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Build up a database of information documenting all areas in the game; create guides to assist your fellow players with that tricky quest or boss; write hints and tips for training in a certain skill.
Starting from a blank slate, it's time to use your knowledge and experience to help those who never experienced the 2007 version of the game.
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Old School RuneScape - or OSRS for short - is a service featuring a version of RuneScape based on how the game was in August 2007.
This Old School RuneScape service was opened on 22nd of February 2013. This was following a poll where players voted if they wish to see the return of an older version of the game.
The poll was up from 15th February 2013 and finished at 00:00 GMT 1st March 2013. Enough votes were cast to reach the first level of the service within 24 hours of the poll being launched, and total amount of players who voted for OSRS to return was 449,351.
Only members may access the service.
On 7th June 2013, Jagex announced that there would be no extra charge for access to Old School Runescape for at least the next 12 months. Any player with active membership will be able to play OSRS.
The Community leads the way
Our mantra for Old School Runescape is that this is your game and you should decide what happens. As long as there is a demand, Old School is here to stay,
The players are really in control of Old School Runescape. We collect players suggestions from in game, the social sites and the forums and see which we can deliver. We then poll the suggestions to the community who can vote on them. If 75% of the voters agree that we should make that change, we make that change as soon as possible.
Some notable suggestions that have been implemented are the Nightmare Zone minigame, F2P-style servers for PKers, imbued Black Masks for slayers, and making wilderness capes usable in F2P-style worlds. To view our past polls, please go here.
On 7th June 2013, Jagex announced that there would be no additional charge for members to access Old School Runescape for at least the next year. Old School is so popular that Jagex believe it will be a great, vibrant game for years to come.
Multiple community events have already been implemented in Old School. In March there was a week of Q&As with the Old School team live in game while the Easter Holiday Event happened. May saw the invasion of Varrock by hordes of Goblins, rumour has it that they will be back this summer. Also in May, Jagex started doing live streams on Twitch.TV to help communication with the player base.
There are multiple community events coming in the future, including PKing J-Mods, clues to find rares and cryptic clue hunts.
Old School J-Mods
|Mod Ash is one half of the development team for Old School RuneScape. He has worked for Jagex for over 9 years, and was a keen forum mod before that. Ash has been responsible for such great content as:
|Mod Mat K|
|Mod Mat K is the Community Manager for Old School. He is a veteran of Runescape and can frequently be seen hunting down unsuspecting targets in the wilderness. He has worked extensively with the clan community and high level community, growing both and giving them the support they need to flourish.|
|Mod Reach is the power house of Old School. Having been with Jagex for 3 years, Players have called him 'The executioner' because if you see a bot, he'll squash it, if you find a bug, he'll get it fixed, if you abuse it, he'll hunt you down. Mod Reach keeps the wheels turning and the machine moving, without him we would be truly stuck.|
|Mod John C|
|Mod John C has played RuneScape for more than 10 years and has accumulated over 15,000 hours play time with 4000 of them playing Oldschool. John's our Quality Assurance tester, which means his job is to break stuff that Mods Ash and Reach write. When he's not doing that, he likes stalking bots and giving them what's coming to them.|
Every week or so a Developer Blog will be added discussing such things as upcoming changes to the service, new content and bug fixes. You will find Developer Blogs posted regularly within our forums.
Patch notes are a list of updated game content, either because the item was broken, or because its functionality has changed. Below are the most recent patch notes. Patch notes are posted regularly within our forums. You can see the patch notes archived from the beginning of Old School RuneScape on the archive page.
Old School On The Web
The poll to bring back Old School Runescape was released on the 15th of February. Jagex announced that the more players that voted for the return, the more support it would get. The final result of 449,351 votes fell just short of the 500,000 target so Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard upgraded some elements of the service beyond the 250,000 vote level. This resulted in including the gradual addition of anti-botting technology and community polls to decide on any changes to the game to the support package.
The final poll result gave the following service:
|Old School Features||Votes|
|2007 Server Launch?|
|Level of on-going development||Small team|
|Cost of Service||Free **|
|Level of maintenance||Basic|
|Polls to decide new content|
** Free as a members benefit for at least the first 6 months, starting March 1st 2013
The original features list (with the column highlighted green showing what poll could have resulted in) was as follows:
Since the launch players have been able to take part in multiple votes to change or add content. It was agreed with the community that any change to the game would require a majority of 75% of those voting to agree to it. Some notable votes included F2P style worlds being made available for the F2P PKing community, the return of rare items and the decision to not change unidentified herbs to grimy herbs. If you want to see a full list of polls and results, go here.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What’s this whole “Old School RuneScape” thing, then?
We’ve restored a version of RuneScape from August 2007, and have brought it back as an additional service for fans of the retro game. The main RuneScape game continues unaffected and players are welcome to play both.
2. How do I play Old School RuneScape? Do I need to register for a new account?
You access Old School RuneScape using your existing account details from the main game, so you won’t need create a new account if you’ve been a player in the past. However this will be a separate avatar from the main RuneScape game – each service has a separate ‘save game’, despite being accessed through the same account details.
The service is only available to members.
3. I used to have a RuneScape account from back in the day, but I can’t remember my details. How can I get these back?
Visit the account recovery support page to find out how.
4. I used to play RuneScape in the old days. Can I resume my existing progress?
No. Everyone starts afresh on this Old School service. You can, of course, continue your progress in the (much evolved) main RuneScape game.
5. When does the free month start and end?
The free month of access for members will start when the poll concludes on March 1st and ends on March 31st (inclusive). Note that this is in addition to February's Early Access period, which was also free to voting members.
6. How much does Old School RuneScape cost?
Right now, it is free for members, and will be for the next 6 months (starting March 1st 2013). If the service remains popular and grows, no further fee will be introduced. A decision on this will be made in September 2013.
7. Have you altered anything in this resurrected version from how it used to be?
Regular polls are run, in which players vote on what content should and should not be added to the game. Anything that scores 75% support is developed and released. Bugs and game integrity problems are also addressed as they arise.
8. Does the main RuneScape game link into Old School RuneScape service?
There are a few ways in which the two services connect:
- Both use the same account credentials to log in.
- Both use the same display name (avatar name).
- The friends chat & private message systems work across both services.
- Any mute or ban carries across both services.
However, your avatar progress, items, bank content, wealth or any material element of the game is entirely separate, as is each game’s economy.
9. Are the rules and community etiquette different between the main RuneScape and Old School RuneScape?
No. Our modern guidelines govern both games. This includes our stance against cheating, bug abusing and botting, against which we have a zero tolerance policy. Anyone behaving in this way will be permanently banned from both services.
10. What happens if I encounter a bug in Old School RuneScape, can I report it to get it fixed?
Yes. Please, go here to find out how to report issues you've spotted to us.
11. Does Jagex Account Guardian (JAG) work with Old School RuneScape?
For more detailed questions relating to the Old School RuneScape service take a read of the transcript of the recent Q&A on the topic.
Community & Forums
Within the RuneScape Forums exist several forums dedicated to Old School RuneScape and its community.
- Old School RuneScape
- Old School RuneScape General - Old school servers are here! Discuss Old School RuneScape here.
- Old School Clans - Come here to find and form clans
- Old School Advice - A place to share and receive advice in Old School RuneScape
- Old School Feedback & Poll Suggestions - A place to give and share feedback on Old School RuneScape
- Old School RuneScape Marketplace
- Armour and Weapons - Buy and sell all armour and weapons here
- Runes and Ammo - Buy and sell runes, talismans, arrows, cannonballs etc.
- Food and Potions - Buy and sell food, potions and other supplies here
- Ores and Bars - Buy and sell ores and bars only!
- Crafting and Construction - Trade gems, flax, leather, planks, furniture etc.
- Miscellaneous - Buy and sell items that don't fit into the other Marketplace forums
These forums are open to qualifying Members with access to the RuneScape Forums.
Old School RuneScape Wiki
|Getting Started||Controls||Area Guides|
|Find out how to get started on the road to Old School RuneScapemastery.||Learn how to move around the world of Old School RuneScape.||Travel the world from the comfort of the area guides.|
|Learn about the ancient art of combat in Old School RuneScape.||See what skills you can perform in Old School RuneScape.||View details on the quests in Old School RuneScape.|
|Learn about different shop owners, quest characters, and more.||Knowing is half the battle. Learn about the monsters of Old School RuneScape.||View a complete list of items in Old School RuneScape.|
|Minigames||Miscellaneous Guides||Rules of RuneScape|
|See what exciting and rewarding minigames await you.||View our game guides and learn new methods and strategies.||Information about Jagex's rules common to all versions of RuneScape.|
|Game Guide||Support Centre|
|All you need to know, and more, about the game world. How to get started and how to develop your character.||Need help with your account? Perhaps the game won't run for you? Help can be found here.|
|Scribbles & Sketches||The Community Hub|
|Artwork, fan fiction and arts and crafts are found in this section.||Confused by templates or want to contribute but not sure what to do? Check here for details on the RuneScape Wiki editing community.|
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