RuneScape Lobby

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The RuneScape Lobby was introduced on 3 March 2010, along with the updates of Constitution, the iron smelting, and the Shattered Heart. It replaced the previous welcome screen.

Upon a successful log-in, players are put in the lobby. Players may see which worlds friends are online in, join a clan chat, send private messages, and read news articles. The lobby also allows for the changing of graphics settings, sound settings, and account information. It was proven useful during Bonus XP Weekend because it allows players to hang out while waiting for trees to grow, awaiting offer completion through the Grand Exchange or for Dungeoneering team mates to log in without losing XP multiplier.

Updates[edit | edit source]

The current RuneScape Lobby

After logging in, the player is shown a screen - shown below - where they can check and change email settings, recovery questions, check their inbox for messages, see the date and time that their membership credit will run out (before the Elemental Workshop IV update, this showed the amount, in days, of membership credit remaining), and view one of the current promotion banners which directs to the corresponding news item, if available.

If the player does not have a registered email address, has not set recovery questions, has not paid for membership credit, or has unread messages, red crosses will be shown next to the respective notification (see membership in the associated picture) rather than green ticks (see email registration, recovery questions or messages in the associated picture).

To start playing, the player can select one of their favourite worlds in the lower right hand corner, or click the 'Click Here To Play' button to be put in a suggested world, if they choose not to select one manually.

Using the tabs at the top, the player can also see chat from friend and clan channels, but not from public chat. Options can also be changed using these tabs.

World[edit | edit source]

World Select Tab

The World Select is similar to the previous World select, however, you can change worlds without leaving the game. This means you do not need to re-enter your username and password. The filter arrows (which are the arrows under World, Players, Activities/Locations, Type, CoinShare/LootShare, and ping) filter out the worlds you want. The up arrow gives you the highest number, sort by alphabetical order (for location/activity), and/or member worlds while the down arrow gives you the lowest number, sort by reverse alphabetical order, and/or non-member worlds. Please note that you can filter the types of worlds (non-member/member) and other filter arrows at the same time by clicking a filter arrow in any category then clicking the non-member/member filter arrow. The Green highlight is your favourite worlds (It’s always at the top of down-right corner even while in other tabs). Ping is a lag meter. The lower the ping number, the less lag a world has. The orange highlight is the world you have selected, and the grey-white highlight is follows your cursor. The white text is for non-member worlds while the yellow text is for members. This can be useful for finding worlds on a particular server or which are dedicated to a specific activity.

Friends[edit | edit source]

Friends Tab

This displays your friends list, ignore list and the chat box, which lets you talk to your friends whilst not actually logged into the game. The report abuse button is also present on this interface allowing users to still report abusive users should any arise. Just like in-game, if someone of your friends list logs in or out you are notified in the chat window below the Ignore and friends lists. Currently, some characters cannot be used in lobbies, such as < and >. Also you are not able to click a specific part of your message to change it like you can in-game.

Friends Chat[edit | edit source]

Friends Chat Tab

This is almost exactly the same as the Friends Chat in-game. However, users will not automatically join their last Friends Chat nor are they required to start their message(s) with "/" to chat. Users also cannot change their friends chat settings from the lobby.

Those with permission to kick users within the friends chat channel may ban users temporarily from the friends chat channel if they are in the channel or not.

Clan Chat[edit | edit source]

Clan Chat Tab

It is similar to the Clan Chat in-game, and it is automatically joined. Players do not need to add "//" to their messages. Users cannot change settings or invite users while in the lobby, they are only able to chat, ban/kick players, and check the player's ranks. However, those who are able to kick users from the clan chat can do so.

Options[edit | edit source]

Options Tab

Gives you the options just like in-game and in the previous options menu, except the Animated background Button, which can change the picture to the sites of Gielinor. The animated background shows images of Daemonheim, and other places. In the Options Screen, some of the options are to: To fit the screen with Fixed, Resizeable, or Fullscreen mode. You may also change the graphics settings, sound options and some more.

Exiting[edit | edit source]

When players exit to the Lobby, their scores are updated just as if they had logged out. The player will stay logged in for up to an hour in the Lobby. However, when re-entering the game from the Lobby they will not have to re-enter their name and password.

When players press the X on the top right corner of the Lobby, they move to the title screen. To return to the Lobby, you must then wait for a short amount of time then log back in, using your account details.

Instant Demo[edit | edit source]

The Instant Demo was a game mode that was made to give people a chance to play on a smaller world with fewer quests without having to sign up. The option to play on the instant demo was introduced on 29 March 2010 on RuneScape affiliate sites such as Miniclip. Once accessed, the instant demo was unlocked on the official RuneScape website. Players got access to 9 quests and a restricted world and their progress was saved to their computer, however, players did not have access to several main features including chat (Quick chat was available). During the tutorial, the player was known as 'Adventurer'. However once in game, this changed to 'Player #' (Where # is changed to a random number). Instant Demo was played on world 901. On 9 June 2010, the ability to start an account in instant demo was removed, but players who already had an active account could still log in until it was removed completely on 6 October 2010.

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

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!
  • update 16 January 2023 (Update):
    • Mobile social lobby introduced allowing mobile players to access friends chat, clan chat and more from the lobby.
  • ninja 18 July 2022 (Update):
    • The login and lobby screens' text components have been replaced with TrueType fonts.
  • ninja 23 August 2021 (Update):
    • Fixed a lobby error on Steam which caused an empty popup to appear for free-to-play users when clicking the membership icon.
  • patch 14 June 2021 (Update):
    • Removed overlapping text on the 'Report Player' interface in the Lobby.
    • Social tabs in the lobby of the desktop client now extend to the correct height.
  • patch 1 June 2021 (Update):
    • Updated the font for the log-in flow to TrueType to increase readability on both the desktop and mobile clients
    • Fixed an issue with adding a friend via the lobby on the desktop client
  • patch 4 May 2021 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue which caused the Clan Chat lobby to present a logout modal when typing.
  • patch 29 March 2021 (Update):
    • The Log in Screen has reverted to its previous look.
    • The 'Temporarily mute this player' button no longer overlaps with the 'Cancel' button in the 'Report player' pop-up within the lobby.
    • Added functionality to the mobile lobby screen so that the device 'back' button will toggle the display of the side panel.
    • Various small tweaks, fixes and improvements.
    • Added various 'close' buttons to popups in the Log in Screen.
  • patch 1 March 2021 (Update):
    • Fixed some issues with the Settings overlay panel on the log in screen.
    • Fixed an issue with the Steam client that could cause the log in UI to go missing.
    • Reduced CPU overhead when idling in the lobby.
    • Fixed an issue on Steam which caused the Log In interface to disappear after logging out of the client.
    • Fixed an issue with the notification dots for unread messages in the lobby.
  • patch 13 July 2020 (Update):
    • The Auto Setup option will now appear in the Lobby before starting the game.
  • patch 21 May 2018 (Update):
    • Removed a lobby change that fixed an issue that caused parts of the lobby interface to appear raised / hidden behind other elements
  • patch 8 May 2018 (Update):
    • Removed a reference to JAG from the lobby.
  • ninja 30 April 2018 (Update):
    • Added a Game Time clock to the Lobby.
    • The World Icon in the lobby will now take you to the World Select tab in the lobby.
  • patch 12 March 2018 (Update):
    • Filters now sort correctly within the World Select menu.
  • patch 21 August 2017 (Update):
    • The lobby background dropdown menu is no longer cut off slightly at the bottom.
  • coldfix 24 April 2017 (Update):
    • Players can now reliably log into the lobby.
  • nxt 10 April 2017 (Update):
    • A freeze some players experienced after re-logging from the lobby has been fixed.
  • hotfix 5 December 2016 (Update):
    • Clicking on a banner in the lobby to open an interface in game no longer causes the same interface to reopen upon hopping world.
  • patch 10 October 2016 (Update):
    • Players can no longer advance their computer clocks to alter which banner they see in the lobby.
  • patch 20 July 2015 (Update):
    • Players will now get a confirmation message when deleting friends from within the lobby.
  • ninja 2 March 2015 (Update):
    • 'Hop Worlds' has been capitalised in the menu.
  • patch 16 February 2015 (Update):
    • The Latest Content banner in the lobby will now cycle between banners every 15 seconds instead of every 30 seconds.
  • ninja 9 February 2015 (Update):
    • The "changed name" tooltip in the lobby has been re-aligned.
  • patch 22 September 2014 (Update):
    • The advert banner in the lobby is now refreshed every five minutes instead of every 30 seconds.
  • patch 11 August 2014 (Update):
    • The RuneScape Wiki link from the lobby has been corrected.
    • The Friends, Friends Chat and Clan Chat tab headers will now flash more vibrantly in the lobby when chat messages are waiting for players to read.
    • Text entered into the private messaging text box in the lobby's friends tab will now fill the full amount of space available within the text box.
  • patch 28 July 2014 (Update):
    • The lobby will now calculate load correctly.
  • patch 21 January 2014 (Update):
    • The minimap no longer appears black after a player has logged into game, out to the lobby, then back into game.
  • hotfix 17 December 2013 (Update):
    • Added "Offer complete" style messages from the Grand Exchange to the lobby.
  • patch 30 October 2013 (Update):
    • Players will no longer be met with a blank screen under some circumstances relating to email validation in the lobby.
  • patch 2 October 2013 (Update):
    • The caret when typing in the lobby is now placed correctly.
  • patch 25 September 2013 (Update):
    • Messages will now be displayed in the lobby consistently beyond the first 100 messages.
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • Private messages now appear in the lobby consistently.
    • The audio settings in the lobby now work more consistently.
    • The lobby now displays the correct amount of days before email validation becomes mandatory.
  • hotfix 24 April 2013 (Update):
    • Made chatting in the lobby work reliably.
  • patch 14 January 2013 (Update):
    • Players no longer get logged out in certain circumstances when closing popups in the lobby.
  • patch 6 September 2011 (Update):
    • It is now possible to right-click on messages sent by a player in the lobby.
    • Reporting a player in the lobby no longer sends the name into the chat window.
  • patch 31 August 2011 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to type in the ‘World Full’ lobby dialogue box.
  • patch 21 February 2011 (Update):
    • The lobby interface will no longer warn players about High-risk Wilderness Worlds erroneously.
  • patch 15 September 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed the mouseover info for the Clan Chat leader from the Lobby.
  • patch 27 May 2010 (Update):
    • Allowed the chat area to be resizable.
  • patch 13 May 2010 (Update):
    • You'll now get a more sensible message when trying to enter certain worlds from the lobby.
    • The lobby will now notify you if you receive a message in a tab you don't currently have open.
  • patch 23 March 2010 (Update):
    • Future updates will show the system update information in the lobby.
    • The lobby is now a little more user-friendly after a few changes to handle text.
    • If scrolling through the lobby’s chat window, it will no longer jump to the bottom when another message is received.
  • patch 28 April 2010 (Update):
    • There's now a 'Quit' button in the top-right corner which takes you back to the homepage.
    • Links in the lobby now highlight when you move your mouse over them.
    • Tooltips listing players' previous display names will no longer be hidden when you scroll down your Friends List in the lobby.
    • The arrows for sorting the columns of the world list in the lobby now match the behaviour of the website.
  • patch 23 March 2010 (Update):
    • Future updates will show the system update information in the lobby.
    • The lobby is now a little more user-friendly after a few changes to handle text.
    • If scrolling through the lobby’s chat window, it will no longer jump to the bottom when another message is received.
  • update 3 March 2010 (Update):
    • Added to game.
      • From today, when logging into the game, you will notice that the Welcome Screen has been replaced with what we’re calling the RuneScape Lobby.
      • There are several things you can do in the lobby before you enter the game. You can see which worlds your friends are playing on; you can chat to friends or enter a Clan Chat; you can switch worlds and set your favourites; and you can change your display options. The lobby adds no additional clicks to getting into the game.
      • When logging out of the game, you will re-enter the lobby and stay logged in for up to an hour (though you can fully log out by clicking on the ‘X’ at the top-right of the lobby). As you don't need to enter your password to go from the lobby into the game, this should make things much more convenient when you want to change worlds or take a short break.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • From the 26th of May, there was a message saying "If no one else can help, maybe you can try...Quest help". This is a reference to the A-Team ad, which in itself is a copy of the introduction of the Hamish and Andy show, a radio broadcast in Australia.