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Quest: Desperate Times

Quest: Desperate Times

There might be a storm on the horizon in Gielinor, but over at Jagex HQ we’ve got our fingers crossed that the sun will return in time for our big charity adventures.

This week sees the release of Desperate Times, the first step in an epic new quest series. Read on to find out all the juicy details and find out what your favourite JMods are getting up to for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Desperate Times

Seren has a plan to deal with the Elder God threat – but don’t expect things to go smoothly. The races of Gielinor are far from united and a certain somebody has thrown a wrench in the works. Or is that a Needle?


How to Start

Join Seren’s council by talking to her on the first floor of Burthorpe Castle.

Requirements

RuneScape membership

Level 50 Mining

Level 50 Smithing

Level 50 Divination

Completion of The Needle Skips and You Are It


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Patch Notes

To find out about the Patch Notes for this week, head over to this page on the forums.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

As you know, we’re passionate about mental health here at Jagex, and one of our big initiatives has been to connect with mental health charities here in the UK. Recently we extended our outreach across the pond and teamed up with You Are RAD, a mental health charity based in the US.

On Thursday, May 16th, we’ll be hosting a reddit AMA with Jason, the founder of You Are RAD. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the charity’s work and how they use gaming as a pathway to raise awareness and funds. It’s a great way to round off Mental Health Awareness Week.

The AMA will start at 16:00 Game Time and end at 17.00 Game time on /r/iama . See you there!

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Jagex Charitable Giving

In between working on that enormously cool update that we’re not allowed to talk about, the JMods have been in intensive training for not one, but TWO awesome charity fundraisers.

Mod Purpur will be walking the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall in just 5 days, solo. That’s a whopping 84 miles! (135 Km) Not to mention that she’ll be doing it all while contending with the notoriously dodgy highland weather.

Two days ago, 13 of our bravest (or most foolhardy) colleagues have taken on the 2019 Rat Race Dirty Weekend, a 20 mile (32 Km) cross country adventure across land and water, broken up by obstacles including climbing walls, cargo nets, and the world’s longest stretch of monkey bars.

To donate to either one of these brave parties, visit our Virgin Money Giving page here. All funds raised will be split between our UK partner charities, CPSL Mind and The Prince’s Trust.

To see what other charity initiatives we have planned this year, check out the Jagex Charitable Giving blog.

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Avoiding Dental Catastrophe - Update

On behalf of Jagex, and our three charity partners, we would like to thank you for supporting their work in Mental Health during the Avoiding Dental Catastrophe Easter event.

Whilst the funds raised from the event were to be shared equally between CPSL Mind & The Prince’s Trust, the RuneScape team have, in addition, decided to donate Solomon’s Store revenue for that period too!!!

This means we can share the total between all three of our charity partners – and what a total it is - £168,000 ($219,000).

Thank you so much, and keep an eye out on our social media channels this week for profiles of all three of our charity partners as part of our Mental Health Awareness Week initiatives.

Jagex Charitable Giving

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Aura Sale

We hope you’ve been saving up your loyalty points, because the aura sale is here! From now until the end of the month you’ll be able to grab a selection of the game’s most coveted auras at a hefty discount from Solomon’s General Store.

ALL tier 4 & 5 auras will have a 25% discount. Maniacal, Berserker, Reckless, and Dark Magic auras will have a 30% discount. Finally, the Vampyrism aura will have a massive 50% discount.

The aura sale will run from May 1st at 00:00 to May 31st at 23:59 – snap up these bargains while you can!

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Twitch Prime

Players whose accounts are linked with Twitch Prime will be able to take advantage of a new promotion which will go live on Thursday May 16th. Visit the Twitch Prime page on the 16th of May to find out more!

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LootScape

Our live streams are always a great opportunity to grab some awesome in-game prizes. And this May, we’ve done one particularly hefty update of the LootScape for you! We’ve added a bonanza package for your Player-Owned Farm, courtesy of Granny Potterington. In addition, we thought it would be time to bring back some player-favourite goodies: the skilling outfit piece, the Loots Cape and Nature’s Balance (main-hand sword override).

This May, each and every RuneScape stream watched will give you a random drop from one of the following:

Guaranteed:

  • Between 10-100 Player-Owned Farm Beans
  • A name re-roller or trait re-roller
  • A random animal for their farm
  • Guaranteed drop from Basic Drop Table (see below)
  • View counter goes up on Orb
  • Chance based:

  • A random skilling outfit piece (if unowned)
  • Either Nature’s Balance or Loots Cape (if unowned)
  • 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 . 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.

    Tuesday, May 14th – 16:00 UTC (Game Time) Lore Special & Comp Cape Highlight

    There’s a storm on the horizon… As we’re taking the next step in our epic Elder Gods storyline with ‘Song of Seren’ and ‘Desperate Times’, here’s the opportunity to cover the Lore tied to it and - why not - tease what’s coming ahead. Whether you’re a fresh or veteran Scaper, you don’t want to miss this special stream. Let the saga begin!

    We will also take this opportunity to update you on the ongoing Comp Cape Design Rework.

    LootScape will be enabled (see all details above).

    Friday, May 17th – 15:00 UTC (Game Time) – Mod Shauny’s Data Stream (with a surprise)

    Join Mod Shauny as he runs down the year of 2019 so far with Data statistics! Featuring stuff such as the slowest boss kill times, average bosses kill per day and much more!

    Be sure to make place in your calendar for this special stream, we will have a surprise announcement for you.

    LootScape will be enabled (see all details above).

    Saturday, May 18th – 13:00 UTC (Game Time) – KashStack Featured Stream

    This week, our featured streamer is KashStack. Join him for a full hour of RuneScape fun with High Level PvM and some challenges!

    And since we love to support our amazing Content Creators, 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 KashStack's stream (his Twitch channel) and you’ll receive the LootScape the following day!

    LootScape will be enabled (see all details above).

    Sunday, May 19th – 18:00 UTC (Game Time) – PvM with Mod Lee

    Our resident PvM expert Mod Lee knows no fear and he’s ready to take you all on another round of boss mass. From Vorago to the Kalphite King, the Corporeal Beast, the Angel of Death, if you’ve got a set to complete, an achievement to unlock, or simply want to hang out with friends and slay some, this is the place and time!

    LootScape will be enabled (see all details above).

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    Pink skirts Events

    Of course, adventures continue in Gielinor even when we're too busy (PKing) creating the adventures of tomorrow. Our PMods are here to welcome you in a range of PvM Boss Masses, Events and Q&As each week. Check out all the community events organised by the Pink Skirts on their official schedule here


    The RuneScape Team