Is scripting / macroing allowed in Game of Thrones Ascent?

This is a common question for online gaming companies. Using macros, scripts, or other automated ways of playing the game are not allowed. We already address this somewhat in our Terms of Service, which say that the following is against the TOS:

“Use, develop or distribute “auto” software programs, “macro” software programs or other “cheat utility” software program or applications in violation of the applicable License Agreements.”

You may review our Terms of Service here: http://www.disruptorbeam.com/tos

But what most players will be interested in is why we disallow macros, scripts, and other automated running of our game. The reason why we disallow them is to protect the play experience for the vast majority of players who do not or can not, either due to a lack of technical knowledge or information about the scripts, use these scripts. Using scripts or macros can convey a pretty strong advantage to the players who use them. That means that the players who do not use them will rapidly fall behind the players who do. Ultimately, they become necessary to compete in our leaderboards.

It is important to note that some of, but not all, macros and scripts automate and take advantage of bugs or exploits within our game, which is not allowed. In these cases, we will investigate and take action on players that perform these actions. Taking advantage of exploits is not allowed, even if it is done without macros or scripting. All bugs or exploits should be reported to us at support.disruptorbeam.com.

Another reason why we disallow them is because they wreak havoc with the game balancing that we have already done with the game. Our game balance is based on our understanding of what players do, how long they take to do it, and in what order. When you have two wildly different player groups - one that plays with the tools we give them, and one that uses their own tools - it is very difficult to balance our game. Those who use scripts or macros may find the game trivially easy if we balance for the regular players, and those who are regular players may find the game incredibly difficult if we balance for the script users.

Lastly, macros and scripts tend to overwhelm our servers by sending many more requests than we are used to handling. This can impact performance, especially if more than a handful of people are running them at the same time.

So where is the middle ground? It comes down to feedback from you, our players. Scripts and macros are typically used to automate parts of the game that the user either wants to skip, or to take advantage of a bug at a massive scale. Rather than encourage our users to automate the 
game, we would like your feedback on why you would want to automate part of it. Feedback on what features or game mechanics aren’t compelling will help us make a better game for you. it will also help us keep up the balance in the game, as we make changes based on your feedback and then change our rewards and quest systems based on that feedback.

For those who use scripts, please note that using them is a violation of our Terms of Service and may result in action being taken against your account, up to and including a permanent ban or a rollback of your character.

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