OK, The kids are always on the computers playing Runescape. So I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I went to the site www.runescape.com . I signed up. (There's a free service and paying member service) So reason #1 the kids like it would be they can play for free.
Now, I have my little person and I've been playing in the tutorial world. I've done things like chop down trees for firewood, start a fire, catch shrimp in a pond, cook the shrimp in the fire and bake bread. I've also learned how to travel around the world and in the process, been taught how to mine for ore and make weapons, fight against ROUS's ("Rodents Of Unusual Size" for those of you who never saw "The Princess Bride") Ok, they just call them giant Rats, but I like ROUS's better. And I've also been taught to put items I don't want to lose if my person dies into the bank. Currently I'm at a point where a financial adviser is explaining to me how I can get more fictional money within the game.
In all honesty, I have to say that this is a game, that if not careful, I myself might get caught up in. I could seriously see my self playing it for hours just like my friend and I used to play Everquest when I was in college. In fact, I think that Runescape bears more than a passing resemblance to Everquest, or as we used to call it "EverCrack" :D
I have to say, that there is definately more to this game than I thought, and I haven't even gone on one of the quests yet. Overall. I actually like it and I can understand what the kids see in it too. You've got action, adventure, money making and also general survival in what can be life and death situations for your character. (Yes they can die, but they get reborn back at the beginning so you can learn from your mistakes) Of course, in the process you may lose some of your precious items you've collected and not stored in the bank.
Yup, I could totally see myself playing Runescape just to play it instead of trying to see what all of the hubbub is about.