Get ready. *climbs up on her MMO soapbox*
Unauthorized third-party programs are against the TOS in most games, Darkfall included. Often, though, and especially early in games, detection can be rudimentary and rules aren’t always enforced. But, as should be obvious to anyone who can read, general acceptance does not equal licitness.
It’s generally accepted that young adults will drink before they’re of legal age. If you’re caught, however, you’ll still be punished. Carrying pot around is usually against the law but in many states there are bigger issues so it’s overlooked. Does that make carrying pot in your purse legal? Does it mean if an officer felt like taking you to jail for possession you could avoid it by crying that you’d gotten away with it before and to look at all the other people doing it? No.
It floors me how many people I see talking in the Race and Trade channels in Darkfall about macroing their characters to swim circles in the ocean, gather resources, and level up magic or melee (I’ve even seen public channel requests for assistance setting up the programs that run these macros and posts on the official game forums citing macros as the best way to have fun). I’m even more flabbergasted by how many claim that because Aventurine hasn’t banned them, personally, these cheaters are not breaking rules and, more pitiful, that everyone else is doing it. (I just don’t understand those motherfuckers who feel that they’re above the law or that they’re somehow less responsible for the hideous state of whatever game they’re playing because they’re “not using hacks or cheats.” Hello, that’s a bot you’re running, dipshit.)
Using unauthorized third-party programs to run macros is no different than duping items or using a speed hack. They are all a serious detriment to our gaming experience and often lead to the atrophy and finally death of the community that keeps a game alive. Whether you agree or believe the reasons behind fair, the TOS protects both players and developers and insures your favourite game has the best chance possible at success.