I realized I needed to write about Swampletics a few weeks ago while watching an Old School Runescape Twitch stream. The streamer, B0aty, was idly harpooning sharks at the match's Fishing Guild when a different participant strolled up sporting a very distinctive ensemble. They started spamming emotes about the fishing pier, and within minutes every single participant in the Fishing Guild, and of course the entire Twitch chat of several thousand viewers, caught the joke and exploded into a chorus of PogChamps. Every last one of them was chanting the same title: Swampletics.
Simply put, Swampletics is a Runescape character who isn't able to trade with other players, store any items in the bank, oreven -- and this is the real kicker--leave the swampy region of Morytania. Settled has to utilize the extremely limited resources accessible Morytania to progress, and he must do everything on his own with just 28 inventory spaces--instead of hundreds of bank slots--to work with. Settled's aim would be to strengthen Swampletics into the point that he can complete the Theater of Blood raid located within Morytania, which is no small effort even on a maxed-out character with the best equipment and no restrictions. You may think he will only get a team of maxed personalities to carry him throughout the raid, but you'd be wrong. Since Settled clarified in a recent movie, his eventual raid team might have to coincide with the gear and things he has on Swampletics, so the strength of his accounts is going to be the deciding factor in the ninja's achievement.
I've been following Old School Runescape for quite a long time--hell, I have been after matches for quite a long time--and I've never noticed fan-made content catch fire like this. Every single episode of this Swampletics series has over 300,000 views, and the latest episode racked 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. The hook rate on Swampletics would embarrass The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I talk no hyperbole when I say everyone playing Old School Runescape now has heard or watched of Swampletics.
As a regular viewer of the series, it's not tough to see why it's caught on. Settled has created a custom game style that is both staggeringly prohibitive and exceptionally inventive. His trading, banking, and geographical constraints force him to explore every corner of Morytania and leverage unconventional, and frequently overlooked techniques so as to achieve things most gamers take for granted.
A minor milestone for the average participant is an enormous achievement for Settled, and watching him experiment, bet, and grind his way into victory is completely captivating, like a mix of Mythbusters and Survivorman filtered through among the oldest and most nostalgic MMOs around.