I used to play RS too! I left when Jagex got all crowd-control with the 3000 max trade limit, no wilderness, etc. I was level 60, I think, and a mage "pure." Count me in for starting again.
I see what you did there, Alhalish. Snatch Steal is now banned, and lots of cards rape Jinzo. Bottomless Trap Hole for example can kill Neil before he gets summoned, and since he was never summoned, the effect never triggers. As for my signature card, it's probably Maestroke the Symphony Djinn.
Thread officially hijacked, sorry.
After those cheery and delightful posts, let me divert the attention to RS again.
Aaa, Runescape seems massively overhauled since the last time I played. Should I play the new version or the "beta version from 2007", which was the last time I played? If anyone's starting out too, feel free to party up with me, my PMs are open.
I would say accessibility and ease of use. It works on almost any machine assuming it has Java, making it appeal to low-end PC (like the ones in the school library when I first started this game) users. It was also extremely deep for its time in 2004, and you can do much more than just hunt monsters, you can farm, mine, pray, chop wood, fish etc. Iirc you can even get a house and get married.
Right now, I don't know. I left because Jagex (the game's Fraggle/UR Staff) made some drastic, game-breaking changes to prevent any sort of real-life money trading for in-game gold. Idiot didn't realize that he would lose 70% of the player base.