I've been wondering, a lot more as of late just how many brand-new (first time) members RS gets anymore? When I started (2006) the quests, the skills, the landscape...everything seemed pretty intimidating. Still, there were only a small percentage of people running around with skillcapes...not very many people were maxed out on combat at 134 (or was it 136 back then?). It was fun and you could learn most of what you needed in a few days and from there achievements seemed attainable.
Now, with EOC, the RS3 interface, dozens of minigames, there's probably over a hundred quests, Solomons store and SOF, seems like everyone has 200 combat and over 2000 levels, Battle of Lumbridge, Tasks, etc etc etc...I can't imagine being brand new and thinking it'd be much fun when everyone else has epic levels and to really start doing the fun stuff would feel like it would take forever!
Don't get me wrong, I think Jagex is doing a phenomenal (sp?) job of keeping long time players happy with new content practically every week. I'm glad they are (at least seemingly) gearing their efforts towards keeping players than gaining new. I just can't help but think I'd be frustrated quickly trying to play brand new in 2013.