The truth is that if the game OSRS GP had been like it was before the Grand Exchange and all that, I'd have played RuneScape intermittently while watching television shows and things like that. As it was, they killed my passion in the name of improving the game, and it was not suitable for me any more. In a way If OSRS was available again I'd likely still play it.
My issue is that I would have an opportunity to start over, but as a player who has an active character in OSRS I am frustrated that my account couldn't be transferred to OSRS.
I felt the same fear, but I soon got hooked on Skilling. I stopped playing on the day RS3 was released. I have not logged in to the rs3 game since. I have an Max combat account, and some 99s on it. I feel the pain of having to do it again in 07 but it's nostalgic to get back into the gym and get the Rush getting better.
It's a real challenge to start over however once I was going, I could not stop. Mobile has been a tremendous aid. It's easy to play anyplace. It's nice that you can skill during the lunch break.
We'd like to know if you are in the beta. What do you think? Will you try it? If yes, how did it go? Do you think it can be successful? Is Jagex prepared to handle the mobile world, where cheating is just as common as in the normal game? I'm assuming they're trying to ensure people can't cheat but I can't imagine all their preventative measures working.
I personally am looking forward to playing on-the-go. It seems like I could manage the game that way, but playing in a sitting position it isn't my style. Particularly when there are so many other games to play.
This probably leads into old school rs gold discussions about portability and with the successes of the nintendo switch I can see why mobile is a great way to get people interested. Jagex might be able to help make Runescape more mobile-friendly if it starts to orient Runescape toward them.