Rune Goldberg Machine

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The Rune Goldberg Machine is a Distraction and Diversion that involves using the Rune Goldberg machine, invented by Wizard Goldberg, to turn runes into vis wax, a substance with a variety of effects. It is located in the eastern section of the Runecrafting Guild, giving it a requirement of 50 Runecrafting to access.

This activity cannot be reset by a D&D token. It also does not reset when a player is a non-member; if a player completes the activity before their membership expires and becomes a member again later, they must wait until the following reset before the machine can be used again.

Current combinations[edit | edit source]

DateSlot 1Slot 2Slot 3Total
RunePriceAmountRunePrice
3 Aug 2021Chaos rune.png Chaos rune75,000500Body rune.png Body rune44,000Random119,000
Nature rune.png Nature rune96,250171,250
Fire rune.png Fire rune122,000197,000
Combinations in collaboration with Vis Wax FC discord server
Alternate runes (3 August)
Orig. Rune Alternate Runes
Slot 1
Chaos rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaos runeChaos Air rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Air runeAir (27)
Slot 2
Body rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Body runeBody
Nature rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nature runeNature Body rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Body runeBody (26)
Fire rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fire runeFire Earth rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Earth runeEarth (27)
Combinations in collaboration with Vis Wax FC discord server

Operation[edit | edit source]

The Rune Goldberg Machine accepts three different rune types at a time, assigning a different value to each rune. These values are indicative of the efficiency of that rune type when actually used in that slot. It accepts any rune, with the exception of Armadyl runes. These values change daily. Players can insert runes into the machine to see their value, but for every combination tried, the required amount of runes of each of the three types selected will be increased by 0.5% (resets daily). The total value of the runes affects how much vis wax is created.

The interface will show red, orange or green smiley faces on the left hand side of the interface depending on whether the rune you have placed in that slot is a bad, an OK or a good match. If the rune you've placed in the machine matches the value of the 'best in slot' rune it will show green. Should the rune have a value of less than 50% then this will show red, and a value that is more than 50% will show orange.

The following table shows the profit and number of runes of a particular type that are required to feed such runes into the machine, assuming the player has obtained the maximum vis wax of the slot (as 0.5% is charged even on the first try). Lastly, it is assumed that vis wax is sold for its median price: 12,103 coins.

Rune Base amount GE Price Amount per try

(rounds down)

Cost per try Base profit
for green in
slot 1 or 2
Base profit
for green in
slot 3
Mud rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mud runeMud rune 300 216,900 1.5 1,084.5 145,105.5 266,135.5
Astral rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Astral runeAstral rune 300 121,800 1.5 609 240,681 361,711
Law rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Law runeLaw rune 300 112,800 1.5 564 249,726 370,756
Soul rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Soul runeSoul rune 300 712,800 1.5 3,564 -353,274 -232,244
Nature rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nature runeNature rune 350 96,250 1.5 412.5 266,358.75 387,388.75
Blood rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blood runeBlood rune 350 211,750 1.5 907.5 150,281.25 271,311.25
Cosmic rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cosmic runeCosmic rune 400 106,000 2 530 256,560 377,590
Death rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death runeDeath rune 400 124,800 2 624 237,666 358,696
Dust rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dust runeDust rune 500 536,000 2.5 2,680 -175,590 -54,560
Lava rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lava runeLava rune 500 420,500 2.5 2,102.5 -59,512.5 61,517.5
Mist rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mist runeMist rune 500 496,000 2.5 2,480 -135,390 -14,360
Smoke rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Smoke runeSmoke rune 500 434,500 2.5 2,172.5 -73,582.5 47,447.5
Steam rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steam runeSteam rune 500 445,500 2.5 2,227.5 -84,637.5 36,392.5
Chaos rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaos runeChaos rune 500 75,000 2.5 375 287,715 408,745
Air rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Air runeAir rune 1,000 63,000 5 315 299,775 420,805
Water rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Water runeWater rune 1,000 20,000 5 100 342,990 464,020
Earth rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Earth runeEarth rune 1,000 18,000 5 90 345,000 466,030
Fire rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fire runeFire rune 1,000 122,000 5 610 240,480 361,510
Mind rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mind runeMind rune 2,000 30,000 10 150 332,940 453,970
Body rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Body runeBody rune 2,000 44,000 10 220 318,870 439,900
This repeatable content has a hard reset.
The next period's content will become available immediately, regardless of whether a player has logged out.
This repeatable content has a soft reset.
The next period's content will become available only once a player has logged out and in.
The interface when operating the machine

Optimizing Rune Choices[edit | edit source]

Each of the three slots has a single "perfect" rune, the rune which gives the maximum amount of vis wax. The first slot contributes a maximum of 30 vis and is the same for every player. The second slot also contributes a maximum of 30 vis and is one of three possible runes which varies from player to player. The final slot contributes a maximum of 40 vis and is randomly assigned to each player. If the player has a Runecrafting cape (or a max cape or completionist cape charged with a Runecrafting cape), they can right-click and then activate the cape to see what their daily best rune for slot 3 is. These runes change daily like other runes.

If Goldberg is asked for help with the machine, he will suggest a particular rune which has been previously shown to him by another player. Be aware that this suggested rune can carry over from the previous day and may not be a good rune anymore. If after trying the suggested rune and all combinations for the slots you still have a low amount try swapping the first rune for something else.

The "perfect" rune for a slot may not be the best rune to use as it is possible that a cheaper rune choice might be more profitable. As an extreme example, if the "perfect choices" happen to be the three most expensive runes (see the GE prices, in the table above), you might be paying more in runes than what you get in vis wax. Experimenting with combinations of only cheaper runes makes it easier to make a profit.

Predicting the runes[edit | edit source]

The first slot can be predicted by looking at the value 40 days prior, except that the machine will rarely deviate and choose a different rune thus making a new pattern. The prediction for today and the next few days is (Update)

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 8 December 2014 (Update):
    • The icons used on this machine have been changed to be more identifiable for colour-blind players.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The name is a reference to Rube Goldberg machines, which are devices or contraptions set up to perform simple tasks in an overly complicated manner. One famous example of this sort of apparatus is the game Mouse Trap, where players can set up their own.
  • The examine text for the actual machine ("A large rune collider.") is likely a reference to the Large Hadron Collider, a powerful machine near Geneva that is used to create fundamental particles at high energies.