Gold farmers circling in on the recently-launched Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning like vultures salivating for fresh carrion are being met by Mythic's mighty Sword of Banning (+10 vs. Gold Spammers).
In case you wondered, Mythic Entertainment co-founder Mark Jacobs does not like gold farming. Just how much, you might ask? A post on his blog this week gives some indication: "I HATE GOLD SELLERS WITH EVERY FIBER OF MY BEING," writes Jacobs. "And now that they have taken their obnoxiousness to new levels with gold service spamming, I HATE GOLD SPAMMERS EVEN MORE NOW THAN EVER BEFORE." Strong words, indeed.
Companies with a rogue entrepreneurial streak have cropped up en masse with unique ways to cash in on the obsessive nature MMOG enthusiasts. As gold farming spam has crept into WAR and other online games, Jacobs argues it ruins the gaming experience. With WAR now in full-swing, he has declared war on gold spammers.
"I've been waiting for the day that WAR launched so I could have the absolute pleasure of instituting policies to make their lives more difficult so we could drive them out," he said. "Since WAR launched we have been banning these jerks like crazy. As of Saturday night, we had banned about 400 of them...we have a strike team whose sole job it is to get these guys off our servers as quickly as possible."
Gold spammers are not only being tossed off the servers; they're being booted in humorous ways. Players on the Phoenix Throne server have received special in-game messages when a gold seller/spammer has been banned, he said. They've also been encouraged to come up with their own creative messages. "Messages like 'Tchar'zanek has ordered the slaughter of [Spammer] and all others of his kind who weaken the Raven Host by providing wealth and power to the unworthy' have been seen all weekend," he said. Jacobs intends to expand his crusade.
"After all, this is WAR," he writes.