Free trade is back in Runescape, We're all DOOMED!

@uath13 (8207)
United States
February 2, 2011 7:38am CST
Free trade & the wilderness returned to Runescape yesterday & it was a disaster. No sooner than I logged in I was bombarded by beggers asking for free Gp. Then friends started messaging me about all the scamming & luring they'd suffered. Account hacking has also shot through the roof. With the ability to trade all your hard earned items to another account it's now worthwile to hack someone. I planted my crops in the Ardounge patch & headed toward the one in Catherby only to see the flax field getting overrun by bots. It's a criminal paradise. It's like Jagex has just dumped everyone in the penal systems of the world into Runescape with us. I've seen many people on the R.S. forums posting that they now regret being part of the 91% of the people who voted for this. Too late, thanks to your stupidity the damage is done. Many of the real players are now walking away from the game , at least until things settle down a bit. I'm still there. I've always been self reliant & know better than to fall for any of the scams. This IS forcing me to be less social though. I'm wondering just how long it'll take before Jagex realizes they made a mistake & put things back the way they were?
6 responses
• United States
4 Feb 11
I completely know how you feel. However, it's not that big of a deal for me. I had started runescape quite a while ago. In the old days, there was free trade, and it was much easier to scam. There were no safety precautions, no emails, none of that. Security upped quite a bit in the last few years with the explosion of bots. Don't worry, Runescape is still a far from perfect game. Use the grand exchange for safe trades. This also means that prices are liable to crash, extremely quickly, and when you aren't expecting it. It also means that junk is useless, since there are not set prices anymore. Enjoy the game, no game is perfect. If you find it impossible, then don't play it. After all, the point of playing games is fun. =)
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
4 Feb 11
The G.E. is presently all but useless. Nothing is selling or buying normally. Personally the change only bothers me when I have to compete for resources against the bots or when I'm hearing lots & lots of whining from the people who got scammed.
• United States
4 Feb 11
That's true. Runescape has now left the economy very easily manipulated. I would agree that runescape brought back the good old PvP, but I disagree with the free trade. We should have separate polls on those.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
8 Feb 11
Yea, I would have agreed with the wilderness coming back with some modification so it couldn't be used for trading. Free trade gives the crooks too much freedom for abuse.
• United States
11 Feb 11
I kind of like the free trade update because I can trade gold to myself... I think its quite useful...
• Belgium
12 Feb 11
it seems like all pre 2008 scammers are comming back...just check out w2 or w1 full of them...also the price of partyhats are sooo manipulated by those hoarding clans.
• United States
20 Feb 11
I totally agree. But, Jagex was smart about bringing in more people.
2 Feb 11
That happend to me as well so I told them to get lost and kill there own cows! (to sell cow hides)
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
3 Feb 11
They'd have to compete with the cow killing bots.
• United States
14 Feb 11
Yepp, I had this problem to, while trying to make some gold and train my pure at the lumbridge cow place... All these bots are making me go crazy!
• United States
3 Apr 11
I already knew that some people were going to regret free trade coming back since they never actually experienced old runescape. Howvever, it is up to the responsibility of you in order to protect your items. To be safe, always check the second trade screen, don't believe people who are trying to lure you into the wilderness, and follow this quote "If it's too good to be true, then it probably is."
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
3 Apr 11
Exactly, I'm sending in report after report on the money doubling scammers but it seems Jagex has become too limp wristed to do anything about them.
@eemmik (6)
• United States
3 Apr 11
i was one of the 91% that voted and regret it considering i got hacked yesterday and lost all my hard earned money i legitly WORKED for over the span of 4 years and now i hae no other option to bot to get my money back or just quit all together
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
3 Apr 11
The botting IS how they hacked you most likely. The guys who make those programs don't just distribute them from their own generosity. Every one of them has a keylogger embedded deep in it. They may not take your account immediately but eventually they will once they fell you've earned enough for them to take.
• United States
2 Feb 11
I voted no for a reason and that reason was that runescape would be filled again with scammers, bots and stuff like that. I made one account back when tyese features were still ongoing and there was these guy that made me think that one item was really rare and i paid for it something like 500k and then somone told me it wasn't rare, free trade should be removed, I like the old wildy, but it should be removed too, bount hunter an pvp worlds aee for killing other players, these features should be gone!
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
3 Feb 11
The way things are going they likely will be before long.