While RuneScape has a lot of registered users, it'd be safe to say the 10 year old game has a lot of aspects which annoy players. A game needs to be built with longevity in mind, and the designers of RuneScape didn't always have that long of a view. "One of the frustrating things about any player joining an MMO that has been going for a while is their inability to compete with other players who are more experienced," Ogilvie admitted. The high score tables - lists of players who have earned the most experience in a given skill - are nigh on untouchable for new players when they are competing against 10 years of play time.
"It is very difficult to compete with the higher echelons on our high score tables," Ogilvie said. "We have some players who have already achieved 200 million XP in some of our skills and you can get more than that so it is impossible to get higher than them on the high score tables. So that is a frustrating feature. I think that a lot of players want to compete on high score tables - they want be the best of the best - and it is a real downside that we don't give players the option.
"At least we didn't until RS3," he said. "We are delighted to be adding seasonal high score tables. These are tables which only exist over a certain period of time. They will scratch every couple of months or so and players can win really cool prizes and really unique effects in the game if they top those HSD tables. So we hope to give power gamers the ability to compete on the high score tables."
As a director, Ogilvie has a lot of plates to spin, but he still likes to get hands-on whenever he can. "I work with the designers every day. There are a lot of things that I want to add to the game in a certain way. The fact that we are producing weekly updates means that you can always come into work and say, 'I have a really cool idea and let's find a way to put some development effort behind it,'" he told me.
Ogilvie was finally able to get something very important into RuneScape 3, and it involves everyone's favorite salty pork product. "Something that I have personally wanted to see in the game and I have had a fairly big hand in some design elements of, is a quest we have coming up in about a month's time which is called Bacon Quest," he said before going on about why everyone loves the food. "Who doesn't love bacon? Even veggies will tell you it is the smell of bacon that almost breaks them, so we wanted to put a decent piece of content in the game orientated around bacon.
"We developed this quest all about the mysterious bacon invented within RuneScape," he continued. "I have been working with a few of my most talented members of the team to make this a reality and I am really proud of the result and you can definitely see my hand in it along the way."
Starting on Monday, July 22nd, you'll be able to participate in helping Eli Bacon some up with a sustainable way to create the delicious meat product from his prized pigs. Head to the official RuneScape 3 website to play. You don't have to love theatre, or have a beefy PC, or even have a Bieber haircut to enjoy it. All you need to do is love bacon. You do love bacon, don't you?