RuneScape is a Java-programmed MMORPG made by Jagex. With over 9mil free players and more than 850k paying members, RuneScape is among the most popular online games in the world. RuneScape offers both free and subscription content and is supposed to be accessible from any location with an Internet connection, the farther away, the more lag you receive.

RuneScape is divided into the Kingdoms of Misthalin, Asgarnia, and Kandarin, the tropical island Karamja, the Kharidian Desert, the Wilderness, and some other areas. Players can travel throughout the game world on foot, using magical teleportation, gnome gliders, spirit trees, fairy rings, and other methods of transport. Each place has different types of monsters, materials, and quests to entertain and challenge players.

Players can engage in combat with other players or with monsters, complete quests, or increase their experience in any of the available skills. Players can also interact with each other through trading, chatting, or playing mini-games.

New players begin in a secluded area populated only by other beginners, Tutorial Island. They are led on a set path where they learn most of the skills needed to succeed into the real game. In this tutorial, you can get all the non-member skills up apart from RuneCrafting and Crafting. After completing the tutorial, players can access information from tutors located in the towns they explore. These NPCs can replace some basic equipment items if necessary. Since it takes many hours to develop a character, many players regard playing RuneScape as a lifestyle, not a side activity. Playing RuneScape can be addictive, and some people play RuneScape more than they do anything else, like, unfortunately, me.

Jagex has included music, sound effects, and ambient noises throughout Gielinor to enhance gameplay. The music, while often a simple tune, is designed to enhance mood and help to define the underlying cultures of the various locations around Gielinor. Sound effects, such as the "sploosh" heard when a lobster trap is submerged in water, are heard as players train their skills. Ambient noises, such as the cry of seagulls flying over the ocean, occur in logical places. Players can turn the music and sounds off if they prefer.

Skills in RuneScape are abilities that enable players to perform activities in the game. Players gain experience in a skill when they perform activities that utilise that skill, such as mining ore from a rock to increase the mining skill. In general, the higher the level required to perform a task, the more experience points the player receives, the faster they can complete the activity, and the more desirable the result. The combined skill level of a player partly symbolises the player's status in the game. The RuneScape hiscores tables can be viewed by all players, and players with higher overall levels are well known.

RuneScape has 23 trainable skills in four categories: combat (attack, strength, defence, magic, ranged, prayer, and hitpoints); extraction (mining, fishing, woodcutting, thieving, and farming); processing (smithing, cooking, crafting, runecrafting, fletching, and herblore); and independent (firemaking, agility, construction, slayer, and hunter).

Combat is an important aspect of the gameplay in RuneScape, as it is one of the most direct ways of gaining wealth and is needed to start and complete many quests. Combat level, determined by applying a formula to the seven combat skills, is usually referred to simply as "level". The highest combat level is 126 and it is the only information about the player that is visible to other players while in game apart from their username. Other skill levels increase total levels and overall rankings for players, but not their combat levels.

Combat is subdivided into melee, magic, and ranged categories. Melee attacks are close range with or without weapons, magic attacks focus on using runestones to cast spells, and ranged moves use projectile weapons. Most of the game's weapons are medieval or fantastical in nature and feature different strengths and weaknesses.

Unlike other games in the genre, RuneScape does not require players to choose a character class. Players are not bound to a specific category of combat, and they may freely change between all three forms of combat at any time simply by switching weapons, armours, or methods of attack. Players can even carry the weapons and armours of the three combat categories in their inventories, switching between or even combining the forms at will.

Quests give players the opportunity to experience adventures within the realm of RuneScape. Most quests require specific experience in skills or combat. Quests are divided into four categories according to difficulty. Novice quests act as tutorials to acquaint new players with the various skills and abilities they will need to succeed in the game. Intermediate quests are designed for players who seek harder obstacles, while experienced and master quests are designed to challenge RuneScape's most experienced players. Many master quests open up new areas of RuneScape to be explored.

Quests include rewards upon completion that depend on the difficulty of the quest. Rewards often include money, items, access to an area, or an increase in skill experience. Quest points are also awarded based on the difficulty of the quest. As demonstration of a player's prior accomplishments and ability, a specific number of quest points or the completion of specific quests are often required to begin a quest, enter a specific area, access some skills, or use special weapons. Some quests are part of an overlapping storyline, the most famous of which has been in RuneScape for several years and currently contains seven separate quests. There are currently about 20 quests available to free players and about 100 additional members quests.

Many non-player characters (NPCs) populate the realm of RuneScape. Although some NPCs, such as shopkeepers, have game functions that require them to be unavailable for combat, most NPCs can be attacked. Attackable NPCs are generally referred to as monsters, regardless of their race. Monsters range from common, low level creatures like chickens and bears to unique, much more powerful monsters like the King Black Dragon, Chaos Elemental, or Kalphite Queen. Each type of monster has its own strengths and weaknesses. Demons, for example, have low defence against magical attacks while dragons have extremely high defence against magic. Monsters may also be aggressive (attacking any player who comes within range, regardless of combat level), non-aggressive (not attacking players unless provoked, regardless of combat levels), or partially aggressive (attacking only those players whose combat level is twice theirs or less). This can make certain areas within the game dangerous to players depending upon their own combat levels.

RuneScape features independent mini-games for its players. Mini-games take place in certain areas and normally involve a specific skill. Mini-games usually require players to cooperate or to compete with each other. Popular mini-games include Castle Wars, which is similar to the real-life game Capture the Flag, and Pest Control.

Players can fight against other players in player versus player (PvP) combat in certain areas of RuneScape. The most common place is in the Wilderness, where players risk their lives, but more importantly their items, challenging other players. Players can engage in PvP combat without risking their items in mini-games such as Castle Wars and the TzHaar Fight Pits, and in combat arenas or dungeons in player owned houses. In the Duel Arena, players must agree on the rules of engagement and the stake before combat between them begins.

Random events are short interludes that occur during the game, requiring some form of player input. They were introduced to deter players from using automated programs, known as macros or bots, to play the game with no human interaction. The use of such macros is forbidden and will result in the permanent ban of accounts found to be using them. Postings in the RuneScape forums by Andrew Gower suggest that random events were designed not only to hinder macroers but to alleviate the monotony that can occur while leveling skills for long periods of time (referred to as grinding).

Some random events are simple, requiring a player only to click on an NPC or to leave the area temporarily; others require more sophisticated actions from players, who must respond to these events quickly and correctly to avoid a negative effect, such as being teleported across the map or taking damage. Players are usually rewarded for responding correctly to random events.

Three random events have been removed from the game by Jagex: The Watchmancitation needed, Tangle Vine, and Dr. Ford. The purpose for their removal varies, from the event being too dangerous to players, simply causing a sum of graphical problems, or just being a major inconveniece to any player who gets that random event.

RuneScape is, as many people admit, highly addicting and is what most people call relatively fun. It is, in my opinion, interesting and a great way to pass time when you are nervous or bored.
Player: What's RuneScape?
Me: Please read my definition or those which have been supplied by others.
Player: Ok...
by Knight7645 January 03, 2007
Well, most of you who hate this game only hate it because you where addicted to it at some point in your life. I admit i was addicted to it when i was like 10 and i played until i was 12, i had about 3 friends playing on the account as well and it got to level 118 (a very high level in runescape). My account got banned and i made a new one and started to play again and i thought to myself wtf am i doing take a brake and play it again in about 2 years and see if u still like it. So i did this, two years have now passed and i see that this game is a good game but addictive, but very good for yourself if you use it right. Do all thing social and play when your bored and NEVER ON THE WEEKENDS, go outside and play with your friends or girl friends when they ask. After the two years i have started playing again and made a pure with 60 attack and strength and only play for about 4 hours a week at the max. This game is good it teaches you real life skills. I advise to play it, but if you find yourself playing it all day and your parents yelling at you to get of FUCKING LISTEN TO THEM K?. Don't be a fag on the game scam people and pretend to be a girl to get free STOOF of nerdy freaks. So on the whole, the game is a good game, play it, don't play it to much, do everything social, have a life, have fun, have a good life :). Cheers just a few suggestions to the addicted or to be addicted players of runescape.
-Scene at School in year 9
James: Fuck man i died last night, im going to have to play all weekend to get my STOOF back.
Bob: OMG MAN, you serious i got 99 smithing last night :).
Me: Sup nerds
Bob: Im not a nerd..
James: I think im king im not a nerd...
Me: I heard you all talking about runescape, 99 smithing and you have a cry cus u died thats pretty sad.
Me: Whatever i dont care, but get a life, and try looking at a person of the oppisite sex is real life, there more addicting than runescape, trying doing both if u see someone.
James: Fuck of Cunt
Bob: Fuck you dickhead

Later that night..

James: I think he was right, im going ring bob and talk to him
Bob: I was thinking the same thing lets organise to go to the beach with some mates and see if they can take along some chicky babes.
James: Sounds good

At school the next day.
Bob: Hey blake wanna go to the beach on the weekend
Blake: Nar, sorry ill ruin my rep hanging around nerds
Bob: I thought seriously about runescape i dont play it as much
Blake: Wtf is runescape
Bob: Oh umm...
Blake: Nar kidding with yah ill go
Bob: Sounds cool James is going to
Blake: COOL!
Bob: Know any girls.
Blake: nar

(A girl called emma (who had a crush on bob before he got addicted runescape (not played its a differnce) and was anti social person) was listening into there conversation at school and hearing that Bob had made freinds with blake and only played runescape a bit, walked up to them.

Emma: Heyy guys, ill go to the beach with you ill take some friends.
Blake: Coooool ill bring some other guys aswell.
Bob: we can go back to my house for a party after
Emma: sure we all will

On the weekend instead of playing runescape all weekend, they went to the beach and had then then had a party and had the best fun of there life. The next emma asked bob out, and bob said yes and they are still together now.

See what restricting your time on runescape can do :):):):):):)

by Teh Silent August 26, 2008
About as addictive as cocaine.
Tim- Dude did you hear about Tom?
Jim- No dude.
Tim- He ODed on Runescape last week.
by William Sowell June 04, 2007
runescape has to be thee most bastarding addictive online game in the world. i began playing it a couple years back and it soon became my life. all i did was eat, occasionally sleep and play runescape. i lost contact with my friends & family. my family began calling me a recluse because i never left the house except to go to school. my friends began to think i was scared to leave the house or something, that i had mental problems, when all alone it was the addictiveness of that game.
i was only free of the game when my computer broke for over a month and i was no longer able to play the game.. i know steer clear of that game as much as possible!!

runescape is full of little teenage boys who have obviously not discoverd porn yet, and they go around thinking they are big hard men becuase they have a combat level of 100+. there are now over a hundred different servers/worlds to play in as thousands of people all over the world love to play it. its pathetic and im ashamed to say i played the game, even though it has to be one of the best ideas ever..

so i both love and hate Jagex for their fantastic and mind destroying game..
Bob: you playing runescape again?

Bob's Girlfriend: yes, i need to get my fishing level to 100, sorry but you wont be having sex for a couple of weeks. ive only got time for 2hrs sleep and a couple of meals a week.

Bob: fine *sighs*
by Bob's Girlfriend April 16, 2007
jesus where can i start,
1.annoying 12 year olds.
2.nerds who think they are popular because they have 50 people in their clan that only like them cuz of there "mage".
3.people who talk tough behind the computer because they cant say stuff to your face.
4.more addicting then heroine, crack, and cocaine combined.
I used to play this lame ass game, it really touched my social life to where i would want to stay home instead of go make out with girls at the movies or something sweet. I managed to quit and I havent played in about a year and i really dont miss it. Don't even try it out, if you see an ad with runescape on it close the damn page. I even paid to become a member, and my friends never found out i played because if they did i would become a loser. since i quit i gained 53 pounds of muscle and have a really hot girlfriend, and am a sophomore in high school playing varsity basketball, all because i quit and found better things to do in life. Seriously in this game they all call people noobs which makes them sound like a homosexual, you go into this place called varrock where in the center you will find people paying runescape money for someone to be their girlfriend, only to be crushed when there "girlfriend" runs off with the money or turns out to be a boy. I actually saw a case where in the back of some block looking castle (aka lumbridge castle) a dude had payed 3m gp for a girl to become his girlfriend. heres what i saw

boy: i gave you 3m gp so i guess your my gf now
girl: i have to tell you something.
boy: what??
*girl runs off with money*
boy: i spent 3 months fishing to get that money!

i seriously fell off my chair laughing
if you play runescape too long, your balls will fall off and be put on the wall by a 50 year old virgin male!
by arabthug101 August 24, 2007
Sometimes called 'CrapScape' by RuneScape haters, and often shortened to 'RS,' RuneScape is an MMORPG with terrible graphics and wields a terrible fight system. However, there are a lot of things to do in this MMORPG, like cutting trees, mining, making weapons/tools, etc.
RuneScape is an awful game in my opinion.
by MisaTange July 06, 2009
Rune scape is a highly addictive game that I myself have played and takes place in Old World Europe. The player controls an avatar who gains money, raises skills, fights monsters and other players.
I began playing in 2004 at the begging of my cousin when I was 12. All I remember is that i saw that every one was better and or had better stuff than me, and this drove me crazy for a year I spent doing nothing other than raising skills I remember waking up at 4 am and going to bed at3 because I was playing this game. I got to lvl 70 combat with 3 mill in assets. Then I got hacked and every thing taken I was so depressed I quit at the beginning of my freshman year in high school. However Late my junior year I was bored during thanksgiving break and I played again allot had changed, but it was still addictive as ever all I wanted to do was have the best Armour possible so I could show it off and feel good about myself, Which I did. Then I tried for a skill cape and I got halfway there when I realized WHAT THE FUCK AM I DOING! Im spending hours a day doing something I hide from my friends just so that other losers I don't know will praise me, So I stopped seriously playing. I still play sometimes but only if I am really bored and want to play a mini game or hunt someone down in pvp. I can honestly say once and for all I have kicked the addiction, and if you are like me I hope you can wake up and see what really matters and live your life not Jagex'es cause when your,e dead no one will remember your rune scape account.
by Phadodledo July 30, 2009
Runescape is a very addictive MMORPG, or Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. It has become quite popular and has millions of players that play each day. HOWEVER, be smart - don't start.

I used to be addicted, got to level 90-something, played for about 4-5 years and then just stopped. I wasted so much time. Don't start playing unless you want to have NO social life at all. Play a FPS instead like Counter Strike or America's Army or something, because they're not as addictive.
Kid1: Hey let's hang out!
Kid2: Nah i'm trying to get my mining to level 60. I need to mine 4000 more coal until I level. Then I can get in the mining guild!!!!
Kid1: Whatever loser.
Kid2: Please come back! It's not my fault i'm addicted!
-no answer-
Kid2: Ok, I quit runescape!
-6 months pass and Kid2 has all kinds of friends-
I'm so glad I quit runescape!

Based on a true story! xDDDD
by Post-addicted RS player June 07, 2007

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