This weekend sees the second in a four part initiative that sees key Jagex staff face your community questions and answer them live. Each week the community team are trawling through our official forums, Facebook and Twitter to get your questions together. This week, Mod MMG and Mod Mark will be answering your questions about bots and the upcoming Botany Bay update. Be sure to join them live at 9pm BST on Sunday 16 September.
Many of the questions posed at the live sessions come from our official Facebook page, and you may have noticed that we are now very close to reaching the magnificent milestone of 1 million likes! If you haven’t already liked us then please do take a look at our page; it’s one of the best ways to stay up to date with all things RuneScape, and the page has a thriving and active discussion community!
Introducing Mod Mike
Speaking of communities now would be a great time to introduce you to a new member of the RuneScape community team, Mod Mike joins the team with a background in journalism, as well as being a long-standing player and the founder of a RuneScape fan site. He already has some big plans, so watch this space for more news on that in the weeks to come. As part of his initiation ceremony - and to help you guys get to know him - Mod Mike will be leading our official Hunt the J Mod event this coming weekend. For a chance to chat with him, and maybe earn yourself a reward, head over to the official thread for all the event details.
Fan Site News
To succeed in this week’s event you’ll need to know your way around the RuneScape map pretty well – which leads us nicely into our weekly feature to highlight something cool we’ve found on a fan site. This week, the focus is on Rsbandb and their rather lovely interactive world map. We are real fans of how you can overlay transport mechanics on the map or jump quickly to popular locations – good work guys!
Finally, we have a special announcement to make. We will shortly be reviewing the way we support fan sites; we want to have a much clearer support structure and really recognise sites who go out of their way to promote a vibrant community, continually growing their sites through high-quality content and community-driven initiatives. Once we have the final fan site programme, we will - of course - share it with you.
However, in the spirit of supporting and recognising outstanding fan sites with thriving communities who continually work with us to evolve, we wish to announce that RuneZone are now a platinum supported fan site: the highest accolade that can be bestowed upon a fan site, and one which the entire RuneZone community should be proud of. Given the planned changes to our fan site support programme, RuneZone will be the last site to achieve the platinum ranking under the current system. We are entirely confident, though, that they (and hopefully many others) will fare just as well when we announce the new support structure rankings.
For us, RuneZone offer a really strong model of what a fan site should be, and the passion and drive shown by its founders - as well as the entire RuneZone community - has paid off. Congratulations!