Black Desert’s guild event gets exploited all up in its face

    
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Donkeys cannot use horse gear.

When there’s a will, there’s a way. And when the devs overlook something that can be abused, there’s an exploit waiting to happen.

Black Desert’s recent Afuaru’s Guild Event didn’t quite cover all of its bases, as a loophole was left open for “mappers” to exploit the game to high heaven. As new accounts could get a special map for free that would result in bonus rewards for everyone in his or her guild, some players figured that they could go all-out in creating multiple accounts, dummy guilds, and grabbing as much loot as they could before the studio closed the loophole.

Well, consider the loophole closed. “We’re sorry to see that some players took advantage of our Afuaru’s Guild Event in a way that was clearly unintended and certainly not in the spirit of the event,” Kakao announced on the forums. “We understand that many of you feel very strongly about this and we share your concerns. We will be taking follow-up action shortly and will announce our decision in the most transparent way that we can soon.”

Cue many cries of “it’s not an exploit!” from the exploiters.

Source: Black Desert. Thanks Vunak!

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3dom

Implementing the same event which was exploited to hell and back on Korean servers and expecting different results from NA/EU is the classic definition of insanity.

The game devs are borderline insane yet are shifting responsibility on players. Screw and sue them.

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Arktouros

The truth of the matter is that Kakao/Pearl Abyss has been incredibly inconsistent in what they enforce as their policies when it comes to multiple accounts. For example like many people I have two accounts and have leveled a guild so I can “Command to Gather” (summon) my main account around the world as needed. So I can go fishing and then summon myself on a second computer across the world instantly. They also allow people to purchase multiple accounts for the express purpose of giving Gift Passes for pets. Many people gave themselves a second account Gift Pass to get polar bear/hedgehog pets and also collect recruit-a-friend rewards as well.

Are those exploiting the system? I clearly get an advantage summoning myself on my second account. People clearly get advantages making multiple accounts for pets/RAF rewards. All of these have been repeatedly vetted as OK by Kakao/PA. Tack on the fact they do virtually nothing about “piloting” (the BDO term for hiring foreign people to play/grind for you) or the blatant hackers/cheaters or the people who buy their goods and it’s a really messy situation.

Personally I’d prefer they’d ban the exploiters but they need to clarify their multi accounting stance and also should ramp up their enforcement of other issues.

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cambruin

I would love for devs to ‘tag’ exploiters for all to see. Like awarding them a title that cannot be removed/changed, or equipping all characters with a ‘helmet of shame’ that can not be cosmetically/visually altered, a helmet that is always toggled, never hidden. Not only to the character responsible, but to each and every char created on that account.

Cancelling their accounts may result in losing a paying customer. Cancelling their accounts is something soon forgotten by the community. But punishing them in the most public of ways? Now that I would absolutely love.

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Jarette Domongatt

This will not happen in NA/EU as players are protected with consumer rights or something.
They (Kakao) dont even publish the “character name / Family name” of the banned accounts.

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Robert Mann

Sadly true. I’m 100% in favor of altering the law to allow asshats to be noted as asshats so long as a certain burden of evidence is met…

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Robert Mann

I tell you, if I was in charge of a game studio I might well just leave something available as an exploit specifically to find those who would abuse it… and drop them.

I know that’s not the “best business sense” that most places use. On the other hand, it’d be pretty humorous to advertise that those who don’t play fair or otherwise abuse things in game are being actively hunted for removal.

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Jarette Domongatt

Playing the devils advocate here.

  1. This escalated since the suspects were from major siege guilds.
  2. Everyone IS involved in this exploit but not to the extent of having 1,000+ Afuaru’s Treasure Chest.
  3. If I remember, in Korean server. They only removed the gains and no bans was handed except to the “alts”. Alt account was used to farm/obtain the Treasure Maps.
  4. This event was first introduced in KR, then was updated to SEA, TH, MENA months before NA/EU. So ofcourse Pearl Abyss knows and expected this already to happen but didnt do anything about it anyway.
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Sorenthaz

Reminds me of this from the good ol’ days of RIFT, which Daglar would post:

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