View Full Version : What exactly caused realm down?
I go to do my xfer of my G-angel and Bstar. I create a game and wait in it for 6 mins just to be sure that it will stay up for a while. Well 6 mins passed and I save and exit. I get sent back to the login screen. I log back in only to face a realm down for about 20 mins. I lost the angel and bstar, o well. Just wondering why I got a realm down in the first place?
humm i just experienced the same, though during mep runs so i lost nothing.
i believe it has to do with how fast games u have done before that or sth, cause i had made like 20 games that all lasted ~1min... my guess
Welcome to Blizzard's lovely bot-protection. If you were hopping games too quickly, or changing characters too quickly, you'll get rd for a bit. It's usually 10-15 minutes, if you're lucky you can *just* get back in to grab your stuff.
wtf this r/d thing is pissing me off, how many other have had it for more then an hour?
Not all Realm Down messages are equal. Over the past 3 months I have
had several system problems some of which have been similar to yours.
The solution for me is; exit bnet and reboot the computer. This can
easily be done in 5 minutes although if you've locked up and have had to
hit the reset button I would suggest you skip the scandisk if you are using
In my case it seems my I/O port has been futzed and a reboot fixes the
problem. Beyond that I have no clue. Let me know how this works for you.
disconnecting and reconnecting my internet usually works fine for me. If that fails I sometimes have to reset though
I hate realm down. A lot.
All of the times it happens, it kicks me off for an hour. I have not tried rebooting the computer, though next time it does, I will certainly test it.
Bot protection? No, if it were it would prevent bots. It doesn't. You see, you can simply time the bot to start a new game exactly one second after all restrictions and never get booted, while those of us not using a stopwatch every time we play don't know if we're going too fast.
We've been educated to do things as absolutely fast as possible thanks to Battle.net's instability, and now we have to do things slower and risk both getting kicked from the game for being too fast as well as the game being killed as happens so many times.
There are two restrictions involved here, and although I don't know the exact times, I've developed a general theory.
The short suspension involves leaving/entering B.net too many times, even to get another character on the same account, within about two and one-half minutes. I'm guessing four times and the next time you leave the lobby you get punched into login instead. Trying to log back on results in an 'Unable To Access' denial; you can't even type in your account. This lasts for ten minutes, exactly twice as long as the rejoin safety, so you have absolutely no chance of reclaiming items unless someone else - another player or mule computer - is holding the game open. Of course, that means another CD key.
The long suspension involves a 15 minute violation, when you've accessed or entered/exited one or more characters within that time, likely between eight and twelve, but I'm unsure as of right now. Tripping this wire means the next time you leave the game you'll skip the lobby entirely and go straight to login. You can type your account and password, however you'll receive a 'Realm Down' for sixty (that's right, 60) minutes - too long for even a mule or someone who's AFK trying to stabilize a character given that lasts thirty minutes. Again, twice as long - see a pattern?
The latter of these is well known to UberClone hunters, as making endless games to check for the proper server has the same effect. Blizzard must have known people would figure it out and stifle any attempt to abuse Annihilus charms, and therein lies the catch:
As said above, bot programs can be altered to adjust and never - ever - initiate a CD key suspension, which is what this is. It has nothing to do with the IP, only the CD key on the realm in question. Since bots, spam and otherwise, have been able to get around these measures, you truly need to ask yourself what's the point?
These actions have cost me dearly in the last month of the ladder season. I'm neither a UberClone hunter nor a bot, yet I've been hurt greatly by losing items in games I can't re-enter multiple times. The key-suspensions aren't meant to target bots, they're meant to target actual players. Sounds stupid, but since bots can be changed instantly and are so far unaffected what's the point?
There is none. Blizzard has received countless complaints about the changes in .10 and we all know of the enumerable bugs in the patch. What's it done? Nothing, except fix things like the Grinding/Fool's affix selling bug that resulted in infinite gold. They did that server side, and that means they can fix many other things like the key-suspensions, but they choose not to.
Either they're doing it intentionally or they're just outright incompetent, and since they've made lots of money - from you - I doubt anyone would reason they're anything less than competent swindlers.
Just how long has this been going on, anyway? Since 1.10 came out? It's a real dissapointment that 1.10 brought so much to D2, yet at the same time, hurting it greatly. I've been on D2 since the first day it was released. This is just ridiculous. I'll go back to 1.09 non-dropping-every-5 minutes play.
I mean, I sat in a game, killed Mephisto, The Countess and Pindle. Then I went ahead and gambled 600k gold worth of amulets. Then I get hit with a RD. Great, so it checks how many games you've played within a specific time. How fantastic for every player that goes out and MFs with items made by Blizzard specifically for finding items. Hooray.
I've done eldritch runs very fast, and repeatedly, and never got a Realm Down from it. Takes well under a minute per game. Of course, I have to go back to login just about every time I leave a game, but I assume that has something to do either with playing on a Mac or with the firewall on my wireless router... Not that I have any evidence either way. Anyhow, I'm constantly logging in and out, switching characters, never getting Realm Down. Today I start up the game, enter a baal run, see it's empty and leave, go to login as usual, but now I have Realm Down.
What kind of sense does that make?
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