Episode 0312: Going Down Memory Lane
I was out on Ice Island with a non-thief buddy roaming around the residential area searching for a house to loot. So we ran around hitting the
AllNames macro looking for someone chilling out in their house. We found someone inside a two story L-shape which usually means it has decent
loot. The plan was for him to dress up in shiny plate armor, fight some polar bears outside the house, and die so the house owner will open
the door for the free loot while I rush inside.
I polymorphed into a polar bear off screen, then walked the way NPCs do, then hid within camping distance (no stealth back then). My friend then
lured a few polar bears on him and died after putting on a good show of trying to live. So there his body lay all decked out in shiny platemail,
and the trap was set. It took a few minutes for him to take the bait, but he eventually came out and I went in. From there, the house loot went
smoothly and was a fairly decent score, but nothing to get too excited about. Nothing exciting, except for another key/rune combo.
We split up all the loot, then after making copies of the key, I went solo to investigate the key/rune. It was a large smith house loaded with
all sorts of goodies and it was occupied. Since I had a safe backup of the key, I just walked right in all brazen and started taking stuff right
in front of the guy. He was LLTS and called for help and 2 minutes later there were about a dozen of them swarming the house, and about 4
dragons. The owner also had a key, let the firepower in and I took a dirt nap.
So I call in my TB buddies to assemble a looting crew before the owners could have a chance to evacuate the loot from the now, insecure house. We
got together about 6 of us and made more copies of the key. To take control of the house, we had to get ourselves inside, lure the LLTS guys out,
and steal all copies of the key so they can't open the door and let the dragons in. We had to battle for about 10 minutes just to get into the
position where most of the LLTS are outside and TBs are inside.
From there, we went to work. 2 of us working to gate the loot out to storage while 4 of us fended off their dragons and people. We lost control of
the house a few times, but in the end we finally got all the keys and looted the rest of it in peace while laughing at the army stuck outside. All
the junk that was left over, we put on the corpses of animals we summoned so when the corpses disappear, so do the items. Then we dropped a rune
inside the completely empty house that was marked to West Gate with an inscription on it, "House cleaning, courtesy of the Trinsic Borrowers -
payment is due"
That's what house fighting was back then. These days, it's gimps hanging out on the porch of a house with their "remove thyself" macros, trying to
get a cheesy kill dumping mana on fools. But times change... *sniff*