Wandering priest bot


#1

(Not sure if this is the right place for this, please move it if not.)

There’s a new bot which has been active on EU West for a few days. It’s always a priest, it spends all the time running around the inner ring road, relying on speed to avoid most shots, nexusing and then walking back to the road if its HP drops too low, or if the server restarts.

No idea what its purpose is. It could be fame training, though for what purpose – the accounts are new, have no other chars, no pets. Testing out bot navigation code? So players can TP to them?

Each time I see one the account seems different, with a randomish name. Not sure they are there all the time, but they are when I look. Much easier to see, and much more obvious, when the server is quiet.


#2

! Beware cland bots !


#3

And not just EUW, I’ve seen a bot like this in many servers/realms.
Could be a notifier eyeball, could be low intensity fame farming to be later RWTd, some of the names look like shop bots, like VitToWisgP.
Edit: having seen the train has also had a resurgence recently, using bots posted around godlands, perhaps the same botter uses these priests to learn which maps there are. I don’t know if these bots and the train bots overlap.
Only thing I could suggest is record/report and see if Deca wishes to ban.

I think #community-hub works, since it’s about what some particular player is doing.


#4

One got stuck in Realm a short time ago. Seems all it takes to stop them is a Forbidden Jungle building with a corner that sticks out onto the road. I’ve seen one navigate around such buildings by following the wall when walking to the road, but that must be turned off for the road.

Also Nevov, I and others tried dragging onto it, without success. It used a Recomp to kill anything that got close, healing once at about half health. If all else fails it can Nexus, which I assume it does when it walks into real trouble (I only saw the aftermath of this, seeing one vanish then walk back in from the edge).


#5

Watch it just be a real dude that doesn’t know how to play the game


#6

Something about the way you describe the bot makes him seem very cute.


#7

This is probably a bot for the Cartographer fame bonus. I’ve seen this before.


#8

Could be. Not that these particular chars are training, as they are doing nothing to get other bonuses – they are so new that they are unlikely to have gotten easier to get bonuses, and are not sticking around either as the account names are different each time I notice them.

Could be testing a feature to be added to a bot for fame training. I don’t fame train but when I’ve been in a Realm with a train I hear lots of complaints about bots, which are presumably just following players in the train, the same behaviour used by multiboxers. This could be a new behaviour, for Cartographer/Explorer fame bonuses and perhaps other uses.


#9

You wouldn’t be continuing to uncover tiles after the first circuit around, and they don’t leave the realm unless compelled to, (also the inner road is the shortest), so I doubt it will be primarily seeking bonuses relating to tiles/maps, though always possible these accumulate as a side effect of them being permanently online.


#10

If they can make this, they can also make a new kind of bot fametrain that does the same thing but in a group through godlands.

It’d be pretty easy to just program a path for it to take through godlands and then just having a bunch of autofire famebots following this pathing bot.


#11

Yes. Also saw something in the last week that might be related, when a fame train visited EU west. They had a bunch of static chars or bots, arranged around godlands, evenly spaced in I think an octagonal arrangement.

Not sure what they were for. They could be for players to tp to, but teleporting into the fame train directly is quicker and generally safe. They could be for the fametrain to follow, but it did not seem to come close and anyway with human operators it can use the layout of godlands easily.

But static bots could be used with a pathfinding bot, to run an automatic fame train. I can’t see the point of this, but I can’t see the point of fame trains. If players want to automate how they gain fame perhaps having it fully run by bots, so even more automatic, would be better for them.


#12

They r called ‘idlers’.
They force the god spawns directly into the way of the train, resulting in ~35+ fpm trains


#13

Every time the idler train has crashed into the realm I’ve been in, these idlers have been utilising autofire/autoaim cheat, so I think bot would be the right term for them. Probably to ensure the setter-up doesn’t have to repeat their effort and the bots can sit there in safety.


#14

Yeah, they all share the traits u mentioned, so they are bots. I was more explaining what they were used for