I'm now going through Zork I (revision 88, Infocom release) and mapping the maze of twisty little passages by dropping various stuff here and there.

What is thief tells "Since he steals for pleasure rather than profit and is somewhat sadistic, he only takes things which you have seen", but "things which you have seen" is not the same as "things that you currently see" to me, and to my understanding I've seen all the things I've dropped in the maze, because I possessed them.

Question is — if I drop a sword, or painting, or egg, or something else valuable somewhere in the maze, could Thief steal it while I'm not in that room? In other words, does Thief move on it's own, or it does not exist unless stars align?

  • Finding someone playing Zork here is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. The game is almost 40 years old lol
    – Warface
    May 27, 2015 at 15:06
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    @Warface, Zork only becomes better with time ;)
    – toriningen
    May 27, 2015 at 19:06

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The thief does move around on his own, and will pick up objects you have dropped from a location where you are not currently yourself. The thief can also randomly drop items at different locations, thus in effect moving items. This can confuse maze solving, if you are using the old drop-an-item-in-each-room trick to identify the rooms.

I think that the quote "only takes things which you have seen" refers to the fact, that all items in the game are supposed to be found in a specific location, so the thief will not move them until you have "found" them.


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