The first time I invited strangers to my Animal Crossing: New Horizons island, I created a big, fenced-off space to maintain mischievous strangers out of my flower fields and fruit orchards. I’d heard the horror tales, of trampled flowers and ransacked islands, so I painstakingly created a pathway from the airport to Nook’s Cranny — a ache within the ass contemplating how far my Nook’s Cranny is from the airport.
I’d been burned earlier than within the Stalk Market, however principally by my very own errors. The injury an web stranger may do to my digital island is minimal, all issues thought of, however I’d spent dozens of hours on this place. It wasn’t a large enough threat to not put up my Dodo code publicly on Twitter — I made quite a bit Bells that day — however it was a threat, certainly.
Since then, I’ve taken my Bells out of the Stalk Market. For that, I’m grateful, as a result of apparently there’s a brand new risk for diehard turnip merchants: sea theft, enabled by the brand new summer season replace that added swimming. Theoretically, it really works like this: A participant flies into an island to promote their turnips. Some turnip merchants cost entry to their islands — gamers that wish to keep away from this may soar off the pier and swim round to one other island entrance, promote their turnips with out paying up, then quietly depart the island. Mischief makers may simply trample flowers and shake bushes in areas the island proprietor didn’t intend strangers to go — maybe sneakily selecting up one other participant’s tip or different dropped objects on the bottom. Any merchandise dropped on the bottom is in danger.
Essentially, it renders current fencing on the island ineffective, except it’s actually fencing off your entire perimeter of the seashore. A Reddit user posted about the risk on the Animal Crossing subreddit over the weekend. I haven’t seen a ton of individuals on social media who’ve truly been scammed this fashion, however there are a couple of customers within the Reddit thread that stated sea theft occurred to them — a few individuals famous that it’s much less in regards to the threat of harm to their island, however extra in regards to the betrayal of belief.
It is usually a neat little expertise to ask strangers over to your island, however it, apparently, may also bring out the worst in people. The threat of sea theft is actual.