# Games Zone

Games Zone
Released 5 May 2021 (Update)
Type Activity
Members No
Location Grand Exchange
Participants 2
Skills None
Requirements None
Reward currency N/A
Tutorial No
Location

The Games Zone is a minigame area located in the south-western corner of the Grand Exchange. A more accessible version of the Burthorpe Games Room, the Games Zone has eight tables to play various board games with. Players within the area can challenge others to the same games found in the Burthorpe Games Room.

If all eight tables are taken, players must wait until a game is over before challenging others, though players can spectate ongoing matches. Players can also play the same board games at the following pubs, which have two tables each:

There are no rewards or prizes for playing each except for game rankings (if the player chooses to play ranked games).

## Games

The Games Zone's board games are quite common brain-teasing puzzle games, such as Othello, Draughts (known as checkers in North America), and Connect Four. They are played with one person at a time, and the player can be challenged to any of the four games provided that they are in the area.

Interface Game information
Draughts is RuneScape's version of English draughts (known in North America as checkers), using runes instead of checkers. Like real checkers, the object of the game is to 'jump' over all of your opponent's pieces.
Runelink is RuneScape's version of Connect Four, using runes instead of connect four checkers. Each player must click a column, which will drop their rune to the bottom-most empty space in that column. A player wins when they connects four of his runes diagonally or in a straight line.
Runeversi is RuneScape's version of Reversi or Othello using runes as game pieces. The goal is to have more of your runes on the board than your opponent. You can take your opponents pieces by trapping them between your own.
Runesquares is RuneScape's version of Dots and Boxes, using runes as game pieces. The board is arranged in a grid pattern. Each player fills in white line segments. If a player closes a box (their line completes a 1x1 square), that player's rune appears in the box. The player then gets another turn to place another segment. The game ends when all boxes are filled, and the player with the most filled-in squares is the winner.

## Rank system

Players playing a variety of board games at the Games Zone

Players have a "rank" for each of the four games, which goes up or down depending on whether they beat their opponents in the game, similar to the Elo system famously used for chess ratings. The rank initially starts at 1,000, and the rank change scales with the difference between the opponents' ranks.

${\displaystyle \Delta rank=50+{\frac {rank_{loser}-rank_{winner}}{16}}}$

The resulting change is bounded between 1 and 100, and is added to the winner and subtracted from the loser. Your rank cannot go below 1 or above 60000. For example:

• a 1,000-rank player beating another 1,000-rank player will gain 50 points
• a 1,200-rank player beating a 800-rank player will gain 25 points
• a 800-rank player beating a 1,200 rank player will gain 75 points
• a 1,500 rank player beating a 500-rank player will only gain 1 point
• a 643 rank playing beating a 1-rank player will gain 9 points, but the loser will not lose any points because they are already at the minimum rank.

Players need 1,500 rank in the relevant game in order to go to some of the upstairs rooms in the Burthorpe Games Room, but otherwise have no bearing on the Games Zone.