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  • RuneFest Cosplay

    It’s a common misconception that the best games are built by developers. Sure, great games need incredible talent, but the truly exceptional titles, the ones that stand the test of time, are born of their community. While Activision finishes squeezing the last vestiges of loyalty from those willing to suffer Destiny 2, a seemingly plucky British upstart continues to cultivate an unusual level of loyalty from its players. I am, of course, talking about Runescape.

    Posted on 10/22/2018 by Ed Orr
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  • Runescape: Talking Old School Mobile

    With launch just a few weeks away, we talk with producer John Colgrave about the work involved in getting to this point

    Posted on 10/18/2018 by Gareth Harmer
  • Runefest 2018 - The Music of Runescape

    music from virtual worlds can be an epic affair, following players on their journey through these vast worlds. Huge sweeping scores and haunting orchestral arrangements are now common. You only have to take a quick look on Spotify to find it brimming with albums from the latest AAA releases. Runescape recently joined these and released collection of music that picks from 17 years of this mythical world. At this year's Runefest, we were privy to a very special presentation of this.

    Posted on 10/10/2018 by Ed Orr
  • Jagex Partners: A New Model for Living Games

    We interview Simon Bull on setting up the new arm of Jagex, finding those elusive ‘living games’, and defining a new way of engaging with partners.

    Posted on 10/10/2018 by Gareth Harmer
  • Coming to Mobile Platforms Everywhere

    After announcing Runescape Mobile earlier this year, Jagex have made good on their promise. At Runefest ‘17, working demos of both Runescape and Old-School Runescape were available to play, with fans even able to use their existing accounts. We went hands on with these early versions to find out more, and interviewed some of the team behind bringing the veteran MMO to your pocket.

    Posted on 09/25/2017 by Gareth Harmer
  • Runefest ‘17: A Return to Origins

    If Runefest ‘17 could be summed up in a single theme, it would be about getting back to the roots of the veteran MMO. The annual Runescape fan gathering and convention, held at London’s Battersea Evolution, focused less on major updates and more on features that would grow and improve both games. Whether it’s classic Old-school Runescape, or it’s newer and more glamorous sibling, the conveyer belt of future updates certainly looks packed.

    Posted on 09/25/2017 by Gareth Harmer
  • Runefest 17: Cosplays & Costumes

    Cosplay is a highlight of any fan gathering, and Runescape’s Runefest is no different. Our team hit the convention floor, capturing some of the incredible fan creations and professional costumes on show.

    Posted on 09/25/2017 by Gareth Harmer
  • Top 5 Industry Benefits of Runescape Mobile

    In yesterday’s news, it was announced that RuneScape and Old School RuneScape will be making the leap to mobile. Not only that, they will be playable on PC and mobile and all that great stuff. This is really the first MMO to truly move into the mobile market. RuneScape has a rich history and follows a simple interface which has changed over the years, but maintains a huge core following.

    Posted on 07/18/2017 by Garrett Fuller
  • A Menaphosian Adventure

    ‘Menaphos: The Golden City’ is the first major expansion in Runescape’s 16-year history. We sent Gareth Harmer and Ed Orr to Jagex’s UK HQ and find out more.

    Posted on 06/05/2017 by Gareth Harmer
  • Spinoffs

    Rob’s back this week to wrap up on his trip to London last month. This week he talks about the RuneScape spinoffs that were on display.

    Posted on 10/20/2016 by Robert Lashley

Editorials

  • The Revenue Model Wars

    In a new column that's sure to generate some...heated discussion, MMORPG.com's Adam Tingle takes a look at several big title games and their revenue models. Adam has a few things to say about 'bang for your buck' and other topics. See if you agree. Either way, leave us a comment or two when you're finished.

    Posted on 11/07/2011 by Adam Tingle

Previews

  • Coming to Mobile Platforms Everywhere

    After announcing Runescape Mobile earlier this year, Jagex have made good on their promise. At Runefest ‘17, working demos of both Runescape and Old-School Runescape were available to play, with fans even able to use their existing accounts. We went hands on with these early versions to find out more, and interviewed some of the team behind bringing the veteran MMO to your pocket.

    Posted on 09/25/2017 by Gareth Harmer
  • Runefest ‘17: A Return to Origins

    If Runefest ‘17 could be summed up in a single theme, it would be about getting back to the roots of the veteran MMO. The annual Runescape fan gathering and convention, held at London’s Battersea Evolution, focused less on major updates and more on features that would grow and improve both games. Whether it’s classic Old-school Runescape, or it’s newer and more glamorous sibling, the conveyer belt of future updates certainly looks packed.

    Posted on 09/25/2017 by Gareth Harmer
  • A Menaphosian Adventure

    ‘Menaphos: The Golden City’ is the first major expansion in Runescape’s 16-year history. We sent Gareth Harmer and Ed Orr to Jagex’s UK HQ and find out more.

    Posted on 06/05/2017 by Gareth Harmer
  • Eastern Lands Expansions Brings Private Procedurally Generated Islands for Players to Own

    Have you ever wanted your own private island? A nice little getaway from the world perhaps? Or something more like a tropical paradise. If you play Runescape, you're that much closer to having one all of your own.

    Posted on 08/18/2016 by Jonathan Doyle
  • Idle Adventures - Big Story in Bitesize Chunks

    A pocket-sized game that’s loaded with a heavyweight, continuing story? That’s the idea behind Runescape: Idle Adventures, an ongoing collaboration between Jagex and Hyper Hippo. We sent Gareth Harmer to meet with two developers behind the game and find out more.

    Posted on 02/21/2016 by Gareth Harmer
  • Introducing RuneScape 3.0

    RuneScape is one of the most enduring MMOs in the entire online game space. Now entering its third incarnation, we have a terrific preview to share with our readers. See what we have to say before adding your voice to the discussion in the comments.

    Posted on 05/14/2013 by Adam Tingle

Interviews

  • Runescape: Talking Old School Mobile

    With launch just a few weeks away, we talk with producer John Colgrave about the work involved in getting to this point

    Posted on 10/18/2018 by Gareth Harmer
  • Runefest 2018 - The Music of Runescape

    music from virtual worlds can be an epic affair, following players on their journey through these vast worlds. Huge sweeping scores and haunting orchestral arrangements are now common. You only have to take a quick look on Spotify to find it brimming with albums from the latest AAA releases. Runescape recently joined these and released collection of music that picks from 17 years of this mythical world. At this year's Runefest, we were privy to a very special presentation of this.

    Posted on 10/10/2018 by Ed Orr
  • Jagex Partners: A New Model for Living Games

    We interview Simon Bull on setting up the new arm of Jagex, finding those elusive ‘living games’, and defining a new way of engaging with partners.

    Posted on 10/10/2018 by Gareth Harmer
  • DarkScape - An Opportunity to Create a Game that Embraces PvP

    With the launch of DarkScape, a hardcore PvP version of RuneScape, Jagex has given players free rein to take part in no-holds barred player vs player action in a shadowy world reminiscent of the gentler version. We spoke with Jagex's Conor Crowley to find out more.

    Posted on 09/28/2015 by Garrett Fuller
  • Runescape 3: Worthy of Its 12 Year Heritage

    Runescape 3 has been in wide release for about a month now. We managed to catch up to Executive Producer Phil Mansell to find out how things are going, what players are experiencing in the game and a little bit about what the future holds. Read on before leaving your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 09/25/2013 by Garrett Fuller
  • Mark Ogilvie Talks MMORPG Design

    RuneScape is one of the oldest and most revered of MMOs in the genre today with a still-active and vibrant community. We took a few minutes to chat with Mark Ogilvie about RuneScape and about MMO design in general. See what he's got to say before continuing the discussion in the comments.

    Posted on 05/16/2013 by Adam Tingle
  • The New Starter Zone Interview

    RuneScape devs have been hard at work refining the first area that new players face when entering the game. We managed to catch up with Lewis Macguire to talk about the big changes in the starter zone. Keep reading!

    Posted on 04/23/2012 by Garrett Fuller
  • Citadels and the Future of the Game

    MMORPG.com's Adam Tingle recently had the opportunity to travel to the Jagex offices in Cambridge to chat with Senior Game Designer Chihiro Yamada and Senior Content Developer Ash Bridges about Runescape. Adam has the inside scoop on recent additions to the game and about what the future holds. Read on!

    Posted on 09/09/2011 by Adam Tingle
  • Clan Citadels Expansion Q&A

    Recently Jagex announced the Citadels Expansion for the venerable and ever-popular RuneScape. Aimed squarely at giving Clans a place to live, play, and design their own content (you read that right), Citadels is looking like a massive addition to an already epic game. Managing Editor Bill Murphy got the chance to sit down with three of the game's designers and talk about the expansion.

    Posted on 07/12/2011 by William Murphy
  • Mark Ogilvie Talks

    Recently MMORPG.com's Adam Tingle had the chance to sit down with RuneScape lead designer Mark Ogilvie and PR Manager Adam Tuckwell to discuss RuneScape, wilderness and all. Check it out and then leave us a comment or two below.

    Posted on 02/14/2011 by Adam Tingle
  • T.S. Church Interview

    T.S. Church has fulfilled many a role-player's dream by taking a story surrounding an in-game character and turning it into a published novel based in the RuneScape universe. MMORPG.com's Bobby Travis recently had the opportunity to speak with T.S. Church and spent time discussing RuneScape's Betrayal at Falador and the upcoming Return to Canifis. Check it out and then check out the books at your local library! Leave us a comment or two below while you're at it.

    Posted on 01/07/2011 by Guest Writer
  • Interview with Mark Ogilvie

    MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller sat down with RuneScape's lead designer Mark Ogilive to discuss the new Dungeons of Daemonheim update for the now venerable MMORPG.

    Posted on 04/28/2010 by Garrett Fuller
  • Lead Designer Mark Ogilvie

    MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller recently spoke with Runescape Lead Designer Mark Ogilvie about the game, its success and more.

    Posted on 11/27/2009 by Garrett Fuller

General Articles

  • Celebrating 15 years with New Announcements

    Jagex marks 15 years of Runescape with a flurry of announcements: Chronicle heads to open beta in March, Runescape: Idle Adventures is revealed, and much more besides. We sent columnist Gareth Harmer along to the birthday celebrations to find out more.

    Posted on 02/17/2016 by Gareth Harmer
  • Jagex: A Not-So-Brief History of Not-RuneScape

    Earlier this year I wrote an article about Jagex in which I gave my hopes that, following the shutdown of Transformers Universe, the company wouldn't be too eager to announce another new MMO. Just a month or so out of that closure, we learned through a job placement announcement that yet another MMO is in the oven.

    Posted on 03/18/2015 by Connor Wack
  • The Bot-Busters

    "Who ya gonna call? BOT Busters!" is the new mantra of the RuneScape team as they tirelessly work to take out scammers, bots, exploiters and other nefarious folk from their game. In his latest article about RuneScape, MMORPG.com's Adam Tingle reports on what the team revealed about its bot-busting plans during RuneFest. Check it out!

    Posted on 11/17/2011 by Adam Tingle
  • Live Dungeoneering at RuneFest

    There are times in the world when reading IS believing. Today is that day with Adam Tingle's report out of the recently held RuneFest celebration. One of the highlights of the annual fan festival is the "Live Dungeoneering" events that simply defies any description except Adam's. Keep reading for the best entertainment you'll have all day!

    Posted on 11/16/2011 by Adam Tingle
  • Ten Years of Design, Growth & Refinement

    RuneScape has been celebrating its tenth anniversary for a good while now and for good reason, according to the latest column by MMORPG.com's Adam Tingle. Adam has a terrific look back at where RuneScape started, where it's been and where it's headed in the future. Check it out and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 11/15/2011 by Adam Tingle
  • RuneFest Round-Up

    During the recently held RuneFest, MMORPG.com's Adam Tingle was on hand to report on the events surrounding the annual RuneScape player festival and the game's tenth anniversary. Adam's got the full scoop on RuneFest. Read on to find out more and then leave us a comment or two.

    Posted on 11/14/2011 by Adam Tingle
  • Floating Castles and Battleground Editors

    During a recent visit to Jagex Studios in England, MMORPG.com's Adam Tingle got the low down on the latest and most ambitious update to Runescape to date. In the update, floating castles and a battleground editor were introduced to the game. Adam spent some time talking with the team about the new features and we've got your exclusive report. Read on!

    Posted on 09/10/2011 by Adam Tingle
  • Return to Canifis Book Review

    Runescape fans will enjoy reading novels based on their favorite game world. In the review of the second Runescape novel, "Return to Canifis", MMORPG.com's Bobby Travis takes a look at T.S. Church's latest work. See if it's worth the read in Bobby's review of "Return to Canifis".

    Posted on 04/22/2011 by Guest Writer
  • The Wilderness and Free Trade Return

    MMORPG.com's Adam Tingle recently had the opportunity to visit Runescape developer, Jagex Studios. Adam is a long-time Runescape player and was pleased to make the visit to talk with devs about the recent return of the Wilderness and Free Trade after fans voted them back in. Check out what Adam discovered on his road trip to Jagex Studios. Leave us a comment or two below when you're finished.

    Posted on 02/14/2011 by Adam Tingle
  • Betrayal at Falador Book Review

    Books based on popular MMOs are nothing new but seem to be a growing trend lately. With the rich lore and terrific stories in-game, it's no surprise that players and fans want to see books that flesh out the stories even more. In a new review of an older, re-released book for MMORPG.com, Bobby Travis takes a look at 2008's "Betrayal at Falador" by T.S. Church. The book is based on the RuneScape universe. Check out Bobby's review and then leave us a comment or two below.

    Posted on 12/21/2010 by Guest Writer
  • Avoiding the Scammers

    MMORPG.com Runescape Correspondent Fasail Baig has written this informative piece letting the game's players know how to avoid being the victim of a scam in-game.

    Posted on 12/22/2008 by Faisal Baig
  • Avoiding and Resolving Account Issues

    MMORPG.com Correspondent Faisal Baig writes this article on avoiding and dealign with account disputes in Jagex's MMORPG, Runescape

    Posted on 12/19/2008 by Faisal Baig
  • Correspondent - Woodcutter's Guide

    MMORPG.com Correspondent Mike Balent writes this guide for woodcutters in the popular game, Runescape.

    Posted on 09/26/2008 by
  • Update from E3

    MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh was at the recent E3. While there, she spoke with Henrique Olifiers, Head of Games Content at Jagex. Jagex is the company behind the quiet hit MMORPG, Runescape.

    Posted on 07/22/2008 by Carolyn Koh

Event Blogs

  • Runefest 17: Cosplays & Costumes

    Cosplay is a highlight of any fan gathering, and Runescape’s Runefest is no different. Our team hit the convention floor, capturing some of the incredible fan creations and professional costumes on show.

    Posted on 09/25/2017 by Gareth Harmer
  • The Mecca of Jagex

    Rob hopped the pond last weekend and attended Runefest at Battersea Park. Read on to see what all the fuss was about.

    Posted on 09/19/2016 by Robert Lashley

Columns

  • Top 5 Industry Benefits of Runescape Mobile

    In yesterday’s news, it was announced that RuneScape and Old School RuneScape will be making the leap to mobile. Not only that, they will be playable on PC and mobile and all that great stuff. This is really the first MMO to truly move into the mobile market. RuneScape has a rich history and follows a simple interface which has changed over the years, but maintains a huge core following.

    Posted on 07/18/2017 by Garrett Fuller
  • Spinoffs

    Rob’s back this week to wrap up on his trip to London last month. This week he talks about the RuneScape spinoffs that were on display.

    Posted on 10/20/2016 by Robert Lashley
  • The Way Forward for Jagex's Flagship

    While at RuneFest last month Jagex put forth their strategy for next year. A host of new expansions are coming to the game in and Rob reports with it all entails.

    Posted on 10/06/2016 by Robert Lashley
  • Five Things That Shook the MMO World Before WoW

    It wasn't very long ago that the MMOG category was practically unknown. Indeed, with only a very small selection of titles running, none of which had the number of players we can often find these days on a single server, it was barely a category at all. So, for those of us who remember the original Neverwinter Nights, Air Warrior, The Realm Online et al, many pleasant surprises lay ahead. A lot of them took place between 1997 and 2004. Naturally some particularly stood out.

    Posted on 07/21/2015 by Richard Aihoshi
  • 9 of The Cutest NPCs in MMORPGs

    Ah, NPCs. They are such a staple in our MMOs that we not only take them for granted, but we can also ignore them. I always make an attempt to appreciate an MMO’s details, and NPCs are often some of most well-designed aspects of many of our favorite titles.

    Posted on 02/10/2015 by Beau Hindman
  • The 5 MMOs with the Best Quests

    It’s no secret that most MMO quests are incredibly boring. If it weren’t for the engaging gameplay, multiplayer camaraderie, or epic scenarios that players find themselves, chances are this genre wouldn’t exist any longer. If you compare the questing found in most recent MMO releases to that of early pioneers, the types of quests are almost identical.

    Posted on 10/13/2014 by David Jagneaux
  • The Top 5 Casual MMORPGs

    With so many options out there for an MMO to play, there is something for everybody. Whether you’re looking for an epic fantasy adventure, alternate history, sci-fi conquests, or maybe even a real-life simulator, you can surely find and MMO to satiate your unique hunger. Not everyone is a seasoned MMO veteran however. This is our list of the top 5 best casual MMOs on the market right now and each of these would be great choices for anyone looking for a more casual MMO gaming experience.

    Posted on 06/02/2014 by David Jagneaux
  • Twelve Famous Player-Driven MMORPG Moments

    MMOs offer a unique community where friends create a bond and a history. As players invest in communal gameplay they foster social relationships that drive these shared experiences. Moments of this nature continue beyond the game, because of the impact we have on each other. Which of the following events did you take part in, or do you remember? Check out the following list of famous player-driven moments.

    Posted on 04/30/2014 by Genese Davis
  • The Top Five MMOs for Mac Gamers

    There's no question that Mac users get the short end of the stick when it comes to MMOs. In The List today, we take a look at five terrific MMOs that Mac players can shine in. Read more before leaving your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 10/25/2013 by Pete Schwab
  • Says Goodbye to Runescape 2.0

    With Runescape 3.0 looming on the horizon, The Tourist began to wonder what the magic of v2.0 was and whether or not the venerable game would continue to compete in today's crowded market. See what he discovered and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 06/21/2013 by Christopher Coke
  • Wrapping up Christmas

    One of the MMO industry's favorite things to do is to treat its community to great holiday activities that stretch well beyond Christmas Day. We take a look at some of our favorites. Check it out and then tell us which holiday happenings you prefer in the comments.

    Posted on 12/26/2012 by Hillary Nicole
  • F2P Survivor Guy Episode 2

    In this week's F2P Survivor Guy column, MMORPG.com's Adam Tingle ventures forth to the game list to randomly select a free-to-play game. This time, Adam checks out four games: iPhone's Pocket Legends, RuneScape, Anarchy Online and Myth War 2. See what he discovered in his journeys through the F2P universe.

    Posted on 08/12/2010 by Adam Tingle
  • Five Under the Radar MMOs

    MMORPG.com's Jon Wood takes over this list this week, taking a look at five MMOs that have, for whatever reasons, fallen off the radar of both journalists and the playing public.

    Posted on 11/03/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Mixed Revenue Models

    Richard Aihoshi returns this week with a column that looks at exploring mixed revenue models for our favorite MMOs.

    Posted on 10/12/2009 by Richard Aihoshi

Guides

  • Agility Overview

    MMORPG.com Runescape Correspondent Faisal Baig writes this article outlining the Agility skill in the popular old-school MMO.

    Posted on 03/04/2009 by Faisal Baig
  • PvP Guide

    MMORPG.com Runescape Correspondent Faisal Baig writes this new guide to PvP in Runescape.

    Posted on 12/09/2008 by Faisal Baig
  • Money Making Guide

    MMORPG.com Runescape Correspondent Faisal Baig writes this guide to making money in Runescape.

    Posted on 11/25/2008 by Faisal Baig

System Focus

  • Grand Exchange Overview

    MMORPG.com Runescape Correspondent Fasail Baig writes this look at the Grand Exchange, a new buying and selling feature in the game.

    Posted on 12/31/2008 by Faisal Baig

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