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RuneScape is a massively multiplayer on-line role-playing game (MMORPG), it is also the name of a virtual world with monsters to kill, quests to complete and treasure to win. RuneScape is more than just a game: it is an evolving world of remarkable depth and flexibility. Players control a character and train them to improve and become more powerful, or simply to become more skilled. A player may even decide not to improve at all, and simply trade goods in one of RuneScape's many markets. What a player does in RuneScape is entirely their decision: nothing is predetermined.

RuneScape allows its players to decide what is important to them. Many players enjoy fighting in the heat of close combat, hunting out ever more powerful beasts. Others prefer to destroy their enemies from a distance with magic or missile weapons. But the game is not limited to combat: you might prefer to make the weapons of war, rather than wield them, and labour over a furnace and an anvil, or whittle arrows from wood -- all civilisations need their craftsmen, after all. Other players enjoy simply wandering across RuneScape meeting other players and characters, looking at the scenery, or completing quests.

The game is hugely popular and has a vast number of players you can meet, trade with and play alongside if you choose. RuneScape has a strong community who like to work together on quests and minigames. Like everything else in RuneScape, you can choose to interact with people as much or as little as you like by setting up a list of your friends and shutting out the noise of public conversation.

The skills that you can develop in RuneScape are as varied as the life you might lead: from the combat skills of Strength and Magic, the domestic Cooking and Woodcutting skills, right through to Crafting, Fletching and Runecrafting, and many more. Many players choose to specialise in one skill, and it is not uncommon to find them cluster together in the very best places for practising their chosen skill.

Quests and minigames within RuneScape promote problem solving skills and teamwork as well as rewarding dedication. There are many problems to overcome and puzzles to unravel, testing your knowledge and perseverance. The longest of these quests might take you several days of brain-straining, while the simplest can be completed in an hour or less. The quests are also scattered quite liberally across the world, so that wherever you are you can be sure that there is at least one quest somewhere close by.

Quests can be one of the most rewarding things you do in RuneScape, as they encourage you to travel and to meet new characters, to use skills you might otherwise neglect, and, of course, all quests come with a literal reward as well. There are over one hundred quests in RuneScape, and that number is constantly growing. You may be required to do something as simple as bake a cake, or something as complex as resolving diplomatic relations between warring states.

RuneScape is constantly expanding and improving. In addition to the free version, we have a Members version that players can subscribe to so they can enjoy new quests, minigames, areas and skills that we add to the game on a regular basis. The size of RuneScape, combined with the constant stream of updates, means any player will have hours of enjoyment and challenge as they battle their way through the game.

---taken directly from www.runescape.com
player1: Are you gonna' be on runescape tonight?

player2: I don't know, maybe if i get all my homework done.

player1: ok, maybe ill see you on later then we should do a quest together if you are on.
by Cody Patterson September 12, 2007
 
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this game reminds me of people playing snkae on cell phones. once youve played it and you get bored later, its the first thing you think of doing. you know its a waste of time but you cant stop. i advise you to NEVER play this unless you want it to consume your soul... i wish i hadnt gotten into it...
runescape has a better chance of taking over the world than hitler had...
by some guy February 03, 2005
 
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Only one of the current Free Massively Multiplayer Games. It it probably the most easy to find and start. The most monotonous and oddly additive game I have come across so far.
A "runescape" is what you call any game that is just a knock off of anything else.

You can call anything a "runescape" if it has any of the underlieing problems:
1. over crowding
2. Too many 12 years olds on all the time
3. General lag or bad graphics.
You know, this game might become like runescape too , with all the overcrowding and lag.
by Bettermann February 25, 2005
 
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Runescape is a very addicting game. I used to play Neopets which i thik is gay now. But this game brought me away from everything, my friends and family. Now i go upstair and the first thing i do is play runescape. I now give my self more time to spend with my family. This game is addicting and before you play you should no when its time to stop.
Dad:hey lets go play some b-ball
son:No, i am working on runescape maby later.
three days go by
dad:now can we play some b-ball
son:No im still working on runescape
dad: you have been on it for days its time to stop!
dad turns off pc
son:i hate you i will never speak to you again!
by stanchess8 June 06, 2005
 
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Ignoring all the other comments, this is seriously one of the most addicting things (not just games) that I have ever done. I seriously recommend that you never start playing. Recently a kid sued JaGex for $5000 because he didn't go to school or anything, he just played this game. Seriously from someone who is actually addicted to this game and has been for over 2 years: DON'T PLAY THIS GAME!
The most addictive game ever created, its gotta use subliminals
by Elppum June 06, 2005
 
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An MMORPG loved by some, hated by others. Most people who critisize this game don't give it a good chance. I personally did not care for it the first six months of playing. I would've stopped if i didn't get addicted. Now after about 1 1/2 years, I'm really starting to like it. And also, people who complain about the graphics arent true gamers. Graphics do make up a game, but not COMPLETELY. I personally would give this game a 9 out of 10. I pay a few hundred dollars on gamecube and ps2 games a year, and I still end up liking runescape better. It's also free =)
Addicted player: Runescape is awesome!
Game Critic: This game is horrible, I didn't give it a good chance though.
by anonymous January 17, 2005
 
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An online adventure game that turns normal aspiring human beings into brainwashed robots.

I myself know from experience; i played this game for over 4 years starting in 2002. Let me tell you, in my 19 years of life, those 4 years were the darkest, most desolate years ever. I quit soccer two years ago to make more time to play. I ditched guitar. At this time two years ago, (1:37AM), my "rune night" would have begun and continued well into the afternoon of the next day.

The feeling while playing this game is ironically satisfactory. While playing, you think of nothing but the game. Personal and worldy affairs don't mean a thing. In fact, the most important thing on your mind is when and how you're going to get that next combat level. A news report about a bridge collapsing in Minnesota and plunging 50 cars hundereds of feet into the Mississippi river won't phase you. If you're away from runescape, i.e. in school, you find yourself thinking and fantasizing about the game, as if you're going to have sex with an incredibly gorgeous woman when you get home. Oddly enough, after playing, you feel a a feeling of resentment, from yourself and the declining number of people you know, regardless if those people you know play Runescape or not.

The addictive quailities in this game are stifling, as simple movements of the finger are ONLY required to play this game. Yet the game is a drug. The fact that goals in runescape are extremely infatuating to achieve and are much more convinient to achieve than real life goals are what make this game addicting.

Luckily, the players are in Runescape are starting to decline in terms of maturity and decency, which is helping to draw some players away. But this is not enough. If you want to quit playing, it has to hit you. I sat on my rooftop on a cold Decemeber night at 3AM after playing for hours and reflected on what Runescape does for me. The answer is it doesn't mean a god damn thing, even though those skill goals are drawing you back to the game. The thought of wasting hours to fuel a ridiculous addiction plagued me, and finally i said fuck it. I wanted to go back inside and play the game so badly, and I did. This time i took EVERY item and owned and dropped it. Made a bogus and lengthy password and recovery questions by typing in the answers while closing my eyes and my addiction was cured.

That was four months ago. I have not been back, and never will be back. My account is locked by my own doing and will forever be lost. This game came close to ruining my life, had i not taken action. Bottom line: if you are addicted and know you have to quit, do it now while the thought is fresh and before you are thrusted back into the lies of Runescape. Act now, destroy your account, and you will be cured.
Studies show that runescape has increased suicide rates by 20% since the release of RS2
by pajaime December 05, 2007
 
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Runescape

A game made by Jagex Ltd. Which is an MMORPG (Massive, Multi, online roll playing game) Basically all you do is earn stats, money, and items. Theres a free and p2p version. The p2p version is over 3x as big, 2x more quest, alot more monsters, and more skills. It is updated usually every Monday.
Runescape, a game by Jagex Ltd.
by Rossroth2 July 05, 2005