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Steamfont Prison Experiment: EverQuest II Prison Server

No way out

One novelty punishment for cheats and blaggards nowadays is to imprison them with their ilk, from Dota 2 matchmaking folks who leave games with their fellow quitters to Max Payne 3 pitting cheaters against fellow cads. Now EverQuest II is joining in on the fun with with an "experiment" in launching an entire prison server to permanently lock away ne'er-do-wells - and people who are curious about life on the inside.

A post on the EverQuest forums announces the creation of Dunder, a dedicated prison server for jerks. "Ultimately, players who are caught breaking our rules and disrupting EQ2 live server gameplay will be flagged for this server, and no others -- ever," a member of the dev team explains. "Characters on these accounts will be copied to Drunder (the “prison server”) and can never leave or transfer to another server."

Once you're in, that's it for life. Harsh. Drunder players will receive no customer service, though as it requires a maintained membership to access, I suspect it's more a funny way to make jerks quit the game than an actual place they expect people to continue to live and play in.

Between that and Fingered, it's not been a good week for video game criminals. People will always romanticise the criminal life, though, so if you want in, you can request it.

"Rather than disrupt live servers in an attempt to join the 'prison server,' players can use our /petition system and ask to join Drunder. To be clear: You won't be able to move individual characters to this server, while maintaining characters from the same account on another server. This is a ONE-WAY trip for an entire account forever."

Probably not a move to make on a character you've had since 2004.

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