I realized that I needed to write about Swampletics a couple of RS gold weeks back while watching an Old School Runescape Twitch flow. The streamer, B0aty, was idly harpooning sharks at the match's Fishing Guild when a different player strolled up sporting a very distinctive ensemble. They started spamming emotes on the fishing pier, and within seconds every single player in the Fishing Guild, and of course that the total Twitch conversation of several thousand viewers, caught the joke and burst into a chorus of PogChamps. Every last one of these was chanting the exact same title: Swampletics.
Simply put, Swampletics is a Runescape personality who isn't able to trade with other players, store any items in the bank, or--and this really is the real kicker--leave the swampy region of Morytania. Settled has to use the extremely limited funds available in Morytania to progress, and he has to do it all on his own with only 28 inventory spaces--as opposed to hundreds of bank slots--to operate with. Settled's aim is to strengthen Swampletics into the point that he can finish the Theater of Blood raid situated within Morytania, which is no small feat even on a maxed-out character together with the best equipment and no restrictions. You might think he'll only get a team of maxed characters to carry him through the raid, but you'd be wrong. As Settled clarified in a recent movie, his eventual raid team will have to match the equipment and things he's on Swampletics, so the strength of his account is going to be the deciding factor in the raid's success.
I have been after Old School Runescape for a very long time--hell, I've been following matches for quite a very long time--and I've never seen fan-made content catch fire like this. Every single episode of the Swampletics series has over 300,000 viewpoints, 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. The hook rate on Swampletics would embarrass The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I speak no hyperbole once I say everyone playing Old School Runescape today has heard or watched of Swampletics.
As a regular viewer of this series, it is not hard to see why it is caught on. Settled has produced a custom game mode that is both staggeringly prohibitive and incredibly inventive. His banking, trading, and geographic limitations force him to explore every corner of cheap OSRS gold Morytania and leverage unconventional, frequently overlooked techniques so as to achieve things most players take for granted.