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Mum, 57, makes name for herself in RuneScape

COMMUNITY CHAMP: Robyn Liddell is a keen RuneScape player, receiving the Golden Gnome Award Community Champion for 2014.
COMMUNITY CHAMP: Robyn Liddell is a keen RuneScape player, receiving the Golden Gnome Award Community Champion for 2014. Luka Kauzlaric

SHE is Robyn Liddell to her family and friends, but when she's sitting in front of the computer screen, Princess Rae is in control.

Mrs Liddell, of Gladstone, is a 57-year-old RuneScape veteran. She has been playing the 3D game for more than a decade.

It's a hobby she took up when her two sons were teenagers.

"I wanted my two children and I to have something in common. They didn't have the same interests as their mum," Mrs Liddell said.

"I thought, 'I'll have a go at this'. We would sit around the dinner table and talk about it.

"It was that key period when they are in those teenage years."

But now they're 28 and 30, and Mrs Liddell is still playing.

"We had a lot of fun but eventually they gave up. I kept playing."

She limits herself to about an hour per day, and fits it in around the house duties, her family and work.

"You can interact with people in different countries," she said. "I like the social contact. It's for relaxing. It's not to be obsessed with."

Mrs Liddell was recognised for her gaming skills at the 2014 RuneFest Golden Gnome Awards in London, as she took home the brand new Community Champion Golden Gnome award.

The criteria was a gamer who does the right thing, shows excellent levels of friendliness and shows unrivalled commitment to the game.

Mrs Liddell accepted the golden gnome in front of more than 1000 gamers. She was unaware she had even been nominated.

"I was really surprised and a bit embarrassed. It wasn't anything I was expecting," she said.

"It's good that it wasn't an award about being competitive. It was tied to a non-competitive award."

Mrs Liddell joked that her Twitter following had "doubled". Lots of people had congratulated her since the win, she said.

"The youngest person in my clan is 15. The joke is (you can be) aged 15 to Rae," Mrs Liddell laughed.

"Everyone's got their own interests, including gardening."

WHAT IS RUNESCAPE?

  • A fantasy multiplayer online role-playing game
  • Incorporates 3D and has had more than 200 million accounts created
  • It takes place in the world of Gielinor, a medieval realm divided into different kingdoms, regions, and cities
  • Players set their own goals and objectives. They interact with each other through trading or chatting, or by participating in mini-games and activities
  • One cannot win RuneScape, but can gain up to 99 skills

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