Hey, I’m here half to ask questions and half to plead that if admins are going to take drastic actions like 2 week clan banning and deleting 700 hours of work-- that they update the Terms of Conduct to reflect the reasons they ban people.
Recently my PVE-C clan got nuked by admins for “building abuse” and “damaging player structures with a purge”. I honestly do not know what building abuse refers to, but I would assume it is one of two things: We built an open-top inescapable base, so if people enter our base without permission they are blocked by fences and cannot leave. Making traps by using fences and crenelated walls is something many people would think of as a use for anti-climbing structures along with spike pits and palisades. It seems like a viable and valid war strategy for a server with PVP. I know that we have been reported dozens of times for this.
Is it bannable to create traps that players can fall into and not escape? If so, why is it not covered in the Terms of Conduct?
Speaking of palisades, many of you know that palisades damage enemy player thralls that are scouting or guarding. You can use this method to clear thralls that have been left behind by players who deleted their toons, you can kill thralls that have been left unprotected out in the wild away from land claim, and you can use them to counteract people who bracelet cheese (are naked and send their lvl 20 dalinsia at you and bracelet when it gets low health so you can’t hurt it anymore). At first glance it seems like a bug, but it has valid use cases and is a valuable tool that has a place in the game as is. In any case, there are forum posts dating back 2 years regarding palisading thralls. Surely in 2 years Funcom could have either updated their TOC to include such uses (It only mentions blocking content or building in a way that decreases performance) or if it is a bug they would have fixed it by now.
Is it bannable to use palisades to kill player thralls? If so, why is it not in the Terms of Conduct?
Lastly, we got a purge and kited mobs to destroy some of a rival’s neighboring base. Would I be mad if it happened to me? Yeah. But are there hours where roving NPCs can and will damage player structures? Yes. Is it a bannable offense covered in the Terms of Conduct? No. PVE-C is essentially PVP lite and raid hours are still a thing.
Kiting purges is not covered in the Terms of Conduct. Why was I banned for it?
I have filed Zendesk tickets about these issues with the TOC but haven’t received a response in a few weeks and thought it would be good to have a discussion about it here.
We may sound like a cancerous clan but we use shady (but TOC abiding) methods to redistribute wealth from fat cats who log in weekly to reset decay to new active players who need a hand. Starting from stone tools again with no explanation as to why we are being penalized for violations we haven’t heard or read about is heartbreaking. Funcom needs to make a TOC that reflects the bans they are handing out.
Either way, if I can honestly get some clarification on which of the 3 above actions are bannable offenses so that I can know my limits from now on it would be very helpful.
Thanks for reading