It’s time for another game improvement blog! This time we're here with the proposed questions we'll be putting forward for our 71st Game Improvement poll. We plan to poll these questions pending your feedback.
Changelist (updated 5th May):
In Poll #70 we made some small changes to The Gauntlet, but we feel that the minigame could be improved even further.
We’d like to remove some of the frustration of finding resources in the early game by reducing the amount of randomisation in the first few rooms and spawning demi bosses in set locations. Please note that only poll question 1 will apply to only the regular gauntlet, all others will apply to both modes.
Poll Question #1
Should the inner square of rooms in The Gauntlet be predetermined to always contain the same basic resources? This will not apply to the Corrupted Gauntlet mode.
Proposed image of where the demi bosses can spawn. They will only spawn in 6 of the 12 highlighted areas.
There’s also the matter of armour crafting. Currently, a Tier 1 piece of armour requires one of each resource. There are three pieces in the set, so you need nine resources in total just to craft the most basic armour. To upgrade that armour to Tier 2, you need a further 18 resources, and for Tier 3 you need another 27. That means that a fully upgraded set of Gauntlet armour will cost 54 resources in total, which adds up to a lot of time spent doing busywork when you could be challenging the Hunllef.
Our proposal is to cut down the number of resources needed to upgrade armour, so that the cost is frontloaded to the beginning phase of the minigame. Under the new system, legs and helm would each cost one resource of each type to upgrade to Tier 2, and two resources of each type to upgrade to Tier 3. The body piece would cost two resources of each type to upgrade to both Tier 2 and 3.
This reduces the cost to just 39 total resources.
Current Gauntlet Resource Table. Click the image to expand it.
Proposed Gauntlet Resource Table. Click the image to expand it.
Next up, we’d like to offer two more convenient ways to use vials and potions in The Gauntlet. Firstly, we’d like to enable the barbarian smashing technique, which will automatically destroy vials after the potion in them has been drunk. To get this to work in The Gauntlet you’d still need to learn the ability from Alfred Grimhand’s Bar Crawl and enable the setting by talking to the guard outside the Barbarian Agility Course.
Secondly, we’re aware that you can achieve one-tick vial filling and food cooking while in The Gauntlet by spam-clicking. Since it’s easily achievable anyway, we’d like to save some wrists and make that speed the default. Please be aware that this would only apply within The Gauntlet.
Next, we move on to the Crystalline Hunllef. Right now, the Crystalline Hunllef fights in a very predictable pattern of four ranged attacks followed by four magic attacks. We are not planning to change this, but we’d like to propose a better way to intuit the next attack than simply counting.
Proposed animation changes for the Hunllef. Left is the magic animation, right is the ranged.
We've removed a question in this section which pertained to making granite dust tradeable. As you know, we don’t like to make sudden changes without consulting our players, but in this instance, we realised that the impact tradable granite dust could have on the Slayer skill might be too large.
We believe that the better option is to wait and see how the changes to the Grotesque Guardians boss fight play out. We already know that if the wait times during the fight are reduced, we’ll see an uptick in the amount of granite dust in the game simply because more people are playing and enjoying the fight. If it’s made tradable, we may find that too much granite dust is entering the game, being used to craft granite cannonballs, and making Slayer tasks much faster than we'd like.
We’d very much like to buff the Guardians, but not to the point where we’d be significantly altering one of the most popular activities in the game.
In the meantime, we’d like to hear your feedback! You can let us know what you think about Grotesque Guardians, granite dust, and Slayer on Reddit, Twitter, Discord, or the Official Forums.
We'd like to propose the following improvements, focussing on the combat encounter itself:
We’d like to revisit the Vanguard Room from Chambers of Xeric, which we understand is a particular pain point for some players.
For one thing, the melee vanguard is hard to hit with Magic, which doesn’t match up with the established combat triangle.
We think this problem can be resolved by simply giving the vanguards more hitpoints and making them easier to hit, so that a max hit is once again the lucky break it should be. We do not anticipate that this would make the room any less challenging – just less annoying.
There are other ways in which we can make the Vanguard Room less of a hassle for smaller groups, including upping the reset mechanic boundaries to 40% of each vanguard’s total health and reducing the vanguards’ aggro range for better targeting.
Last but not least, we’d like to guarantee that at least one of the vanguards will drop an Overload potion when slain. The remaining vanguards will still have a 1/3 chance to drop the potion.
Alright, enough about vanguards for now. Let’s move on to some other changes we’d like to make to the Chambers of Xeric.
Assuming question #19 passes, the way we implement it will be the most popular (highest yes vote percentage) of the following two options:
There’s another quality of life improvement coming up next. Currently, potion drops appear under raid supplies and bones in the Chambers of Xeric, which can make them easy to miss. We’d like to change that.
Next up: currently, there are three storage units available in the Chambers of Xeric. We’d like to add a fourth, available to build at 99 Construction, which will hold even more supplies.
Next up, we’d like to offer a few cosmetic changes:
We'd like to add the Twisted Ornamanet Kit, offered in the Twisted League Reward blog as a potential drop from Chambes of Xeric (Challenge Mode). Similar to the Infinity Robes ornament kits, the Twisted Ornament Kit can be attached to any piece of the ancestral robes set and will make that robe piece untradeable. It will be an additional drop on the loot table, similar to how dust is obtained.
We'd like to give you all a chance to vote on how you'd like to see the Twisted Ornament kit in game. If question 26 passes but 27 does not, the item will enter the game untradeable.
Last, but by no means least, we’d like to add a new ‘best time’ feature to the Chambers of Xeric.
Isn’t it a bit weird that Lumbridge has a furnace but no anvil? To get started with Smithing, new players have to walk all the way up to Varrock, dodging the aggressive wizards on the way, to find an anvil. We propose the addition of a beginner’s anvil, which can only smith bronze items, to the forge in Lumbridge. This will allow new players to properly equip themselves before exploring the wider world.
Currently, there’s not enough space on the Equipment window to display set effects, such as those offered by the Inquisitor armour or Graceful. To work around this without disrupting the classic interface, we’d like to add a panel that is hidden unless opened. This panel will display the equipment’s stats and list any active set effects. You can equip or unequip items while this panel is open, and it’ll update accordingly.
In the last two polls, we’ve introduced recolours for skilling pets. This time, our attention turns to everyone’s favourite raccoon – Rocky, the Thieving pet!
If this question passes, you’ll be able to feed Rocky berries to change its species. Redberries will transform it into a red panda, poison ivy berries will turn it into a tanuki, and white berries will return it to its original state.
Poll Question #32
Should we allow players to recolour the Rocky pet by feeding it berries
Our next proposal is a quality of life change that will make it easier to see at a glance which herb you have planted.
This next question is one for all the fashionscapers out there! At the end of Rag and Bone Man II, you’re given the option to choose between two rewards: the Bonesack (an almost completely cosmetic item) and the Ram Skull Helm, which requires 30 Defence to wear and provides stats equal to an adamant full helm. We think it’s unfair to expect players to choose between the two items and would like to offer the opportunity to have both for the first time.
We’ve heard a lot of requests to combine the Max Cape with other capes. We’d like to test this by allowing you to combine the Mythical Cape with the Max Cape to create the Mythical Max Cape. This cape will have the same stats and utility as a Mythical Cape.
There’s another player suggestion up next, this time from reddit user /u/rururupert.
If this question passes, you could unlock new transmogs for your Monkey backpack at 100, 250, 500, 1,000, 1,500, and 2,000 laps of the Ape Atoll Agility course. You would be able to choose your Monkey’s appearance from a right-click menu.
Poll Question #36
Should we allow players to unlock new kinds of Monkey backpack by completing laps of the Ape Atoll Agility course as described in the blog?
We’d like to offer new ways to obtain soft clay packs and bags full of gems. At the moment, these items are only available from Prospector Percy’s Nugget Shop in the Motherlode Mine. We’d like to make them available in the Mining Guild Mineral Exchange for a comparable price.
Unfortunately, due to the way we’ve set this up, if you don’t already have the highest tier of furniture in your costume room you would have to build the lowest level first and work your way up.
Since Krystilia's Slayer Task list expansion, there have been some concerns that the population of black knights and bloodvelds are too low for Wilderness Slayer.