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Answers to Questions Asked of Jagex by Slammers

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Merch Gwyar

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Hi all,

 

I'm back home and freaking knackered! Fortunately there were no major adventures on the way back, just a very, very long run in the rain and dark.

 

By necessity, there will be some delay in recounting all that happened today, but I do have something immediate to share with you. As promised I presented that A4 sheet of questions to Mod Poppy, practically as soon as I was through the door. It got handed to the head of community relations, whose name is Mod Stevew. It was handed back to me with answers at the end of the visit.

 

Not all questions received answers. Those were just left blank, but for clarity I'll put 'no answer' after them.

 

Herty: What's your stance on RS2006? Could you release Runescape from before August 2007, like the RSC release?

 

Mod Stevew: Each time we update the game we don't keep any of the old assets, and we only change things when we genuinely believe it's an improvement. So, even if we did want to revert to an older graphic set, we just couldn't do it.

 

We are aware that a desire exists to have a version of the game with older graphics, but like many things in life - we do tend to look back on the past and associate it with good times, and then we find that if we actually revisit those things that we treasure so much from 'back in the day', they are not quite as great as our memories would have us believe. As the joke expression goes 'nostalgia ain't what it used to be!'.

 

Hilbrande: Why do they make F2P so bad? They were talking about account transfering; are they considering changing the rules?

 

Mod Stevew: We believe that the free game far exceeds other offerings in the industry in terms of play time and immersive content.

 

Lonely: Is the game going to be shut down soon and now you're just trying to drain every penny out of it?

 

Mod Stevew: No, we are fully committed to the future of RuneScape and making sure it is around for future generations, making RuneScape the best it can possibly be and continually evolving the game with regular updates and improvements is what make us get out of bed in the morning!

 

Gri3f and Minerex: Tell them to make me a mod pl0x!

 

Mod Stevew: Enjoy the game, have fun, support the community and we will spot you!

 

Fred Gwyar: 1, Why not make the SoF only give cosmetic and lucky items, why include XP?

 

Mod Stevew: No answer.

 

Fred Gwyar: 2, Why not market 'special emotes' or decorative clothing/skins (as the green skin with RuneFest) for a few $?

 

Mod Stevew: No answer.

 

Fred Gwyar: 3, What do they think about the all time high of rants on the Forum, especially the +16k thread about SoF?

 

Mod Stevew: We are fortunate to have a passionate community who give us almost instantaneous feedback about all we do - sometimes we have to agree to disagree, but we do read feedback - and when sensible and well thought out comments are made, we always afford those suggestions careful consideration.

 

Fred Gwyar: 4, Considering Jagex hired JacMob (bot scripter) and the bot nuke a few months ago where Jagex told us only 2% will be still working, why do we have so many bots back now??? I'd like to see a RS free of bots before the Mayan prediction comes to term...

 

Mod Stevew: As always, the lat thing we want to do is let bot developers know what we have planned next - we can say that we are totally on it, we will never give up and we share our genuine players desire to have a bot free game.

 

Conspicuous: When can I "officially" buy gp from Jagex?

 

Mod Stevew: No answer.

 

Conspicuous: Why didn't they increase subscription costs?

 

Mod Stevew: No answer.

 

Conspicuous: Each member, what football team they support?

 

Mod Stevew: We have a Jagex staff football team so they are widely supported by everyone here at the studio. We are not quite ready to take on Barcelona yet but watch this space!

 

Conspicuous: What their stand is to the concept of Communism and Capitalism.

 

Mod Stevew: No answer.

 

Conspicuous: If they like the Freemasons.

 

Mod Stevew: No answer.

 

Conspicuous: When they're going to fix the combat triangle (general answer will be nice).

 

Mod Stevew: Combat you say? Hmmmm. We are very close to being able to let the whole community know what plans we have - 2012 is an exciting year for Combat in RuneScape, more news very soon!

 

Conspicuous: If they're going to reduce the power of OP weapons.

 

Mod Stevew: No answer.

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Those were all of the questions and answers. There will be more to write, but right now I am genuinely exhausted and drained. I hope to get a full blog about the visit out over the next few days, and I'll certainly aim for it to be asap. I'm well aware that everyone is waiting on this.

 

I would like to answer this Tweet though:

 

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I was not offered a mod status and I most certainly would not have signed a NDA that read anything like that. I retain full freedom to write whatever I wish to write before and beyond this afternoon. If that includes criticism over Jagex, then that will happen. Equally if I feel praise is due, then that too will happen. Freedom of speech is one of the human rights that I hold most dear; but I also understand that freedom of speech includes courtesy, respect and personal responsibility. Today the latter must come into play.

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Well, most of the interesting questions were thrown out the window.

 

How will we know about the Jagex stance on Communism now?

 

Oh and the SoF.

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christ y'all take this shizzle too seriously

says the guy who called me an idiot in a Halo debate

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They didn't answer one of my questions! :(

They didn't answer all the good questions though. :P

Oh and did you actually tell them my name? :o

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You are OK right Merch? Or else I might I have to go over there my self.

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I can imagine that the Jagex mods are just doing what they're told by the higher ups. It wouldn't surprise me that a lot of them hate the recent microtransaction updates but just can't say that because of their jobs.

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christ y'all take this shizzle too seriously
says the guy who called me an idiot in a Halo debate

in my defense, you're an idiot

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christ y'all take this shizzle too seriously
says the guy who called me an idiot in a Halo debate
in my defense, you're an idiot

Your picture is Billy Ray Cyrus.

'Nuff said

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christ y'all take this shizzle too seriously

 

says the guy who used to be a mod on a rs forum

 

OT: Those are the kind of answers expected - avoid anything to do with SoF and RWT and just focus on everything else. Nice.

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christ y'all take this shizzle too seriously
says the guy who used to be a mod on a rs forum

and remains on the runescape forum despite not playing runescape in order to belittle others who play the game

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Gri3f and Minerex: Tell them to make me a mod pl0x!

 

Mod Steve: Enjoy the game, have fun, support the community and we will spot you!

Oooo.... they answered that?!

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We are fortunate to have a passionate community who give us almost instantaneous feedback about all we do - sometimes we have to agree to disagree, but we do read feedback - and when sensible and well thought out comments are made, we always afford those suggestions careful consideration.

 

That does not make me feel good at all. Either I'm reading things wrong/making wild assumptions based on the worst, or that's basically Jagex saying gf everyone we're keeping SoF. Which... given that they haven't said anything in a month is probably true. =/

 

Anyways, I look forward to reading the full report. :)

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christ y'all take this shizzle too seriously
says the guy who used to be a mod on a rs forum
and remains on the runescape forum despite not playing runescape in order to belittle others who play the game

in my defense i belittle people who don't play the game too

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christ y'all take this shizzle too seriously
says the guy who used to be a mod on a rs forum
and remains on the runescape forum despite not playing runescape in order to belittle others who play the game
in my defense i belittle people who don't play the game too

and in those cases I applaud you but an attack on runescape is an attack on me and that i simple cannot allow good sir -.-

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damn, i was looking forward to hearing their vews on Communism, although i suppose they made that pretty clear already .

Favoring the rich that can afford to trade exp and gp for money, and belittleing the poor by offering more and more content to people who are able to spare money for a monthly subscription, and maybe the previously mentionned exp/gp for cash , and even taking away content such as the ihghscores and probably more in the future .

Definitely not the ideal communist spirit :( Bad times .

Anyways , seriousness aside, hope you had fun and learned some useful info in the process , looking forward to the next post :)

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