Group Ironman Mode

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Group Ironman Mode is an Ironman Mode variant which was released on 6 October 2021, following the result of a successful poll.

The mode allows 2 to 5 players to group up together with all normal Ironman Mode (or Hardcore Ironman Mode) restrictions. Only newly created accounts can enable Group Ironman Mode. Existing accounts, including those who are already ironman accounts, cannot join a group.

Players that join a group before it is founded have Prestige status, which allows them to be free of trading restrictions.

Restrictions[edit | edit source]

Trading[edit | edit source]

Group ironman players may freely trade within the group. New members (ie. do not have Prestige status) that join an existing group will be subject to trade limit caps that increases weekly. This cap applies to all items and gold received from other members and from shared storage as follows:

  • Week 1: 1,000,000
  • Week 2: 20,000,000
  • Week 3: 50,000,000
  • Week 4: 100,000,000
  • Week 5: Unlimited

Shared storage[edit | edit source]

Group ironman players have access to their group's shared storage, available via the regular Bank interface. All players in the group can deposit into the shared storage, but only one player can access it at a time.

Combat[edit | edit source]

Drops work similarly to ironman mode drops. If any person outside the group hits an NPC, the drop will go to the person outside the group or disappear. If only group members hit the NPC, the drop will go to the group member who dealt the most damage.

Hardcore group ironmen will lose lives after an unsafe death, similar to solo hardcore ironman mode. However, unlike solo hardcore ironman mode, all PvM-related deaths are unsafe and will result in a loss of a life. This includes deaths inside minigames such as Chambers of Xeric and Fight Caves. Hardcore group ironman players should take extra care in minigames such as Pest Control as other players can provoke monsters such as splatters and cause them to detonate close to you.

Prestige[edit | edit source]

Example of prestige in the interface

Group Prestige is a cosmetic indicator that is reserved for groups consisting of original members or have not engaged in certain PvM activities with other players outside your group. This indicator will be a gold star icon displayed next to the group list in-game and on the highscores. Group prestige has no impact on gameplay. Group leaders have the option to opt-out of this option upon the creation of the group.

Members will be warned if an action will result in the loss of group prestige. Activities that result in loss of group prestige status include:

Individual prestige[edit | edit source]

Unlike group prestige, individual prestige affects a group member's ability to trade wealth and items and is applied individually to each member of a group. This system is used to prevent illicit activities and is denoted by a star icon next on the member's list in-game. All original members will have individual prestige when the group is formed. Group ironman players joining a new group will not have individual prestige.

Creating or joining a group[edit | edit source]

To become an ironman, players must speak with the Ironman tutor on Tutorial Island before completing the tutorial. After selecting a group ironman mode at the tutor, players must then visit The Node south of the island to form or join a group. Group leaders have the option to create a group, set a group name, and invite players. Up to 4 additional players can be invited in the group. Group leaders can choose to opt out of group prestige.

The group member that creates the group by default will be the group leader. Leaders can only invite fresh accounts to the group. This is to prevent unfair advantages to groups by inviting experienced players to the group. Groups will be automatically disbanded if there are no more members in the group and the leader leaves.

To join a group, players must travel to The Node. Only newly created accounts can join a group. Players can apply to be a group leader by talking to Tony, the Group ironman tutor, then they can apply other players to their group by using the right-click option Apply on them.

Leaving a group[edit | edit source]

Group ironman players can leave the group one of two ways. Players can choose to leave or be kicked by the leader. Players leaving the group voluntarily will have a 7 day grace period in which they can change their mind. This grace period serves two purposes: allowing players to change their mind, and provide a safety net for misclicks and account hijacking. Members that are kicked from the group will have a 7 day grace period to settle their affairs with the group. During both grace periods, the player can still trade normally with other members of the group. Groups will be automatically disbanded if there are no more members in the group and the leader leaves.

Upon leaving the group, the player will have two options: retain their group ironman mode status or become a regular account. This decision is very important as it decides whether or not tradeable items are deleted from the account. It is important to note that all stats, untradeable items, quest progression are retained for either decision.

Keeping group ironman status will result in the creation of a new group with the player as the leader and all tradeable items are deleted.

Converting to a regular account will retain all the progress and items on the account. The player will be removed from the group and group ironman hiscores.

Changing Group Leader[edit | edit source]

The leader of a group can choose to step down from their position at any time by talking to the Group Iron Tutor on the Node. There is a seven day grace period before their decision takes effect. This is to prevent hijackers taking over accounts and maliciously making players step down as leader of their groups.

When a leader steps down, another player must take their place. The abdicator chooses the new leader, and they will not be able to step down until a successor has been chosen.

If the leader has been inactive for 30 days, leadership will be assigned to the group member who has been in the group the longest. If more than one member joined the same day, leadership will go to whichever member joined the group first. Oh, and don’t worry - the leader is not removed from the group, just demoted.

If there's no one else in the group, the leader can't step down. Instead, the group will be disbanded only when they themselves leave.

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