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Runescape is as different from a good RPG as night is from day.
Runescape was the first MMORPG I had played, and it bore a striking resemblance to an rpg game I had played years earlier called Bard's Tale. I really liked it for awhile, but the higher the level the more laborious it became. Finally it became nothing more than a chore with days or more often weeks passing between brief periods of enjoyment. Runescape is 99% grind after level 100.
After I quit Runescape I also quit MMORPG's. The thought of grinding away in another game appalled me. Then one day a few weeks ago I stumbled upon a link to a free 10 day trial of World of Warcraft. I figured I'd download the trial and maybe install it one day if I got bored. However, you don't need to download the trial before you play as you can download the trial while you play! I had to try this just to see how well it worked, and it worked flawlessly. Not once did I ever realize the entire game wasn't already downloaded, there were no pauses or hiccups what so ever. Even more amazing was that I found that MMORPG's don't have to be all grind!
I'm now a WoW subsciber and the very thought of playing Runescape is as laughable as it is painful. Not one time have I felt like I was grinding while playing WoW. NOT ONE TIME have I been called a noob or heard someone else called a noob. I'm already level 34, and I'm amazed that the next level isn't a month away as it was in Runescape. People are generally more friendly than abusive, with people actually frequently helping each other out of sticky situations. All in all, it's has been an entirely night and day experience when compared to Runescape.
Now, I'm not posting this as an advertisement for WoW. Rather I'm posting it for other people like me who thought MMORPG's had to be a grindfest after playing Runescape. I can't even get my brother to try WoW because Runescape left such a bad taste in his mouth. In Runescape you would stand in one spot for an hour hacking away at something (tree, rock, monster, didn't matter) until your inventory filled up then you would go to bank, rinse and repeat. It actually gives much better experience to stand around chopping on some extremely low level thing (tree, rock, monster, doesn't matter) and dropping whatever it gives you and doing it again and again. In Wow, lower level entities pay off less and less experience until at a certain level difference they give no experience at all, while higher level entities give excellent experience. In other words, in Runescape you pretty much have to grind while in WoW grinding is not only unnecessary, it's virtually impossible.
If you are currently playing Runescape and have never tried another RPG like WoW you simply owe it to yourself to give the 10 day free trial a shot. That is my final word on the subject of Runescape.