RuneScape Classic (also known as RS1 or RS Classic) is the forerunner to RuneScape 2, which was the previous form of the game, being succeeded by RuneScape 3. RuneScape Classic can be found on the official RuneScape homepage when searching for "Classic" in the game guide. It was during the Classic period when the game began to develop its cult status.
When the idea of RuneScape first came into programming, it was developed under the name of Devious MUD. Although never released, Andrew then rewrote it, and set it out as a beta for about one week, and then withdrew it. It was then reworked, and was first released under the name of RuneScape as a beta in 4 January 2001. Later on in that year, the Gower brothers and Constant Tedder formed the company Jagex.
RuneScape Classic is currently open to new players until 31 December 2016. To access RuneScape Classic, an active account has to be Classic-enabled - have played once within the dates of 3 August 2005 to 3 February 2006, or logged in during at least one of the two-week temporary open periods.
In RuneScape Classic, players control a 2-D online avatar. These avatars can be customized by the player by various clothing, weapons, armour, and hair style. Many of the items needed to customize are sold by other players or in-game shops. The users can interact with each other by talking, trading, duelling, and participating in many other activities.
Each player is connected to a "world", where all players in that world can interact with each other, but can only talk privately to other players in other worlds. There are currently 5 servers, sometimes referred to as "worlds" for RuneScape Classic. World 1 is for veteran players only (those who logged into RuneScape Classic between August 2005 and January 2006). Worlds 2, 3, 4, and 5 are the only worlds for players who signed up for RuneScape Classic during any of the open periods, although they can also be accessed by veteran players.
There are a variety of skills in RuneScape Classic, from combat skills, to gathering skills. Training skills is one of the things many people choose to do, as it can unlock many advantages over others in the game. Some of the advantages is able to produce your own armours, or fight a mighty foes. An example of a skill can be woodcutting, where a player chops trees to collect logs. Several advanced quests have high skill level requirements, particularly in combat.
Quests are an important part of the gameplay of Classic. Some quests are just a one time quest, while others have continuations in the story line. Quests take a variety of skills to complete. Once done with a quest, the player gets rewarded with items, experience, new areas to explore around in, and possibly more.
Prior to the release of Tutorial Island, players used to choose a class when creating an account. Depending on the class chosen, new players would start with a higher level in the appropriate skill at a compensation of lower skill levels in other areas. This system has been since removed from the game.
- Necromancer (BadMagic, later removed after a major update to the magic skill) - Started out with a black wizard hat and a regular staff.
- Warrior (3 Attack, 3 Strength, 3 Defense, 12 Hits) - Started out with a bronze short sword and wooden shield.
- Miner (7 Mining) - Started out with a pick-axe, which at that time was the only type available. These were later turned into bronze pickaxes.
- Ranger (12 Hits)- Started out with a shortbow and 10 arrows. These later became bronze arrows after the release of the Fletching skill and multiple arrow types.
- Adventurer (2 Attack, 2 Strength, 2 Defense) - Started out with a tinderbox, a bronze hatchet and one piece of cookedmeat.
- Main article: RuneScape Classic Forums
The Official RuneScape Forums has a section for RuneScape Classic users. To gain access to these forums, you need to have a members account. These forums are hidden to those that are not logged in.
Before January 2009, anyone could have viewed the Classic forums, many non-RuneScape Classic players were spamming and creating threads requesting RuneScape Classic to be reopened. Jagex closed access to the Classic section of the forums, and only users who had an active Classic account logged into the forums would be able access this area by submitting an application in a dedicated thread. After the temporary re-opening of RuneScape Classic in November 2009, Jagex re-opened the Classic section of the forums to all users, and it is now available without the need to submit an application.
As stated in the Classic Q&A's by Mark Gerhard, RuneScape Classic might be open to the public again in the future, but with a set of cheat codes to give players whatever they wanted, that is with skills and items.
It has been stated in the development diaries that the purpose of the cheat codes would be to prevent Real World Trading within the game. This is a major problem with RuneScape Classic, as it is no longer maintained or updated and has a small community, meaning that dealing with cheaters is a difficult task. By providing all players with cheats, the aim would be to negate the need for players to turn to third party websites/software. It appears this idea has been abandoned.
On 11 November 2009, Classic was reopened to RuneScape Members. This was done to raise awareness of the game and to allow curious players to experience it. Any members account that signed up in the two week period after the reopening will continue to have access to RuneScape Classic after the deadline. Further re-openings happened on 1 June 2010 and on 14 September 2011. Furthermore, it was re-opened in celebration of RuneScape's 15th anniversary between 11 January and 11 March 2016, after being announced at RuneFest 2015. The reopening has then been extended until 31 December 2016.
Playing RuneScape ClassicEdit
There is currently no permanent direct link to RuneScape Classic from the RuneScape website. During the two-week open period, the link was the third button down on the right sidebar.
Nowadays to access the game, players can search for "Classic" in the search bar and find the RuneScape Classic page. Click here to go to RuneScape Classic world select page.
With the added support of Runescape Classic on the official downloadable client, players may create a desktop shortcut and play there directly.
- ↑ http://services.runescape.com/m=news/newsitem.ws?id=2376
- ↑ http://services.runescape.com/m=forum/a=13/forums.ws?16,17,803,65688910
- ↑ http://services.runescape.com/m=forum/a=13/forums.ws?50,51,431,65575338