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Game Update: Smooth Movement

Game Update: Smooth Movement

While you’ve been gliding about on the ice outside, we’ve been working on some smooth moves of our own. We’ve also got some reminders about all the festive fun coming to RuneScape this month, and an update on the Activity Pets competition.

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Smooth Movement

As you may have already heard, we’re making some adjustments to the way characters move in RuneScape. This week, Smooth Movement goes live!

The movement of any player or NPC character in RuneScape is controlled by the game server. Previously, every 600 milliseconds (a game tick) the server updated your character's position and sent it to your game client. Then, the client interpolated between the character’s last known position and their new one to make the movement seem more natural. For example, if a character ended up too far behind its new position, its speed was increased by a fixed amount until it caught up.

To make a long story short, this update has improved the calculations the client makes when moving characters about, making movement appear more fluid and natural. If you’d like to know more, check out Mod Nin’s Dev Blog, where you can learn about all the cool tech stuff that went into this update.

This is an integral part of the game, so if anything seems strange about your character’s movement after this update, we’d like to know about it!

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Patch Notes

Take a look at all the funky changes and fixes we’ve made this week:

  1. Tweaked the bean sale values across the board for all the new Ranch out of Time animals.
  2. Weapon Poison potions will no longer instantly run out when used in conjunction with Lantadyme Incense sticks.

To read all the patch notes click here.

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Advent Calendar

There’s nothing worse than getting to December 25th, realising that you haven’t opened any of the doors on your advent calendar, and having to scoff the whole thing in one sitting… right?

So don’t forget to log in and claim your gifts from the RuneScape Advent Calendar 2019! This year you can get a festive outfit for you and Felix the Cat, some scary Santa Claws and an adorable yeti pet. What’s behind door number 9?

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Sleigher Armour

You better watch out, because something wicked is coming to town! Demand figgy pudding and terrorize your friends and neighbours in this spooky, but stylish set of plate armour, available in Solomon’s General Store from December 10th.

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Activity Pets

Thank you for all your amazing entries! We now have a veritable menagerie of pets to corral into a shortlist. We’ll let you know who the finalists are in a dedicated blog later this week, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Reminder: Java Client Shutdown

We'll be saying goodbye to the Java client on Wednesday, December 18th. Now's the time to say your farewells and download the far superior NXT client. You can do so here.

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Twitch Prime

From December 10th to January 7th, you'll be able to pick up a new reward when you link your RuneScape accounts with Twitch Prime. This month we're giving away not one, not two, but THREE Umbral Chests, each with a guaranteed super-rare prize within.

Here's how to get those Umbral Chests:

  1. Create or log in to your Twitch Prime account
  2. Claim your monthly RuneScape loot on Twitch
  3. Redeem your loot by linking your RuneScape account to Twitch
  4. You're ready to start playing!

Not a Twitch Prime member? Start your free trial today!

Please note: You must complete the redemption process to receive your rewards.

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Premier Club

There’s still time to sign up for the best membership deal of the year! No matter which tier you choose, you’ll unlock the Bright Inquisitor armour, a Premier Pass for the Yak Track and other events, and the 2020 Premier Club Artefact.

So what are you waiting for? Go check out the benefits and sign up today!

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Yak Track

Have you unlocked the Dark Throne resting animation yet? There’s just under a month left to complete Yak Track, so hop to it!

Don’t forget, you can purchase a Premier Pass at any time, and get access to everything you’d unlock with your current tier on the Premier Track. Premier Club members get Premier Pass for free!

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LootScape

Our live streams are always a great opportunity to grab some awesome in-game prizes – especially if you want to make your way into The Land Out of Time! Right now, each and every RuneScape stream watched will give you a random drop from one of the following:

Guaranteed:

  1. 250 resources in a random Base Camp resource
  2. 1 - 2 hunter marks
  3. Drop from Basic Drop Table (see below)
  4. View counter goes up on Orb

Chance based (if unowned):

  1. A random skilling outfit piece
  2. Either Nature’s Balance or Loots Cape

Basic Drop Table: Prismatic small fallen star, Prismatic medium fallen star, Prismatic small lamp, Prismatic medium lamp, Spirit Ruby, Spirit Diamond, Advanced Pulse Core, Spring, Silverhawk down, Medium DG Token Box, Small DG Token Box, Uncut Dragonstone, Large Cash Bag, Medium Cash Bag or Small Cash Bag.

Exciting isn’t it?! So don’t wait up - connect your RS account to your Twitch account and find out more here. Once that’s done, have fun and watch our streams during the day for a guaranteed drop.

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Live streams this week

Each week, we host developer Q&As, exclusive in-game first looks and more. And it’s all live on our Twitch channel, join us! Missed a stream? Don’t worry, we keep them all on our YouTube channel. Be sure to Subscribe to be the first to know.

Monday, December 9th – 15:00 UTC (Game Time) – TheRSGuy Featured Stream

This week, our featured streamer is TheRSGuy! Join him for a Hardcore Ironman session, going for his first Noxious weapon!

This featured stream is also an opportunity to grab a LootScape! That’s right, you can now receive in-game loot when you watch a RuneScape streamer. It works exactly the same way as our official streams, just watch TheRSGuy‘s stream on his Twitch channel and you’ll receive the LootScape the following day.

LootScape will be enabled (see all details above).

Tuesday, December 10th – 17:00 UTC (Game Time) – Duty of Care

Following on from our Monetisation Q&A from November, we'll be on the sofas this week to talk about what we have and will be doing to better encourage player safety and wellbeing within RuneScape. Be sure to join us!

LootScape will be enabled (see all details above).

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12 Days of PvM Event

It's that time of year again! Many of Gielinor's most tenacious and fearsome bosses will soon don their festive hats for the annual 12 Days of PvM - an initiative created to get more RuneScape players into bossing and to have fun doing so. In the 12 days before Christmas the Pink Skirts events team will be hosting a wide variety of boss mass events, so be sure to sharpen your swords!

You can read more on this event in this dedicated forum (QF Code: 42-43-415-66132517).

You may be lucky enough to receive an Event Card, which you can exchange for in-game rewards like stars and lamps. Some J-Mods and some well known Community members will be joining us for the occasional event throughout the twelve days. We hope to see you in-game soon! And we hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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Pink Skirts Events

A dedicated PMod-led community that invite you to a range of daily activities such as PvM masses, Q&As, and other thrilling or chillin' events! Check out all the community events organized by the Pink Skirts on the in-game calendar or on their official schedule here.

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The RuneScape Team