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The Great Orb Project
The Great Orb Project
The Great Orb Project (often shortened to GOP) is a Runecrafting minigame located in the Runecrafting Guild. It was released on 12 August 2008. The Great Orb Project was originally created as a research project by Runecrafting wizards which involves two teams gathering different orbs near various Runecrafting altars. To play this game, players must have at least level 50 Runecrafting.

LocationEdit

RuneScape uses the British convention for floor numbering: Ground floor, first floor, second floor, etc.
Runecrafting guild world map

The minigame can be played from the Runecrafting Guild, which can be accessed through a portal on the top floor of the Wizards' Tower, found south of Draynor and south west of Lumbridge.

Different ways of reaching this area include:

GameplayEdit

ObjectiveEdit

The objective of the game is for players to move as many orbs corresponding to their team colour as they can to the altars, as well as keeping orbs of the opposite team away from the altar. The team with the most orbs that has gone into the altar when the timer runs out wins the round.

Starting the gameEdit

Great orb project portal

To join a game, players may talk to Wizard Acantha to join the green team, Wizard Vief to join a yellow team, or other Wizards found in the guild to join a random colour team. A timer starts after each team has at least two members. The timer lasts for one minute, after which a portal opens in the north end of the room allowing players to enter the game. In order to join a team, players need to have at least 2 free inventory spaces and empty weapon and helmet slots. In addition, if you have a customisation override, like an outfit from Solomon's store, you must deactivate it in order to play.

There may be 2 to 5 players per team, but the timer will not run unless:

  • There are at least 2 players on each team,
  • The number of members on the two teams differ by no more than 1.

Players may not join a team that already has more players than the other team.

To leave a team before the start of the minigame (before the portal has opened), players can simply destroy any of the given wands or speak to any wizard in the Guild to leave a team. Doing this will not result in any penalty (see the section on Abandoning the game).

EquipmentEdit

Three wands are given when players enroll to either team, namely an Attractor wand, a Repeller wand, and a Barrier generator. A Runecrafter hat is also given to distinguish which team players are on. The hat and attractor wand are equipped automatically.

Image Name Use
Runecrafter hat y Runecrafter hat g Runecrafter hat Helps identify team members, and other players.
Attractor wand (yellow) Attractor wand (green) Attractor wand Attracts orbs that are up to 10 tiles away from the player.
Repeller wand (yellow) Repeller wand (green) Repeller wand Repels orbs that are up to 8 tiles away from the player.
Barrier generator (yellow) Barrier generator (green) Barrier generator Creates a barrier which blocks all orbs and players trying to go through it. Only one barrier per player can be made. Destroying another team's barrier may take several tries, but only one try is required for barriers from the player's own team. Right-click it for the option to destroy it.

AltarsEdit

There are 6 altars for free players and 8 altars for members, which are the following Runecrafting altars in sequence:

  1. Air altar
  2. Mind altar
  3. Water altar
  4. Earth altar
  5. Fire altar
  6. Body altar
  7. Chaos altar (members only)
  8. Nature altar (members only)

Some altars are not included in the GOP minigame.

Each altar lasts 2 minutes (that is, 200 ticks), excluding a small break of 15 seconds between each altar. A complete F2P game lasts 13 minutes 30 seconds, while a P2P game lasts 18 minutes. There may also be a waiting period of up to 1 minute before starting a game although it may take longer if there are not enough players to start.

In the battleEdit

Audio options icon
Your team has claimed the altar! (link)
Audio options icon
Your team has lost the altar. (link)

To score points, the team's orbs must be led to the 1-grid square around the altar with an appropriate wand, by either attracting or repelling the orbs which will spawn randomly in one of the ca. 200 fixed spawnpoints per altar. Orbs respawn once they touch the altar. There are 3 orbs of each colour at a time. Note that it is also possible to attract or repel the opposing team's orbs until the last 30 seconds of the game.

Activity barEdit

During the minigame, an activity bar is present next to current score indicator, which shows how active the player is. This bar gradually depletes over time. Once a player's bar reaches the bottom, the player will be removed from the minigame and sent back to the Guild. In order to keep the bar up and to stay in game, players must attract/repel orbs or create and destroy barriers which will fill a portion of the bar. The bar is reset and pauses at each break between altars, to start back at the start of the next altar.
GOP Activity

End of an altarEdit

After each round, players will receive a number of Rune essences (or Pure essences for members) based on both teams' scores. If players' inventories are full, the extra essences will be left on the ground. Players can then choose to craft them into runes at that altar or to keep them for later use.

While Runecrafting in the minigame, a player will receive twice the normal experience for each essence. The Explorer's ring's (2, 3, or 4) bonus also apply. While wearing Runecrafting gloves, the experience received is three times the normal amount.

After a few seconds, a purple portal will appear in the altar. Players will need to step into it to be teleported to the next altar for the next round. People who stay behind at the altar will be dragged into the next round 30 seconds after its start. After the final altar, the portal will teleport players back to the Guild.

A game can also abruptly end if members of either team quit the game which may send all players back to the Guild if there are not enough players to keep the game in session.

Abandoning a gameEdit

If the player leaves an on-going game, they will be sent back to the Runecrafting Guild. Some ways a player can achieve this is by destroying any of the wands, letting their activity bar reach bottom or losing connection. Abandoning the game at the beginning will result in a 10-minute time penalty for F2P and 15-minute penalty for P2P where players will be unable to play the next game until the penalty expires. This penalty will decrease to a minimum of 1 minute as the game progresses through the altars.

StrategiesEdit

In order for a player to gain tokens at a decent rate when playing against a random sample of players in GOP, they have to learn some basic strategies for playing efficiently, unless they have consistent teammates that help them and are good at GOP, or if they play against bots, or if they fix the game results in something called 50/50 (each team win half of the altars). The most advanced strategies are less needed when just trying to get tokens, but they are very interesting when the motivation is to play GOP in a competitive way, going for high scores and tournaments. See The Great Orb Project/Strategies for some guidance in how to play GOP effectively.

RewardsEdit

Audio options icon
Your team was victorious! (link)
Audio options icon
Your team was beaten... (link)

In addition to the essence received after each round, Runecrafting guild tokens will be awarded at the end of the game. For each altar that a team wins, each player on that team receives 100 tokens. For each altar lost, players receive 10 tokens. For each tied altar, players receive 25 tokens. An additional 200 tokens for members, or 150 tokens for free players, are awarded to players on the team that won the most altars. If both teams win the same number of altars, then the majority bonus is split evenly between both teams (100 tokens for members and 75 for free players). Therefore, the maximum number of tokens members can receive is 1,000, while for free players it is 750.

Note: To receive tokens for a given altar, players must "touch" (attract/repel) at least one orb of either team for that altar. Simply creating barriers will not count allow you to receive tokens for that altar, though it does keep your activity bar up.

These tokens can be traded with Wizard Elriss at the entry of the Guild for robes, teleportation tablets, essence, talismans and staves. All of these rewards are untradeable, except for the essence and talismans.

Runecrafter RobesEdit

Main article: Runecrafter Robes
Image Name Tokens
Runecrafter hat g Runecrafter hat Runecrafter hat y Runecrafter hat 1,000
Runecrafter robe g Runecrafter robe Runecrafter robe y Runecrafter robe 1,000
Runecrafter skirt g Runecrafter skirt Runecrafter skirt y Runecrafter skirt 1,000
Runecrafter gloves g Runecrafter gloves Runecrafter gloves y Runecrafter gloves 1,000

Notes

  • All three sets may be stored in the Magic wardrobe of a Costume Room.
  • They do not provide any bonus to Runecrafting levels either in or out of the minigame.
  • The goggles on the Runecrafter hats can be flipped up or down.

Master Runecrafter RobesEdit

Master runecrafter robes equipped
A player wearing master runecrafter robes
Image Name Tokens
Master runecrafter hat Master runecrafter hat 15,000
Master runecrafter body Master runecrafter body 15,000
Master runecrafter skirt Master runecrafter skirt 15,000
Master runecrafter boots Master runecrafter boots 15,000

Notes

  • These are members only.
  • Each piece of master runecrafter robes provide a small experience boost when Runecrafting. When all four pieces are worn, this experience boost is raised to +5%.
  • At 375 tokens per game it will take 160 games to get. This will take a full 48 hours for a P2P game.  At 500 tokens per game it will take 120 games, which will take 36 hours.

TalismansEdit

All talismans except for death and blood talismans can be purchased with Runecrafting Guild tokens. Free-to-play talismans cost 50 tokens, and members-only talismans cost 125 tokens.

Runecrafting staffEdit

Main article: Talisman staff
Fire talisman staff

Buying a Runecrafting staff costs 10,000 Runecrafting guild tokens. Binding a talisman to the staff (by using either of them on the appropriate altar) creates the corresponding talisman staff. Once wielded, this allows players to enter the designated altar through the mysterious ruins, as well as distracting the eyes in the Abyss to help them sneak past. Once a talisman is attached to a staff, it cannot be disassembled.

Notes

Runecrafting Teleport TabletsEdit

Runecrafting Teleport Tablets are a stackable single-use teleporting devices (similar to teleport tablets made in a player-owned house) that teleport the player outside the specific altar. Thus, players require a talisman, tiara, or Runecrafting staff to enter the altar. They are also the only teleport tablets available to free players. See the main article for each tablet's cost.

It can be argued that these tablets do not save much time while runecrafting, as it takes time to collect the points required for these tablets. Some runecrafters believe conventional runecrafting through the Abyss is just as fast as using the tablets, given the amount of time to collect these.

There are currently 14 types of Runecrafting Teleport Tablets:

Name Tokens Members Other uses/Notes
Air altar teleport Air Teleport Tablet 30 No Varrock, the Grand Exchange, Gertrude's house
Mind altar teleport Mind Teleport Tablet 32 No Asgarnian Captured Temple to obtain Wine of Zamorak, Goblin Village, Dwarven Mine, Green Dragons in the Wilderness; closest Free player teleport to the Wilderness
Water altar teleport Water Teleport Tablet 34 No South-west Lumbridge Swamp mine, access to Zanaris through shack.
Earth altar teleport Earth Teleport Tablet 36 No Sawmill, Balloon transport system.
Fire altar teleport Fire Teleport Tablet 37 No Duel Arena and the Al Kharid Mine.
Body altar teleport Body Teleport Tablet 38 No Dwarf Mining Caves, Edgeville, Monastery and Gunnarsgrunn.
Cosmic altar teleport Cosmic Teleport Tablet 39 Yes Zanaris. Requires completion of Lost City.
Chaos altar teleport Chaos Teleport Tablet 40 Yes Chaos Tunnels and the Wilderness.
Astral altar teleport Astral Teleport Tablet 41 Yes Lunar Isle and the Astral altar to change to or from Lunar spells. Requires completion of Lunar Diplomacy or tablet will not work.
Nature altar teleport Nature Teleport Tablet 42 Yes Karamja.
Law altar teleport Law Teleport Tablet 43 Yes Entrana. User must have no weapons or armour equipped or in their inventory or tablet will not work.
Death altar teleport Death Teleport Tablet 44 Yes Dark beasts. Requires completion of Mourning's Ends Part II.
Blood altar teleport Blood Teleport Tablet 45 Yes Mutated bloodvelds for slayer assignments/Meiyerditch Dungeon. Requires completion of Legacy of Seergaze, and also needed to complete a Hard Morytania Task.
Runecrafting guild teleport Runecrafting Guild Teleport Tablet 15 No Wizards' Tower, the Fairy ring network, Runecrafting Guild, the Rune Essence mine, and the Runespan

Rune EssenceEdit

The last reward a player may buy with their Runecrafting guild tokens is essence. Although the reward screen says "Rune Essence" on both free worlds and members worlds, the type of essence received actually depends on which type of world the player is on. Players on free worlds obtain Rune essence, while players on members worlds obtain Pure essence. Players can specify the amount of essence to buy with a Buy X option. The essence are noted for convenience.

Money makingEdit

The best money making method for free players is to buy talismans, which are usually the best.

Free players can get up to 750 tokens each game, equating to 15 water talismans in 14 minutes and 30 seconds. Free players can potentially earn up to 709,000 coins per hour.

Members can get up to 1000 tokens per game, equating to 20 water talismans in 19 minutes. Members can potentially earn up to 721,000 coins per hour. Because demand for the talismans is driven by its use in Geyser Titan pouches, the price fluctuates more rapidly than other talismans.

Alternatively, members may purchase pure essence, up to 1000 pure essence per game, potentially resulting in 38,000 coins per hour.

Trivia Edit

  • The Great Orb Project includes references to the game Portal. Examining the exit portals, even as an observer, reads: "Look at you, examining things when there's Runecrafting to do!" A similar line in Portal appears in the song "Still Alive" where GLaDOS sings: "Look at me still talking, when there's science to do." Another reference to the lyric is after failing a match without getting a single altar win. Wizard Vief will say "This was a disaster! I'm making a note here: HUGE FAILURE", instead of "This was a triumph. I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS."
  • If you try to perform the emotes "Give Thanks" and "Seal of Approval" it says "The magic of the orbs prevent you from doing this emote." however when trying to perform the "Skillcape" emote the word becomes "prevents."
  • You can gain faster tokens playing on P2P worlds. This is due to having two extra altars before having to wait 1 minute for the game to start again. The difference makes gaining tokens in a P2P world 1.75% faster than a F2P world.
  • The theoretical maximum score for someone soloing is 98 for air altar and 48 for mind altar. This is calculated from attracting orbs that constantly spawn on the closest spawnpoints, knowing that there are only 198 playable ticks in each altar, and that orbs move at a rate of one tile per tick. The likelihood of orbs constantly spawning there, though, is extremely unlikely. 


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