Wednesday, May 29, 2002

a very close call in RuneScape

For those who haven't seen the RuneScape front page, Jagex just did a major crackdown on cheaters: they reset the stats and inventories of the approximately 2,000 accounts that were caught using RuneBot within the last 24 hours. RuneBot is a modified RuneScape client with macro capabilities.

I'm not going to lie - I did briefly test the bot on my pure mage account a few days ago, albeit out of pure curiosity. I was tempted to use it on my main account as well, but I figured it wasn't worth the risk. Had I given in to the temptations, both of my characters would likely have been wiped.

Although I didn't touch the bot again since then, I was still worried about losing all of my hard work should Jagex find a way to detect the use of RuneBot beyond those 24 hours. I actually checked the "wipe list" several times between classes to make sure my name wasn't on there. Much to my relief, nothing happened to either of my characters. Phew!

That said, I couldn't help but feel bad for those who were wiped - even if they did break the rules. It would really suck to lose all that hard work - especially for those that had no intention of cheating. Case in point, one of the top players was wiped because he accidentally logged in with the bot on his main character instead of his test account. Despite that, Jagex has said they are making no distinction between players who used the bot to cheat and those who merely experimented with it.

I'm so glad I decided to follow the rules. As silly as it sounds, I think there was definitely some sort of divine intervention that made me stay away from RuneBot.

Currently playing: RuneScape

Historical note: Jagex has removed the original announcement from their website, so I replaced the link with one to the unofficial RuneScape Wiki.