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Thread: Hidden Gems, Underrated and Overlooked FMs

  1. #1
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA, Earth

    Hidden Gems, Underrated and Overlooked FMs

    I tried to look for a similar thread to this, but was unsuccessful. If several exist and you feel i am spamming the forum, then I apologize.

    I am looking for recommendations for good, solid missions for T1 and T2 that rarely get mentioned in the typical 'Best FM of All Time' threads, or even in Top 10 threads for that matter. There are so many missions out there (1,000+), yet only about 100 of them or so are normally mentioned. This thread should feature those missions not so epic, monstrous and mesmerizingly complex, but perhaps smaller, simpler, yet intriguing and fun maps.

    I'll start:
    The Saint of Redmound
    The Affairs of Wizards
    Falling Down (strange but cool)
    Lady Lisa's Harbor
    Lost In the Far Edges (not for everyone)
    Precious
    A Weekend Getaway
    Klatremus' Supreme Thief Site - Walkthroughs, Loot Lists & Ghost Reports
    Let's Supreme Ghost Thief - YouTube Channel with Thief Let's Plays

  2. #2
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2009
    Location: thiefgold.com
    Nightmares, a magnificent, surreal campaign. I mention it often among my top favourites, but still feel it doesn't get the recognition it deserves





    Last edited by Azaran; 30th Oct 2018 at 15:48.

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    Member
    Registered: Apr 2016
    Saints and Thieves is a very underrated T2 mission.

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    Classical Master 2008
    Registered: Jun 2002
    Location: Civitas Quinque Ecclesiae HU
    I feel like ObservingEye's Precarious Business didn't get the attention it deserved. It is an excellent Bafford-style mission.

    From the old ones, Ruined 1-3 by RostVogel is creative and ambitious, but I rarely see it mentioned.

  5. #5
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2014
    I loved Secret Connections by DarkThiefDarek, recommended for who likes atmospheric mansion levels.
    Last edited by piesel; 30th Oct 2018 at 19:44.

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    Member
    Registered: Mar 2017
    Hightowne Museum. Simple, yet amazingly crafted mission.

  7. #7
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2011
    Location: Ferrol - Spain
    Focus for Thief2 is a great mission.

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    Member
    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA, Earth
    Great! Several of these I had never even considered.
    Keep 'em coming

    I should add Sir William's Keep by Wille.

  9. #9
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: The Inverted Manse
    Anything by BBB.

  10. #10
    Member
    Registered: May 2008
    Location: Southern,California
    anything by cardia and dront

  11. #11
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2009
    Location: Argentina
    Watery Grave by Squadarofl.

  12. #12
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2007
    Location: Krull Island, in the pub
    - Happy New Year, Mr. Lambert and
    - Turn of the tide

    are really great missions with a unique yet very thiefy atmosphere and gameplay.

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    BANNED
    Registered: Nov 2006
    A lot of stuff in the OP is stuff I rated pretty highly in my FMsel data.

    So here are some people may or may not have played, two of the 72hr contest missions from 2015;

    Dirty Money by Drk
    Vanishing Point by Skacky

    Short-ish missions with a lot going for them in terms of exploration, despite being made in 72 hours or less.

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    Clearinghouse
    Registered: Aug 2002
    Location: Siberia, Russia
    Zealot's Hollow by Xorak.
    Upside Down by Zontik.
    Last edited by clearing; 31st Oct 2018 at 09:06.

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    Moderator
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: Wales
    If there's enough interest and suggestions, I'm up for adding (assuming there's space and everything else in the thread doesn't go bananas) a Hidden Gems category to the Fan Mission by Type thread but I'd want names of missions and 'anything by BBB or cardia and dront', though absolutely accurate, isn't very helpful. In the meantime, I'll add this to the Links thread.

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    Archivist
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: Museum of the Ancients
    Excellent idea for a thread.

    I'll remember these small FMs which I enjoyed tremendously but are seldomly spoken of:
    - The Cell Next Door, by Francine
    - The Focus (contest 5 entry), by Ramirez's Old Fat Burrick
    - The Royal Garmyth, by Hidden in Shadows
    - The Cistern, by Gumdrop

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    Member
    Registered: May 2001
    Location: Boston MA
    Lord Edmund Entertains
    All by Melan and Skacky
    The Burgomaster
    Lorgans Web
    The Keep

    So many more. The above are just quick thoughts.

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    Desperately Dodgy Moderator
    Registered: Nov 2001
    Location: Dragonsreach
    Love this thread. However...
    Quote Originally Posted by bbb View Post
    All by Melan and Skacky.
    While these guys are two of my favorite authors, I wouldn't call any of their missions "hidden gems" as their works are well known to most players. I think the point here is to name great missions either by more obscure authors, or which are among the least well known missions by an otherwise known author.

  19. #19
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2013
    Saints and Thieves
    Dark Messiah
    Durant
    Mystic Gems (series)
    Two Fathers

    I wish my memory was more reliable, I think I could've had some more obscure recommendations that this. I played every mission is a very short time span so they all kind of blend together.

    Also in FMSel I've consistently rated missions by Uncadonego, PsymH, Ottoj55, and Haplo with high ratings and I don't see their missions talked about much.

  20. #20
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA, Earth
    These are all awesome recommendations. However, like a few of you mentioned, I'd like to refocus the suggestions to specific missions, and not authors in general. Also, the thread should mainly suggest less talked about, perhaps more obscure missions, most likely by less known authors. It doesn't have to be missions that will be well liked by everybody, but could be more niche missions, either you love it or hate it kind of thing.

    A good example is 'Lost In the Far Edges' by Soul Tear. I loved that mission, but I also completely understand those who hated it. If I had played it as a beginner, I would've torn my hair out. Though I still maintain it's a mission everyone should try. And I challenge everyone on this forum to ironman it...

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    Member
    Registered: Oct 2012
    All for a Nights Sleep by Morrgan

  22. #22
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2007
    Location: Krull Island, in the pub
    Quote Originally Posted by Yandros View Post
    Love this thread. However...

    While these guys are two of my favorite authors, I wouldn't call any of their missions "hidden gems" as their works are well known to most players. I think the point here is to name great missions either by more obscure authors, or which are among the least well known missions by an otherwise known author.
    I totally agree, because these two authors have "enough" and well deserved fame in the community due to their mostly T1 and TG styled, easy to recognize building style.

    Just to name a few others:

    The Rustler
    Forgotten forest 1
    Midday Escape

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    Master Builder 2018
    Registered: Jan 2008
    Location: The lovers the dreamers and me
    Most of these aren't obscure, so much as a bit older. In no particular order:

    Third Time's the Charm
    A Smuggler's Request
    Being Thief
    The Sun Within and the Sun Without
    Among Two Storms
    Ashen Age
    Curse of the Carnival
    Embracing the Enemy
    Hush Hush Sweet Harlot
    The Vigil
    Equilibrium
    Hidden Agenda
    Journey into the Underdark
    And, last but not least, Benny's Dead (the first FM I ever played!)

    Quick edit that I included the above because with the huge library of FM's that the community has amassed over the years, and constantly growing community, a lot of the older ones can become "obscure". Hope you can find something in this list that you might have missed.. they're all fun to play, and there are so many more I could list, too!
    Last edited by pukey brunster; 1st Nov 2018 at 15:02.

  24. #24
    Master Builder 2018
    Registered: Jul 2008
    Here are a few, though like Pukey said, there are so many more (if I could only remember them).

    Evirath's Misery
    A Theft in Hightowne
    Ranstall Keep
    Cult of the Resurrection
    Events in Highrock
    The Order of the Vine
    Returning a Favor
    Augustine's Revenge
    So Long Hammers
    A Cop in the Shadows

    A few of these might be too well known, but are old enough that maybe many new players wouldn't hear about them in a "Best FM" list.

  25. #25
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2006
    Location: Vault 101
    Quote Originally Posted by Melan View Post
    From the old ones, Ruined 1-3 by RostVogel is creative and ambitious, but I rarely see it mentioned.
    This a hundred times. Such an underrated gem.

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