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Hello everyone, and thanks for being here after all. You’ve seen me bothering you month after month about how important this issue was. I told you that July marks Questaholic’s 2nd anniversary and that many things were gonna happen.

The truth, however, is that I wasn’t telling you the exact facts.

First of all, Questaholic was born 5 years and 7 months ago, January the 1st, 2012. The very first issue contains articles by four incredible clannies. But, over the years, many others have been involved in the creation of the magazine. Thank you for everything, MsKonnan, Lizbeth, Anamona, Ytse, Borizi, Miss Alaska, Kitty, Cireon, Infinity, Wise Ork, Wolfie, Dirty Rain, Auntmidge, Santa Ends, Karen Angel, Nicole Angel, L33tQuest, ILikeSlayer, Vodka, Afkables, Andrew Cinqo and Infinity.

Ultimately, interest started dwindling and December 2014 marked the end of Questaholic. However, the 13th of July 2015, Santa Ends revived the idea of the magazine by starting a series of monthly articles, being Sinistral the first clannie to be interviewed in this new version of Questaholic, now 2.0. This went on until December 2015, when the monthly article became, once again, a monthly magazine.

And here we are! Almost 2 years later, but with the same spirit as always. I want to personally thank everyone for your uninterrupted support, for making this clan the best one ever to be. But my greatest “thank you” goes to my friend Santa Ends, for having taken me under his wing when I joined the team.

Happy –so called- anniversary, Questaholic!

Article by Choto 3000

Santa Ends single-handedly revitalised the clan magazine you are reading right now. While he has gotten some help since, he is the major force behind the monthly issues, and makes sure there's always some interesting new stuff to read. Santa also does not shy away from taking clannies on bossing trips and exposing them to new experiences. Ever patient, he has contributed to the Clan Quest community in more than one way. – Cireon in Questaholic’s October 2016 issue.
Ladies, gentlemen and noobs in general. I present to you Santa Ends, Archnoob of Clan Quest, Questaholic editor, leader of Potarts, proud Niel and dungeon master. Here we go, for round two!

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CLAN QUEST PEOPLE

An interview with Santa Ends

By Choto 3000

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Santa and Xenon. I'll pay 1bb to anyone that agrees with me when saying XENON THAT'S NOT A "Q"

Alaska

What is your average day like?
My average day…

School:
Wake up at 0800, brush teeth and shower, make 2 peanut butter toasts and drink half of my 1L carton of milk. With braces I wake up at 0730, due to extra maintenance.
Apply (moisturiser, toner, hair wax), wear clothes, leave house 0830.
Reddit, Discord and read books on public transport. Reach school at 1000.
Go for lessons, talk on Discord, study in between, have lunch alone, usually ending at 1600.
Study, Discord a little, go to the gym (Mon-Wed-Fri) or run at the school track (Tue-Thur), have dinner. 1930.
Go to the school library, endure a bit of food coma, study till 2145.
Take public transport home, Discord, Reddit ad nauseum. Reach home at about 2330.
Finish the rest of my milk, talk to my mother, shower, brush teeth.
Discord and Reddit till 0100 and bedtime. Maybe play some RS.

Weekends:
Wake up automatically at about 0830 due to stupid body clock, go for a short run/ cycle, come back for breakfast.
Play scape/overwatch/lie in bed reading #NSFW-memes on another discord server (Thanks Leo/Questcaping)/Build some gunpla/Watch some slice of life anime until lunch.
Have lunch, leave house, go to malls/ a random nature park alone on a good day.
Most of the time I don't, I just lie in bed in agony complaining about muscle soreness while reading Discord and Reddit.
If I'm out, take pictures of nice scenery, funny or weird stuff to put on Discord. People watch. I like going to the airport alone to look at planes fly, imagining I'm on it and leaving SG for good, one day.
Oh, and I occasionally meet friends for a meal or exercise together. I like hearing about people's lives no matter how mundane they think it is.

To turn it around, what would your best day ever look like?
Hunting beavers with Tyco. Spending quality time with family and friends hiking in a country with cooler weather, then spending the night alone doing my own thing.

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[Editor's note: But...but...they're so CUTE. YOU CAN'T HUNT THEM!]

Who are your favourite fictional characters? (in anything ever)
Kurapika from Hunter x Hunter. Although his entire clan was murdered by the Phantom Trope, he didn't give up. He persevered, becoming stronger after every setback and channeled that hatred toward self improvement.

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On RS it would be Armadyl. Armadyl wants peaceful coexistence and strives for justice, believing that means do not justify the end. Armadyl mourned for his kins after God Wars wiped out the best of them, showing he is a compassionate leader.

Armadyl is a man of action, believing injustice should be fought to protect the innocent instead of just sitting back, as he battled and even murdered Bandos who tried to destroy him for no reason other than differing ideals.

What notable challenge have you faced in life, and how did you get through it?
I went from borderline passes to getting a B average last semester.
A girl rejected my advances.
Stopped giving excuses, spent a lot of time working on myself to stop thinking of her.
Side effect, my grades improved.
Learnt to be less entitled, and stop investing time, effort, attention etc. in people who don't value you. You can't force someone to like you, they either do or don't.
Those who matter will always make time for you, just as I will make time for them.
In this manner, you will be alone for the most part, but it's better than hanging around the wrong crowd. For every 10 encounters there will be 9 duds, but the 10th person makes the whole experience worth it.
It's ok to give up when things don't work out, but don't quit the whole process.

As Irene has said, if you give, treat yourself like charity, never expect anything in return.

What random pocket of information / study / practice in the world takes your interest?
I spend most of my waking hours reading, writing, playing, browsing, watching, listening, filming & editing, critiquing RS.
Also pretty interested in self improvement books- relationships, social skills, fitness, workplace dynamics. Knowledge is power.

Xenon
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Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee let's do it man.

Luke

What's the story behind your username?
Santa = My favourite NPC, first big ticket item I bought with hard earned gold in F2P.
Ends = Named after my then best friend, "Holidays End", to remember him after he quit the game. That was in 2009 I think.
RS was and still is a big part of my life. I use Santa as a nickname in many communities.

Questcaping

What's your favourite song? And will you sing it for us?
Another Song About the Weekend, A Day to Remember. Acoustic version. Yeah, if you catch me on voice chat. I prefer the original. None of the covers by YouTubers actually cut it. Jeremy Wade McKinnon FTW.

Click me

Thoughts on OSRS compared to RS3?
Both good.
OSRS good because of nice, symmetrical, angular graphics and being able to do members stuff, because I was F2P back then. Rooftop agility is beautiful, Zeah is amazing on it's own, they've got great environmental artists.

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RS3 because of Clan Quest, nice scenery (they added customisable skyboxes recently, happy days), a lot more emotes and fun group content. PvM ain't half bad, you get to talk and laugh together. DG is fun too.

Which quest is best quest?
Aid of Myreque best quest. Super hyped when doing it, kept me thinking of what's gonna happen next, who is gonna die, will they ever free Morytania from the Drakans. Building a town isn't too shabby either.

Gower Quest is second best. Broke many fourth walls.

KatMak

What is your favourite holiday?
On the contrary... lunar new year. I get to choose either to spend time with grandma, mum & dad or alone. Lots of nice food too. Pineapple tarts!

Tyco

What is your earliest Runescape memory?
A guy I met in computer lab leading me to Varrock, and getting me killed by dark wizards with my steel platebody and iron med helm. He promised to give me equivalent value back, but he still owes me stuff till this day. Was angry that time but looking back it was a typical thing to do to newbies. Sadly most NPCs are not aggressive these days.

When are you normally on vacation during the year? Totally not trying to get you to Runefest or drop by around the 24th of December.
December to mid January for now. Hoping to land an internship in August so I can take a leave of absence from school until end of December. If I do, it means my next free period is December 2018. By then I would hopefully graduate and have some time.

How would you describe yourself in-game? A wealthy skiller, the lone-wolf dungeoneer or an adventurer perhaps?
Someone who appreciates the finer details. How certain buildings look. Textures, terrains, good scenery and complimenting skyboxes. People always say RS graphics are bad, but it has come a long way. One of the main reasons I make RS videos is to show off as many of my favourite scenes in-game, to look at details from my point of view and hopefully appreciate it as much as I do.


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You get 30 seconds of full attention from all Jmods of Jagex. What do you say?
Thank you for making this beautiful game. Then I'll pass the extra time to you, because I know you have a lot to say xD

Tell us about your opinion regarding Dungeoneering, the one skill you achieved 200 million experience in.
I like it. Brings people together regardless of your play style. Not as hardcore as pvming but still requiring a decent level of knowledge. Knowledge, not skill level. Which means if you understand enough, it doesn't matter if you have slow reactions or slow internet. You are still able to be better than clueless people who bash through everything.

Now for the biggest mystery of them all: Why do I rarely see you with a Santa Hat on?

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Don't like capes or rares, prefer a simpler look. Only wear achievement capes in videos, community events or when finding people for a DG team.
Old school is different, you can't hide your cape and quest cape teleports you to Legends Guild entrance. It is the nearest teleport to a fairy ring beside growing one in your PoH (yes…you can have a spirit tree and fairy ring in your PoH on OSRS).

Karen

How often do you brush your teeth?
Twice a day!

Do you floss?
Once every few days even though I have braces.

What brand of tooth paste do you use?
Colgate 8)

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Whats your normal blood pressure?
Don't know, it should be normal.

How often do you exercise?
4-6 times a week, mix of jogging, cycling and gym sessions. Most gym goers don't like to do cardio, they believe running reduces their gains. I think not, cardiovascular health is important and it keeps me flexible.

What do you do on your spare time?
Go on Discord talk to Werecool.
Werecool is a good person.

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Whats your favorite shoe?
Adidas trainers. Still in good condition after 3 years, even after replacing 2 other pairs of running shoes.
Protip: Always have 2 pairs of running shoes, so you can still exercise when one of them breaks down. More time to shop for a new one too, and you don't have to settle for sub par ones when pressed for time.

Choto

When did you start playing?
August 2005 in the school computer lab. I still remember BattleOn having free player traffic limits to not overload their servers, not being able to play and moving over to RS.

What was your very first accomplishment cape?
Firemaking, back in 2008 when GE was still a huge block in the middle. Did backward firemaking to lose fewer ticks. Was the start of destroying my fingers with RS. Looking back it was a dumb move when we have Pyromaniac 5 and bonfires. Not worth putting your body at risk for a video game. Sense of achievement was there though. People would ask you to perform skillcape emotes.

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If I were to visit your country, what do you think I should do first?
Find me and Xenon, we will bring you around for good food. I'll take you cycling and make sure you can't walk the next day. Then feed you real good.

What are your favourite cities/locations, both in RS and in real life?
IRL: London, UK- every nice tourist attractions and beautiful architecture. Lapland, Sweden- would be nice to live in a cold snowy place.

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RS: Middle of desert near Bandit Camp lodestone, nice skyboxes.

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Do you have a motto or a favourite phrase? If so, which is it?
Go for it man!

Which quest you believe to be the best?
Myreque series :D

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Do you play an instrument? If not, which instrument/s would you like to learn?
No, but I wish to play my favourite songs on keyboard.

How many languages do you speak? Which one would you like to learn?
Two, English and Chinese. I would like to learn Japanese or Bahasa, to better relate to other people in my life.

What attracted you to clan quest, and what made you stay?
Non elitist culture, big change from hierachical country based clans I was from. Not a lot of people care about XP waste which I like. Easygoing, supportive and encouraging friends made me stay.

What are some of the biggest changes you've seen, implemented in game? Any thoughts about them?
I like EoC, return of free trade, introduction of bonds, return of OSRS and introduction of Solomon's Store.

Treasure hunter ruined the integrity of the game. I don't really care about it compromising my XP achievements, XP on RS3 is so fast that buying keys doesn't really save you a lot of time. More so for the introduction of new rares, exclusive rare token store items and elite skilling outfits. These things can easily be worked as being part of the game, which they later did anyway.

Over the few years you've been playing, is there anything you've learned in-game that you've implemented in your real life?
Endless patience. Be it with people or learning new things. When you repeat the same few actions for hours on end, an angry customer or a friend that keeps coming back to you talking about the same few problems doesn't really deter you that much. In fact I enjoy it.

Now the other way around. Anything you took from real life to the game?
It is ok to give up and take a step back, when there are other priorities you need to take care of.

Treat your friends well and be loyal to those that will do the same for you. When they betray your trust, remove them from your life. Only when you respect yourself, will people respect you. Respect is earned.

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Thank you, Santa, for your great answers.

Also thank you for being awesome.

Your servant friend, Choto

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Article by Choto 3000

*cough* I’m back! And this time, with a little story…

Of the almost 10 years I’ve been in RuneScape, I’ve played as member for only 2 of them. The free version of the game carries a lot of that nostalgia everyone likes to talk about. It reminds me of my friends, of our early days... oh god.

Anyways. Picture this situation: I was tired of my account and wanted to play differently. I always considered membership but never had the money for it. And suddenly…surprise! Ironman mode was released and, of course, I started grinding again. That account has always been f2p. I joined a f2p clan, made f2p friends, and you know how it goes. At some point, I wondered that question: Who is the number 1 free player? Who is at the very top?

I remembered Syzygy, Kadour, Bond, Ruli, and others. But there was someone I didn’t recognize. This guy is about to become the first f2p ever to reach 200 million xp in every single skill.

I think the mysterious aura I was trying to créate has been killed because you already know who it is, thanks to my continuous spam on Discord. Yes, noobs, we proudly present you with Meneer Naab, the top scaper of all times!

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QUESTAHOLIC PRESENTS

An interview with Meneer Naab

By Santa Ends and Choto 3000.

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What are some of the biggest changes you've seen implemented in game?br /> Any thoughts about them?

First one would be the removal of the wilderness. At the time I was quite annoyed as a pker that they removed the one thing I loved most. I quit for about half a year, came back and started enjoying PvP worlds a lot. That is when I started training on Meneer Naab to pk. At first I thought the decision was horrible but I actually think it was one of Jagexs best decisions ever, given the fact that Rwters and botters were a huge problem. PvP worlds were also extremely active so pking was still very enjoyable without free trade.

Nowadays I wish they never returned free trade because it brought back the Rwters (bots/dicers/stakers). Everything I prefer not to have in the game. Eventually they decided to take the RWT part into their own hands with bonds being buyable for IRL wealth. Squeal of fortune or Treasure hunter + bonds are obviously the worst things that ever happened to this game. The thing they ‘’fought’’ against for so long (RWT) is now in their own hands. And not only that, in addition you can even buy exp. Pathetic if you ask me.

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The biggest change in terms of gameplay must be EoC. Again, I was sad that they wanted to go in a different direction with the game. The old combat system was what made the game unique, and from my point of view there was nothing wrong with it. You obviously need updates to keep a game alive, but touching the combat system is and was a very bad mistake in my opinion. After all these years I can still say I’m very anti EoC. The community has been divided (rs3 / 07) and the game is slowly dying because all the new players feel more for 07, which I can understand. If you want to play a game with abilities and such, WoW or LoL are probably a better pick. I did not start playing Runescape so that it could change to a completely different game. And combat wise… it sadly did.

Overall I would say I’m quite conservative towards updates. I prefer them fixing the game/reviving dead content rather than pumping content into the game that people don’t even want. Also the constant increase of exp/h is pathetic in my opinion, it only devalues the achievements people have gotten so far, and it doesn’t improve the game whatsoever.

Is there a player or mod that you admire/ respect? Why?
The skiller I respect most must be Zarfot. The greatest skiller of all time. Great mercher, great at inventing new methods and doing them almost flawless. Also has a great sense of humour (the update criticism videos he made are both funny and true).

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I like and respect many pkers. Some of them very oldschool:

Bwuk im Pb – Bounty Hunter king (member of the best single team ever imo – team Unlimited)

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I Mahatma I – (great) leader of Mayhem Makers (best pure clan imo)

Murcuz – Great magebank pker (#1 bounty hunters)
Ozank – High risk pvp world pker.
P O T T I S – one of the best mage bank/pvp pkers that didn’t mind risking over a billion.

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There are many more but these are probably my top 5 :D

My favourite PvMer is Woox, because he took PvM to a new level and is great at it.

Over the few years you've been playing, is there anything you've learned in-game that you've implemented in your real life?
I would say my English improved a lot over the years playing this game. You mostly learn from interacting with other people and not really from the game itself.

Now the other way around. Anything you took from real life to the game?
That if you want to be great at something, you have to invent new methods and not just follow the crowd.

What is the nicest thing you've done for anyone? How about in game?
Nicest thing I do for someone right now is taking care of my grandma (she can no longer cook for herself etc.)

In-game probably nothing that stands out from what I usually do for friends. I lend out money to support friends, I help them improve their training methods etc.

What's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
My dad raising me solo, after my mom divorced him. I’ll be eternally grateful for that.

What are your current goals in Runescape?
3.2b on Meneer Naab.
5.4b on Minir, my alt.

Aspirations in real life?
Finish university.
Start an own business after uni.
I would like to go pro skiing (alpine skiing) but that’s a bit difficult in The Netherlands to train properly, so who knows 1- icon biggrin.png

What is your playstyle like? Xp, cape goals, money or general companionship etc.
All about Efficiency: I like being the best at the game, no matter what aspect really. This means I like being unique in whatever I do, may that be skilling, pking, pvm, minigames or merching. I never bought spins or membership. I always buy a year membership with ingame money on Minir. So when bonds came out I started playing p2p actively.

Capes/pets/titles don’t show how good/unique you are so I don’t care about them.

Killing your opponent ten out of ten times, killing certain bosses w/o food, merching a lot of money because you understand the market better than others, hitting the highest exp/h rates in the game…that means something to me, so I’m very competitive.

My 30 hour strength record that is still standing - 21 November 2015.

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Some other F2p records on my name (all without promos and outside of bxpw)
Crafting ? 16,326,889
Mining ? 1,348,850
Woodcutting ? 1,667,200
Constitution ? 2,321,519

Former #2 and #3 f2p discussing my 4m defence daily at deadly red spiders when eoc just came out.

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My long reign:

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(should be 14 now, almost 15, or 15 by the time you’re reading this).

First F2Per to 200m Xp in: Fishing
First F2Per to 200m Xp in: Defence
First F2Per to 200m Xp in: Constitution

If money, time, commitments etc. was no issue, what would your perfect day look like?
All these things are no issue for me at all. Commitments do not have a negative influence on the quality of my life. I go to school or work with joy, obviously money would be a problem if I would spend it like a maniac but I simply don’t, simply because I don’t see how that would make me happier. I have enough free time to do what I like to do next to school or work and have more than enough money. So to be fair I don’t believe in ‘’a perfect day’’.

Being rich and having no commitments is not a gift at all, most people completely lose their minds (start doing drugs and shit) and thinking riding a Ferrari would make them happy. I think being happy in life has way more to do with having your loved ones around you and being healthy, but also to simply accept what you have and don’t have.

So for me a perfect day is waking up knowing there are people you love and knowing they are healthy. When they aren’t you are there for them, and they will be there for you when you aren’t. This defines happiness for me.

What do your irl friends say about you?
Positive:
Very kind, smart, dedicated.
When he has something in mind he wants to do it and it’s realistic because he analysed it properly and sets the goal for a good reason. Has a very informed opinion and knows when to give it and when he shouldn’t.

Negative:
Can go on about something for too long (especially when he disagrees with something), and has a hard time letting it go.
This can result in him taking trolling extremely far as well.

What is your biggest regret in life, and what have you learnt from it?
I guess spending time on people that don’t remain loyal to you because they don’t understand how friendship works. I learnt that being loyal is a certain moral in life that isn’t understood by everyone… some people prefer to stab you in the back for their own success.

So pick your friends with care. 1 loyal friend is worth more than any number of ‘’friends’’.

Is there a promise you made to yourself, that you kept true to this day?
I promised myself to never break a promise. Worked out so far.

What is the biggest lesson you've ever learnt, or took to heart?
That love is the most important and valuable thing in life.

What do you do when you're sad?
Depends on the situation and to what extent really.

I cried when my parents divorced.
When it’s something small I get over it very easily and if I can, I would try to fix the problem rather than being sad about it.

Why F2P for life? We know you have a P2P account, but what is it about f2p that you like so much, before the tight knit friendships developed?
I like both f2p and p2p for different reasons really.

I like f2p because skilling is simplistic and… real skilling:
F2p:
Dailyscape: We have the daily challenges recently, that’s it though. We cannot extend them.
Treasure hunter: We can only claim up to medium lamps to begin with, and most promos are P2P, also we cannot use any bonus experience we get -> only during bonus exp weekend itself so this is extremely limited.
Exp rates: Fixed rates due to barely to no influence at all by dailies/boosts/treasure hunter.

P2P:
Dailyscape/additional exp: Warbands, sinkholes, extended daily challenges, div caches, jack of trades, exp auras, bonus exp weekends, RAF weekly, Brawling gloves, effigies, bonus exp outfits, avatar, juju pots and the list continues. Just free exp you cannot get in f2p.
Treasure hunter: you can buy insane experience, and also bonus exp. In theory you do not even have to do half the exp of the total 5,4b knowing you can buy everything in bonus exp and in addition have RAF/bonus outfits/ava etc.
Exp rates: even without any boosts 3 to 10 times faster than f2p. But to give an extreme example to make my point… f2p prayer = 150k exp/h and zero afk, p2p you could afk frosts at the wildy altar and get about 1.1-1.2m/h I would guess (0% boosts), but you would be quite weird to do that method without outfits/ava/raf/juju etc so.
Airuts 1.4m/h(nerfed now) against 250k melee in f2p at the same intensity. Skills like agility actually being 0 hour skills with silverhawks, invention too when u siphon etc etc.
So if we add this up, theoretically it’s not only less exp that you have to do in p2p if you go full spinpro mode, but it’s also many times faster and has way too many boosts to make it even easier. Even without boosts however, and without any dailies, 5.4b would still be faster than 3.2b if we take raw exp rates alone.

In f2p I can calculate how many hours I played, and it would be accurate. In p2p you can spin a max account in 3 days… good job. Obviously exp rates change in f2p however this is ten times less frequent than in p2p, and usually in less extreme forms.

To summarize: I like the fact f2p isn’t complex when we talk about skilling. Its grindy, quite fair, irl wealth has a way smaller influence (which I care most about out of all things).

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I like p2p for pking (pre-eoc hybridding) and PvM with friends. Pking however is dead, we can no longer hybrid on this game the way we could pre-eoc and I cannot fill an entire day pvming with friends. So I go for 5.4b out of boredom I guess.

Me solo pking in welfare hybrid (fail. pricechecking my own whip as well :s):

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Pking with friends (steamrolling is me):

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I still pk on 07 sometimes, but it just feels weird to have all these weird updates (toxic weapons and stuff) that have nothing to do with the hybridding/pking I used to love. The game kinda gives me a private server feeling. I’m also not a big fan of the separate servers as I stated before.

When did you start playing?
I started playing in 2005.

What was your very first accomplishment cape (Or your first 99)?
On Meneer 99 firemaking
On Minir 99 hitpoints

If I were to visit your country, what do you think I should do first?
Go to a snack bar and order a ‘’broodje kroket’’. If you arrive early you might want to just buy some ‘’stroopwafels’’ in the supermarket though, Some typical Dutch products that are really tasty.

Kroket: The Dutch kroket is typically cylindrical in shape, filled with a meat ragout (most commonly using beef, beef broth, flour, butter or margarine, onions, herbs) and epitomizing textural contrast: very crispy and crunchy on the outside, super soft and smooth inside, with chunks or strands of meat.

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Stroopwafel: literally "syrup waffle") is a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle.

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What are your favourite cities/locations, both in RS and in real life?
My favourite country is Switzerland. I really appreciate the beautiful nature the country has to offer. I go there multiple times a year, both in the summer and winter. I really love skiing and mountain climbing, two sports you cannot practice in The Netherlands. I actually consider moving to Switzerland once I get my degree, to me, Switzerland is a paradise. I mean, look at this…

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Besides the country being beautiful, the political system and the people living there are a huge improvement compared to The Netherlands. This country (The Netherlands) was once a place where you would leave your doors open in the summer not having to worry about thieves. All these things that I would consider nice things in life rapidly disappear(ed) here. As for the political system, it agitates me that referendums here aren’t binding, where as in Switzerland they are. Just makes me know I don’t live in a democracy at all. For example, the Dutch people voted against the EU (over 60%), so did the swiss. Yet we are in it and they aren’t. I think it’s safe to say the EU failed, yet it was forced upon us. The result is that the swiss don’t have this failed immigration, etc. and not a fucked up society where ‘’leaving your doors open is at your own risk’’. Importing different cultures with different morals into 1 space/area clearly doesn’t work.

In RuneScape that would be the wildy, and back in the days the pvp worlds. Just anything that has both skilling and killing in it is great in my opinion.

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Which quest you believe to be the best?
I just like quests with a lot of fighting in it. I guess Ritual of the Mahjarrat.

Do you play an instrument? If not, which instrument/s would you like to learn?
I don’t play any instrument. I would like to learn how to play the drums. I really love drum solos in metal/rock music.

Tell us the story behind your name!
Irl friends: Let’s make range tanks with identical stats/names.
Friend on rs: Call yourselves Meneer Noob/nub/newb/naab/narb etc.! (Meneer means mister)
I think the reason behind it was that these accounts were supposed to be our nooby pk accounts -> mister noob, thus this name was suitable at the time.

How many languages do you speak? Which one would you like to learn?
Dutch – native speaker
English – near native speaker (passed C1, which is one level below native speaker)
German – basics/ pretty good. Should be after all the vacations 1- icon biggrin.png
French – very basic, hate the language, sorry.

I would like to learn something completely different, and extremely hard to learn (for Dutch people) like Russian or Finnish. Some friends taught me some Finnish, but I’m still not able to have a conversation in it.

If Jagex told you they will grant you one wish, what would it be?
Remove pay to win -> Treasure hunter/Bonds, and bring back trade limit (with PvP worlds). The quality of the game was way better back then and above all, it was fair.

Have you tried any other game mods (like ironman)? Which one is your favourite?
I did make an ironman but in rs3 it just feels stupid and too easy. Like normal accounts they can still participate in events. The Lumbridge event gave way over 100k mining exp/h and they can benefit from this as well. To me it feels like event/daily challange prodman. Besides that I haven’t tried any game modes, and I really dislike them all.

Would you agree with this statement: "Meneer Naab is the new Syzygy? Why?
Mostly not. Yes because we have both been #1 F2P for a very long duration. No because we have a very different playstyle. I see him as the number 1 ironman to be honest, since he never really used the G.E I believe.

What will you do after reaching max xp on both Meneer Naab and Minir?
I really don’t know. I am sure I will not leave the game entirely but I will most likely play a lot less. I’ll most likely start pking on 07 a bit and just pvm a bit with friends. I think it’s time to achieve other great things and put my time into that.

Best book, film, music track (or band) and videogame (apart from RS) ever?
Book: Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe), I don’t like reading though.
Film: Gladiator (2000) and the theme song it has is great as well ‘’now we are free’’.
Band: System of a Down / In Flames (can’t really pick).
Video game: Age of Empires 2 – my childhood game, together with RS.

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Whats the one thing you miss from p2p when playing f2p?
Nowadays, group content. Back in the days I would play Fist of Guthix or Great Orb Project with friends, or I would simply go pk with them. Nowadays it feels like there is nothing left to do with friends in f2p though. I think the only thing we have left is Dungeoneering, which simply isn’t enough.

Now the other way around: whats the one thing you miss from f2p when playing p2p?
Grinding skills. P2p is just so fast that getting a 200m doesn’t feel like an achievement/grind.

Do you have a motto or a favourite phrase? If so, which is it?
‘’Anybody who is great at anything, does it for their own approval.‘’

Thank you, Meneer, for having succumbed to us. We had a great time!

Article by Choto 3000

Oh hello (again)! I know, I’m writing too much, but that’s because I’m incredibly hyped and there are so many things to say and Questaholic and clan quest and I’m a noob and I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START.

*ahem*
Few months ago, after I finished Tosols’ interview, I asked him who he would like to see interviewed next. He gave me a simple and concise answer. Easy to propose but almost impossible to see the light. I said “That’s not gonna happen”, yet here we are.
But after some research, I managed to contact this person (and he -kind of- agreed to render his soul to us). However, I faced a dilemma. I could do the work on my own, but I also knew Tyco would most likely kill me if I failed to ask competent questions.

Of course, I couldn’t just tell Tyco who the interviewee was, so I gave him 3 hints:

  • He is not a clannie
  • He has the name of an animal
  • You probably love him

Same hints go to you, folks! Try and figure out who this mystery person is (Or don’t and just click the spoiler).

 

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QUESTAHOLIC PRESENTS

An interview with Mod Raven

By an elven smith.

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Raven recommends to listen to this song while you read:
Click me

All right, let’s get started!

Who are you and what is your position at Jagex?
Mod Raven, Lead Content Developer and secret overlord of mankind.

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JAGEX

What attracted you to Jagex and what made you stay?
I originally came to work here because a number of my friends were coming to work here. I started in player support but quickly became enamored with the game and specifically the stories. I then climbed my way up to the role of developer and actually got to craft some of those stories, which is where I am today.

When did you start playing RuneScape? And working at Jagex?
I wasn’t actually a big RuneScape player before I started working at Jagex. Many of my friends played and I had an academic interest in it, but at the time I discovered it I didn’t really have a lot of time in my life for MMOs and so I didn’t really get into it. I started working for Jagex about ten years ago now and I got more into the game at the same time. I’m not, in any way, an efficient player, so my account appears massively noobish.

What do you think was your first achievement in the company?
Personally, it would probably be some of the tickets I sent back to players. Some people had some very… odd questions, but I was able to provide answers that got them thinking and got them interested in the wider story of the game. One person still talks about the ticket I sent discussing a theory of multiple dimensions and planes of reality.

Among the JMods, who is your greatest ally and who is your worst enemy?
I sense you’re trying to start some sort of civil war at Jagex with that question, lol. Truth is I don’t believe I have an enemy at Jagex and cliché as it is I’d say that everyone here is an ally. We’re a very close knit development team and everyone is always there to help anyone else. Genuinely, some amazing people work here.

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WORK

Where do you start when creating lore or a new character?
At the beginning. You need to understand the place that the character/lore would have, what is its purpose for existing? Is it to add emotion to a story, is it to explain another piece of lore? You must know what its core essence and reason for being is before you can create it. Take Vengeance (from the Sagas). She was created to highlight that as players we brutally slaughter wave after wave of human enemies without batting an eyelid. Yet in the real world each human is an entire microcosm in themselves, they have feelings, family, possibilities and by killing them we don’t just destroy the victim we destroy those who loved them. From that notion a character was born.

In what positive and negative ways will RuneScape Expansions affect your work?
Positive: It expands the scope of what we can create. We can do more and fill out an idea to a higher degree. We can tell stories mixed in with big gameplay changes and new skilling methods. The potential for expansions is really exciting.
Negative: There’s a lot of pressure and expectation riding on expansions, both from players and internally. Unfortunately some of the expectations might be higher than what is achievable even with the extra time. It’s something new and we’ve not done it before and that is always frightening.

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What is the most challenging RuneScape project you have ever been involved with so far?
Probably Sliske’s Endgame. That was a massive undertaking. A huge storyline at the end of the year, which needed to include choices from all of the previous quests from the last 4(?) years. It needed to be enormous. It needed to have ridiculous quantities of dialogue and it needed to be variable by the player, but also allow us to continue the core storyline in the future. It had an enormous case of characters and it needed to try and give each one of them screen time. It also needed lots of gameplay, epic rewards and to be replayable with the ability to change previous choices. So… quite a big project. I worked long, looong hours on Endgame and sacrificed a few things personally as a result. Unfortunately there was an element of the quest that people struggled with far more than we anticipated and as a result there was a lot of negativity (there was also a lot of positivity as well) and I think that soured it a lot.

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Clan Quest gets ready for Sliske's Endgame, picture by Tyco Elf.

Is there a character you wish you had never created?
No, all the characters I’ve created have a story to tell and a potential to explore. I would like to be able to expand on all the characters I have been involved in creating.

What is your main source of inspiration?
That’s a tricky one as I don’t believe I have any one source. I’d probably flag Buffy the Vampire Slayer as one of the things that got me really interested in storytelling. It’s a show with a lot of hidden depth and it plays on the characterization and pulling of heartstrings really well.

Which quest/s you believe to be the best?
Obviously all of mine, they’re definitely the best. I’ll probably be cliché and say the goblin series, I am a fan of the arch that Mod John A managed to tie through the series and the sense of character he wove into Zanik. I like stories with interesting characters that develop.


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What’s the greatest update that has been made in-game?
The wheel of cheese. Previously you had to get cheese by the wedge, now you can create entire wheels of delicious succulent cheese.

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What’s the one thing you wish was never deleted? (Romeo and Juliet, Tutorial Island, etc.)
Controversially I think all the things that we’ve removed have been the right decision. I know they carry nostalgia with them, but I think their replacements are an improvement.

THE GAME

What are your favourite cities/locations, both in RS and in real life?
In RS it’s tricky, because my favourite cities are places we haven’t put into the game yet. They exist as potential floating in the intellectual space and discussions amongst the lore guys. The capital city of Abbinah, the timeshare cities in New Domina, these all interest me the most because they are yet to be.

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Abbinah

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New Domina

In the real world, I have a soft spot for Scotland and Edinburgh, it’s old and full of stories.

Who’s your favourite god? Why do you think he/she deserves your humble vassalization?
My favourite god is probably Brassica Prime, because of the silliness.

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But a more serious answer is likely Armadyl. He’s my favourite because he’s been told the least and there’s a lot of story there. He’s also sort of the god that I’ve been shaping, so I’m a bit biased. Armadyl represents a more human deity, one that we can relate to and understand a bit better. Which means that when we learn his story we can feel the emotions that go with it easier and we can judge him more directly.

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What is the nicest thing the RuneScape community has ever done for you?
At RuneFest a group of players took one of the “you have achieved X in a skill” certificate that we hand out to players. They wrote onto the certificate something along the lines of “you are an awesome J mod” and signed it from all of them. It was a bit of a small gesture but it meant a lot. The community can be… cruel… at times and it’s nice to remember that the majority of it is just quietly awesome.

HUMAN

What is the biggest lesson you have learned throughout life?
That the universe isn’t fair, it doesn’t matter how nice a person you are or how good you are, the universe won’t just drop an opportunity in your lap. You need to work for it, put yourself out there and try. You’ll fail sometimes, but failure isn’t always a bad thing.

If I were to visit your country, what do you think I should do first?
Wander. There is an expectation of places you “should” visit and sights you “should” see, but they’re in all likelihood things you have seen before. The London Eye has queues that last for hours, but really you’ve seen it on every London based film and TV show ever. Instead, wander through the streets and find the quirky places, the cafes run by family businesses and the strange little shops selling strange little things. Build your own memories, not the ones that have been chosen for you.

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Best book, film, music track (or band) and videogame (apart from RS) ever?
Hrmmm, tricky, my favourites vary.

Best book: Northern Lights (His Dark Materials trilogy). I love the world building here, the way he weaves a place both familiar and alien and it flows so nicely. Also armoured bears are awesome.

Best film: I’d probably settle on Dark City here. It’s a strange sci-fi with a wonderful aesthetic and a marvellously odd exploration of what makes us human.

Best videogame: I’m likely going to be cliché here and say Legend of Zelda: Link to the past. It’s a game from my childhood that is probably one of the main reasons I got into games.

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Favorite quote and why?

“There is not a day goes by where a mother doesn’t offer her life for that of her kittens. Or some honest captain of ousla offer his life for that of his chief. But there can be no bargains, what is, is what must be.” – Watership Down.
It reminds me that life isn’t fair and that however much we may want something, however reasonable and fair we feel that exchange would be, the world doesn’t work like that. The universe doesn’t weigh scales or balance books, it spins and it turns and we make the best of what we have and enjoy what is, rather than what could be. Not really a happy quote I know, but life is easier when you accept what is and look for new opportunities rather than trying to change the immutable.

Why is Brassica Prime awesome?
He has the greatest voice actor of all time.

RAVEN

Tell us the story behind your name!
I actually joined Jagex with a bunch of friends and we all decided to take Mod names with a theme. We had intended the theme to be corvids, but it ended up nearer to just birds with faintly occult theming.

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Jagex grants you one wish. What do you do?
I would love to have the time and resources to just create quests. To tell all the stories that I have in my head, without being distracted by the work I should be doing.

Do you have any plans for RuneFest 2017?
Yes.

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With unlimited resources, how would your perfect vacation look like?
This is an odd question, with unlimited resources I could do so much, so much more than simply relax. I could take mankind across the stars, I could preserve dying species, I could usher mankind into a glorious utopia under my benevolent rule. Actually, yeah, with unlimited resources my vacation is me in my floating citadel as supreme ruler of the earth and everyone blissfully subjugated under my glorious will. Or perhaps a nice long stay in a Scottish castle…

How many feathers do you have?
As many as are needed.

Can I have one?
No.

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Could you tell us how would a perfect day would be like?
The last of the resistance has fallen. The leaders of the world kneel before me, their heads bowed in reverence. My forces occupy every city across the globe and the people of the world now chant my name, each of their voices carrying that intoxicating tone of complete devotion. The crown rests on my head, finally, where it was always meant to be and the people send their first hymns to me, the god emperor of mankind.

Would you agree with me when I say Sliske is still around? Or would you say that he’s dead and I have to let him go?
I couldn’t tell you what to think, but nice try trying to get a spoiler out of me one way or the other. 1- icon biggrin.png

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What is your next order for all loyal Ravensworns out there?
Find them, they are waiting.

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*In the earlier days of player support, players could send direct messages to Jagex called “tickets”. These were things like specific questions about their accounts, billing or even lore questions. Unfortunately we had to stop this service as it just wasn’t the best use of our time (for each ticket we responded to, that was about 10 password requests and so forth, and very few tickets resolved anything beyond the faster systems).

Thank you so much, Raven, for your wonderful answers. You have our eternal gratitude.

But most important, thanks to everyone who made this interview possible. Have a great month!

Article by Choto 3000

Hello fellow Noobs and Clan Questers!

This month it has been suggested to me by the powers that be here at Questaholic that I write about where a few of us at Clan Quest come from. You may or may not know that myself and a few other Clan Questers initially came from the fansite RSBANDB. Earth, Magicking, Ty Ler, Duke Juker, and a few others to be exact.

RSBANDB which stands for RuneScape Bits and Bytes was founded on August 6, 2004. Our website was set up with the intention of providing useful tools to the RuneScape community. Our goal was never to be as all encompassing as the larger fansites (RuneHQ, Zybez, Tip.it, et.al.) We started off our adventure with forum signatures (these were updated in 2012 to a more modern extensible system where you can choose your own colours!) This then lead to calculators (the first RuneScape calculators ever!) and then to a forum-based community in September 2004.

Through late 2004 and 2005 we had a content sharing agreement with RuneHQ. RuneHQ loved what our calculators and signatures did and exchange for our calculators agreed to share data with us; this helped us grow in a very quick manner. We ended the partnership with RuneHQ in late 2005, amicably, as we we wanted to start developing our own content.

2005 was also a hallmark year for RSBANDB. 2005 saw the creation of what most of you here at Clan Quest are familiar with, RSBANDBUpdate!, or more simply, the Update. RSBANDBUpdate! is the longest running contiguous RuneScape related podcast. On the podcast we’ve had live interviews from RuneFest, gone to the front of the war on bots, and interviewed influential community figures such as Canada Grrl of Team Penguin! Of course this section wouldn’t be complete without saluting the various Clan Questers who have guest on the podcast. Thanks!

2005 also saw the launch of a new type of signature, the Goal Signature. Despite what many out there say these were the first goal signatures created for the RuneScape community, if anyone doubts that I will tell you a slightly off the record story about how they came about ;). The Goal Signatures let you set a goal level or XP target, they update daily with your progress. We also have options for GP goals or collecting X of any certain item.

In 2006 we launched the other arm of our media wing, RSBANDBInformer!. Informer started out as a RuneScape newspaper published monthly much like Questaholic. We’ve since moved to a weekly publish schedule with routine RuneScape articles. We pride ourselves on allowing our writers to write about whatever they want, as long as it’s RuneScape related. We also have monthly technology based articles and occasional articles covering gaming every so often.

2006 also saw the launch of our interactive map. The first version of the map was made possible by the Google API. The map has been updated numerous times since launch but its purpose is still the same, let RuneScape players find in-game features without launching the game. It also includes a treasure trail mapper for coordinate clue scrolls.

In 2007 we launched our own local highscores. These highscores track anyone who enters their RuneScape name on our forums. Our highscores track RuneScape achievements and daily progress made. Earlier this year I took the liberty of utilizing the features of our system and created a Clan Quest page within the system. While our system is a little old it still serves its purpose.

Social networks started to gain popularity in 2007. It was an era where new services would appear and disappear by the week. We had no idea who would be the final survivors (Twitter and Facebook were.) We decided to create our own RuneScape social network, RuneWire. This was a place where you could share posts, images, videos, and events of what you were up to in RuneScape. It still exists today but most prefer to use Twitter or other alternatives. RuneWire received a substantial rework in 2011 making it more modern.

2008 was a comparatively quiet year for us. In late 2009 we launched our own POH House Designer. This tool works in your web browser and enables one to plan out their POH. We have the ability to place rooms on any of the floors. It also includes level requirements and costs to build the rooms (furniture not included!)

2010 was a period of background work where we were laying the groundwork for our next endeavours. This lead to the launch of the Equipment Calculator and Grand Exchange Portfolios in 2011.

The equipment calculator lets you sketch out a gear loadout for whatever combat encounter you’re planning in RuneScape. This tool is still used today by many. If you notice anything that’s missing, send me a private message! In 2012 we saw the release of the Evolution of Combat and with this added an action bar sharer. Want to share an action bar online? There’s how you can do it. If you notice anything missing or incorrect, please send it along. I’d love to make this tool even more useful for you.

The Grand Exchange Portfolios marry a graph interface and basket system with over 9 years of Grand Exchange data. Market speculators and casual players alike have found use in this tool. For load reasons we limit queries and basket creation to users who have an active RSBANDB forum account. Have a look at the history of the Fire Rune (toggle data displayed with the given dropdown).

In 2012 we went back to our roots and launched a revamped signature system. This rework let us be truly creative with signature designs tailoring the experience to the person creating the signature. Anyone creating the signature can select a background, layout, colours, text, and if the design supports it a character image. These signatures update daily with your RuneScape skills and are hosted by us at RSBANDB.

2013 and beyond marks what has ultimately become a post RuneScape strategy for many at RSBANDB. Since 2009 we’ve run a weekly PC Gaming event every Tuesday that plays games such as Team Fortress 2 and Half Life 2 Deathmatch. These weekly PC Gaming events have morphed into a new gaming community within the confines of RSBANDB transcending RSBANDB itself and real life. Today this group of gamers plays games almost nightly, titles include Overwatch, Rocket League, Team Fortress 2, World of Tanks, and Star Trek Online.

While some of you may just know me as one of your Honour Councillors and Low Councillors, it’s ultimately the RSBANDB community that has lead me and many others to this family at Clan Quest. I don’t think I would have shared the existence and merits of Clan Quest with so many if it were not one of the greatest gaming organizations known to exist. It’s with this that I say farewell for this issue of Questaholic and say happy anniversary!

If you want to check us out or save equipment or house load outs you can create a forum account at rsbandb.com/forums or join our Discord.

—Shane

Article by Shane

CLAN'S ACHIEVEMENTS

Skillers of the month:

1-Will
2-Herblaw
3-Daniel

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99MagazineDefense.png: -
99MagazineStrength.png: Hemsky, Banks, Ali, Pokes
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99MagazinePrayer.png: -
99MagazineMagic.png: Nex, Seafarer
99MagazineConstitution.png: -
99MagazineCrafting.png: Kebab
99MagazineMining.png: -
99MagazineSmithing.png <3: Tora
99MagazineFishing.png: Kat, Shane
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99MagazineRunecrafting.png: Pac

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99MagazineAgility.png: Supert
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99MagazineThieving.png: Choto
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99MagazineSlayer.png: Ali, Seabreeze
99MagazineFarming.png: -
99MagazineConstruction.png: Karen
99MagazineHunter.png: MsK
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99MagazineDivination.png: Pac, Sluyur
99MagazineInvention.png: Sole, Meru, Isa

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Skill/s of the month: Invention (again)


Remember to pm me if if forgot to add you

Congratulations everyone!!

Article by Choto 3000

RSMV Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1CCcfLpdu8


House of Wolves by My Chemical Romance by Rsmv2You! Group syncs, oldschool mixed with RS3. I was quite happy to be part of the big emote syncs. It was a pain working with some entitled female characters who gave too many excuses after multiple failed syncs, but so worth it. The end result was worth the trouble, and I like every bit of it. My favourite part of Rsmv2you's videos are the creative camera movements which take a while to perfect.

Article by SantaEnds

The Oncoming Sandstorm

A Recap of RuneScape's Desert Quest Series


In light of the desert quest series receiving four new instalments alongside the Menaphos update, I will be posting articles across the next few months with recaps of what has happened so far in the story. This is just something to read and get to speed on past events quickly, seeing as these quests were completed by many of us years back...and the series is long!

This week, it's the first three quests - Stolen Hearts, Diamond in the Rough and Icthlarin's Little Helper.

Fetch a pink skirt...

It feels like an age since I went running for onions in Rimmington to make the yellow dye to use on the makeshift wig to give to a kidnapped Prince Ali as part of a disguise for the foolproof escape plan Leela had devised.

Times have changed, along with a long-running and treasured quest series in RuneScape. In 2001, players were able to complete Prince Ali’s Rescue. The novice quest would be the fairly simple beginning for a more elaborate plot, set in the desert lands of Gielinor. Years have passed since that time.

The western continent grew in size, the size of the quest list increased, the graphical components of the game evolved numerous times over, voice acting made a debut, the combat mechanics received a much needed rework, the Black Knight titan stayed relatively the same, and of course…Prince Ali’s Rescue retired.

In its place, we received a new opening act for the desert series, and a personal favourite of mine. So, let us venture to those desert lands in the east with a recap of what’s transpired so far in RuneScape’s desert quest series.

"Ozan the bloody marvellous."
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We find a man trying to act inconspicuous in Draynor (little difficult with the bright orange attire) while he spies on an old friend. His name is Ozan, famous archer and thief and member of the Legends’ Guild. The adventurer assists him by gathering information on gang member Khnum, a former palace guard and fallen-out friend of Ozan’s.

The adventurer discovers Khnum’s gang has currently been hired for kidnapping, and along with Ozan, follows Khnum to the Draynor jail. The duo corner him, with this reunion suddenly interrupted by… July 2017 056.png
…Leela! An Al Kharid spy and daughter of Spymaster Osman. Also the girl Ozan’s going googly eyes for. It turns out the person being kidnapped is Ali, the prince of Al Kharid. Ozan, Leela and the adventurer get Khnum talking and he lets slip that the prince is being traded to the kidnapper at Draynor’s docks. July 2017 057.png
Ozan, Leela and the adventurer (let’s call them the desert trio for now, seeing as they’ll prop up a lot) run to the docks and confront the kidnappers – a mysterious Lady Keli, and her two lackeys Apep and Heru. Lady Keli enchants the skulls gangsters to distract the desert trio in combat as she makes her escape with the Prince Ali. One of the gang members drops a ransom message intended for Al Kharid’s Emir, the father of Prince Ali, its demand being the ‘Emir’s heart’.

Things are looking bad, and Leela is not keen on reporting back to her father about the failed rescue attempt. She pleads for the adventurer and Ozan to go in her stead, while she tries following the kidnappers. They do so, but are obstructed upon reaching the Al Kharid palace with entry denied by the door guard. As a plan B, Ozan and the adventurer traverse the rooftops, ladders, washing lines and brick walls of Al Kharid to access the very top of the palace and simply break into it.

Once outside the palace, and after overhearing a conversation between Osman and the Emir, Ozan and the adventurer theorize that the Kharid-ib – a famous diamond Ozan once tried stealing – is the ‘heart’ referred to in the ransom message. They break into the palace treasury and attempt to steal the diamond for the ransom trade, knowing that the Emir has refused to use it for bargaining. All goes well until Osman catches them mid-theft.
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While explaining things to the Emir and Osman, Ozan strikes an argument with the Emir about his apparent unwillingness to save his own son. Unfortunately, this is when the Emir’s heart finally gives out. With pressure from Menaphos threatening the rule of Al Kharid, and its last Emir dead, it’s paramount that Prince Ali is rescued.
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"...a goddess hell bent on destruction."
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Osman lets the adventurer know that both they and Ozan are not to blame for the argument and recent death of the Emir, given his terminal condition. Being the plotting guy he is, he organises for the adventurer and Ozan to take the Kharid-ib without Osman ‘knowing’ about it, and use it to get the prince back. So, the adventurer and Ozan retrieve the Kharid-ib from the treasury, and head to Shantay Pass, where they’ll begin searching for the rendezvous with Lady Keli. July 2017 061.png
It turns out the diamond lets out a shrill ringing sound when Ozan and the adventurer are near ancient sundials in the Kharidian desert. Realising the sundials can be used to unlock light paths, Ozan and the adventurer use the diamond and the sundials to reveal the pathway to the meeting point. Along the way, they run into a scuffle with desert bandits. At this time, it also becomes apparent that the Kharid-ib can ‘speak’ through other people, and it constantly demands to be returned to Al Kharid.

Eventually, after a quick deviation through quick sand and a dung kalphite nursery, Ozan and the adventurer reunite with Leela just before they discover the rendezvous point. The desert trio arrive to confront Lady Keli and make a trade. Upon being passed the Kharid-ib, she reveals herself to be Amascut, a demi god of the desert, daughter of Tumken and Elidinis, and unfortunately for the gang, chaotically insane. She departs with a sandstorm, leaving behind Apep and Heru to fight the desert trio. July 2017 062.png
After a struggle, the three manage to defeat Amascut’s thugs. Leela and the adventurer agree to return to Al Kharid with Prince Ali, while Ozan goes off on his own path, pledging to track down Amascut and get the Kharid-ib back. Elsewhere - far off in the desert - it is revealed that Amascut’s servant Jabari was responsible for the death of the last Emir during his visit to Al Kharid. It appears that the crazed goddess has something terrible planned, and that the Kharid-ib is an essential component.

"Look into my eyes."
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Some time has passed after the events of Diamond in the Rough, and the adventurer comes across a wanderer’s tent in the middle of the Kharidian desert. Being a reasonably decent person, they fufill her request, and provide her with a waterskin and tinderbox. At this moment, the wanderer asks the adventurer to look into her eyes…which are an unusual shade of red. And it’s from here on out, everything gets fuzzy for the adventurer. The next thing we know, our hero is waking up outside a pyramid in the city of Sophanem, with an angered ghost moving around near them and a canopic jar in their possession. What in the world did we do? July 2017 064.png
First, the adventurer heads to the strange creature nearby called the Sphinx. With the adventurer’s cat hanging about – at request of the Sphinx – the adventurer asks for some help in regards to this recent ‘black out’ they experienced and the angry ghost by the pyramid. The Sphinx explains a number of things – firstly that she is the guardian of cats, animals that are feared by The Devourer. She also brings up the pantheon of desert gods – Tumeken, Elidinis, Icthlarin and Amascut, now going by the name of The Devourer. Lastly, the Sphinx brings the adventurer up to date on the situation with Sophanem –the city has been experiencing plagues among its people and livestock for a reason she does not know of. The Sphinx leaves a parting message that touching particular objects may trigger memories for the adventurer. July 2017 065.png
After touching the door of the pyramid, they experience a flashback of what happened earlier. They had broken past the pyramid’s defences and stolen the canopic jar – which accounts for the angry ghost whose tomb had been plundered. Upon speaking with the Sphinx again, she suspects that the adventurer had been hyponotized to steal the jar, which is why they couldn’t remember anything that happened. Not exceedingly concerned with these affairs, the Sphinx tells the adventurer to seek help from the High Priest of Icthlarin instead.

The High Priest, stressed with managing the plague outbreak and recent grave robbery, suggests we put the canopic jar back to its rightful place in the pyramid’s tomb (along with the very helpful advice ‘to avoid the traps’, because who would have thought?). While jumping across a pit in the tomb, the adventurer has another flashback. After picking up the canopic jar, they had fought against a manifestation derived from one of the four lesser gods of the desert. At least now, the gap in the adventurer’s memory is gradually being filled again. They put the canopic jar back in its original place, then return to the high priest. July 2017 066.png
Unfortunately, things aren’t fixed yet! The ghost by the pyramid (a previous high priest of Icthlarin) can only be set to rest after a ceremony is completed. The adventurer offers to help by assisting both the city’s carpenter and embalmer with their roles in the ceremony. After some tedious go-fetch for the materials needed by both men, the ceremony is ready to commence. But just before the adventurer arrives inside the tomb with the holy symbol provided by the carpenter, another flashback occurs. The adventurer realises all too late they had hidden the symbol of the Devourer inside the pyramid during their hypnotic state, allowing Amascut entry while the ceremony is being performed. July 2017 067.png
The adventurer rushes to warn the High Priest of Icthlarin and his associates at the ceremony, just as Amascut appears. Realising her control over the adventurer has waned, she departs - her task partially complete - and leaves a possessed priest from the party to kill the other members. The adventurer fights back and subdues the priest, saving the congregation in the tomb. With the ceremony completed, and things are back to normal for the time being in Sophanem, there’s just one question the adventurer is left pondering. How did they fail in returning to the Devourer with the jar after she had them hypnotised?

Well, for now…we’ll note it down to divine intervention.
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Article by Miss Alaska

Clan Quest Members Update
New Members of Clan Quest

The last month has seen six new members join the clan! Please give them a warm welcome and make them feel at home! The new members of the clan are

  • Eve Shabba!
  • TERR1LL!
  • Reiku!
  • Polynitus!
  • Rowpita!
  • Rei 187!

The Recruitment Razzers, the chief body responsible for reaching out to possible new members, and they're always looking for a hand. You can always contact Irene Angel/Jjasm if you're interested!

Welcome to the Offsite

The offsite is a pivotal part of our clan structure, and the more people that use it the better! This last month we welcomed six new members to the offsite:

Hope you all enjoy what we have to offer, and what more we'll have to offer very soon!

Clan Quest Promotions

Because our ranking system is primarily based on quest points, a promotion is a symbol of your progress as an adventurer! Here are all of the members who have been promoted in the last month:

  • LukeTotofile: Recruit -> Captain, congratulations on your promotion to full member!
  • QPCabbage: Recruit -> Admin, congratulations on your promotion to full member!
  • StarShyne: Sergeant -> Admin
  • A Seafarer: Lieutenant -> Admin
  • Primal Peace: Sergeant -> Lieutenant

Congratulations, everyone! You can find more information on our ranks on our official recruitment thread.

Article by Sirapyro

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Bulletin - July 2017

Hi everyone!

You probably noticed that this is a bit of a late bulletin, and that's because it ended up in a stack of work that was piled up. This will be a bit of a shorter bulletin than usual, but hopefully it will still be a good update (and I even added an image!).

New offsite
How could you have missed it, we finally migrated to the new offsite. Sadly, we haven't finished all the parts of it yet, but with the new layout in place we can start working on adding additional features. Of course, we will use your feedback to direct us in this. We have already fixed several issues, and we will continue to do so over the next few months. Hopefully we can also move towards a better experience on mobile phones, so that you never have to leave the clan behind :)

We did lose some parts of the website in the process. You may have noticed that there are a lot less pages linked from the homepage. Most of them won't be coming back because they weren't as useful or out-of-date, but hopefully we'll be bringing back a few of them, or replacing them with better variants. Keep you eyes out for hopefully better systems for the clan magazine and event activity.

The final casualty is the [ col ] bb-code tag. Sadly we were unable to get that to work in the new phpBB version, but a workaround has been added. We may at some point see if we can bring the col functionality partly back, but for now you will have to use [ table *s to have more than one column in your post.

I cannot thank the people that worked on the new site enough. If you wanna know who they are, or just want to see what exactly changed with the new site, take a look at the official announcement post, and of course please share any feedback you have in the specially created thread.

Clan Quest survey
Now that the new offsite is out, I can finally focus my attention on releasing the Clan Quest survey. In this survey we'll be gathering your opinion about how the clan is doing and what you think we should be focusing on. I am hoping it will lower the bar of leaving some feedback, and give us an idea on what things really matter to you, so we can spend our time smartly to give everybody the best possible time.

I will also be mixing in some questions about the new website, and finally I will be adding some questions about who you are as well. This part will be completely optional, but getting an idea about how our clannies are distributed across the world and who you are can be interesting for organising events, or just to satisfy the data nerds we inevitably have in this clan.

Tyco Elf has been providing me with a set of questions as well which I will be trying to embed as well so we can make the most out of your time. If this is a success, we'll be looking at making this a regular (probably yearly) thing. Of course, we'll share the most interesting results with you.

My goal is to finish the survey and send it out before I am heading off on vacation, so keep your eye out for more info on this soon.

That was it for this short bulletin this month. I will be gone most of July, but please feel free to drop me a message if you have questions or want me to include something specific in next month's bulletin. Cireon out!

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Article by Cireon