Here is an official Jagex announcement that was published on their news page.
29th January 2003 - Runescape romance turns realHere is another announcement about a Runescape wedding. It's super cute and I know both of the people involved from the Runescape forums.
Yet more wedding bells! So Runescape rings DO have special properties.
"I started playing 8 months ago...The last thing I was looking for was another relationship, especially via an internet game. But find one I did, or it found me..."
Lady Pooh met Topcat0711 whilst playing Runescape, and being more charming than the seven hundred odd Topcats that had preceeded him, they soon became trading partners. An act of chivalry took the relationship to a whole new level.
"One day he'd won a stake duel... because of the winnings I teasingly said 'hey wanna be my rs bf?' not meaning it... But after that we joked about it and kept talking, until we fell in love through Runescape and got to know each other better."
Lady Pooh, who hails from Ohio in the USA, is now set to become Mrs.Topcat0711. She even flew over to his native Australia, swapping server-lag for jet-lag to be with her new love.
"I've been here in Australia for 6 weeks now and we get along great! We are making long term plans and its all thanks to you! We just wanted you to know that you created more than just a game...it's a connection to life and happiness." So it's official then: Cupid does exist. As an NPC in Runescape.
29th January 2003 - In low HP,and in healthYou won't see these news in the Jagex news archive because for some unknown reason they removed them. Maybe so that people wouldn't contrast the old, friendly game staff with the new corporate one?
It had to happen eventually. When 200,000 people interact online, it can only be a matter of time before someone pops the question...
We heard from PugXSi, a veteran of Runescape who is currently 4th overall with 1473 total stats. At 99 in magic and 96 in firemaking, there was still one stat that seemed to be eluding him: romance. Then Runescape "gave me something I didn't think possible- eternal happiness with a fantastic woman."
The woman in question was Jenstarr, a regular of the Dwarven mines. PugXSi soon noticed that she was a bit handy with a pick. "She worked extremely hard to become a rune miner...I hadn't seen such devotion to a skill before."
Sensing that they had struck gold, the two miners would chat online for hours. "It didn't take me long to develop real feelings for her", and an in-game marriage duly followed. Some time later, PugXSi flew from England to the U.S. to meet Jenstarr in person.
A second trip took place at Christmas, but it was more than just santa hats that were up for grabs. On January 3rd PugXSi and Jenstarr got married at a local courthouse. "Runescape is the sole factor in bringing Jen and I together, and for that, Jagex will always have our gratitude." Don't thank us, PugXSi, thank the magic of the runes.
This news update is a sad one and I also remember it from 2003. :(
14th January 2003 - Siw Midtrud
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Siw Midtrud, SIW39, a long time player of Runescape. Siw passed away last month after a long time fighting against disease.
Siw was an avid player of the game, currently ranked at 512 on the all-time list, with atttack of 81/81, strength of 91/91 and herblaw of 73/73.
Siw was popular and well-loved by a great number of the Runescape community. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.
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