RuneScape is a game I had played towards the end of elementary school and throughout middle school. At that time I didn’t have much experience in MMO’s and the social side of these games, so I was able to become immersed in the world and spend hundreds of hours simply running around and grinding skills. At one point I was even in a clan that was fairly wealthy and brought some low-level players such as myself on crazy quests and equipped us with expensive items that I couldn’t have gotten on my own. All of this contributed to some very fond memories of first playing MMORPG’s (as I’m sure similar experiences have done for others) even though my taste in RPG’s and combat has changed significantly over the years.
Every once in a while, every few months or so, I’ll log back into RuneScape just to see the world and try to relive fond experiences. The time I played (2009-2012ish) was a strange point in the game’s development, and due to this Oldschool RS is too primitive for my taste and the recent version of RS3 is refreshing and modern, though vastly different from when I played. I’m unable to access my old account as it was either deactivated due to years of absence or I just won’t have access to the credentials for it ever again. With my new account, I would quickly get bored as I prefer action combat in any game to the slow single-target combat of RS, and the quests and skill grind just don’t feel as rewarding as they used to. I could never find a way to experience the game the way I did years ago and just decided that those would be nostalgic memories that I sadly don’t have a record of. Not being able to login to my old account meant I would never be able to contact any old clan mates or friends (if they even still played) and adventuring alone in RS just wasn’t the experience I remembered so fondly.
These days I have a lot of trouble getting into MMO’s even with beautifully crafted games such as Black Desert Online (which I have played and currently own) with an amazing combat system and stunning visuals. The problem is the social aspect, the Massively Multiplayer part of the genre. So many newer MMO’s are riddled with players that only want to solo, AFK grind skills, or just skip through most of the game on their own to play endgame content.
Disappointed and disheartened by recent experiences, I decided to check out RuneScape today and try again to search for what I found so great in the game before. This time I logged in, went on the grind for some mining for an hour, and then went over to the Grand Exchange to put my wares up for sale. Once I got there I saw a group of about 15 people excited and surrounding one high-level player who was mentioning something about a bond giveaway. Before I knew it I had spent two and a half hours with this group of randoms making jokes, doing some wacky fetch tasks for the chance of winning a bond or some equipment, and overall just having a good time. We had a party, shared items, talked about different things and I was once again immersed (socially, at least) in this game. Eventually, some guy named “Kushzzy” even gave me over 3 million coins for simply making him laugh and buying him some in-game beer (which is definitely not worth even a fraction of that amount of money). This was a great experience, and for the first time in a long time, I was able to have that same heartwarming feeling of enjoying a virtual world with random people even if just for a short while. I’m not in a clan, though I do have the person who initially was hosting the bond giveaway as well as Kushzzy added now and may return to RuneScape just to have fun socially again.