Runescape has been on a crusade against bots these last couple of years. Following last years successful bot nuke of 2011, Jagex has moved onto the next episode of the crusade, the great judgement of 2012!
According to Runescape developers Jagex “any player caught botting will be given two warnings to allow them to change their ways, after which they will be permanently banned from the game – with no appeals. At each warning stage the botter’s avatar will change to signify to the rest of the community that they have been caught botting. After receiving their second and final warning should they break the rules again, the bot avatar will be transferred to a new area called Botany Bay to await the judgment of the community.”
Once on trial the botter’s character is literally placed in the virtual stockade while the community decides what to do with them. Players will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite method of bot disposal including being stomped upon by a dragon and being blasted by the holy rays of light from the RuneScape gods. If that wasn’t enough, players will also be able to show their disgust by pelting the bot with rotten fruit whilst they wait for the votes of doom to be counted.
The removal of bots from Runescape is a very high priority for Jagex as lead designer Mark Ogilvie stated, “We take a very hard line on cheaters in our game and have taken the unique move to name and shame those who have been breaking one of our most important rules. We have wanted to do this for some time and we hope that by bringing the actions of those who cheat to the attention of the wider community, we can make a massive step towards eliminating botting from the game”.
Those that wish to exact sweet justice on thy bot enemies can do so now and be rewarded with a unique in-game cosmetic item.