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RunePass
RunePass (Ocean's Bounty) interface 1
Release date 2 July 2018 (Update)
End date 16 July 2018 (Update)
Reward Cosmetics and other prizes
Head developer Live Events Team
Preceded by Mental Health Awareness Week
Succeeded by N/A
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RunePass (Ocean's Bounty) button

RunePass was a time-limited event for RuneScape that allowed players to earn items by playing the game, beginning on 2 July 2018 and lasting until the end of 15 July 2018. It has been noted as an experiment for future events.[1]

It featured two prize tracks, a free path and a paid one, the latter of which gave more benefits and a larger number of prizes.[2] Players could unlock the paid track using 400 RuneCoins.

Players gained progress in the prize tracks by playing the game - including by simply obtaining experience - though progress could be made faster by completing set challenges.

Logging in during the event prompted a message in the chatbox:

The Ocean's Bounty is ready for plundering! Head to the Seasonal Event interface for more information about how to take part.

Free-to-play players received an additional message:

As a non-member, you can still take part!

Ironman Mode players also received an additional message:

As an ironman, you can still take part!

Although ironmen could progress through the track, only cosmetic overrides could be claimed.

Tasks

RunePass (Ocean's Bounty) interface 3

The interface for tasks

Players could earn progress in the event quicker by completing tasks. There were two tasks available for those who had not purchased RunePass, and two extra tasks for those who had.

When the player finished a task, they would receive a message saying,

Congratulations! You have completed the '[task]' task for Ocean's Bounty.

Progressing through the tiers would give the message:

Congratulations! You have reached Tier [x] in - Ocean's Bounty.

Free pass

For the free pass, there was one repeatable daily task that could be done for 3 starfish each along with a one-time weekly task for 25 starfish.

Daily task

Only base experience counted for this task. Bonus experience or any form of lamps did not count.

Task name Task Starfish (Currency) Starfish
Gain XP Earn 10,000 experience 3
Gain XP Earn 100,000 experience 3
Gain XP Earn 250,000 experience 3
Gain XP Earn 1,000,000 experience 3
Gain XP Earn 5,000,000 experience 3

The 5,000,000 experience challenge repeated endlessly after completion until the next day.

When a player completed this daily task, they would get the message:

Congratulations! You have completed the repeatable 'Gain XP' task for - Ocean's Bounty. You have gained 3 starfish and are currently X/X through Tier x.

Weekly task

Week Task name Task Starfish (Currency) Starfish
1 Slayer Tasks Complete 5 slayer/reaper tasks. 25
2 Harvester Harvest 50 times from farming patches. 25

For the paid pass, there were two extra one-time daily tasks that could be done for 5 starfish each. These could also be abandoned to advance to the next task in the queue, though the abandoned task could not be returned to. Players were not forced to complete a certain task every day; the tasks could be stacked and completed at a later date.

Task name Task Starfish (Currency) Starfish Date added
Prepare a Feast Successfully cook 28 items. 5 2 July 2018
Picking Pockets Pickpocket 50 times. 5
Daily Dally Shilly Shally Complete a Daily Challenge. 5 3 July 2018
Baroo's Clues Complete a Clue Scroll. 5
Cache Me If You Can Gain 50 points from Guthixian Caches. 5 4 July 2018
Cracking Safes Crack 5 safes. 5
When a Tree Falls Gather 50 logs from woodcutting. 5 5 July 2018
Burying Bones Bury 50 bones. 5
Mine Mine Mine Mine 50 ore. 5 6 July 2018
Hot Logs Burn 50 logs. 5
Smelts My Heart Smelt 50 bars. 5 7 July 2018
Sinkhole Explorer Complete a sinkhole. 5
Conversion Use Divination to deposit 50 memories. 5 8 July 2018
Fishing Frenzy Catch 50 fish. 5
Cache Me If You Can Gain 50 points from Guthixian Caches. 5 9 July 2018
Prepare a Feast Successfully cook 28 items. 5
Baroo's Clues Complete a Clue Scroll. 5 10 July 2018
Daily Dally Shilly Shally Complete a Daily Challenge. 5
Cracking Safes Crack 5 safes. 5 11 July 2018
Picking Pockets Pickpocket 50 times. 5
Burying Bones Bury 50 bones. 5 12 July 2018
When a Tree Falls Gather 50 logs from woodcutting. 5
Mine Mine Mine Mine 50 ore. 5 13 July 2018
Hot Logs Burn 50 logs. 5
Smelts My Heart Smelt 50 bars. 5 14 July 2018
Sinkhole Explorer Complete a sinkhole. 5
Fishing Frenzy Catch 50 fish. 5 15 July 2018
Cache Me If You Can Use Divination to deposit 50 memories. 5

When a player completed a paid task, they would get the message:

You have gained 5 starfish and are currently X/X through Tier x. Congratulations! You have completed the 'Y' task for the Ocean's Bounty.

Store

Players that unlocked the paid track for RunePass could also skip tiers by purchasing packs with RuneCoins using the store interface.

Pack Description Runecoin Price
1 Tier Pack Skips 1 tier of the RunePass 60
5 Tier Pack Skips 5 tiers of the RunePass 300
10 Tier Pack Skips 10 tiers of the RunePass 600

Purchasing a pack would give the message:

You have boosted yourself [x] levels in the Ocean's Bounty event.

Tracks

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The interface for the prize tracks

Tier Prize (Free) Prize (Paid)
1 N/A Water lycan legendary pet and Ocean's Warrior Head override
2 Ocean's Archer Bow Prismatic large fallen star and Large prismatic lamp
3 N/A Medium protean pack
4 N/A Ocean's Warrior Legs and Feet
5 N/A 50x Silverhawk down and 50x Tight spring
6 Ocean's Warrior 2h Sword Prismatic large fallen star and Large prismatic lamp
7 N/A Ocean's Warrior Body and Hands
8 N/A 2x Portable skilling pack
9 N/A Prismatic large fallen star and Large prismatic lamp
10 N/A Ocean's Warrior Main and Off-hand Sword variant
11 N/A Medium protean pack and 5x Protean powerup
12 Ocean's Mage Staff Prismatic large fallen star and Large prismatic lamp
13 N/A Headbutt Mining
14 N/A Prismatic large fallen star and Large prismatic lamp
15 N/A 50x Silverhawk down and 50x Tight spring
16 N/A Goblin Mob Teleport
17 N/A Medium protean pack
18 Unstable Alchemy 2x Portable skilling pack
19 N/A Ocean's Mage Head
20 N/A Prismatic large fallen star and Large prismatic lamp
21 N/A Prismatic large fallen star and Large prismatic lamp
22 N/A Ocean's Mage Legs and Feet
23 N/A Large protean pack
24 N/A Prismatic huge fallen star and Huge prismatic lamp
25 N/A Ocean's Mage Body and Hands
26 N/A 50x Silverhawk down and 50x Tight spring
27 N/A Large protean pack and 10x Protean powerup
28 N/A Ocean's Mage Wand and Orb
29 N/A Prismatic huge fallen star and Huge prismatic lamp
30 N/A [Name] of the Alliance title

Controversy

RunePass was released as the main update for a week, raising concerns from players about the quality of updates. Jagex's response to this was that it was done because they would not be able to correctly trial the event if there were other factors that could distract players from it.[3]

The implementation of RunePass and the effect it has on the microtransaction aspect of RuneScape has caused controversy within the game's community. There has been criticism of the fact that the whole model of the pass is based on free-to-play games that are funded entirely through microtransactions rather than by a subscription, like RuneScape is. Mod Osborne explained that RunePass is a 'test to see if we can pull back from other things like Treasure Hunter',[4] and also noted that no Treasure Hunter promotions were taking place during the first week of RunePass.[1]

In addition to controversy around microtransactions, some players argued that the pass adds to 'dailyscape' - in which a player has to do a number of daily tasks which subtract from their overall playing time if they want rewards. Mod Cam responded to the claims by stating 'you aren’t forced to play a certain task on any given day'.[5]

Trivia

  • RunePass is Jagex's implementation of a type of microtransaction that was made popular by games such as Dota 2, Fortnite, and Paladins, who call it a "battle pass".[6]

References

  1. ^ a b Twitch. RP Experiment. 3 July 2018.
  2. ^ Mod Sayln. "Live Events Dev Blog #1." 29 June 2018. Treasure Hunter Forums.
  3. ^ Twitch. RP Update. 3 July 2018.
  4. ^ JagexOsborne. Osborne literally just said "we are going to communicate more" for the millionth time. OMEGALUL. 3 July 2018. (Archived from the original on 3 July 2018.)
  5. ^ JagexCam. The Runepass tasks are basically dailyscape something Jagex has been promising to remove for over a year.. 2 July 2018. (Archived from the original on 3 July 2018.)
  6. ^ Twitch. RP Inspiration. 3 July 2018.