March update for RuneScapeFollowing the Wilderness massacre in February read about all the exciting RuneScape updates planned for this month including a Bonus XP weekend, new quest and skill updates.
March kicks off with two workshops first Elemental Workshop IV, soon followed by the Artisans Workshop, home of a long-awaited Smithing update. Then theres Bonus XP, wealthier rings, uglier trolls and singing pirates. Oh, and Rabid Jacks minions have a dastardly new plan in A Clockwork Syringe, a master level pirate quest.
Elemental Workshop IV
The first planned updated for March is the next quest in the Elemental Workshop series, and its totally cosmic. Well, perhaps not totally cosmic...because its chaotic too! You see, Elemental Workshop IV will not only bring with it access to the cosmic machine, but the chaos machine as well, and youll have to solve the puzzle of how to get both of them working again.
Follow in Vitruviuss footsteps and get these machines online, and youll soon be wearing the brand new rewards that come with it this time in the form of elemental gloves and boots. The quest series story also starts to come more to the fore this time, as youll not only learn more about what happened to Vitruvius and his apprentice, youll also meet the series first proper character...
The Smithing skill will then be next in line to receive its long-awaited update. Some industrious dwarves are preparing to set up shop with an Artisans Workshop in south-east Falador nearby the Mining Guild. These artisans arent the friendliest of dwarves, but theyre willing to open up their workshop to humans, providing new training opportunities, so long as you provide your own ores...
Dwarves are ever in need of new cart track to make repairs and expand their network, so, although its aimed at level 1-30 Smithing, everyone is free to lend a hand here. Life as a dwarf must also be fraught with danger, as there is also a constant demand for dwarven burial armour, the creation of which is taught within the workshops walls, which should prove useful for anyone from levels 30-70 Smithing. Parts of these two training methods are available to free-players, though members will be able to get more out of them.
Members then gain exclusive access to two further training methods: cannon repair and ceremonial swords. Aksel in the cannon repair room would have you believe that "working with these silver beauties" is reward enough, but its also a decent training method for smiths of level 40 and up. The real challenge for level 70+ smiths, though, is making ceremonial swords... Its not for everyone, as its a fine and precise art, but those who can master it should earn more XP working on adamant ceremonial swords than they could bashing out adamant platebodies.
Theres all sorts going on in the workshop, so while youre busy with one of the four main training methods, keep an eye out for other opportunities to gain favour with your surly, beard-covered artisan hosts. Rewards consist of small boosts and bonuses for training in the Artisans Workshop, and the option to 'bling' your dwarf multicannon.
Bonus XP Weekend
If you missed the announcement newspost, the next thing coming for members in March will be our third Bonus XP Weekend. The event will run from 12pm GMT (1pm CET) on Friday 11th March until the end of Sunday 13th March, and will follow the same format as the last one (a starting multiplier of 2.7x, which decrements every 30 minutes; Summoning capped at a rate of 1.1x). For and FAQ about the event, check out the Three Cheers blog, and if youd like to discuss it on the forums, head on over to The Next Bonus XP Weekend thread.
Ring of Wealth Update
RoW, huh, what is it good for? Thats a question open for debate, but, further on in March, were aiming to add a few more pluses to the positives column. Thats right, everyones favourite enchanted dragonstone ring, the ring of wealth, is going to start to live up to its name a little better.
For starters, there will be messages that tell you when the ring has actually done something, so therell be no more guesswork. There will be slight increases to the chances of receiving rare drops from popular bosses, clue scrolls and unique Slayer drops. Also, it wont just increase your chances of gaining an item from the so-called rare drop table, but will also increase the value of a handful of standard drops on many NPCs.
The ring will also be getting some very specific benefits for things such as Pyramid Plunder, Bork, Barrows and kingly implings. Finally, it will be getting a couple of handy teleport options, and will have teleport charges added to it, which youll be able to recharge much like you already can with other enchanted dragonstone jewellery.
Trolls and Trollheim Graphical Improvements
March also has some graphical updates in the pipeline this time its the turn of the trolls. Some of the new designs were used for the troll characters in the recent King of the Dwarves quest, but the rest of the games trolls (and their mountainous home) will soon be getting the same rocky new look.
A Clockwork Syringe
Barrelchests! You scabbed Captain Donnies picket line and stitched up Mi-Gors harebrained scheme, so those two are teaming up with a third of Rabid Jacks hench-captains a mechanic whos going to fix the problems (and the problem is you!). Theyve got a plan so dastardly that theyre gonna get away with it too, unless some meddling adventurer cares to step in.
Prepare for what may be the craziest pirate quest yet with home insurance claims, a hazing interrogation, long drops, vengeful seagulls, Barrel Busters and a boatload of zombio-mechanical madness. (Note: no kittens were harmed in the development of this quest.) It will be the first quest with a Dungeoneering requirement (of level 50); other requirements include Construction, Defence, Slayer, Smithing , Summoning and Thieving at levels currently ranging from 60-76.
If its been a while since you last got down with your inner pirate, dont get your shanties in a bunch a new all-singing, all-rhyming character is being added to the game to give you a colourful rum-soaked rundown of your various tales from the high seas. Keep an eye out for Bard Roberts (and his critical chum, Stanky Morgan) showing up on Mos LeHarmless later this month.
In other news...
Some of Marchs other updates will include a Fremmenik longships worth of tiny tweaks and gameplay improvements to the Dungeoneering skill, and graphical improvements to Lumbridge Swamp, yaks and cows.