I realized I needed to write about Swampletics a few weeks back while watching an Old School Runescape Twitch stream. The streamer, B0aty, was idly harpooning sharks at the match's Fishing Guild when another player strolled up RuneScape Gold
wearing an extremely distinctive outfit. They started spamming emotes about the fishing pier, and within seconds every single player in the Fishing Guild, and of course the total Twitch conversation of several thousand viewers, caught the joke and exploded into a chorus of PogChamps. Every last one of them was chanting the exact same name: Swampletics.
Swampletics is the star of a weekly YouTube show in the participant named Settled. Simply put, Swampletics is a Runescape character who isn't able to trade with other gamers, shop any items in your bank, oreven -- and this is the real kicker--depart the swampy region of Morytania. Settled must use the extremely limited funds available in Morytania to progress, and he has to do everything on his own with just 28 stock spaces--instead of countless bank slots--to operate with. Settled's goal is to strengthen Swampletics to the point that he can complete the Theater of Blood raid situated within Morytania, which is no small feat even on a maxed-out character with the best gear without any restrictions. You may think he'll just get a team of maxed characters to carry him throughout the raid, but you would be wrong. As Settled explained in a recent movie, his eventual raid team will have to coincide with the gear and items he's on Swampletics, so the strength of his account will be the deciding factor in the ninja's achievement.
I've been after Old School Runescape for a very long time--hell, I have been after games for quite a long time--and I have never noticed fan-made content capture fire like this. Every single episode of the Swampletics series has over 300,000 views, and the most recent episode frees up over 200,000 views within nine hours. Settled's subscriber count has more than tripled--from 52,000 to 183,000--in 3 months and shift. I talk no hyperbole once I say everyone playing Old School Runescape today has watched or heard of Swampletics.
As a regular viewer of the series, it's not tough to see why it is caught on. Settled has created a custom game style that's both staggeringly restrictive and incredibly inventive. His trading, banking, and geographic limitations force him to explore every corner of Morytania and leverage unconventional, and frequently overlooked techniques so as to achieve things most players take for granted.
It took him a couple hours to strike 15 Agility, a level most players knock out in moments through quests, and then that is just one example on a long list of daunting grinds. A small milestone for the average player is a huge achievement for Settled, and seeing him experiment, gamble, and grind his way to success is completely attractive, like a combination of OSRS Buy Gold
Mythbusters and Survivorman filtered through one of the earliest and most nostalgic MMOs around.