Bulletin - January 2019
A new year
Wow, I can't believe it's 2019 already! I think we got a lot of great work done for the clan in 2018. 2018 was the year where we officially accepted a new Constitution. This has allowed us to expand into Old School RuneScape, and gives us the framework for other games as well. To support this, we also added a wiki system to the offsite. This allows any member to create content for the clan. Both of these updates to our clan structure were introduced from one thought: to give more power to our members. Clan Quest has always been an organisation by members, for members. This is very clear in the Questaholic that you are reading now, as that is created month after month by a group of passionate Editors to bring the latest and best to you.
Many changes since the start of last year have been made to streamline the processes. We've improved our Discord logistics, added new staff members to help us run the clan, and more. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the clan in 2018. We really wouldn't be as awesome if it weren't for all of you.
Another big highlight of 2018 was our annual RuneFest visit. We had a good representation once more, and I had a lot of fun meeting old and new friends alike. It is humbling to be accompanied by people who have travelled halfway across the world just to hang out. Those moments make feel sure that what we have in this clan is special, and I hope we can keep growing into 2019.
Building a better clan
One thing we have started to do in 2018 and want to do even better in 2019 is to make it possible for you to feel empowered to contribute. We've heard from all of you that you are happy to spend some time helping make Clan Quest a cool place, but it isn't always easy and clear on how to do it. One thing we've done particularly bad on is the technical aspect. We have many cool features we would like to support, but with only two contributors that are also busy with general Clan Council tasks and non-clan commitments, progress on them have been slow.
Over the past few years, multiple people have offered to help us programming, but we never had a good way to make them help out. That has now changed! We opened up the code on GitHub. Last month I also wrote a step-by-step guide to make it as easy as possible to get going. There is always a learning curve involved, such is the nature of technical projects, but hopefully we can really get some cool new things going throughout 2019. I am personally really exciting to finally start expanding the great framework we built with the new website.
The new year is always seen as a perfect opportunity to set some goals for the upcoming twelve months. What I would like to see, is at least double the active guilds in Clan Quest by the end of 2019. We had some initiatives going earlier in 2018, but none took off. I don't believe that there aren't five people playing the same game in this clan, so I am hoping to see other guilds sprout up! I am also hoping to have at least one new technical system supported by our clan members, and double the people contributing to the clan in general.
We already have some great stuff lined up for 2019. A Clan Quest summer vacation in Sweden, the magazine fully hosted on the wiki, and our own Discord bot for fun and games! Finally, 2019 will be the tenth anniversary of the existence of Clan Quest, and we won't let that pass by silently, so look out for some cool announcements once we get closer to that date.
This is more a yearly bulletin than a monthly bulletin, but I just had to give a shout-out to all the cool stuff that has happened in the last year. Next month I'll be back with a more regular bulletin. Until then, stay cool!
Article by Cireon
An interview with our most devoted slayer. Rumour has it he likes slayer. Ladies and gentlemen, he is... ILikeSlayer!
New official term is Shoods!
What are you currently studying?
Master of Political Science, International Relations specialisation.
What do you do for a living?
Living off what the state gives me, looking to do a paid internship somewhere to gain some experience and income (just like when training slayer)
What's your favourite sport?
Speed skating, or more specifically shorttrack.
Which are your favourite childhood cartoons?
Pokémon without a doubt. Perhaps also Alfred J. Kwak (shoutout to my fellow Dutchies)
If you could have any super power other than invincibility, what would you choose and why?
Control over time, since that is as close to invincibility one can get without actually choosing invincibility =P
What are your favourite outdoor activities?
Cycling and hiking.
Which is your favourite movie?
Maybe Spirited Away? Not sure, not an avid movie-goer/watcher.
What sort of music and artists do you listen to?
Whatever I’m in the mood for. Right now it’s a lot of EDM, but I don’t mind some heavy metal or classical music. I was raised to not be a music-elitist.
Which books would you recommend?
Any book by Patrick Rothfuss or Naomi Novik. Granted, there’s not many of those, but that just makes the ones that are out there soooooo much better. After reading these two, my perspective on the fantasy genre really changed. As for non-fiction, when I read them it’s mostly political/philosophical books, so I won’t bore anyone with those.
What's your favourite type of food?
You can always wake me up for some Greek food, or some Belgian beer&beef stew. Other than that, let me sleep.
Do you prefer mom's food or restaurant food?
Dad’s food actually, altough my mom makes a great Tajine
Which are your favourite games?
RuneScape, Age of Empires 2, Europa Universalis 4, Mount & Blade; Warband.
What are your favourite video game genres?
Historical/fantasy MMORPG’s/RTS games
Which was the most difficult video game you ever beat?
I once finished a Korea playthrough all the way in EU4, that was pretty hard. Other than that, maybe Dark Souls 2?
What's the toughest thing you've ever accomplished in a video game?
The Korea playthrough
When playing with friends, do you prefer video games or tabletop games, and why do you prefer one over the other?
Tabletop, because there just is something about looking the others in the eye when you beat them.
What's your favourite skill?
What's your favourite quest?
Missing, Presumed Death. Oh boy, that moment when all the Gods show up, amazing!
When did you start playing?
Not sure, I think it was around 12-13 years ago.
What was your very first accomplishment cape?
Firemaking skillcape, back when I was f2p.
You get 30 seconds of full attention from all employees of Jagex. What do you say?
Do more quests and force players to complete them!
You get a ticket to visit Gielinor IRL. Where do you go first?
Slayer Tower baby!
GENERAL PART 2
What are your biggest dreams in life?
I guess to be able to lead a healthy, full life? I mean, I never had these big dreams like being an astronaut or professional athlete.
If you could have any 3 animals in the world (only real animals, no fictional), which would you pick?
Dogs, cats or nothing.
If you had to give up one of your senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste) which one would you pick?
I would give up smell in a heartbeat. All the others are essential and while smell can be helpful, sometimes you just wish you didn’t have to smell that locker room.
How would you describe yourself to others?
Socially awkward until I get to know someone, then maybe still socially awkward, but in a different way.
What is your most used item in your daily life?
My glasses, or my bed. I’d say they are about 50/50.
Best thing about your trip to London?
Going home. Or no, was it meeting every crazy person there is in Clan Quest?
If I were to visit your country, what do you think I should do first?
Get a bike but no helmet. That way you’ll fit right in.
What are your favourite cities/locations, both in RS and in real life?
In real life, I’d say Utrecht, my home city. In RS, abyssal demons in Slayer Tower baby!
Do you have a motto or a favourite phrase? If so, which is it?
Eh, I’ll wing it.
Do you play an instrument? If not, which instrument/s would you like to learn?
I did play the guitar, but I lost interest, so I lost that ability. Would love to pick it back up one day, or maybe learn how to play the piano.
Tell us the story behind your name!
It expresses my profound love.
How many languages do you speak? Which one would you like to learn?
I speak 2 languages fluid, I can understand German and read Greek. Would love to increase my mastery of German and maybe learn some French, as that would be most useful later on in life when living in Europe.
If you had to escape your country immediately, what's the one thing you'd take with you?
Who is the one clannie you really miss?
Addicted Des :’(
What's your first memory of the clan?
Thinking that this was a crazy place and that I loved crazy.
Coffee or tea?
Tea, even though as a student I should be addicted to coffee.
Which is the most interesting God? Why?
God I follow is Zaros, but the most interesting is Guthix. He has done so much for Gielinor, for the humans.
Best thing of Clan Quest?
Calling Shane Bossman and seeing his reactions. Even though he has stopped responding now, I might have to find someone else to bug.
THE ALEX 43 SECTION BECAUSE WHY NOT
Did you find it yet?
Where was it?
Not going to tell you!
Are you going to take good care of it this time?
No, I’m going to treat it like always
Do you have a new place for it?
Nope, it went back where it belonged
Is this place safe?
As safe as it can be in this messed up world
Would it last a long time if it stayed there forgotten?
Do you need help?
Not with this thing
Is this a good idea?
Can you say that with confidence?
Is this how it's going to be?
BACK TO CHOTO
What did you think of the infamous mate?
It’s a weird, YA online novel featuring a teenage werewolf. What is there not to like?
Link to it; https://www.wattpad.com/story/1335499-the-infamous-mate.
[Editor's note: PLS]
Seeing as you study political sciences, lemme ask you:
What’s your favourite moment in history?
The Big Bang man, love that stuff. Second place might be the moon landing, or it’s the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1999, finalizing the creation of the European Union as we know it today.
Who’s gonna win the elections in Argentina? (pls tell me I need to win a bet)
As the candidates have not been announced yet, I can’t give you an anwser. But judging from our conversations in London, I would bet that a Peronist will win, seeing that most of the potential candidates are Peronists and the current administration is Anti-Peronist.
Throw a little bit of your devilish tongue here so we can be amused by it.
“Wat zyde gy tot my, gy kleine duyvelspecht? Ik beveel ge er kennis van te neemen dat ik met lof ende goedkeuring een kaapersbrief heb gehad van Willem van Oranje ende betrokken ben geweest by talryke geheyme offensieven tegen Alva en de zyne, en zelfstandig meer dan drie honderden Spanjolen heb omgelegd. Ik ben gehard by den Katergeuzen en ben den beste schutter onder den Nederlandsche vlag. Ge bent niet meer dan myn zoveelste doelwit. Ik zal u uyt myne gewest verwyderen met een nauwkeurigheid die de wereld nog nimmer aangechouwen had. Let op myn verdomde woorden! Gy denkt dat ge deze leuhgenpraat aan my kan verkoopen per postduyf? Gy had tweemaal moeten denken, cattengehspuys! In dezen tyd dat ik deze missive opstel, stuur ik opdracht naar myn geheymen samenstel van verspieders ende vloerduyven, verspreid door den Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden en wordt dezen postduyf gevolgd, dus ge kunt zich maar beter voorbereiden op den storm, rabaut. Den storm die het bedroevenden klyne ding dat gy uw leven noemt weg zal vaagen. Gy bent dood, kind. Ik kan overal, ten alle tyden zyn ende ik kan ge op zeven honderden wyzen doden, ende dat is slechts met myne bloten handen. Niet alleen zyt ik veelomvattend geoefend in den ongewapenden krygskunst, maar alsmede heb ik het voltallige arsenaal der watergeuzen ter myner beschikking ende ik zal dat benutten om uwer lamlendigen achtereinde van het vastenland te vagen, gy klynen schobbejak. Als gy had geweten wat voor eene goddelooze vergelding uw 'geestige' missive teweeg zou brengen, had ge misschien op uwen tong gebeten. Maar dat kon ge niet. Gy deed het niet ende nu zult ge de tol betalen, gy verdomde smeerkanis. Ik zal furie over u schyten en gy zult er in verzuypen. Ge zyt dood, hoerenzeune.”
It’s a very famous copy-pasta, translated into Old Dutch. I hope that my fellow Dutchies will make us of it.
What is the meaning of life?
42, easy question.
Article by Sirapyro
This guide explains how you can contribute to the Clan Quest code projects. Note that this is not the only method, since everybody tends to use their own tools and setup, but hopefully it will be enough to get you started.
There are a few prerequisites before you can get started with writing code for Clan Quest:
- Be a full member of Clan Quest. While there is nothing preventing non-members...
Borosouro (often referred to as Boro for short) is a relatively new member of the Questing Clan of RuneScape, having joined on Halloween of 2017. The name "Borosouro" was made up on a whim, being derived from the ancient Ouroboros symbol which depicts a serpent eating its own tail. On occasion, he will use other usernames also starting with "Boro", with previous names including "Borokalla" and "Borosnowy".
Article by Sirapyro
Letter sent to Chief Brundt of Rellekka by Varag the Bard, intercepted by Questaholic Magazine
As you know, I am not much of a traveller myself, preferring to stay in Relleka over most other places, but recently Olaf the Bard was invited to a small function near Falador, and due to him being busy with out on the isles with Burgher Burowgar, I was instructed to take his place. As you also recollect, I took the companionship of Leif Godrinsson and Sigurd Karlsson to aid me on this trip. They are both faring well, but still need to get accustomed to the southland tongue. As usual, travelling through the “civilised” lands was a pleasant experience, full of blooming flowers and bustling trade, especially in the port town Catherby. We took a boat from the docks that was headed towards Port Sarim, deciding to skip the mountain of white wolves. We travelled northwards, walking towards the shining white city of Falador. That, my chief, when we heard the cannon shots.
We were worried that we had stumbled upon another troll-dwarf skirmish that so frequently occurs on the borders of our villages, so we rushed forward through the southern gates of Falador, confused at the lack of panic on the faces of the local inhabitants. We received many stares from the civilians, mainly due to our rugged looks and Leifs continued insistence to wear his yak-hair armor throughout the entire trip, which now smelt like a sunk longboat from Waterbirth. We stopped in the northern square on the city, only to find out what the commotion was. One cannon, one man, and dozens of corpses.
The southerner standing in the courtyard was a strange character, purple of skin, and green of hair, it flying out in several directions from underneath his helmet, which come to think of it, looked like incredibly similar to Burrowgar’s clan helmet. His armor was made of the fabled skin of Black Dragons, expertly crafted to fit his exact size, and as each cannon sound rang out, one of the great black cannonballs struck a local watchman, killing him instantly. As the guardsman fell, the southerner would run at full speed over to their corpses, rifle through their pockets, and complain about not being able to find “clue scrolls” in their pockets. We watched this, mouths agape, for what felt like several hourglass turns. Sigurd eventually decided that enough was enough, and nearly ran over to strike this southerner, when something even more strange happened. The guards began to reappear.
I know not what strange magic caused this, for from what I understand this was beyond even the power of the Moonclan. Yet all I can say is that it put the three of us in a daze. As each one of guardsmen reappeared, they would wander about for a few seconds and then shortly take another cannon shot to the chest. The spinning iron monstrosity that the purple hued southerner had set up shot with pinpoint accuracy and spun clockwise continuously. Occasionally, he would pick seeds out of the pockets of the deceased or dig holes in the ground with his bare hands to stuff the corpses, bones and all, into. Leif could swear he even saw some of the fabled rune stones pulled from the bodies of the deceased. Dazed and confused as to why no one was doing anything, we backed away from this square of madness.
We eventually found our stop of rest, in a place not too far from that Guthix damned courtyard, yet as I write this message to you in the twilight hours of this day, I beseech you this. Take not up the crusade that our kin in Gunnarsgrun once did, as these southerners are surrounded by madmen and fell magicks that we could only dream of in Relleka and beyond. Relleka is a fine home, and that it should be for all our future generations.
Your faithful skald,
Varag the Bard
Article by Varag the Bard
In January 2010...
The first ever Clan Constitution was ratified on the 15th, officially defining the High Council and implementing the Low Council.
In January 2011...
Several big events in the RS3 Guild's history were held, such as "The event to end all events (for the year)" and the first ever weekly Tears of Guthix event. Later in the month the Diary of Questers clan disbanded and merged with Clan Quest.
In January 2012...
The first ever issue of this Magazine, the Questaholic, was published on the 1st of the month. "Nogard" the dragon was officially named after a Guild-wide vote.
In January 2013...
Artson retired from the High Council early on in the month. The Quest Helpers group was implemented on the 17th.
In January 2014...
On the 2nd of the month, Clan Quest learned that it had placed second overall in a Jagex-sponsored Christmas media competition. This competition gave birth to the Clan pantomime video.
In January 2015...
The Questaholic ceased its monthly publication, but would be revived later that year.
In January 2016...
Sponsors and the Guardians were reimplemented on the 20th after they had been suspended a few years prior, in 2014. Chadmcbadd was retired from the High Council earlier in the month.
In January 2017...
Many of the Low Council's oldest, and most inactive members, were retired from the rank.
Article by Sirapyro
Welcome to my new monthly article. Clan Quest is not just about RuneScape, and so this article will add something different to the bulletin. The concept is short and simple: book recommendations. You can easily read a book a month (I try to read about three a month!), so hopefully this will motivate you to pick up a book, and take some quiet time to enjoy some great stories.
This first month I want to talk about a book that to me is super interesting from an ethical standpoint: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. The book is science fiction and speaks of a future where Earth has been invaded by an alien race. In preparation for their return, the international military is training children in space combat using a battle game in zero-G to educate them into commanders. They are looking for children due to their creative minds. The war against the alien raises some ethical questions about right and wrong, and of course one can also think about putting children in a military school.
All in all, the book touches upon some cool strategic elements as well, and is even on the recommended reading list for the US Air Force. Some of the tactics used in zero-G actually apply to dog fights as well.
The book is already a few decades old, and that may be visible, but it's still a good read. There are sequels both focusing on the ethical aspects and the tactical aspects if you like the book, so enough reading if the universe interests you.
I'll be back next month with another book recommendation!
Article by Cireon
An interview with Mod Breezy!
Time to get to know more about you!
Please recommend a song to listen to while we read your interview.
Ha. I don’t think any of my suggestions are suitable for reading, but probably “California Love Remix” by Dr. Dre & 2Pac (the beat is, what i consider, chill (and i love california ))
Who are you and what is your position at Jagex?
I’m Mod Breezy and I’m currently a Junior QA Analyst
What attracted you to Jagex and what made you stay?
My ambitions of being in the games industry, and my love for the game. Pretty much everything about the company and people here makes me want to stay!
When did you start playing RS? And working at Jagex?
Late 2006, my friends introduced me to Runescape. Good times. I started working at Jagex mid-July 2018. Wow, how things work out.
What do you think was your first achievement in Jagex?
Nothing specific (yet?), but “Impressing” everyone with my game and game design knowledge, and what i have to offer to Jagex. I don’t really like to toot my horn but i can be a bit of an overachiever so naturally i came to Jagex to work as hard as i can! Within my first month i’d already written up some designs for some new content and sent it around for feedback/reaction etc.. everyone was very happy and impressed. So much so that the defining moment was when a few weeks later Mod Ramen asked me to look at one of his designs and give my opinion.
That’s crazy. A dev such as Mod Ramen that i looked up to being a developer in the games industry asking me for my design input - the opinion of a Junior QA newbie only 2-3 months in to working here. Wild. It wasn’t so much that i didn’t think i was good enough, but more the validation that it gave me. I’ve had a lot of those moments so far, and it's very motivating.
Jagex grants you one wish. What do you do?
I don’t really know how to answer this one. I’d like to say becoming a Game Designer, on the design team of course, but i’m sure that will come in due time anyway.
Among the JMods, who is your greatest ally and who is your worst enemy?
Mod Shogun is both my greatest ally, and my worst enemy. I sit next to him, he is my allocated mentor. He is super at his job and he is great to be learning under. However he also does weird stuff - like regularly profess his love for banana pizzas.
In all seriousness though, i love everyone here, no enemies and i hope i never have any. I do sit next to Mod Shrew too who joined the same day as me. We’re both Junior QA who were actually in the same interview day as well. He is great to work with too - we’re the same in ambition/mentality so it’s perfect!
What is the most challenging project in Runescape you have ever been involved with so far?
I’ve only been on Mining & Smithing since i joined in July this year so i can’t really say much here unfortunately I don’t think i’ve had anything insanely challenging that i couldn’t handle. The hardest time by far though was the beta period when i was between the beta, online feedback, day to day tasks etc. juggling too much - but it was good in its own right.
Who do you admire the most in Jagex?
There’s a lot to admire, but i really love the care and passion everyone has for the game. Everyone, in one way or another is passionate about the game and shows it through their discussions, work, presentation etc. I feed off of that energy, in that i’ve dreamed of being in the industry/becoming a designer since i was a child. So to be here at a company as a game developer on a game i’ve loved for years - the love for the game showed by everyone else really motivates me
Did you ever imagine you’d be a JMod?
I’d be lying if i said no, as i’m a very ambitious person but leaving home (Scotland) for work was not on my mind at least for the near future. So yeah.. i did, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t surreal. I remember being 10 years old drawing my own ideas out for a “varrock graphical rework.” and here i am today. Wow.
Did you choose to participate in the rework or was the project assigned to you?
I was assigned it. Us 4 QA newbies were put into teams based on what our manager saw in us and where she wanted to. I was put on it as my manager believed i was able to handle the deep end - she was right . (not to say that the others wouldn’t have been able to though, I <3 us QA newbies)
What did you do prior to working in Jagex?
I skipped a year of highschool (my last year) to study game design at university. 1 month after graduating in summer 2017, i got a job as researcher/assistant lecturer at another nearby university, doing work in game engines such as Unity for augmented/virtual/mixed reality apps for real-life clients for the university’s Architecture department. In March 2018 my contract ended - i could’ve extended but as there were no immediate clients i decided i would enter the games industry sooner rather than later. 2 weeks later i got a job back at my university as lab assistant, helping guide students with their level design/group game projects. Soon after that ended in May, i applied for Jagex only. Went through various processes, interviews etc. and here i am .
What did you study prior to Jagex?
I studied game design at Glasgow Caledonian University. It’s something that i had wanted to study from quite a young age so it was a dream to be doing something that i loved.
What does it feel like being known as one of the newer JMods on the team?
It feels quite strange being at Jagex in general, for a good while it felt quite surreal. Overall though it feels great as i feel everyone has their eyes on us and looks at what we can bring to the table. Everyone has been so welcoming, and happy to help us. I love learning, so being new is actually really exciting.
If you weren’t working as a developer, what would you like to do?
Well i’m QA right now so i’m not a content developer (yet) but i definitely am working towards game designer. I love level design too so who knows. Beyond that though i have ambitions of being in production > management > CEO even if not within Jagex.
If i wasn’t in the games industry at all - i.e. not a game developer? I’d see myself as a detective or in the air force. No particular reason(s) but in another life that’s what i’d see myself doing.
How was RuneFest? Did you enjoy it?
Again, surreal. Didn’t really think i’d ever attend one, let alone as a JMod. I really loved meeting everyone, our players, and showing off the work we’ve done on mining & smithing, getting reactions and feedback. It was all so great, VERY tiring though.
Blink twice if your Jagex employers are checking your every answer for corporate secrets
What are your favourite cities/locations, both in RS and in real life?
Real life? Glasgow, Scotland - home. Also Long Beach, LA, California - my second home <3 spent a year abroad studying over there and have friends i consider family <3.
In game? i don’t really know, it’d simply have to be max guild as i’m there often but we have a lot of beautiful sights. GE and Varrock fountain is iconic though.
Which is/are your favourite quest/s?
I love a lot of quests in general, most recently i’d have to say The Needle Skips. I say that 1) because its most recent, and 2) because it genuinely was super different and fresh as far as RS quests go. The story and voice acting were amazing.
What’s your favourite skill and why? What about the less favourite?
Can’t really say if im honest. It’d maybe have to be Mining, and not because of the rework :P a younger me wanted Mining to be my first 99 - that never happened but i loved the idea of it back in 06/07. Least favourite, would probably have to be agility.
Tell us the story behind your name!
Breezy comes from singer Chris Brown, who i was/am a fan of since i was a kid. (i love my Soul/RnB music). Naturally a younger me used that in some of my online/gaming names. People/friends came to know me as “breezy” anyway, so it stuck as a good JMod name :) I like to think i’m a very chill and positive person too so i think Breezy communicates that well (i hope haha).
Who’s your favourite god? Why do you think they deserve your humble vassalization?
I’ve always had love for Bandos, for no specific reason to the religion/culture itself but more so for the aesthetic of war, brutality etc. within Runescape itself. I loved the designs of General Graardor, the Bandos armour and so on. 2nd place would probably have to be Zaros.
What’s the greatest update that has been made in-game?
There’s quite a lot if i'm honest, i think Invention was a very smart one in terms of what it did for the value of in game items and their value for disassembly, combat/skilling optimisation through augmentation, tools for combat/skilling, and revitalising content such as Treasure Trails. No doubt whatsoever it is a great skill.
What’s the one thing you wish was never deleted? (i.e Romeo and Juliet)
As i’ve worked here i’ve seen certain things that were never revealed and eventually “canned”. However for actual updates, Removal of the Wilderness (if you consider that “deleting”), was one of the worst things to happen, despite the good intention/necessity behind it.
What is the nicest thing the Runescape community has ever done for you?
Showed me their love and care for the game, which is energy i’ve fed off of, and continue to do so. I’m a player myself so i'm in there too.
You get 30 seconds of full attention from all Runescape players. What do you say?
Be super hyped for 2019 and onwards, the things we have planned excite me, as a JMOD and as a player.
If I were to visit your country, what do you think I should do first?
In terms of the country itself - if you ever go to Scotland, go to Glasgow! best city :P In all seriousness, we have some of the most beautiful mountains and country-roads. Definitely travel all over!
Do you play an instrument? If not, which instrument/s would you like to learn?
I don’t, i play a tad bit of Piano but by no means know much. I’d love to learn that the most. I also love violins, saxophones, and bass guitars.
How many languages do you speak? Which one would you like to learn?
2 (and a half?). Kurdish is my native language, English my second. I studied Chinese (Mandarin) for 4 years at high school but i don’t really get much of a chance to speak it/practice it anymore. Languages i want to learn - definitely Spanish and possibly Arabic.
Best book, film, music track (or band) and videogame (apart from RS) ever?
These are hard..
Book - Way of the Warrior by Andrew Matthews (i don’t read much anymore so that's one from my teenage years)
Film - Can’t choose one but “The Last Samurai”, “Shinjuku Incident”, “Hero”, “Infernal Affairs” would be up there. Clearly you can see i’m into my asian movies
Music track - None in particular, i have a a LOT of favourites. I have to say an album instead - “Illmatic” by Nas.
Video Game - The Jak & Daxter series, it’s the reason i’m in game development today
Could you tell us how would a perfect day be like?
The perfect day:
I get the right amount of sleep and wake up refreshed
The sun is blazing, but not too hot, there’s a slight breeze that cools you off
I’m doing well mentally, nothing has affected me to put me in any negative mood (i'm usually a positive person anyway)
I go to work and have a full plate of work to do, i get it all done and feel satisfied
I come home to lay back, play some games/watch some movies/shows and chill out before bed
Favorite quote and why?
“Don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain” - Paige Toon
I love it because it tells me not to be scared of things - even though i still am of course being human - or.. to just do IT, y’know? whatever IT is. Telling a girl/boy you like them, or telling someone such as a parent you love or appreciate them, or taking a risk whatever that risk may be. Applying for a job, taking your own initiative, doing things of your own volition. I’ve come to understand a lot, especially recently, that we underestimate the time we have and that we shouldn’t wait till its too late to do things. It’s basically #YOLO but in a much nicer quote haha.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned throughout life?
As above, to do things and not wait for “the perfect time” or moment. I won’t repeat that though
(After answering this part i realised it's quite a big answer as far as my answers go, so buckle in ) As an extra - ‘working’ is important, and hard work at that. Not just working at your job. But at everything, at being yourself, a better human, in your education, and yeah at your job etc.. I come from a family of immigrants (I am one too). My family worked hard to raise me and my siblings and provide for us what they could, with what little education, and knowledge of the world they now lived in, they had. They instilled that sense of hard work in me, and that resulted in me being by far the most successful out of my siblings due to my access to opportunities that were now there for me. My parents went from being farmers in the middle east to basically factory workers in the UK. My siblings never had much access to education either, so when they arrived they didn’t have much to go on in their teenage years. Me being basically a baby i had it all growing up, coupled with the drive to work hard and give back to my parents i took the opportunities that were there for me.
Being of a ethnic-minority-background we also have many (family)friends in similar situations. People who had left their countries in order to find a “better life” for their families and children. The hard work and grind for these people is real, and that's not to devalue the things anyone else goes through, but life is much harder when you can barely speak the language and have had little education. Anyway, being that i was around these people and worked with some of them too, a lot of them shared their stories with me. There was one year a couple years back where this was basically all i experienced. This *really* opened my eyes. I was already doing great in life in terms of my education and whatnot, but it *really* showed me the value of the opportunities we have in terms of education and work. The stories of what these people had sacrificed, what these people had suffered, to give their children/families a “better life”. So.. this really solidified my ideology of hard work and responsibility to take the opportunities that came my way, and go out of my way to grab others, or create my own opportunities. A lot of people have these opportunities, but i feel that since i was exposed to that part of life, i was able to see the true value. Back to the original point, i’ve learned working hard is important - especially when compared to those who would quite literally kill to have the same ones that i’ve had.
As another extra that's kind of related and i don’t mean to get political but - listen to people’s stories and try understand them! Even if you don’t agree with it. Go out of your way to understand what it means to be a woman, to be a different race, to be gay, or trans etc. I’ve come to learn that the hatred and ignorance i’ve seen in other people isn’t really due to “evil” (all the time anyway), it’s simply due to ignorance and not understanding the other person's point of view.
With unlimited resources, how would your perfect vacation look like?
A holiday house back in Long Beach, California. Nice swimming pool outside, jacuzzi, maybe even a little for a house in the Hollywood hills haha.
Possibly even a nice trip to adventure all over Hawaii.. and pretty much all over the world!
What item do you use most in your life?
Probably my PC?
How would you describe yourself to others?
Positive, chill, honest and direct, motivated and ambitious, hard working. Human.
MINING & SMITHING
Are there plans to approach other skills (such as crafting and runecrafting) with similar reworks as M&S?
None that i know of myself. And even if i did, probably wouldn’t be able to share.
Will you graphically update old armour/weapons? (for example the task armour set?
Short answer is no. I don’t think that really does much for the update either in terms of cost to benefit. It would be great if it was possible though. No reason it can’t be done in the future i guess.
Was the true purpose of this rework to expand fashionscape?
Not at all, 2 of Runescape’s oldest skills are completely broken. Needing basically 85-99 to make T50 equipement is absurd and broken, and it has implications on PvM drops etc. That's just one aspect. Here’s one way to think about it, imagine Mining & Smithing (how it is now) came out in 2018. I don’t think anyone would take it well… It just so happens that fashionscape is an aspect our game and that we are bringing armours in to the game. In the same way, you could basically argue Elite Dungeons is fashionscape content, because i want to keepsake my Masuta’s Warspear
After all the work you've done on this in tandem with the playerbase, do you think the player engagement has been sufficient to make sure the eventual update is well-received?
Definitely, we’ve had a lot of talk with lots of different types of players. We’ve been 100% open with the design, it was all over the internet. We’ve constantly communicated with the players, we’ve done a lot of streams, 2 betas. Nothing has been “hidden”. Even the old armours being made unlocks from the Artisans Workshop is an example of something that was done because certain players wanted it - so why not make them happy. Most companies would have never revealed such things early in development and we’d have never seen them as players.
Also, what about the few players who have been continually insisting that the update be called off?
They’re free to have their own opinions and arguments, it's all valid but most that i’ve seen are built off of misinformation or “i didn't get what i want so dont do it”. At the end of the day Mining & Smithing was requested upon for years now from the community, won highest on polls, was even classified as unfinished business. Naturally we go with the majority vote.
The best way to approach it if you truly hate the update is to understand it, then communicate your opinions and ideas with us, then work with us to turn it into something that you actually do like. It’s obviously too late for that now, but that’s the way it goes.
How do you think the armor will change the current meta?
The current meta in terms of combat probably won’t change much, especially because it’s all now tank armour, except of course the T90/92 armour. It is nice however that players, especially Ironmen can make these themselves.
In terms of money making, obviously methods will change around, and players will find their own methods and what is in demand.
Because of he new ores and metals, will there be a chance for a nerf on clue scroll rewards and possibly new metal dragons on the way?
I don’t think we need to nerf clue scroll rewards? At least that's not our intention whatsoever. As for new dragons, sure? New metals mean new possibilities, but i don’t think we have anything concrete. The possibility does excite me as a player though
How will it affect spring cleaner?
The current meta of dismantling things for resources such as ore will obviously diminish (and there’s issues with the initial implementation of all that crap on drop tables anyway) but for the most part things such as salvage will keep the profit in PvM still. On the topic of drop tables we’ll be monitoring if things make crazy changes anyway and making adjustments, but no knee jerk reactions - this update is somewhat of a system shock for the game so we need to observe it first.
Will mining and smithing become level 120 skills for those of us who are maxed?
No, as combat doesn’t go to 120 currently.
Why take what could’ve just been "add more tiers of armor" and entirely change mechanics of two skills?
First of all this was polled and players voted strongly against it. Aside from that the skills were outdated and had flaws in LOTS of different areas. It had implications on drop tables, profiting from skilling and so on. Since the initial “add more tiers” was voted against (which is what we at Jagex wanted to happen) that meant we could update the drag that is to train the skill. This is mostly in terms of the game design, and how you as a player comes to interact with it. We had the opportunity to add a lot of nice flows to training the skill so we did so.
When you first joined the developer team, did you expect more, or less?
I didn’t know what to expect, but i still had expectations of course. I was blown away though. Life here at Jagex has been a crazy adventure so far. Within the team especially as this is such a unique project.
What’s next? Anything you can tell us about your next project?
i don’t really know myself, as things can get allocated to different team at any moment and i’m not by any means the team leader so i don’t get to be part of that conversation
I probably wouldn’t be able to say anyway unless it has already been revealed by someone else in a higher position than me
Aaaaand we're done! It wasn't that bad, right? Thank you so much, Breezy. It was a pleasure meeting you and it was great to be able to interview you. Best of luck with your future endeavours, and I hope we meet again!
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So Choto asked if I would like to write something about my new RSMV and I thought it would be interesting to share the thought process...
I don't really have a sit down and plan stage. It's more of listening to songs while commuting and visualise how the different emotes on RS could follow through with certain beats of songs. Pretty good distraction from the endless grind we call IRL, the time between Runescape sessions. Zhi shared with me a few Imagine Dragons songs and I quite like them, mostly because a few of them have been done in the community already, like Roots by Vengeancez18 which I have reviewed a few months ago in Questaholic February 2017 here.
There were 3 main catalysts in my production of the video. First, I brought a special someone out to watch Ralph Breaks the Internet, and heard this song at the credits scene. I googled it straight away, and got inspired.
Second, I've been on hold for the past few months with ideas in my head. After grinding IRL pretty much this whole year to settle IRL stuff - work, social and school related (because playing RS without IRL worries is the best thing ever, right), I desperately wanted a creative release.
Third, there was a challenge posed by one of my friends, Trey - 99orWoh from the RSMV community that he would give 2 bonds to whoever completed a full RSMV this year. I have reviewed one of his RSMVs in Questaholic September 2017, Herbrightskies Shake U. So began my progress.
There's been many lonely nights (not that they are a bad thing) I just lied down in bed sideways watching old RSMVs by my friends, the urge to critique a few and praise a few led me to imagining myself syncing their videos with new music. I've always recorded my own clips. Collaborating with people to do multi editor projects (MEPs), an example is given here, Holding on to You, twenty one pilots hosted by Silvernova are known to be a logistical nightmare, and I had a pretty weak link to the RSMV community in general beside being a big Sebster207 fanboy so it was kinda hard to find someone who wanted to do it. Not that I tried asking, I probably could get Nyecko and strongarm him into something. So why not edit someone else's already filmed and edited clips, and sync it with the song.
The second wave of inspiration was when I do combat on RS. Actually the combat animations is pretty decent, but there was no permanent NPC to kill. Killing something before you have enough adrenaline to do an ultimate or a threshold would be pretty bad. But we have dummies. I have loads of it, after a few months of logging in doing nothing but pluck 2 acorns, open 3 treasure hunter chests and screaming "aaaaaaaaa" when Werecool was on. Oh man, the amount of premier chests and oysters I missed would make some people shake heads. The point being I had loads of combat dummies and since they were pretty permanent, much more so than monsters that run around, I could use them to record combat abilities.
The last thing was the basic editing. I wanted something clean cut. The song is fast compared to the usual songs I RSMV with. So I set the skybox to Midday. That update was much appreciated, having to change the skybox and even customise it with RGB is something I've always welcomed. Maybe one day I will tune it into a colour I really appreciate. Before that, every city has different shades of skies. Seers' Village has a pink tint, pretty sunsets but if I did this 8 months ago, it would look out of place compared to Lumbridge or Varrock with no default skyboxes. Aminishi and the rest of the eastern lands would be out too. Also, we don't need to hold on to an orb of oculus anymore which was also appreciated.
So I rushed it out in 4 days before I got bored of the song. Ended up uploading it at 2.43am but no regrets. The outcome was good enough for me. I only hope RSMVs get more exposure from now. It will make creators like myself more motivated. I hope Trey, R0cketrock88 and Silvernova would continue hosting yearly contests to encourage people to make RSMVs, and the community can self-sustain, without having such a ridiculously big prize pool. Those guys are the ones keeping people going. Searching "new" on YouTube every so often for new RSMVs which would otherwise get buried, commenting and encouraging up and coming RSMVers with their comments, sharing it on Reddit. Nyecko, Blackbandwar and a few others are trying to make a better server to RSMV on called Vengium, I might have mentioned it a few times here and there. There's a lot of work they do that go unappreciated.
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"Choto 3000" wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:37 am
I wanna nominate Guex. He has accomplished to host the first of what might turn into a series of events. Intended for the osrs guild at first, the karaoke night was a complete success for the clan as a whole. You deserve it, man! Thanks for being awesome!
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:56 pm
Derparnieux (+ helpers) for continuing the tradition of Secret Santa.
Choto for always being there and awesome when new clannies join the Discord. Most of you won't see the lobby, but Choto is there a lot of the time, making sure our clannies feel welcome from the first second.
The judges chose:
Wait a second... -You may say- What are the RAWR Awards?? Check this link!
PS: Please remember no clannie is better than other just because they won a RAWR edition. You're already a winner if you made it to this thread, because it means you care about others and make our clan a better place every day. Congratulations to Guex as well!
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Skillers of the month:
1-Derpaltnieux, with 103m xp
2-Snowtrader, with 94m xp
3-Codelyoko, with 92m xp
CLAN QUEST gained 2,558,394,750xp during December!
Skillers of the year:
1-i Herblaw, with 740,322,760 xp
2-Rei 66, with 548,613,723 xp
3-Cabege, with 524,710,833 xp
CLAN QUEST gained 24,841,406,968 xp during 2018!
99: Sk8r, Cam
99: Sk8r, Noggy
99: Cam, Jaguar
99: Derp, Sk8r
99: Banks, Ultradog, Cam
99: Rune Dragon, Cam
99 <3: Rune Dragon, Diocles, Cam
99: Warwere, Cam, Derp
99: Mero, Cam
99: Uptheirons, Cam, Warwere
99: Torid, Cam, Matts
Skill/s of the month: Farming and Invention
Remember to pm me if I forgot to add you.
Oh and, also...
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- Divinse, formerly known as xDiv! Welcome back!
- MadHausSC, who posted an introduction here!
If you have any questions or conerns about recruitment, be sure to contact the Guild Council!
Hope you all enjoy what we have to offer as we continue to expand the offsite!
- Profeshunull: Lieutenant -> Captain, congratulations on your Quest Cape!
- Reiku: Sergeant -> Captain, congratulations on your Quest Cape!
- Zerker602: Recruit -> Corporal, congratulations on your promotion to full member!
- iiDefend: Captain -> General!
- Kinksy: Recruit -> General, congratulations on your promotion to full member!
- Snowtrader: Recruit -> General, congratulations on your promotion to full member!
- Guex: Recruit -> Lieutenant, congratulations on your promotion to full member!
- AureliaLexie: Recruit -> Sergeant, congratulations on your promotion to full member!
- Cassperr: Recruit -> Sergeant, congratulations on your promotion to full member!
- Snowy Seas: Recruit -> Sergeant, congratulations on your promotion to full member!
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