DF:UW – Scroaching

Last night there were multiple large sieges not involving OTG, and since our clan had no formal plans to attend, I made my way down to the area to do some good old scroaching.

For non-Darkfall players, scroaching is basically attending a siege as a neutral third party and picking off anyone you see, while also trying to grab as much loot as possible. It’s an evolution of the word roach (though I can’t recall why it went from roach to scroach, someone in the comments help me out)

Since I was solo, I focused more on the looting part than the fighting, and set out with some basic gear and a mount. Once I arrived at the scene of the first battle, I dismounted and crept from tree to tree, doing my best to not get noticed as I moved towards the closest gravestone. At each gravestone, I looted anything of value before ducking back into the shadows. After five graves I was close to being overloaded, and rather than push things further I rode off to bank my spoils. Round one was a massive success!

I returned to find that the battle had ended and the winning side was cleaning up the battlefield. Since I had little to lose, I took a chance and ran in, hoping people would assume I was an ally. That didn’t work, and shortly I had a small mob on me and was killed. Round two not so good.

A second city was also sieged that night, and since I still had time before our scheduled PvP practice, I again set out to see what I could loot. This city was on the coast with a lot of water surrounding it, and I was able to swim out to a little island with a good view and watched the battle unfold.

Making a judgment call on when the battle was at its peak, I swam across to the closest grave and again began the looting. I then made the mistake of killing a disconnected player (the allure of plate was too strong…), which drew the attention of a mage in the area, who started throwing fireballs at me. I ran towards the water and lost the mage, but sadly the island I swam to had a group of five waiting and I was brought down. Greed kills indeed.

Scroaching is far from an honorable act, but its part of Darkfall tradition and a good change of pace from normal PvE/PvP. Its low risk (other than time), high reward, allows you to see larger PvP battles play out, and gives you a bit of a rush as you sneak around and try to avoid any attention.

Tonight OTG has our own siege, and I’m sure random scroachers will be in attendance.

About SynCaine

Former hardcore raider turned casual gamer.
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8 Responses to DF:UW – Scroaching

  1. Vergilius Vorenus says:

    I believe it’s a combination of scrub and roach :)

    • Sjonnar says:

      i was thinking possibly a portmanteau of scavenger + roach. (scavenging kills and loot, creeping around like a roach)

    • Rammstein says:

      Doesn’t seem like anyone was around when the term was coined. Tons of possibilities, some combination of (scavenge/scrub/scrounge/scrap/scratch) with roach or poach are strong options. scrounge/poach is my personal favorite, but hard to say.

    • sid6.7 says:

      A roach is the leftover part of a marijuana joint. Scroaching is the act of scrounging together a bunch of roaches to smoke in a bowl or bong. It’s viewed as a “bonus” of sorts…

      Obviously, in the context of a siege, it’s scrounging a siege for easy kills and bonus loot.

  2. sleepysam says:

    google didn’t help on that definition – yuk.

  3. n0th says:

    Its called ninja-looting in eve.

    So how profitable was it in your case aka. roughly how much effort would grinding the equivalent of that loot in PvE(solo, semi-casually) entail?

    Also kinda interested in DF:UW; may check it out when they offer free trial.

  4. Beleg / Paxx says:

    I think ‘scroach’ evolved from ‘siege roach’, but I could be wrong. It’s been awhile.

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