The Squeal of Fortune (also known as the SoF or the squeal) was a daily activity available to both members and free players, initially introduced on 28 February 2012. It shared its side-stone interface with the Solomon's General Store. Free players got one spin a day while members normally got two spins a day. The Squeal of Fortune reset every midnight UTC. Rewards included armour, weapons, xp lamps, coins, and an assortment of equipment — some as illustrious as Lucky equipment, the untradeable counterparts to powerful existing equipment.
When a player logged in, there was a small button in the middle of the game screen which could be moved freely with the mouse. The introductory task system had to be completed or turned off for it to appear. Pressing it bought the player to the wheel, which contained a selection of thirteen items which always consisted of one super rare item, two rare items, four uncommon items and six common items. The selection of items changed from spin to spin, but logging out and then logging back in resulted in no change.
Players activated the wheel by clicking the green button a single time, which would show the graphics of the wheel spinning and stopping; they could press it again at any moment to instantly stop the wheel and produce a prize. There were two speeds at which the player could spin, both below the green button, that allowed the player to spin one at a time (×1) or using 10 at a time (×10). When the wheel stopped, the player was presented with their prize which they could either claim, convert to coins, or (in the case of winning cash bags and double spin tickets, or of a non-member winning a members only prize) discard. Active members could not spin the Squeal of Fortune while on a free world.
Note that the wheel's graphics did not necessarily reflect the odds of the wheel stopping on a particular slot. The chance of obtaining a super-rare item was significantly less than the 3 in 100 chance the wheel suggests.
Obtaining more spinsEdit
When buying spins, it is important to remember that they expire in 6 months time. Daily spins expire daily if not used. Spins that are obtained through any other means do not expire.
- Order of Use
Spins on the Squeal of Fortune are used in the following order:
- Daily spins
- Spins obtained through gameplay
- Purchased spins
- Maximum allowed spins
For non-purchased spins, there is a cap on the number of unused spins that you are allowed. You will not earn spins beyond this amount:
- Daily spins: One day's worth (i.e. spins expire if not used by midnight GMT)
- Spin tickets: 10
- Other spins obtained through gameplay: 100+
Free players get one spin a day while members normally get two spins a day, and members who bought a silver or gold membership package get three daily spins. The Squeal of Fortune resets every midnight UTC. Daily spins do not roll over to the next day. Daily spins do not show in the count on the extras interface; the Squeal of Fortune must be loaded in order to see these.
Nearly every monster in RuneScape, barring those in minigames or Dungeoneering, has a chance of dropping a spin ticket. They can still drop if you already have 10 earned spins, but you will be unable to claim it until you use one.
Players may gain spin tickets through any of the same methods that can be used to find a strange rock, in addition to Divination, whether they are a member or not. Unlike strange rocks, a spin ticket obtained whilst skilling with a full inventory will not replace an item of the player's, it will be redeemed automatically.
Note: Occasionally, while Dungeoneering, players may see a popup indicating that they have earned a ticket for a free spin or a free spin has automatically been added to their account, without actually gaining a spin ticket or a spin. This is likely a bug resulting from spin tickets being "banned" in Dungeoneering, so that when the game attempts to add the ticket into a player's inventory while in Dungeoneering, it is not able to do so.
Distractions and diversions - P2PEdit
Every month, the player may gain a single spin ticket for starting a game of Troll Invasion. Additionally, a different distraction and diversion is chosen each week to give the player a spin ticket for simply participating. The events rotate each week in the following order:
- Evil Tree — chop, light or nurture an Evil Tree
- Shooting Star — mine any size star and gain experience
- Penguin Hide and Seek — redeem at least one Penguin Point
- Circus — complete one of the events
As of 24 April 2012 the completion of any quest will earn the player 2 additional spins to the Squeal of Fortune, this includes any subquest of Recipe for Disaster, the wishlists for the Rag and Bone Man and the Thieving Guild capers. Quests completed prior to this update will not count.
Players can purchase Bonds for gold coins or cash and redeem the bond for 8 spins.
When on the claim screen a free spin button may appear which, when clicked on, will have the player watch a short video ad then award one free spin. These ads do not seem to appear in the downloadable client, only when playing on your browser. Not every country, however, has ads available for players, and thus some players will not receive this chance for a free spin. Use of third-party ad-blocking browser extensions may also prevent this option from appearing.
Spins can be bought in groups of 10, 20, 40, 100 or 200 spins, with a bonus 5 spins being given for buying 20, a bonus 35 spins for buying 40 spins, a bonus of 100 spins for buying 100 spins and a bonus 250 spins for buying 200 spins. A maximum of $200 US can be spent a day when buying spins and bought spins will expire after 6 months. There is also a second cap of $500 US a week so you can't spend $1400 US in a single week.
|Currency||10 spins||20 spins (with 5 bonus spins)||40 spins (with 35 bonus spins)||100 spins (with 100 bonus spins)||200 spins (with 250 bonus spins)|
|New Zealand dollar||$5.99||$11.99||$23.99||$59.99||$120.00|
|Norwegian Kroner||27 NOK||55 NOK||110 NOK||275 NOK||550 NOK|
|Malaysia Ringgit||14.99 MYR||29.99 MYR||59.99 MYR||150 MYR||300 MYR|
|Swedish kronor||30 SEK||60 SEK||120 SEK||300 SEK||600 SEK|
|Lithuanian litas||11.99 LTL||23.99 LTL||47.99 LTL||120.00 LTL||240.00 LTL|
|Danish kroner||25 DKK||50 DKK||100 DKK||250 DKK||500 DKK|
|Polish złoty||13.99 PLN||27.99 PLN||55.99 PLN||140 PLN||
|7.99 CHF||15.99 CHF||39.99 CHF||
If a player joins the Premier Club and purchases a silver or gold package, the player will be granted one additional spin each day as long as the player remains signed up as a Premier Club member. This amounts to 3 spins a day, as opposed to 2 spins a day for players who are only members.
The value of spins included in the Silver package was worth approx $45.50USD with numerous other benefits included in December 2012.
The value of spins included in the Gold package was worth approx $91.00USD with numerous other benefits included in December 2012.
The Premier Club offer ended in January 2013, however, it made a come-back in December 2013.
There are also packages available to some countries residences using game cards available for $10 or $25, and offer a range of options when redeemed, some of which include spins:
- 30 days of membership and 5 Spins for $10
- 35 days of membership for $10
- 350 RuneCoins for $10
- 60 days of membership and 32 Spins for $25
- 460 RuneCoins and 40 Spins for $25
Most items are deposited directly into the players bank; however, experience boosting items such as XP lamps or any pendant of skill are placed in the player's inventory. If a lamp or pendant is won and one's inventory is full, or another prize is won and one's bank is full, the player will be unable to claim the prize. Exiting the Squeal of Fortune interface and clearing an item will allow a player to claim the prize upon re-entering the Squeal of Fortune interface.
All items found in the rare section can be found in the very rare section as well with the exception of a Large XP lamp. Just as the large lamp is the only item from the rare section not able to be in the very rare section, the Huge XP lamp cannot be found in the rare section.
Every item on the Squeal of Fortune (except for double spin tickets and money pouches) has the option to be converted into a predetermined amount of coins. Items exclusive to the wheel convert into a set amount of coins with price increasing with rarity.
The main controversy over the Squeal of Fortune is that it is considered to be a form of real world trading by a number of players, due to the fact that many items from the Squeal of Fortune either have a significant gold or xp value. However, Jagex's official stance on the rule is that real world trading is only an offence when it involves a third party.
- The update was not included in the February 2012 Behind the Scenes; a similar event took place in February 2011 with the Wildywyrm.
- The name is a play on words of the game show Wheel of Fortune.
- The icon does not appear in the Duel Arena, in Stealing Creation or within Daemonheim's floors, but it does appear on the exit balcony when you leave a dungeon. The icon does appear in Clan Citadels, however you cannot access the tab to Squeal of Fortune in these places.
- Opening the Squeal of Fortune's interface does not pause game ticks, so time limits for equipment and minigames are still imposed.
- The small agility lamp and the small thieving lamp have been changed to the same gold colour of the medium and large lamps and they are the only small lamps of that colour.
- On the day the Squeal of Fortune was released players could press the spin button once then again to stop it at the slot they wanted. It was patched around 2 hours after the release. No player rollbacks were administered.
- When rare items have their odds increased during promotions, the convert to coins value is lowered to 10% of the original value.
- Squeal of Fortune cannot be played in Entrana and players will receive a message saying "You cannot play the Squeal of Fortune here.".