Party Hats are ‘pivotal’ to the RuneScape economy, and new hats are being given out for the first time in 20 years

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runescape player 120king They say He started cooking Sailfish on Monday morning at 6:40. Four hours and “nearly” 4,000 cooked Sailfish later, he acquired the Golden Party Hat, one of the eight sharks needed to earn a piece of gear that gives zero stat advantage to its wearer. They have until January 3rd to get the other seven shards they need to get a hat that does nothing, but may someday make them runescape rich.

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The last time party hats were ready to catch on was 20 years ago. Those originals, which pay absolutely nothing to the wearer, are now worth over 2.1 billion gold, making them Runescape’s most valuable item.

This is a classic example of videogame economy logic: Basic party hats are as valuable as they are worthless. When “PartyHat” items were first given out during a 2001 Christmas event, they were “intended to be waste and disposable,” says Runescape developer JJex. There’s no use wearing them other than looking festive—they resemble paper crowns Christmas crackers—and so many players trashed them after the incident.


Jagex never re-issued the cap for the next year or so. As time went on, some players who kept their party hats stopped playing, further depleting supplies. The cap became a symbol of one’s status as a big player, or as a rich man.

“Hats now play an important role in the RuneScape economy as investments, cash placements, betting items, and collectibles,” says Jagex. according to a runescape wikiOf course, party hats actually go for over 2.1 billion gold. This is their listed price only as this is the limit for a single transaction on Runescape’s Grand Exchange.

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The new 2021 party hats are different from the 2001 party hats. These are golden party hats, while the originals only come in white, blue, red, green, yellow and purple. The Golden Party Hat will mark a player’s participation in RuneScape’s 20th anniversary event, or something to trade in, though they won’t automatically be as valuable as the originals. Each player can only earn one Golden Party Hat during the event, so they will still be rare, but players are unlikely to toss their hats this time.

To receive the Golden Party Hat, players must collect eight Golden Party Hat shards and have an active RuneScape subscription, which is $11 monthly, or as little as 12 months for committed players. Premier Club Membership, (Can also be purchased with subscription bond, which are tradable items in-game such as EVE Online’s Plex.) Some shards are acquired by completing different tasks, such as completing the anniversary quest ‘Once Upon a Time in Guillinor’ or earning 30 million gold. to buy one. Others are random drops that occur when players are training skills or engaging in other activities.

Jagex says the “unfortunately protection” system should deter anyone who’s actively playing RuneScape should be left without a cap before the event ends on Jan.

“As you continue to train a skill or complete clue scrolls, your chances of getting a shard increase exponentially,” says the developer. “Essentially, it is our intention that the players who have been actively playing throughout this event will be able to build their hats without worrying too much.”

That hasn’t deterred some players from trying to grind up sharp drops as quickly as possible, such as spending the morning cooking thousands of Sailfish. but a different player runescape forum He said he killed “2,000 Abyss monsters” without seeing the Combat Shard drop, while another reported that he found the Combat Shard after fighting dark beasts for six hours. We all party in different ways.

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