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Pay-to-play (also known as P2P; paying players are called members) is the payment-subscribed version of the game. Members pay Jagex a real-world money fee every month in order to access much more content within the game.

The pay-to-play version of the game was first announced on 4 October 2001, and officially released on 27 February 2002.

There is no way to directly pay for membership in RuneScape Classic. Instead of this, by paying for membership on the current version of the game (RuneScape 3), players will automatically receive access to RuneScape Classic as well. For this reason, all players in RuneScape Classic are now members, as the free version no longer exists and membership is required to play it. The membership is also shared with Old School RuneScape.

Differences[edit | edit source]

The advertising points of membership over the free to play version are duelling, sound effects, new content (areas, quests, monsters, skills and items), more bank space as well as the removal of advert banners from the top of the game window.

In the early days of RuneScape Classic, a principle appeal was that the pay-to-play worlds had less users in them, allowing more training areas to be used that would otherwise be full. In December 2002, there were 10 free worlds and 4 members' worlds.[1]

Locations[edit | edit source]

The following locations are exclusive to pay-to-play:

Skills[edit | edit source]

The following skills are members' only:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Day of membership release, manual upgrade
  • On free-to-play worlds, pay-to-play locations were non-existent. If a player were to log off in a members location and re-log on a free-to-play server, they would appear in the black void or in the middle of a body of a water, with no way out. The only way out was to move out of the area on a members world.
  • Some players believe that PKing is unbalanced on pay-to-play due to the high hitting capabilities of the multi-way charged god spells.
  • In the day of release, Andrew Gower had to manually upgrade players who had bought membership.

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