Saturday, November 22, 2008

Everquest 2 account no longer suspended!

So I try to log in this morning, and lo and behold I can log in! Immediately I log onto my main, Rootfish. Looking at an in game email, Sony tells me I'm no longer suspended but next time if anything that has to do with money is different immediately /report it. The 60 plat I had is gone, leaving my character broke, but at least I'm not banned.

So I guess the lesson learned here is you ever come across anything dealing with money in Everquest 2 that looks too good to be true, don't do it. File a bug report, don't tell anyone else how to do it or your account will be in jeopardy. I dodged a bullet there...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

EVERQUEST 2 ACCOUNT SUSPENDED!

Yeah my Everquest 2 account just got suspended. Goddamn. Ok so the new expansion just came out, The Shadow Odyssey. The expansion went live last Tuesday and as to be expected on a launch day there were some bugs. At this time I had already pre-ordered the box version from amazon.com, as the pre-order retail version came with a in game mount.

So I noticed that the tier 8 advanced tradeskill recipes were selling a little bit more to the vendor than usual. Usually they sell for around 7 gold 20 silver to my character with max Quenos faction. I noticed that the vendor was buying them for 14 gold 4 silver. So I think, sweet the game is giving more money to vendor items probably to promote the game and make it easier for people to make money and get to end level. So I thought I would get a jump on people before most of the player population notices and buy up all the advanced tradeskill recipes that are selling under 14 gold to make a profit to sell to vendor.

Wednesday morning a patch came up a7 a.m. Pacific standard time. So I go to the Everquest 2 official forums and notice a couple threads about a plat exploit. People were talking about how some items were being sold for way more than usual and some way less. Now at the time I didn't think I was doing anything wrong, and it didn't seem like an exploit to me. There were bigger exploits apparently with people shopping vendors and items selling for plat that normally sell for gold.

So today I finally get my game in the mail. I put in the code to my account to activate it and load the game onto my computer. I was happy with the pre order items and even got a couple of loot items with the free Legend of Norrath packs. I play for a little bit and do some things around the house. Tonight I fired up the game again and I get a suspsended account message. WHAT THE FUCK.

After about 20 minutes of looking around the Everquest 2 support site, I finally track down the phone support number for accounts. Its a non toll free number to San Diego and I live in Washington state. Good thing I have skype, so I call them. After going through their automated voice maze I finally get a hold of a live person. The representative informs me that there was a massive exploit and they are investigating 1600 accounts, instead of rolling back the servers.

So the guy on the phone says that I earned around 120 plat on my account in a couple of days, and informs me that that is not normal for the game. Well not only is that wrong, but I am on the bazaar server where you can sell the in game currency legally. I earned that in game money selling harvest rares, not from the advanced tradeskill recipe sales. I'm a farmer, tha'ts what I do, I farm LEGALLY.

Anyway the guy on the phone tells me that the only thing I can do is wait and there is nothing he can do, and even if he told his boss his boss would laugh at him. FUCKING WONDERFULL. The only thing I can do is wait until the investigation is over and they will tell me if I my account is banned permanently. Apparently this goes all the way the top to the chain of command. The top of what? Everquest 2? Sony? The Presidency? He tells me they will make it worth my while if I am found innocent. All of this because of a bug on their side and suddenly I'm an "exploiter".

I have never been in trouble with an MMORPG before. Never been reprimanded, suspended or banned. I'm not a hacker, exploiter or cheater. I've been caught in the dragnet. I've been playing this game straight for over 2 years and make a little bit of money on the side. This post might seem a little bit overdramatic but I've been a loyal customer and if my account is banned I'm not coming back. Just as I put down $40+ for the expansion too and I cant even play it right now.