Okay, so apologies if this is the wrong place for this. It's borderline RP, but some of what I am going to say it outside of that too.
Let me just start of with: Wow. Theft is amazingly fun. Finding your target, waiting til they stand still then slinking in quiet and starting pickpocket. Man, it just makes my heart race. Love it. I've been robbing people all night (already got enemied to every other city) and I even try to get Tanris, but those damn chaos entities got in the way. It was sooo fun though, even if I'll never get a chance like that again. Evaded into Hashan and nabbed sigils from Verily standing there talking to Dodder and booked it. Then I tried a very risky theft from Trilliana in Scarlatti's temple (it came to my attention that this wasn't allowed, but I didn't see it on help theft so apologies and I -won't- do it again) while she was standing there with an order member. Got enemied before I could even slip out of the temple, but managed to get out since no one engaged me. At this point, I was in some sort of zone because I ran and hid, popped up who b and looked for my next target and quickly sprinted off to get them. So I get to my target (think I even pulled that one off clean) and ended up running into Traelor, who dropped it his piety and was like, "Let's do this son!" But I'm lie nah, peace. So I run, end up blowing by Trilliana and promptly turn around to pickpocket her. But boom Traelor shows up and starts laying into me with that holy vengeance, so I book it again. Cuts me off again, somewhere, but I was too fast, headed for Mhaldor, and I think he knew it. So I start heading down the mountain trial, and notice I pass Alienna (confirmed target >:D) so I turn right around and pull of a quick theft, got some gold, and jammed it straight to the gates. Whew! Man my heart was racing! And then Alienna sent me some RP tells being wayyyy to nice (not that I minded, it's good to actually get RP with those across all of Sapience) so that was a bonus too.
It is also in my understanding that theft has been severely nerfed. To the point where "theft doesn't happen" as I've heard it put a few times. That... is pretty disheartening when I'm having so much fun with it. I'll continue to steal, even if it is a waste of my xp when I get killed. I don't think it needs to be harder or easier, but I think the stakes are abysmally low. I also know that this subject has probably been beaten to death, but oh well, I like theft, and it really provides an awesome alternative to the grind.
I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts, not necessarily what theft needs, but also why we need theft as a viable avenue.