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Subject: Plagues of Egypt - Where'd it go?! rss

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Hammock Backpacker
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I had Plagues of Egypt on my wishlist for tracking purposes and it disappeared. I cannot find the game entry any more but the image gallery is still intact:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/362327

Some forum entries are still in place in Martin's designer page:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/designer/10970

Anybody know what's up?
 
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Pharaoh let the Israelites go, so the Lord lifted the plagues.
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/356308
 
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Phrim wrote:


Wow! So a hacker-generated bump in the ratings for the game caused it's removal? So the game is still a "valid" game it's just that it isn't being allowed on the geek because it was shilled by hacking?

Too bad. It looked like it had some promise.
 
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Perhaps the source of the mischief was traced back to someone affiliated with the desginer/publisher of the game. That would certainly be ban-worthy. Other than that, I don't see the sense in banning a game just because some shiller took advantage of a vulnerability in the rating system.

Hmm... time to send out some PMs about Agricola...
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The hacking was connected to the designer. In addition, it was an unpublished prototype.

If the game is ever published, it could be added back to the database.
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I emailed the designer and it appears he removed the game himself.

He's entered the game in the Hippodice competition and is awaiting the results of the contest in the Spring before deciding on how to proceed.


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I did not remove it, the admins did.
I wanted to made a point clear. So I showed there to be a big lack in the BGG code. You can artificially increase a games rating!!
I would have been stupid to think that it was possible to go unnoticed when an unpublished game got 100 10's in one day...haha...but i'm glad there has been some dicussions of the issue as that was what i wanted.

Actually it was to do the geek a favor. Serious glitch like this should not be in the ratingsystem when so many players decide buying games from the top games on the geek.

I understand the admins when they see this as an action of evil. But if i can break their code it would be rather stupid to misuse my knowledge like that so clearly. It was to make a point. An i surtainly did

Btw. the game has been entered in the Hippodice. Fingers crossed.

Cheers for correct ratings!

Martin Vetter
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FYI - this is the wrong way to report a bug. Good luck getting the game published... you sure got our attention with it!
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The fact is i was uncertain this was possible until I tried it out.
Sent out about 100 messages i guess :)
And well, it was..haha...

I understand your ban completely. Will look for more bugs and report them as soon as I find them (but please don't ban me so I can't send you the mails about the bug)

Cheers,

Martin
 
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Aldie wrote:
FYI - this is the wrong way to report a bug.


Well understated.
 
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