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    Rank Farming, Official.

    Hello, I’m River, Customer Service Manager at Turbine.

    For some time now, the Customer Service team has been reading your comments and thoughts regarding “rank farming’. Together with the Developers, Community team, and players council we have come up with a clear, official definition and policy regarding “rank farming” in the Ettenmoors.

    “Rank Farming” is officially defined as the intentional surrender of your character to an enemy; resulting in a purposeful defeat and a gain of Infamy or renown to increase rank. Rank Farming is specific to Ettenmoors PvMP (Freep vs. Monster Player). The enemy can be controlled by any player - either the same player controlling the surrendering character, or someone else. This also includes any activity that increases your infamy or renown without participation in active combat. (e.g. heal tagging)

    Participation in Rank Farming is an abuse of our game mechanics, and against our rules. Customer Service can identify this behavior and will take the appropriate action on both accounts involved, based on our findings. This activity can also be reported to the in-game staff for review.

    This policy is effective immediately and is *not retroactive*. We will not be taking action on previous potential violations. Any reports filed should be of actions witnessed after the publication of this policy.

    Please remember that we have multiple ways to verify players are participating in this behavior. Additionally, players who frequently report others falsely may also be subject to disciplinary action for harassment.

    Edited to add that rank farming includes "any activity that increases your infamy or renown without participation in active combat. (e.g. heal tagging)".
    Last edited by PlusDust; Dec 07 2015 at 03:06 PM.

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    This official policy has been long awaited. Thank you.

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    Freeps are willingly subjecting themselves to be killed by Creeps to give infamy?! "There is no curse in Entish, Elvish, or the tongues of Men for this treachery!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ainuril View Post
    Freeps are willingly subjecting themselves to be killed by Creeps to give infamy?! "There is no curse in Entish, Elvish, or the tongues of Men for this treachery!"
    More like, Freeps are using creeps as farming cattle to get high ranks without working to hard, then being much stronger than many mosnter players and taking the already slightly unfair advantage they have and making it just a bit more unfair. Although I'm sure there are creeps that farm freeps as well.
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    Be interesting to see how well this is enforced.
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    Good Move! Let's play it straight.
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    as to elaborate on my facebook comment: wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooh!

    this is great news
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    Thank you so much Turbine!
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    Thank you. This policy can only be a good thing for the gameplay.
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    Well this is something I never thought I'd see. Props to whoever in Turbine backed that up
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    Finally.

    Although, I disagree with the retrospective section; the violation should at least apply to the period from Riders of Rohan release to the present day, as it is during this time that the Rank Farming had increased exponentially, and now there are people at the maximum rank that have no need to rank farm any longer, so those people will never have a consequence.

    But nonetheless, at least it will be stopped from now on, so a big thumbs up from me.
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    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by Graycient View Post
    Well this is something I never thought I'd see. Props to whoever in Turbine backed that up
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    I'm happy about this news.
    Thank you!
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    Unhappy :0

    Please, not in this thread. Both sides are subjects to farming.
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    Although people could still be claiming to "1v1 my little brother" in defense, this is great news.

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    Now I feel I can play and have fun in Moors again...thanks
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    Hail Mary! I just got in to mood to play in the moors more than twice a month. *approving clasping*

    Aghi
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    This took rather longer than I would've liked, but it is nice to see all the same.

    Keep at it.
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    Glad to finally see this and only wish it could have been in place sooner. Hopefully this can be enforced well and thereby lead to the end of Rank Farming.

    Thank you Devs, Community Team, and Player Council.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSM_River View Post
    This policy is effective immediately and is *not retroactive*. We will not be taking action on previous potential violations. Any reports filed should be of actions witnessed after the publication of this policy.
    This is a huge issue. On Snowbourn, I have so many videos and screenshots of people who have farmed ranks. We have a rank 15, a rank 14, numerous rank 13/12/11s and lower ranks that if the GMs accepted I could show you. So the guy who clubbed 1m in a week for R15 is allowed to get away with it? The r11 who uses bots to club (next level clubbing) and I have a 4 minute video to prove can get away with it?

    Please rethink the "not retroactive" part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitholean View Post
    This is a huge issue. On Snowbourn, I have so many videos and screenshots of people who have farmed ranks. We have a rank 15, a rank 14, numerous rank 13/12/11s and lower ranks that if the GMs accepted I could show you. So the guy who clubbed 1m in a week for R15 is allowed to get away with it? The r11 who uses bots to club (next level clubbing) and I have a 4 minute video to prove can get away with it?

    Please rethink the "not retroactive" part.
    You can't punish players for breaking your rule BEFORE you ever had it. Just hope that the R15 and those others quit playing the game. That'll solve it

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    Thank you so much, been waiting so long for this!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitholean View Post
    This is a huge issue. On Snowbourn, I have so many videos and screenshots of people who have farmed ranks. We have a rank 15, a rank 14, numerous rank 13/12/11s and lower ranks that if the GMs accepted I could show you. So the guy who clubbed 1m in a week for R15 is allowed to get away with it? The r11 who uses bots to club (next level clubbing) and I have a 4 minute video to prove can get away with it?

    Please rethink the "not retroactive" part.
    A lot of thought went into this...

    Quote Originally Posted by Graycient View Post
    You can't punish players for breaking your rule BEFORE you ever had it.

    ...and this is exactly why we chose not to make it retroactive.

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    A quick question, Its not something I have done but I have thought about it. say for instance all of my kinship started a bunch of new creeps to face off my warden and see how many (if they could) take my warden down. It is obvious that a bunch of R0 toons would struggle to take down a warden. If someone were to sit down on the sidelines and video this as evidence of farming, what would the action be? There would be no willful submission but I can see how it would look bad. Again, havent done this yet and havent even finished leveling my warden since RoR but its something that would be fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapience View Post
    A lot of thought went into this...

    ...and this is exactly why we chose not to make it retroactive.
    Fair comment.

    Sapience how will reports be managed? Will screenshots be accepted? Will you check combat logs? Etc etc.

 

 
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