Free-to-play, also known as F2P, is the free version of where no payment to Jagex is required to play. Players who play the free version of RuneScape are known as "free players", "F2Ps", or "non-members". This is in contrast to members, who pay a fee for access to a much larger map and a multitude of skills, items, quests, and activities, which are not available to Free to Play users.
Areas accessible to free players
F2P are limited to only 5 levels on certain skillsThe free part of RuneScape is described by Jagex as being the game with close to 5, 000 hours of skills to train to reach the maximum level of 99, while members is considered the expansion version. There is no limit to the amount of time players are able to continue playing for free, although free players are only able to enjoy about 20% of everything RuneScape has to offer. Free players can upgrade and become a member at any time by paying a fee, granting access to more skills, locations, items, etc.
Formerly, the free-to-play version of RuneScape was its only form, prior to the introduction of members and the subsequent creation of RuneScape 2. The pay-to-play servers were intended by Jagex to benefit all of the RuneScape community.
With respect to gameplay, the majority of new updates within RuneScape are restricted to pay-to-play members with the exception of updates concerning graphics or the addition of new servers. When the members service was announced, Jagex acknowledged that the free version would not be updated as often as it used to be.
Updates since launch of members version
The following are free-version updates that have been made available since the launch of the members service:
In addition to the differences described above, the majority of features outside the games (such as the official RuneScape forums) are open to members only, but also to F2P players with at least 2.5 million total experience or a skill total of 350. This requirement was 12.5 million total experience or a skill total of 500 before an update by Jagex on 15 March 2010.
Removed from free version
Jagex has also occasionally removed features from the free version:
Free versus members
The following popups appear once you reach certain milestones in F2P.
Interface about the benefits of members after getting level 5 Agility.
Interface about the benefits of members after getting level 5 Construction.
Interface about the benefits of members after getting level 5 Divination.
Interface about the benefits of members after getting level 5 Farming.
Interface about the benefits of members after getting level 5 Fletching.
Interface about the benefits of members after getting level 5 Herblore.