Entertainment

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

WHAT'S HOT ONLINE TODAY

  1. Family stunned by drowning of young fitness instructor
  2. Footballer dies after somersault to celebrate goal
  3. Palmer in court over $12 million fund
  4. Man 'shanks' fellow prisoner 18 times
  5. Marlisa Punzalan has won the 2014 X Factor
  6. Man faces rape, sexual assault charges
  7. Seatbelt saves life of a young mother
  8. 'Ungodly scream' as boy, 8, bitten by brown snake
  9. Alert issued before gas worker death
  10. Police 'on notice' in murder case against O'Dempsey
  11.  

Topics:  editors picks games and gadgets gaming gladstone hobbies



15 jobs up for grabs for tradies and labourers

READY TO WORK: Here are 15 jobs you can apply for today.

CQ companies have continued the call for workers.

'Exposed': Power companies, State MP hit back at smelter cuts

Boyne Smelters general manager operations Joe Rea announced job cuts due to increased power prices.

Politicians war of words over BSL's call to cut jobs and production.

'Refused': State MP says smelter had "ample” time to save jobs

Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher pins a white ribbon on Boyne Smelters General Manager Joe Rea at a community function.

Glenn Butcher says BSL were "rolling the dice” for past two years

Local Partners

GALLERY: Goondoon Street beginning to look great

Stage one of the Goondoon Street upgrade is almost complete.


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

11 huge events coming to Gladstone in the next 6 months

Events coming up in Gladstone in 2017.

Your guide to exciting events coming to the Gladstone region

Songs that get Gladstone 'hot, sweaty and wild'.

Cold Chisel concert at Stockland Park, Kawana.
Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

What song gets Gladstone people "hot, sweaty and wild”?

REVIEW: Will Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly take off with fans?

Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly gets 3.5 stars from Cameron Adams.

CHAMBERS is back with her 11th studio album.

Ed Sheeran wants Beyonce collaboration

Ed Sheeran wants to record a duet with Beyoncé.

Nicole Kidman squirms through questions on Keith

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

'God, you guys are personal ... that’s for him to talk about'

Mark Salling's child porn court date cancelled

Mark Salling's upcoming court hearing has been cancelled

Steve Carell pulls cruel prank on fans of the office

Steve Carrell decided to pull a cruel prank on fans of The Office

Gladstone market's confidence coming back for 2017

Core Logic property statistics reveal the region's median house price dropped 16.7% to $275,000 in the September quarter.

Region's median house price drops 16.7% to $275,000

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!