A Lazy July

posted by King Kulla on 2 August 2017 at 15:50

Hello Everyone! Hoping your summer (or winter if you're in the southern hemisphere) is going well! Everyone is probably busy with their summer (or winter) plans, so I'll keep it short. Here at Informer, we had a bit of a slow start to July, but we're still here to give you some great articles to read.

Alex's Analysis returns with Runescape on the Go, a look at Jagex's latest news that Runescape will be coming to mobile devices. In the article, Alex discusses how technology for developing mobile games has really caught up in just the past few years, and just how Jagex could pull off a feat such as translating the complex Runescape UI and how more difficult tasks such as multiplayer bossing could be accomplished. Nevertheless, it is a fantastic speculation over what Jagex could do to bring Runescape to the smaller screen but a bigger audience.

Next up was Tanis, with a great article about the future of Virtual Reality in video gaming, and how VR is Bridging the Gaps for the Disabled. I can't do it justice in words, but Tanis remembers watching Geordie from Star Trek TNG in his childhood, and how he was able to see with a specially made visor. Nowadays, VR is making great strides with technology, and it's making it a lot easier for gamers who have vision loss, hearing loss, or even mobility impairment, to be able to experience traveling around a game world, that they might never have been able to do in real life.

Last, but certainly not least, was Colton and the second part of Meet the Desert Pantheon, where he describes the final four of the deities of, you guessed it, the Desert Pantheon, and how each of the four is an aspect of the god Tumeken. If you've wanted to learn more about the gods and what they're all about, check out Colton's article, complete with pictures!

In Skill of the Month news, July's Magic contest saw an all time low of 4 contestants, but it was still a fascinating race between Pyrnassius and Xbladez. Pyrnassius was able to maintain his slim lead right up to the end, and won with 17.6M xp over Xbladez' 16.2M xp. Thanks to all (4) competitors, and congratulations to Pyrnassius! Here is your trophy:

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Well, I'm off to have a good start to August! We'll be back in a month to recap August at RsBandB. Have a good rest of your summer (or winter)!

King Kulla

NPC Profiles: The Wise Old Man

posted by Col ton on 15 August 2017 at 00:57 | Discuss on our Forums

Take a moment and close your eyes for me. Well, hold on. Maybe keep them open. You do need to read this part. Simply imagine, if you will, the epitome of the grandfather figure. A man who has lived, travelled, adventured here and yon with countless stories to tell, knowledge and wisdom beyond measure. Now imagine what this figure looks like. Does he look like this??



If not, you’re wrong. This man is your perfect grandpa, paps, poppy, peepums, what have you. He seems to be the representative of all things quests, adventures, and even sometimes lore. The community seems to love him, the ladies love him, I love him! But why? What has this enigmatic geriatric endured through his years in order to shape the wizened old bag we find in Draynor Village?

The Wise Old Man’s real name is actually Dionysius, and he was born in the bustling city of Varrock. He grew up in the service of Papa Smurf himself, Saradomin. Although he enjoyed his time considerably enough to vandalize the local Zamorakian Temple with the words “Saradomin pwns”, he turned down a prestigious offer to study on Entrana with the priests there, opting instead to go out adventuring across Gielinor.


Early on in his adventures, he came across the dwarves of Keldagrim and helped defend their mines from invading trolls. He then went on to aid a mountain tribe in repelling enemy creatures and help the Karamjan peoples discover the use of powerful herbs in combat before attempting to map the Kharazi jungle with other famous NPCs before being halted by a rising Jogre War. From there, Dissy traveled the Kharidian Desert, not only touring Menaphos, the pyramids, and living with the Bedabin, but also fighting the Kalphite Queen herself.

Finally having seen so much of the world, the Wise Old Man took to Entrana to study once again before going off on more adventures and eventually deciding to settle down in the humble Draynor Village.

Having saved so many, aided countless more, and traveled the realms for most of his life, Dionysius found himself relatively destitute, only affording his shack in Draynor as his reward and comfort for his efforts and altruism. Not like adventurers nowadays, back in Dissy’s time adventurers didn’t really get any compensation for their troubles outside of gratitude and pride. Frustrated by his feeling unappreciated, he was able to justify in his mind the possibility of pulling a bank heist. On that fateful day, Cool Mom227 lured away the market guard, giving Dionysius his window of opportunity. Blasting open the bank wall and killing several characters as well as bankers, the Wise Old Man pulled the robbery and stole poor Elfinlocks’ blue partyhat. He then proceeded to kill a random event character and destroy the evidence by breaking the security tape. In spite of the overwhelming evidence that the man living next door to the bank had committed the crime, the authorities were so afraid of the Wise Old Man that they simply left him be. The Temple Knights do keep a relatively close eye on him to this day, however.


Characters first truly encounter and get to know the deeds and personality of the famed old geezer in the quest Swan Song. Piscatoris, a far off fishing colony in the northwest, is being threatened by sea trolls and beg for the assistance of the Wise Old Man in order to quell their threats as apparently he has helped them before in his adventures as a youth. The player the retrieves him from his humble home and takes him off as what seems to be his last adventure, and together defeat the Sea Troll Queen. (The player then attempts to claim Dissy’s partyhat as a reward but is met with zero acknowledgment that the request was even made)


However, this quest turns out not to be the last adventure the Wise Old Man and the player go off on as they meet again in Love Story. Throughout this journey, Zenevivia makes her appearance claiming to be Dionysius’ girlfriend and seeking out combat with the old man in attempt to settle and old score. With the player’s help, Dissy defeats her in his own NPC-owned house. Immediately following her defeat, she and the Wise Old Man decide to team up in order to go through with his plans to rob the Wizards Tower of its runes as he was low on his personal stash, but were driven off by a Thingummywut resulting in their vowing never to live up to a life of crime again. Today the two live in relative peace and happiness in Draynor Village.

But what is it about this man that makes so many adore him? I would posit that the player finds a sort of likeness in the Wise Old Man that is relatable. This man has adventured, seen the world, saved lives, taken others and is now at the end of his race. For some, maybe this is a sort of look down the corridors of time to what might be (if the character would ever age). The Wise Old Man is silly, yet powerful, foolish to some, yer revered and feared by so many. The Wise Old Man is the perfect confluence of wisdom and light-heartedness. Jagex humor added to an old grandpa that knows the world more than you ever might. This is what makes the Wise Old Man one of the greatest icons of Runescape history.


Crystal skillchompas and the choice they bring to the game: augmented vs. chinchompa, gp vs. xp, single vs. multiskill training. A look at Invention batch 2 and a discussion on Oddments and a better strategy for bringing former event rewards to game.

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A run through of the 2017 beach, urn tweaks, a polling update on Skill Pets, and a look at this weeks Unfinished Business Q&A stream with what it means for Mining and Smithing!

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A Lazy July

posted by King Kulla on 2 August 2017 at 15:50 | Discuss on our Forums

Hello Everyone! Hoping your summer (or winter if you're in the southern hemisphere) is going well! Everyone is probably busy with their summer (or winter) plans, so I'll keep it short. Here at Informer, we had a bit of a slow start to July, but we're still here to give you some great articles to read.

Alex's Analysis returns with Runescape on the Go, a look at Jagex's latest news that Runescape will be coming to mobile devices. In the article, Alex discusses how technology for developing mobile games has really caught up in just the past few years, and just how Jagex could pull off a feat such as translating the complex Runescape UI and how more difficult tasks such as multiplayer bossing could be accomplished. Nevertheless, it is a fantastic speculation over what Jagex could do to bring Runescape to the smaller screen but a bigger audience.

Next up was Tanis, with a great article about the future of Virtual Reality in video gaming, and how VR is Bridging the Gaps for the Disabled. I can't do it justice in words, but Tanis remembers watching Geordie from Star Trek TNG in his childhood, and how he was able to see with a specially made visor. Nowadays, VR is making great strides with technology, and it's making it a lot easier for gamers who have vision loss, hearing loss, or even mobility impairment, to be able to experience traveling around a game world, that they might never have been able to do in real life.

Last, but certainly not least, was Colton and the second part of Meet the Desert Pantheon, where he describes the final four of the deities of, you guessed it, the Desert Pantheon, and how each of the four is an aspect of the god Tumeken. If you've wanted to learn more about the gods and what they're all about, check out Colton's article, complete with pictures!

In Skill of the Month news, July's Magic contest saw an all time low of 4 contestants, but it was still a fascinating race between Pyrnassius and Xbladez. Pyrnassius was able to maintain his slim lead right up to the end, and won with 17.6M xp over Xbladez' 16.2M xp. Thanks to all (4) competitors, and congratulations to Pyrnassius! Here is your trophy:


Well, I'm off to have a good start to August! We'll be back in a month to recap August at RsBandB. Have a good rest of your summer (or winter)!

King Kulla