NOTE: This is a shortened version of the history of this great clan. The full history is available on our forums (Stickied in General Discussion).
Created By Jay Still (Xonar)
New Chapters contributed by Lokiri and SDalmonte/>
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 had 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
Although they already had their RuneScape Community 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 3: Expansion
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 freeplay Runescape.
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.
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 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! About 2 million gp in items was dropped by several members. Although there was little rune, 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 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.
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 measly 9 on Xonar's priest robes.
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 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
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 entirety went to Varrock for an wind down
The next Saturday- we took a week off and didn't actually have a formal event
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.
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)
Chapter 17: The September 17th Drop
The September 17th drop is not close to what pengui has stated.
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 honoured 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 levelled pkers who just enjoyed the party.
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 Suomen sisällissodan jälkeen neuvostoliittoon karanneiden punakaartilaisten vuonna 1918 perustama Suomen kommunistinen drop-ryhmä
AKA Team Waffen-KEK
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.
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 preparation.
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, interrupted only when Norway Boy was lagged out by the chat server crashing.
Anyway, this party was a great success, and the Masors reputation grew even more among the general public. This, like all of our drop parties, will never be forgotten.
Chapter 22: The Masors 3 Year Anniversary Drop Party
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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. This preliminary bank picture shows roughly 80% of the items dropped at the drop party.
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.
- 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
- 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. Here are a couple pictures provided after the party.