Personal Finance Lessons from Online Adventure Game (RuneScape)

By Julie Rains on 5 October 2007 (Updated 8 March 2012) 102 comments
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A friend shared with me some strategies he's learned for playing RuneScape. It's set in the medieval times, and involves creating a character, building skill levels, acquiring assets, and completing quests. There can be quite a bit of interaction among players: some are friendly and helpful; others, dangerous and dishonest. Can these strategies be applied to personal finance? Let's see. (See also: 21 Personal Finance Lessons From Harry Potter)

Friend: “Be Patient. When you start playing, you have no money, no armor, no experience, and no idea where you are. You think RuneScape is just a dumb Internet game. It takes patience to learn.”

Also be patient in building wealth. When you are getting started, you (likely) have no money, no assets, and no experience with managing a career, saving, and investing.

On Bargaining

Friend: “When you get ready to sell an item, always have the lowest price you'll take in mind. But when you meet a buyer, never say the price. Ask for an offer. If they don't know what to offer, say the lowest price you would accept or higher."

He once had something that he wanted to sell for $10K but accepted an offer for $595K. Later, he found out that the real cost was $800K.

Friend: "For whatever item you want to buy, figure out the cost to make sure you don't get ripped off."

The same logic can be applied to real estate and equity investments: just because an item is useful (a company is sound, the real estate looks solid), don't buy or sell until you know the market price.

On Upgrading

Friend: "If you buy new armor and you already have adamant armor and want to get rune armor, go to the shop and buy rune armor and sell your adamant armor. That way, it doesn't look like you lost that much money." (Note that rune is an upgraded material from adamant).

There are two lessons here: 1) pay attention to cash flow and 2) disposing of unneeded inventory makes it less costly to trade up and/or acquire new items.

Finally,

Friend: “There is no such thing as being too careful, especially when you are going to new places. Store all your items in the bank, explore first and see what you will need before going back. Then bring just what you need.”

Can you be too careful? Doesn't greater risk = greater reward? Yes, but you can make sure you understand a personal finance idea (an investment or a financial product) before buying. It makes sense to check things out first before making a decision.

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Jaan

NOT RUNESCAPE!!! I hope you do know that your reputation just dropped to the negatives.

Runescape is possibly the worst online game experience. The folks there are often from poorer families, as they can't afford pay-to-play games like WoW, so often the morale is low and most people playing are addicts. I've gone through the whole process and I got nothing out of it. You probably just did this out of lack of other ideas, but Runescape is bad for all.

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runescape rocks u probably just ploy world of warcraft

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hey idiot, i play runescape, and my family has 3 million dollars worth of items. and i also play wow, and i think it sucks!

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Hahahahaha you got apple they suck!

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Stranger...OMG STRANGER DANGER!

Apple doesn't suck it has MUCH better security than windows, but it has a game deficiency which kinda sucks. BUT some of the most popular games they have on the Apple too such as Battlefield 2142 and the upcoming SPORE game based on evolution. Apple really is good for people who work and like to do blogs or videos, it's not really meant for gaming. There are actually some applications on the internet that allow Apple to play other games that they normally cannot play, because of their game deficiency(I THINK, keyword THINK). Oh and apple has released the iPod,iPhone,and iTouch which are BIG sellers making them the best company for music players and (possibly) phones.

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Stranger...OMG STRANGER DANGER!

You really shouldn't say just poor people play this game, that is really mean. Runescape is a FUN game and they even have a NEW graphical update in BETA for members only which will be for non-members once they are done from the beta phase(testing for bugs or any problems). The game is fun really once you start to learn, and you don't have to play everyday you can just play whenever you feel like it. Personally I only play on events such as when they host a Christmas or Halloween event(not really on the EXACT date as in real life but they give you a week) Runescape truly is a good game for people who don't have a really good computer. Also the website www.funorb.com has a lot of "minigames" on their website that is based on java AND comes from the company Jagex that made runescape. You can even use your runescape account and password, this is JAGEX's official website if you don't believe me go onto www.jagex.com

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I feel a need to respond to this statement. I have played RuneScape for the last three years as a form of relaxation. I can assure you that I am neither low income nor low class. There are a lot of valuable lessons to be learned from this game. With the new Grand Exchange, you can learn how to trade the stock market and I use it as an example in my classes. I teach young kids about computers. I also teach them about finances and the stock market. The lessons learned have been of great benefit to the students in ways that our public school system seems to fail. It is one thing to be able to speak proper English and solve an algebraic equation. But if the young person is unable to budget their money or learn to work for what they want, the books are useless. Runescape teaches these skills in a fun atmosphere. The true poverty comes when our youth learn nothing at all of the real world and how to survive in it.

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WoW is quite possibly the world's single most addictive game ever ya know. I lost like 10 friends to it. RS isn't half as bad in reality. At least you can pry yourself away from the screen once in a while.

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this game is the best game for online games i cant believe that you think that this game is bad. this is a good game no matter what if you play for free or pay for every month to play it is a fun game if you start to learn it.

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Runesacpe isnt for poor people WoW is just a sucky game who people pay too much a month for like a loser.. runescape is way better and reputation doesnt mean a thing anyway

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Jaan

NOT RUNESCAPE!!! I hope you do know that your reputation just dropped to the negatives.

Runescape is possibly the worst online game experience. The folks there are often from poorer families, as they can't afford pay-to-play games like WoW, so often the morale is low and most people playing are addicts. I've gone through the whole process and I got nothing out of it. You probably just did this out of lack of other ideas, but Runescape is bad for all.

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Wrong!!! Runescape is better than tonnes of online games. It contains the real elements that make up an RPG. Did you ever played another online game which you could do something other than fighting. You are insulting me, I am a runescape player and I'm not addicted or from a poor family. If I am an addict why would I be even spending time posting comments in websites like this one. I believe its runescape players own responsibilty not to get addicted. Compared with staff of other online game companies runescape staff are considered responsible for the safety of their customers.

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Runescape is great to learn about making goals, but it is not better than the huge online games like FFXII and World of Warcraft and Everquest. Runescape is great for a free, browser based game, but most runescapers who say that its better than world of warcraft have never even played it. WoW is just amazing, and is so much better than RS, but then again, you have to download it, and it requires high graphics cards and RAM. runescape is great for browser based games, but thats it.

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Runescape is great to learn about making goals, but it is not better than the huge online games like FFXII and World of Warcraft and Everquest. Runescape is great for a free, browser based game, but most runescapers who say that its better than world of warcraft have never even played it. WoW is just amazing, and is so much better than RS, but then again, you have to download it, and it requires high graphics cards and RAM. runescape is great for browser based games, but thats it.

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Runescape is a pay-to-play website. I'm a member.

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Runescape is more of a childrens game, around the age of 10-12 it becomes really popular - most people grow out of it... But other kids have a hard time finding friends to do things with in reality. The aftermath of this is that, they keep playing runescape because they can really easily make friends there (no it's not a healthy relationship to really think they're your friends, they're only people you're acquainted with on the game). I believe it's a really safe game for kids to play as long as you don't let them get too much of it in a short amount of time. I played it from ages 10-15 and joined a runescape clan, which basically is my online family now. You can really learn a lot about the online community by playing this game, but it also can really put you into a stage of computer dwelling boredom. Spending time on runescape was not a mistake in my life, it makes it simple for people to understand basic marketing, just don't take the game too far please, other things can be done in the amount of time it takes to get from level to level. Also, the last comment I would like to add is - the people on runescape aren't very reliable, they could just be jerks on the other side of the computer screen that are in it for jokes/personal gain and they may not help you. It's best to stick with people you know in reality and not to share things with people you don't 'really' know, of course.

*It's a game for all ages, not an overpriced game for half-witted teenagers that are obsessed with all things besides the real problems in the world. Yes I'm talking about world of warcraft... The community there is horrible, and there are a lot of perverted kids there. I really would like to see how most of them act in real situations rather than making jokes of them.

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Oh, thanks for mentioning (or rather reminding me) that the game is free, unless you opt to become a member for $5 per month. I figure if the Wall Street Journal can cover the game and the reach of its parent company (Jagex), so can I.

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"the morale is low and most people playing are addicts. I've gone through the whole process and I got nothing out of it."

Actually, that probably describes most video games out there.

=)

Will

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Dr. Kr0wbar

Could be just the games that fail. For instance, Runescape. That game fails hard. =\

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sylrayj

Something else to consider:

There are all kinds of ways to make money - selling 1k iron ore, selling items dropped by monsters, selling bowstrings. If you don't have fun mining ore, killing monsters, or spinning bowstrings, find something you do like to do. If it's not fun, the *game* will become stressful, and it loses the purpose of being a *game*.

Sometimes, though, you have to do something you don't like because you have a goal in mind. Mining that 1k ore may be your only way to get the rest of the money you need for your granite maul. Keep the goal in mind.

Finally, be careful that you don't saturate the market. If you sell enough jute seeds to Olivia, their price drops from 3 gold to 0! If you'd just chosen to 'sell 50' you're out the seeds *and* a bunch of money. Go farm for a while, while Olivia's stock reduces over time, and sell again. If you want something to remain valuable, don't cheapen it by putting too many of that item into circulation.

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Excellent points : pursue the work you enjoy if/when possible and focus on reaching goals.

My favorite though is the business lesson of controlling supply; I suppose I like this because I was talking with someone yesterday about how his company controlled the supply of a commodity product and focused on value-added product. His company had purchased my last corporate employer (over 15 years ago), which did not thrive specifically because the company was focusing on marketing fresh product (specifically commodity-priced poultry) rather than the value-added markets that weren't subject to fluctuating prices.

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RUnescape is a massive online gaming rating so runescape is a little hard to figure out when your lvl 3 but as you get higher you will get smarter

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Mikaela426 (Runescape account)

So true. At the beginning, I was like.. where the heck am I?!

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"as you get higher you will get smarter"

not at all.. i wasted some of my life of getting up tp 87, now i see that it's total waste of money/time of a stupid nerd game like Runescape. you will change your mind, and think "oh... i've wasted my whole life on this stupid game" when you get older...

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I suppose I can add these lessons: if someone promises you easy money, be wary;  you shouldn't have to pay someone to make money; guard your account and don't tell anyone your password.

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Runescape Rocks!!!

RUNESCAPE RULES.
RS NAME: F 1 G H T S.
PASSWORD: haha nice try
:)
BANK PIN: again..;)
i am a runescape member, have been playing a while now, have not found a better game.

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meow mix

if your a scammer shame on u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!u filthey pig

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oobilus bob

I doubt that many adults looking at financial advice will find this blog, and judging by the types of comments I think more random teens who searched the same type of thing on Google that I did find they have found a recognizable rpg so they comment a bunch of stuff off task to the fact that this was to really target financial issues.

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Agressor

Runescape SUCKS it has poor graphics, poor customer support and its full of arrogant annoying little kids. Its probably the worst MMORPG out there, the only reason its concidered popular is because its easy to access with no downloads needed. If this game was like the rest and needed a download and a set monthly fee it would have under 1k players.

The best MMORPG is World of Warcraft, i quit RS for this game and it was the best thing i ever did online.

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Sometimes arrogant little kids need to learn graphics don't make a game.

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WHO YR CALLING ARROGENT LITTLE KIDS?!?!??!??!?! WHEN U WERE A KID I BET GROWN-UPS SAID THE SAME THING TO U SO NOW YR SAYING IT TO US N YR WRONG GRAPIHES DO MAKE A GAME I WISH IN HISTORY LESSON WE GET TO PLAY RUNESCAPE N ANOTHER THING

**** ALL GOROWN-UPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![WHO THINK RS IS DUMB N CHILDISH]

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yea sure. runescape is the best mmorpg game. u prob justgot mad and got hacked or cant even play the game right. Ur just jeleous :<) lolz noob

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com'on people - take the lesson abstractly and leave the choice of game to the author.
Thanks Julie! Great derivation of advices!

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RS -- Just some thoughts on learning new concepts; thanks for the support achatterbox. I didn't realize how many game players are teenagers or younger but hopefully they will become lifelong Wise Bread readers.

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Maybe you would like to note that the starting community is now close to ruined, so to get any use out of the game you might need some patience.

Also many teens will miss the point of the game completly, but that shouldn't put adults off playing.

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Zezima

Hello

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if you get your woodcutting level up to 60 you can sell yews which sell for 700 each roughly.. once you get to 75 you can cut mages
and have your full dragon in no time

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yo if you know what i mean runescape is pretty good now. really its pretty neat grapics the last time i played it it was bad now its pretty good try this website funorb.com also created by jagex.

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Runescape is a constantly evolving game, in a market situation you must first find out what the customer wants before you can make any dramatic changes. An example of this is when Jagex made the descision to remove PvP from the wilderness and add a trade limit, this caused many players to quit thus meaning a drop in profit, however it also saved Jagex a huge sum of money because of the legal issues before due to gold farmers ect.
-You must evaluate the situation before you go ahead with large scemes, sometimes the risk is worth taking but you have to be sure that you have enough 'true' customers to take that risk and be prepared for the consiquences incase it fails.

~Btw, I do indead play Runescape but I do not live in a small house and I am very far from poor.
I have two large houses (5 Bedrooms) in both Cambridge England and Bangkok Thailand.

Not bad for a 13yr old eh?
;)

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Stranger...OMG STRANGER DANGER!

HOLY COW TWO HOUSES!!(Cows are not holy,except in India) Show off...(just kidding) anyways you were right about runescape and soon after they got rid of the Wilderness they added a better way to trade ALL over runescape, the Grand Exchange. Oh and they updated their graphics so Runescape now looks AWESOME, except it's in beta phase(testing) for members only. =/ Also I kind of like the 3k - 30k limit, because people don't HACK anymore! :) So all those complainers about quitting are just the people who only do combat and don't do other skills there the people who always ask about your strength level and only care about damage when there is a BIG opportunity to other skills.

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Andrew Gower

This to all the old folks posting on here talking trash about runescape!
You're all noobs and I pwn you irl.
Runescape usernames are: Yogosun, Zezima, Zzzamorak, Elvemage, Kingduffy 1, Uloveme, Ffsbbqily

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Stranger...OMG STRANGER DANGER!

Suuuure...

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Tk ZeazAr (cb lvl. 101)

Rune Scape is really a good MMORPG. Sure, the graphics might not be the best and not the sounds either. But all the different skills adds alot. Also, the story... The story about Rune Scape and it's many quests is fantasic. The quests and thier storys go deep and many of them build on each other. Sadly thought, I belive that many who play Rune Scape don't take thier time to read through the quest storys...

Also, somebody said that the customer service is junk, thats not true... Jagex has much better custumer service then most online game companys, (including Blizzard acording to me).

Also, finance is'nt the all Runescape teaches you, if you are young you WILL learn English from it, I did.

And for the records, I don't even play Runescape at the time and still I think it's awesome!

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Stranger...OMG STRANGER DANGER!

OMG MY COUSIN IS ZEZIMA TOO NO WAY!Lol is he/she really?

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Jetinder

Lol?

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Does anyone know any proxy sites for Runescape?? Please, this is serious! I love Runescape so much and the boarding school that I'm at blocks all the game sites, so you can imagine how boring it is for me! Does anyone feel my pain?? Please give me a proxy site if you know any! Thank you guys!!!!

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it is called client.silabsoft.org but you need a server its sorta like runescape only u lvl up alot faster and some things dont work

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Thanks! But...that's not as good as Runescape. Sorry.

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betterthanyou

I know a game that's so much better than Runescape AND WoW COMBINED!!

It's called...

GO OUTSIDE.

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http://www.scape-xp.com/index.php?page=runescape-proxy

that totaly works you just pick a world until it works and you can play at school.

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Sorry, but that didn't work. Thanks anyways!

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naruto rox!!

i have been playin runescape for like 5-6 years lol... i love that game it is the best game on the internet other than naruto-arena.com ...... And no i am not addicted to runescape...lol i just love it!!

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i love apple pie!!!!!!!!!

rune scape is da best ever lol i am totally addicted!!

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And RuneScape is pretty cool cause there's so much to do. And it looks fine now too. Recently RuneScape earned a place in the Guinness book of world records for having the largest free MMORPG. That says something. It says that RuneScape rules.
Also, I have played WoW for a while and found it on overall very amususing to play, but RuneScape's economy totally overrules WoW's economy. RuneScape has that undescribable realism in his markets and I love it. I learned a lot from it through the years. Before or after the Grand Exchange update.

RS rules. Just don't waste too much time on it. Rather use it as a way to fill up your boring moments. Don't play it instead of things.

Laters,
Only Kiotte (cb lvl 129)

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strawberry girl

I used to like Runescape, but only because my crush plays it. I actually find the game really boring, and it has no storyline to it. Does anyone agree with me?

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LOTRO so beats WoW in every aspect.
Runescape is one of the best F2P/P2P games there is. - Voted #1 Best FREE MMORPG

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I love hug players on rs ftw noob!!!

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i got 3.4bil from macroeing for 7 years straight who plays i just sold my money for money in rl.made over 3k in cash in rl

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i got 3.4bil from macroeing for 7 years straight who plays i just sold my money for money in rl.made over 3k in cash in rl

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"""Runescape SUCKS it has poor graphics, poor customer support and its full of arrogant annoying little kids."""

So w8 lets see...
The game sucks because...
poor graphics?
poor customer support?
full of annoying kids?

Sorry but the thing u left out this the economy is great, its the best mmorpg, people who hate it are people who dont have the brain's to understand the real world.
TRading, scamming, communication.

Runescape - best gameplay.
WoW - great graphics, simply because ITS NOT MADE IN FUCKING JAVA U NERDS. if runescape wasn't made in java (its made in java so u dont have to download, as that wastes time) it would have much better grahpics.
you know the games u get on mobiles?
THEY ARE JAVA.
runescape has done MASSIVE you know what **** this ur all idiots
i cbf even finishing this off.

WoW - fails, only good cuz its downloaded.
Runescape - pwns.

If u hate runescape, and have never been a member, then u have no right to hate it.
Pay the $5, become a member, and then u can rip on it.
fucking poor noobs.
Btw - Hahaha WoW is ****.
u cant train skills or anythhing.

n wtf is with tweaking
and wtf is with not being able to choose ur combat?
u just get "combat lvls"
insted of, like runescape:

Attack, str, defence, range, mage, prayer, hitpoints, summoning.

and it has various skills, such as - mining, crafting, runecrafting, fishing thieving hunting construction cbf Gf noobs.

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man runescape dont sucks i know it i am a mem and its coool those demons dragons qeusts skillcapes events like haloween and other things

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rs is good

runescape is the best java based game ive ever seen even when it was runescape classic it was awsome.. you people who have issues with the game just cant handle true gaming.

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Runescape is a noob

i play i am lvl 72 im always poor everybody is always poop hard to lvl up!

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NOOB

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ur funny i got 857m

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Dude, runescape is awesome... i play and there is now pvp worlds... its not for poor people and i play for a long time... I do other things okay? Its just a great game... I played for 2 years :OOO

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You know how on iTunes, you don't like half the songs on the top 10 list? you wonder why they get so many downloads? A few of them are good, but there are many hidden gems out there too. this is the case with poplar console ports and rs.

runescape is, in my opinion, one of the best rpgs to ever hit gaming, and ive played many of them, including WoW. rs is so deep and there are so many things to do! games are not my life; i am an accomplished musician and an aspiring businessman, and am a pretty damn good runningback :p. But, in my spare time, runescape is a very good way of just unwinding and talking to some friends and practicing business strategies. Also, its pretty fun to pwn noobs...

Im also working toward 99 smithing its pretty boring (the smithing not the game) but i watch football or the news while doing it so i dont waste time. in small amounts this games fun-my names techmage22 and if u wanna smith/skill w/me and my friends add me

rs rocks! (playing since release)

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Im not going to lie like everyone else on this page, ive been playing runescape for 4-5 years, im totally addicted

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Dragon

lol. nice...

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She's playing runescape, on a mac computer..

And, yes, im alsol playing runescape, for 2 years now, but I wouldn't claim that im addicted in any way. Good game in my opinion, graphics doesn't make a game, and i feel it's more suported and updated then wow.. Which btw doen't have epic graphics either..

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f your dada before playing runescape its lots of fun now lits have fun girls i got lot of girls 16 runescape is boring!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dragon

Runescape is great if you limit your time on it, and set goals in it. Also every once in awhile, if you are bored while playing it, waste a lot of money on getting a skill up, then use the skill to remake all that money. which benefits you overall in the game. Oh yeah some other advice: don't bring your most valuable items everywhere, especially the wilderness and multi-combat areas, you will probably lose it :P

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RS IS AWESOME HEY GET THIS I WENT TO THE AGGRSIVE PART OF EDGEVILLE DUGENE N GOT OUT ALIVE N WITH MY VALUABLE STUFF

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ISMAELPOPE

WHAT IS YOUR RUNESCAPE NAME??? AND GOOD UR DAMM SMART, MY RS NAME IS ISMAELPOPE

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so many people arguing, runescape is kinda adicting ive played 3 years i stoped and now im back on it its ok if u know how to pull apart and not get to cought up in it.I'm lvl 98 and i still like it i think its the best game out there and its not just for poor peoplE,AND U NOOBS WHO SAY ITS BAD U PROBLY THE ONES WHO ARE LVL 20-50 AND DIE AL THE TIME AND HAVE ONLY 10K SO SHUT UP!!!!!!!!

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Zeos

50% of people in here that wrote **** about runescape and support wow haven't even been members.. the worst part is they didn't see the real side of runescape (CASTLE WARS, STEALING CREATION, PVP, GWD, experienced all the skills and lots more...) but the bad side.. level 3-50.. no money, no items and no friends.

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sum1

The truth is that the most Runescape haters,hate it because they reach almost nothing.(combat lv. 5 and thats it) or got hacked.
or their jealous because their friends are high lv. (like a level 40 with only 3k and full bronze is jealous about his friend with a acc. from combat lv. 120 with full Dragon and about 2Bill.)

But RS Ownz all :D

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Rave

I used to play RS yeah, but after 4 years I found it wasted my life. It USED to be good, but then the graphics got out of date, and yes, lots of kids got on and were very obnoxious... I still play about once or twice a month, but it's graphics compared to all others are unspeakable. I play GuildWars now... Waaay better.

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Yes, I agree, there are a lot to learn on online games. Just don't get too addicted to it.


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There is a feature of Runescape called The Grand Exchange, and it is where people can buy and trade items (kind of like stocks in the stock market). The prices rise and fall according to supply and demand (also like the stock market). This can help people learn how to invest and etc...

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The Grand Exchange is great, as are the charts showing sales prices, trends, etc. It was created about a year after I wrote this article but thanks for mentioning the update to RS.

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Also, the fact that you can play this game is browser-based means a lot... The detail on it is amazing in my own opinion, they created this game for everyone, not just the people who spend hundreds/thousands of dollars on computers just to play high detail games like world of warcraft and everquest which take up loads of space on your computer, while runescape plays right off your internet browser! You can play this game almost anywhere at anytime, and you can do this in just minutes.

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Don't get me wrong though, world of warcraft is a pretty nice game... It's just too much for me. I only pick a game up and play it for a little while, rather than burst hours of gameplay before my time limit runs out. I had reached level 80 in about 1 month from the day I started playing and I had quit because I'm a high school student and I can't afford to get addicted to the game at such a critical point in my life.

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Ghost

... RULZ!!!

I've been playing it for 3 years, a lvl 72, and... proud of it.

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Ghost

I'm sorry, was I not supposto write mean things and a website of a proxy??? Because I dont see the 2 post any more that I just put up.
If it is sorry.

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Yes, we want to be civil and not say mean things or use offensive words. Thanks for visiting and understanding.

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Sorry guys, call me uppity, but I like WoW better, no offense.

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Runescape, at least recently, has very good graphics in hd and 70% more gameplay for just $6 (5 pounds or something) The many skills do make it addicting but just limit ur playtime "ive played 3 years... ...Wasted all my life" runescape isnt meant to be played straight 3 years. if u played runescape for 2 hours a day for 3 years, you wont look back and say "i couldve done something with my life..." its not that bad.

P.S. Why does one have to be better then the other? Some like Mind blowing graphics, some like an addicting game, some like the communities.
(ive played non mems before, its pittiful (10k please, noob my mains lv 248, selling account) members is waaay better, better community, not too pricey, RS is overall great, but the 6$ is reallly worth it)

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I guess these are lessons from Runescape. I am more impressed though with the lessons that come from other games like Monopoly, and Rich Dad Poor Dad's "cash flow" game.

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great post,thanks for sharing.

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I'm not sure that anyone can learn any lesssons from playing this game and try as I might to view this as a metaphor for the way I run my personal finances I just can't see it. Sorry.

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Nice try but a flawed idea if your argument is that this is a great way to learn about personal finance.

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Thanks for adding to the conversation. Apparently this post is popular among RS players who may learn personal finance concepts based on their gaming experiences, rather than grown-ups who want to expand on PF knowledge using games.

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What The Duck

I've played runescape for a long time now. Another addition is the grand exchange which mimics the stock market with rising and falling prices based on supply and demand.

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USALLY WHEN I WANNA BUY SOME THINNG IN RUNESCAPE LIKE ARMOUR I GO TO THE RUNE ESSENCE MINE[NOTE: U GOTTA COMPLETE THE 'RUNE MYTERIES' QUEST TO GAIN ACESS HERE] N MINE UP LOTS RUNE ESSENCE N SELL 'EM ON G.E[THATS GRAND EXCHANGE IN VARROCK FOR U NOOBS]ONCE NOT ONCE MANY TIMES PEOPLE TRIED TO TRADE WITH ME WHEN THEY RELIZED I WAS NOT PUTING ANYTHING THEY QUICKY DECLINED THE TRADE CRAZY NOOBS I CALL 'EM

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This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality. this is very nice one and gives indepth information. thanks for this nice article.

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Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful and beneficial to your readers.

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You know, it's like style... some people go for one thing... others have a totally different opinion. It's OK. Some people get the hang of playing Runescape, others WoW. So it doesn't mean one is better or worse - just different!

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You know what? I don't want to sound bias but WOW is my top pick. Runescape is just not my cup of tea. Compare Google with Yahoo. Google by far the best search engine but Yahoo is catching up or... Anyway, what I mean is choice that people have.