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Originally created to follow Looking Glass Studios and their games, these days we are many things to different people. Whether you wish to discuss the games themselves and fan content, enjoy games inspired by the legacy of the game studio or just enjoy chatting about games or life in general - Welcome!

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6th Dec 2002
EA No Longer Own System Shock? - Dave - 15:33
I've just been reading major gaming news sites and have found an article here on that has the following sentence in it:
...according to EA UK, System Shock is no longer one of its licences...

Don't read too much into it folks! It may not be true, but if it is its a start toward Shock 3!

3rd Dec 2002
Warren on the Future of Gaming - Dan - 08:42
Gamespy has been doing a series of interviews with various developers about what they think about the Future of Gaming. This time they walk with Warren Spector. He says just about what we hope and expect he'll say. ;)

Read up here.

27th Nov 2002
Floodgate teams with Bioware - Dan - 08:19
The topic says it. But this is not the place to discuss such things. Head over to for the news. :)
13th Nov 2002
Digital Nightfall's review of Arx Fatalis - Dan - 06:46
Click here to read the review. I really liked the game, but was also tough on it. Click the link to see for yourself.
5th Nov 2002
Thief III Designer Leaves Ion Storm - Dave - 16:46
Emil Pagliarulo, a designer on Thief I & II at Looking Glass and had started work on the third installment at Ion Storm has resigned.
Emil, responsible for some of the best gaming maps ever has left to work for Bethesda Softworks on Elder Scrolls "stuff".
Here's what the man had to say here on our forums.
Hey all,

Well, this isn't REALLY a farewell, since I'll still be floating around the Thief forums. But I just wanted to let you guys know that my time with the Thief series has officially ended. It was a great run, and I had a blast, but in the end I decided it was time for a change.

I'm now at Bethesda, working as a designer on the Elder Scrolls series (you know, Morrowind-type goodness). I've always loved Bethesda's games, and have always wanted to help make them. Now's my chance.

Rest assured, Thief 3 is in great hands! I like to think I did some good work on the project before I left, and you can be sure that everyone else is producing great stuff as well.

Well, anyway, stay Thiefy, and I'll see you in the Bethesda forums!

Well, there you have it. Good luck to Emil in his new job and thanks for some great gaming moments!

9th Oct 2002
TTLGear is here!! - MsLedd - 00:12
Yes, that's right... The very first edition of the much-anticipated Official TTLGear is now available for purchase at the TTLG Online Store.

People have been screaming about it for months, and it's finally here! The first TTLGear design item is a high-quality T-shirt. Depending upon interest and positive feedback, we will add other items to the list of available "Stuff".

You wanted it, now GO GET IT! Be the first on your block to sport the latest in L33T-ware, let the world know that "Everything Else Is Ass".
(oh and support TTLG)

Kudos to Gingerbread Man for the AWESOME flagship design!!
30th Sep 2002
Updated Arx Fatalis Demo (English) - Dan - 18:56
Remember that buggy old demo we loved anyway because it was as cool? Yeah, the old Arx Fatalis demo (the english version, natch.) :)

Well Arkane has released an updated version of that very demo, but with bug fixes to bring it up to date with the version that just went gold.

Thank you, 3DGamers for telling me about the demo (hint: Download it from their site - they're cool).

16th Sep 2002
Looking Glass Studios... The Book? - Dan - 14:05
I have a message to relay to you all:
To all Looking Glass fans everywhere:

Hi folks. I'm a gaming journalist who's written several articles about Looking Glass Studios, Thief, and related subjects in recent years, for both gamer and mainstream publications. I'm now working on an opportunity that should be of great interest to a lot of you, and my friends at TTLG have generously agreed to help out with that:

I am talking with a major tech publisher about writing a book on the history of Looking Glass Studios: its rise, its fall, and the developers who now carry on in the Looking Glass spirit. It'll be in-depth and personality-intensive, but also include a lot of technical and creative nitty gritty for industry members and gamers, especially regarding LGS's major games like Thief, System Shock, and Ultima Underworld. Because Looking Glass' fans are such an integral part of their success-- and because the Fan Mission developers are doing such amazing things-- I also plan to devote a chapter to TTLG, its spinoffs, and the FM community.

The trouble is, while the publisher really likes the book proposal, they're not sure there's a large enough audience to justify an entire book devoted to Looking Glass Studios. (The book would be for an imprint primarily catering to the game industry, which somewhat narrows its potential audience.)

That's where you come in: I'm convinced that there must be thousands of hardcore LGS fans who aren't necessarily in the game industry, but would love to buy and read such a book. And I would love your help, to prove that to the publisher. If we can, it'll boost our chances of committing the Looking Glass story to posterity-- a rare thing, in the notoriously short-attention span of the gaming medium. But if computer games ever stand a chance of truly becoming the new medium of the 21st century, the story of Looking Glass is something that needs to be told.

So check out the poll to the right, register your vote, and make yourself heard! (And send your fellow gamer friends this way, too.)

Many thanks,

Anonymous Journalist and Dedicated Thief Lover

There you have it. We need over a thousand votes. If you are registered in the forum, Go here and vote, rather than using the website poll. If you are not registered on the forums, and don't want to be, then please use the poll on the site.

Please do not vote more than once, either by using multiple forum identities, voting on the site and the forum, voting on multiple sites (i.e. TTLG & The Circle) or other various and easy-to-do ways of voting more than once. We need a thousand real votes... not a bunch of fake votes.

Please do tell all your friends, and as many other gaming sites as you can. Spread the word out. Let people know we need votes.

Thank you.

10th Sep 2002
Latest Thievery patch nearly ready... - Hanse - 19:04

Dalai informs us that the latest Thievery patch is very close to being ready. 1.2 includes some new maps, as well as the expected tweaking and bug crushing.  Go take a closer look at the Thievery site for a sneak preview of some of the new features!

Thanks Dalai!

8th Sep 2002
ION Storm needs a few <strike>good</strike> awesome men/women. - Dan - 22:36
Hey kids. ION Storm is hiring again! If you know you have what it takes, go for it! Make our Thief 3 & Deux Ex 2 dreams come true! :)