Winter Weekends (2012)

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Not to be confused with the Winter events.

Winter Weekends is a series of events exclusive to members which was held during December 2012. There were five segments, for each weekend in December. It is notable that these "weekends" only include Saturday and Sunday, unlike some weekend events before which started on Friday and/or ended on Monday.

The Festive aura was released for the month of December in conjunction with Winter Weekends, and its bonus could work during each event.

Events[edit | edit source]

Weekend 1: Double Drops[edit | edit source]

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1–2 December 2012
Drop quantities of or from various things doubled. They included:[1]

Individual bosses and monsters Activities and areas

Weekend 2: Minigames[edit | edit source]

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8–9 December 2012
Double rewards from certain minigames and D&Ds.[2][3] The minigames/D&Ds included were:

Some J-Mods hosted sessions. Meet-up locations were the minigame lobbies. Schedule below:

Saturday 8 December (Mod Mat K) Sunday 9 December (Mod Edu)
  1. Castle Wars - World 24 - 1pm (GMT)
  2. Castle Wars - World 24 - 3pm (GMT)
  3. Pest Control - World 53 - 4pm (GMT)
  1. Castle Wars - World 24 - 1pm (GMT)
  2. Pest Control - World 53 - 5pm (GMT)

Weekend 3: Dungeoneering[edit | edit source]

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15–16 December 2012
Double Dungeoneering experience and tokens.[4]

Additionally, there was an XP-gain contest. 25 Squeal of Fortune spins were awarded to the top three players who gained the most Dungeoneering experience during the weekend. Entrants were required to post in the official thread for their experience to be tracked, and winners were to be announced the following week. Official friends chat for those seeking groups was "RS DG". Experience gained in the form of lamps, promissory notes, and token conversions did not count.

Weekend 4: Slayer and Fishing[edit | edit source]

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22–23 December 2012
Double Slayer and Fishing experience.[5][6]

Bonus was only available on the surface and not in Dungeoneering.

Weekend 5: Snowman Raids[edit | edit source]

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29–30 December 2012
Snowmen invaded various areas, and loot was available to players who participated in stopping them.[7] Snow warriors, snow rangers and snow mages were the snowmen available to kill.

Snowmen invade Ardougne while Snowflakes fall in the background.

Invasions took place on the hour at one (not all) of the below locations:[8] Raids lasted for 15 minutes, with the location announced via the game news feed at the start of the raid (on the hour). "Valuable" drops seemed only to be available once per raid.

They cycled through the locations in this order:

Mod Lods hosted the following sessions:[8]

Saturday 29 December Sunday 30 December
  1. Ardougne market - World 56 - 3pm (GMT)
  2. Camelot Teleport spot - World 23 - 6pm (GMT)
  1. Gnome Stronghold, outside the Grand Tree - World 56 - 1pm (GMT)
  2. Varrock, south of the Grand Exchange - World 23 - 6pm (GMT)

Possible loot[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Dragon battleaxe.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Dragon battleaxe with rarity Rare in quantity 1Dragon battleaxe (m)P2P icon.png1Rare120,473120,000
Dragon halberd.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Dragon halberd with rarity Rare in quantity 1Dragon halberd (m)P2P icon.png1Rare192,852195,000
Dragon dart.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Dragon dart with rarity Rare in quantity 100, 500Dragon dart (m)P2P icon.png100; 500Rare13,800-69,00030,000-150,000
Dragon mace.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Dragon mace with rarity Rare in quantity 1Dragon mace (m)P2P icon.png1Rare28,78130,000
Dragon longsword.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Dragon longsword with rarity Rare in quantity 1Dragon longsword (m)P2P icon.png1Rare58,04960,000
Potato cactus.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Potato cactus with rarity Common in quantity 2 (noted)Potato cactus (m)P2P icon.png(noted)Common2,7060
Oak plank.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Oak plank with rarity Uncommon in quantity 20, 24 (noted)Oak plank (m)P2P icon.png20; 24 (noted)Uncommon8,180-9,8163,000-3,600
Mahogany plank.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Mahogany plank with rarity Uncommon in quantity 40, 80, 100 (noted)Mahogany plank (m)P2P icon.png40; 80; 100 (noted)Uncommon[d 1]38,800-97,00036,000-90,000
Chocolate bar.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Chocolate bar with rarity Common in quantity 3 (noted)Chocolate barF2P icon.png(noted)Common48936
Swamp tar.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Swamp tar with rarity Common in quantity 10Swamp tar (m)P2P icon.png10Common1,8300
Flax.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Flax with rarity Common in quantity 15 (noted)FlaxF2P icon.png15 (noted)Common85545
Feather.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Feather with rarity Common in quantity 1500FeatherF2P icon.png1,500Common18,0004,500
Pure essence.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Pure essence with rarity Common in quantity 20, 30, 40(noted)Pure essenceF2P icon.png20; 30; 40 (noted)Common440-88040-80
Air rune.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Air rune with rarity Common in quantity 100, 500, 1000Air runeF2P icon.png100; 500; 1,000Common3,100-31,000300-3,000
Dragonstone.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Dragonstone with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1, 3Dragonstone (m)P2P icon.png1; 3Uncommon9,833-29,4996,000-18,000
Prayer potion (4).png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Prayer potion (4) with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1-25Prayer potion (4)F2P icon.png1–25Uncommon2,867-71,675114-2,850
Charcoal.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Charcoal with rarity Common in quantity 1CharcoalF2P icon.png1Common73927
Cabbage.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Cabbage with rarity Common in quantity 1CabbageF2P icon.png1Common6770
Gnomeball.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Gnomeball with rarity Common in quantity 1Gnomeball (m)P2P icon.png1Common0High Level Alchemy icon.png0
Coins_250.png: Winter Weekends (2012) drops Coins with rarity Uncommon in quantity 43-731CoinsF2P icon.png43–731Uncommon[d 2]43-73143-731
  1. ^ 40 is more common than 400 or 800
  2. ^ higher amounts of coins are less common


Reception[edit | edit source]

Many players were displeased with the snowman raids events for reasons including the fact they were combat-based, often very crowded, and allowed use of Dwarf multicannons which were widely exploited in the hope of getting the first hit to get the drop, but they actually did not count to the player who owned the cannon. The usage of cannons also caused much lag in places where the Snowmen spawned during the weekend.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Raw salmon incorrectly gave 150xp instead of 140xp for a short time during the Double Slayer and Fishing XP weekend. This was fixed several minutes after the release.
  • Due to an error at the start of the Week 4 - Double Fishing and Slayer XP event, free-to-play players were able to benefit from double fishing XP for approximately two hours, at which point the mistake was fixed.
  • There was a glitch in the Lumbridge spawn where multiple snowmen spawned on the bridge on top of each other.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Mike. "Winter Weekends FAQ." 28 November 2012. Recent Game Updates Forums.
  2. ^ The RuneScape Team. "Winter Weekends: Double Drops." 30 November 2012. RuneScape News.
  3. ^ Mod Mike. "Winter Weekends:Minigames." 5 December 2012. Events - "One Off" Forums.
  4. ^ Mod Mike. "Winter Weekends: Dungeoneering." 10 December 2012. Events - "One Off" Forums.
  5. ^ The RuneScape Team. "Winter Weekends: Double Dungeoneering XP for Members." 14 December 2012. RuneScape News.
  6. ^ The RuneScape Team. "Winter Weekends: Double Slayer and Fishing XP for Members." 21 December 2012. RuneScape News.
  7. ^ The RuneScape Team. "Community Round-Up 26/12." 26 December 2012. RuneScape News.
  8. ^ a b Mod Mike. "Winter Weekends: Snowmen!." 23 December 2012. Events - "One Off" Forums.