In today’s episode of our Exploit History, we talk about one of the more severe issues in the early stages of the game. It’s actually not too fair to only include the Foundry in the headline of this article because as much of the problem was how Utility Enchantments worked back in the day. The combination of both led to bots and players swarming certain custom maps and getting filthy rich in the process.
But what was Foundry botting all about? As mentioned, it was as much an issue with Utility Enchantments. Initially they were designed to drop unbound refining points. Obviously farming Utility Enchantments meant simply killing as many mobs as possible. The Foundry and its custom maps were ideal for that. Players created so-called “farm” levels that only consisted of easily killable mobs. Some were even designed in a way that mobs were trapped and could safely be taken down by ranged characters from distance.
Of course not only players liked the idea of farming and selling RPs that way. The botting scene soon caught on and created Foundry maps that were not only easily farmable, but also easily bottable. Bots would just repeat certain Foundries over and over again and pile up stacks and stacks of gems. The whole process led to the market for refining points absolutely crashing and the devs searching for answers.
First they tried a whole bunch of internal cooldowns for Utility Enchantments, but that did bother humans more than bots. So eventually all drops from Utility Enchantments would bind to account in Module 5 and later the Foundry didn’t even proc certain enchantments at all. That however led to another major AD-making opportunity. Because it was evident that the market for RPs would skyrocket in the wake of the change, rich players bought up stacks and stacks of RP from the Auction House and could sell them with an absurd profit margin a couple weeks later.
Exploit History: Locking Auctions – Caturday – Masterwork Nodes – Permadodge – Arcane Reservoir – Full GF Runs – Attribute Enhancement – Using the old Refining System – Killing Fulminorax and Valindra From Below – Skipping Shadowfell – Resonator Exploit – Safely Killing Traven Blackdagger – Foundry Power Leveling – Castle Never Picture Frame Shortcut – Infinite Buff Stacks and One-Shotting CWs – Max Level In About One Hour – No Ward Consumpion – Gateway Scripting – Temple of the Spider Exploits