Almost every massively multiplayer online role playing game has a virtual economy, especially in an MMORPG as large as Runescape. The basic trading process in Runescape is relatively simple. Let’s elaborate on that further in this article.
The Virtual Economy
What is a virtual economy? Well, true to its name, it is an emergent economy existing within a virtual world. Players usually exchange virtual goods with each other. They enter these virtual economies for recreation and entertainment, and of course, necessity. Primarily, virtual economies deal with in-game currencies. Trading is the exchange of Runescape gold and items between the players. It is one of Runescape’s oldest features, and while it is not essential really to gameplay, it plays a large part in the community and is utilized by nearly every player. Additionally, trade happens when one player interacts with another player in a community to buy RS gold. Some communities online offer cheap Runescape gold as well.
The Trading Process
The trading process in Runescape is divided into three steps. First, initiate the trade. Choose your desired partner in trading, whether trading for items or RS gold. The first trade window then is where you make your offer (or the other party) of the items to be traded. Lastly, the second trade window is where you and the other party are given one final chance to make sure that you really want to go through with the trade. In Runescape, once you have completed the trade, it is irreversible – any transaction made is final. So make sure to always double check your items and RS gold before you hit trade!
Initiating the Trade
To start trading with a fellow player, you must right-click the person and select the Trade with option. The message Sending trade offer will appear in the chat box, and [Player Name] wishes to trade with you will appear in the other player’s chat box. This player must then accept the invitation by clicking on that message. Once the offer has been accepted, a trade window will open for each player. Note that if one of the traders has a certain interface (such as bank, equipment stats, or trading interface) up with another player, a message stating that the player is busy will show up in the chat box instead. Players in a busy world who wish to see their trading partner’s chat may click on their trade tab at the bottom of the screen. This allows the player to see only their partner’s chat and their own to avoid confusion.
The Trade Window
The first trade window has three main parts:
- Your Offer – to add to a trade offer, click on an item in their inventory. To remove an already added offer, click the item. Players may trade with both what is in their inventory and their money pouch. To add money from the pouch, simply click the text on the upper half of the window and enter the amount.
- Trader’s Offer – other player’s trade offer.
- Wealth Transfer Scale – calculates the values of all the items using Grand Exchange price as an indicator and then shows if the trade is balanced or positive to one or another player.
If an item is removed from an offer, a big red flashing exclamation point will appear where the item used to be with a message noting to check the offer. If the player attempts to accept the offer, they will be given a warning to double check the offer. There is also an indicator showing slots left, accept and decline button. Once either player is satisfied with the trade, Accept must be clicked to proceed. When both players have done so, the second trade window appears. If a player does not wish to trade with the other anymore, Decline may be clicked to close the trade window.
The second trade window is a final confirmation of the transaction. Here, players are able to review which items have been offered by each party to confirm they are trading what they intended to. Any items modified from the first window will still be marked in red, this time with a bar that spans the length of the entire half of the other player’s window.