Right, so as the title says “where does the line between exploit and working as intended go?”.
It seems like people are quick to jump in and link to the forum rules despite there not being any violation and they are quick to defend Funcom, which I think is nonsense. This is not an attack against Funcom, but more of a simple question of defining what is and is not an abuse of the building system.
Funcom did take action on 1130 against an undermesher clan. Flying, teleporting, ghosting hackers are common on 1110 and we are fighting a war against them as of this moment. I have a video of proof of their undermeshing where I strike the wall with right click to see through it.
We have this quote from Ignasis on building:
1- Even though freedom of expression through building is encouraged via the sandbox and building system of the game, deliberate use and abuse of known exploits to not only negatively impact the rest of the players in the server, but the server itself, is not something we can let go.
2- In your case in particular, we found you abused this exploit in large numbers, very close together, in baffling ways. Impact on the server was miserable.
3- On top of that, your clan deliberately found amusing to build all over the map in a structure that would go from the starter river up to the volcano. A single structure to basically control and gate access to many of the map locations, spawns and resources.
4- Combine 1, 2 and 3 and we definitely had a problem there
On server 1130 we have a massive citadel on top of Rhinohorn Ridge. The community managers know about this, because I submitted pictures and videos off of it. The structure is so massive it negatively impacts the server performance, yet it still stands, so this must be a clear case of working as intended.
There’s a spot in the jungle where you can build inside a tree’s mesh, but you climb in there through legit means. You just climb up, basically and literally.