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
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
Sweet Game that is really addicting. Play if you want something that is time consuming when really bored. Don't fall into the buy members, then you get really addicted.. But its pretty good. Bad graphics, but then again they have been trying to improve them. Well I'm addicted. Give it a try.
Noob: Give me free stuff.
Addicted: Go work for it.
Noob: But i want you to do it for me
Addicted: I got my stuff by working so you work! GOD!
by 2P3RF3CT4U June 18, 2005
Runescape (rs2/rs) is a very very addictive game! I played it for well almost 2 years. It is a great game but I had become addicted to it as well as other friends that i knew in the "Runescape" world. Try not to become addicted to it or, you will have a hard time getting back to your real world life.
tommy:hey wanna hang out at the park?
micky: ok i'll come ,just tell me when
15 minutes later...(micky:still playing runescape)
tommy:ok, i am here lets go
micky: sorry man, i i am busy maybe another time, ok?
by tamboy May 16, 2008
A very addicting game on the internet. There is no clear goal or point in the game, all you really do is try to get as much experience in each skill as you can, and wear nice expensive rune or dragon armor. Runescape consists of a free world, which is not very large, and a member’s world which is gigantic, and includes more weapons, armor, items, skills, ect. It's only $5 a month to be a member.

There seems to be some competition between Runescape and World of Warcraft (WOW), in which most of the people you talk to will say WOW is better. However, WOW is somewhere around $15 a month, there is no "free server" (As far as I know, please correct me if I'm wrong) and takes up a ton of memory on your computer. Runescape seems to be the better alternative because you don't have to go to the store and buy expansion packs for it, and you can play for free if you choose.

One big problem with Runescape is that many people create what I call “Auto Noobs”, which are accounts that people make that repeat the same task over, and over, and over again all day long without anyone having to control it. People do this to make millions without having to lift a finger, and it’s really annoying. They are easy to spot, they are almost always very generic, tan shirt, green pants, black hair, and usually under level 5.

I advise you never start playing because you won’t be able to stop. Before you know it, you and your kids will call into school and work with ridiculous excuses just so you can play Runescape all day, and let your brains rot for the Hulu aliens to eat.
Matt: "Well, it's time to go to work, but I really want to play Runescape."

Matt calls in sick.

Matt: "Hello boss, I'm afraid I can't come into work today, me and my family were in a terrible plane crash. My whole family is dead, and I'm now a vegetable. See you tomorrow."

Meanwhile, the Hulu aliens slowy eat the reamins of his brain which rotted away from the many hours and hours of Runescape it had to deal with.
by Dewit April 22, 2009
runescape, really bad game that has consumed many souls
Starting Runescape was the worst decision i ever made. It is a shity game full of scammers, hackers and just all round cock-smacks. 99% of playars are overweight 12 year old loosers or 40year olds trying to add you on myspace. This game slaps dick so hard....
...if u disagree with me you are a knob head, cause this game is extremely lame, the most expensive item in the game are paper hats called "party hats" people sit their clicking on a rock or a tree to get enough resources to sell them to buy these items. However due to the amount of how quickly their price increases it is now almost imposible to obtain one.
Pking-Player killing, this doesent work beacause if someone is about to die they will porbably just teleport. In free version the wildreness is full of pure mages that pray on new players(noobs) to make money. This never works but because the noobs will usually be holding worthless items.Pking isnt even fun because huge clans will just come and kill you. Even if you are in a clan usually the leader keeps all the profits.
Scams-The game is full of scammer that you have to be weary of. The most popular scam in free version is the "gold trimmed amrour scam" where someone will claim they can trim your armour if you give it to them.
History-When i originaly started runescape it was ok, their was no members and far less 12year old nerds. The people in the game heped each other out more, the game was a game and people had more fun. Now players dont play for fun. People usually play till they reach a ceratin combat lvl (126) and quit or they gain a level 99 stat.
members-you get more "map" size, however you have to pay for the game, you also get some mini games, quests and skills. It makes the game much more addictive.
Players-Zezima-RS player that has all stats 99, this guy is a uni student and he obviously a looser with no life as he has 700m xp in the game.
Skills-Their is no skill required to play this game, it just needs time, and in regards to construction and herblaw, money. The skills are all second rate except maybe for fletching. One can make money faster per hour just merchanting.
Addiction-60% of runescape players are addicted to the game. Last month some guy killed himself becuase his friend stole an item called a
white party hat" of him. Serves him right, we got enough loozers in the world!!
Me-I am glad a quit this game. It took up alot of my time, i thought it was fun at the time however when i saw my marks dropping i quit on that day, now i am a happy everyday guy that you will walk up to on the street and say hi!!!

never and i mean ever play runescape. and if you do quit!
by greek willy September 13, 2006
Runescape is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, or MMORPG for short. It is subject to much flaming, from some people who like it and hate the people who don't, and some people who don't like it and hate the people who do.

The game has been put down for having a poor community and being all about doing the same thing over and over again to get better at doing the same thing over again. The fans of the game usually retaliate by saying that there is no RPG with a good community, and that not all the skills involve repeatedly doing the same thing.

The game is most frequently complimented for having no downloads, as you can play it in your browser window, and what are frequently acclaimed as some of the best graphics in the world of gaming. The game is also frequently put down for being too easy, it is very difficult to die unless you decide to go out into the wilderness, a location where players fight players.
"Hi there, Jimmy!" Jack waved to his friend.

"Oh, hi there, Jack!" Jimmy waved back.

"What are you playing there, Jimmy?"

"Oh, Jack, it's just Runescape."

"RUNESCAPE? That game is terrible!"

"Why? It has beautiful graphics, some of the best in the world."

"Well, that's true, I'll give it that, but it also has poor gameplay."

"Look, I don't really care what you think, but I'm having fun."

"Good point. Have fun!"
by Vintic aka Elliot June 24, 2006
An online game that is highly addictive, i started around the end of 2004 start of 2005 and played on and off till mid 2009 (mainly on), whilst playing the game you feel you are benefiting, but honestly and i feel it now i deeply regret playing it, i having nothing to show for how long i played, and it kills me to even imagine how long i wasted on it, yes i can reminisce about it but at the end of the day you really dont benefit from it, if you can manage your time well and are self disciplined i do recommend it..but this game will take over large chunks of your life.
it kind of hit home how it kind of made me fall behind when we had family friends over once, they were saying how their sons and daughters (who were my age), were going on to great things and that they are high achievers, at that moment i realised deep down with a horrible gut feeling runescape was the reason i had gone downhill and hadnt lived life to the full, at that time i was 16-17 when this hit home, i am now 18 hoping to go to uni, with a long way to go yet to catch these people up i can say i am on route and that it is never too late to stop playing, i feel with me and other people it takes its natural course to boar you to stop playing it, but lastly it also makes you totally lose touch with reality and i found my self thinking about it at school alot
family friend: so what have you done this summer then?
me: i completed monkey madness in one day on runescape!!!!
by jameson23 April 23, 2011

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