Alright guys, I've already posted this in a different thread but I'll post it here anyway:
I personally haven't played since 2007/2008, pretty much after the grand exchange got introduced and runescape just went downhill from there. I got bored the other day and just happened to check out runescape videos on youtube, and a lot of the top comments (with lots of likes) are for this 'runescape 2006' edition.
A bunch of guys (one of whom is allegedly an ex jagex mod) are putting together 'Runescape 2006' which is the same Runescape back in Runescape 2006 with no updates. There will be no modifications either, it is supposedly going to be exactly the same.
Unlike the numerous private servers out there, this one actually seems legit. They're negotiating with Jagex about copyright issues but it's still in a bit of a grey area at the moment. According to the site's facebook group it'll probably launch open alpha within a month.
Anyway I don't want to come across as a promoter because I'm not. I just feel that the more people who play this, the better. The game hasn't launched yet but 55,000 people have already made accounts.
P.S. The game is absolutely free to play and everyone gets free total access to all member features. The way they make money is through donations, but I'm going to wait a few months and see if this server really takes off before donating.