As everyone knows, the intended maximum level for the game is 10 both for players and rings. Unfortunately, we've had a couple glitches in the game which, when combined, allowed players to gain access to rings which were not intended to exist. Using these glitches also allowed these players to exceed the maximum intended overall level or reach level 10 with some extra powerful rings and a level 1 fleet feet, etc. Lamentably, we've been incredibly short on resources and haven't had any development time to patch up the glitches. Fortunately very few players took advantage of these glitches to illicitly gain such rings. Still, we're sad if even one person is taking advantage of these glitches and gaining access to something illegitimate. We, as designers of the game, feel that this is not honest or fair behavior.
In addition, players who can instantly reach any level up to 18 have the ability to bypass any future content we create. This is a tremendous obstacle to new areas and new encounters. There's no way to balance a level 12 zone if people can start directly at level 12 rather than working their way through the zone. Thus, for game balance reasons as well as glitch exploitation, a remedy was necessary.
Various measures were discussed including banning accounts or removal of gold, total charge, orb, and loot gains made while in possession of illegitimate rings. We settled on a very lenient policy of allowing almost everyone who has exploited the glitches to keep their account and all gains from these rings except for the rings themselves. We're taking the following steps:
The glitches that we know of to get rings over level 10 have been fixed
Rings which have been gained illegitimately have been removed
All those who were in possession of an illegitimate ring have been granted a new level 1 ring: Abuse Ring
All those who had at least one level 10 ring but were not in possession of an illegitimate ring have been granted a new level 1 ring: Integrity Ring
Once again, I'm glad to say that only a very small percentage of the zOMG community engaged in the dubious behavior of gaining rings over level 10. We're proud that the community as a whole share our goals of a fun and fair game. We hope that you all enjoy the new Integrity ring. And to everyone: we're already in the testing phase of the new area so hold tight. Deadman's Shadow is approaching!
Edit: The ring deleting and granting process is slow and it'll be running through tomorrow probably.