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 Post subject: New D&D: Effigy Incubator & Penguin Rework
PostPosted: September 14th, 2020, 3:11 pm 
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Huh? What? You'll have to excuse us, we've been a little Distracted and, indeed, Diverted this week. Nonetheless, we've managed to rustle up an update to one of our popular D&Ds and add a brand new one for you to try. Be sure to check out the Community Tab too, because there's loads of penguin-related shenanigans for you to join in with. Now then... let's 'dive in'!

In this week's update high-level players will get the chance to build their own effigies in the Effigy Incubator, while everyone else enjoys a spot of espionage with the 12-year anniversary update for Penguin Hide & Seek.

New D&D: Effigy Incubator

As you might already know from our previous newspost, the Effigy Incubator is a new monthly Distraction and Diversion where you can create your own effigies, fill 'em with knowledge as you train your skills, and then crack them open to get XP-boosting lamps and stars.

Before you can get started, you'll need to have completed Desperate Measures and have at least Level 85 in either Invention, Crafting, RuneCrafting or Smithing. You'll also need to have a word with Mr Mordaut - a mysterious, yet familiar figure has been spotted lurking around the Base Camp, and he needs someone with your particular skill set to investigate.

Once you've completed a short miniquest, you'll gain access to the Effigy Incubator! Gather your materials and an empty effigy casing, then make your way to the workbench, where your assistant will help you craft an effigy. Repeat the process as many times as you can while the Incubator's fired up - once it's out of juice, it's time for you to take your new effigies out into the world!

Each effigy will store up to 60,000 XP from four specific skills. You can find out which effigies will accept what in the table below.
  • Explosive - Cooking, Fishing, Mining, Woodcutting
  • Unstable - Divination, Farming, Hunter, RuneCrafting
  • Erratic - Divination, Farming, Hunter, RuneCrafting
  • Volatile - Cooking, Fishing, Mining, Woodcutting

As you can see, it takes all kinds of different skills to fill your effigy, so they suit many different playstyles.

Once an effigy is full, you can open it up and reveal an XP-boosting prize! Explosive and unstable effigies will leave you with an effigy bonus XP stars, which have the chance to be upgraded to dragonkin stars. Erratic and volatile effigies contain effigy XP lamps, which have the chance to be upgraded to dragonkin lamps.

Come back the next time the Effigy Incubator is charged to make more effigies and see what your assistant has learned about the dragonkin penguin while you've been gone.

You can also return throughout the month to collect materials from the various nodes in the lab and trade them in for Incubator Points, which you can exchange for up to ten ready-made effigies.

If you're desperate for more effigy action, you can always use a D&D reset token, but beware - this option won't help you progress the story any faster. If you want those lore reveals, you'll have to play along with everyone else!

Penguins Rework

It's been 12 years since the PBJ and their close allies at the Ardougne Zoo set up the Penguin Hide and Seek program, and you and your fellow adventurers spot thousands of KGP agents every week. Great work!

To celebrate, we've added a big bucketful of updates to the minigame, including an improved Reward Shop, new rewards, and loads of different quality-of-life changes.

Let's switch things up and talk about the rewards to start with. The first thing you'll spot upon entering the new Reward Shop is that the XP/GP prices of all the items have been rebalanced. You'll also see that there's a new kind of currency being tracked: Penguins Spotted. This fills up, as you might guess, whenever you spot a penguin.

Primarily, this currency lets you gain upgrades to the Penguin Spy Device, a nifty little gadget that you'll get for free from the Ardougne Zoo.

A fully upgraded Spy Device will let you get hints for specific penguins, scan for nearby penguins, and even freeze penguins in place to help other people spot them. The one thing it doesn't do is tell the time.

Other penguin rewards include the 'Birdwatcher' and 'Spymaster' titles, a Transmog Case that'll allow you to disguise yourself as a penguin whenever and wherever you like, and an adorable baby penguin pet named Sheldon.

Now, let's talk birdwatching. Over the last dozen years the KGP have realised that they need to step up their act if they want to get the drop on the PBJ and their keen-eyed adventurer pals. Enter the Secret Agents. These highly trained penguins are the cream of the crop, the pick of the bunch, the stars of the class - you get the picture. Up to two of them will be hiding in Gielinor at any one time. If you manage to find them, you'll be rewarded with 2 Penguin Points and a Treasure Trail casket ranging from Easy to Master.

There's one other thing you need to be aware of. Every time you spot a regular penguin, there's a chance that Agent 007 will spawn in your vicinity. Like the other Secret Agents, 007 will hand over a Treasure Trail casket and 2 Penguin Points when spotted. The catch is, he's only visible to the player who spawns him. You might say the two of you have a bond.

There are also a few new achievements associated with this update:

From Ardougne With Love: Fully upgrade the Penguin Spotting Device.

Penguin Adoption Agency: Unlock the Sheldon pet.

'From Ardougne With Love' is required for the Completionist Cape and 'Penguin Adoption Agency' is required for the Trimmed Completionist Camp. There will be a grace period, which will last until November 9th. That gives you eight weeks to grab the achievements!
Penguin Celebration Bonus
Our man in Ardougne tells us that from September 14th to September 27th we can expect a flurry of KGP activity all over Gielinor. Agents 001 - 006 will spawn more frequently and spotting your first penguin during this period will grant you a penguin D&D reset token.

Good luck, and remember... keep your eyes peeled.
Edinburgh Zoo
Did you lot see that they made penguins a thing in real life? Crazy! We've even found an enclosure full of the sneaky little fellows up at the Edinburgh Zoo.

Livestream courtesy of The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland can be found here.

Here's what their keepers have to say about it:


"Over one hundred penguins live here at Penguin's Rock in Edinburgh Zoo - we're home to gentoo, king and rockhopper penguins. As we approach the end of summer, our penguins will begin their annual moult. At this time the penguins will grow in a whole new layer of feathers and the old feathers will fall off. This is known as a 'catastrophic' moult in penguins because they can do this in only 2 weeks!"

"You may spot Kevin, our naughtiest penguin, who has a lifetime ban from the penguin parade for pecking at our visitors!"

Maybe this Kevin chap has a future with the KGP?

In all seriousness, though, the keepers have had it rough taking care of their black-and-white buddies throughout the lockdown period. To help them out, we'll be collaborating with the Edinburgh Zoo over the next few weeks. Check out the Community Tab to see how you can win a Penguin Adoption Pack!

You can also help by checking out the other live webcams on the Edinburgh Zoo penguin site. If you're lucky, you can catch lions, tigers, and koala bears - oh my - and of course, you can also watch Yang Guang, the world-famous panda.
Prime Gaming
Has all this talk of penguins and effigies got you itching to try out some of the members-only content in RuneScape? Then you're in luck, because from September 15th to October 13th, you can get seven days of membership for free when you link your Prime Gaming and RuneScape accounts.

Just follow the instructions on this page after tomorrow and you can claim your reward!
10th Annual Golden Gnome Awards - Finalist Announcement
As you all know by now, the Golden Gnomes are going to be a little different this year. But we're not letting social distancing stop us from having a great time, and the finalist announcements are no exception!

Join us this Friday for a glitz and glamour filled livestream, where we'll announce the finalists for 17 award categories. Check the Community Tab for the full details.

~ The RuneScape Team

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 Post subject: Re: New D&D: Effigy Incubator & Penguin Rework
PostPosted: September 23rd, 2020, 7:22 pm 
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I can't do the new D&D so I'll speak on the Penguins.

It's basically the exact same but with new additions such as the gizmo .
I don't like the new attention ,
as it's harder to find them on world 60 now with nobody closing doors.
Still the place to go is the forums for penguin hunting . So I'm glad that wasn't touched with the update.

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