Okay, I’ve been playing for years and years, nearing on a 10 year veteran, and I noticed that the best time for the runescape economy was 2008-2010 era. Inflation is running rampant in the current game, and there need to be strides made to hault it’s progress.
A while ago, there a forum discussion on in-game gambling. Jagex has finally taken action against the gamblers, and I applaud their efforts, but there was also a discussion on whether or not to include NPC hosted gambling. Jagex agreed that there was a desire for that sort of “high risk gameplay” but never pursued it. The reason the economy flourished from 2008-2010 was not only due to limited trade, but there were abundant money sinks and item sinks. (Ex: Bounty Hunter, PvP worlds, etc.)
An NPC hosted gambling system would be the perfect money sink, and could even include an item sink, if you were allowed to bet items.
There could be an NPC (My favorite would be the merchant over by Baxtorian Falls) located somewhere in a populated area of the game. (EX: Grand Exchange, Varrock square, Fally park, etc.) And this NPC would have a clear 60/40 advantage over the player. The bets could be capped with a minimum and maximum bet, with the player allowed to bet their items and gold. The display could be a random number generator, like dicing, in which an outcome below 60 would end in a win for the NPC, and an outcome above 60 would result in a win for the player.
An update like this would be an amazing gold sink, keeping runescape gold valuable, as well as a great item sink, making it worthwhile once again to hunt a visage, or go back to the godwars dungeon. Things that have become devalued and inefficient.
I appreciate your time in reading, and if you agree that this is a necessary game update, please help me pass it up the chain to Jagex Mods.