So I was having this discussion with another player, and the game rules don’t seem to be conclusive on the issue. So, I’ll ask here
Is it allowed to give an ally your login data so he can make moves while you are away?
Me, I’m quite linear in this. One account is one person. Part of the challenge of the game is coordinating with enough people to win, but not too many to make communications impossible. Sharing account info sabotages that, I feel.
My friend, however, argues it’s a game of tactics and not a pissing contest in sleep deprivation. If you have a consenting ally, why not let him perform some planned actions while you sleep?
Convinced that despite the justification it would be against the rules, I told him so. And then I checked. Maybe next time, I’ll learn to do it in the other order, so I don’t get made a fool of in discussions so often. Probably not
Here’s what I can find in the rules:
You must not:
(2) Use another’s name, username or password without their permission;
(7) Collect any information about other users or members (including usernames and/or email addresses);
In the “acceptable behavior” bit from the ingame FAQ:
“Public accusations of a player using more that one account in a game cannot be proven and so should not be speculated. It’s offensive to accuse somebody of cheating when they are playing fairly”
None of these items prohibit me giving my ally my login information, or him using that. Item (2) only prohibits you from logging in without permission. Item (7) seems to be aimed at datamining, otherwise the exchange of contact information to do external chat should also be prohibited. The FAQ bit only makes it illegal to accuse somebody of doing it, but doesn’t say anything about the act itself.
So which is it? Am I a stickler who really needs to come off that high horse, or is my friend a dirty rotten cheater?