Given that the latest patch notes do not mention either of these very publicly known exploits, we need to know AGS’s official position on them going forward. People using these exploits are getting VERY far ahead on trade skills, weapon mastery, and the economy of Rawhide is heavily affected.
I’m specifically referring to the exploits abusing the Lodestone Grizzly respawn rate, and Boarholm boar respawn rate.
I have advised our company to avoid these areas, using them in my eyes right now is exploiting and would result in a kick from our company. I frequently post in global channels advising people to avoid these as they are very likely exploits. My questions are as follows:
1) Are the respawn rates in these areas a bug, and thus the abuse of it classed as an exploit, which will be a punishable action?
2) Will the gains from these areas be rolled back such as trade skill and weapon mastery?
3) Will those who have knowingly abused these areas be punished for using an exploit?
With regards to question 1; if these are exploits, they need labelled as such immediately, we need clear direction on this. Also, if the punishment is simply a single day ban with no rollback, this can be seen as a fair trade for huge advancement in such a short time, and is merely an acceptable cost of the exploit instead of a punishment.
Regarding question 2; I’m honestly skeptical you’re committing every single player action to a vast database, and I’m even more skeptical you’re going to put in the time to build a search criteria to filter out those using the exploit and roll back anything but their weapon mastery and trade skills as anything else is too intertwined with other mechanics to be rolled back (quest unlock at xp level, hide on the market, etc.). Unfortunately I feel the rollback is an empty threat, however I’d like to be proven wrong.
For 3, there should be many chat reports for people advertising usage of the exploits, even using the term “exploit” to get larger groups in the area, at the very least the people luring others into the area should be punished heavily. Again though, I am skeptical that this will happen, again, I’d like to be proven wrong.