Is RuneScape totally fantasy? Is it a mixture of truth and fantasy? Are there hidden messages? Let’s see. RuneScape is one of the most popular games in the world today. It is a fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game popularly termed MMORPG. What influenced the various names and the storyline in the game? There is reason to believe that the game is as biblically influenced as the names of the inventors of the game Andrew and Paul Gower. That means that it is not totally fantasy. Let us look at some of the parallels and the contrasts.
(1) RuneScape is said to be the world that all the game action takes place in – a name formed from the words “rune” and “scape” since runes were said to be hidden in the world and “scape” means “land.” However, there is another pun there. I believe that the main pun is in the fact that “Runescape” is a combination of “run” and “escape.” The capital “S” in the term “RuneScape” is just to point to the other pun and make the “run” “escape” pun less obvious. Quite frankly it reminds me of the text in Gen. 19 where Lot is told to run from Sodom:
Gen.19:17 “And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.”
(2) They say that Guthix the god of nature discovered and shaped the world or RuneScape from an “empty plane.” This mirrors the story of Creation in Gen. 1:1,2:
1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
Let us remember too that everything God created on the six days of Creation was – nature! We are not told of any buildings being built by Him in Genesis 1. We are only told of His creating nature.
(3) RuneScape is said to have been called “Gielinor” in the past. This is probably the biggest clue that the storyline draws from the Bible. “Gielinor” is an anagram for “Religion.” That means that the “Armies of Gielinor” are really the “Armies of Religion.” Since “Gielinor” or “Religion” and “RuneScape” or “Run” “escape” are one and the same, I hope that there is no message there to run or escape from religion. I hope so. The word religion appears in the Bible a few times even with the word “pure” just before it.
(4) The very name “Guthix” is a pun on the word “God.” Some may say that it is not the same spelling but in Danish “God” is “Gut.” In Norwegian it is “Gud.” In German and Swiss it is “Gott.” In Dutch it is “Godt.” To give the name an ancient feel the extra “ix” may have been added to make it sound like “Gothic” an ancient Germanic tribe.
(5) We are told that Guthix’s symbol is a snake. What’s with that? In the Bible the snake symbol is associated with the Devil. Are we blurring the lines between God and the Devil here?
Rev. 12:9 says “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
See Part Two here: