Hello, I was just playing Neverwinter Nights, and comparing its encouragement to "steal everything that's not nailed down", with other "RPG" games like Baldur's Gate.
I've watched the beginnings of every NWN "Let's Play" I can find on YouTube. All of those players start the game by finding and robbing every npc home they can find. They don't think twice about it. They also don't think twice about murdering any guard who gets in their way of their armed robbery, or about lockpicking, or breaking and entering, any secured devices or containers they find.
In fairness to all the "robber baron" gamers out there, in a game like NWN, or even BG, it is baffling why people leave gold pieces, healing potions, and magic items outside their houses, or out in the middle of nowhere, in abandoned camps. It's almost like the game developers just automatically expect players to steal everything everywhere, and that players who want to roleplay characters with a moral compass don't exist in the RPG gaming world.
There is one saving grace about this issue in both BG and NWN - the gold, magic items, and healing supplies you get from playing a stinking, dirty, burglar (and the games even allow a paladin to be a "stinking, dirty, burglar", if that's what the player wants), it's that the loot from being a riotous looter, even a supposedly "lawful good" riotous looter, is pretty small and irrelevant to the game outcome.
I can immediately see one game-changing outcome in BG:EE of actually roleplaying a "good" or "lawful" Charname. You will not get the Mace of Stunning from that chest in the top floor of that Beregost inn, because you would never go around inns breaking and entering into people's valuables, nor would you allow any party member under your influence to do so, either. You wouldn't steal "overpowered" cloaks from people like Algernon, either, and you certainly wouldn't murder him for it.
I am starting to get really, really hot and bothered by people who amount to the armed robbers of the D&D world, who call themselves, "Lawful" anything, or "Good" anything. I even object to people who do these things calling themselves "Chaotic Neutral". No, if that's what you do, you are some brand of "EVIL". I don't even think you quality as "Lawful" Evil. You are either Neutral Evil or Chaotic Evil.
At least most of the YouTube D&D Let's Play posters I'm seeing are admitting that they see games as a chance to be EVIL, and to get away with it, which makes me kind of worry about them in real life. I see their love of being evil in games as a way to express their true selves in games, which they could not do in real life without getting arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to either many years in prison, life in prison without possibility of parole, or even outright "death penalty" execution.
Thank GOD for our "Lawful Good", societies. "Lawful Good" preventers of anarchic, evil, evil, EVIL people who would break and enter, kill without thought or remorse, steal everything they want and laugh at the weakness of the people, alarms, and locks who try to protect what's theirs.... omg, I'm just really ANGRY right now at people who would do that to other people.
If anyone might even care where this rant is coming from emotionally, I just found out today that the house *right next door to mine* was burgled yesterday. The thieves apparently passed a Gibson guitar and a 50 inch television right over MY fence, in MY back yard! I saw cops and neighbors moving around out my living room window around my fence, but I was so engrossed in playing NWN that I didn't care, and I ignored all of the flashlights.
They also stole my next door neighbor's RIFLE. Yes, that was apparently his "Plus Three Crossbow of Whatever". They broke into his house and TOOK it. The police managed to recover his *heavily scratched and damaged* HDTV, and his guitar, which I hear can still be played, and they arrested and incarcerated the two *THIEF* partners who did the job, but they have failed to find or recover the rifle, which is assumed to have been sold to someone who just *wants* a rifle for whatever reason and cannot get one through lawful means.
My anger at non-lawful people, even ones who want to play games and pretend to be non-lawful people, (and I don't believe they're actually "pretending" - I think that they're using the cloak of "gaming" to express their *true selves*), has just dropped from a reaction penalty of minus one to about a minus FIVE reaction penalty, based on alignment alone!
I am making an oath right now to never, ever again steal or break into *anything* in a game again, unless I have a very good, *clear* reason to do so. I've always intuited, and rarely stated, but still firmly believe, if you'd do it in a game, you wouldn't hesitate to do it in real life if you thought you could get away with it! Boo, all of you evil, evil, EVIL people out there, even if you want to hide behind a label of "Chaotic Neutral", "True Neutral", or "Chaotic Good".
"Face it, you're Neutral Evil." Or perhaps even more likely, "Face it, you're Chaotic Evil."