UPDATE: The contest is over and I am glad to announce it was a success (because I say so)!!! Thanks to everybody who participated! We had in total 11 adventures contributed by a cool number of 7 thieves, who also unlocked 5 perks. Although for most thieves the thrill and adrenalin rush of thieving is reward enough, I am sure, you are eager to hear the winners of this contest. I had the hard task to judge all the contributions fairly and I hope everybody will be satisfied with my choices. I will try to provide my reasoning, but as initially stated in the OP below, I am considering "creativity, persistence, value of stolen goods, manners during and after the player interaction, supportive media (photos and videos) and your skills in story telling." Best thieving adventure: The Crooked Warden! Congratulation! This is the big price. Until the last days, it looked like A White Zombie (high value AFK-steal of the xmas scroll plus his great use of it in a team run) or Steely Dan (very skilled weapon steal with proper timing which is very difficult on the field) would win, but The Crooked Warden's spectacular 64 hcoin steal in front of several NPCs (and me) as well as the follow up steal of the fishing net piece made it in the end. The story telling with supportive screenshots was also flawless. Sadly, Random awoke some days too late from his winter sleep, which I have to consider when judging. Otherwise, his house inspection would have been a very promising candidate. Best newcomer thief: Steely Dan! Congratulation! Out of the 7 contributing players, four thieves were sharing their adventures for the first time. I want to thank all of you and gratulate you to your first thief stories (of which I am aware of at least) @Russell, @a white zombie , @Puck, @SteelyDan. I must say that Steely Dan's weapon steal was very impressive and that's why I chose him to be the best newcomer thief. You indeed have to have nerves like steel in order to hide on the edge of the screen, waiting for the right moment to run to the mark and snatch his prized weapon taking screenshots along the way. Bonus karma handed out for saving a reindeer, too! Best x-mas related tale: A White Zombie! Congratulation! Nice steal of the x-mas scroll and very cool to run it yourself with some friends instead of just selling it. That's the proper holiday spirit. Also thanks for your numerous contributions and kudos to your creative use of mob luring. Best looks during thieving: The Crooked Warden! Congratulation! Phew, difficult choice. Russell certainly looks great with his outfit. But he already knows that and his ego is big enough already. And Puck definitely looks good too in his purpleness. But in the end, The Crooked Warden's style won this category: cool white hair and neon green beard, complete Valorite outfit and a pimp ethereal llama. Gratz! Honorable mentions: This category was meant to be for all participating thieves who did not win the big price (best thieving adventure), but accomplished great steals or feats. - A White Zombie for his many nefarious mob-kill contributions punishing idlers in cities. - Random for his unrivaled house inspection skills. If he just had woken up earlier from his slumber... That's it. Game over. Telamon already agreed to provide plat trophies for the contest. Once I have the rewards, I will try to get in touch with all of you for the exchange. Oh, and I will copy-paste all your contributions into the big thieving thread in the Salty Dog as one big post. I hope that's fine with all of you. Thanks again for participating and good luck with your (roguish-)adventures in 2016! ------------------------- Original post: Hear ye, hear ye, all ya roguish folks and honest businessmen living in the shadows, hereby I want to announce a thieving contest which will hopefully challenge your guts and enflame your creativity: From 1st December to New year's eve you are invited to share your thieving related adventures in this thread and thus partake in the contest. I will judge your contributions and choose the winners of the respective categories (see table below). Your tales will be judged for such things like creativity, persistence, value of stolen goods, manners during and after the player interaction, supportive media (photos and videos) and your skills in story telling. Naturally, there will be prizes for the winner(s), which can be seen in the table below. You will also recognize fields with question marks, which are hidden achievements - maybe the prizes can give you a clue? This means, if you are a fabulous looking new thief writing the best tale which coincidentally is xmas related, you can win up to 70 hcoins + extras. One remark about the term "thieving": I include all roguish/shadowy ways of acquisition of goods that are not brute-force no-interaction PKing (killing is not necessarily excluded). It's not required to use the ingame skill "stealing". In case you need some stimulation and ideas I recommend reading the following threads: the big UO:R thieving thread, snap dragon's tales, SJ's threads like this one.