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European model prevents p2w (not)

April 11th, 2013 3 comments

Did you know in Europe we pay a subscription model (gold pack) for $13/month? they call it “free to play” however.

This is the reasoning behind the free-to-play-but-still-pay-sub model, according to our publisher:

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And this is the reality:

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insta-spam when u enter sanctum/pande

2013.04.08 19:03:26 : [charname:Jntdykj;0.9490 0.3961 0.1333] Shouts: <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === 100M = 8 EUR 100M = 8 EUR
2013.04.08 19:03:29 : [charname:Sfdgfdr;0.9490 0.3961 0.1333] Shouts: WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === WWW.Aionbank.COM === WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === 50M+10%=4.8EUR 11
2013.04.08 19:03:34 : [charname:Jntdykj;0.9490 0.3961 0.1333] Shouts: <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === <WWW.*.COM> === 100M = 8 EUR 100M = 8 EUR
2013.04.08 19:03:35 : [charname:Sfdgfdr;0.9490 0.3961 0.1333] Shouts: WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === WWW.*.COM === 50M+10%=4.8EUR 11

also related: http://rainy.ws/2013/03/21/bribes-corruption-and-gameforge/

 

Wanna make a guess why they all hack in this legion and never got ban? :D

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Gameforge is deceiving us all

March 28th, 2013 3 comments

Have you ever got a ban in GF forums for saying we have lower drop rates than NC US? Yes? and the lovely mod said something like “you got warned for spreading lies about gameforge”.
It’s all too common since a year ago when people noticed ESO runs were giving approx. 30% of what we used to get before the move to GF. Today I was talking to a friend who plays in the US with NC, and it went like this: (screenshot is from a Euro server)

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[05:01:05] x: wow…I had a blue the other day and easily got 42k out of it alone…
[05:11:16] x: wow….
[05:11:20] x: I had a gold once
[05:11:22] x: 126k
[05:11:24] x: :/
[05:11:28] x: gameforge /sigh
[05:11:50] x: jesus XD
[05:11:55] x: on a bad day i had 76k

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How Gameforge destroyed servers economy

March 28th, 2013 No comments

Here’s a clear example of the results of Gameforge’s mismanagement of the European servers, through awful business practices, bad item shop decisions, corruption, insane prices, lower drop rates than NC, lower socketing rates, tolerance for hackers/botters/RMT, etc, all so they can profit more from players’ stupidity and abuse them as long they can.

US servers where players can actually enjoy the game:

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Euro servers:

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update

March 25th, 2013 4 comments
  • Some small bugfixes
  • Removed some boss names used by players, as they were being ignored by the parser. So now you will see them in the meter as if they were players, but you can block them anytime by right-clicking on the playerbox/”Ban Player (permanent)” and they won’t up again (the players either). You can unblock them in the main menu settings/”Edit banned players”.
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small update

March 22nd, 2013 No comments

Added support for European “Gold Package” when using US data.pak with European client (warning about GP expiring soon).

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“We introduce Gold Pack so we don’t have to go P2W”

March 21st, 2013 No comments

.. said Gameforge a year ago when they took over, yet here we are, downright selling AP in the shop. So we are both paying sub like a P2P mmo, get F2P sub-par support, and still they make everything pay 2 win for whoever has the cash. They lied from the start, but we all knew that :)

http://board.en.aionfreetoplay.com/board23-aion-the-game/board26-general-discussion/13697-epic-fail-inc-gf-goes-pay2win-this-is-not-a-drill-all-protectorate-keys-for-sale-in-shop

http://board.de.aionfreetoplay.com/board23-aion-das-spiel/board26-allgemeine-diskussionen/11495-keys-im-shop-gz/index3.html

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Bribes, corruption, and Gameforge

March 21st, 2013 No comments

If you play in the European server Telemachus you’ll probably acknowledge this legion; if you don’t, read on, this still concerns you if you play in Europe.

There is a legion in the asmo side of Telemachus, known by everyone to be cheating for ages from way back in NC, they use their own hacking apps to do all sort of stuff, like solo instances to get ench stones (they fly above the boss and kill it without even being hit, in any instance), glidehacks, noanimation etc etc; they are apparently mostly arabs from Dubai or somewhere in the UAE.

So, around summer last year there was a massive wave of unbans at Gameforge, every hacker they banned to date with tons of evidence was suddenly unbanned. At the time, 1 GF employee told me this was part of a new “2nd chance” rule, where all the offenders would be given another chance to redeam their evil doings and play fair after the 1st ban; yeah, a bunch of bs $$$.

So moving on to the present day, there’s the case of another well known hacker who has been banned twice (or more?) for clear noanimation hacks, both times “permanently”, yet he’s still roaming free again. Then I came by this conversation of a certain player with 1 member of that certain legion, who apparently seems to claim Gameforge unbanned everyone on their request or demand.

So what do you make of this? GF staff getting bribes? or maybe they explicitly give in to the cheaters so they won’t lose massive amount of income? I think the situation is very clear, has been for a long time, and this just makes it even more so. We knew all along.

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either way, was also being whispered by EoD saying *** wasnt unbanned because of the video proof but because they took care of it, as well as another EoD just telling me “not everyone in here cheats” and “I dont care if they cheat

Ended up in explanation how only some of them hack, then how they are invincible even if they all hacked because they are all really rich irl and buy hundreds of goldpacks at a time and sell them for kinah ingame

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update

March 20th, 2013 No comments
  • Fixed the missing scroll bar in the Players DB/Hackers List window
  • Partially reintroduced hacker detection and telemachus list of previously banned and long time known hackers, most of which were given a 2nd (more like 200th) chance by corrupt European publisher Gameforge

Note that you can report Euro hackers directly from ARM, right-click on them and select “Send Hacker Report”.

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Small update

March 19th, 2013 No comments
  • Minor fixes.
  • Added support for TS’ Raksha (?) transform skill damage for US client.

This was initially done for the Euro client, thinking the skill name was the same in both clients, but it turns out GF in their crusade to kill the English playerbase changed also this.

Stupid GF name = Absorption of the Flame Spirit
Original US name = Flame Spirit Absorption

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Some useful stuff

March 18th, 2013 No comments

Added a page “Misc Stuff” with some useful notes about things people often ask me:

  • Can’t get chatlog enabled
  • 3.5 Game.DLL error
  • How to install Japanese voices
  • How to install US Client “Data Pack”

http://rainy.ws/misc-stuff/

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