Firstly, I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy holidays. I hope you've all had a wonderful few days, and that that continues right up to the New Years and beyond. ^^
This is a rather important announcement, and an unfortunate one. I am making this topic in hopes that it provides you, our loyal players, with some clarity on recent events, and provide you all with a transparency that is well deserved.
I'll preface with this: bug abuse is strictly against the rules. To abuse a bug without reporting it or making attempts to get it patched is an awful offence that is not only disrespectful to the owners and developers, but to other players aswell. By abusing bugs, you are ruining the experiences of every other person on the server.
Last night, three players decided it was within their best interests to abuse a malfunction in the trading system. This malfunction, which turned out to be quite a major duplication glitch, effectively doubled any items that were passed through a trade between two players.
As far as I can tell, the duplication was discovered at around 08:57 yesterday morning. From roughly 17:40 onwards, he and two others organized themselves together and began carefully selecting and duplicating choice items. These items were varied, and were mainly skilling items and currencies:
LOG SNIPPETS: https://pastebin.com/ZR1ShAqK
Agility Arena Tickets
Their organization involved the creation of a number of alt accounts; between the three of them, more than seven alternative accounts were created with muling and duping in mind. Upon inspection of these accounts, it was found that they had been hoarding consumables, currencies, and other materials on them for later use.
Over the past few hours, myself and Mod Dream have reviewed trade logs of the offending accounts. After reviewing thousands of lines of inputs and outputs, we have issued permanent bans to the following accounts:
Cheating will not be tolerated. Breaking the rules in order to progress your account will not be tolerated. As such, we have seen fit to remove the accounts of the offenders and permanently ban them. All items and wealth has been frozen on the offending accounts, and they will never be played on again. As a result of their actions, all of their progress and the hours they have devoted to their accounts has been for nothing. They will be permitted to create new accounts if they so choose, starting fresh and from scratch.
Thank you all for your patience over the past couple of days. Sorry if this has inconvenienced any of our loyal players.