Today is on a subject that has people taking a strong stance on both sides of the fence. I know I have a very strong opinion on the subject and will vent it after the question. What is your opinion of scripters and gold farmers? Do they have a place in UO, or should EA be doing more to combat these problems? Do you think they are a necessary evil to provide players with a desired service, or are they making things tougher on the average player? As most of you know I have taken a strong stance against both of these and will report anyone I find doing them to the GMs. (normally having to wait a very long time just for a canned response from them saying they will look into it.) I know I do get frustrated getting a scripter removed only to see him/her back a few days later doing the same thing again. I also hate hearing people saying they provide a needed service by selling needed resources so that players do not have to be bored out of their heads doing the same task over and over again. Some people claim this gives players more time to play the game instead of working at gathering resources for themselves in the game. I also hate when people use the argument that without scripters prices for items would be even higher then what they are now in game. Sure Scripters can sell resources cheaper then most honest players can because most scripts run constantly, where as a player normally only gathers resources for a few hours everyday. Still I would rather buy from a player then from a program. I do believe the reason the community collections rewards costs are so high is because of the scripters. The average player has to work three times as hard to get what they want, or will have to purchase the reward they desire from vendors that may belong to the same scripter or may be a duped item. Also the reason they had to change how resources spawn for mining and lumberjacking was because of scripters. Making it harder once again for a honest player to gather the resources they need for their craftsman. So more then likely the player will buy the resources they need from the vendor owned by the scripter. As for the gold farmers, well they do tend to tie up spawn areas to make their gold that they resell to the players. On the other side of the coin you can buy their gold for real cash so you can purchase the items you want in game for a huge amount of gold. Plus many players have taken murder counts and gotten in trouble for luring monsters on them. When they are the ones who should be in trouble for running scripted programs in game. Do the players have to police their shards when EA and the GMs should be doing that? I also hear from some people that resource gathering and gold farming gives poor people in a third world country a nice living without having to do hard labor and thats why we should support it. To keep them employed and their families fed. I just wonder who is making the profits them or the people that hired them to do it? Plus I do think most resource gathering and gold farming is done by programs its much cheaper that way. I also hear some people claim that UO would disappear as a game if they banned all the scripters and gold farmers. Without them the number of players would drop below the profitable level. If that is the case then who is left in game that keeps buying what they offer? So who is to blame for this mess? The scripters for making a profit off the game, or EA for letting this problem go on for so long? Are the GMs even any help anymore with this problem, or have you seen a improvement lately? Told all of you I was going to vent. lol Oh and sorry for yesterday morning for putting the wrong date. I was not quite awake when I posted.