How I accidentally became a Runescape coal baron

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What are you doing, Matt? ” asked my friend. It was March 2002 and he had spotted me through the window of our college computer room. Why wasn't I in the pub with the rest of our friends? I explained that I was playing a free fantasy MMO called Runescape.

Technically, that was true. It was certainly true enough to suffice as an answer for now. “Oh. Right. ” He was clearly unimpressed by the low-resolution 3D blobs trundling around the screen. “Is it to do with killing dragons and goblins? ” “Yes, ” I lied. “It's just a bit of fun. ” I wasn't happy that my new friends at college thought I was spending all my free time killing waves of magical monsters, but it was better than the truth.

The truth was that, driven by impatience and greed, I had found myself running a coal mining business fuelled through child labour. In my defence,Buy Runescape Gold, I didn't intend for it to end up this way. I don't think anyone living in rural Cheshire ever really intends to get into child exploitation. I never really planned to start buying Rage Against the Machine albums, and I wouldn't recommend that either. None of what I achieved back then could be carried out today, anyway. In 2007, Runescape's developers introduced the Grand Exchange, a marketplace in which players are able to easily buy and sell their goods for fair as well as reasonable prices. Back in 2002, though, Runescape was a wild new world.

Outside of the game's NPC shops, buying and selling items usually relied on players simply standing on the streets for hours at a time, shouting their best offers at anyone who'd listen. It was a world ripe with opportunity for deceit.


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