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RuneScape Adds Valentine's Quest This Week As Old School Version Continues Equipment Balance Plans

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RuneScape is having a busy week already, and it's only Monday. Its main version is launching a new Valentine's Day-themed quest, while Old School RuneScape is still working through feedback to its proposed equipment balance changes.

RuneScape's Heartstealer quest kicks off this week, having players join an NPC named Caelyn in a heist to steal a "massive heart-shaped ruby" to procure an anniversary gift for Annette. While definitely a Valentine's Day flavored quest, it will be available forever, so you needn't tackle the heist right away. It'll be available to anyone, no prerequisites needed, but those who have at least a level 20 Thieving skill can claim a thieving XP Lamp after the quest.

Also coming this week are changes to the Fairy Ring interface, making it easier to use. 

"First up, they've updated the Fairy Ring interface so that it's quicker and smoother to use. You'll notice that there's more favourites listed, to help you find your top destinations quickly, and there's all kinds of new ways to sort your Travel Log. You'll also see that the letters on the mushrooms are now the correct way up, even when rotated - which should make it a lot easier to select the location you want!"

Old School RuneScape fans can continue to provide feedback on the proposed Equipment Balance changes the developers have been proposing since late January. The newest blog post puts forth some of he actual changes based on player feedback that the team has in mind to implement. The OSRS team did caution that some of the changes will affect some players and builds more than others, and they are talking internally to figure out ways to allow these affected builds to "continue in their current form, whilst still trying to achieve the results [they're] aiming for."

As such, the team listed out some of the proposed  changes to item requirments to "better match their stats," such as making the Inqsuisitor's Mace now require 80 Attack versus the original 75, or increasing the base version of the Nightmare Staff from a 65 Magic level to 72.

The Old School RuneScape team also  detailed some of their plans to nerf some items, stating that they are simply "too powerful to remain as they are." this includes items like the Twisted Bow, Dragonhide Armour and more. 

You can check out the full proposed changes, as well as the previous versions of the blog discussion here. Also, in case you missed it, Old School RuneScape is coming to Steam this month, following in the footsteps of its counterpart on the platform. Additionally, Jagex's CEO recently spoke in an interview about his feelings around the acquisition of the RuneScape dev by The Carlyle Group and how it affects the studio moving forward.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore