I played from 2002-2005 pretty regularly and came back a few times in 2008-2009 and 2012-2013.
Over that time period I amassed about a dozen accounts, paid/free and some were “linked” to my main (and all registered to same email address, not trying to hide anything).
Anyways, I wanted to come back for the anniversary celebration last year just to see some familiar faces but quickly discovered I had been banned across every single account I ever had. I emailed support and it was supposedly because of “exploits” but I can assure you I have never cheated, don’t even know how to cheat, and I wasn’t even playing when the ban happened in 2014. They wouldn’t give me any details beyond that of course, but my paid accounts went cold in mid-2013 and I have not logged into the game since then.
The only thing I can imagine is that one of my accounts was used for nefarious purposes by a former friend or some random person who managed to acquire my password. I did have several “bank” accounts which were used for holding twinking/tradeskilling stuff for org/friend use (very stupid in hindsight).
Another year has passed and I’m very disappointed I won’t be able to participate in any of the festivities, especially because it seems likely the time to take a trip down memory lane is quickly running out now that the game is approaching its 2nd decade. Has anyone ever been successful in appealing a permanent ban? I wish I had realized what happened sooner and fought it back then, I fear its probably too late now.
Any input is appreciated.