Duping is a term for a specific form of cheating. It involves exploiting a game mechanic whereby duplicated copies of otherwise legitimate items are created. In most instances, duped items are indistinguishable from legitimate ones. In the past, object manipulations at certain server boundary lines could cause dupes to appear.
EA-Mythic has instituted several campaigns against dupers and duped items. A wholesale deletion of duped Hooded Robe of Umbra/Hooded Shroud of Shadows/Hooded Shroud of Umbra recently was done. Accounts of known dupers have been deleted and the associated players banned. In February of 2008, several known scripters had their homes burned down.
Duped Item Examples
On September 30, 2006, the following image was posted (message text has been edited):
- [T]here is massive duping... on account of a bug with the Character Transfer Tokens.... [E]ven the Character Transfer Tokens are being duped.... JCtheBuilder posted this mind-bending pic on Stratics today:
- These were found by someone after a duper (curiously named Xfer) casually left them on the bank floor. The items were subsequently deleted....