Real World Trade In Private Servers

Real World Trade In Maplestory Private Servers

Real World Trade in maplestory private servers, trading hundreds of dollars for high attack red sock

You can buy a lot of things with real life money – but you should be able to buy anything?  Are there things that you should earn – not buy? In this topic we are going to discuss real world trade (also known as RWT), and whether or not Maplestory Private Server items/services are something you should be able to buy with real world money.

Defining Real World Trade

On the surface, RWT is the act of trading anything that is not directly tied to Maplestory Private Server gameplay for anything that is linked to gameplay.  So for example, paying US dollars for in game equips, mesos, or services like leech would count as real world trade.  

Paying for in game items and services for anything earned in game, however, would not constitute RWT and would widely be considered fair play.

Real World Trade and Pay2Win

Real world trade and Pay2Win are very similar in that they share the same problematic consequences.  They both make the Maplestory Private Server non competitive as they both allow for people to significantly progress without actually working hard on the server.  However, RWT is especially bad in that it creates incentives to exploit the server for real profit.

Real World Trade encourages Exploit Discovery and Abuse

When there is an option to trade in game items for real world money, people are incentivized to find ways to abuse maplestory private servers and create meso / item exploits.  Once an exploit is found, a player can simply gain “free mesos / items” and then sell those free mesos / items to get “free” real world money.  

Some players have even been doing this on mapleroyals for years and have earned significant money from doing so.  

This adds a second level of uncompetitiveness to the Maplestory Private Server.  Not only can some players get ahead of you buy paying real money, other players can get ahead of you by straight up cheating!

What can we do about it?

To be honest, there isn’t a solution to RWT.  The only real way to fix “RWT” is to make it so people who try to do it cannot profit, and this is simply not possible.  One feasible way to attempt this is to make all items untradeable, but then people will just sell accounts.  

At the end of the day RWT is like a pest in your house that you can’t eradicate.  You can employ pesticides to keep the problem under control but at the end of the day, there will always be some real world traders hiding in the shadows.

How To Discourage Real World Trade

Although we cannot stop RWT from occurring, we can try to do some things to limit it.

Make Real World Trade a Bannable Offense

At the very least, by making RWT a bannable offense, you can pressure people into not doing it.  Also, you can probably catch people who blatantly RWT – though it is unlikely you will be able to catch everyone.

Make Users Aware That You Have Logs Of the server

Simply posting a “mapletip” (basically an occasional ingame chat popup) claiming that you have ways to track RWT would make people think twice about breaking the rule (whether or not you can actually track real world trade).  A common way to track real world trade would be to keep logs of the server, like trade logs, drop logs of specific items, etc.

Foster A Community That Looks down on Real World Trade

This is a fairly difficult thing to implement.  But, if you were somehow able to create a community that as a whole found real world trade disgraceful, the social pressure exerted by the community would turn a lot of potential RWT buyers away from participating in RWT.

Conclusion

Ultimately, the problem with RWT is not that it makes the server uncompetitive, but that it incentivizes exploits and bug abuse to unfairly create items / mesos in maplestory private server.  After all, there are a lot of people would love to simply get free money.

There isn’t any hard solution to completely fix the problem, and the best that we can do is attempt to discourage real world trade via community building and rule enforcement.

Vote2Win In Maplestory Private Servers

Vote2Win In Maplestory Private Servers

Vote2Win GTOP Bot detection

If you play any Vote2Win Maplestory Private Servers I am sure that you are well acquainted with the following scene:

A little bit of background info

Currently, the way that Maplestory Private Servers are ranked is based on how many people “vote” for the server on GTOP.  The more people that vote for your server, the higher the server is ranked. In order to encourage people to vote, Maplestory Private Servers often give players in game rewards for voting.  Typically players can vote 1 time per unique IP address per day (as per GTOP rules).

The definition of Vote2Win

Vote2Win is what people call a server when the rewards for voting are extremely high.  Basically, you can win by just voting and not actually playing the server, since you make so many mesos by just voting.

Why Vote2Win becomes problematic

Inherently there isn’t anything wrong with voting and getting free nexon cash (unless you think it is uncompetitive to gain anything outside of in game actions).  However, the problem with Vote2Win is the incentives it creates.

As a player, you are incentivized to vote as many times as possible to get as much nexon cash as possible.  Some people try to abuse the voting system by voting on multiple different accounts and abuse VPN to get a unique IP address for each vote.  This becomes problematic because the vote abusers get an unfair advantage over other players who do not vote abuse. Essentially, we get the same problem that Pay2Win inherently creates.

A player who just abuses the vote system and does not play would end up with a far superior character than someone who doesn’t abuse the vote system but instead works hard training their character by playing the game.

The Ad Hoc Solution

To counter vote abusers, most Vote2Win servers make the act of commiting vote abuse (which is voting on more than 1 account per 24 hours) a bannable offense.  Which means that if you get caught vote abusing, these maplestory private servers will attempt to stop you from playing on their server.

Unfortunately this solution doesn’t work out too well in practice because people can employ sneaky tactics to hide their vote abuse and reap the enormous benefits.  Furthermore, permanently banning players isn’t a viable solution because players can once again employ sneaky tactics to hide their identity.

Essentially, the Vote2Win system that most servers use is extremely abusable and makes gameplay less competitive and fair.

The Vote2Win Trap

Unfortunately, a lot of maplestory private servers are stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to addressing Vote2Win.  It is in the servers best interest to reward players for voting because when players vote, the server’s rank increases (which attracts more players, and thus more money for the server).

If a maplestory private server does not properly reward voting, players will vote less, making the servers rank drop.  As a result, most of the Vote2Win servers are forced to use the sub-optimal solution of trying to ban vote abusers while letting the sneaky players who don’t get caught make the server less competitive.

A better way to address Vote2Win

The ideal solution to Vote2Win is to prevent the system from being abused in the first place.  The main reason that the Vote2Win system is abusable is that players can profit from voting on many different accounts.

So the best way to fix the system is to make it so that people cannot profit from vote abusing.  There are multiple ways to achieve this – from removing items from cash shop all the way to making everything that you can obtain from voting untradable.  Of the two solutions I think the best one is to simply make everything untradable because then players are still incentivized to vote for their server.

Even if the rewards from voting are untradable, the rewards can still be a strong enough incentive for players to vote on their main account and keep there servers rank intact.

If this is done, then you can simply let players vote abuse all they want and not have to worry about rules that are difficult to enforce.  If players cannot profit from vote abusing, then doing so doesn’t make the server less fair or competitive.

In Conclusion

The Vote2Win system is too easily abused and makes Vote2Win servers significantly less fair and competitive.  Vote2Win servers can fix this by making it so that vote abuse isn’t profitable.

Pay2Win Vs Play2Win

Pay2Win Vs Play2Win In Maplestory Private Servers

Infographic contrasting play2win and pay2win

Imagine that you’ve spent months playing on a maplestory private server.  You’ve grinded for hours to earn millions – or even billions of mesos to fund your overpowered attack gear, perfect weapon, and yellow scrolled equips.  Then, some random person comes along, spends a few hundred – maybe even a thousand dollars on the server and purchases gear that’s even BETTER than yours.  How would that make you feel?  In this post, I’m going to dive into pay2win, the phenomenon that plagues most free2play MMOS and explain how it applies to maplestory private servers.

Defining Play2Win

Before we go further its very important that we have a clear definition on the terms Play2win and Pay2win.  Play2Win means that in order to “win” you must play. By win, I mean obtain significant advantages over other players, for example winning can be having more expensive gear, being higher level, or just doing more damage.

Basically, a maplestory private server is only play2win if playing said server is the only way to gain significant advantages.  A server can only be play2win in the absence of Pay2Win.

Defining Pay2Win

Pay2Win is the polar opposite of Play2Win.  Instead of playing, the way that you gain an advantage over other people is by spending real life money to purchase items in game.  For example, take a server like MapleMS where you can donate real life money and sell donor credits for mesos. This means that if you want to purchase an expensive item in game for mesos, you can just “buy” the mesos with real life money and then instantly purchase the item without having to had work for it at all in game.

The Problems With Pay2Win

A new player angry at pay2win

The main issue with Pay2Win is that it severely undermines the accomplishments of people who Play2Win.  If their months of hard work can be matched with a few hundred dollars, what’s the point of even working hard to make a strong character in the first place?  Overall, it makes the maplestory private server less “competitive”, as all the top ranking people are not necessarily earning their rank via gameplay.

The problem with Play2Win

Money, a problem that pay2win does not have.

There isn’t any problem with play2win in itself – but there is a problem that it doesn’t solve that pay2win inherently does.  Maplestory Private Servers are not free to run – they cost money each month in the form of hosting. When a server is Pay2Win, they have easier access to funds from their user base than a server that is Play2Win.

Of course you could always just take normal donations without giving tangible in-game benefits on a Play2Win server – but I would imagine that the revenue from this would end up being sporadic, and may or may not be able to 100% cover all the hosting costs.

Although Play2Win is probably the ideal philosophy for Maplestory Private Servers to abide by, sometimes it is just not practically feasible.  For a Maplestory Private Server to be sustainable in the long term, it needs to be capable of producing enough income to sustain itself (unless the owner is just willing to let the server leech on his/her pockets for eternity).  That being said, I do think there are some solutions to this problem.

A New Idea – Pay4Advantage

Pay4Advantage is basically a compromise between Play2Win and Pay2Win.  A server needs to generate revenue to feed its existence, so the server can offer people who donate specific advantages while keeping the server competitive (whether or not you donate shouldn’t impact core gameplay or ranking).

Example of Pay4Advantage

A example of Pay4Advantage being implemented happened in the private server Croosade.  In Croosade, players who donate could purchase a cash item called “auto buff”. Auto buff would basically automatically cast certain skills before they would expire so that the players who had this item could spend an extra second or so attacking instead of rebuffing – effectively increasing their DPS.

However, the increase is so miniscule – for most classes this would result in less than a 0.5% DPS increase.  The advantage gained from donating to the server is real, but it is small enough such that it does not affect competitive gameplay.

Other ways to implement Pay4Advantage would be to introduce special quality of life items that can only be obtained by donating to the server.

Essentially, Pay4Advantage, when executed properly would provide real, tangible incentives for players to donate to their server, while keeping the server competitive for all players.

Concluding thoughts on pay2win

Pay2Win hurts the competitive aspect of Maplestory Private Servers and severely alienates players who do not want to or cannot donate.  Play2Win keeps Maplestory Private Servers competitive and fair but doesn’t allow for a direct way for a server to generate revenue.

Ideally, we would prefer it if a Maplestory Private Server could be Play2Win while being able to support itself purely from donations from the community.

How to Join Maplestory Private Servers

How to join maplestory private servers

A maplestory player saying "Join Maplestory Private Servers"

The first step to join maplestory private servers is to decide which maplestory private server you want to join.  If you are still unsure, try checking out my ranking page to help get an idea of what servers are available.  You can use that as  a starting point to do more research.  For more help, I strongly recommend reading chapter 1 of my comprehensive maplestory private server guide, which you can get for free by subscribing to my blog below: 

Anyways, after you’ve chosen your new server, you want to go to their web page and download their files.

Install the maplestory private server

After your download is done, you probably need to install the files to your computer.  This part is usually a problem for most people because your antivirus is going to freak out and assume the maplestory private server is a virus.  Chances are that the server is clean, so you will need to ask your antivirus to relax.

Set your maplestory private server as an exception in your antivirus

What I personally recommend is making a folder where you can put all your maplestory private servers.  Then, you can simply add that folder and all its contents as an exception in your antivirus. By doing so, whenever you want to try a new server, you can simply download it to your maplestory private server folder and never have to worry about your antivirus going haywire.

Here are some links that show you how to do so for various antiviruses

Windows Defender

Avast

BitDefender

Join Maplestory Private Servers Forum

After joining the maplestory private server, I recommend checking to see if the server has a forum.  A forum is typically where the administrators of the server will talk about upcoming events related to the server, or anything in general relevant to the server.

Join Maplestory Private Servers Discord

Other than a forum, most maplestory private servers also have a discord as their preferred social media.  It is usually a good idea to join a private servers discord because it gives you easy access to other players.  It is especially useful for questions that need quick answers or any market related query.

Have fun and begin your new adventure

After all this is taken care of all that’s left is to sit back and enjoy your new maple adventure in your brand new server!

What Are Maplestory Private Servers?

What are Maplestory Private Servers?

A advertisement list containing Maplestory Private Servers

Maplestory private servers are basically modified maplestory servers hosted by some third party individual(s).  What they do is adjust and modify the game to make it more appealing and fun. For this reason, no two maplestory private servers are identical since they take the form of their owners vision.  Playing a different maplestory private server is almost like playing a different game. However, the core game mechanics usually stay intact.

Why do people make Private Servers?

The main reason people make private servers is that they are unsatisfied with other private servers.  Sometimes it is because they are dissatisfied with the official server.

They see a lot of issues with the game they think they can fix, and try to do so in their own rendition.  Also, some people have a lot of fun creating their own maple worlds.  New servers come out regularly every year from different developers, so there is always a lot of content to choose from!

Why should you play Maplestory Private Servers?

The main reason you should play a private server is that it is a lot of fun!  Each server has their own take on maplestory along with their own community. This makes playing each server a unique experience.

A lot of old school servers also progressively add new custom content which makes it feel like the old school maplestory is still alive and well, even though the golden era of the late 2000s is long gone.

Each year there are tons of new features added in the community which keeps the scene fresh and exciting to play!  Each year adds new servers as well, so there is always the hype to restart on a brand new world.  In the next article, I will discuss more about how you can join some servers!

Maplestory Game Mechanics

(BBB) Maplestory Game Mechanics

An Image of gears representing Maplestory Game Mechanics

Now that we have a brief introduction of Maplestory out of the way, now is the time to go into the nitty gritty details and talk about what, in my opinion makes before big bang maplestory truly a beautiful game, Maplestory Game Mechanics.

Maplestory Game Mechanics: Leveling Up

Leveling Up in Maplestory Private Servers

Leveling up in maplestory is pretty standard when it comes to MMOs.  The only thing noteworthy to point out is that the exp required to level grows exponentially, with level 199 to 200 requiring more than a billion exp.

You can get exp from doing quests, killing bosses, and killing monsters.  You can also get exp from leeching – which is being in the same party as someone else who killed a monster.  Leeching is a fairly controversial topic, so there will be more on that later.

Also, each time you level you gain 5 ability points, and 3 skill points.

Ability Points [AP] AND Skill POINTS [SP]

Maplestory Game Mechanics Ability Points (AP)

Ability points or AP, are points that you use to make your character stronger.  You can put points into Str (strength), Dex (Dexterity), INT (Intelligence), and Luk (Luck).  Typically Str is for warriors, dex for archers, int for mages and luk for thieves. You want to have as many AP points into your main stat as possible so that you can do the most damage.

 

Maplestory Game Mechanics Skill Points (SP)

Skill points or SP are points used to level up a set list of skills for your character.  The skills that are available to you vary depending on which class you choose. The one thing to note is that it is very important that you put the correct skills, or you could severely damage your character.  I always recommend googling for a class skill point guide to help you decide which skills to get.

Maplestory Game Mechanics: HP/MP & “Washing”

HP is the stat that determines how much damage you can take before you die.  In maplestory, if you die you lose some exp and respawn at the nearest town. MP is the stat that lets you cast skills.  You can increase your HP and MP via a process called “washing”. This is also a VERY controversial topic so rest assured that there will be more on this later!

Maplestory Game Mechanics: Equipment

Maplestory Game Mechanics: Equipment Window

Equipment in maplestory is also pretty standard as far as MMOs go.  There is basically 1 piece of equipment for each body part on your character.  The only important thing that you should know is that there are two types of equipment, generic and class specific.  Generic equips can be used by all classes (this usually makes them more valuable), whereas specific equips can only be used by the class it is meant for.

When building your character it’s often a better idea to get generic equips because it is easier to resell and upgrade, though there are exceptions to this rule.

Scrolls & Scrolling

Scrolls are items that you can use to upgrade your equipment.  Each equipment has slots, which is basically a counter for how many more times you can scroll the item.  Each scroll has its own percent chance to pass – the lower the percent chance the higher the reward the scroll offers.

Monsters (Drops + Spawn)

All monsters in maplestory drop mesos (the in game currency) when killed.  Most of the time they also drop an extra ETC item that is sometimes used for quests (but mostly just to clog up your inventory).  

Drops in vanilla maplestory are very hardcore.  Monsters only drop mesos about half the time and rarely ever drop equips or scrolls.  Some maplestory private servers remedy this by increasing the drop rate on their server – though this often comes at the cost of an inflated economy.

The Classes

In bbb maplestory, there are 5 base classes: Thief, Archer, Magician, Warrior, and Pirate.

The classes are fairly generic and follow all of the typical MMO stereotypes.  And although original class balance wasn’t too great as far as damage goes, there are definitely clear trade-offs and balance in terms of class identity. 

 

Conclusion

There are tons of mechanics in maplestory and we have not even scratched the surface.  However, as long as you know how AP and SP work, I think you are ready to go ahead and start maplestory!

The next post will talk about maplestory private servers and lead in on how to join one!

What Is Maplestory?

What Is Maplestory?

Maplestory Private Server Login Page

Maplestory is a 2D side scroller MMORPG initially developed by Wizet. Nexon later acquired them and continues to host this game today.

There are technically two different kinds of maplestory – before and after big bang.  Big bang was basically a huge patch by Nexon that completely changed how the game works. This website is mostly about before big bang (bbb for short), though I may one day go into post big bang.

Gameplay

Since maplestory is a 2D side scroller, you basically create a character and explore the maple world.  You can kill monsters, level up, choose your class, complete quests, socialize with other players and much, much, more.

Maplestory Private Server Create Character

On the surface maplestory seems pretty simple, but the real beauty lies in its hidden complexity.  Anyways, that’s a topic for another post but for now it’s good enough to know that maplestory is a 2D, MMORPG.

The Grind

Grinding Maplestory Private Server With Nightlord

Most MMOs are known for being extremely grindy.  Maplestory is no different – though some private servers (more on these later) try to fix that.

Generally, if the rates are low it takes an incredible amount of effort to level up.  For some people that’s part of the charm, for others it’s a miserable experience.

Should You Try Maplestory [Private Servers]?

The biggest reason most people play maplestory private servers is because of nostalgia – they played it when they were younger and want to relive the past.  The second reason is community.  

However, even if you didn’t play in the past, I still think it can be worth picking up – for casual and hard core players alike.  The community (although it varies from server to server) can definitely be something that adds a unique flare to stick around for.  

In the end however, you won’t know if private servers are right for you unless you give it a try.  So why not give it a try?