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Lord Bafford and his bodyguard
TR Originals

Dark Narrative: A Throne, A Shrine, and Two Dead Thieves

In Thief, every room could tell a story, and as a thief in the shadows, you enjoy the experience of learning those stories from various objects and characters in the environment. Some of the most…

December 12, 2019 | 11:00 EST

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TR Originals

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 guards. Players dodge, outwit, or perhaps even…

July 20, 2019 | 01:00 EDT

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TR Originals

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 is…

May 10, 2019 | 02:00 EDT

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TR Originals

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 life that keeps happening. In this way, virtual…

March 15, 2019 | 02:00 EDT

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TR Originals

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 a cozy study room and see an arrangement of…

February 7, 2019 | 01:00 EST

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TR Originals

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 two levels…

November 12, 2018 | 02:00 EST

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TR Originals

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 this time of year. Video games allow for…

October 31, 2018 | 01:00 EDT

Thief III - Seaside Manor screenshot
TR Originals

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…

September 14, 2018 | 01:00 EDT

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TR Originals

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, and chilling. I…

July 7, 2018 | 01:00 EDT

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TR Originals

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 and…

May 18, 2018 | 02:00 EDT

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TR Originals

Dark Narrative: Tomb Raidin'

Far from the comfy abodes of the wealthy and the familiar hum of civilization, haunted crypts and dead cities lie. Garrett ventures away from the confines of the City a few times to breach some of…

April 16, 2018 | 01:00 EDT

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TR Originals

Dark Narrative: Assassins

I’ve always been curious to see how the rich and powerful really live, especially those whose riches and power are built off crime. I imagine their abodes are filled with luxuries and expenses most…

March 15, 2018 | 12:00 EDT

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TR Originals

Dark Narrative: Shipping...and Receiving

Sometimes you pick up on stories you never intended to. A trip to the mall reveals a family's financial troubles or a store manager's unscrupulous practices if you listen in, are at the right place…

February 15, 2018 | 11:00 EST

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TR Originals

Dark Narrative: Lord Bafford's Manor

"Lord Bafford’s Manor" is the starting point for all the Thief adventures. It’s my first step each time I replay the game, and, after the training mission has greeted you, it will be your first taste…

February 1, 2018 | 09:00 EST