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Not to be confused with the Winter events.
Winter Weekends (2012)
Release date 1 December 2012 (Update)
End date 30 December 2012 (Update)
Reward See below.
Head developer Unknown edit
Preceded by N/A
Succeeded by Winter Weekends (2014)
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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

Weekend 1: Double DropsEdit

Festive Aura banner

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

Individual bosses and monsters Activities and areas

Weekend 2: MinigamesEdit

Winter Weekends banner 2

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: DungeoneeringEdit

Winter Weekends banner 3

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 FishingEdit

Winter Weekends banner 4

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 RaidsEdit

Winter Weekends banner 5

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.

Snowman invasion

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 lootEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon battleaxeDragon battleaxe1Rare117,170
Dragon halberdDragon halberd1Rare207,770
Dragon dartDragon dart100; 500Rare14,500–72,500
Dragon maceDragon mace1Rare26,859
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Rare55,335
Potato cactusPotato cactus(noted)Common3,122
Oak plankOak plank20; 24 (noted)Uncommon10,520–12,624
Mahogany plankMahogany plank40; 80; 100 (noted)Uncommon[d 1]94,160–235,400
Chocolate barChocolate bar(noted)Common432
Swamp tarSwamp tar10Common1,580
FlaxFlax15 (noted)Common270
FeatherFeather1,500Common73,500
Pure essencePure essence20; 30; 40 (noted)Common680–1,360
Air runeAir rune100; 500; 1,000Common4,600–46,000
DragonstoneDragonstone1; 3Uncommon8,997–26,991
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)1–25Uncommon4,953–123,825
CharcoalCharcoal1Common636
CabbageCabbage1Common303
GnomeballGnomeball1CommonNot sold
Coins 250Coins43–731Uncommon[d 2]43–731
  1. ^ 40 is more common than 400 or 800
  2. ^ higher amounts of coins are less common

ReceptionEdit

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

  • 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

  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.

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