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Old School RuneScape (sometimes referred to as OSR, OSRS, 2007scape, RS07 or 07RS) is Jagex's official term for a previous version of the RuneScape game that was introduced from a backup of the RuneScape source code as it had been on 10 August 2007.

This version of the game was announced in a news post on 13 February 2013, which was followed by the opening of a poll to determine community interest on 15 February 2013. The poll, which ended 1 March 2013, decided, among other things, whether an additional membership fee would be charged for access to the game.

The poll ended at 00:00 UTC on Friday 1 March 2013. The final tally of votes was 449,351. Though 500,000 votes are needed to allow no additional membership fee, Jagex stated that the first six months of Old School RuneScape will not have any additional charge. Jagex will review this again in September; if the community is still growing and active by then, then it will remain free.

Despite it having originally been stated that servers would take one to two months to be opened following a successful poll, on 22 February 2013 as part of an Early Access scheme Jagex opened over 50 Old School RuneScape servers and gave a month of free Old School RuneScape membership credit to it to all of those who had voted in the poll. The game quickly saw player counts equalling those of the main version of the game.

Old School RuneScape works similarly to RuneScape Classic in that it can be played with the same account that one plays the main version of the game; yet stats, items and quests are separate and non-transferable. All players regardless of achievements in other versions of the game begin Old School RuneScape on tutorial island with a blank character. As a result, an economy and money supply has had to emerge from nothing since release.

Old School HUD

The HUD in Old School RuneScape

History and releaseEdit

2007 servers of RuneScape were originally announced in early 2013. Jagex allowed players to vote for Old School RuneScape on a referendum, promising a set of features for every vote mark level reached.

LevelsEdit

Old School RuneScape were in four different levels, each with increasing vote requirements. The amount of votes can be seen on the official vote page. Regardless of the outcome, any voter will get a free month of Old School RuneScape game time. Although the vote count only reached 449,351 and not 500,000, Jagex decided not to charge the additional fee of five USD for the first six months (excluding the free month); however, on 7 June 2013, they announced that OSRS is here to stay and there will be no additional fee.

Features Number of votes
Level 0 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
0 - 49,999 50,000 - 249,999 250,000 - 499,999 500,000 - 749,999 750,000 +
Server launch? X mark Yes check Yes check Yes check Yes check
Open to free players? X mark X mark X mark X mark Yes check
Level of on-going Development X mark X mark Yes check - Small team Yes check - Additional dedicated development team
Additional Membership Cost (approx) X mark Yes check - $15 Yes check - $5 X mark - No Extra Membership fee
Level of maintenance X mark Yes check - Critical only Yes check - Basic Yes check - Weekly
Anti-bot/Anti-gold farming upgrade X mark X mark Possible Yes check Yes check
Regular membership polls to decide new content X mark X mark X mark Yes check Yes check

Note: The green shading in the table above only shows the vote mark reached on 1 March 2013 and the features that would have been given according to that vote mark. There have been many changes since the poll ended; click here to view them.

Level 1Edit

Yes check The first level requires 50,000 votes, and is the absolute minimum amount of votes required to guarantee the Old School RuneScape release.

  • $15 additional membership fee
  • No game updates or bug fixes
  • Critical maintenance only

Level 2Edit

Yes check The second level requires 250,000 votes.

  • $5 additional membership fee
  • No major updates, only critical bug fixes
  • Small development team
  • Possibility of modern-day anti-bot technology over time, if needed

Level 3Edit

Yes check  The third level requires 500,000 votes.

  • Free with current membership
  • Some content updates, anti-bot technology added if necessary
  • Maintenance will be done on a regular basis

Level 4Edit

X mark The fourth level requires 750,000 votes.

  • No additional membership fee. Free portion of the game will be open for everyone.
  • Content updates will be decided upon by regular polls.
  • Modern anti-bot technology added if necessary
  • Large development team for continuous maintenance

Features introducedEdit

The following table shows the features that were introduced into OSRS. Jagex allowed other features from the 500,000 vote mark to be introduced in the game.

Features Number of votes
Level 0 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
0 - 49,999 50,000 - 249,999 250,000 - 499,999 500,000 - 749,999 750,000 +
Server launch? X mark Yes check Yes check Yes check Yes check
Open to free players? X mark X mark X mark X mark Yes check
Level of on-going Development X mark X mark Yes check - Small team Yes check - Additional dedicated
development team
Additional Membership Cost (approx) X mark Yes check - $15 Yes check - $5 X mark - No Extra
Membership fee[nb 1]
Level of maintenance X mark Yes check - Critical only Yes check - Basic Yes check - Weekly
Anti-bot/Anti-gold farming upgrade X mark X mark Possible Yes check Yes check
Regular membership polls to decide new content X mark X mark X mark Yes check Yes check

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a Jagex has previously stated that they will review this in September 2013, and if the server is still active and growing then it will remain free. However, on 7 June 2013, they announced that OSRS will remain free of extra charge.[1]

Core differences between Old School & the live gameEdit

  • Players must be aged 13 or over to play Old School Runescape.
  • Old School has turn based combat that is mediated exclusively with weapons, armours, and prayers rather than the current combat system which makes use of abilities. Special attacks exist as well.
  • The rate of running energy recover is of one percent every 7 seconds, much longer than the actual rate of 2 percent by one second. (The real rate in the original 2007 server was of one percent for 5 seconds, though.)
  • Graphics are pre-HD era with no full screen mode or resizeable mode.
  • There are 127 quests; the latest quest is King's Ransom. All later quests are not in the game.
  • The Grand Exchange is not present.
  • There is no Squeal of Fortune, Treasure Hunter, or Solomon's General Store.
  • There is no SummoningDungeoneering, or Divination skill.
  • Distractions and Diversions do not exist officially, however some that were later given this title exist.
  • A number of minigames do not exist; however, there are some minigames unique to Old School.
  • Herbs are identified rather than cleaned. This means the type of herb is unknown until it is identified with the proper herblore level or deduced logically.
  • Items that have been previously discontinued still exist. There also exist items that were never available before, such as the beach boxing gloves and rainbow partyhats.
  • Tutorial Island is available, but not as in the original 2007 version in which you could level up your skills up to level 5. Actually you can only try once each task.
  • Old School is maintained and developed by 2 developers, 1 QA tester, 1 artist, 1 game engine developer, 1 video journalist, and 2 community managers.

ContentEdit

Most new content in the game is decided by Jagex-run polls based on player feedback obtained from social media such as the RuneScape Forums, Twitter, and Reddit. Players must have at a total level of at least 280 in Old School RuneScape to be eligible to vote in these polls. In order for a poll to be successful, it must be supported by 75% of the votes.

Additions to the game include the God Wars Dungeon (which was not completed on 10 August 2007), although it was not the same as it was when it was released into the main game. There is content that exist that has never been seen before in the live games history, and thus is exclusive to Old School RuneScape. For example, the Wilderness Rejuvenation introduced six new bosses in the Wilderness that drop the dragon pickaxe (which was nonexistent in 2007), components for mage and range equivalents to the obsidian shield.

Holiday itemsEdit

Holiday items were first introduced into the game via random drop similar to the original holiday item drops. Each world only had one item spawned at a time in location chosen randomly from a predetermined list. Items stayed visible for 30 minutes or until they were picked up, at which point they would randomly respawn again. The first drop was held in the first week of June. Players could also obtain holiday items by killing a Jagex Moderator.

Later on, holiday items were rewarded in bulk for completion of holiday events. This also included newly added holiday items unique to Old School; e.g. the rainbow partyhat.

TriviaEdit

  • When Old School RuneScape was initially released, uncleaned herbs were grimy even though on the 10th of August 2007, uncleaned herbs were still unidentified. This was intentionally done by Jagex to prevent players from scamming. Unidentified herbs were reinstated on the 25 February 2013.
  • On Day 1, the Old School Servers hit 50k online players after being up for only 4 hours. During peak times, player count has been seen to rise up to 66,708. However, during offpeak, the count has dwindled to as low as 3,566. The current highest peak player number was obtained on 17 March 2013. The current lowest players was on 8 August 2013.
  • There is a tracker up that is tracking the online player numbers of both games, which can be seen here [1]

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