RuneFest 2018 was the eighth annual RuneScape convention. It took place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre on the 5 and 6 October 2018, and was announced on 30 April 2018.  An official app was released to help promote navigation for the event. It had a Rellekka theme. 
Introduction[edit | edit source]
Venue[edit | edit source]
RuneFest 2018 is the first RuneFest to be held outside of London, this year taking place in Farnborough, at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre (Show Centre, ETPS Road, Farnborough, GU14 6FD). The venue offers 3,500 on-site parking spaces.
Tickets[edit | edit source]
Tickets went on sale on 22 May. A limited number of reduced price early bird tickets were available, selling out within hours.
Unlike previous years, the price for The Night Before party ticket (this year known as RuneScape Live) was included in the main RuneFest ticket. 
|Early Bird||£135 plus booking fee|
|Standard||£150 plus booking fee|
RuneScape Live[edit | edit source]
Known as The Night Before party in previous years, this year the event was named RuneScape Live, an orchestral event featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Doors opened at 6:00pm on the 5 October, with the event ending at 11:00pm. Bars and a LAN room were open to attendees.
Act I[edit | edit source]
RuneScape Live was narrated by Mod Mark and was a story about a player from RuneScape and a player from Old School RuneScape both playing the same quest on stage in their respective game. Scenes were alternated with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra playing RuneScape music tracks.
Their first task was to gain 4,000 Runecrafting experience. The RuneScape player went to Runespan and used an experience lamp to gain the experience while the Old School player was running to and from an Runecrafting altar to get rune essences.
Both players then needed to gain one level in Dungeoneering. But since Dungeoneering does not exist in Old School, that player came to RuneScape to play a floor of Daemonheim where they were joined by a leecher. At the end of the floor they gained several levels and the RuneScape player gaining level 107 leading to a short discussion what happened to 99 being the max.
The next task was to kill a hero in the Wilderness. The RuneScape player reluctantly agreed and both went to the Wilderness. However they couldn't find a player to kill so they switch to Old School.
The Old School player tricked the RuneScape player into withdrawing their Staff of Sliske while being on a PvP world. The Old School player killed the RuneScape player.
The Old School player then continued playing the quest while skipping the dialogue. The boss spawned and the RuneScape player respawned. However neither knew how to defeat the boss. After trying to fight with it they were transported to the real world by the boss. They arrived outside the Jagex offices and the act ended.
Act II[edit | edit source]
The players explore the Jagex offices to try to find clues on how to defeat the boss. They met RuneScape Classic's Bearded Lady on the way, who helped teleport the players back into their realm.
The next task was to consult the gods. The players encounter Saradomin and Zamorak (in the form of puppets), who directed them to "The Big Z". The players thought that the clue was pointless, before hearing a crowd coming towards them, and realising that the "The Big Z" turns out to be Zezima, one of the most famous players in RuneScape.
Main event[edit | edit source]
The main event started at 10:45am on Saturday 6 October 2018, and finished at 23:30 the same day. The main stage was streamed live on RuneScape's Twitch channel. The Panel (secondary) stage was recorded and uploaded later on the RuneScape YouTube channel.
Goodie bag[edit | edit source]
Attendees received a goodie bag at the event, containing:
- Monty the viking duck
- Quill pen
- Code for Drinking horn, Huginn and Muninn (and Off-hand Huginn and Muninn) sword overrides, and the Fremennik Braid hairstyle
- RuneFest water bottle
- RuneFest marker pen
Each attendee received a wristband to be allowed entry into the venue. There were also VIP wristbands and blue wristbands for streamers.
Revealed future updates[edit | edit source]
RuneScape[edit | edit source]
- 'Til Death Do Us Part - Riders of the apocalypse (Hallowe'en Event)
- The Needle Skips quest
- Elder Artefact
- Spot the black dragon - 400 quest point pet
- Elite Dungeon 3 - The Shadow Reef
- New Alchemical onyx items
- Achievement Bonanza - 100 new achievements
- Removal of Mobilising Armies
- Mining and Smithing rework
- 4 new tiers of metal armour
- Metal bank
- Rebuilt Artisan's workshop
- Masterwork armours
- Christmas Quest - Violet is Blue
- Winter Weekends
- The next big storyline
- Elder Gods
- The Dragonkin
- RuneScape Mobile open beta
Old School RuneScape[edit | edit source]
- Kebos Lowlands
- The Forsaken Tower quest
- The Ascent of Arceuus quest
- Farming Guild
- Brimstone area
- New Slayer Master - Konar
- Volcanic Slayer Dungeon
- Sulphur Lizards
- Alchemical Hydra - Boss
- Achievement Diary
- Bounty Hunter rework
- PVP All Stars Championship
- New Skill - Warding
- Song Of The Elves quest
- Access to Prifddinas
- Skilling boss
- Access to Prifddinas
Schedule[edit | edit source]
All times are written in British Summer Time (BST).
Main stage[edit | edit source]
Panel room[edit | edit source]
The Fremennik Trials cards[edit | edit source]
Unlike previous RuneFests (where skilling chips were collected), attendees collected The Fremennik Trials cards. Once all 7 cards were collected, attendees could get their photo taken to receive a photo card.
|1||Manni the Reveller||You beat the first council member in a drinking competition, which convinced him to vote for you. The next round's on Manni.||Enter RuneFest|
|2||Olaf the Bard||You found Olaf guarded by Lalli the troll. To earn his vote and complete this trial, you brought Lalli a well decorated Pet Rock.||Paint a rock|
|3||Sigli the Huntsman||Sigli asked you to help him find the Draugen to defeat the evil ghost. You contributed to a giant mosaic, revealing his location. #success||Have a photo taken (3 in a gif), and add it to the mosaic board|
|4||Peer the Seer||Located in his house in the northern part of Rellekka, Peer the seer had some puzzles and riddles for our attendees to solve.||Attempt a puzzle or riddle in Peer the Seer's house|
|5||Sigmund the Merchant||You located a number of items by exploring Rellekka and its outskirts to find the location of the exotic flower for Sigmund.||Locate all the QR codes around the venue, show to Mod Deg by the longship|
|6||Swensen the Navigator||You conquered Swensen's giant wooden tilt maze, and in doing so won his vote. Your quest is going in the right direction!||Attempt a labyrinth marble puzzle|
|7||Thorvald the Warrior||You have triumphed in the final trial by defeating at least three of Koschei the Deathless' four forms. What a victory!||Attempt throwing coconuts at Koschei the Deathless at the coconut shy|
Other activities[edit | edit source]
- Mobile beta
- Mining and Smithing rework preview
- Jagex recruitment team
- Art area - Jagex lanyards and 3D printed God tokens could be received from Mod Alex or Mod Fenix
- Photo booth
- LAN room
Player moderators[edit | edit source]
Player and forum moderators could receive a keyring and skillchip at the player moderator meeting.
Merchandise[edit | edit source]
Application[edit | edit source]
An application, based on Guidebook Inc's event application infrastructure, was created to help attendees navigate around RuneFest 2018.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ Mod Shauny. "RuneFest Save The Date – October 5th & 6th." 30 April 2018. RuneScape News.
- ^ RuneScape. RuneFest 2018 - Theme Revealed.*
- ^ Mod Shauny. "RuneFest 2018 - The Dragon Awakes!." RuneScape News.
- ^ Mod Meadows. "RuneFest 2018 - FAQ.." (Archived from the original on 3 May 2018.) RuneFest2018 Forums.
- ^ https://twitter.com/JagexJD/status/1044501135632019456
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