RuneScape: A Game Like No Other

I was 12 years old when I first played RuneScape. I did not like it at first because of its graphics but what made me attached to this game was that feeling of being one with your character. I fell in love with the game so much that I got mad at my friend when he said that RuneScape is a "piece of garbage". For me, it was a personal attack and I felt that our friendship should no longer continue. I cried for like 20 minutes and covered my whole body with sand and pretended that I am a cactus. Wait what? I just made that "cactus story" (obviously) but the pain was real. The struggle was real.

I am 21 years old now and my friend who talked trash about the game now plays it for 6 hours a day and he usually asks me for gold coins. What is the lesson of the story? That's right. Never talk trash about RuneScape

Another reason why I love RS is the fact that it gets updated every week. It would probably take me hundreds of hours to type all the updates from RuneScape Classic up to RuneScape 3 but allow me to share to you interesting bits of its history.

RuneScape was developed by Andrew and Paul Gower in 2001. The first public game they released was a combination of 3D and 2D sprites that is why the graphics were not that great. Who would expect a Skyrim-like graphics at that time anyway? There came Constant Tedder and together with the Gower brothers, they formed Jagex to focus on the business aspect of the game. In 2002, an optional monthly membership fee was added to the game that is needed to access additional quests, items and areas. The game continued to become popular and in 2008, Jagex made a massive graphic overhaul to the game. In July 2013, RuneScape was released and two months later, the most important in-game item was released, the Bond.

The Combat Triangle

This is a must-know concept if you love to kill stuff and make monsters and other players bleed. There are three combat classes in the game: Warrior, Archer and Mage. The Combat Triangle ensures the balance among these classes. It is like a RuneScape version of rock-paper-scissors. Warriors are weak against mages but are strong against rangers. Rangers are weak against warriors but are strong against mages. Mages are weak against rangers but are strong against warriors. Unlike other MMORPG games, you are not limited to only one class. You can choose to be a hybrid class if you want. There are available hybrid armors in the game with the Warpriest armor being the strongest available to both free-to-play and pay-to-play members.

The 26 Skills of RuneScape

Aside from combat related skills namely Attack, Strength, Defence, Constitution, Ranged, Prayer, Summoning, and Magic, there are 18 more skills in the game that are equally exciting. Those skills are Agility, Construction, Cooking, Crafting, Divination, Dungeoneering, Farming, Firemaking, Fishing, Fletching, Herblore, Hunter, Mining, Runecrafting, Slayer, Smithing, Thieving, and Woodcutting. I am not going to explain them one by one because I am pretty sure that you will click the close button if I do that.

There are players who focus only on certain skills for varied reasons. Most of them do it for achievement while some do it for fun. A player is called "combat pure" if he only trains combat related skills and he is called a "skill pure" if he only trains non-combat skills. I actually do not understand why some people do it but hey it is their account so let us just leave them in peace. I am actually planning to create a Woodcutting pure. How cool is that?

The Rise of Bonds and the Future of RuneScape

The release of Bonds is one of the most important developments in RuneScape history. It enables loyal players who are short in real-life money to become members. It is a system where a player buys Bond for real-life money then trades it to other player for an in-game currency. I salute Jagex for coming up with this idea.

Because of its weekly updates, I am pretty sure that RuneScape will still be a relevant game for many years to come. I am really excited for RuneScape 74. I think the release date will be in July 2065.