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Hitlisting Inks

A contract killing is a form of murder, in which one party hires another party to kill a target individual or group of people. It involves an illegal agreement between two or more parties in which one party agrees to kill the target in exchange for some form of payment, monetary or otherwise. In Bootleggers, I sincerely hope the payment is gold or money...and not cybersex.

Most of the time, we glance at the hit list, check the amount and laugh. $200,000? Why the searches alone match that. Others we smile at the reasons why: “because he is fgt,” “Betrayed me. You’re dead bitch!” or just “LOL.” seem to be excuses used. But sometimes there is a sum of money where we sit up and take note.

A few months ago, in the crew I am in (The 23rd Gunslingers), we had an entertaining scenario: Hitlist. 11 million. For Ecivel.
“I say we kill him and collect 11 mil” Nordy joked.
“hmmm…maybe if it was 50 million…” Coastie mused.
Luckily for Ecivel, the searches and bullets needed were a deterrent and he bought himself off the list, but it did create a bit of excitement for an afternoon.

The thing is, who does hit list? Obviously someone aggrieved enough to warrant the death of the person hitlisted, mostly. But it is seen in the community as quite a cowardly thing to do. A lot of the hits are met with scorn when discussed on the forum, why not do it themselves, buy their own bloody bullets. Etc. Etc.

In a game where Dons, gangsters and assassins play is it not just “par for the course” that hitlisting occurs? And in a game where now money is going to be cheaper to earn given the new updates, will we not see a rise in the underdog asking someone else to get their hands dirty?

I, for once, click the list with a raised eyebrow. Will it be a joke? Or will it be legitimate?