Sat Dec 24. 2022
I've been seeing a lot of Runescape Private Servers lately. How do they work? They are most likely based on the old Runescape. However, a few of them look exactly like the real Runescape.
How did they make the servers possible? Is the source code of Runescape being leaked multiple times? Or has someone just copied Runescape and made their own version (and stole the 3D objects from Jagex to make it look similar) and then written the code to replicate most of Runescape's functions.
The Java language is used to code most Runescape Private Servers. It's been a community effort for the most part. Since the beginning of Runescape Classic, there was some leaked source. From there, it's been mostly community reverse engineering updates. URL-Manipulation allows you to find images and textures, as well as some source code. It was possible to analyze a lot of the game by creating a client and then reading the messages sent by the Runescape server. You can now get good source code from large Runescape Private Server Communities to make your own. Source can be obtained for anything from a fully-developed engine to a simple construct that requires scripting.
Java is the code itself. Some people use mysql to rank players, track their highscores, and most importantly, to reward voters with voting rewards. A simple search for "runescape source client" will yield a lot of code releases. Start with the basics, the first version 317 PI. This is a good way to get familiar with the code. A good game client is required. It must be compiled as.jar to allow everyone to download the game and play it from their computer. It's a good idea to create a webclient as some people prefer to play the game on their browser. You could create interesting topics on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to get decent-priced advertising. I recommend topsites such as the RSPS List and similar. You can reward your players for voting, increase ranking on top, and get some traffic and new members.