It’s time for the much anticipated sequel to Cook’s Assistant! Chef’s Assistant delivers pop culture references, a fresh F2P experience, and of course cheesecake. Also thoughts on the quest QoL updates and spaghetti lore.

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Well, after 18 years, RuneScape's first quest finally gets a sequel. ... or rather, if we pretend Recipe for Disaster doesn't exist, it... um...

... OK, it's just another Cook's Assistant quest. It's not even the same cook! But don't worry, this one's more competent! He just needs you to gather all the ingredients for a cake so that he can...

... be voted to become the leader of a chef's association that's apparently higher than the leader of the Cooks Guild and the official holder of the level 99 Skill Cape. Yeah, better than being late for a birthday party. This is not for a town's respected leader, it's for his own personal gain! So much better!

So he tasks you with following a secret recipe that everybody knows about because he's a local drunk, sends you to an out-of-the-way dairy that's not on a farm for a specific ingredient, then sends you back again for the other ingredients, and then sends you to go deliver the finished product all over RuneScape and pretend it's his work because he is too busy manning the guild and... doesn't have employees to do this sort of thing for him. You know, being a guild master and all...

...

This is a fantastic quest!

So this quest stays to the roots where it's basically a fetch and go quest. There's no real turns or twists, nothing to fight (unless you count the tree you chop), and most of the places you need to go have quick teleport options. And that's the point of it. It's a tutorial quest, where it teaches the player how to do something in RuneScape that's comparatively convoluted. It does so by drawing them in with the potential of a good first-time reward (a nice big quest complete window) and a fairly involving story to help maintain interest.

The quest itself is straightforward. There are no new areas in-game, the majority of the characters you interact with already exist (save for the dairy in Falador, which I'm not entirely sure was necessary since there's the one in east Lumbridge), and the level requirements are fair. Nevertheless, it's tedious enough to warrant a good effort because there's quite a bit of running around involved. But that ultimately makes the reward more worth it afterwards.

And what's the reward? Cheesecake! Cheesecake is like regular cake, where each item has three portions. It's hard to make, and it doesn't restore an incredible amount of health compared to some potentially endangered species of fish.

However, unlike regular cake, cheesecake restores prayer points too!

Pretty awesome, eh? The best cheesecake will restore 99 prayer points per section, adding up to about 297 prayer points, which for a higher level player is roughly the equivalent of a... single dose of regular prayer potion. But, it does heal too. Balances out, right? ... oh, you'd rather have a six-dose prayer potion and a rocktail instead of two cheesecake...

Oh right, did I mention this is a free-to-play quest?

This is probably the first and only option for edible prayer restoration for free-to-play players. Not to mention since this is a beginner quest and the method for crafting cheesecake, while tedious, is relatively simple and low level, it offers developing players a great asset to supplement their everyday training!

It's nice because the F2P section doesn't get a whole lot of updates. Sometimes they get something from the patch notes, or sometimes an item is moved to the non-members side to fit with the layout, but since the big F2P update where they got Taverley and Burthrope (and who could forget Tutorial Island), they haven't had that much new content to go off of.

At the same time, Jagex exist as a company to make money and pay its hard-working employees. If everything was free, they just wouldn't last very long. Or, RuneScape would be all covered up in ads and sponsor images. And I do not plan to wear a piece of Masterwork armor branded with Hammacher Schlemmer on the back.

So yes, this isn't the sequel to Sliske's Endgame, nor is it really a sequel to the actual Cook's Assistant quest. It's a guide to making a complicated food item to aid newer players. It's tailored to a specific audience. It's a quick and easy quest.

I approve! We need more of them. Quests are a good way to invite players into new content.

Y'all remember Karamja Idols? No, of course not, because there's no quest for them. You remember the Nexus? No, it's a minigame without a quest. You going to remember cheesecake? You probably will try to forget that one.

... or maybe that's just me. I personally don't like cheesecake very much. Don't know the appeal. My RuneScape character seems to enjoy it, though. Yay for Alex 43.

Until next time,

Cheers, cannoneers!


This guest article comes to us courtesy of Derparnieux in Clan Quest. Derp is an avid clue hunter on multiple accounts and is someone that many go to for Treasure Trail advice. You can find him in Clan Chat, "Clan Quest".

Ever since Treasure Trails received its last major touch-up a year ago, the sight of 25-stacks of clues must be a familiar one to most players. And even though the possibility of receiving a dye is quite alluring, many players find themselves low on motivation to actually complete the clues. Contrarily, there is a select group of players with a clue completion count in the thousands... This immediately begs the question, what is their secret? Today, seeing as I believe myself to be a reasonably accomplished clue hunter, I will try to answer this question.

Now, I feel it’s appropriate to include a disclaimer here: to a certain extent, clues are a matter of personal taste. It’s not unheard of for people to dislike the entirety of clue scrolls, or maybe just certain tiers of clue scrolls. As for myself, I have barely done any elites in the past year because I simply tend to dislike doing them. However, in many cases of people disliking clues, I believe a significant part of this disliking can be resolved by following a few tips and tricks to make the process almost infinitely more tolerable.

Secret #1: Filled hidey-holes!

One of the major and most welcomed changes the Clue Scroll Rework brought to RuneScape was the addition of hidey-holes. These hidey-holes are item stash units where you can, like the name suggests, stash the items needed for certain clue steps close to the respective locations. If you’re a new player wanting to get into clue scrolls or a veteran player who hasn’t bothered filling these up yet, they are an immense gamechanger for both the completion speed and enjoyability of clue scrolls.

Secret #2: A good bank preset!

 

A picture of my personal preset, which I use for completing (mainly) hard and master clues.

Even though bank presets are quite a... scarce resource in RuneScape, having one dedicated solely to Treasure Trails is an incredible blessing to the entire process of completing clue scrolls. Fill up your preset with useful items and teleports for the tier(s) of clues you want to complete, save the preset and you’re done! Note that the example preset you see above is definitely not optimal – this preset is taken from an account without 99 Dungeoneering and Slayer (and therefore also no max), and these three capes are also very useful capes for clue hunters.

However, it Is quite difficult to pinpoint what preset is the best for everyone. The truth is, different players most likely prefer a different preset. This is also why you will almost never find two clue hunters who use the exact same preset. This is partially based on what teleports and useful items you have unlocked, but also just on personal preference. The only way to find out what preset works for you is to start out with a generic preset, and then change it to your own liking.

Now, I won’t bore you with a precise list of what items I have included in my preset*, but I can give you some tips on how to make an effective preset:

  1. If there exists an item which combines the effect of other items, use that! Examples of this category are the large rune pouches, the passage of the abyss and Evil Dave’s spellbook. The more room you save by combining, the more useful items you can take!
  2. The inclusion of items I’ll refer to as ‘convenience items’ is a wise choice. Examples of this category are the Meerkats, the portable fairy ring and the spirit tree re-rooter. These items aren’t strictly necessary to use, but they do save you quite some time in the long run.
  3. If you’re sufficiently high-level, don’t waste your inventory space on combat supplies. There is no need to bring potions and/or food; you can use the Meerkats’ special move to skip all non-Double agent fights, and if there is ever a time when you need desperate healing, you can use one of the many available bank teleports in the game.
  4. Also, don’t waste your money on skipping tickets. They’re not worth it. With a bit of experience under your belt, you’ll blast through the puzzles in no time.

* Just kidding: Master farmer’s hat, Captain’s log, Tiranwwn quiver, Luck of the dwarves, Globetrotter outfit, Passage of the abyss**, Grace of the elves***, TokKul-Zo, Dave’s spellbook, Big book o’ piracy, Attuned crystal teleport seed, Wicked hood, Ectophial, Spirit tree re-rooter, Portable fairy ring, Compacted combat bracelet, Ardougne cape, Desert amulet, Disk of returning, The Heart teletabs, Fremennik sea boots, Karamja gloves, Drakan’s medallion, Bullseye lantern, two large rune pouches (filled with air, water, earth, fire, law and nature runes), Meerkat pouches and Fetch casket scrolls.

** Inside the Passage of the abyss, I have: Amulet of glory, Games necklace, Ring of dueling, Skills necklace, Digsite pendant, Traveller’s necklace.

*** My max guild portal teleports are set to Overgrown idols and Deep sea fishing hub.

Secret #3: Practice makes perfect!

You might argue that this is not truly a secret, but I do believe that people underestimate how much better you get at doing clues with experience. Not only does practice allow you to fine-tune your preset, but over time you’ll begin to recognize clue steps you’ve completed before - just this simple ability of recognizing clue steps saves you a lot of time in the long run.

Upon completion of a clue scroll, you will receive a certain amount of Treasure Trails points (TTP). The amount you receive depends on what tier of clue scroll you did, and on your completion count in that respective tier. Now, with these points, you can purchase a multitude of items/unlocks, but the most important one is the Globetrotter outfit. This outfit consists of five pieces (jacket, shorts, boots, arm guards, backpack), and each of these five pieces provides the wearer with a useful benefit during Treasure Trails. Full details on how the outfit works and what benefits it gives can be found on the wiki, but I’ll give you a taster here:

  1. The Globetrotter jacket can be used to teleport to the location of a clue step. Now, you might wonder, when is the ideal time to use this teleport? Well, it depends on the tiers of clues you want to complete. In general, the effect is most beneficial for scan clues in large or annoying-to-traverse areas (think Elven lands, Brimhaven dungeon, etc.). After that, its biggest use is as a time saver for annoying to reach locations, like the lowest level of the Polypore dungeon or the two coordinate clues in Gu’Tanoth.
  2. The Globetrotter backpack provides the ability to swap a clue step for a new one of the same difficulty. No more dropping clues for which you don’t have the requirements! I mostly use this to skip Wilderness and Entrana clue steps, though, or to skip an annoying clue step if I don’t happen to have any jacket charges.
  3. The full Globetrotter outfit, when worn, acts as the outfit for emote clues if the respective hidey-hole is filled. No longer having to take items out of hidey-holes is such a time saver!

It is easy to underestimate how helpful these effects are. I have now obtained the entire outfit on two accounts – I first obtained the outfit on my main, then decided to create an alt and I got the outfit entirely from scratch on this new account. Let me tell you, doing clues without the outfit while being used to the effects of the outfit really puts into perspective how powerful it is.

Funnily enough, having unlocked the outfit on my main made it so that I purchased the pieces in quite an... unconventional order on my alt (backpack -> arm guards -> shorts -> boots -> jacket). The order in which you should buy the outfit pieces is largely up to personal preference, though, so the best advice I can give you here is to decide for yourself what effect you deem most necessary or useful.

And I believe that’s it for me! Hopefully this article has provided you with at least some useful tips for completing your stack of clues. Good luck on the loot, and if you have any questions, feel free to hit me up in-game or on Discord!

Derp


We have a first hand experience with the Player Owned Farm Farmhands and the many Farming quality of life updates this week. We also have a rundown on the Valentine’s day Twitch Prime offer and a discussion on smithable salvage and the comp cape!

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[Informer] Forecasting February

posted by King Kulla on 2 February 2019 at 04:46

Hello RsBandB! I'm back again to take a look back on the first month of the year at RsBandB, and to look ahead to what looks to be an exciting month ahead.

Informer saw some great articles from our quintet of writers, starting off with Tanis's Mining and Smithing Rock, about, you guessed it, the long awaited Mining and Smithing rework, and the many ways that it makes life easier. Next, we had Alex's analysis on the Mining and Smithing update and how it's Refining the Process. David's PvM article this month focuses on Why Patch Weeks Matter and the small but beneficial impacts they can have on your whole experience.  Penultimately, Cireon took a look into the game development process and how team building competitions and game jams can really bring out the Heart of the Game. Finally, our Dear Leader Shane forecasted Jagex's 2019 Victory Strategy, and the 3 keys points that Jagex can do to ensure a successful year.

Speaking of game design and the future of RuneScape, be sure to check out our current monthly bit. You can find that at RsBandB's Patreon and you can also gain access to the entire catalog of bits for as little as $1/month.

In Skill of the Month, we had a4 way race, which was won by Sorensen57 with 61.2M xp. Congrats to all competitors, and here is your winning trophy!

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That's all for me this month, have a safe February!

King Kulla