Beloit Library hosts RuneScape club

BELOIT, Wis.—The Youth Services Department of the Beloit Public Library invites teens ages 12 and older to join a RuneScape Players Club Thursdays this fall from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The group will meet Sept. 21-Dec. 7, and will play the online game together using the library’s computers.

RuneScape is an immensely popular, multiple-player, virtual world, role-playing game set in an era similar to the Middle Ages. Hundreds of thousands of players from around the world play RuneScape online.

In RuneScape, participants “earn” money through obtaining skills such as archery, crafting, smithing and mining, to name a few. Participants also fight battles against opponents.

Unlike games where you win or lose, RuneScape is more of a life adventure. It’s a game that is different for everyone because each person creates his or her own life in the virtual world, and selects his or her own path. Players chat with other players online with RuneScape’s chatting feature, which is similar to other instant messengers.

As with any online activity, parents should remind their kids not to share personal information, and never plan to meet people they meet online in person.

Participants should always protect their password. It is also worth noting that although RuneScape has a filter that blocks foul language, some people have gone around it by using alternative spellings.

Part of the game is battling with weapons. RuneScape also involves magic. This game is not rated.

One of the reasons RuneScape is so popular is that it gives the participants the opportunity to learn skills such as archery, crafting, smithing and mining. RuneScape can also help children to learn how to manage money (saving and spending), plus it teaches that the more skills you have, the more money you make. Participants also learn social networking skills in a non-appearance-based environment—a great visualizing skill.

There will not be a meeting of the club Nov. 2 and Nov. 23. Also, participants must register and have a library card with Internet permission on it.

For more information, or to register, stop at the Youth Services Desk at the library, call (608) 364-2915 or e-mail

From the Sept. 13-19, 2006, issue

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