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Posted: Jul 7th 2011 10:16AM Omali said

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My citadel is ready.

Posted: Jul 7th 2011 10:44AM Dril said

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Dear AAA MMO Devs:

If Jagex, a British company that started as a small developer of Java games can create stuff like this, why are you, with your billions in American capital, huge dev teams and massive offices in sunny, hi-tech California, still incapable of producing basic housing systems, much less actual cities and castles?

Oh, and SOE, for once you can be let off the hook, since EQ2's housing system is fantastic.

Posted: Jul 7th 2011 12:04PM bobfish said

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@Dril

Jagex are far from small, they have over 450 employees. People under estimate just how much money Runescape brings in, it makes most MMOs' revenue look like pocket change.
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Posted: Jul 7th 2011 12:26PM WyattEarp89 said

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@Dril

This. People will hate on runescape just because the way the graphics look and say that it is full of kids and immature idiots. Funny thing is people say the same thing about WoW, heh. But from my personal experience the P2P worlds do seem better and you have to remember that any game that is a MMO it will always have idiots in it. Don't diss a game just because of the way it looks and for how old it is.

Jagex has added some cool stuff and this new update really makes me interested in this game. And I think this game even has player housing. Its a skill based system so you are not tied down to a class at the start. For such a simple looking game it actually has a lot of depth to it.
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Posted: Jul 7th 2011 1:22PM Dril said

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@bobfish

"that started as a small developer"

Their current position is not relevant :P
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Posted: Jul 7th 2011 11:05AM Beau Hindman said

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Dude, this is sick. Another reason that Runescape is one of the best MMOs out there...still. They just keep adding on fun stuff.

Beau

Posted: Jul 7th 2011 11:40AM Raikulxox said

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People will still hate, sadly. Runescape doesn't get the respect it deserves by most.

Posted: Jul 7th 2011 11:41AM Raikulxox said

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@Raikulxox Forgot to add, most epic update. Ever.
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Posted: Jul 7th 2011 11:59AM Bottleskup said

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@Raikulxox

RuneScape also has some of the best questing, overall, in an MMO, *definetely* for a F2P mmo (although im subbed), there isnt a single 'kill 10 rats' quest or anything like that.

Shame about the bots.
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Posted: Jul 7th 2011 12:25PM mechanicalturk said

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@Raikulxox

I gave the game a go a few years back. Being a Java developer myself, I was excited to see RuneScape doing so well. The game has good depth, lore, and content.

Unfortunately, I just wasn't enjoying the game. I don't hate the game. RunseScape definitely deserves respect. I can appreciate all that has been added to RuneScape over the years, but some things are just lacking to satisfy my preferences. I am betting that there are many others that feel the same way about RuneScape. It's also a victim of the recent explosion of good quality f2p games.

I do have to say that the clan citadel expansion looks like pure awesome.
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Posted: Jul 7th 2011 11:53AM Sorithal said

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Dang... might have to seriously consider picking up Runescape again.

Especially since it has a cheaper subscription fee for membership.

Posted: Jul 7th 2011 11:56AM PhelimReagh said

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I'd be pretty comfortable wagering that this update is not going to be nearly as cool and epic as Jagex is making it out to be. They have a habit of promising the moon, and dramatically under-delivering.

Posted: Jul 7th 2011 11:58AM deluxe2000 said

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I was sorted of excited about the concept until I saw these screenshots. With no elevation change, the citadel complex looks like a strip mall/mall parking lot. Was hoping for medieval city, but looks like a medieval themed Fry's. Hope Jageex can refine this otherwise cool idea. Elevation changes, hills, rivers, variety of foliage - make it a castle/town building sim within the game and I would join the game just for that aspect.

Posted: Jul 7th 2011 12:32PM StClair said

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@deluxe2000
Maybe it's that I'm an older gamer, and my expectations are lower. Most of the game towns I remember had no "elevation change" or simulated it with impassible tiles. :/
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Posted: Jul 7th 2011 4:55PM PhelimReagh said

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@deluxe2000
Not sure if you're familiar with Runescape or not, but the game does not lend itself to these "elevation changes" you're after. You can really only look up about 80-85 degrees from looking straight down. Anything up over eye level can't be really be seen. In Runescape, flat is the way to go.

Yes, it kinda stinks that you don't have a 360 degree view of the world, but that's the way the game works.
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Posted: Jul 7th 2011 12:19PM WyattEarp89 said

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I have to say that is really cool. Runescape does add some really neat stuff in their updates. I might start subbing to them again, since I am hearing that the bots are worse on the free to play worlds it is not so bad on the p2p worlds.

Posted: Jul 7th 2011 12:36PM Kaoy said

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The only thing I have ever had against Runescape is the culture it has cultivated. You are considered a 'noob' if you don't have 80+ levels of wood cutting, ect. Now, I am all for non-combat play, being a heavy crafter myself, but the sheer points that community gives to people who sit there and do nothing but chop wood or mine ore for hours and hours on end is ridiculous. You get people cutting down trees for hours on end just to burn the wood to get their fire making to a higher level for no reason, with no goal in mind. It becomes a truly mindless grind.

Posted: Jul 7th 2011 1:31PM Beau Hindman said

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@Kaoy first of all, ignore them if they call you a noob. To many of those kids, that word comes out as often as "like."

Second, you don't have to grind. There are simply so many things to do that you can always find something else. I pick a town and just do the quests in that town, then stumble off onto another...essentially if you are worried about getting the highest level in the quickest time possible, you will grind. But that's a choice. :)

Beau
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Posted: Jul 7th 2011 1:04PM lobstilops said

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Wow, this might give me the motivation to jump back into Runescape for a month or two. I have been looking for a reason and this might be it, cool!

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