Behind the Scenes | December 2015

Make room for a festive feast of RuneScape content this December.

Read on to find out more from Mod Santa himself - ho ho ho!

Beneath Cursed Tides | Intermediate Quest

Our quest this month focuses on an old favourite - Tutorial Island. Iím sure that many of you, like me, started your RuneScape career on that lonely island, killing rats and burning bread for its helpful residents.

A few years ago, the island mysteriously vanished and Myrtle from the Wizardsí Tower is keen to find out why. In Beneath Cursed Tides, youíll be searching for survivors and working with Vannaka, journeying to the bottom of the sea to investigate the islands watery fate. A dark tale awaits. Expect a journey full of teary nostalgia and classic humour.

As a special Christmas treat, this quest will be open to both free players and members! Requirements are pretty low, with a bunch of skills at level 30 needed to complete this Atlantis -like experience.

The rewards are certainly not for noobs though. Youíll gain access to a new monthly task that gives out loads of Fishing and Farming XP, as well as some tasty loot and a cool new sword override just like Vannakaís!

Many thanks to Guitar Girl for suggesting it via RuneLabs and to the thousands of you who voted for it in the poll.

The Pinch who Stole Christmas | Holiday Quest

Thatís not the only adventure on offer this month Ė weíve got an exciting four-part Christmas quest for you too. Throughout December youíll gain access to one part a week as once again you strive to save Christmas!

Santa, Jack Frost and others have gone missing after popping off to investigate a strange iceberg covered in presents. Team up with your jolly snow-imp pals to find them and unlock some temporary training areas as you do.

Master Quest Cape

Talking of quests, we know that youíve been talking about a trimmed quest cape for some time. Well, youíre not gonna get itÖ youíre getting something better! How about a Master Quest Cape?

Itís fiendishly difficult to earn. Youíll need to complete every mini-quest, earn every post-quest reward, unlock every journal page and uncover all the extra story stuff that fills all our wonderful quests and lore. It will be available in the Varrock Museum and looks appropriately awesome.

Winter Weekends & Advent Calendar

Every weekend throughout December and the Christmas period will be full of special events, offering you a sack-load of special boosts and buffs. Just click on the snowman and head in game to find out more! There are 6 cracking Christmas weekends in total, so thereís sure to be something for everyone, with almost every part of the game wrapped up in some way.

Christmas fun isnít restricted to the weekends, oh no. Each day of December youíll be able to take part in our special advent calendar, with a different gift every day! Each gift reveals which sought after prizes can be won in that dayís Treasure Hunter, so make sure you visit every day.

Our community team has also got a sleigh-full of festive cheer planned, so watch out for more details on that, coming up soon.

Premier Club

December sees the launch of our special Premier Club for 2016. This is a unique membership package that gets you your yearly subscription and some fantastic rewards to use while playing. This year itís even bigger than normal to help us celebrate our amazing 15-year anniversary next year.

Thereís an aura that gives damage boosts and increases the duration of divine locations, exclusive weapon overrides based on the RuneScape logos from over the years, special Mahjarrat-themed armour, access to Premier-Club-only worlds, Loyalty Points, forums, raffles for special prizes...ALL SORTS! It really is the best way to be a member in 2016, so donít miss out!

Merry Christmas to you all, I hope itís everything youíve ever dreamed of. On behalf of the whole RuneScape team, have a fantastic holiday and a brilliant new year.

Have fun!

Mod Santa
Exective Joy Bringer

P.S. What do you get when you eat decorations at Christmas? Tinsel-itus!

Podcast | An Insight into Chronicle

Mod Merchant manifests on this weekís podcast to give an insight into Chronicle which entered the exciting Closed Beta. Get tips on how to master the cards as you make your first steps in playing our strategy card game.

Check it out on YouTube, PodBean or iTunes.

Developer Q&A │ Christmas Event 2015

Mod Daze, Mod Mohawk, Mod Osborne and Mod Kelpie anticipate the Christmas cheer and chat about whatís coming up in game for December 2015.

What is a Behind the Scenes article?

Behind the Scenes is a sneak peek at the planned game updates that we hope to launch in the coming month.

This, however, is only a plan - not a promise - that a particular update will be released in a particular way or at a particular time. To get you the highest quality updates as quickly as possible, we usually keep on tweaking and testing right up until the moment before release, so sometimes things change or take a bit longer than expected. We aren't afraid to change our plan if necessary, as we will never launch an update before it is ready.

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