This one's bound to become part of classic lore.
Seems that the MMORG Shadowbane was hacked and unknown persons altered the game world enough that it became very difficult to survive in the game, especially for newbies. Some players are angered, others thought it was a hoot.
Regardless, the parent company has rolled the game back to just before the attack and things are back to normal.
Read more about it at SmartHack.