RuneFest 2017

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RuneFest 2017 was the seventh annual RuneScape convention, and was held on 23 September 2017 at Battersea Evolution in London. It was announced on 9 May 2017.[1] It had a "Back to Our Roots" theme.[2]

An in-game skillchip hunt coincided with the event.[3]

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Venue[edit | edit source]

RuneFest 2017 was held at the same venue as the previous year's event, Battersea Evolution (Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ). It featured two stages, the Varrock Stage and the Circus Stage, both hosting a range of events throughout the day.

Tickets[edit | edit source]

Tickets for RuneFest 2017 went on sale on 22 May 2017.[4] There was an early bird offer until 3 July 2017 where tickets could be purchased for a reduced price.[5]

Type Price
Early Bird RuneFest only £99 plus booking fee
RuneFest & Night Before combo £125 plus booking fee
Standard RuneFest only £120 plus booking fee
RuneFest & Night Before combo £145 plus booking fee

The Night Before[edit | edit source]

"The Night Before" RuneFest party was again held at Namco Funscape (Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB) on 22 September 2017. Attendees had free-play on all arcade machines, plus unlimited bowling, table tennis, and pool tables. A free drink was also provided.[6]

RuneFest Live[edit | edit source]

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A web application called RuneFest Live was created for RuneFest 2017, designed for both desktop and smartphone users. It features a schedule, map and information on available merchandise.[7]

Main event[edit | edit source]

The event started at 10:30 BST Saturday 23 September, and finished at 23:30 BST the same day. The Varrock (main) stage was streamed live on RuneScape's Twitch channel, whilst the Circus (secondary) stage was streamed live on RuneScape's YouTube channel. Mod Archie and Mod Shauny, along with Old School streamers Skiddler and Ianspam, hosted the livestream.

Livestream viewers could unlock the RuneFest 2017 Shield (Live Stream) by redeeming the code back2ourroots from Diango. Old School RuneScape players could unlock the Runefest shield by redeeming the code runefest17 from Diango in Old School RuneScape.

Goodie bag[edit | edit source]

The goodie bag contents.
Lanyard details.
Lanyard details.
The cosplay voting form, given out by cosplayers.

Upon arrival, attendees received:

  • RuneFest 2017 lanyard
  • RuneFest 2017 wristband
  • RuneFest 2017 goodie bag
  • Code for an exclusive Reddit flair

The goodie bag included:

Revealed future updates[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

All times are written in British Summer Time (BST).

Varrock Stage
Time Event Description Host Transcript
11:00 – 12:00 RuneFest icon.png Welcome to Runefest - RS Mobile A primer for what is coming over the course of the day, and a big announcement about RuneScape mobile. Mod Conor
12:00 – 13:00 RuneFest icon.png Streamer & YouTube Creator Q&A Your favourite RuneScape personalities, answering tough questions for your amusement. Mod Archie
13:00 – 14:00 Old School RuneScape icon.png Old School – The Next 12 Months A stellar 12-months is being followed by something even grander. Pop in to see what you'll be playing. Mod Mat K
14:00 – 15:00 RuneScape icon.png RuneScape Reveals It's time to pull back the curtain to see what Unfinished Business will be coming your way. Mod Mark Transcript
15:00 – 16:30 RuneFest icon.png The Golden Gnomes A glitzy gala of goofs, giggles, grandstanding and - of course - golden gnomes. Mod Mark and special guests
17:00 – 18:30 Old School RuneScape icon.png Deadman Tournament Finale This is it. The big one. 2000 players fighting for $20,000. Winning is going to take guts. Mod Archie
18:30 – 19:30 RuneFest icon.png The Dark Room Join us as we turn the lights down and invite you to a ridiculous, offensive and adventurous misadventure. John Robertson
20:30 – 22:00 RuneFest icon.png After Party It's party time so why not come and join us for live DJs and your chance to dance the night away with some of your favourite JMods!!! Mod Mac
Circus Stage
Time Event Description JMods Transcript
12:00 – 13:00 RuneFest icon.png Raiders of the Lost Art We create nearly 1000 pieces of concept art and illustrations for RuneScape every year, but not all of them make it into the game. You’ll have a chance to see some of the designs that didn’t quite make it. Mod Alec, Mod Lee M.
13:00 – 14:00 RuneScape icon.png RuneScape Skilling Get a sneak peek at the future of RuneScape skilling. Mod Timbo, Mod Ryan Transcript
14:00 – 15:00 Old School RuneScape icon.png The Old School Quiz Old School Streamers and Jmods face-off in a quiz! Mod Wolf
16:30 – 17:30 RuneScape icon.png RuneScape Combat A rundown of combat over the last year, a boss announcement, and showcase of other combat updates. Mod Ramen, Mod Pi, Mod Deg Transcript
17:30 – 19:00 RuneFest icon.png RuneScape Lore Marathon Cry havoc and unleash the hounds of lore! Mod Raven, Mod Stu, Mod Chaose, Mod Jack Transcript

Skilling chips[edit | edit source]

As with previous RuneFests, skilling chips are awarded for completing various activities around the venue. This years chips represent various cities and towns.

Name Description
RuneFest 2017 Catherby skill chip.png Sponge a JMod Throw wet sponges at JMods in the stocks!
RuneFest 2017 Taverley skill chip.png Cook's Assistant Can you help the cook get their ingredients right?
RuneFest 2017 Falador skill chip.png Cabbage Shoot Out Score a goal with a cabbage!
RuneFest 2017 Varrock skill chip.png Champions Scroll Assemble the champions scroll correctly!
RuneFest 2017 Canifis skill chip.png Digging for Bones Can you find the bones you need?
RuneFest 2017 Lumbridge skill chip.png Selfie with Dramen Staff Selfie with Dramen Staff
RuneFest 2017 Edgeville skill chip.png Find The JMod Hunt 10 of those JMods down!
RuneFest 2017 Ardougne skill chip.png Penguin Hunt Find those missing penguins and solve their puzzle!
Hunt the JMod.

Activities[edit | edit source]

There were various other activities and areas around the venue, including:

  • Photobooth
  • Art area
  • Balthazar's LAN Gaming (Gaming area)
  • Virtual reality area
  • RuneScape mobile area
  • Charities
  • A large board for attendees to draw and write on

Merchandise[edit | edit source]

Players were able to purchase RuneScape-themed merchandise at the event.

Item Price Image
RuneFest 2017 skill chip presentation box £12.00
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RuneFest 2017 gnome child keyring £5.00
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RuneFest 2017 dragon head pendant £12.00
RuneFest 2017 dragon head pendant.jpg
RuneFest 2017 burgundy beanie £14.00
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RuneFest 2017 brown beanie £14.00
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RuneFest 2017 t-shirt £15.00
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RuneFest 2017 hoodie £25.00
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Menaphos USB stick (8GB) £6.00
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Menaphos cat plushie £20.00
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Menaphos pyramid t-shirt £10.00
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Menaphos hand t-shirt £10.00
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Menaphos wave t-shirt £10.00
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Menaphos wing keyring £4.00
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Menaphos coin in wooden box £10.00
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Menaphos coin in wooden box (signed) £13.00
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Menaphos notebook £10.00
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Menaphos pyramid gift box £5.00
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Inferno hoodie £25.00
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Inferno hot sauce £3.50
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Official logo mug £7.00
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RuneScape coffee mug £7.00
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RuneScape tea mug £7.00
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Gnome child mug £7.00
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Map mousemat £5.00
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Varrock mousemat £5.00
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RuneFest 2014 mousemat £4.00
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Drakan poster (A3) £2.00
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Eat Sleep Scape Repeat poster (A3) £2.00
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Invention workshop poster (A3) £2.00
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RuneScape bumper sticker £2.00
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Old School bumper sticker £2.00
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Runes badge set £4.00
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Skills badge set £4.00
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Gods badge set £4.00
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RuneScape badge set £4.00
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Old School badge set £4.00
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Fire rune keyring £4.00
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PK skull tote bag £5.00
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Foam dragon dagger £10.00
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Pak yak plush £20.00*
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Monsters of RuneScape Top Trumps cards £2.00
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Betrayal at Falador book £4.00
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Foam party hat £7.00
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Rune Gods bobble hat £13.00
RuneFest 2017 Rune Gods bobble hat.jpg
Snapback - Seren £12.00
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RuneScape t-shirt £10.00
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Old School t-shirt £10.00
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Eat Sleep Scape Repeat t-shirt £10.00
RuneFest 2017 Eat Sleep Scape Repeat t-shirt.png
I Am Deadman t-shirt £10.00
RuneFest 2017 I Am Deadman t-shirt.png
PK Skull t-shirt £10.00
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Japanese dragon t-shirt £10.00
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Level Up 99 t-shirt £10.00
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Level Up Slayer t-shirt £10.00
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Rune Mage sweater (black) £18.00
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Rune Mage sweater (dark grey) £18.00
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Rune Moon sweater (dark grey) £18.00
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Rune Moon sweater (navy) £18.00
RuneFest 2017 Rune Moon sweater (navy).jpg
Level Up 99 hoodie £25.00
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Old School hoodie £25.00
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* On the day some prices were cheaper than originally stated on the app.

In-game skillchip hunt[edit | edit source]

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The in-game skillchip hunt was removed after an update.
The contents of this page no longer exist in RuneScape, and this article is kept for historical purposes.
A RuneFest display case, a reward from completing the activity.

After 9:00 UTC on 23 September 2017 for the duration of the day, players can collect in-game skill chips by completing 8 different tasks.[3]

To start, players should speak to Skillchipx southeast of Taverley bank, west of the bridge. For each task completed, Skillchipx will reward players with an experience lamp. For completing the whole set of tasks, an extra experience lamp will be given.

A Runefest 2017 task list could also be obtained from Skillchipx to help with keeping track of the tasks.

Logging in during the hunt prompted a pop-up ad and the message Virtual RuneFest is here! Speak to Skillchipx by the Windmill in Taverley for more information! RuneFest noticeboards could also be found in select locations, promoting the event.

Tasks[edit | edit source]

Task Description Notes
RuneFest 2017 Catherby skill chip.png Catherby Throw 8 rotten tomatoes at the JMod on Catherby Beach from the nearby bucket. Mod Passata can be found in a cage on Catherby beach. There is a crate of rotten tomatoes directly south of him. Use these on him to get the chip.
RuneFest 2017 Taverley skill chip.png Taverley Speak to Skillchipx and help him obtain some special flour from the windmill nearby. The order is up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right
RuneFest 2017 Falador skill chip.png Falador Pickup a Cabbage from the pile east of the Falador lodestone. Kick it to the 8 checkpoints in order. The first one is just to the East. Place the cabbage ball near the cabbage pile. Click on it to initiate a kick, then click the location of where to kick it to. The path of markers go east around Falador, through the cabbage patch, west around the farm, and then north, up to the southern gate.
RuneFest 2017 Varrock skill chip.png Varrock Kill certain dragons or craft hides to earn points for the Dragon's Challenge, the harder the dragons the more points you'll get!
  • 255 points are required to complete the challenge.
RuneFest 2017 Canifis skill chip.png Canifis Head toward the graves north of Canifis and dig up 8 bones of convention using a spade. The graveyard is located north of the Canifis lodestone and is filled with aggressive ghouls, so armour and food is suggested for low level players. A spade in the inventory is required. The bone of convention may appear randomly on each dig, however each dig cannot be too close to each other.
RuneFest 2017 Lumbridge skill chip.png Lumbridge Use the temporary Photo Booth in Lumbridge to take a selfie with a Staff of Air. The photobooth is located near the Lumbridge lodestone. Only a staff of air will work for this. This will not replace your forum avatar.
RuneFest 2017 Edgeville skill chip.png Edgeville Find 4 JMods throughout the world. Ask your friends or hunt them together!
RuneFest 2017 Ardougne skill chip.png Ardougne Find 10 special R.U.N.E.F.E.S.T. Penguins throughout RuneScape. Ask your friends or hunt them together!

Five of the penguins can be found roaming the Free-to-play area in both members and non-members worlds.

Five of the penguins can be found roaming the Pay-to-Play area of Kandarin.

After finding all penguins speak to the Wise Old Man.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Each completed chip rewards a small XP lamp. Completing all tasks rewards a medium XP lamp and unlocks the ability to build a RuneFest display case in the Skill Hall of a player-owned house, which displays all the earned chips. Building the display case requires level 43 Construction, 4 teak planks, and 4 molten glass.

Should any lamp be missed due to a full inventory, they can be obtained by speaking to Skillchipx.

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included—see here for how to help out!
  • patch 25 September 2017 (Update):
    • The green skill chip in the Runefest in-game event has been corrected to be red.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The special floor code and the resulting message is a reference to the Konami Code: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod William. "RuneFest | Save the Date – September 23rd." 9 May 2017. RuneScape News.
  2. ^ Jagex. RuneFest's Twitter account. (Archived from the original on 2017-08-04.)
  3. ^ a b Mod William. "RuneFest | Live Streams & In-Game Skillchip Hunt." 22 September 2017. RuneScape News.
  4. ^ RuneFest Team. RuneFest 2017. (Archived from the original on 20 September 2017.)
  5. ^ Mod William. "Buy Runefest Tickets | Early Bird Pricing." 22 May 2017. RuneScape News.
  6. ^ Mod Balance. Night Before Party 2017. 22 May 2017. (Archived from the original on 2017-05-22.)
  7. ^ Jagex. "Runefest Web App – Get It Now!." 15 September 2017. RuneScape News.

External sites[edit | edit source]