Friday, August 5, 2011

A victim of my own success

Today I'm going to take you on a detailed Journey as a customer of Aeria Games and player of Eden Eternal. Before I start, I want to point out that there will always be room for doubt and criticism on how I played my character. I'm here to show you a detailed account of my journey and how I was able to make 10,000G a day by playing the auction house. It will be up to you to decide if I was a real and innocent free-to-play player, or a hacker who duped and exploited the game for his own benefit which Aeria Games staff claims.

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 - Here I am just starting out! Notice the increased spawn rate to get people moving as fast as possible?

Sunday, June 19th, 2011 - 3 days later I was fast approaching level 50 grinding Gq's with my guild in Arid.

Monday, June 20th, 2011 - 4 days after release I hit 50 on my last GQ!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 - I immediately went to work looking at what I had to do to raise my faction to be able to craft armor and weapons.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 5:03AM - 758G 

2 Days after hitting 50 I had started small with White Wolf Belts, Mirage Runes, to start building up some cash to get my faction up to craft complete sets of armor and weapons.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 5:43AM - 704G 

I knew from beta that Cetus's would be a hot selling item, and took a screenshot of the faction items I would need for later reference.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 7:29AM - 757G

Here I put up the first few Cetus's I made along with some White Wolf boots and belts and various small crafting materials people were selling.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 3:57PM - 799G

The next day I found out I under priced my cetus's, so I made more and marked them up, and start crafting Madness cloth armor along with my White Wolf armor.

Friday, June 24th, 2011 8:29AM - 898G

I started to gather the materials to make my first bow as my gold started to slowly climb.

Friday, June 24th, 2011 4:22PM - 1,466G

8hrs later I came back to the bow merchant to take more screenshots of the faction items I needed.. It was so confusing at the time. In those 8hrs sales really started to pick up as my gold almost doubled!

Friday, June 24th, 2011 8:53 PM - 1,805G

4hrs later I made my bow and listed it for 575G! Sales continued to grow.

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 6:58 PM - 2,300G

With continued sales I was proud of what I had earned in what I considered was a short amount of time. I took 4 screenshots of what I had in the AH as a reminder. 

Sunday, June 26th, 2011 11:27AM - 1,957G

The next day I started looking at making an item I knew would also sell as good as my level 40 Cetus's.... and that was a level 50 Cetus! 

Monday, June 27th, 2011 8:25AM - 1,548G

I started making Devil Night Wings, and here you can see I FAILED! Ouch that hurt! I also started making Blood Knife Sets! They were expensive to make!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 8:26 AM - 1,362G

Exactly 24hrs later I continued to craft more for the AH, as you can see I made a level 50 shield and my first level 50 Cetus! I knew the more I had for sale in the Auction House the more money I could make.

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 9:08 AM - 1,779G

Here I took a Screenshot of almost all my factions 2k+ as I continued to make sales in the AH!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 9:14 AM - 4,074G

The servers were coming down but before they did I snagged my first level 50 Cetus sale for 1,700G! Alone with a few various armor pieces for 100-200G

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 1:23PM - 5,845G

Threw lots of sales I was able to pickup my first Stalwart Razorback for 2,500G The going rate was around 2,000G, but I wasn't going to haggle him down. I told him I pay him 2,500G if he would sell it to me right NOW.. the rest is history!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 2:01PM - 4,386G

Only 30min after I bought my Razorback, I was selling level 40 Cetus's for 400G!! The demand was crazy and here I picked up my first ever statted garb for 450G!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 3:13AM - 7,855G

Here I was explaining to the [GS]NinjaKat, who was formally known as Ninjakitten the Guildmaster of Eminence on Emerald on how I played the AH. I told her of my success and how I would be able to seriously contribute to the guild in the future, but also made the donation requirements and picked up 6-8 various guild merchants, Mystery Merchant boxes and Famous Forgers for 50G-100G (note this for later)

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 4:27PM 

AH sales were going crazy here is a level 40 cetus I sold for 595G!! it was crazy!

Friday, July 1st, 2011 2:30PM - 11,111G

Here I just sold my Devil Night Wings for 1300G! and I still had another in stock! Things were starting to go very well now! In a week and a half after hitting 50 and starting with under 1,000G I was on the smooth track for success.

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 7:50AM - 12,166G

Eminence hit World first level 6 guild with the huge donation from Fatality for 15K Gold! I talked to him while I was playing the AH, and from what HE told me, he was farming Veni for his gold. I knew over time I had him beat but I had to keep building up. This meant investing in cash shop items for later.

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 4:27PM

Here I started buying 50 safety stones for 1250G!
25G each! Pongs also sold me some 4hrs earlier, and that Queezy guy was trying to scam me with portal stones.



Monday, July 4th, 2011 12:46PM

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 8:22PM
After a lengthy email of how I played the Auction House I got a response back.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 11:08AM - 7,186G

I came back to expired auctions, and hadn't made any money since I bought my safety stones. The only good thing was I got ranked while I was banned. It was time to get the ball rolling again.Or "Snowball" the auction house as I like to call it.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 1:51PM

I found out I had been kicked from Eminence as a Officer by [GS]NinjaKat while I was banned. Her response is in the screenshot. I never had any ill will towards her, but I knew I could be apart of something better that I would help create. I promised no drama, and I would be the better person.

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 9:39AM

I quickly got back to buying more cash shop items like these 5 7-day's for 100G each!

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 11:12AM - 6664G

2 hours later I grabbed another 10 7-days for 100G each!

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 11:23AM - 5644G

I only had 34 safety stones left from the initial 50 I bought, so I was able to get another 100 for 25G each! Now some might say oh DUDE your buying from a gold seller no wonder you got banned! A LOT of players sell under alt characters as to not draw attention to their main as a "cash shop" buyer... think about it, would you want to be constantly pestered about items when people knew you sold them?

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 12:02PM - 3686G

After my cash shop spending spree I was no longer up to that beefy 12K I once had, but now had 134 Safety Stones, and 17-days! You can see in my inventory I had some Bloodknife Armor I had which was ready to sell.

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 2:26PM - 4639G

You can see here I had 2 level 50 Cetus's in my bank and more listed on the AH, I was ready to make some serious money scraping everything I could to list on the AH and make sales.

Friday, July 8th, 2011 5:41 AM - 17,180G

It was a long night but sales were crazy I made 12k gold in a day! From selling Devil Night Wings, Full sets of Light, Heavy, and Cloth Armor! for 43, and 48.

Friday, July 8th, 2011 2:23PM

I had to expand, so I had another character on my account selling more. The more I had on the AH the more money I could make! I wanted to maintain that 10k+ a day!

Friday, July 8th, 2011 2:41PM - 7,753G

Back on my main I crafted level very expensive level 50 jewelry which only had a 35% chance of success. I had a stock of Domination Rings, Polar Sunset Rings, all stuff that would fetch 1k+ per item. I spent 10k Gold making extra sets of armor and jewelry. I was expanding fast!

Saturday, July 9th, 2011 5:40AM - 16,150G

That Saturday morning I was frantically trying to restock from Friday Nights sales!, I had another 10k+ night. I bought another 75 Safety Stones for 25G each, donated 1500G to the guild.

Monday, July 11th, 2011 3:06AM - 14,721G

I started buying more cash shop items. Here you can see I bought 78 CP II's for 20G each! I also started buying level 50 +25% crafting success Corona's for 100G each. You can see I have 14 already! I had a platinum pride, Primal Fury Staff, Shadow Daggers,  polar sunset ring, and was stocking up on Steel heavy armor.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 2:28PM - 19,652G

It's hard for me to admit this because of my pride, but in an attempt to buy AP, I fell victim to a scammer for 6,250G He claimed to have AP cards. What fooled me at the time was that I thought he was [GS]Quake, but his tag was GS_Quake, I quickly filed a ticket, but of course I never got my gold back. A expensive learning lesson. Just goes to show you even the best can get scammed.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 7:32PM - 13,682G

Furious at myself for letting a little prick scammer get the best of me I wasn't going to let him spoil it. I grabbed 8 more Level 50 Corona's and started buying world calls for 2G each.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 4:48PM

I bought a Rugged razorback for 1100G from Damion! They had only been available threw Razorback bags and were selling for 1700G+ in the AH!! I thought I had a GREAT deal until I saw them in the Altar, I knew the price was going to tank. I quickly threw it up on the AH for 1300G and IT SOLD... woo hoo take that Damion!
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 6:57PM - 17,115G

I'm talking with a player for more world calls for 2G each, I also bought a couple more Level 50 Corona's.  As you can see I was almost up to the gold that got scammed from me 24hrs earlier.

Thursday, July 14th, 2011 8:25AM - 24,176G

I made another 7K overnight and hit an all time high! It was time to reinvest into cash shop items soon before the inflation continued! You can see here I had another Platinum Pride, and some Star and Bizarre cloth sets I was making.

Friday, July 15th, 2011 3:44PM - 13,695G

Today was a huge spending day for me. I got my First 5% MP/HP Mysterious Dynasty Jacket for 6,500G!! I also bought a Pinwheel (Alpha) for 1,600G and a 2% Second Dynasty Jacket.

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 12:54AM - 11,369G

I bought a Brave Lab for 500G in the AH! It was a top Tier item in the loot forge! If you look behind the tooltip you will notice I also purchased my first 5% MP/HP Mysterious Cavalier Succat for 4K! This was during an event called "Halycon Cavalier Tiered Event" Basically if you spent $70 you got the item for free

Sunday, July 17th, 2011 4:04PM

The Event was coming to a close, and I was trying to buy as many outfits as I could, as you can see here I bought a dress from DippinDots for 3400G, I also bought my 2nd 5% MP/HP Mysterious Dynasty Jacket from Zoomi for 3500G!

Sunday, July 17th, 2011 9:06PM - 99G

The event was almost over and it was a good thing too because I was broke! I managed to buy 1 more 5% HP/MP Mysterious Cavalier Succat for 3500G!
Thank god I still had lots of stuff in the AH!

Monday, July 18th, 2011 7:36PM

After a weekend of heavy buying I had my Mule, packed with 5-slot bags I bought for 100G each, and 8 Memory Tomes, I got for 225G each! I also got 2 non-statted Pinwheels for 250G each! Overall it was a great haul, and I snagged as many AP items as I could.

Monday, July 18th, 2011
My character crashed while loading zones. When I tried to log back in all I got was Server Connection: Failed message. I could log in my other 2 character's on that account, but somehow the server didn't know where to put me and I needed a GM to put me back to my bind. I even tried logging in from another computer. I filed a   service ticket which remained unanswered (Aeria-Hold)  until I sent them a second message telling them my issue had been resolved with the patch on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 I also made sure to thank them for their timely customer service. 

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 8:05PM - 4,244G

I when I came back I had 10K in sold crafted items and was earning on average 10k+ a day ,Here I bought my 2nd Stalwart Razorback for around 7,000G! I also managed to snag my 3rd Mysterious Dynasty Jacket off the AH for 3000G

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 10:05PM

I spent the rest of my gold buying 1 of every non-stated wing for 800G and bought 4-5 Rugged Razorback for 650G, and 2 White Razorbacks in the AH for 250G each!

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 5:26AM

2 Days later I was building up gold and didn't buy anything eventful enough to take a screenshot. Here I am buying 10 7-days for 125G each. At this point they were going for 125-180G each so I figured it would be a good investment. They are always in demand.

Saturday, July, 23rd, 2011 5:53AM - 1049G

Here is another inventory shot, I had purchased another Stalwart Razorback for around 6000G
and tucked it in my bank since I already had 1 Archived. Yup I was up to 3 Stalwarts! I also started buying world calls for 2G each. You can also see in the text box I bought another 20 7-days from Sciatika for 120G each.
Monday, July 24th, 2011 7:21AM - 904G

Here I am the next morning restocking what I had sold. Seemed like the more I earned the more I spent in cash shop items!

Tuesday, July 25th 2011 8:17PM

You can see My Domination Ring, and 2 Polar Sunset Rings, Hurricane Ring sold! I usually sold those rings for 700-1k each on the ah!

Tuesday, July 26th 2011 9:20PM
I was Banned for a 2nd time without warning within 24hrs I received an unban notice telling me that my account had been compromised by gold sellers but when I logged in nothing had been touched.

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 12:28AM

Even with my ban I was able to pull in 12k, I spent another 6500G on a 4th yes 4th Stalwart Razorback! I also traded a guy a Hurricane Ring for 1500AP!! I had him get me 5 Minidemon Bags!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 2:30AM

I went to check my free loot box and noticed my password has been changed AGAIN. 16hrs after my 2nd ban I knew I had been banned for a 3rd time for god knows what reason. I was getting sick of these bans but I decided to transfer my stuff to my wife's account to hold, then took a screenshot of everything I was sell just in case I had to submit any "Evidence" of how I'm not a gold seller or scammer etc..

This also will show what I was selling and for how much! Yes I actually sold 1 Minidemon wings bag for 585G! LOL!

The hell if I was going to transfer all my supplies, so here was a screenshot of my alt. As you can see my bloodknife sets were picked clean, I usually kept around 5 sets in stock to sell on the AH. BP's 595G, Hats 495G, Waist 175G, Gloves 395G, Boots 375G
YEA i'm that good. I started out there and threw up another piece if anyone undercut me. I was selling these sets for 2x what people wanted in World Chat... and I was GETTING it.

Here is my 2nd Alt again just to show a GM I'm a real player that's my stuff. Stop banning me FFS!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 3:41PM
I was banned for a 3rd time, this time it was the "IP my account accessed" I have only played this game from a static cable connection. At least they noted my account that I'm a LEGITIMATE PLAYER.

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 7:43PM - 13,167G

 After I transfered everything back from my wifes account and sales she had made while I was banned. I had a nice 13K again!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 8:16PM - 12,962G

I was talking to a guy who was going to sell me Corrupt Minidemon Wings 10% Crit for 10K, but I had not seen him on for a few days, I figured after I had been banned/missing he just sold them to someone else. I caught this on the AH and bought 50 right away! 100G each! when I was buying for 125g? It was a steal! Shortly after the Wings guy logged on and messaged me! DOH! 
Saturday, July 30th, 2011 4:07AM - 588G

On Friday I was on the hunt for 10% crit wings, and Finally early Saturday morning I got em for 11k! FINALLY! They were tough to get!

Saturday, July 30th, 2011 9:18AM - 3,935G

The Last Inventory shot on record and everything I had earned. It was a proud moment of all I had achieved in the game.

Saturday, July 30th, 2011 11:07PM - 9,168G

The Last Sceenshot of me as Guildmaster of the #2 Ranked Level 6 Guild on Emerald called "Elysium" 

Monday, August 1st, 2011 8:45AM
I woke up to find my account Suspended along with 100's of other players within an hour there was a 22 page thread on the official forums with GM Responses. I quickly sent in a request under my same email I had used to reverse my previous 3 bans, of course I sent the request in before checking the forums.

Monday August 1st, 2011 5:57PM
A few hours after they fixed the "Mass Suspension Bug" I was kicked off the game and banned for a 5th time.and my wife's account was also banned. I quickly filed a request under the same email and RT# and on Monday, August 2nd, 2011 12:45PM I got my final response from Aeria Games. Or at least I thought.

I immediately took my case public, you can read then next blog entry HERE on what I did next.