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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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Lifting the Fog on Gloomwood: A Chat With Indie Dev Dillon Rogers

If you’re at all interested in first-person immersive games, survival horror, or first-person shooters, you should follow the development of Gloomwood, a foggy first-person mashup by Dillon Rogers. I’ve been…

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Happy Taffers’ Day!: Thief: The Dark Project 20th Anniversary Fan Mission Contest

By the Builder, it’s a good day to be a taffer. There’s a buggy-of-burricks’ worth of Thief fan missions hitting Through the Looking Glass (TTLG) today. Yesterday was the twentieth anniversary 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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The Dark Mod Gets 64 Bit Build with Version 2.06

The Dark Mod version 2.06, an update to the fan-made stealth game based on Thief, has just released. According to user Springheel at The Dark Mod forums, this update “was…