While trying to get my Knight class to 25 this morning, messages started scrolling that the servers would be shutting down in 30 minutes, then counting down every 5 minutes.
At first everyone was excited, hoping that it meant Phase 1 of the Chapter III expansion was coming today as Frogster stated it would be arriving this week.
Nope! In a bit of a surprise attack against gold spammers, Frogster is using today’s patch to remove the ability to trade Diamonds for Gold in the Auction House.
Dear Runes of Magic Community,
We will be immediately undertaking server maintenance from 10am to 11am PST.
In this maintenance we will be temporarily removing from the Auction House the ability to trade gold for diamonds, and vice versa. Please note: This will not affect items already being auctioned.
We are taking this action in light of the dramatic increase in the number of gold sellers recently. This is a necessary step to protect you, our true community of players.
As soon as we’re certain that the trading of diamonds and gold between players can safely resume we’ll lift the temporary block.
In the meantime, please be aware that those who attempt to trade contrary to our regulations may have their accounts temporarily banned. The illegal sale of gold through third parties may lead to users being permanently banned from their accounts and from the game as a whole.
Thank you for your consideration,
Your Runes of Magic Team
I’ve noticed the spam increasing, especially the past week. Spammers are even spamming in the World chat channel — some on Artemis have even apologized for spamming World chat! Huh? — which requires use of a Megaphone — an item in the Diamond shop. (There are also Megaphones in the Phirius Token shop but these spammers are level 1 so could not have run enough daily quests to get the Megaphones.) This means the spammers must be spending money on the game in order to spam. Isn’t this the classic argument players use about gold spammers? That developers won’t do anything because the spammers have to have a subscription and are therefore giving the developers money? (Assuming trial accounts have been spam-gimped.) Prices for Diamonds in the Auction House have skyrocketed over the past week, even with the +100% Diamond sale this past weekend. Apparently the spamming must be working; someone out there must be buying these Diamonds — and likely having their credit card info stolen which is then used to pay for the Diamonds the spammers are using to buy Megaphones… Yeah, real smart, people. Then again, apparently email spam still works too, or no one would still be spamming email.
People are retards.