It has come to my attention that there is, and has been for some time, an unintended exploit involving bows and weapon enhancements. Specifically, it has been possible to apply weapon damage enhancements to bows, which then applies an additional damage type on top of whatever the arrows may already do, which also stacks with whatever damage enhancements (i.e. elemental rods) may be present on the ammunition.
This exploit came about as a side effect of being able to cast Darkfire/Flame Weapon on bows and other ranged weapons as part of our rather sweeping improvements to ranged weapons overall. It was not our intent to have permanent enhancement for ranged weapons and it takes the general balance of them beyond our design.
As such, the 3.30.3 update closes this exploit. Players will no longer be able to add permanent elemental, silver or titanium enhancements to ranged weapons. Darkfire and Flame Weapon will still continue to function. For those bows already out there with permanent enhancements applied, I'm requiring a mandatory "recall" of such enhanced weapons. This applies to everyone. No exceptions.
In order that training, customization and other enhancements (i.e. Mighty) are not lost, I am also making a tool available to GMs which will remove damage enhancements from objects. GMs will also compensate characters with an appropriate elemental enhancement rod, so that nothing is lost. If you are willing or able to "ox" your ranged weapons, please do so. Otherwise, please contact a GM to have your weapon modified.
This is mandatory. I regret that this is necessary, but it should never have been in the first place. I realize this will be disappointing for some, but again, it never should have been.
I also want to specifically state that I am not targeting anyone, nor do I "blame" anyone who may have made or received such an enhanced bow or other ranged weapon. This is not a punitive measure but a corrective one.
Please note that if anyone is found to be using an enhanced ranged weapon after April 15, 2011, the player will receive a temporary ban for exploiting. If use of such weapons continues, subsequent bans may be made permanent.
If anyone has any questions about this, please ask below or via PM. I hope everyone, whether affected or not, understands the reasons behind this and cooperates in good spirits.
In closing, I want to thank the conscientious player who make me aware of this, as well as thanks to orth for assisting in jogging our collective memories and working out the reason this was even possible.