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The History Of MaSoRS

Created By J Still

New Chapters contributed by Lokiri, SDalmonte and Tommy

Prologue: A Day of Destiny

On a bright summer day in August, Ronnie89 and Adidas were sitting at their computers playing Runescape. They were trying to level in their favorite skills- mining and smithing. They began to think about clans, and that they have always wanted a clan that specified in mining and smithing. Both were tired of elite pking clans and other skill-based clans that fell apart after 2 weeks. So, they started talking, and on August 30th, 2003, Ronnie89 and Adidas founded The Smithers and Miners of Runescape, a clan that was dedicated simply to have fun mining and smithing. Unlike most other mining/smithing clans of the time, the goals of S and M were not to mass collect, smith, and sell ores, but just to talk about mining and smithing, and to have fun events, maybe even drop parties.

Chapter 1: The Formative Era

To promote their new clan, Ronnie and Adidas soon began advertising their clan on the RSC Clans board. Being the first mining and smithing clan on RSC, they soon got several responses from people who wanted to join. The requirements back then were 40 smithing and 50 mining. Firestorm456 soon joined the clan and was made a co-leader. Legolaself, a little-known member of RSC, also joined and was made a co-leader. The Smithers and Miners of Runescape obtained their private RSC board after only a few days of recruiting, with leaders Ronnie89 and Adidas, and Co-leaders Firestorm456 and Legolaself44.

Although they already had their RSC board, many members became inactive after a few days. So, they continued to recruit members. Ronnie89 and Adidas organized and led the clan's first event- a mining party in the Lumbridge Swamp Mine. About 5 or so people came to this event, which got ores mined for the clan and also dropped a few in hopes of attracting more members. Unfortunately, at the time, the clan had only one addy miner, Firestorm, who got a few addy ores for the clan. Needless to say, the clan attracted few new members at this first event.

Chapter 2: Xonar

Xonar, a longtime player of Runescape, had been a member of several clans before. He was a member of clans such as Clan 0wnage, a clan directed by a real-life friend that soon broke apart (the clan did, that is). After that, he joined another clan called the Black Shadow Knights. The leader of this clan, Lostdan, had only 450 skill total, whilst at the time Xonar was reaching the 700s.

Naturally, Xonar quit the Black Shadow Knights. He played Runescape without a clan for some time, until one day in early September of 2003; he found The Smithers and Miners of Runescape, a new clan that looked promising, much more so at least than his other endeavors had been. Xonar joined the clan at 69 mining and 55 smithing, and came to the clan's second event, another mining party in Lumbridge Swamp, and a few days later.

This time, the activities of S and M attracted a few other miners who wanted to join the clan, especially after many addy and mith ores were dropped. Fire attempted to get their attention, but he was also busy with other things and could not grab their attention. So, Xonar asked them to follow him to someplace quiet where he told these potential members how to join. Seeing how deftly Xonar did this, Ronnie89 appointed him as the official Clan Recruiter. This was the first position Xonar held in S and M, but it would not be the last.

Chapter 3: Expansion

When Xonar became the Clan Recruiter; he started stepping up MaSoRS's recruitment program. He made new and better recruitment posts and handled all applicants himself in a short amount of time, allowing many more members to be able to join than before, which in return got more positive info about the clan circulated throughout RSC. Xonar also started a brief recruitment effort on Rune Village with hopes of expanding the clan to eventually have a board on RSC and Rune Village. After receiving few responses from Rune Village, he stopped recruiting there.

Legolaself, a very talented graphic artist, made several avatars and sigs for S and M. Abxi, a newly recruited member with high mining and smithing, also helped to make tons of different sigs and avatars for the clan. This was MaSoRS's "Golden Age of Art" so to speak. With tons of sigs to put in their avatars, members generated even more hype for the clan. People began to take notice, and applications to join increased. Warlord1010 was recruited about this time.

MaSoRS started having weekly events under the direction of Xonar, Abxi, and to lesser extent Firestorm as well. Although not a leader, Abxi had a very dynamic personality, and seemed to be a born leader. Due to the inactivity of many of the other leaders, Abxi was seen as a leader by most clan members although he was not officially one. Abxi and Xonar hosted several weekly mining parties, and began to combine them with congas touring the various mining sites of free play Runescape.

Around this time, Abxi tried to boost activity by creating a Donation League. This league gave members points for donating items. Prizes were awarded to members who had the most points. The idea worked to some extent, although the leaders turned a cold shoulder to the idea because they were not in control of it, or the banker that most of their donations now went to.

From looking at this information, one might ask oneself: "Why wasn't Abxi a leader?" Xonar offered Abxi to be a leader in lieu of the inactivity of most of the other leaders at the time. However, this effort was batted down by the other leaders at a meeting.

Chapter 4: The first drop party

October had come. MaSoRS has been around as a clan for about a month on RSC. At this point, the Smithers and Miners of Runescape had about 15 or so active members that came to most of the events. The clan was prospering, and doing about average for most skill-based clans at the time.

In the early weeks of October, Xonar had a great idea- instead of simply congaing around to the different mining sites of f2p Runescape, why not gather those ores up and drop them in a small drop party in Falador. This is exactly what happened at the next conga. Members mined mith, addy, and coal, and then dropped it in a small drop party.

About 30 people gathered around the miners, eager to get a coal or a mith, or even a prized adamantine ore (or bar). Little did anyone there know what lay in store for future MaSoRS drop parties.

Soon after thinking of this event, Xonar was made a co-leader of the clan.

Chapter 5: The Calm Before the Storm

The Smithers and Miners of Runescape continued to have weekly congas/drop parties in Falador. Each time they had one, more and more stuff was being dropped, and more people were showing up. Sometimes people recognized MaSoRS by their conga, and followed them to Falador, knowing what was in store. MaSoRS began to garner just a tad bit of fame in Runescape.

However, events get repetitive. Many people started getting tired of the congas, saying they were way too boring. Eventually, the leaders thought so too, and tried pondering other events the clan could have. A smith-off, perhaps? No too hard to organize with such few members. A race? No, once again too hard to organize. A large drop party instead of weekly small ones? YES.

In early November, one of the MaSoRS leaders posted in the board saying that MaSoRS was going to have a major drop party right around Thanksgiving! Members were encouraged to mine ores to be smithed into amour, and also to donate their extra stuff and fish to the dropper characters. More members worked on this event than any ever before, pushed on by Abxi's Donation League and by the chance to be part of something big.

Several important members were recruited at this time, and many of them started making major contributions to the drop. One of them was Visitor58, then a member. Visitor took it upon himself to draw out a plan to organize jobs for the bash. He organized drop teams, as well as firemakers and pmers.

With the editing of Firestorm and Xonar, the jobs for the drop party were set. This being accomplished, the members started working harder than ever to get things for the drop. A few members even donated rune to the drop fund.

A topic was posted in Events on Runescape Community advertising the drop. The stage was set for a very dramatic entry into Runescape fame.

Chapter 6: Warlord1010

While MaSoRS was preparing for one of its great drop parties; a major disturbance in the clan was also taking place. A member recruited 2 weeks before, called Warlord1010, started causing problems. The first thing he did was spam up a lot of the topics. When the leader deleted his posts and told him to stop spamming, Warlord got angry and was banned from the clan. He tried to form his own clan, trying to attract members in order to get revenge on us by declaring war once he got a decent following. Also, he tried to strike alliances with big-name pking clans like Phoenix and even "The" Clan. Being a level 49, he didn't attract many allies or members to his clan.

Warlord tried very hard to advertise his clans to get back at us. He even declared war on us saying he had the help of "allies." Needless to say, he withdrew that statement after a few days.

One of Warlord's more brilliant ideas was to take a sig that Legolaself had made for MaSoRS and stamp his own clan's name across the logo. Xonar saw and saved the image, showing to all of MaSoRS on their own private board. Warlord deleted the image from his post, but it was too late. MaSoRS was clamoring for war with Warlord's clan. After all, he declared war on us, so why don't we return the favor?

Eventually, after several fights over what to do, it was agreed that Warlord and Ronnie89, both around level 50, would have a match. Xonar and Firestorm both went to watch the fight to take pictures. Ronnie won an easy victory, with Warlord running twice (If I remember correctly, Ronnie never ran or healed). The pictures were posted, and Warlord finally shut up. You can still see him on RSC nowadays, advertising some new clan of his. That is, if they haven't banned him yet for something.

Chapter 7: The MaSoRS Thanksgiving Bash

The people at RSC, the members of MaSoRS, the drop and fire teams, and the leaders and event organizers of the newly renamed Miners and Smithers of Runescape, had patiently waited for November 28th, 2003, one of the most important dates in MaSoRS history, maybe the most important: the day of the Thanksgiving Day Bash. Finally, the day had come. The members of the clan met about 10 minutes before the party behind Draynor Bank. More people came to that meeting than to any MaSoRS event ever held before. All in all, about 15 MaSoRS showed up. A few more rune items were given to Xonar, the event spokesman, and last-minute uniforms were passed out. MaSoRS formed a conga and traveled to the space to the east of the Mining Guild in Falador, where the drop party was being held.

The drop party was a HUGE success. Special "masking" drop groups and firemakers organized by Visitor provided a steady stream of drops. So much mith and addy was dropped all the time many people were saying things like "When will they ever run out?" and "The drops never stop coming!". Xonar didn't hold contests for his rune at this party, but instead simply had the crowd shout things like “miners and smithers rule!”, “Or Go Xonar!” to signal him to drop a rune item.

The drop party was a huge success! About 2 million gp in items was dropped by several members. Although there was little rune to drop, about 70-100 people still showed up. The drop party ended after about an hour. People on RSC were posting like mad, saying that it was an awesome drop party and one of the best (or in some cases, the best) drop party they had ever been to. Xonar and many other Masors posted, giving thanks to the people who showed up, the drop teams, and the organizers. At this time, another drop party was planned for late December/early January. If RSC thought the MaSoRS Thanksgiving Bash was the best the clan could do for a drop party, MaSoRS was prepared to prove them VERY wrong.

Chapter 8: Board-Hopping

After the Thanksgiving Bash ended, MaSoRS plunged into its most inactive period in history. Coming back from a long vacation, Kitemac, the Smod in charge of the Clans Section of RSC, ordered MaSoRS to stop all "non-rs Discussion" immediately. Even discussion of clan events was extremely restricted. Obviously, because the leaders of MaSoRS disagreed with this philosophy, they moved the MaSoRS forums, with great pains helping the stragglers find them, so a board hosted by a server company.

This was about the time when Century0 became a very prominent clan member. After showing some expertise in board management and editing, he was made "Board Elder" of the MaSoRS boards. Although he only had official power over the management of the boards, he often used that power to meet his own ends and even at times defy the leaders.

About the same time MaSoRS moved to their new boards, Ronnie89 quit the clan due to inactivity, and Addidas was banned. To replace them, Visitor58 was made a leader.

After about 2 weeks of planning the drop and getting settled into their new boards, Cent tried to add an RPG to the forums database. This was a wonderful idea-until it shut down the board's MySQL, rendering the boards completely inaccessible. A backup board was quickly created on InvisionFree, but with little success. Few members ever even visited the backup. As a result, the MaSoRS Christmas Bash was forced to be moved forward to early January. Cent finally managed to get the server host to allow the board back up again, but it promptly crashed again after a few days.

After almost a month of near inactivity, the leaders of MaSoRS were fed up with Cent's board blunders. In early January, they moved the clan, now with nearly 100 members, back to RSC temporarily, and then began planning in earnest for the next bash.

Chapter 9: Preprations

By the first few days of January, at the most by the time the Auto-Door War rolled around, MaSoRS was again well-established at RSC. Over 70 members had affirmed their activity by the time the Door War happened. After MaSoRS was reestablished, the leaders started preparing, in earnest, for the drop party. Visitor had opened a recruitment sticky to recruit drop teams, firemakers, and bankers. Cover Me and other members encouraged others to donate.

The result was staggering. The bankers of MaSoRS have already received tons of stuff, amounting to about 1 million gp. However, in just 3 short weeks, the members of MaSoRS were able to donate 2 million more to the drop fund! This was going to be, without a doubt, the biggest event MaSoRS had ever held.

The event topic was posted on both the Events Board on RSC and RV, and also on the calendars. Xonar was once again chosen to represent the clan at the drop party, not only by introducing the clan, but also by dropping all the rune and other items of note. The stage was set for the second legendary MaSoRS drop party.

Chapter 10: The New Years Bash

The MaSoRS New Year's Bash was held on January 18th, 2004-Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For those who are unfamiliar with American holidays, MLK Jr. Day celebrates the life of a leader in the civil rights movement that eventually ended unequal treatment of African Americans in the U.S.

But enough REAL history. At the appointed time, 1:40, Masors began to gather at Varrock East Bank. When Xonar logged in, he was amazed, nowhere close to this many MaSoRs had ever attended an event before. There must have been at least 30 of them there, ready to contribute to the drop! Xonar tried to remain calm as he shouted over the crowd, asking for all rune/special item donations and if anyone else needed uniforms. At 1:50, Xonar started walking towards the gate, and the rest of the MaSoRS formed a conga behind him. People walking by were amazed, inserting themselves into the conga at random places.

The conga moved north to the forest above Varrock, picking up even more people as it went along. Eventually, somewhere in the trees, Xonar realized that the conga was going to arrive at the drop before 2:00. That was a problem. So, Xonar told everyone to wait a few minutes before continuing on. He logged on to a character he has made just for this event, named MaSoRS, that was standing just outside the house with men in Edgeville, where the party was to be held. Poor MaSoRS was immediately surrounded by 20 people asking if the drop party was starting, where was MaSoRS, etc. There were already AT LEAST 80 people there, waiting, and it wasn't even 2:00 yet! With the image of 200 people loggin in at 2 at the drop site and swelling the crowd in his mind, Xonar logged back in.

He logged in to yet another big surprise. Ssman, a new member of the clan, has brought along 20 rune larges to be dropped! Xonar took as much as he could hold, and Ssman gave the rest to Cover Me to drop. With the added 20 rune larges, the amount of the drop party had swollen to a maddening 4 million gp! Not bad for 3 weeks of planning!

They formed up into a conga again, rushing for Edgeville. As they reached the man-house, the crowd was in awe of the huge line of MaSoRS. People said things like "Wow there's a lot of them" and "Whoa!" And they hadn't even seen us drop anything yet!

Xonar announced the party, and it began. In the first minute of the party, 2 rune larges were dropped, thanks to Ssman. Visitor's excellent coordination and handling of the drop, bank, and fire teams led to a constant flow of addy and mith items appearing all over the place.

With people logging in left and right, it was obvious the little building could not hold the huge crowd. Xonar and a few others began dropping to the north of the building, and others soon followed suit, moving the drop party outside.

And so the drop went on, and on, and on! The drops seemed to never stop coming. The crowd was constantly shifting; red dots were appearing under people and disappearing in the blink of an eye. And not much of it was from telegrabbers. Xonar dropped some more rune, even some in the wilderness. He even got attacked once as he stepped in. Fortunately, the pker with full rune was only able to hit a measley 9 on Xonar's priest robes.

Xonar had a new idea for most of the rune, though. He began holding trivia contests for most of the larges and chests he held. He would spam the drop party area for a few seconds, drawing people away to a quieter area, where he would ask either a trivia question about Runescape or one about his life. People scrambled for the answers, prizes were given out, and people began following Xonar and other high-level MaSoRS around (such as Cover and Dragon, even though they had little to no rune), waiting for the next question to begin!

After about an hour and a half, Cover and Vis, who were in charge of the main banks of MaSoRS, said they were on their last load of items. Although the crowd had somewhat dissipated, there were still well over 100 people there. At the height of the party, it was estimated that over 170 people were present at the party! Xonar decided to drop his last few rune items instead of holding trivia for them.

Finally, after about an hour and a half, MaSoRS ran out of items to drop. Xonar thanked everyone for coming, also giving credit to the drop teams, Visitor, Dragon, Ssman, Cover Me, and other notables on the boards. He logged out and went to a short post-party meeting above the Edgeville General Store on a different server. After 3 short weeks of planning, the MaSoRS had successfully put on the greatest party on RSC since the old days of W13 and Warriorprinx! Little did anyone in MaSoRS know, however, that the days of glory, fame, and legend were only beginning.

Chapter 11: A Period of Uncertainty

After the New Year's Bash, it looked like thing could only go up for MaSoRS. However, just after the bash, things began taking turns for the worst.

On January 28th, Xonar was playing Runescape when his "friend" Zantreny pmed him. In the events that followed, Xonar was cleverly scammed out of one of his most valuable Runescape possessions-his dragon battle axe. Xonar has been getting bored of Runescape since the bash, and to him, this was the final straw. Xonar posted on the forums that he was retiring from MaSoRS as a leader. Although the leaders and members of MaSoRS finally convinced Xonar to stay in MaSoRS and be on the forums as a Clan "Elder", so to speak, Xonar still refused to remain a leader. She Smither was promoted to replace Xonar.

During this time, in late January and early February, many events happened in MaSoRS. However, many of these events were unknown outside the leaders’ board and to others involved. This was when Century0 began his reign of. Century had already been doing a lot of things that he wanted on the boards, threatening to ban people who undid any of his little schemes. However, in February, he took it to a whole new level. As root Admin of the new forums, he did what he pleased: banning members, harassing the leaders and posting horrible comments, and also changing the structure of the clan. He even "retired" himself as leader, installing Dragon91677 in his place with absolutely no discussion with the leaders at all. Luckily, Dragon proved to be a very capable and wonderful leader and became a great asset to the clan. Unluckily, Century0 was relentless in his tyranny. He threatened several members with bans, including Xonar and Cover Me. He read other people's pms, he banned people for spamming up boards when he told them to, and he did countless other acts of malice against MaSoRS and it's leaders. To this date, the clan's leaders have chosen to keep the details of much of Cent's crimes under wraps, mostly because a lot of it should simply never be seen by anyone. In late Februrary/early March, MaSoRS's new forum's host, Jool, who was also an admin on the forums, went through a complicated process to uninstall Century0 as the root admin and to install himself as the root.

It worked. Century0 was taken out of his place of power, where he had caused so much strife and fear, and was banned from MaSoRS for all time. He did manage to do one last act of malice before he left for good-he deleted the forums, which were restored from a 1-day old backup by Jool a few hours later.

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Chapter 12: The recovery - a little dry but explains where we are coming from.

Following on from Century0's deletions of these forums the leaders and Jool knew that such a thing should not be allowed to happen again.

Vis was moved to root admin alongside Jool- taking on the "leader team" avatar setting which remains now.

The clan position was stated concerning accountability, bannings, suspensions and changes- basically no one person has total control of neither the clan nor the freedom to make changes without consultation.

The boards were tightened- nearly 30 people had the power to restructure and delete entire forums- over the course of a month this was explained and locked down to its current security.

The Clan Advisors lost root access to the forums but gained position and responsibilities within the Clan.

At this time Norway Boy ran (and funded) the first internal MaSoRS awards results as below:

The Bold Fighter ( Fighting Award ) : Aquaotter

The Glue Chair ( Activity Award ) : Cover Me

Heart Of Gold ( Donation Award ) : Cover me ( Again )

The Pointed Hat ( LeaderShip Award ) : Visitor58

The Broken Hammer ( Smithing Award ) : Tj86

The Golden Pickaxe ( Mining Award ) : Norway Boy/Me

An awards ceremony with speeches was held behind Varrock in the company of several swarms.

As word of the changes got out several Masors returned from retirement and only 3 left disputing Cents removal (at the time Masors Leaders and Advisors did not make public the last board deletion)

This was all by the Close of April 2004, a long month but it shaped the clan for the future.

We left the Months with Cover Me, Dragon91677, Firestorm456, TJ86 and visitor58 as the Leaders of Masors

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Chapter 13: The Summer Calm

From May to August 2004 masors consolidated their position and began planning for their greatest party so far - The Anniversary Bash.

Much as you see these days the preparation was taken seriously and donation events were amassed- predecessors of the Hobgoblin and guild Invasions you see weekly now were designed during this time.

We bid a sad farewell to Cover Me from the leadership team as she moved across to Mystic Knights but a happy hello to the Associate political rank that allows 1 clanners to remain here, there was much joy as Gravel joined the clan leaders

Lots of members joined and a few left- only to return later.

I'll leave this brief section with a picture of the practice conga a week before the 1st Anniversary drop party- as we tried our best to get a single continues line of Masors.

From May to August 2004 masors consolidated their position and began planning for their greatest party so far - The Anniversary Bash.

Much as you see these days the preparation was taken seriously and donation events were amassed- predecessors of the Hobgoblin and guild Invasions you see weekly now were designed during this time.

We bid a sad farewell to Cover Me from the leadership team as she moved across to Mystic Knights but a happy hello to the Associate political rank that allows 1 clanners to remain here, there was much joy as Gravel joined the clan leaders

Lots of members joined and a few left- only to return later.

I'll leave this brief section with a picture of the practice conga a week before the 1st Anniversary drop party- as we tried our best to get a single continues line of Masors.

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Chapter 14: The Anniversary Drop 25th September 2004

With a 17 page temp sticky on RS Community supporting us before the event (over 35 pages at end).

With Over 30 Million in items (probably nearer 40 as a couple of million were donated in the last few hours) we owned world 14.

As per usual we crashed the chat server; we lagged Al Kharid to death and dropped our entire banks on an expectant Runescape.

Gufando donated his yellow party hat in and a level 48 got it

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We dropped for nearly 3 hours till the bankers were empty and Unholyarmyof1 had gained over 40k firemaking experience

After the event those who survived its entirity went to Varrock for an wind down

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The next Saturday- we took a week off and didn't actually have a formal event.

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Chapter 15: Fall 2004 - a time of settling

Immediately after the drop Party Dreikki became a Clan leader taking over from TJ86 who had previously announced his retirement from RS.

Masors second ever activity check was run- taking the 1 month relaxed pace this clan is renowned for.

The clan was becoming a greater size than any single team of people could hold on their friends list- thus the Masors Guardians were born- clan members of all levels and length of service who advertise their availability to chat and integrate new clan members.

A postcard did the rounds for a while:-

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We carried on recruiting and growing- having the occassional hiccups that all clans have.

In the beginning of 2005 one of a former leaders old R/L aquaintances decided to plan a crash on one of our Hob Goblin mining trips, whilst a peaceful clan we are not without teeth - on the day of the event more than 50 Masors and all our Assosciates showed, many in full rune, our friends from S2n stood alongside us, Morequendi and its allies ran patrols outside the area and... the opposition (a low level clan not realising that Masors was more than about 40 low levelled miners) logged before getting in range of any of our forces when some sympathetic friend warned them of what was waiting.

All the while planning was ongoing for the February 2005 drop party

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Chapter 16: February 19th 2005 - Masors drop party

Heavily advertised with a 25 mill drop value- 86 pages on the RS Official Forums, 18 on RSC.

A few of us went to the party site 4 hours before the party start- note there are at most 5 Masors in this picture.

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At the time of the party Masors headed from Varrock to Al Kharid in our customary uniform and style, did a lap of the bank and began.

Dropping in teams for the first time in 3 parties the drop only took 90 minutes.

The quizzing of god and trimmed armour took place in Kharid Castle - Toe tried to run it but it took both Toe and mod Jorgefire with his white crown to cut through the crowds and get the true questions heard.

The teamwork that has been honed through our weekly co operative events and previous parties served us well and from a management viewpoint was much smoother than previous times (We just keep getting better)

The party was followed by another Activity check (notice the pattern now ;))

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Chapter 17: The September 17th Drop

The drop began as such, masors met in draynor, and separated into two conga's, one heading around fally, through barb village and into edge, the other, leaded by our honored guest of the party visitor58, passed via draynor to the barb village, to varrock, and up along the wildy boarder, entering through the east. This was done deliberately to attract more people to the party, to attract many more instead of one conga, hit both main towns.

Next, the dropping began with three of the four teams, and thirty minutes after the dropping commenced mg30dfx and I began the trivia, john on camtasia and I announcing, because canta was not present and nor could not be on.

The trivia lasted until all the items where dropped. The reason for camtasia was to verify the winners and not because so many people where using the chat box. It was set up as so so no one would win in place of the true champion.

This party went pretty smoothly compared to a few others precedent. We crashed the chat server a few times as well. In fact, when ever the answers started coming in, I’d get disconnected. Poor john.

At the height of the trivia, I dropped a few items for fair play to those who lagged. Later on i'll post a picture of a guthix skirt and its 269 options.

One more thing, a big hand to deviation 2 for her part in advertising to thirty nine clans, of which eleven or so had our party stickied on there boards. That is why our party had a good amount of higher leveled pkers who just enjoyed the party.

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Chapter 18: Scandal, Resignation, and the SD team

After the September drop party, there began a rather quick sucession of leaders. The great Visitor58, reknowned for being one of the best leaders of all time, quit shortly before the drop party, citing various concerns of which I have no business discussing. Gravelboy, MaSoR's highest all-time poster at the time due to her excellent stance towards leadership, also stepped down from leadership, turning to a new clan with Visitor58, I believe called the Phoenix Fyres, of which I don't know what happened at time of writing. In to take their place were James1 and unholyarmy. But, the expected calmness didn't last as a scandal quickly gripped the leadership team.

A while after the hallowe'en update of 2005, James resigned, bringing the reign of what might be the greatest leadership team ever to an end after only one month. He was replaced with Susan, a quirky individual who stepped up to the plate nicely.

While all this was going on, there was another process in place. An individual by the name of Phalonx (SDalmonte ingame) was tired of the inactive Crafting Team. He set out to change all that, and he suceeded. In September, he set forth a proposal to change the team to the Skills Development Team. As the original topic was lost to the wiping of the Crafting team, a copy of the original proposal is quoted below.

The SD team was met with general approval, though some cited concerns about conserving the Crafting Team. The plan was approved by the Leadership team after about a week, and deliberation began. After all that was done, the SD team was finally ready to be put into place, however, Leadership was experiencing difficulties (see above), and the SD team was put on hold.

After one month of waiting, the SD team was finally inaugurated on November 2nd, 2005, under the rule of Phalonx(SDalmonte) and Waterstone. Over the next one and a half months, it quickly built up quite an impressive bank, and the integrity of the team was excellent. It continues to this day, approximately two months after, to be arguably one of the high points of MaSoRs.

(SD Team Proposal by Phalonx(SDalmonte))

Well guys, I read somewhere that if you want change, you'd have to do it yourself. So, I took the time to come up with a proposal that would change the crafting team forever.. Read it, then please vote.

The SDalmonte Proposal

Contents

1. Why should we consider this?

2. What should be changed?

3. What would we be doing in the future?

-- Why should we consider this? --

There are three topics in the forums. Two have not been posted in in over a week. I propose there should be a major change to this. This proposal will (if accepted) make the crafting team boards a lively place again, and actually have some activity going on.

The crafting team has not had an activity in ages. The next one would be trick's and commando's crafting project, the first in ages. With my proposal, this will all change.

The crafting team discussion forum has almost no topics on it. Most people join and then do nothing. With this proposal, members will be alot more active, have more social opportunities, and have more motivation to keep playing Runescape.

-- What should be changed --

This list will encompass a series of changes that will liven up the boards again...

1. Change the name from "Crafting Team" to "Skills Development Team"

Hardly anyone crafts these days. Most effort is spent on woodcutting, fletching, fishing, etc. With the expansion of skills covered, a lot more people would be motivated to join, and we could do a larger variety of events.

2. Change the requirements to...

You must meet 4 or more of the following requirements...

40+ Fishing

40+ Cooking

40+ Woodcutting

40+ Firemaking

40+ Crafting

40+ Fletching

40+ Runecrafting

30+ Farming (optional..?)

3. Hold a activity check to eliminate inactive members

- Self Explanatory

4. Allow a two week period for current members to adjust to the new requirements

Some of the members of the crafting team will not meet the requirements, so we will allow 2 weeks for them to catch up

5. Hold more skill-based events

Covered in the next section

-- What could we be doing in the future?

If this proposal is accepted and put into motion, we could be doing..

1. Fishing Trips - Fishing Lobbys/Swordies and Cooking them

2. Woodcutting Trips - Woodcutting, and Firemaking at the same time.

3. Crafting Trips - Kill cows and craft

4. -- Your event here --

In conclusion

The crafting team would be a completely new place, a place to actually do stuff. I ask you now to vote on this.

Had to take out one part. Sorry. :D

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Chapter 19: #masors: The MaSoRs IRC Channel

Today, (as of time of writing), the MaSoRs IRC Channel on the Swiftirc network is a great place to hang out for all MaSoRs, be they former members, or potential recruits. But it is interesting to know how this IRC channel came to be, and the conflicts that have raged all around it.

On October 8th, 2005, Wil Bolin, at the time a PK and Crafting Team Member, created the channel #masors in his name. Shortly thereafter, he transferred power to an elite member calling himself Pysmone, who transferred ownership to Ashley, an experienced IRC user. The IRC channel became almost instantly popular, with at least 10+ users online during most hours of the day. A Trivia/Game bot was quickly established by SDalmonte, and many members enjoyed playing during their many hours of boredom. Today, the Trivia/Games is offered mainly through AaFaAfAaF.

On December 19th, 2005, registration for #masors expired. This was because the owner, Ashley, had not visited in over a month. Unholyarmy, an IRC operator at the time it happened, quickly registered it, and then transferred power to SDalmonte. On December 27th, 2005, Brutus456, now a Leader of Masors, took control of the IRC channel.

There were many issues with the IRC channel, the least of which was keeping everyone in line. Due to the nature of IRC, anyone could make spinoff channels and completely undermine the original channel. Others included lack of proper supervision (taken care of by all of the leaders entering the chat over time), abuse of power, etc. These were taken care of by a new set of strict rules which are today enforced by most #masors Operators.

To find out how to connect to our IRC channel, visit Richard's Guide at

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Chapter 20: The Masors' 2.5 Year Anniversary Drop Party - March 25th, 2006

This drop party was different from all the previous ones, in that only EM+ and selected members would be dropping valuable items, with regular members dropping masks and/or firemaking. The drop teams were as follows a few days before the drop party.

Team Shoes

Leader: Susan

Team Suomen sisällissodan jälkeen neuvostoliittoon karanneiden punakaartilaisten vuonna 1918 perustama Suomen kommunistinen drop-ryhmä

AKA Team Waffen-KEK

Leader: Dreikki

Team Firepower

Leader: Unholy

Team Pwnage

Leader: Stinkysmom

Along with masking drop teams Red, Blue and Green and Firemaking teams Orange, Yellow and Magenta.

Author's note: The information about the teams is very fragmented, someone PM me if this information is incorrect.

This drop party, we had about 60 million gp worth in items, a bit less than the 86 million raised in the September '05 party. Below is the picture of the bank taken about 3 days before the party:

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As usual, we congaed from Draynor to our drop party location led by Leader Firestorm456. Our location this time was Al Kahrid this time, and we began dropping within minutes of arrival, due to heavy preperation.

After a while, we began our traditional trivia'ing hosted this time by Norway Boy and Ronald Liu, in which we caused over 400 people to lag out after every question, which was a new record for our drop parties. Dorny and SDalmonte manned the Camtasias, and trivia proceeded smoothly, interuppted only when Norway Boy was lagged out by the chat server crashing.

Anyway, this party was a great sucess, and the Masors reputation grew even more among the general public. This, like all of our drop parties, will never be forgotten.

Edited by Tommy

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Chapter 21: Leader shuffling and the Debates Forum

Shortly after the 2.5 anniversary party, leaders Susan and Dreikki stepped down, leading to the appointment of Stinkysmom and Brutus456 as leaders. Susan chose to become a Clan Advisor once again, while Dreikki opted to become a Member Emeritus. Both have had their influence on Masors and will be remembered for quite a while (esp. susan and her quirkyness *hides*).

Before Susan left, however, she introduced the Debates Forum, a new place to talk about controvertial issues, but yet not allowing people to hate each other for their opinions. This allowed people to express their true opinions without getting in trouble, and has been a great addition to Masors. (that is a debateable topic)

Chapter 22: The Masors 3 Year Anniversary Drop Party

The Masors' 3 Year Anniversary Drop Party was held on September 30th, 2006.

This time around, the Masors Team had 4 drop teams, composed of the below:

Team Hairy Lamby - Susan, megalord, John, Wil

Team Margarita - Lokiri, smfE, Ih8u4ever, Gold_Buda

Team Supergalactic Spungos - jyang93, icechicken13, warcalibur, and theweirdhobo

Team Identity Crisis - Sdalmonte, bnncer, floppy, Silver (+Krabbetje)

Dropping over 75 mil in items, the Masors took to Al Kharid as their drop party location, featuring drop zones around the bank and south of Al Kharid castle, and trivia being held in the castle.

In addition, the rest of the masors were out in force, annoying all the tele grabbers and the like. The firemaking and masking teams are listed below as they were the week before the drop party.

Firemaking Teams

Team Charmander - Link dragmire (Leader), kamitoachi, rock chick laura, mattyb3

Team Growlithe - Galaad2 (Leader), Fiddy99, Jared, J36miles

Team Flareon - Womz (Leader), Uber Noob, dominator96, xx_swimer_xx

Masking Teams

Team Red Power Rangers - Haldir, Mystyrose, flyaway46, Mortemore

Team Green Power Rangers - Tybuoy, Gun, Jinxedfire, Johnny Deg,

Team Yellow Power Rangers - Ronald, Gilformen, Rikuym, Ujwik

What else is there to say? With this much organization, the party was a huge success, drawing in over 30 new accounts in one day.

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Chapter 23: PK Team woes, SNIPERBBB and the Gaming Forum

The PK Team at this point was not doing so well. One of the most proactive PK leaders, Matt, had stepped down and was replaced by two new leaders. One leader, womz12, spent several months trying to keep the team going, but when he left on a trip for Europe, the team became less and less active in his absense. As the decline in the PK Team continued, it was decided that it's members were not active enough to constitute having it's own team anymore. On October the 31st, 2006, the PK Team was folded, and it's members merged into solely the SD Team or into regular membership.

Shortly after our 3rd anniversary drop party, unholyarmyof1, bearing the longest name ever for a Masors Leader, stepped down from his position to focus on his career. For the past year, he had done all the hard work of the leadership team, using his mathematical prowess to better Masors.

In for the empty slot came SNIPERBBB, longtime Masors Computer forum mod, one of the few remaining original core members of the Masors PK Team, and local technological guru.

For a long time, Gaming as a topic was repeatedly pushed aside in the Off Topic forum. One Masors member in particular, Matt, a former PK Team Leader, did not like this and it was suggested that Gaming have a whole new forum for discussion. This idea was so well received and supported that on January 11th, 2007, barely 5 days after the idea was first brought up, the Gaming Forum was established.

Sadly though, at the same time as this, stinkysmom, the second fastest person to rise to Masors leadership, stepped down to pursue her interests in real life. As planned, with the introduction of the Gaming forum at the exact same time, this news did not hit the clan as a whole for a while.

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Chapter 24 – The 3.5 Year Drop Party

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March 31st 2007 saw the MaSoRS 3.5 year anniversary drop party. After many months of hard work and preparation, over 79m worth of items were gathered and dropped upon the scorched sands of Al Kharid.

Drop list:

505 Sapphire Ammys (505k @ 1000ea)

258 Emerald Ammys (387k @ 1500ea)

307 Ruby Ammys (614k @ 2000ea)

151 Diamond Ammys (1510k @ 10000ea)

78 Gold Ammys (15k @ 200ea)

(2526k)

65 Sapphire Rings (65k @ 1000ea)

12 Emerald Rings (36k @ 3000ea)

36 Ruby Rings (72k @ 2000ea)

12 Diamond Rings (60k @ 5000ea)

(233k)

Weapons

3 Black Long Sword (3k @1000)

1 Black Scimitar (3000)

3 Black Swords (1200 @ 400ea)

5 Black 2H (12.5k @ 2500ea)

3 Black Baxe (3k @ 1000ea)

2 Black Warhammer (3k @ 1500ea)

(25k)

104 Mith Hatchet (104k @ 1000ea)

98 Mith Short (59k @ 600ea)

6 Mith Long Sword (6k @ 1000ea)

413 Mith Scimitar (826k @ 2000ea)

360 Mith 2H (1080k @ 3000ea)

7 Mith Mace (5k @ 700ea)

24 Mith Baxe (24k @ 1000ea)

40 Mith Warhammer (100k @ 2500ea)

43 Mith Pickaxe (43k @ 1000ea)

(2247k)

7 Adamant Hatchet (14k @ 2000ea)

3 Adamant Dagger (2k @ 750ea)

3 Adamant Long Sword (10.5k @ 3500ea)

121 Adamant Scimitar (907k @ 7500ea)

21 Adamant 2H (210k @ 10kea)

1 Adamant Mace (1000)

19 Adamant Baxe (76k @ 4000ea)

12 Adamant Warhammer (48k @ 4000ea)

33 Adamant Pickaxe (250k @ 7500ea)

(1518k)

149 Rune Hatchet (2980k @ 20000ea)

21 Rune Dagger (105k @ 5000ea)

12 Rune Long Swords (240k @ 20000ea)

180 Rune Scimitars (4860k @ 27000ea)

102 Rune 2H (5100k @ 50000ea)

3 Rune Mace (30k @ 10000ea)

105 Rune Baxe (5250k @ 50000ea)

102 Rune Warhammer (6120k @ 60000ea)

43 Rune Pickaxe (1290k @ 30000ea)

(25975k)

Armour

1 Black Med (500)

2 Black Full (2k @ 2000ea)

4 Black Plate (16k @ 4000ea)

5 Black Legs (10k @ 2000ea)

2 Black Chain (2k @ 2000ea)

18 Black Square (18k @ 1000ea)

9 Black Kite (18k @ 2000ea)

(66k)

409 Mith Med (163k @ 400ea)

514 Mith Full (514k @ 1000ea)

400 Mith Plate (2000k @ 5000ea)

400 Mith Legs (1200k @ 3000ea)

10 Mith Square (10k @ 1000ea)

554 Mith Kite (1660k @ 3000ea)

58 Mith Chain (58k @ 1000ea)

(5605k)

9 Addy Med (9k @ 1000ea)

126 Addy Full (378k @ 3000ea)

142 Addy Plate (1420k @ 10000ea)

133 Addy Legs (665k @ 5000ea)

1 Addy Square (5000)

125 Addy Kite (1250k @ 10000ea)

(3727k)

5 Rune Med (50k @ 10000ea)

167 Rune Large (5000k @ 30000ea)

161 Rune Plate (8855k @ 55000ea)

151 Rune Legs (8305k @ 55000ea)

152 Rune Kite (7600k @ 50000ea)

10 Rune Chain (400k @ 40000ea)

(30210k)

Treasure Trail

Wizard Robes (T)-

4 Hat (520k @ 130000ea)

1 Top (150k)

1 Bottom (100k)

(770k)

Wizard Robes (G)-

1 Hat (200k)

1 Top (250k)

1 Bottom (150k)

(600k)

Green Dragon Hide (G)

1 Top (75k)

(75k)

Black (T)

2 Legs (60k @ 30000ea)

1 Body (50k)

(110k)

Black (G)

1 Full (50k)

2 Skirt (60k @ 30000ea)

(80k)

Addy (G)

1 Full (45k)

1 Kite (80k)

2 Skirts (60k @ 30000ea)

(185k)

Addy (T)

1 Legs (50k)

(50k)

Rune (T)

1 Plate (300k)

1 Skirt (150k)

(450k)

Rune (G)

2 Kites (400k @ 200000ea)

1 Skirt (150k)

(550k)

Heraldic

1 Black Kite (40k)

6 Rune Kite h1 (480k @ 80000ea)

2 Rune Kite h2 (180k @ 90000ea)

1 Rune Kite h3 (100k)

2 Rune Kite h5 (500k @ 250000ea)

4 Addy Kites (200k @ 50000ea)

1 Rune Med (100k)

(1600k)

Rune (Guthix)

1 Skirt (120k)

1 Full (200k)

1 Legs (250k)

(570k)

Rune (Zamorak)

2 Full (600k @ 300000ea)

2 Skirt (400k @ 200000ea)

(1000k)

Rune (Saradomin)

2 Legs (800k @ 400000ea)

(800k)

Sets of trimmed armour were given away during the traditional MaSoRS trivial quiz.

As per usual, the entire clan pitched in to help with the event - with members keen to help make RuneScape history. The masking and firemaking teams were as follows…

Team 1 FM

He1een

richcos

griffionslay

slamdunk2120

Team 2 FM

Nyrune

Elanthiel

Bobbykavan

Tato

Team 3 FM

Brayer2

Camel13

wtp4seasons0

Gau Cho

Team 4 FM

Ujwik

Bookgeek

Wammer4

Adt clone

Team 1 MD

Jyang93

p o w

King Mike359

Mattyb3

Team 2 MD

Shadow2690

Orot Gladius

slamdunk2120

SpcyMcHagis

Team 3 MD

G0d

Tonis

Adz1235

As expected, the drop party was a huge success. Countless pages of “thank you!”s were posted in the party's advertising topics, whilst almost immediately people began to speculate about the next MaSoRS drop.

Chapter 25 – The 4 Year Anniversary Drop Party

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The 29th September 2007 played host to one of the biggest drop parties in MaSoRS history. In celebration of our 4 year anniversary, over 100m worth of items were gathered and dropped during a massive party in Al Kharid.

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MaSoRS member Tonis managed to sum the event up rather effectively…

The joy of giving belongs to us!

The party was an amazing success! MaSoRS drop parties were getting bigger and better every year. Soon, however - this would all change…

Chapter 26 – The Wilderness and Free Trade – Removal and Recovery

December 2007 was a month that shook the RuneScape world. On the 2nd December 2007, PVP combat was removed from the Wilderness, and limited only to the newly added Bounty Hunter arena. (Now known as the ‘Wilderness Volcano’).

Soon after, tight restrictions were placed upon player to player trades - with players being allowed to trade a maximum of ~3k to each other every 15 minutes. In addition to this, any items worth more than 3k would not appear to other players if dropped on the ground.

These changes hit MaSoRS hard. With the crushing restrictions on player to player trading and dropping items, the entire concept of the MaSoRS drop party and its supporting events were wiped out in one swift update. No longer could items be dropped on the floor and picked up by other players in a drop party. No longer could items be donated by members and stored on banker accounts until the drop. No longer could items be gathered at events such as Hobgoblin Trips, with members crafting armour and weapons and donating it to the party.

Likewise, other activities such as the SIA (Smithing Improvement Act), which involved giving free ores and bars to members with lower level Smithing, also became impossible to run.

Although it was still possible to hold drop parties in the Falador party room, it was decided that without members being able to donate their items to bankers, and without the ability for members to trade items to each other (a vital part of events such as Hobgoblin trips, which helped gather many of the items dropped during the party), a large scale drop party like those seen in the past would be unfeasible.

The MaSoRS 4.5 Year Drop Party was cancelled.

Early and mid 2008 saw inactivity within the clan. Without the driving force of having to prepare for the next massive drop party, event attendances fell dramatically - as did forum and IRC activity.

Despite this, the free trade removal was not the first major update that MaSoRS had seen through, and it certainly wouldn’t be the last. Whilst other clans would have closed – and indeed many did during this time, the MaSoRS adapted and evolved along with the game we had all known and loved for so long.

Skilling competitions, minigames such as clan wars, and fun activities like hide and seek became commonly held MaSoRS events, whilst traditional events such as Hobgoblin trips and guild raids became fun ways to train Mining and Smithing - rather than methods of gathering materials for a drop party.

Early 2008 also saw the introduction of the MaSoRS Lootshare team. This team was dedicated to hunting the boss monsters of RuneScape, taking advantage of the Lootshare mechanic that was introduced along with the free trade removal.

Chapter 27 – The MaSoRS Teams Shakeup

On the 8th November 2008, the MaSoRS Skills Development Team and Lootshare Teams were closed. The SD team had suffered from a lack of activity, with the trade and drop changes making the majority of the events that they had previously ran obsolete. Events previously partaken in by these teams joined the ranks of general clan events.

This time, however, also saw the opening of the MaSoRS Event Team, or ‘ET’ - organised by Lokiri, and initially led by He1een and Silver. The event team was charged with hosting events, ensuring the smooth running of events hosted by others, encouraging and helping members to host events, and coming up with new event ideas. The team was a major success. Various new event ideas emerged, whilst up to 5 events were being held every week – often with over 20 people attending.

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During May 2009, MaSoRS took part in the first official Jagex Clan Cup. This consisted of a series of skilling events, being based on which clan’s team of 10 members could gain the most experience in a certain skill (which was set by Jagex) in one hour. This was an enjoyable experience, with members helping in any way they could – being part of the team of 10, running items such as fish or logs (depending on which skill was set) to improve XP rates, and suggesting the best places and ways to train in order to get the most XP possible.

On the 29th May 2009, Richard was promoted to leader. As an Elite Member, and later Clan Advisor, Richard had been heavily involved in many different projects to promote activity in the clan – something that he continued to do in his new role.

Chapter 28 – The Drop Party Returns!

On the 4th September 2009, over a year and a half since the removal of the Wilderness and free trade, MaSoRS announced the return of their epic drop party.

Debate had ensued in the weeks before. Should MaSoRS host another party? Would it even be possible? Could the party room handle it? Would it be better to hold one large drop, or several smaller ones?

It was eventually decided that one large drop would be held, and expertly handled by Lokiri, with help from Richard, the plans for a comeback party began to take shape in the coming weeks and months.

To test the concept of holding a party within the Falador Party room, a trial drop was hosted on the 3rd October 2009. 16m worth of items were dropped by the members of MaSoRS, around half of which was kindly donated by Lokiri. Despite its small size, the party was a massive success and showed just what could be achieved.

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With the knowledge of what to expect, the Miners and Smithers of RuneScape began to plan something far, far bigger.

Chapter 29 – The Christmas Drop Party

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The time had finally come. The drop party trial, some 2 months earlier, had been a valuable learning experience. Now armed with this new knowledge, along with almost 3 months of hard work and preparation, the stage was set for The Miners and Smithers of RuneScape to make their epic return to hosting drop parties.

Since it was no longer possible to donate items to banker accounts, ‘pledges’ were gathered from members as to what they could drop on the night, and how likely it was that they could attend the event. A conservative estimate of 30m was announced, and advertising topics posted up on various RuneScape forums.

An hour before the event, MaSoRS began to gather at Draynor Village. Last minute pledges were made and uniforms handed out. Draynor was soon filled with priest robe clad MaSoRS, and already the excitement was beginning to build.

A conga formed, and the clan began to make its way towards Falador. Heading through Lumbridge, then to Varrock and through the Barbarian Village. Random people were joining as we passed through the cities of RuneScape, whilst members shouted “MaSoRS”, “The Miners and Smithers of RuneScape!”, “MaSoRS Drop Party!”.

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Finally, the conga reached Falador, and MaSoRS entered the Falador party room. The party had begun.

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Richard handled the drops, expertly organising when each member should add their items to the chest. Over and over it was filled with Rune platebodies, platelegs, scimitars, kiteshields and more, as hundreds of people packed the party hall, and ran around trying to get the drops.

Around halfway through, the trivia competition took place on the second floor of the party room. TechEngineer, with help from Umballer, handled it perfectly, with winners being lent Santas, Halloween maks and Partyhats for answering questions first, rather than being given a piece of trimmed armour as had been done in the past.

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Eventually, it was time for the final drop. Members scrambled around their banks to find items to drop, and soon stacks of runes, arrows, armour and weapons were added to total over 10m for the final drop alone.

Those who lasted until the end of the party – no small feat considering it had gone on for almost 5 hours, headed down to the Mining Guild for a relax and a wind-down.

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A collection of pictures from the Christmas drop can be found here.

The 30m estimate had been completely smashed, and although it’s impossible to know for sure, it’s thought that around 100m was dropped in total.

The party had exceeded everyone’s expectations. Not only had MaSoRS successfully hosted a drop party in the Falador party room, they had managed to make it a huge success. The MaSoRS clan chat was filled with people thanking MaSoRS for the party and asking how to join for many weeks after.

A MaSoRS mods christmas card was created by Richard...

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G01d warr10r and Tommy (MilkN2Sugars) were promoted as leaders some months later, taking the MaSoRS leadership back up to 5 members - Dragon, Firestorm, Richard, Gold and Tommy.

Chapter 30 – A Time of Change

2010 was a time of great change for MaSoRS, with the introductions of many new features and initiatives to help better the clan.

The ‘Clan Advisor’ rank (members who helped moderate the forum and advise the leaders) was abolished, and replaced with the Senior Member and Advisory Council groups that we know today. The Advisory Council meant that MaSoRS moderators who had stopped playing RuneScape could continue to advise the leadership and mentor new moderators, when before they would have had to have stepped down from their rank. Senior members played the same role as Clan Advisors did previously.

Around August, the MaSoRS forums were moved and upgraded. After being hosted by Jool for many years (something for which we are very thankful), Jardeath became our new host, and the forum software we use was updated significantly. Happily, not too much was broken during the move! Taking advantage of this new software, the MaSoRS Awards System was implemented, along with several new skins, and an integrated IRC chat applet.

Soon after, the Mining and Smithing Improvement Act was introduced, after many months of coding by Aprz, and with help in implementing it from Richard. The MaSIA offered a more fun, entertaining and competitive way for MaSoRS members to train their mining and smithing skills, with MaSoRS being awarded points for gaining XP in mining and smithing, and for hosting mining and smithing related events. MaSIA points are displayed on a clan leaderboard and within custom dynamic underbanners.

The scheme continues to run to this day.

Around October, the MaSoRS Event Team closed. Although a sad day for it's members, hosting and planning events became an activity for the entire clan to take part in, and events continued with high frequency and attendances.

In late November, Richard stepped down from his leadership position to concentrate on other matters, joining the ranks of the Advisory Council. Happily, this was not his farewell from MaSoRS, and he continued to advise the leadership and work on various projects and initiatives in his new role.

A Christmas card was created around December;

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Along with one for the MaSoRS mods;

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Around this time, the yearly MaSoRS Awards were resurrected by SDalmonte, with the following results...

THE SPIRIT OF MASORS - Ahsgreenwave

This award is given to the person who is deemed by their peers to have exhibited the greatest enthusiasm and spirit.

THE JESTER - Lokiri

This award is given to the person deemed by their peers to most accurately reflect the broadly construed traits of a stereotypical medieval jester.

JARDEATH'S NO LIFE AWARD - Wildman18drew

This award is presented by Jardeath to the person deemed by his peers to have the second-least amount of life outside the realm of Runescape.

THE BROKEN KEYBOARD - Marbl1234567

This award is given to the person deemed by their peers to have a poor grasp on the operation of a keyboard, while intoxicated and not.

TROLL - Skoolya1on1

There is no description available for this award.

Soon after, Tore and SDalmonte were promoted to the leader rank, giving MaSoRS a never before seen 6 leaders - Dragon, Fire, Gold, Tommy, SDal and Tore.

The public discussion forum were also introduced, providing a place for potential members to ask questions, learn about the clan, and just get to know the community. The guides forum was also made public, allowing MaSoRS to share their vast knowledge and wisdom with the RuneScape community.

Chapter 31 – The Return of Free Trade and the Wilderness, and The MaSoRS 8 Year Drop Party

Coming soon…

^_^

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