We're beginning to wind down for Christmas, as more and more of us make the journey home to our families. There's a lovely Christmassy buzz in the office, and all the Secret Santa presents have been opened. It's a lovely time, then, to sit and write a heartfelt thank you to you all for the past year.
We couldn't hope for a better community. You've made us chuckle with your memes and wisecracks, you've thrown yourself into our game content, and you've pushed us to do the right thing where needed. You're a fantastically opinionated, constructive and humorous bunch, and we wouldn't have you any other way.
That's without mentioning what you have achieved this year. You raised over $150,000 for SpecialEffect during Gameblast this year, which still feels unreal even as I type it. You did that. It was down to your efforts and goodwill, and that should never be taken for granted.
You helped to construct The Arc, which - for all its initial criticisms - is now settling into being a valuable update for all high-level players. You've helped to build the entire release schedule through the player survey. And you've directly helped to build Mining and Smithing and the Bank Rework, both of which are looking very good indeed.
There's been a lot to celebrate this year in game, at least with God Wars Dungeon 2, NXT, Children of Mah, Skilling Pets and others being real successes (and don't worry: we are aware of the things that we can improve, too). That only makes me more excited about next year, and what we have to really delight you.
In January alone we have surprises that I can't wait to reveal (you don't know how hard it is to keep a secret!) and Menaphos is shaping up to be something very special. We're getting better at what we do, and we hope to deliver more often and more spectacularly in 2017.
From all of us here, we would like you to have a very happy holiday season, because frankly you deserve it. You are everything that makes RuneScape a very special place to be.
Thank you, and Merry Christmas!
Lead Designer - RuneScape
Behind the Scenes Returns 8th January
Behind the Scenes is taking a break until January 8th 2017, when Mod Mark, Mod Osborne and friends will bring you a bumper update on the upcoming year of content.
Save the date and join us then for details of what you'll be enjoying over the coming months.
Take a look back over the last year in RuneScape with a recap of our recent retrospective live stream: