We all know that there are those... people, in the game who are charging 5, 10, or even the absurd amount of 15k Gold to give someone else a Vampire/Werewolf bite. While this is ignorant beyond belief, it was bound to happen. It also isn't inherently wrong as it doesn't prevent another player from enjoying or partaking in any aspect of the game (despite being extremely D-baggish). Players looking for bites still have the option of finding someone to do it for free, or wandering into the wild to find a Vampire/Werewolf NPC on their own and getting infected in the old fashioned way.
However; now we hit the newest extortion of the game. Some of those players who were charging for bites have taken to forming Guilds and Groups dedicated to milking players for every bit of Gold that they can through abusive extortion.
Those groups have taken to sitting on Vampire/Werewolf spawns and killing the Vampire/Werewolf NPC's as soon as they spawn into the game. They sit at these sites, and while they are still selling their bite for many thousands of Gold, they're killing the aforementioned NPC's before people even have a chance to get infected. With the limited spawn times of the NPC's being reliant upon the time-of-day and cycle of the moon, that's not a large window to get infected by these beings.
Then the real extortion happens.
These D-bags tell everyone at the spawn point that they'll leave and quit interfering, for the price of 10k Gold. If no one pays, then they and their party/group members do everything they can to ensure that no one gets infected that night.
This is directly affecting and disrupting the other players ability to enjoy a designed and intended aspect of the game. Extortion is running rampant, and someone needs to do something about it.
Now; some players have taken to creating Guild of Vampires and Werewolves whose specific goal is to hand out these infections for free. While that is excellent, finding them is more than difficult. While there is a "mega-thread" for people looking for free bites, what player in their right mind is going to sift through thousands of posts to find someone that hasn't been bitten yet? Yet every other thread created along this same line is locked faster than actual in-game problems are being solved.
The solution to the above extortion falls upon the shoulders of the GM's. They need to be policing the game better as this type of extortion is not only illegal (it goes against the ToS and the CoC which specifically state that this interference in the game's designed features is a bannable offense), but is directly interfering in an individual's ability to enjoy a designed aspect of the game.
This is easily solved by having GM's "patrol" the Vampire/Werewolf spawn sites in each Alliance. If anyone is discovered promoting this extortion, they take the necessary action.
But something needs to be done as simply refusing to pay isn't the end of the issue. In fact; the extortionists become extremely abusive if someone/anyone refuses to pay. Then they actively work to not only ruin that spawn site, but start following a players around the game world harassing them via verbal abuse and preventing them from achieving objectives related to Quests that they may be working on.
But all of this can change with the slightest little appearances by the game's GM's, and by the active participation of players working to stop these individuals.
PAWS (Positively Against Wrip-off Stuff) - Say no to Crown Crates!