Thursday, April 20, 2006

Old Runescape newsletter from 2001

Wow! While browsing through the Tip It forums I found M Oldfield's text of the old Runescape newsletter. Jagex no longer sends this newsletter (or any other email) so don't be fooled by imitations, but anyway look at the old news. Probably the most interesting parts are the hiscore lists.

Jan 21, 2001
RuneScape Newsletter - Issue #1
Welcome to the first
ever RuneScape newsletter.
Firsly a big thank-you to everyone who's been
playing, and has helped makeRuneScape a great success. We only launched just
over 2 weeks ago, and wealready have over 28000 signed up players, and the game
has been played for atotal time of over 4.5 years!

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What's new in Runescape-----------------------The RuneScape team has been
working very hard over the past 2 weeks to improvethe game and bring you new
features. Major new features are:

New desert city Al-kharid with:
-Scimitar shop: Buy and sell curvy
swords-Furnace: Conveniant for smelting ore from the desert-Silk trader: Buy
silk here and sell it in varrock for a profit. The amount youmake depends on how
many other people are silk trading.-General store: Another place to buy and sell
your items-Platemail Legs shop: A full range of leg armour to spend your money
on-Kebab shop: Eating kebabs has a random effect. They're normally good,
butrumour has it that a few of them are a bit dodgy. They'll never kill you
though
New Quest in Draynor Manor
Draynor Manor has been opened and
there's spooky things inside! There's avampire asleep in the cellar, and
Professor Oddenstein who lives in the attichas accidently turned someone into a
chicken! To make things worse gremlins havehidden the parts of his machine, so
he can't turn the chicken back. Can you findthe missing pieces to complete this
quest?
Plus over the past 2 weeks we've also
-Improved the map page to
show the locations of useful shops-Added a 'who's playing' page so you can see
if your friends are on-Made Lumbridge safe to give a place to hide from player
killers-Improved the shops to reduce queueing-Reduced the network requirements
so the game works over more connections-Fixed lots of little problems/bugs with
the game to make it more reliable

What's planned--------------We are of course working on many more
improvements to add to the game to make iteven better. We have nearly finished
work on the bank which will hopefully beadded to Varrock city tommorow. The bank
is a safe place to store your money,such that even if you die it can't be lost.
After that the magic system is duefor a big overhaul with lots of new spells
being added, plus we'll be addingsome entirely new professions such as crafting
and fishing to add even morevariety to the game. The next planned quest is 'The
vampire slayer quest' inwhich you must work out how to slay the evil vampire
currently sleeping inDraynor Manor.

Runescape hiscores------------------Below are the top scores as they
were at 3pm GMT on Sunday-21st. Only the top 25players are shown, but I'm
planning on adding a new page to the website soonwhich will allow you to search
for the ranking of any player and see how youcompare with everyone else.
The
hiscores are currently in 4 categories. If there are more categories whichyou
think should be included let me know and I'll consider putting them in thenext
newsletter.

Top 25 players - score is total of all skills
1: lightning - 506
2: Gugge - 436
3: Rab - 428
4: Sir - 415
5: ZAPTONE_Z - 352
5: hurkules - 352
7: Devil_Hunter - 329
8: merlin - 324
9: Rodrigo - 321
9: Hellbringer - 321
11: RattSabre - 320
12: The_Unknown - 319
13: stud690 - 317
14: Flex_10 - 312
15: Morfnak - 311
16: Day_Dream - 306
17: Lord_Soth - 305
18: TheReturnOfX - 302
19: Ashley - 301
20: Auxilus - 300
21: Sunjon - 288
22: terminator - 287
23: kancer - 283
23: Axebane_Hawk - 283
25: KingKong - 280

Top 25 fighters - score is total combat skill
1: lightning - 200
2: Gugge - 182
3: Rab - 178
4: Robin_Hood2 - 172
5: stud690 - 164
6: Sir - 163
7: Day_Dream - 160
8: terminator - 159
9: Ashley - 155
10: Morfnak - 149
11: merlin - 148
12: The_Unknown - 146
13: Flex_10 - 141
14: Lord_Soth - 138
15: hurkules - 136
16: ZAPTONE_Z - 134
17: LoneWolf_LD - 133
18: RattSabre - 131
18: TheReturnOfX - 131
18: constant - 131
21: SilencerLD - 130
22: Auxilus - 129
22: caramon - 129
24: Sir_Beachy - 128
24: Axebane_Hawk - 128

Top 25 player killers - score is number of kills
1: DaRk_RoCk - 100
2: SilencerLD - 953
: Robin_Hood2 - 83
3: Mortis - 83
5: EndBringer - 80
6: Phadera - 69
7: bomboy2328 - 68
8: donk - 67
9: Windstick - 65
10: Yemen - 64
11: Yokomon - 61
11: RCCBrasil - 61
13: lancelot24 - 60
14: Samhill - 58
14: Samikaze - 58
14: DecIll - 58
17: koma - 55
18: robsimons - 53
18: Rankka - 53
20: ace2you - 52
20: adam2000 - 52
22: plumaglob - 51
22: Wolf - 51
24: God - 50
24: crazy_joe75 - 50

Top 25 smiths - score is mining + smithing
1: lightning - 88
2: dmonik - 87
3: The_Unknown - 84
4: KPOBb - 81
5: Lord_Soth - 80
6: Rodrigo - 74
6: TheReturnOfX - 74
6: Silverion - 74
9: hurkules - 73
9: Garbages - 73
9: Deckchair - 73
12: Sir - 70
12: Auxilus - 70
14: Bubba_bobba - 68
14: Lordrlz - 68
16: Flurble - 67
16: Flex_10 - 67
16: stud690 - 67
16: Tiney - 67
20: Gugge - 66
20: natslayer - 66
20: Vit - 66
20: Sgt_Savage - 66
20: STarlude - 66
25: Arcon - 65

Thanks for reading this newsletter, have fun playing the game!Andrew Gower
(RuneScape
creator)
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are receiving this newsletter because you asked to receive it whenyou created
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