OSRS feels more like the true runescape I enjoy playing than RS gold. I was max before archeology, half way into 120 thieving, and that I made the conscience decision that I'd rather re-max every ability from level 1 in osrs than play rs3 and grind out 1 99.
I have also moved from rs3 to osrs lately for similar reasons. But one difficulty I have had with both games/communities is that this idea that everyone wants to max or that maxing is somehow"the point" of the game. Coming out of a Dungeons and Dragons background (which much of early RS was very much predicated on) I've never had a campaign where our party made it beyond level 10. Even with like 3 decades of playing the same character. Building a personality and fleshing them out durning the early levels is super rewarding and the seeming impossibility of reaching the upper echelons makes the world seem vast and unbelievable. I left so many distinct characters back in pre-eoc since I actually embraced the Role-Playing facet of the MMORPG. I would just set myself special challenges or have a certain theme for the personality. Tons of replay value. Sure, after almost two decades there should be a lot of end game content. But it feels like that's all the community is centered on.
My primary account is really a pure f2p in rs3 with a couple of 99s and a few more not away. I quit the game for a span of approximately five decades and returned last October.
I'm quite close to my goals of getting 99 Defence, Prayer, and Magic, along with my buddy who has maxed twice now in f2p asked me that ability I was going to work on next. I was like... there probably won't be another. I am getting these 99s because I enjoy them because they had been childhood dreams . But I don't place any value . I'm not going to do something I despise like Woodcutting or angling for hours upon hours just to see the numbers go up. I mean, if I had been a kid with all the time in the world I would. However, in my adult life I need a little more out of my precious free time. I want something engaging, instead of afkable.
So I transferred to osrs and made an eventual Ironman. And I've set myself added thematic challenges and limitations. And while I could finally do the identical thing in Rs3, I find that the exceptional equipment system of osrs makes different account builds more rewarding to play. And the neighborhood (particularly YouTube content creators) is far more enthusiastic about that type of buy old school runescape gold game playwith.