This guide is primarily intended for players who are new to RuneScape Classic.
It is important to obtain money at the very beginning of the game. This way, it is possible to buy better armour and equipment. One of the best ways to do this is to pickpocket men. If the player's health is low, always retreat as dying will result in the loss of all but three items. In order to restore health, food is required. Always carry a sleeping bag with you, as getting 100% Fatigue will earn you no experience.
Food can be obtained most easily by killing chickens at the farm on the east side of the River Lum. As chickens cannot kill you, they make a better source of food than cows. Raw chicken can be cooked on a fire created with the Firemaking skill.
After earning enough money to buy a variety of armour and weapons, it is recommended that you begin training your combat skills. Monsters found outside Misthalin are much stronger, and hence more dangerous. Chickens and Spiders are excellent targets as neither one can kill you. Until you are more high levelled, steer clear of darkwizards, muggers, and highwaymen. These enemies are aggressive.
There are many good ways to get your first few coins. Getting 1k gold pieces before leaving Lumbridge is a good goal. This will allow you to go to shops to buy your sleeping bag, hammer, pickaxes, woodcutting axes, armour, weapons, and more. You can start off by pickpocketing men in Lumbridge. If you are fresh off the boat from tutorial island then equip your bronze axe to defend yourself if you are caught pickpocketing. Pick up any coins and herbs as loot. If you do not wish to pickpocket, you can kill goblins and sell the loot at the general store.
It is highly recommended that you do not leave Lumbridge until you are a decent combat level. Whenever you die you lose all but three of your most valuable items, and will respawn in Lumbridge. As you respawn in Lumbridge, your lost items (if they are not picked up by someone else) will stay on the ground for two minutes.
Once you have a decent amount of money, it is recommended that you head north to Varrock. Varrock contains a variety of shops selling basic equipment, including swords, staves, ranging equipment, clothing, armour, and runes.