The Blood Pact
Free to Play
Stop a cultists' plot to unleash an undead horde on the city of Lumbridge.
Speak to Xenia in Lumbridge Graveyard, then delve deep.
The second you step onto the island of Ashdale, you'll be met by Gudrik. Be sure to complete his tutorial - it's quick, introduces you to the game's interface, and demonstrates the key concepts of RuneScape. Plus, you get to defeat an evil necromancer and nick her hat.
Read on for a handy guide to your first few days in game, and beyond.
First up, you'll need to know how to get around.
The Minimap is the adventurer's best friend. As well as showing you the surrounding area, it has two essential functions:
Home Teleport: This returns you to any lodestone (circular stone plinths found in most major cities) that you've visited and activated. Note that this can't be done during combat, though.
World Map: The best way to find your next adventure. Click the World Map button, then use the filtering options on the left of the World Map interface to find the type of content you're most interested in.
RuneScape has a classless progression system and a vast, open world. It can be hard to decide what to do first.
If you ever need a nudge in the right direction, the Path System is for you. It'll point you to content based on your choice of three categories: questing, combat and non-combat skills.
Click the Compass icon, then select the Path tab to get started.
Daily Challenges are another great way to start levelling up and learning about the array of content RuneScape offers. These tasks can often be completed in as little as 20 minutes, and get you a nice chunk of XP to boot.
Speak to Challenge Mistress Fara in Burthorpe to find out more.
The joy of RuneScape is the freedom it offers. Be an intrepid quester, a mighty warrior, a deft artisan...or all of those things!
Got the hang of the free game? Consider upgrading to membership to unlock everything RuneScape has to offer.
RuneScape's quests are its pride and joy. No 'Kill 10 boars' here - each one is a hand-crafted slice of story, shot through with trademark humour and packed with tasty rewards.
Your Quest Journal is the first stop - click the Compass icon, then the Quests tab.
Here are some suggestions to start you off:
Gielinor's a dangerous place, and many adventurers spend their days honing their combat skills to perfection.
Find out more about combat, or see below for some content that'll test your steel:
There's plenty of room for peaceful pursuits, too. Make your fortune crafting valuable items and selling them, level up support skills that'll help you as you travel, or even build your own home.
Find out more about RuneScape's skills, or read on for some great starting points: