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Runescape Website Blue Skin Updates

With the Return of the Players' Gallery, I noticed that there were thick borders appearing on narrow images, so I've fixed that.   I've also taken this opportunity to change a couple of background and heading colours on the forums to increase contrast as well as eliminate a problem that was sometimes causing the mouse to flicker when hovering over links. Both of these changes have a very high chance of causing something to change unexpectedly that I've not noticed, so if you see anything amis

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Court Cases

Today saw the release of the first Court Cases which were blogged about in November, so I headed off to Seers' Village and the court room.   Talking to the Clerk, the introduction is fairly clear and the notes are in the Drawers. They aren't too long, which is good, and the fingerprints stop it being a 'read this or else' situation. With all the information read, I headed down the stairs to prosecute the Mugger (just because the name ends in -gger, it doesn't mean he has anywhere near the sa

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Now We Are Free

[name=gladiator Now We Are Free Lisa Gerrard Hans Zimmer][/name]It's an amazing film and this music is nothing other than incredible. :/

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Best Slayer Task Ever.

Please note that this series of four entries about Slayer, of which this is the fourth, happened between the 18th and 26th of February, so mentioned item prices may be slightly out of date   Continuing with my Slaying, I was assigned to kill ~120 Jungle Strykewyrms.   I left it a day before heading to fight them and appearing in the dock in Oo'glog by Charter Ship, I noticed some strange inconsistencies with the fog colour (black when on the boat, white the moment you step off), so stopped a

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Runescape Website Blue Skin Updates

As mentioned, I've gone and updated the Play Classic page so there's no brown on it. In doing so, I finally found out how to blur the edges of an image so it's not pixellated. :( (the 'Feather' plugin for Paint.NET)   The selectors for the AoG 'Updated' text on the homepage have been updated so it looks the same in both Chrome and Firefox.   The menubar above the game applet has been given some blueness so that there's blue on every page on the RS website. The advert background on this pag

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Small Runescape Blue Skin Update

A small update has been made to the Runescape Website - Blue skin so that text on the grats on install page after installing the downloadable client is readable.   (based on 15-16-979-61057883, the new downloadable client appeared at some point last week - a quick look at the source shows it to be an older build of this that's been tweaked a bit to fix 4 problems, plus ~100 lines of C++, all put together in Visual C++ (note that I don't know C++ and haven't looked in detail at the source))  

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Elemental Workshop 3

What a quest. :P   You start off by finding a book (as with the other quests in this series) and reading it. This gives you a bit of background to the Workshop as well as telling you how to make a key to pass through the Body Door.   Having passed through the door, you find yourself upstairs in a giant room with a strange contraption below. From upstairs, the room has a great feel to it that indicates that there's something powerful at work.   The room is giant and reminds me of fighti

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Private Chat Colours

One of the key issues I mentioned in the first of the Colourblindness in Runescape entries was the colour of chat text. Today saw the release of a way to "choose the colour of your split [private] chat", so off I hopped into the game and had a look at what had been added.   After the release of the Notes system and the horrible colour-selection menu that has, I wasn't particularly hopeful. On the plus side, it was being worked on in January (said in one of the Q&A sessions), so this is t

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Pure Awesome

There were a couple of videos / songs I was having trouble deciding between to post today, when I came across the following which out-trumps everything I've come across in a while for being full of pure awesomeness.     'Epic' would be a bit of an understatement. :D

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Runescape Forum Communities

A month ago there was the release of 'Forum Communities' on the RSOF, something which has been slated since release and is going to be made even more confusing tomorrow when more timers are being added. Guthix knows why.   Anyway, for those who want to forget that the silly things even exist, I've created a userstyle which will hide anything to do with the communities, simply leaving you with the 'Everyone' section to post in and explore. It is still possible to access threads in the other c

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I Love My Cannon

Please note that this series of four entries about Slayer, of which this is the third, happened between the 18th and 26th of February, so mentioned item prices may be slightly out of date   With Dagannoths as my Slayer task and a feeling that I wasn't going to be able to complete it in a reasonable time at the Dagannoth Kings, I decided to do it the 'proper' way - with a Cannon in the room under the Lighthouse.   I headed off to the Grand Exchange and put in an offer for a Cannon at max. It

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Zanaris Market

Wander around Zanaris Market with Im Fackelschein by Equilibrium (below) playing. I assure you that it's amazing.    

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Fairy Tale Part 3 And New-look Zanaris

I logged into Runescape and found myself standing in the entrance to Zanaris (I'd logged out in the bank) and simply loved the look. :P     I was a fan the old look, but this simply feels magical. First impressions said it looks like the Free Realms starting area, but I'm not totally sure where that thought came from. Beyond the first glance, it was time to do some questing, so off I ran towards the bank and was bombarded with even more hawtness.     Upon reaching the bank, I was ex

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How Dungeoneering Works

Because nobody's going to care about another post about election result data, here's a quote from Mod Mark about how Dungeoneering works...   GZ: How does the random content generation work with Daemonheim?  MO: The party leader makes a decision about the following options:   - How many players in the group? We can support up to five.   - What size of dungeon they want?   - How 'deep' a floor they wish to play? We have 60 floors and different themes to choose from.   - How complicat

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Election Results 2

I mentioned that I wanted to add a couple of extra bits of information to my Election Results summaries and have done just that. :P   It's now possible to see the maximum number of possible voters in each constituency as well as the actual turnout on both the Constituencies Listing page and the individual constituencies pages. There's also been another link added to the latter.   Data is nice. ^_^   http://ukelection.byethost32.com/full-data.php

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Ulduar The Movie

Back in September I made a comment about Ulduar the Movie and how the soundtrack, particularly Dragon Rider is fantastic. Since then, part 3 has been released and I'm finally getting round to posting about it, because the whole thing simply amazing. -.-   Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   As mentioned in the video summaries on YT, it's possible to download the whole thing to view without interruption if you wish to do so.   It may be half an hour long, but every

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Election Results

After the election on Thursday, I didn't like the way the results and summaries were displayed on various websites (in particular, the grouping of smaller parties as 'Other'), so decided to do something myself. I've wanted to learn PHP for a while, so this also provided a perfect opportunity to do that. :D   I started off by trying to work out how to get the data, which was a mess involving regular expressions that worked some of the time and not others, so I ended up using regexps for some t

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Is It Moral?

While completing Buyers and Cellars and the followups, I felt that what I was doing was totally wrong. I know it's just a game, but the things I was being made to do didn't feel in the slightest bit right.   Pickpocketing NPCs, opening locked chests, plundering pyramids, picklocking locked doors and breaking into Zemouregal's fortress all feel fine, but there was something totally wrong about completing Buyers and Cellars. I wasn't taking items from a farmer's bottomless pockets or a chest t

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A Guild Of Our Own

Having completed the other three parts of Buyers and Cellars, I was in no way impressed by what had been created because of abysmal design in the first conversation putting me in a bad mood.   I left a couple of nights to relax and made my way back to Lumbridge to complete the final part (heading via ToG to gain 9k Dungeoneering xp and skip level 47).   "You need to get me a Vial." *goes and gets you both a Vial and Vial of Water* "Noes, you need to make a potion in the Vial first."   We

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Daemonheim - A Series Of Interlinked Broom Cupboards?

The Breakfast Topics on WoW.com can bring up some thought-provoking points and today's (tl;dr: the size of rooms in a raid need to fit the number of people present if it's going to feel epic) made me think about Daemonheim.   Daemonheim is designed for 1-5 people, so the feel of the dungeon should reflect this by being the corret size to hold this many people. Problem is, it doesn't feel right.   I've spent much of my time running dungeons solo, but even then the rooms feel... cramped. As

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Avatar

I saw it again today.   This time it was only in 2D and wasn't on a giant cinema screen, so lacked that extra 'omg wow' in terms of looks, but it was still amazing and the music was no less epic.   *Neo Avatars wants the sequel(s)

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Buyers And Cellars

They say first impressions count. That was a perfect example of what not to do.   I started off being unable to find the NPC needed to start the quest. First is a long speech about opening a guild (which was very good). You're then told to punch a bag or something, which you automatically run over to and do nothing other than a Yawn emote and be shouted at by the start NPC. Choosing to punch the bag and I'm given a 'You do not have permission to do that' message, so I click away and talk w

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Dungeoneering - Another Look

Since my initial observations about Dungeoneering, I've gained another 16 levels in it. Over this time, I've faced another load of bosses, some of which (Rammernaut, Lexicus Runewright, Har'Lakk the Riftsplitter) are great fun, look fantastic, or both. :(   So, with this additional experience, what would I like that I've not already mentioned?   [/name]The first is AoE Spells. This may be spells from the Ancient Spellbook which allow you to attack multiple enemies at once, or it may be som

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