Did you know that Shroud of the Avatar allows players to trade and sell virtual goods like pledges and store items – and now gold? It does indeed, strictly in a subforum for that purpose. Portalarium’s Starr Long explains that such trading goes on “no matter what [the studio’s] position on it is,” so it may as well be in a safe and open space. This week, the studio has clarified its rules on the topic, forbidding trade, or even discussion of trades, outside of that forum. Players caught trading outside the official game forum will be warned and potentially permanently banned.
“We understand that the inclusion of gold as one of the virtual goods that can be bought and sold will cause some of you concern but we believe that in the end it is just another virtual good like the others,” Long elaborates on the addition of gold to the list of salable items. “As you have seen we have been monitoring VERY carefully the influx of gold into the economy and we do not believe the sales of gold will increase the likelihood of inflation anymore than any other factors.” He also points out that gold farmers have little impact on play as they will “likely be in single player online mode.”