Dark Narrative Articles


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Dark Narrative: Doofuses, Drunks, and Boneheads – The Humorous Guards of Thief

Thief’s City is not a world of good guys and bad guys. It’s hard to know who is right, if anyone at all. But there are relatable, common people: the…

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Dark Narrative: Alien Among Monsters

At its heart my Dark Narrative series is a celebration of Thief’s uniqueness. I write with the conviction that this game series, especially the Looking Glass originals, are matchless. This…

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Dark Narrative: Living Backdrops

Within Thief, you are part of an ongoing world. The world does not stop for you—each level isn’t set up for you. You are a piece of it moving about…

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Dark Narrative: Thief’s Miniature Scenes – The Sad Tale of a Burrick, and Others

So many given scenes in the City tell a story. You can be crouched in a street corner looking towards a shop stand or lurking in the dark corners of…

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Dark Narrative: Why I Like Thief – A 20th Anniversary Personal Reflection

I first started up Thief: Gold in the year 2000 as a quiet 9-year-old nerd. The experience it gave me went beyond typical video gaming. Within its intimidating and indifferent…

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Dark Narrative: Even When It’s Bad, It’s Good – Defending the Thieves’ Guild

Any given game beloved by its fanbase is likely to have an unpopular, love-it-or-vehemently-hate it mission, level, or section. You know, the Water Temples and Xens of the world. Those…

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Dark Narrative: Thief’s Special Kind of Horror

Horror is an odd kind of entertainment as it takes us away to a place we do not want to be. The indulgence in these unusual experiences is especially popular…

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Dark Narrative: The Sorrow of the Widow Moira

Lords, Sheriffs, and other household heads create the atmosphere of Thief’s manor missions. Bafford’s manor is dark and lavish; Ramirez’s is full of secret passages (and burricks). There is one…

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Dark Narrative: Phantoms of the Opera

Buildings ooze feeling. As a young kid touring with my parents, I gazed in horror at the grand interiors and intricate pathways of Hearst Castle. This place was huge, cavernous,…

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Dark Narrative: A Seminary and a Crypt

Thief fans can puzzle over which of the original titles is better: Thief: The Dark Project or Thief II: The Metal Age. One quandary is each game’s atmosphere: TDP‘s got a darker, more surreal…