Clone

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Clones are multiple vampire accounts created by the same player and used to gain an unfair in-game advantage. This is a violation of the game rules that may get your characters deleted for cheating.

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Similar phenomena

Clone borders to and overlaps two other concepts.

Clone versus Player Supporting Character

Player Supporting Characters (PSCs) may exist in-game and are controlled by the same player. However, while clones are used as a team in-game, non-clone PSCs team only in roleplaying.

Clone versus Thrall

Thrall is an in-character term. The actual definition of thrall is less clear when it comes to game rules conformity. Thrall may refer to a legitimate alternative character, or merely be a euphemism for clone.

Cloning being cheating

The following is from the in-game FAQ:[1]

There are two acts which are referred to as cloning.

The first is siring other vampires without actually inviting additional players, by simply signing up several vampires oneself, or getting one friend to sign up several vampires. If one does this for the blood bonus, this is cloning, and will be penalised.

The other form of cloning is when a single player controls several vampires, and uses them as a team in any way. "Acting as a team" includes, but is not limited to, occupying a square to capacity, pooling resources, ganging up on other players and 'combined robbing' (where if one vampire finds a rich target for thievery, the clones also immediately rob the same target).

Clones (multiple vampires controlled by a single player) are allowed, provided they do not act as a team.

The penalties for disallowed cloning activities vary based on the severity of the offense and how clearly the evidence points to clones being in use. If the evidence strongly indicates clones then all of the vampires involved will be deleted. Deleted vampires can each be reinstated for 10 donation credits (more if they have been caught cheating before), but will still lose, at an absolute minimum, any items, blood or coin gained from the cloning activities.

Note, if several people are playing from the same computer they may be detected as clones, thus it is best if players sharing a computer also avoid acting as a team.

Notes

  1. Vampires! A Dark Alleyway FAQ - What is cloning and why is it considered cheating?
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