I realized I had to write about Swampletics a couple of weeks back while viewing an Old School Runescape Twitch flow. The streamer, B0aty, was idly harpooning sharks in the match's Fishing Guild when a different player strolled up RS Gold wearing an extremely distinctive ensemble. They started spamming emotes on the fishing dock, and within seconds every single participant in the Fishing Guild, not to mention the total Twitch conversation of several thousand viewers, captured the joke and burst to a chorus of PogChamps. Every last one of these was chanting the exact same title: Swampletics.
Swampletics is the star of a weekly YouTube series from a participant named Settled. Simply put, Swampletics is a Runescape character who cannot 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 use the extremely limited resources available in Morytania to advance, and he must do it all on his own with only 28 stock spaces--instead of hundreds of bank slots--to work with. Settled's goal is to strengthen Swampletics to the stage he can finish the Theater of Blood raid located within Morytania, which is no small feat even on a maxed-out character together with the best equipment without any restrictions. You might think he'll just get a group of maxed personalities to carry him throughout the raid, but you'd be wrong. As Settled clarified in a recent movie, his eventual raid team might have to coincide with the equipment and items he's on Swampletics, so the potency of his account is going to be the deciding factor in the raid's success.
I have 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 seen fan-made content capture 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. To put that in perspective, the Old School Runescape subreddit has 331,000 subscribers. Settled's subscriber count has more than tripled--from 52,000 to 183,000--in 3 months and change. The attach 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 watched or heard of Swampletics.
As a regular viewer of this show, it's not hard to OSRS Gold For Sale see why it's caught on. Settled has created a customized game mode that's both staggeringly prohibitive and incredibly inventive. His banking, trading, and geographic constraints force him to explore every corner of Morytania and leverage unconventional, frequently overlooked techniques in order to achieve things most gamers take for granted.