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Money Farming Resolved moving forward

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Introduction
On December 18th of 2019 at 12:15 PM it was found that an individual managed to possess a total wealth of ~$7,000,000 or more in in-game currency or assets. This situation involved a group total of 12-14 individuals. This was brought to our attention by one of our team of Moderators. Once notified, our Development Team immediately began a preliminary investigation to determine if there was any form of rule violation in receiving the funds. Immediately, they saw several potential strings leading back money farming. The individuals were immediately banned pending additional investigation.

The Lead Administration was notified by the Content Development Team that action was taken and further investigation was required. Quickly upon investigation, we saw the largest case of Money Framing to date, or even in our experience of Roleplay Servers.

What is Money Farming?
Money farming is the act of receiving money through illegitimate tactics. This case involved these individuals mass-creating new accounts to receive the base $2,500 and transfer it through a channel of characters before eventually reaching their primary accounts.

How will this be prevented?
We’ve implemented a couple of different systems to prevent this behavior moving forward:
  1. Email verification upon registration is now required.
  2. You may not transfer money within the first hour of playing. (This renders money farming useless, as you’ll make less than most jobs)
  3. You will no longer be able to have two-or-more accounts related to a social club account (for cases such as family members using the same account)

What will happen to the properties & their characters?
All assets obtained will be immediately taken and turned for sale. Their characters will be deleted, and their accounts have been banned.

Why did it take so long to find?
We always knew money farming was going to be an issue, but we didn’t realize how early on it would become an issue. We were working under the assumption that most violations of Money Farming would have some from bugs relating to server bugs.​

We sincerely apologize for this lapse of oversight. If this were to continue and had extended past the individuals involved, it could have had serious repercussions on the economy. We want to remind all users of something important: You are required to report duplication issues, bugs, and any other rule violations such as Money Farming. Do not get caught up in someone else’s violation.

Thank you,
Joshua
 

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So how about those who got the money via the bug abuse, not just cheating like that?
 

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So how about those who got the money via the bug abuse, not just cheating like that?
Could you DM me some examples? We looked into the reports we received and didn't find any proof.
 

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Thats dedication right there
 
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Thanks!
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Sorry people give you so much shit for the one little thing you do wrong, and overlook the hundreds of things you do right.
 
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Could you DM me some examples? We looked into the reports we received and didn't find any proof.
If you say you have not found nothing like that then I will take your word for it.
 

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Great to see a quick and transparent response to this and happy to see changes have been implemented to stop this happening again.

Curious about the amount of time this group spent doing this - transferring the $2,500 starter money seems like it'd take bloody ages to amass such a huge amount of wealth.
 
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This is good to hear but will there be a fix for the disappearance of items, money, etc? This is the only reason my friends and I are holding off on grinding. We've had our hard work yoinked out of existence several times already.
 

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We are currently working hard on fixing all remaining inventory issues, we are hoping to have them all resolved by tonight, the changes are currently in Quality Assessment by our QA team and if that goes well, we will release the updates for it tonight.
 
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We are currently working hard on fixing all remaining inventory issues, we are hoping to have them all resolved by tonight, the changes are currently in Quality Assessment by our QA team and if that goes well, we will release the updates for it tonight.
That's really good to hear. One question though, is a server restart wiping planted weed a feature or a bug?
 

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That was a bug when we were changing systems to the Watering-System, I fixed it last restart
 
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