Alright, So plenty of people are saying they are being banned for buying a few duped hammers. Maybe true, maybe not true. Maybe they meant to say I DUPED a few hammers instead of bought. Im sure everyone will express their opinions. Should it be 3 hammer, 5 hammers, 1 hammer a week, 10 in total for buying that gets you duped. What if you bought it but didnt use it. What if you bought it but gained nothing. What if you bought a bunch really early but didnt get caught but bought 1 yesterday and are snagged. You see how paranoia will flood the playerbase. Yes yes. we all know dont by duped stuff. Perhaps EA can begin to inform us what is duped. "A large number of hammers are now on atlantic. They are dupes. Please dont buy them." Wouldnt that be nice to see at EA sign in to the game? That will never hurt legit players. They can hold there bods or reward till things are fixed. It would be an awesome format for communicating to your player base IMMEDIATELY. It kills rumors, speculation, and stops bitterness from forming. Should players really be left to guessing. Is it one dupe that gets you banned , or 20 dupes. Maybe players are trying to figure out if it works and want to report it. Maybe they are cheats. Whats the number? Or is moving stuff around xsharding the ticket to banning. I guess its all of the above. Its one thing when its an exploit that is obvious day one and abused for a week before the fix. I remember something that player could do to get GM items. Some hack. It was there for like 3 days and everyone in possession got hammered. Thats pretty obvious. Its another thing when the exploit is around for months and slowly put into play. Its another thing when the DUPERS say F-EA and F- all the players. "we are putting out 1000's of hammers and kits. We duped so much and hid them so well, you cant catch us. Take what you see, search down your player base and screw them over for our cheating. You cant catch us." That is what they did (atlantic side i think). I hope you do catch them all. Their hidden accounts or whatever they do. People here on the boards sure now their tricks, maybe you guys do too. For me to think they can sit on stuff, get banned, and then open the other accounts later is sickening. Mind boggling. Should the players buying the armor and weapon off the vendor that has 10 verites, be banned too. It is interesting, that no formal word from EA was around for the last weeks, to let players know whats up. Well I know plenty of people that bought a hammer to complete their suit. I know plenty of people that upgraded their armor. I know entire guilds that have matching Sammie armor now. No not out of trying to screw the game but because they had something to do. I know atlantic had thousands of valorite, verite, barbed, and heartwood kits or runic hammers, after some simple poking around. Scripting or duping probably. (That one guy is always legit) It might be nice to announce at log in. WAY IN THE BEGINNING. "A new exploit is in progress. Purchasing any Verite Hammers or Valorite Hammers will put your account in jeopardy. Please reframe from buying while we secure the game world" Now you can say after I started looking 2 weeks ago and could see tons of stuff around, HUGE EXPLOIT. You might not have been able to notice that stuff 4 weeks ago, but you could say SOMETHING IS GOING ON. In fact, people here new of it before any evidence was around maybe 2 months ago. People were warning of something and I was saying "nah it just old left over stuff from an IDOC". YET, NO word from EA at log in. Stratics is great but not every player comes here to learn. Were was EA's voice? IS EA legal fearful? Why all the hush hush stuff? My point. It would hurt the dupers, save some of the damage by announcing what not to buy until the situation is remedied. Sort of a way to put a freeze on buying items. It might not be much but it could help. Not communicating with the player base from the get go is really bad practice. Nothing from EA (at sign in) was going on. I shouldnt and players shouldnt have to rely on stratics for information. If it werent for stratics, I probably would have lost fortunes by now, been scammed, or bought that AN OLD RING for 2 million thinking it was an event rare. Inform your playbase beyond "oh its in the TOS". Not why youll be banned but what is going on in game. I think there is a better way for EA to communicate exploit issues (with out giving away secrets) and perhaps save the game and players headaches. Just a thought. Really a warning system to let people know EA is on it. Dont throw the baby out with the bath water. Get the business dupers, not that poor player from EUROPA (unless shes a liar, but Ill believe her first). See what secrecy does. It turns the players on each other and on EA. GET THE business dupers that are destroying our game. Once you fix the exploits you can patch the in game damage but you can fix the damage done to players. Peace.