ArcheAge bans blockades, griefers cry about it

Those crazy ArcheAge kids, always mucking up the works! The latest bit of fantasy sandpark drama comes to us courtesy of the game’s official forum, where Trion laid the smack down on griefers who were blocking trade routes in safe zones and preventing players from delivering trade packs.

Trion community manager Celestrata outlined the changes, stating that while blockades initially seemed like a desirable offshoot of ArcheAge’s sandbox mechanics, the reality wasn’t as fun as the idea. Aside from the whole forced-PvP-in-a-safe-zone problem, the affected players typically have no way to free themselves from a blockade. As such, blockades are officially disallowed as of October 23rd. Trion did discuss a policy that included allowing blockades in conflict zones, but due to these zones occasionally changing to peace zones, the firm decided that preventing all blockade gameplay was a preferable solution.

You can read the full explanation, as well as a whole bunch of griefer guild tears, via the link below.

Source: Forums; thanks Matt and Kinya!
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Robert80
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Walah Robert80 TrionCelestrata Lhumierre  Yeah, you don’t get it.  You are convinced that because there are elements of sandbox present, we must consider it a sandbox.  I’m sure that it being a murder simulator is something you would defend too (after all, it has elements of simulated murder.)

Walah
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Walah

Robert80 Walah TrionCelestrata Lhumierre 
 “So you can’t differentiate between ‘opinion on if it is a sandbox’ and
‘not having enough sandbox elements to be considered a sandbox in my
opinion?’  Seriously?”
????? You don’t know the difference between saying something doesn’t exist, and then again saying it exists a little?

“The crop planting is probably the most sandbox thing in the game. ”

  “How are people affecting each other’s gameplay outside quests/PvP/themepark-traditional-elements here?”

…and yet you did it again? smh..lol

syberghost
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syberghost

Kaloth JimGriffiths Rhime and that’s your audience. You have to build your game for your market, not who you wish your market was. Companies either figure this out quickly or die.

syberghost
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syberghost

Passeeo JimGriffiths bambocheur kudos to Trion for fixing the problem, and I seriously mean that because it’s good that they react to mistakes by fixing them instead of circling the wagons or telling people to “harden the eff up” or something, but it still needs to not be lost on them that the players TOLD THEM THIS SORT OF THING WOULD HAPPEN. If you create ways Western players can engage in Player vs. Victim behavior, the usual suspects will do exactly that. On an organized basis. Anybody who’s been in MMOs more than a few years could probably name some of the people doing this without even logging into the game once.

Especially forum moderators.

Kaloth
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Kaloth

JimGriffiths Kaloth Rhime If you went and read the whole thread-of-tears in the article above, you would have seen that this tactic is only used in the NA version of the game. It’s just not a problem in any other region, so it hasn’t been banned in any other region.
Basically, NA players are dicks.

Passeeo
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Passeeo

JimGriffiths bambocheur False. This was not an issue in any version until the EU/NA servers started abusing this. It has been stated that Trion had to get additional bridges put in for the “Western world” to try to alleviate the problems caused by afking players piling multiple vehicles over multiple access points. 
The Trion version is changing for exactly the opposite reason as Jim says. It’s changing because the player base that have been abusing this is not better than the rest of the world. 
You couldn’t play respectfully with the other players so enjoy it when one by one your toys are stripped away.

JimGriffiths
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JimGriffiths

Hanthos there will always be griefers. Like the land barons but you will not see Trion do anything about them.

JimGriffiths
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JimGriffiths

bambocheur yes and they still do. Only the Trion version is changing because they think they are better then the rest of the world.

seemsthatway98
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seemsthatway98

Robert80 Whoa whoa whoa, hold on there. Are you trying to tell me that my cat is NOT a dragon? I’m so disappointed ; ;

bambocheur
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bambocheur

Would be interesting to know if players in the original market, Korea iirc, used these tactics?