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          Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Dark Mod reviewed by SneakyJack
- 1:29:24 AM - Dan
Regular FM reviewer SneakyJack has turned his attention to the recently released Dark Mod, a Thief-inspired total conversion for Doom 3. Access the full review here, or just stay for the preview!
Though The Dark Mod is very strong and solid the very moment that I'm typing this to be posted - the potential I feel it has after the hours I've spent playing it and the handful of missions I've seen is simply staggering.

What The Dark Mod Team has done here is to give each and every one of us the tools to create missions that are good now but will become incredible later. Imagine back to the time when you loaded up Thief 2 for the first time and took a stroll through its boxy simplistic missions thinking "wow, this is amazing and even better than the first game!" Now imagine your reaction to playing missions like Broken Triad, Pirates Ahoy, Rose Cottage, The Seven Sisters and many more for the first time and compare how far apart in quality the original missions are from those...

Right now The Dark Mod is in the "Original Missions" stage my friends - so imagine where we'll be a few years from now if it really catches on and gets support from quality map makers and the folks that have the desire needed to make that spark turn into a forest fire.

I, for one, am sold. My thanks to the Dark Mod Team and to those that will pick up the project to create a mission in the future.

          Friday, November 13, 2009

Eclipsed by HipBreaker Released
- 2:30:37 AM - pavlovscat
New Mission
October 30, 2009 - Eclipsed, a mission for T2 by HipBreaker

The Mission:
Some time ago, a tragedy befell Port Aerinth. This unknown tragedy was reputed to be so horrific that all inhabitants of the wealthy port fled leaving behind their gold and valuables. For Garrett, this sounds like the perfect opportunity to line his pockets and have something to show for all his years of thieving. But, the dark holds an unpleasant surprise for Garrett.

This mission is a great Halloween offering that makes excellent use of suspense and fear of the unknown. The first part of the mission will have you jumping at every sound and sight. Between the written accounts left by the former citizens and glimpses of distant figures, any suspicions that you are not alone are confirmed. The tension builds throughout your exploration of the city. Once you manage to escape the city, you will discover why the city folk fled.

I appreciate HipBreaker's use of colored lighting which gives the run-down city more visual interest. Also, the tattered look of the city contrasted with the bright, shiny loot items to give the city more of a feeling of urgent abandonment. Though confrontation is delayed, I never found myself bored with the city area due to the many readables which enhanced the story and added objectives. Also, the puzzles were varied with some easier than others, but none too difficult. Overall, this is a mission I enjoyed very much.

My first time through, playing on Normal, I finished in 3 hours, 47 minutes. I ended with 2427/2970 loot.


Check out the Forum Discussion Thread for tips and hints.

          Tuesday, November 10, 2009

FM News Update Nov 2009
- 9:35:19 PM - The Phantom
The latest Circle's FM News, based on the latest update from the upcoming missions list.

No new authors this time, but two long-awaited missions that made a (halloween) release.

The first FM is from a dromEder who made his return to the scene after years of absence. He brought us 'The 7th Crystal' and now after eight years he's back with another mission called 'Rose Cottage'. A lot of talented people have worked on it and it shows. A stunning piece of work that nobody wants to miss. Grab it now from this thread.

The second mission is 'Eclipsed' by HipBreaker, another long-time dromEder who hasn't released a mission in years. But those who've played the author's earlier work and watched the pics and trailer earlier, know that it's something special. Links are in this thread.

A mission that won't see the light of day is Ravenhook's 'Whitechapel'. The 7-mission campaign set in 1888 London suffered some technical problems and was abandoned as a result. The info has been removed from the list. On a positive note, the author seems to be working on a new T2 mission (The Light of Day).

Masterthief3, with the upcoming FMs Shadows of Eidolon 2 and Stormrunner, has been removed as upcoming because of a news silence of more then a year. It's uncertain if his missions are stalled or still in progress. Let's hope Metras' story will continue and that we hear something again at a later time.

Bassmanret's continuation to Just Friends (Part 2) is as good as finished and is set for release in November, probably Thanksgiving. That means a few weeks left to play the entertaining first part and learn about Burt, the main character. It can be grabbed here.

Short news topics:

  • DrK resumed work on A Night in Rocksbourg 4
  • dyald (known from Damnsel in Distress and sequel) is getting back into dromEd to continue the third part of the story
  • john-the-begger hopes to finish his upcoming project, sequel to Defense Assassination, before December. The alternative might be abandonment and adoption.
  • some stunning new videos were released of Sliptip's futuristic Kill Factory 3 project
  • Beside Bane III, theImmortalThief seems to be working on something else ("much bigger")

    More links and news are in the upcoming mission list as usual.

    Happy taffing and until next update.
    The Phantom

  •           Monday, November 02, 2009

    Happy Halloween!!
    - 6:16:10 PM - pavlovscat
    Happy Halloween for Thief Fans
    After a lengthy hiatus due to real life concerns, pav is back. Autumn is a wonderful time for playing Thief, and Halloween inspires many FM authors to create something spooky. This year, Halloween felt like Christmas with 4 brand new missions. This bounty of missions was exactly the impetus I needed to get back into play. Keep an eye out for my return to writing new mission reviews as well!

    Eclipsed - Thief 2 (117.8 MB)
    HipBreaker got a jump on the rest and released Eclipsed on October 30th. Garrett is off to loot the riches of Port Aerinth. Plundering an abandoned city sounds like an easy job for a master thief, but things don't always go as planned, do they? Check out the Forum Discussion Thread for more information and hints.

    Patently Dangerous - The Dark Mod (22.8 MB)
    Demogogue released a new Dark Mod mission called Patently Dangerous. The Inventor's Guild caught wind of a new discovery by Soren Rikk. You've been hired by the Guild to relieve Soren of his design notes. You can get help at the TTLG Forum Discussion Thread or head over to the Dark Mod Forum Discussion Thread for more information and hints.

    Rose Cottage - Thief 2 (168.6 MB)
    Rumors have been heard for a long, long time now about Saturine's Rose Cottage. This mission started out as an entry for the 2007 Masters of Horror contest. Well, as it turns out, the rumors were true! Rose Cottage was finally completed and released. I think it was well worth the wait! If you get lost, Visit the Forum Discussion Thread for help.
    Mission and movie (168.6 MB)
    Mission only (96.6 MB)
    Movie only - XVID format (31.5 MB)

    Bonds of Mine - Thief 2 (10 MB)
    AntiMatter_16 has been busy since his release of Mine Affairs earlier this year. He has created Bonds of Mine, a mission using strictly his own custom environmental textures. Garrett has been offered a tidy sum to retrieve "The Onyx Crown" from the tower of a mage who attacked a Hammerite monastery and was destroyed. You can get hints & help at the Forum Discussion Thread.

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