RuneScape Classic, The Old Version of Rs
The current Runescape game has a large number of servers and an enormous player base but it wasn’t always that way. RS used to be much smaller and the community was tight-knit.
Runescape classic, also called RSC, RS 1 and RS classic, is the original version of the current browser-based MMORPG. Runescape classic was first launched as an open beta in January 2001. It was designed by Andrew Gower with the help of his brother Paul Gower.
Unlike today’s game, Runescape classic was much tinier and its community was more intimate. Players were more familiar with each other considering that there would only be a few hundred players online at any given time. Actions had more bearing on the game and the community because it was so small. To give an example, back then if a person killed another person, he would be sure to meet the same person soon. The RS map was also much smaller then so players would also encounter the same players almost everyday and in that manner they became familiar with each other.
Not only were the people playing who were closer to each other then but also the game developers were also more casual to the player base. If there was a wedding of some famous couples, Paul was often present and there might even be a system message to broadcast the event to the entire game world.
RS 1 can still be accessed nowadays since Jagex has kept a few servers running for the hardcore RS classic fans.
One of the early Runescape classic websites is Meili’s Runescape Classic Website which has screenshots of high level players and events, history and links to other RS websites.