I’ve played a variety of games since 1983. So I am pretty well versed in the space.
I just think precedents like this in this game could be dangerous because the line of “when you remove stuff” could be easily adjusted in many arguments. So I just tread carefully in those decisions.
I just have a different line when it comes towards exploits and I guess am at odds with some on defining this as such. I believe it wasn’t a true exploit in the manipulate way or negative taking advantage of and more of just an exploit in using a viable game dynamic for gain.
We allow Alts to interact so of course you’re going to interact… but how is that ANY different if I paid Gorrillastomp 50,000 coin to mine me a 500k rock so I could convert it to something for XP beyond obviously “paying him”… but maybe he likes me enough to just do it as a favor and to help me out just like many people help other players with giving them stuff. So is that an exploit? Nah… just using something to get the most benefit from it.
That would have probably been my argument to James has I talked about this on my last call or had known about it coming before hand. I certainly would have argued strongly against it and the need to change core game systems or at worst make it 1xp.
I think now that it has been defined as “not allowed” that anyone doing it before test goes into production should have all gains removed. In fact I think core game changes like this should not be communicated to the community if the developers have no plan to change it. If they had put it on testing to evaluate the decision to remove it or see how it affects game play - then they should communicate it. But, if it is a set decision then they shouldn’t unless they either block it on production or remove those that are using it now.
I could see how it would be funny… but I am the kind of person that would find a fully wipe funny.