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Thread: T2 FM: A Dire Return (11-04-12) - Thief Reloaded Contest #2 entry

  1. #1
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2007
    Location: Germany

    T2 FM: A Dire Return (11-04-12) - Thief Reloaded Contest #2 entry

    I'm pleased to release my entry for the 2nd Thief Reloaded Contest (Contest thread). The mission is called "A Dire Return" and is based on the Thief 2 OM "Running Interference".

    * Story *
    The nobility of the City provide a solid base of income for people like me, especially if you know
    where to look. Of course, breaking into well-guarded estates is dangerous and requires proper
    preparation. A little tip is all it takes to convince most servants to share some information with
    folks like me. One of the best sources of information, Sarah, works at the Rumford Manor and has
    been supplying me and Basso with a constant stream of useful gossip. However, nothing has been heard
    of her for the last two weeks. Basso and Jenivere want to meet me at the Crippled Burrick Inn to
    decide what we are going to do about her. Personally, I don't really care about her, but if she's
    been caught she might tell the blue coats about our little deal.
    Download mirrors:
    Southquarter (version with movie)
    Taffer's Paradise (version with movie)
    ttlg.de (version with movie)

    Temporary mirror (no movie) - use this one if you're playing on Windows XP

    Some hints:
    1. A lootlist is included in the *.zip-archive.
    2. The mission can be ghosted on all difficulty levels.
    3. Here are two solutions for the maze in the garden:
    Solution 1
    Solution 2

    I would like to thank all the people again who helped me creating this mission:
    SlyFoxx, Tannar, Gloria Creep, Shadow Creepr and bikerdude

    FenPhoenix also started a "Let's Play..." for this mission:
    Part 1 - A Dire Beginning
    Part 2 - Paranormal Cat Sees These Things Everyday
    Part 3 - It's 12 o'clock. Where are your ghost fires?
    Part 4 - A Dire Situation
    Part 5 - Sarah/Lauryl
    Part 6 - (Final) Burning Times

    Have fun!

    IMPORTANT:
    Please make sure that your Thief is properly patched to version 1.18 using this patch and no other. The mission will not work with an outdated version of Thief 2!
    Last edited by intruder; 25th Apr 2012 at 05:20. Reason: added download mirror

  2. #2
    Moderator
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: UK
    Congratulations intruder - really looking forward to playing when my other duties are done!

  3. #3
    Member
    Registered: May 2010
    Location: Taffer's Inn
    Downloading and congrats Intruder for your release

  4. #4
    Member
    Registered: May 2002
    Location: The Netherlands
    Success on the release Intruder

    This one is yet again an amazing FM Taffers

    There're angels who playThief and angels who don't ........ both go to heaven ............
    Dare to join .............

  5. #5
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2002
    Location: Ames, IA, USA
    You really need to slap an epilepsy warning on this mission.

  6. #6
    Moderator
    Registered: Jul 2008
    Location: shalebridgecradle.co.uk
    Congrats, Steffen! Good luck in the contest!

  7. #7
    Clearinghouse
    Registered: Aug 2002
    Location: Siberia, Russia
    Congrats, intruder

  8. #8
    Summer Vacation Contest Winner 2010
    Registered: Sep 2003
    Location: PacificNorthWest...Near Forks
    Congrats on your release Steffen !

  9. #9
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2003
    Congratulations on the release intruder!

    I am having problems getting the mission to run, once i get into the game, click 'new game', click 'A DIre Return' to get to the objectives screen, it crashes and you get the Windows error you must exit Windows.

    My other FMs and the OMs work, I am running DarkLoader v4.3 and WIndows XP SP2.

  10. #10
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Nuremberg, Germany
    Many thanks an congrats to intruder for the release from me, too.

    Also had the crashing problem when i tried to start the mission. Renaming/deleting B30.avi in the subfolder MOVIES fixed this.

  11. #11
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: Texas
    I'm having the same problem with the opening video. It seems like the same problem that Gatane had with Black Frog. I'm betting the aurhor didnt use the indeo codec. Can this be fixed and rereleased like Black Frog please? Thanks for any help!

  12. #12
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2003
    Quote Originally Posted by UliB View Post
    Many thanks an congrats to intruder for the release from me, too.

    Also had the crashing problem when i tried to start the mission. Renaming/deleting B30.avi in the subfolder MOVIES fixed this.
    Thanks UliB! That did the trick.

    Stingm, for now, you could just delete or rename the offending file and play the mission.

  13. #13
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2007
    Location: Germany
    I've uploaded a version without the briefing movie:

    A Dire Return - no briefing movie

  14. #14
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2003
    Need some help please.

    I am on the 3rd floor?, the one you access using either of the two lifts in the large hall. And there's a grey door locked here, could i have a clue where to find the key or gain access. Thanks!

  15. #15
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2007
    Location: Germany
    Depending on the difficulty level you're playing at: in the reading room at the east wing (Normal) or in the dinning room beneath the big dome, near a plant at the window (Hard/Expert).

  16. #16
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Chester, NW England
    I am at the top, by the large pool. Haven't a clue what to do next. Read the diary, BJ'ed everyone, an had about ten years taken off my life with the vase attacking me! Just a hint as to what I've missed would be great.

  17. #17
    Moderator
    Registered: Jul 2008
    Location: shalebridgecradle.co.uk
    If you're at the fountain under the large dome, check the office below you.

  18. #18
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: Former capital of Germany
    Quote Originally Posted by Tannar View Post
    If you're at the fountain under the large dome, check the office below you.
    Hm, I'm at the same point and checked the office below and read the diary - but what to do know? Should something happen?

  19. #19
    Moderator
    Registered: Jul 2008
    Location: shalebridgecradle.co.uk
    I should have said, check the office very carefully.

  20. #20
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2003
    Double ditto.

    Got into the top floor, checked the office for switches, slashed the banner, banged the picture to make sure it's real, checked the fountain, tried to climb it, tried killing the guy in the office thinking his the guy writing the diary and killing him would kill the evil, no, nothing, i am stuck

    Tannar, I've checked it carefully, it's a small office, not sure what i could have missed, i will check it again

    EDIT:
    Nevermind, drat, i see it now!
    Last edited by shadows; 12th Apr 2012 at 06:28.

  21. #21
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2007
    Location: Germany
    Hint:
    It's close to Garrett's biggest enemy in this room.

    Hint #2:
    Check the light.

  22. #22
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2003
    Wow! Mission Complete!

    Do not read if you haven't finished.
    Before the ending i kept thinking, this mission could be more scary and the poltergeist activity more intense to really get the player crawling at the walls. But then, wow, the ending, i had to work to get out of that damn place. Phew!

    This mission has shades of 'The Cradle' and helping out good old Murus.

    Nicely done.

  23. #23
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2007
    Location: Germany
    Thank you

  24. #24
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: Former capital of Germany
    Quote Originally Posted by intruder View Post
    Hint:
    It's close to Garrett's biggest enemy in this room.

    Hint #2:
    Check the light.
    Wow, THAT was good hidden... -.-

  25. #25
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2006
    Location: Antarctica
    Ok I need some help. I've managed to find and do everything and read the
    spoiler:
    secret book behind the painting in the office
    and there are some obvious hints in there. However, I have a problem:
    spoiler:
    How can I get into the garden and why are there some spots different than others (storeroom, plumbing room) and I have found the pick axe and shovel but I can't seem to do anything with it.
    Help is appreciated!

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