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Thread: New T2 FM: Home Sweet Home by Lady Rowena (24 Dec 2017)

  1. #1
    Desperately Dodgy Moderator
    Registered: Nov 2001
    Location: Fields of bluegrass

    New T2 FM: Home Sweet Home by Lady Rowena (24 Dec 2017)

    Home Sweet Home
    A Fan Mission for Thief 2
    by Lady Rowena (R.I.P.)
    Release: v1.0, Dec 24 2017
    Language Support: English, French, Italian, Russian
    Requires NewDark v1.25 or higher

    Briefing
    Hey, it's been awhile since I set foot inside here. This place has seen better days. I'm not here to stay, anyway, just long enough to take care of a little job.

    A man called Sebastian has come to me with a tempting proposal. He wants me to steal an ancient artifact, the Unknown God, from the house of Mercuzio who owns a pharmacy in Wayside. Besides being rich, the guy is also an art collector. Just out of curiosity, I dug up some information on this Sebastian, as I've never heard of him before. It turns out that he's the partner and the right arm of Alexandros, a rather bizarre character, a stranger who appeared in the City one day out of nowhere.

    He purchased and restored the manor which once belonged to Constantine, and made a Gentlemen's Club of it. Eh, I wonder what Constantine would say about that! But I don't really give a damn. As long as I get paid, I'm not going to ask where the money is coming from or why they want that item so badly. Mercuzio's house is inacessible and well guarded, but its weak point is the pharmacy, which is attached to the manor. It's protected by a gate with a strong lock, but Zack, an old buddy, promised to provide me with the key for it. The authorities announced a curfew was in effect for some reason... but do they even need a reason? I suspect that they do it every now and then just to keep things under control.

    By the way, Reuben Varden, the new Sheriff, is another sinister villain, even worse than Truart was, if that's even possible. Anyway, a curfew has never slowed me down, so I'm not going to change my plans. I'm just waiting for Zack to bring me the key, then I'm ready to go.

    Mission Information
    This is the first of a 3-mission campaign that Lady Rowena was working on when she passed away. Luckily a benefactor who had been testing it decided it should be released, but the other two missions are lost. We do have some texts and the briefing for the second mission; these are included in a file named Unused Books.zip in the mission archive. Lady Rowena posted a handful of screenshots from the lost missions on TTLG; we have included those in an Easter egg area. Can you find it?

    Gameplay Notes
    The mission will end once you complete the main objective, so if you intend to complete the optional objectives, you should do so before proceeding to the pharmacy. Also, because this was to be the first of three missions, it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. Rather than change the ending to something which might be more typical and satisfying, we decided to leave it as is out of respect for her legacy.

    Credits
    Completion, Packaging and Bugfixing: Yandros (although the mission was about 99% complete when it was given to me)

    Testing: Random_Taffer, Nightwalker, marbleman, fortuni, FreddyFox, nickie, Tannar, Goldwell and PukeyBrunster

    Resources: Mostly unknown. If any of your objects, sounds or textures are being used, notify Yandros at TTLG and he will update the readme at a future time. No attributions were documented by Lady Rowena so I don’t know any of the sources, other than an ambient taken from “End Titles” by Atrium Carceri.

    Translations
    English proofreading: Tannar, fortuni, Yandros
    French: Athalle
    Italian: piesel
    Russian: Soldi, Dront, MoroseTroll, Fernan


    Downloads
    DarkFate: http://download.darkfate.org/fan-mis...e/HSH_v1-0.zip
    South Quarter: http://www.southquarter.com/downloads/2017/HSH_v1-0.zip
    Thiefmissions: http://thiefmissions.com/m/HomeSweetHome
    Taffers Paradise: http://www.taffersparadise.co.uk/thi...n/HSH_v1-0.zip

    A complete lootlist and locations of all keys is in this Google doc, compliments of fortuni:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...1D4/edit#gid=0
    Last edited by Yandros; 27th Dec 2017 at 10:37.

  2. #2
    Thank you so much, Yandros for offering us the chance to play the last fm from Lady Rowena... Wonderful and priceless Christmas gift.

  3. #3
    Clearinghouse
    Registered: Aug 2002
    Location: Siberia, Russia
    Thank you so much!

  4. #4
    AKA H3H3
    Registered: Aug 2016
    Location: My mum's basement
    Good to see this mission revived. Thanks Yandros and everyone else who was involved. Lady R would have been proud to see this!

  5. #5
    Member
    Registered: Oct 2012
    Location: On parole
    Thank you Yandros for giving us this treat, it will be very much admired by Lady Rowena's many fans.

  6. #6
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2012
    An amazing Christmas present to the community, Yandros!

  7. #7
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2014
    Thank you Yandros for the chance to experience this great mission, as an italian guy it feels special that Rowena is still in some way with us.

  8. #8
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2012
    Location: Portugal
    Thank you for this gift.

  9. #9
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2007
    Location: South Coast,England uk
    How wondrous!...a Christmas gift!...

    Lady Rowena in Heaven ,Yandros and anyone who made this happen.

    Thank you so much!

    .....and a Happy Christmas everyone!

  10. #10
    Praise the Builder, a gift from beyond!

    Bless our Lady R's soul

  11. #11
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2014
    Wow! What an unexpected holiday treat. I never expected this mission to see the light of day. Thank you all who made this possible!

  12. #12
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: CT, USA
    Quote Originally Posted by Athalle View Post
    Wonderful and priceless Christmas gift.
    Amen! Thanks to Russ and all who contributed to this release, and most of all to Lady Rowena.

  13. #13
    Desperately Dodgy Moderator
    Registered: Nov 2001
    Location: Fields of bluegrass
    I did very little and didn't change anything in most cases where her intentions were clear, so this is really 99% Lady R's creation. The mission was practically in a releaseable state when I got it, we mostly just shored up the bugs and added translations.

  14. #14
    Member
    Registered: May 2017
    Location: USA
    Oh frabjous day, callooh callay!

    I will fire it up tonight

  15. #15
    Member
    Registered: May 2001
    Location: Boston MA
    Thank you Russ for a great present. I think Lady Rowena is looking down and smiling. This community never ceases to amaze me. I play all missions sequentially but may have to make an exception for this one.

    BBB

  16. #16
    Dóttirin klęšist oft móšur möttli
    Registered: Apr 2015
    Nice

    There's a bug with Zacks Key
    Don't frob his note twice or his key isn't in the inventory any more. If you already did that: go the the evidence room and frob the note again.

  17. #17
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2012
    I have to say, this is one of the most beautifully designed FMs I have ever played. The architecture is wonderful, as is the atmosphere - it feels like sneaking through a district of Venice, with all the canals.

  18. #18
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2017
    Location: Germany
    New Thief Fanmission!!! And I mean no disrespect but could someone explain who lady rowena exactly was? As a person I mean. I've read her name a lot, and played some of her missions which are amazing!

  19. #19
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2006
    Location: Troyes, France
    What a Christmas gift Yandros! Thank you very much for this special release.
    Enhanced Thief Fan Missions Archive (ETFMA): [TTLG thread]
    DromEd Level Editor Developer Textures Kit (DLETDK): [TTLG thread]

  20. #20
    Member
    Registered: Oct 2012
    Location: UK
    What a lovely Christmas treat, and remembering Lady R and her fine FMs. Thank you all involved.

  21. #21
    Keeper of FMs
    Registered: Oct 2004
    Location: Meraux, LA
    Thank you so much for a lovely Christmas gift.

    Wishing all those involved a very Merry Christmas & a Joyous New Year!

  22. #22
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2011
    Location: Ferrol - Spain
    Textures are a bit iffy.
    They look as if grainy and they have some flicker.
    Converted some of the dds textures to png and those look perfect now.

  23. #23
    Desperately Dodgy Moderator
    Registered: Nov 2001
    Location: Fields of bluegrass
    Unna, thanks for finding that bug. I'll fix it in the v1.1 update, which will get released as soon as I have the German translation.

    bassoferrol, I'm not sure what you mean unless you're having an issue with your drivers or video card dealing with the DDS files. Everything looks fine to me, in fact it's one of the nicest looking missions I've ever seen.
    Last edited by Yandros; 24th Dec 2017 at 21:43.

  24. #24
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2011
    Location: Ferrol - Spain
    Quote Originally Posted by Yandros View Post
    Unna, thanks for finding that bug. I'll fix it in the v1.1 update, which will get released as soon as I have the German translation.

    bassoferrol, I'm not sure what you mean unless you're having an issue with your drivers or video card dealing with the DDS files. Everything looks fine to me, in fact it's one of the nicest looking missions I've ever seen.
    Drivers 17.9.3 (October 2017) in my HD7870 2GB DDR5 - Windows 7 Ultimate with the newest security update.
    Res 1280x960 60HZ LCD monitor.
    Any other mission looks good to me, but textures on this one have that flicker.

  25. #25
    Member
    Registered: May 2008
    Location: Southern,California
    wow this was very nice,completed mission but can i get a location for all safety box key,i am missing some,also i only got 2/8 secrets can i get a list of those

    and why is there snow falling on board :P

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