beach, Twitch Prime rewards and a new event called Rune Capers.

Double XP Weekend – 31st Aug to 3rd Sep

Let's cut to the chase: Double XP Weekend is coming on the 31st of August to the 3rd September. There are no frills this time, just straight up, delicious XP from mid-day Friday to mid-day Monday. Start hoarding those resources, and we'll see you at the summoning obelisks.

Master Skillcape Perks & Perk Reworks

There's a good reason to level up, too. Before the Double XP Weekend, we'll be releasing master skillcape perks for Invention, Dungeoneering and Slayer at level 120, and also perks for the Master Quest Cape:

  • Invention - Gives an increased chance of receiving uncommon and rare components when disassembling
  • Dungeoneering - A chance to choose which boss you face; increased chance of lore drops inside Daemonheim and Elite Dungeons; and the ability to wear your cape inside Daemonheim
  • Slayer - Gives a chance to choose your task from a Slayer master each time you receive a new one
  • Master Quest Cape - Brings a range of lore-related teleports into a single item, allowing you to teleport to the Legends' Guild, the World Gate, Varrock Museum, the Empty Throne Room and several more

    We've also taken the opportunity to improve existing 99 skillcape perks, based on your feedback. Thank you to everyone who got involved and shared their ideas:

  • Agility - No longer fail any agility obstacles (this has been rolled out to work on every obstacle in game)

  • Constitution - Retains the current effect, but the healing now continues to work in combat

  • Construction - Has a chance to save planks when building in your player-owned house

  • Crafting - Provides a chance to cut all gems in your inventory at once and provides unlimited thread

  • Divination - Wisps will now last a fixed amount of time when first harvested

  • Firemaking - Fire spirits give better rewards and will act as a light source

  • Fletching - Provides a chance to make extra bolts, arrows and darts

  • Hunter - Increases the effective range of your traps by 2 tiles

  • Prayer - Retains the current effect, but acts like a First-Age Cape if owned

  • Thieving - All drops are noted, and stacks with Ardougne Cape if owned

  • Oh, and we've done some fixes to perks, including the ability to activate them directly from the Max Cape while worn, and the ability to have two perks on expert capes of accomplishment.

    Elite Dungeon: Dragonkin Laboratory - 13th August

    Although planned for July, the team asked for more time to get the polish right, so expect this awesome dungeon on the 13th of August!

    If you've missed our previous rundowns of the Dragonkin Lab, then it can be summarised as such: a gauntlet of dragons, punctuated with boss battles against Astellarn, the first celestial dragon, a new three-headed black dragon, and a secret third boss. There's also a story mode that makes the dungeon accessible to - pretty much - everyone. Rewards have been added to since they were last listed, so you can expect three new mutated combat abilities, new and upgraded tectonic items ,enhancers of Shifting Tombs and Slayer, and much, much more.

    Read more about what you can expect from Dragonkin Laboratory here.

    Summer Weekends

    If you thought Double XP Weekend was early this year, then Summer Weekends asks you to hold its drink. These are the Winter Weekends that traditionally run over the Christmas period, brought forward to August!

    There are three Summer Weekends for you to enjoy in August, as well as a Ports month-long 'weekend':

  • 4th - 5th August - Clue Scrolls
  • 1 free reroll for clue rewards per day

  • Improved chance of getting clue scrolls from drops and pickpocketing

  • Gilly Willikers will give you a free clue scrolls per day (starting at noon)

  • And more!

  • 11th - 12th August - Combat!
  • Charm drops give one more charm than usual

  • 50% increased slayer experience

  • Increased chance of rare drops and enhanced ring of wealth

  • And more!

  • 18th - 19th August - Minigames

  • +1 Castle Wars gold ticket per game, regardless of win, lose or draw

  • Double bonus XP and gambling rewards from Barb Assault

  • +50% produce points at Livid Farm (stacks with boosters)

  • And more!

  • Throughout August - Ports

  • 25 voyages per day, rather than 15

  • All ports voyages return 30% extra resources or trade goods

  • Ability to get The Barmaid's special voyage on Saturdays and Sundays as well as Thursdays

  • The Beach and Rune Capers

    Let's go on a brisk trot through some noteworthy updates from the Live Events team.

    No doubt you will already be knee-deep in the Beach, which runs throughout August. If you're not up to the kneecaps, then know that there are new rewards and a face-in-the-hole location.

    Then there's the Rune Capers event, similar to Agents of Fury and Deathbeard's Demise, which gives you the opportunity to really show off your expertise! Through skilling or combat, you gain progress towards unlocking the Cloak of Might or Cloak of Talents. Manage to gain both, and you’ll unlock the even cloakier Cloak of Proficiency.

    Twitch Prime

    If you have Twitch Prime or are thinking about getting it, then make sure to grab some awesome (and free) RuneScape swag between 26th July and 19th September by clicking here. The aforementioned swag includes:

  • 1 month’s free membership

  • Exclusive Umbral set

  • Umbral crassian pet

  • Umbral flame blade

  • Umbral armour

  • Other goodies

  • Early Access to the OSRS Purple Skin

  • You’ll get to enjoy all that’s planned for the next month (including Double XP Weekend!) with the month’s free membership, and existing RuneScape members should note that the free month stacks on top of their existing membership.

    Click the link here for more details.

    To welcome the new players from Twitch Prime, we've made a trailer that showcases the adventures of Darren, who you might recognise from Safecracking and Elite Dungeon artwork. You can watch the new trailer here.

    And a word from September...

    We wanted to sign off with a quick nod towards a big update coming in September - the 3rd of September, in fact - called the Player-owned Farm. If you're an animal-rearing enthusiast, then you are in for a treat.

    And once that's out, then there's not much time before Runefest on October 5th and 6th. Get your tickets in, and set your alarms for the livestreams, as we've been saving our announcements for this belter of a weekend!

    All the best, and see you at Double XP Weekend!

    The RuneScape team
    Community Manager! @JagexPoerkie

    03-Aug-2018 11:43:30 - Last edited on 03-Aug-2018 13:22:31 by Mod Poerkie

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    03-Aug-2018 16:07:24

    Nov Member 2012


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    Mod Poerkie said:
    Double XP Weekend – 31st Aug to 3rd Sep

    Recycled filler, and appears too often to feel special anymore.

    Mod Poerkie said:
    Master Skillcape Perks & Perk Reworks

    Looks like a small but solid update, looks like you've finally listened to some of the feedback.

    Mod Poerkie said:
    Elite Dungeon: Dragonkin Laboratory - 13th August

    Delayed update, so how do we know that it'll even come out this month? What if you delay it again, just like you did with Solak?

    Potentially good medium update, but we'll see.

    Mod Poerkie said:
    Summer Weekends

    Copy-pasted filler, skip.

    Mod Poerkie said:
    The Beach and Rune Capers

    So we get even more MTX this month? What for? Previously MTX money achieved nothing to improve the game, so why would it be any different now? What have you done better?

    Just stop with the temporary event spam, please. Dailyscape is a serious issue in RS3, and needs desperately to be toned down, not made worse! > /

    Mod Poerkie said:
    Twitch Prime

    3rd party filler, skip.

    Mod Poerkie said:
    And a word from September...

    So let me get this straight... you have something called *August* month ahead advertising *September's* stuff? Has Jagex forgotten how to speak English?


    Overall rating for the month: 5/10 - Average

    + You seem to have finally listened to us on something with the skillcape perks.
    + Second elite dungeon has the potential to be good (if it isn't delayed again).

    - You still haven't learned to K.I.S.S. - get rid of the filler content already, and fix dailyscape!
    - Content from a 3rd party, July (beach) and September are not August's updates.
    - Delayed content is re-used here.
    "Volat Accipiter libera est; venandi sua natura est."
    ~Accipiter striatus

    03-Aug-2018 16:11:17 - Last edited on 03-Aug-2018 16:30:52 by Sharp-shin

    Nov Member 2017


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    cant say im really looking forward nor that i am excited - im trying to stay positive but it feels like it is just Ninja fixes, Overhauling a past mistake with skill cape perks, recycled mtx content, Delayed actual content from august and some more promotion for twitch.

    where are the awesome updates such as quests, actual content to enjoy new lore etc..
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    03-Aug-2018 16:24:45

    Atlach Nacha
    May Member 2010

    Atlach Nacha

    Posts: 1,649Mithril Posts by user Forum Profile RuneMetrics Profile
    Mod Poerkie said:
    There's also a story mode that makes the dungeon accessible to - pretty much - everyone.

    That was said about Elite dungeon 1, and yet I never got past the first boss as solo... on trio I died to it and never got kill.

    03-Aug-2018 16:31:16 - Last edited on 03-Aug-2018 16:33:44 by Atlach Nacha

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