A lot of people have been PM'ing me asking about Rat Catching, what it's all about, is it a 'gang', how do they 'join', what 499 is all about, and a few threads have cropped up recently (presumably from the newer Android users) asking the same sort of things - so to make life easier, I thought I'd bring everything together into one thread.
So here you go, Rat Catching 101...
The thread that started it all... Join the 499 Rat Catcher Crew - Click Me
We then came up with Rat Catcher Ranks - Click Me
Ranks Update - Assassin - Click Me
Welcome Rat Catchers - An Intro Thread - Click Me
And so the week of anti-Rat action began. Here's the News from that week...
Day 1 of the Rat Wars - Click Me
Day 2 of the Rat Wars - Click Me
Day 3 of the Rat Wars - Click Me
Day 4 of the Rat Wars - Click Me
Day 5 of the Rat Wars - Click Me
Day 6 of the Rat Wars - Click Me
Day 7 of the Rat Wars - Click Me
So where is Rat Catching at now?
Well Rat Catching is not so much an event these days, as an ongoing strategy/philosophy that those involved subscribe to. Many players that have completed Thug Life now make a point of attacking 499 (or players of any mob size below 500) in preference to hitting players with mobs of 500+
Is it a Gang?
No, Rat Catchers are not a gang. Rat Catching is an ongoing non-Funzio, by-the-people-for-the-people Event. It doesn't matter what your allegiance is, or what Gang you are affiliated to - Rat Catching is an activity that is open to all - there is only one mutual enemy, the 499 Rat.
Is Rat Catching still active?
It's a daily activity. Indeed Rat Catching is now recommended by the Surgeon General as a vital part of your daily diet, and has been found to be beneficial in maintaining good health
On occasions we do get a Call to Arms from one of the Rat Catching fraternity, and then we embark on a more concerted group effort - most recently for example, Koralene suggested Wac-a-Rac Weekend.
Anyone that classes themselves as a Rat Catcher can make these Calls to Arms at any time - there is no boss, no leader, just a bunch of like-minded players with a common goal... the Catching of Rats, the stealing of their Cheese, the pulling of their Tails.
Personally, on a daily basis I now focus my efforts on robbing them rather than attacking them. They can shrug off an attack quite easily, but if you steal their money they tend to go ape and cry like babies - which is great fun
So now you know.
So you wanna be a Rat Catcher? Don't talk about it, just do it....
P.S. There is no real animosity towards these Rats, it is their right to reduce their Mob as a tactic. But likewise it is our right to Attack them as a tactic, because their Mob size visibly puts up a flag that sets them apart from other players - it's just too damn tempting to Rob/Attack players that are so obviously trying to avoid being Robbed/Attacked!!
Many Rats will have you believe that Rat Catchers are evil. Not True. We are the beautiful people