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What is RuneScape 3 - The World’s Largest Free MMORPG Game?

RuneScape, developed and published by Jagex, is a fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game, or MMORPG, that was originally released all the way back in the start the start of 2001. It has gained incredible popularity since then with more than 1000 player made videos being posted to YouTube every day. In RuneScape, you enter a fantasy world filed with adventure and magic and you can expect to battle dragons and gods as well as mythical creatures. It is a self-driven game, with the player being able to drive the story of their own game. RuneScape boasts over 250 million user accounts, making it one of the most popular franchises of online gaming ever. The RuneScape franchise has now morphed into a series of books, several different spin-off games and a fanbase dedicated to the game for over 15 years now. The latest version of RuneScape, RuneScape 3, was released in 2013.

There are a number of reasons why RuneScape has proven so successful and popular since its inception. The first of these reasons is, of course, that it is free to play making it accessible to really anyone who has a PC and wants to play. There is always new gameplay as well so gamers should never really tire of playing RuneScape. New content is added weekly so gamers can experience new adventure every 7 days. And because the game has been in existence for so long, any new gamers will have no problem finding existing content to play.

Overall, RuneScape is a point and click game that takes place in a fantasy world named Gielinor. Gamers can interact with others, as well as with characters that are non-players. Those non-players are those characters that are controlled by the game, known as NPC's. Gamers can also interact with different areas in the game as well as objects. There is no set requirements or aims in the game so the gamer really drives their individual game in terms of what they want to be doing because there's 27 different skills and thousands of different monsters to kill. Players can choose from taking part in a quest, training a skill, fighting a dragon or other monster, or simply socializing with other characters. There are two different mechanics of combat within RuneScape, ‘regular’ and ‘legacy’. The legacy mode is fairly traditional as it was and still is used in the predecessor version of RuneScape known as Old School RuneScape (OSRS). The regular, or evolution of combat (EOC), is a combat mode that many gamers would compare to that of other MMORPG games like World of Warcraft. This is where you have an action bar and the user cycles and schedules what abilities and attacks they want to do next depending on their type of foe and combat style.

RuneScape players can also choose how to train their skills, of which there are several to choose from. The skills in RuneScape are organised into four types of skills; combat, gathering, artisan and support. Some skills have different training methods but all of them seem to follow a specific order which includes undertaking an action, receiving experience from that action, hitting the next level cap and gaining access to a new skilling method or ability.

For the Gathering skill category, you’ll find the skills of; Mining, Hunting, Farming, Divination, Woodcutting, and Fishing. This type of skill category is essentially resource collecting. Turning nothing into something.

For the Artisan Skill category, there are skills of; Herblore, Crafting, Fletching, Smithing, Cooking, Firemaking, Runecrafting and Construction. This category is about turning raw resources into a product. For example, you would woodcut as a gathering source and then either fletch a log into an arrow for fletching XP, or burn the log for Firemaking XP.

For the Support skill category, there are four skills; Agility, Thieving, Slayer and Dungeoneering. These are skills that don't necessarily belong into any of the other three categories but assist you in the game to progress through it faster. For example, having a higher agility level means that you can run for longer and take shortcuts in the game to new areas quicker. That said, you could argue that Slayer belongs in the Combat skill category!

Finally, the Combat skill category! This category consists of; Attack, Strength, Defence, Ranged, Magic, Prayer, Constitution (HP) and Summoning. These are the skills that make up your combat level and will help you slay monsters faster as you level them.

What is the Max Level in RuneScape 3?

The maximum level in RuneScape 3 is level 138. As aforementioned it is calculated based off your eight core combat skills; Attack, Strength, Defence, Ranged, Magic, Prayer, Constitution (HP) and Summoning.

To see what your combat level would be if you levels one of the skills above, use RuneHQ's Combat Calculator.

Gamers can also go on quests in RuneScape since the game does not necessarily follow a chronological story. Each quest typically ends with the gamer receiving an experience boost or the ability to acquire an item. Sometimes, they do not result in any tangible outcome but rather just add to the gaming experience for the player.

Lastly, RuneScape is very well known for its socializing aspect for gamers. Players can socialize with others and create clans or friends chat groups to help assist each other with the game, or to create fun social events like skilling/bossing tournaments. This socializing often spills over into real life, with many gamers extending their friendships outside of the game through Skype and other technology platforms. There are also a good number of community forums that revolve around RuneScape gameplay. The game has existed for over 15 years and as such, has built up a popular base of gamers who socialize with each other. This is evident during RuneScape's annual celebratory event known as RuneFest. This is where the core RuneScape gamers and streamers unite at a convention down in London to learn about what's happening in the next year ahead. Additionally fans can game a little with the moderators and creators of RS3, ask them questions and generally just have a fun time with friends that they've perhaps only ever been able to speak to in-game.

The latest and biggest update to RuneScape 3 was the release of a new gaming client known as NXT.  It brought the technology, gameplay and story to a new heightened level. There was a transition to HTML5 which created a more streamlined experience for gamers and was a real technological advancement over the past version of the game. There are additional benefits to the upgrade. To start, the hardware on gamers’ computers is put to better use with HTML5 and there is an improved performance during the game, including better load times. The lighting and overall environment is improved and textures are more easily distinguished. Colors are more vibrant and shadows are more dynamic, giving some greater dimension to the game. Gamers have more to be excited about than just the upgrade to HTML5. There are new storylines and gameplay added to RuneScape 3.

One of the biggest draws of playing RuneScape 3 is that it is a simple browser game. You don’t need a fancy console or gaming platform. You just log right in through the browser on your computer, create an account and start playing. The sign up process is really slick and there's even an optional tutorial on how to start playing RuneScape. If you are a new gamer, you can experience a lot of content right up front, since RuneScape 3 was released in July of 2013. The second biggest draw for many gamers is that RuneScape 3 is free to play - hence the title of this article. However, you always have the option to upgrade to a membership at a cost but you don’t have to pay to enjoy the game. I would recommend that if you do enjoy the game and get hooked, then buying membership will enhance your gaming experience ten-fold with new skills becoming available, new items and weapons that can be equipped and a whole lot more!

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