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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mjc2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2016 at 02:49
when i first started terraforming the buddy system used a much lower pop threshold(100 pop i believe), but then the threshold was bumped up to 450 which is the same pop requirement for a terraform.  i am pretty sure i mentioned this in an IGM or GC to one of the DEVs before the bump to 450 but i could be mistaken, that was awhile ago.  i think if the buddy system threshold is bumped up a little more to say 500 it would be much clearer that you shouldnt use the buddy system with terraforms and honestly the difference between 450 and 500 pop on an account that is going to stick around is negligable.
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This rule has been in effect for actual years:

"Serial creation and abandonment of secondary accounts in order to exploit the "buddy referral" prestige bonus is an exploit and bannable offense."

Players agree to these rules when they sign up. When and if I catch someone doing it, I will likely just ban the accounts or -- depending on how much they do it -- give them a chance to stop.

We cannot force the players to read the rules, but we CAN force you to agree to these rules when you sign up. You cannot play the game without agreeing to this, so we have to take it on faith that you have read them.

Using a referral link is something you do on purpose; so there is no excuse like "oops, I didn't mean to."

Again, if we continue to see it happen we might just take away the ability to terraform. If you or anyone else knows of someone doing it, tell them to stop and let me know.

I appreciate it when someone comes forward, but this rule is nothing new.


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I would hate to see terraforming banned. It is a way for me to earn gold in order to grow my main. I just deleted a very involved post right here>>>

Instead, I will say that I agree completely with GM Rikoo and the Devs. Abusing the Buddy Programme is no different than any other exploit. There may be ways to end most of the problem but someone will eventually find a way around them. 

I will be ending my terraforming as soon as my current contract is filled. I enjoy playing Illy and don't want to be involved in a mechanic that has the potential for abuse. I may return to the business after the Devs have decided how they will deal with it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Oldelaf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2016 at 13:24
Originally posted by GM Rikoo GM Rikoo wrote:

Using a referral link is something you do on purpose; so there is no excuse like "oops, I didn't mean to."
Well, it might be: I just deleted my secondary (terraforming) account to create a new one without the buddy program, and it has been linked to my main account by the buddy program without me doing anything. I did it again to make sure and used the account creation link on the login page, and again it has been linked to my main account. The third time I tried with my browser cache and history cleared, and that time it created an account not linked to my main one. But even for the first two times I never used the referral link explicitly, not meant to use the buddy program.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote flatfisher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jun 2016 at 09:19
I am one of those that used the buddy referral when terraforming... I started doing so as with the text written at the illy-site around the buddy referral link. There it says:
Quote The link may be used an unlimited number of times, but remember that each player is only allowed 2 Illyriad accounts.  
This made me think its ok to use the link unlimited times as long as one person only olds two accounts. I must say I added the idea of having 2 accounts simultaneously, not 2 accounts ever.
Please bear in mind some of us (like me) are non-native English, so reading up all kind of rules may be difficult, time-consuming and may lead to misunderstanding of what is actually written.
I understand your point of view (if that is appropriate to say), Rikoo. And I will stop using the buddy referral for terraforming.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GM Rikoo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jun 2016 at 17:44
I understand your misunderstanding, but you agreed to the rules when you signed up, meaning you read and understood them.

This has been a rule for a long, long time:

"Serial creation and abandonment of secondary accounts in order to exploit the "buddy referral" prestige bonus is an exploit and bannable offense."

I will see about tweaking the in-game description, but from now on check with the rules if you are not sure, or ask me. 


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I am reasonably new to the game and have tried one terraform which was fun and profitable.

Obviously I am not as bright as others here as I didn't even know about the option to claim prestige so missed that chance completely as now I know I shouldn't, I wouldn't.

I have a different problem though. My son wants to join the game and I will not let him as, although we have separate computers, we both use the same IP address and I want to terraform some more for the cash. I am loving the game and don't want to break the rules and lose my account.

However I promised I would ask to see if there is a rule in place that allows this.
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I am not sure about the official rules on this, Det. However, when I was in college my roommate and I both played illyriad and each had 2 accounts and neither of us was banned. I hope you get a more definitive answer from someone else, that's the best I have for you. Hope it helps!
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GM rikoo used to be the man to talk to about such matters, however he has left for pastures new. 

GM cerberus has replaced him in this role. I suggest dropping him an igm. I find the GM's here very helpful and I'm sure he will clarify things as soon as he has time.

I believe he does a quiz in GC an tuesday nights illy time - usually when I'm in work :(  - you may catch him there in person.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote flatfisher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2017 at 08:53
I am not an IT-specialist, but are you sure you use the same IP-adress? As far as I know, each connected device in my wifi-network gets an individual IP a-adress, which in my case is not a fixed IP-adress but rather changing in order of login.
Like more people replied earlier, we never had any problems or comments on the fact that sometimes three Illy-accounts run at the same time from our house, one is owned by my son (Lasco) and the other two are my main (Flatfisher) and my terraforming account.
So I would say stop worrying and if that is not enough, than write an IGM directly to GM Rikoo.
This is the best advice I can give you here!

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I read the former post and noticed it isn't GM Rikoo anymore to talk to, but rather GM Cerberus....


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