I played that game for several years in middle/high school. I got out when I was the only one of my friends still playing, which I think was a few months after they added the summoning skill, and I was pretty close to getting the quest cape at the time.
Anyone play Runescape? My Christmas gift to myself for the past few years have been year long membership to it. It's a MMORPG that I've been playing for... 11 years now, I think. I have so much history with it I can't not play anymore.
I played Runescape heavily for a few months maybe 10 years ago. I realized it was too much of a time sink and quit.
The main reason I don't play MMORPGs anymore is because of the time invested learning all the background and story in them. I get too sucked in.
Aside from internet issues, my main reason is how they're "free to play", but for all the good stuff you gotta fork over some pretty cash. Of course, you don't HAVE to pay to enjoy the game, but in my experience you typically gotta pay for the levels that gi e you access to better loot, to increase armor rating and climb the Tier ladder.
Yeah, the good stuff is pretty much members only. Once you get the free skills up to level 50 or so (and can get tier 5 armor weapons, which are the highest for free players), the game gets repetitive and dumb. It's definitely a free trial of sorts hoping you'll get sucked in. I tried playing my main on the free worlds after having a membership, didn't like it. Started over with a new character, didn't like it. Once you're exposed to the member's world, it's tough to go back. But I enjoy it, I've made some good friends through it, so it's worth it to me. What I do appreciate is they don't double charge you - once you pay a membership, you have access to everything that makes the game worthwhile. You can pay more for costumes, cosmetic changes, emotes, etc., but that stuff doesn't matter to me.
@runningthroughFIRE - you know what's funny is that I'm usually the same way (I can easily tell you more about the back stories of the worlds of Dragon Age, Fable, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings than I can about US History - yes I know, I suck), but I never got sucked into RS history. They apparently entered a new age recently (and Guthix is dead?) but meh. I keep telling myself I'll learn it (it would probably help game play) but maybe it's better I don't haha.