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Posted: Dec 2 2006, 07:22 PM
Group: Members II
Member No.: 35
Joined: 19-January 04
A pwipe (read: player wipe) is a server-wide deletion of all characters in FFO. All items, experience, gold, and skills attained with your levels are erased; the only thing that will be kept is your custom icon (if you have one). To use the custom icon after the pwipe, simply recreate your character again using the same BYOND key and character name. (For those of you wondering, this is why you may see some players with custom icons who have not reached level 20.)
Pwipes occur very rarely, happening only when there requires an update that changes the game so radically that players would have to start over in order to play the game properly. A prime example of pwiping was the recreation of the battle system. Before, characters walked on an "overworld" and entered battle areas for real-time action. The modern battle system, which incorporates both the overworld and the battle areas into one, needed a pwipe because many other things also had to change to accomodate the new system.
There are times where a specific character must be wiped. This is also called a pwipe, though the common expression is just that they were "wiped". This will occur if the player controlling the character makes an attempt in (or succeeds at) abusing a major flaw in the game's mechanics that would create a large disadvantage for the other players. To avoid being wiped personally, never engage in behavior that appears to be exploitive. Instead, report the behavior so that the problem is resolved quickly.
Another type of pwipe is known as a ppwipe (read: pseudo-player wipe). This is a lesser wipe that causes little to no permanent changes towards any characters in the game. Following a ppwipe, players' equipment will be unequipped, their quickslot abilities will be reset, and their ability tabs will be reset. In addition, certain items are removed from the game (as posted in Announcements prior to the ppwipe): it is best to sell these items, as they will not belong to you after the ppwipe. These will occur much more frequently, and are usually used as a result of a minor update, though not all ppwipe will remove items. Specific players are also ppwiped at times as a result of a bug that hinders the player.
This system of ppwipe was not always thus, however. Originally, a ppwipe meant that all equipment and inventory items would be lost, as well as the quickslot abilities and ability tabs reset. In fact, the character would not exist until a player using the same BYOND key and character name made a new character, at which point the character's abilities, gold and experience would re-appear. While this type of pwipe is much less frequent than the new ppwipe, it can occur at times for a more major update. It is more often that a specific player is ppwiped in this fashion than for the entire server.
Finally, there is a type of pwipe known as a rollback. These pwipes simply restore all characters on the server to a pervious point in time, and thus anything done between the rollback's starting and ending points is lost. These also happen rarely, and occur due to a major flaw in the game that has been quickly reported. Rollbacks tend not to remove more than a day's worth of time.
Know your player wipes, and accept them as they come. Lastly, know that your character will never last forever: a pwipe will always happen sometime in the future.