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3rd Party Clients Went Too Far...

What’s going on guys! My name’s Theoatrix, and today I am making an article explaining my thoughts on the recent changes to the OSBuddy client, which has really changed my and the community’s view on third party clients. I don’t like making third party client articles, because inadvertently, even if I say not to use them, I am still advertising the client. But, a client that I have mentioned and recommended in the past has recently added some features that take third party functionality to a whole new level…

In an update on the 20th September 2019, OSBuddy added four key plugins to the free version that I would like to talk about.

Left-click Offering Bones

The first and most overpowered one is left-clicking offering bones,

which is so similar to using auto-hotkeys, which is a ban-able offence for using in Old School.

So, this new plugin lets you left-click once on the altar, and it will use the bones in your inventory on the altar for Prayer XP. So, to break that down, that is three different movements in one single click.

Firstly, it goes to the first bone in your inventory,

presses use, then moves the mouse back to the altar in one click.

One Click Firemaking

The next one, which I think is also pretty controversial, is one-click Firemaking,

where you can click on the logs to light them, which removes the motion of moving your mouse from your tinderbox to the logs.

Blackjacking Plugin

OSBuddy also added a Blackjacking plugin, which has previously been seen on RuneLite Plus, which is a client I will be talking about shortly. The Blackjacking plugin uses the menu entry swapping technique seen in pretty much all kinds of third party clients. But, it changes the knockout and pickpocket option, depending on the state of the bandit or Thug that you are training on.

One Click Construction

The last one, which is also in RuneLite Plus, is one click Construction, which is similar to the Blackjacking one. But, it changes the build and remove option while you are training.

So, after thoroughly looking through the features of OSBuddy, RuneLite and RuneLite Plus, this is the conclusion I have come to…

RuneLite, in my opinion, is the only third party client that is really following how third party clients should run and be governed.

There is no overly powerful features.

But, it includes tons of useful ones like extending your render distance, and small menu entry swappers, like exchanging tools at your leprechaun.

It is the client that I personally use on a daily basis.

RuneLite Plus contains a lot of the banned plugins that were made for RuneLite, but did not get through because of how powerful they were.

Personally, I do not advise using RuneLite Plus. There have been a small number of people that have been banned from it, but only from using the very powerful plugins.

Now, RuneLite Plus does have menu entry swapping, but it is more powerful than RuneLite, where, for example, the same Blackjacking method from OSBuddy, that was actually firstly introduced to RuneLite Plus.

RuneLite Plus also has a ton of overlay features, which have never been confirmed or really spoken about by Jagex – ones like the Zulrah helper, which does not actually click on anything, it just tells you where to stand.

Now, OSBuddy on the other hand, has taken it a step further than RuneLite Plus. They added plugins that simulate mouse movements and clicks, similar to auto-hotkeys, which was banned in 2017. The left-clicking on the altar for offering bones is actually more powerful than AHK, since the mouse movement required changes for each bone.

As far as I am aware, no clients have this AHK type of movement, not even RuneLite Plus. Yes, the overlays are very powerful. But, they are not exactly removing any clicks or moving your mouse around for you. To put it into perspective, if you put the same rules for the altar and Firemaking plugins and apply them to other in-game instances, the possibilities become as outrages as some of the AHK scripts were back in the day.

SoapyRS on Twitter displayed these possibilities.

According to the OSBuddy developer, these plugins were going to make an appearance into OSBuddy shortly after this update notice. I understand it is really hard for Jagex to draw a line with third party clients because a lot of players will abuse the boundaries, and try to get un-banned. But, to me, it seems like these boundaries are already being abused and pushed with this recent OSBuddy update.

In my opinion, Jagex needs to update their client to something as functional and toggle-able as RuneLite. This completely solves the problem of third party clients, since no one will be using them if the official client worked really well. I would like to finish off by saying that I do not recommend using RuneLite Plus, I am unsure about its safety, and it is not run by a big governing team like the official RuneLite. I am a little weary of OSBuddy until we hear some public news from Jagex, because as far as I can see, if we go back to the update in 2017, this is all completely against the rules.

If I were you, I would only be using the official RuneLite client or the official Runescape client. Of course, you are always at your own risk when you are using a third party program or client. So, make sure you have the real and safe one installed, and keep up to date with how Jagex views third party clients.

So, that was a bit of an interesting article today. What do you think? Are these plugins too powerful, or does it show something about the direction of Old School Runescape? Let me know what you think in the comments. If you have any suggestions, make sure you leave them in the comments. If you have any questions or just want to chat to me, you can join the Theoatrix friend chat in game, or the Theoatrix discord. As always, thanks for reading this article, and I’ll see you next time!



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