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Castle Age Protection Spells

The interactions between MMORPG players are real, even if the environments are virtual. Sherry Turkle found that many people have expanded their emotional range by exploring the many different roles (including gender identities) that MMORPGs allow a person to explore.

And since MMORPGs have so many elements in common, and those elements are experienced by so many people, a common culture of MMORPGs has developed which exists in addition to the culture present within any given game: the games must be balanced in order to be fair to all players.

The Protector Paladins of the SWARM are now busy with a Castle Age case where this seems NOT the case …

Making the case: the data

The following screenshots (I am only showing 2 out of the 13 I received), plus grounding evidence was sent to us (click to enlarge):


9 hours, 7 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 12 damage and losing $6,569. You have lost 2 Battle Points!
9 hours, 7 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 11 damage and losing $10,340. You have lost 2 Battle Points!
9 hours, 7 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 8 damage and losing $10,622. You have lost 2 Battle Points!
9 hours, 14 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 9 damage and losing $13,376. You have lost 2 Battle Points!
9 hours, 14 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 11 damage and losing $9,258. You have lost 2 Battle Points!
9 hours, 15 minutes ago:
Victory! You were challenged by Zoete
You defeated your enemy, taking 5 damage and dealing 9 damage to your rival. You gained 1 experience points and $115,000. You have won 15 Battle Points!
10 hours, 7 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 8 damage and losing $0. You have lost 2 Battle Points!
21 hours, 47 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 11 damage and losing $0. You have lost 2 Battle Points!
22 hours, 26 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 12 damage and losing $100,000. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
22 hours, 26 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 8 damage and losing $100,000. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
22 hours, 26 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 12 damage and losing $100,000. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
22 hours, 26 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 10 damage and losing $100,000. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
22 hours, 26 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 10 damage and losing $100,000. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
22 hours, 26 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 12 damage and losing $100,000. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
22 hours, 26 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 8 damage and losing $100,000. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
22 hours, 26 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 8 damage and losing $100,000. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
22 hours, 26 minutes ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 11 damage and losing $100,000. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 2 hours ago:
You were killed in battle, losing 3 experience points.
1 day, 8 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 11 damage and losing $25,206. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 8 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 10 damage and losing $37,709. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 8 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 10 damage and losing $29,809. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 8 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 9 damage and losing $36,852. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 8 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 12 damage and losing $26,136. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 8 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 9 damage and losing $27,878. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 9 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 11 damage and losing $38,720. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 9 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 12 damage and losing $38,295. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 9 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 9 damage and losing $34,500. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 11 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 9 damage and losing $0. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 11 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 11 damage and losing $0. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 11 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 11 damage and losing $0. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 17 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 8 damage and losing $0. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 17 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 10 damage and losing $0. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 17 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 9 damage and losing $0. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 17 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 12 damage and losing $0. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 17 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 12 damage and losing $0. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 17 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 10 damage and losing $0. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 17 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 11 damage and losing $0. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 17 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 9 damage and losing $0. You have lost 3 Battle Points!
1 day, 17 hours ago:
You were challenged by Zoete
You lost the battle, taking 10 damage and losing $0. You have lost 3 Battle Points!

Followed by a message sent to his ongoing victim:

Gary Rendano 26 February at 14:43 Report
i just attacked you 4 times again.. go cry in the corner ya big baby LOL LOL waaaaaa waaaaaa waaaaaa.. mommy he keeps attacking me .. waaaaa waaaaa

And when asked why he did it he replied “because I can”

Making the case: further investigation

“Zoete”, level 236 Prince
Quests Completed 5695
Battles Won 15450
Battles Lost 4072
Times eliminated 70
Times he eliminated an enemy 372

Real name: Gary Rendano, has 1,496 FB friends

Further questions that we asked his victim reveal that he can’t be on-line for more than 10 minutes, or he is attacked by Zoete. His victim feels totally powerless.

We tried if we could catch him with enough health. We cannot.

My conclusions

  • Gary Rendano is using a bot, or else he would not detect his victim “each time”, and we would have at least found him online and healthy a few times.
  • His FB friends probably do not know about this, or else they would not be his friends, even if it is just FB friends.
  • Castle Age does not have enough “buffing” or “nerfing” elements (yet). What if its creators were to add, for example, protective spells that certain Heroes of one player can cast on other players to protect them in battle? Maybe using what’s used in Siege Raids? That a fight is diverted to those that volunteered for that for a particular player?
  • Tho there are many rumors about a supposed Zynga watchdog that looks for timing patterns as a result of the use of bots, I don’t think it is functional (yet), but that algorithm may be a suggestion that the creators of this game could consider?

Our Strategy

Personally I feel I have to make a stand. I can’t let this happen to Zoete’s victim, a fellow human being, and clearly a mensch, even if Castle Age is only a game, and he not a Stoic (yet).

I don’t think it would be a good idea if we have too many people expanding their emotional range by exploring such victim roles day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day …

Since it is impossible to fight Zoete fairly, we are going to use a social strategy. What if his friends know? What if the Gods really exist and both Game-creator (God) and Network-creator (Godess) that co-create the virtual Castle Age world know? I have that special connection with the Gods … I can communicate! 🙂

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