I never played final fantasty and turned away from playing 11 because you have to pay monthly my questions are. 1. do you have to pay to play and 2. Is final fantasy good? 3. Is it like runescape? --- Xbox Live Gamertag: DESTROYER5556
To answer questions 1 and 3:No, you don't have to pay monthly, just the standard price to buy the game, and no, it isn't like Runescape because it's not an MMO:It's a traditional Japanese RPG. XI is currently the only MMO in the series, though XIV will be similar.
To answer question 2:Yes, the FF series is very good, though based on your post, it's different from what you were expecting.