I have a soft spot for Runes of Magic, not sure why, but I just feel quite at home in the world of Taborea. Also if I’m honest RoM’s cash shop was the forerunner to what most triple A mmo’s are going with now as a payment model and is arguably the best. You don’t pay for any box or extra content, all expansions are free and if you have the time to invest you can get by just fine without spending a penny. Yet it still gets mostly overlooked by the community I think it may possibly be the stigma of it being an Eastern port if I had to make a guess.
I noticed today on Runes of Magic’s community news a post by Zalmah informing players about the ongoing battle against the infamous gold farmers /spit!!.
“Dear Runes of Magic Community,
The bell is tolling for the gold-sellers and their nefarious ways! In the past few weeks following our last announcement in June of this year, we have made further strides in this continuous battle.
Thanks to cooperation between our anti-fraud team and eBay staff, the numbers of gold purchasing auctions created on this well-known trading platform have been greatly reduced. In doing so, we have been able to successfully convince eBay that gold selling activities are illegal. We have obtained a restraining order against all of these gold sellers operating on eBay even though one operator had lodged an objection. This objection, however, was withdrawn after a court made it abundantly clear during a hearing that gold selling in Runes of Magic is illegal.
We also gained the rights to the domain name of a further gold seller, and many other gold and levelling-up websites were prompted to permanently remove their Runes of Magic offers during the course of the legal proceedings. Additionally, we are currently in the process of issuing warnings to gold-sellers abroad, such as those who are operating from China. Furthermore, the product/brand of Runes of Magic has been registered with the German Patent and Trademark Office, which leaves us with even more possibilities to help us combat gold-sellers.
Our common goal is to completely eliminate all offers of gold selling and levelling-up services by actively combating the individuals who are behind them.
By improving the tools at our disposal, our teams can better locate accounts run by gold-sellers and delete them faster. This means that they not only lose their accounts, but also their means of farming gold and earning money.
The ‘Trusted Player’ function, which we will be introducing shortly, will be able to evaluate a number of criteria to provide trustworthy players with more comfort and security, while at the same time removing players known to us to be untrustworthy. We will inform you as soon as this system has been thoroughly tested and is ready.
But we’re not calling it quits just yet. Providing the Runes of Magic community with a pleasurable game experience, without having our in-game currency passing through gold-sellers, is one of our top priorities. We will continue to work hard to make sure your game experience is not affected by these illegal activities.
Your Runes of Magic Team”
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As you can see Frogster are pulling no punches and it’s great to see such fervour on the matter of illegal gold selling. I certainly will be revisiting Runes of Magic once I get back up and running with a new PC. If you have not tried it yet I urge you to give it a go, what have you got to lose?. My characters are all on Macantacht EU by the way :) .
Be well, do good work and keep in touch with your friends!