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Up to date as of February 07, 2010
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From the RuneScape Wiki, the wiki for all things RuneScape

Subscription is the process of a RuneScape player paying the fee to become a member and access the pay-to-play version of the game. When players subscribe, they receive members credit that allows them to access the pay-to-play version of RuneScape. Subscriptions through different payment methods may have varying lengths, although there is a minimum length of one month.

Jagex is affiliated with several payment providers which each provide different subscription payment methods and prices. Different payment methods require different information to be given during a secure payment process. Some subscriptions continue automatically unless the player cancels it, so that they can enjoy uninterrupted membership. Other payment methods require the player to renew manually when it expires if they wish to enjoy members' benefits.

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Member credit

Member credit is obtained by paying for a subscription. Member credit is essentially the number of days remaining in a subscription. When member credit expires, the account will revert to free-to-play, and all extra features available only in the pay-to-play version of RuneScape are inaccessible again. Remaining member credit is displayed when members log in. Membership cannot be frozen unless bank actions are taken, and a day of member credit is used each day until it runs out.

Starting a subscription

Players can subscribe for membership by clicking the 'Start a new subscription' option in the 'Membership' section of the sidebar on the RuneScape website. The site will then attempt to automatically detect the player's home country. If it can't detect the country of a player, it will bring them to a page where they will be prompted to select their home country. After a country has been determined, a page listing a variety of payment methods available in that country will be displayed. Players can then select a payment method of their choice from those displayed, and will be prompted for information (different depending on selected payment method) in the following pages during the secure payment process.

Cancelling a subscription

Subscriptions can be cancelled by selecting the 'Cancel an existing subscription' option in the 'Membership' section of the sidebar on the RuneScape website. Players will be offered various cancellation options:

  • Players may log into the site by entering their RuneScape username and password. After logging in, players will be taken to a cancellation page where they may choose from a list of reasons for cancellation and go to the cancellation confirmation page or they may choose not to unsubscribe. The cancellation confirmation page requires a final confirmation of the cancellation of the account's subscription and also provides a final option to choose not to unsubscribe.
  • Players who have forgotten their username and/or password may cancel their subscription by providing their credit card number and expiry date as well as the username and email address provided when the subscription was taken out. Players are given the option to "Leave unchanged" or "Cancel subscription" for each account currently linked to the card. Furthermore, any previous accounts tied to the card which were cancelled can still be viewed. After submitting the information, players are taken to a final cancellation confirmation page where the credit card number and expiry date entered are displayed and there is an option to confirm cancellation.
  • Players who have subscriptions using alternate payment methods through the payment provider PayByCash can cancel their subscriptions on the PayByCash website.

When a subscription is cancelled, players will continue to have access to members only worlds and features until their member credit expires. When a player's membership expires, they will be teleported to Lumbridge to prevent them being stuck in a members-only area. Players that have cancelled their account will be subject to the limits of Free-to-Play players, including a restricted bank allotment of 68 items. If you have more than 68 items, including Members Objects, in your bank, you cannot put any more items into the bank until you have reduced your bank size. If you have a stackable item in the bank you can still deposit this, it is only new items which will not be deposited. Plan carefully, as you cannot sell or trade "Members Objects" on a F2P server once your account is cancelled.

Note: It was once possible to cast the high alchemy spell on members' items such as yew longbows however Jagex changed this after players would 'stock up' on nature runes and yew longbows and spend weeks/months training their magic meaning Jagex lost membership revenue.

Extending a subscription

Several payment methods are not ongoing, and need to be extended in order for payment to be continued. In order to prevent member credit from expiring, players must extend subscription. RuneScape subscriptions may be extended by clicking on the 'Extend an existing subscription' option in the 'Membership' section of the sidebar on the RuneScape website. This will bring players to either the normal page displaying payment methods for their detected country or the country select page if the country is undetectable. From this page, players may extend their subscriptions by choosing a payment method and entering their payment information as normal in the secure payment process.

Payment methods and subscription prices

There are various payment methods for RuneScape. Several payment providers who have agreements with Jagex process the transactions, and compete to offer better prices and availability. Sections below contain information from the RuneScape Knowledge Base's Billing section on all available payment methods.

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Credit card payment

The cheapest subscription payment method is via credit card. Credit card payment is available to customers worldwide. When a subscription is paid via credit card, each month the payment is taken from the credit card account and a month of subscription is credited to the player's account. This is ongoing, and payments will continue to be taken from the credit card account a few days before the player's membership credit runs out until the subscription is canceled or if your credit card expires. You must resubscribe if you renew your credit card. Credit card payments are processed immediately. Payments from the credit cards Visa, Visa Delta, and Mastercard are accepted from all customers regardless of location. The debit cards JCB, Visa Electron, Visa Debit Switch/Maestro, and Solo are also accepted from customers in the United Kingdom. Subscriptions paid for prior to 18 August 2008 update via credit card cost $5.00 USD, £3.20 GBP, 5.00EUR, or the equivalent in the customer's local currency. Post update via credit card cost $5.95 USD, £3.50 GBP, 5.95EUR. Further information is available during the secure subscription payment process (instructions for beginning above).

PayByPhone

Main article: Membership PayByPhone

The PayByPhone payment method is available from payment provider Surfpin to players in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, and more. Players wishing to subscribe via PayByPhone call Surfpin's PayByPhone service and receive a PIN redeemable (after a processing period of 15 minutes) for one month of member credit on the RuneScape website. Subscription is paid for by the cost of the call, which is added to the caller's phone bill and is dependant on the country the caller is calling from. Players who subscribe via PayByPhone can unsubscribe simply by not calling again to resubscribe. No longer subscription lengths are currently available through PayByPhone. Costs for PayByPhone payment method are $7.99 USD, £5.00 GBP, 6.95EUR. Further information is available during the secure subscription payment process (instructions for beginning above).

PayBySMS

The PayBySMS payment method is available to players in the United States[1][2], Canada[3][2], France[2], Germany[2], the Netherlands[2], New Zealand[2], Switzerland[2], the United Kingdom[2], Australia[2], Belgium[2], Singapore[4], Estonia[5] and Lithuania[5].

Players subscribing via PayBySMS send a text message from their cellphone to Surfpin and receive a message in reply with a PIN redeemable (after a processing period of 15 minutes) for one month of member credit on the RuneScape website, very similar to the PayByPhone payment method. PayBySMS is only available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada and is generally the most expensive payment method, costing $11.96 USD, £6.00 GBP, 6.90 EUR, $16.60 AUD or $11.50 CAD plus any charge made by the subscriber's mobile phone operator. The subscriber's network provider may also charge for the text message sent. The cost of the message is added to the subscriber's telephone bill if the subscriber has a contract or removed from the credit on the subscriber's phone.

PayBySMS currently supports the following telephone networks:

  • Networks in the United Kingdom:
    • 3 (Hutchison 3G UK Limited)
    • O2 (O2 (UK) Limited)
    • Orange
    • T Mobile
    • Virgin Mobile
    • Vodafone
  • Networks in the United States:
    • Alltell Wireless
    • at&t
    • Dobson
    • Nextel
    • Sprint
  • Networks in Canada:
    • Bell
    • (Fido) Microcell
    • MTS
    • Rogers
    • Sasktel
    • Telus
    • Virgin Mobile

Players who subscribe via PayBySMS can unsubscribe simply by not sending another text message to resubscribe. No longer subscription lengths are currently available through PayBySMS. Further information is available during the secure subscription payment process (instructions for beginning above).

PayPal

The provider PayPal offers players a variety of credit card payment options, being you have an existing account with PayPal. PayPal subscriptions are available globally. Price via PayPal payment method are 1 month from USD$7.50 / GBP£4.50 / EUR6.50 2 months from USD$12.99 / GBP£7.99 / EUR10.99 3 months from USD$17.99 / GBP£10.99/ EUR15.99 6 months from USD$34.99 / GBP£20.99 / EUR29.99 12 months from USD$66.99 / GBP£39.99 / EUR55.99. There is a processing time of less than 1 minute.

By taking advantage of the "Secure Cards" feature provided by the Paypal Plug-in, one can generate a multiple-use virtual Mastercard linked to their Paypal account and use it with the credit card payment option, thus paying the cheaper credit card membership fees at $6/month rather than $7.50/month.

GiroPay

Offered to German players only, GiroPay is a real-time bank transfer subscription process. When you complete your payment, the cash will be removed from your bank account and paid directly to Jagex. All payments are "One-off" meaning monthly renewal of membership is required, unless you purchase a package which gives you 1,2,3,6, or 12 months at a lump charge. The cost for the GiroPay payment method is 1 month from EUR6.45 2 month from EUR12.25 3 month from EUR17.40 6 month from EUR32.25 12 month from EUR58.05.

PayByCash

The provider PayByCash also provides a wide variety of payment methods. PayByCash offers different costs for different lengths of payment, with discounts available for longer payments. Considerably due to the vast amount of options available, please view the link below for a detailed explanation of possible payments options.

One option is the Ultimate Gamer Card (in various amounts)

Pre-pay cards

Main article: Pre-pay card

Pre-pay cards are sold at Target, 7-Eleven, Wal Mart, Gamestop, and Rite-Aid stores in the United States, and are available in England at Sainsbury's supermarket stores.[6] There are 2 types of cards:

  • 30-day subscription (USD $7.95) (GBP £6.99)
  • 90-day subscription (USD $22.50)(GBP £12.99)

Wallie-cards

Main article: Wallie-card

In United Kingdom, Mexico, Europe, and more, players can pay with a Wallie-card.

Wallie-card
Price's correct 16/10/08
MONTHS GBP EUR Mex $
1 £3.99 € 5.105 $91.3555
2 £6.99 € 8.943 $159.941
3 £9.99 €12.782 $228.586
6 £19.99 €25.577 $458.389
12 £36.99 €47.328 $848.565

Lifetime subscription

There is a Lifetime subscription, if a player wins a competition they can get Lifetime Membership as a possible prize[7].

During the party hat duplication glitch, Jagex offered lifetime memberships for those who showed them how to duplicate items. Some players did this, instead of lifetime memberships, they all got permanent bans.

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References

  1. ^ New Payment Option - US PayBySMS/Text. Website Updates. Jagex Games Studio (2006-11-02). Archived from the original on 2010-01-30. Retrieved on 2010-01-30. “We are pleased to announce the launch of payment by SMS/Text Message in the United States! This service is in addition to the existing Pay by Phone option and allows a quick and easy way to get our optional "members game" for those without a credit card.”
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j PayByPhone Payment. RuneScape Customer Support. Jagex Games Studio. Archived from the original on 2010-01-30. Retrieved on 2010-01-30. “The PayByPhone service is currently available in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.”
  3. ^ PayBySMS now available in Canada.. Customer Support updates. Jagex Games Studio (2009-04-20). Archived from the original on 2010-01-30. Retrieved on 2010-01-30. “We’re pleased to announce that our Canadian players can now pay for membership of RuneScape or FunOrb by SMS. This means that you can purchase or renew membership using your mobile telephone.”
  4. ^ PayBySMS available in Singapore. Customer Support updates. Jagex Games Studio (2009-07-10). Archived from the original on 2010-01-30. Retrieved on 2010-01-30. “We’re pleased to announce that our players from Singapore can now pay for membership of RuneScape by SMS. This means that you can purchase or renew membership using your mobile telephone.”
  5. ^ a b PayBySMS available in Estonia and Lithuania. Customer Support updates. Jagex Games Studio (2009-06-01). Archived from the original on 2010-01-30. Retrieved on 2010-01-30. “We’re pleased to announce that our Estonian and Lithuanian players can now pay for membership of RuneScape or FunOrb by SMS. This means that you can purchase or renew membership using your mobile telephone.”
  6. ^ NEWS - 18th June 2009 - Membership cards in 7-Eleven
  7. ^ Mod Hohbein (2010-01-29). RuneScape Machinima Competition 2. Customer Support updates. Jagex Games Studio. Archived from the original on 2010-01-30. Retrieved on 2010-01-30. “The first machinima competition was pretty straightforward: make a short machinima using RuneScape. This time, however, we're introducing a theme to spice things up a bit. We want you to make us an advert for something within RuneScape! ... The winner will receive lifetime membership to RuneScape, a tour of the studio to meet the people who make RuneScape happen, and an invitation to a Jagex event to be held later this year. ... Meanwhile, four runners-up will each receive lifetime RuneScape membership.”

This article uses material from the "Membership subscription" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Yugioh

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Yu-Gi-Oh!

There are two key concepts in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG concerning "Costs":

1. Costs are paid before the activation of a card, not after.

2. You never get a "refund" on a cost.

Costs are paid before activation. So to activate "Seven Tools of the Bandit", or the effect of "Cannon Soldier", or play "Premature Burial", you pay the Life Points or Tribute the monster before you activate the card or use the effect. (In other words, you pay the cost then announce your intention to use the card.) This includes flipping the card, for a Trap, or playing it from your hand, for a Spell Card.

If a card is negated (or, for a Continuous card, if it is destroyed in a chain), it makes no difference regarding the cost, because the cost has been paid. You do not receive a "refund" simply because your card was negated, or its effect was negated, or it was destroyed (in the case of a Continuous card).

Also, cards like Dark World Dealings present no cost, because the part that says you must discard is after the effect of drawing a card from your deck. This is one way to determine whether a card requires a cost or not.

Here are some specific examples:

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Example #1: Negation of "Seven Tools of the Bandit"

Example #2: Negation in a Chain of "Premature Burial"

Example #3: Destruction in a Chain of "Premature Burial"

Example #4: Chaining "Mask of Restrict" to "Cannon Soldier's" effect

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Costs don't always have to be in Life Points. Monsters can be Tributed, cards can be discarded from the hand, etc.

Costs as a Discard

Cards like "Dark Core" and "Lightning Vortex" have a discard cost of 1 card from your hand.

Costs as a Summoning Requirement

Cards like "Chaos Sorcerer" require you to remove 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from play from your Graveyard.

You cannot use a card like "Disappear" to remove one of those monsters from play before it's removed for the summoning, or a card to remove a card from your opponent's hand before he/she does, because you cannot beat a player to paying a cost.

Other Costs

Other costs include: discarding from the Deck or Tributing a monster(s). Sometimes, though it is not stated, the positive effect of a card can be a cost in itself, such as with "Astral Barrier".

Likewise, if a player activates a card with a cost affixed to it, and another player negates and/or destroys it (with "Magic Jammer", "Seven Tools of the Bandit", etc.), the first player must still pay the cost, even though the effect was negated.

You cannot partially pay a cost. For example, if you're forced to discard 2 cards, you must discard 2 cards, unless another card effect bypasses this, or it is otherwise impossible to do so, such as when you have one or less cards in your hand. In the latter case, you would not be able to pay the cost, since it has to be paid in full upon activation. A cost is similar to a Compulsory effect. There are very few cards that can negate costs (for example, "Spell Economics").

Misconceptions

Some cards can be "deceptive," cards can be worded to make someone, believe they are paying a cost when in reality they are not.

Here are some specific examples:

Example #1: Negation of "Two-Pronged Attack"

Because destroying 2 of your own monsters is part of the entire effect not separtated by a comma or a period, it is not a cost and your monsters are not destroyed.

Example #2: Negation of "Future Fusion"

In this card's case, although it is separated by 2 commas, there is no indication or suggestion that sending cards from your deck to your graveyard is part of an activation cost or requirement for this card.

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This article uses material from the "Costs" article on the Yugioh wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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