I understood I had 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 game's Fishing Guild when another participant strolled up wearing an extremely distinctive ensemble. They started spamming emotes about RS Gold the fishing dock, and within seconds every single participant in the Fishing Guild, not to mention that the total Twitch conversation of several thousand viewers, captured the joke and exploded into a chorus of PogChamps. Every last one of them was chanting the same title: Swampletics.
In other words, Swampletics is a Runescape personality who cannot trade with other players, shop any items in the bank, or--and this really is the real kicker--depart the swampy region of Morytania. Settled must use the extremely limited funds available in Morytania to progress, and he must do everything on his own with only 28 inventory spaces--instead of hundreds of bank slots--to operate with. Settled's goal is to strengthen Swampletics to the point he can finish the Theater of Blood raid located within Morytania, which is no small feat even on a maxed-out character with the best gear and no limitations. You may think he'll only get a team of maxed personalities to carry him through the raid, but you would be wrong. As Settled explained in a recent movie, his eventual raid team might have to match the equipment and things he's on Swampletics, so the potency of his accounts will be the deciding factor in the raid's success.
I've been after Old School Runescape for quite a long time--hell, I have been following games for a long time--and I have never seen fan-made content capture fire in this way. Every single episode of this Swampletics series has over 300,000 viewpoints, and the most recent episode frees 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 change. 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 now has heard or watched of Swampletics.
As a regular viewer of the show, it's not hard to see why it's caught on. Settled has produced a custom game style that is both staggeringly prohibitive and exceptionally inventive. His banking, trading, and geographic constraints force him to explore every corner of Morytania and leverage unconventional, and frequently overlooked techniques so as to buy RuneScape gold achieve things most players take for granted.