Runescape classic is a game, or was a game. It was not the first version of the runescape, as there was a beta version of it called Devious Mud. It was released in 1999 with only a handful of people able to play it (Andrew Gower, if you’re still reading this — I would love to try it out!). Nonetheless, Andrew Gower and family (Paul Gower, Ian Gower) decided to make Runescape based on this version and released it in 2001. It was a success and therefore Runescape 2 came out, and so on. This particular blog post will talk specifically about Runescape Classic and is it still playable in 2019.
Short answer: Yes.
Long Answer: No.
Let me explain. Runescape classic closed down in 2018. There were not many players, most of those players were using automated software AKA bots, macros. Two of the main reasons why the game was closed was because 1) people moved on from the game and 2) the Jagex team had to focus on the other two latest versions of their game.
Now, you may ask, how is it playable if shut down? There is a thing called a private server, which is essentially an illegal game server that duplicated runescape classic and lets people play. Now, the reason that it is illegal is because 1) it breaks A LOT of copyrights 2) it obtains NO authorization from the rightful owners — neither Jagex nor the Gower brothers. These private servers have passion, but blatantly copying the game using stolen content without asking anyone is a big no in my book. Additionally, you don’t know the people behind these private servers or when they will decide to turn the servers off.
I loved runescape classic as much as you, or even more, however I see private servers as a very risky thing for the reasons mentioned above, but also the risk of viruses/malware. Now, if a reputable company with a name bought the rights for the game, I would be all for it. But this has not happened yet.
If you do want to play, I will talk a little bit about the existing private servers. I will be using my research, along with my friends personal experience of playing some of these private servers.
The current list is as follows: RSCEmulation – 63, RSCRevolution – 64, OpenRSC – 4, RSCVanilla – 5, RSCDawn – 7.
The names listed above are listed from oldest to newest, by creation date.
To give you an idea of how many people are playing each server, I wrote the number of online users besides the server name. As you can see, most people have moved on from runescape classic altogether.
UPDATE: I have talked to one of my friends in detail that still plays runescape classic private servers and am happy to give the pro’s and con’s of most of these servers.
RSCEmulation Summary: Decent server, very active, bought/sold ownership is constant.
– Very Active
– Constantly bought/sold ownership
– Not fully replicated
– A mix of RS2 skills, abilities, not 100% RSC.
RSCRevolution Summary: Decent server, very active, original ownership.
– Very active
– A lot of development
– Helpful staff members
– A heavy mix of RS2 skills, abilities, not 100% RSC.
– The most heavily modified private server, including skills, landscape and items.
OpenRSC Summary: Decent server, active development, open source.
– A lot of development
– Open source
– No pay-to-win
– Low player base
RSCVanilla Summary: Decent server.
– No pay-to-win
– Lower player base
RSCDawn Summary: ??
This server has not been tried yet. It’s relatively new with a low player base.
Should you play a private server? You may want to, but you will probably be disappointed. If you were to choose a private server to play runescape classic on I would recommend OpenRSC. It is open-source, there is no membership fee’s and there is no pay-to-win.
For me… I will be moving onto other games. Rest in peace Runescape Classic.