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Statue based on a hero's description of their own fishing experience. Further research showed that they actually "captured" a bottle of beer that was a little shaken up when they opened it.
Nobody knows how it all started, but more and more heroes, from beginners to the most seasoned adventurers, are being spotted siting next to rivers, ponds and other water bodies, with an artifact attached to a line on a stick… They call it “fishing”.
Gone Fishing blog post

Fishing is a popular hobby in Godville, which is little surprise, since it involves sitting by a river or pond, doing nothing other than holding a stick and drinking beer (with the chance of getting a free artifact in the process if they're lucky enough for their hook to snag one). For many heroes it is a welcome break from questing.

In a nutshell, "fishing" in Godville involves your hero using one item as "bait" but possibly picking up several other items. For example, here's a screenshot of a hero using their deus ex machina as "bait" and getting a bag of lovely bones (as one of several items over time) in return:

Fishing Example.png

If your hero doesn't have an ark, that's about it. If your hero DOES have a completed ark, they can also catch monsters to put in their ark in the hope of preserving some of Godville's wildlife in the event of a flood. Understandably, dragging a monster from a lake creates quite a scene, and scares away the fish, so after catching a monster, the hero will stop fishing and go on their way.

So far, fishing seems to be a largely "ZPG" activity. A few items can cause your hero to start fishing, but there is little to influence what you get out of it. However, performing certain influences during fishing will scare the fish and cancel/end your hero's fishing.

Fishing Artifacts

Some activatable artifacts are only gainable from fishing, these artifacts cost no godpower and either turn into 'rubbish' (a single non-bold artifact) or something useful (anywhere from 1-7 artifacts, sometimes including bold ones).

List of Fishing Activatables (Incomplete!)

  • Brand new bag
  • Exotic handbag
  • Refilled sandbag
  • Black brief case
  • Orange box (non-bold)
  • Orange bag (non-bold)
  • Cookie jar (non-bold)
  • Honey pot (non-bold)

(Unsure of all these, and their boldness )