- TDP = Thief: The Dark Project
- TG = Thief Gold
- T2 = Thief II: The Metal Age
- AI = Artificial Intelligence (bad guys)
- TEG = Thief Editor's Guild
TABLE OF CONTENTS (click a topic to jump to that section)
- The Art of Sneaking
- Combat - Know Your Enemy
- Looting - Pillage & Plunder
- Playing Styles
- Ask Questions - Links to Other Help
THE ART OF
1) Walk - Don't Run
There are three speeds - Running,
Walking, and Creeping. In your control
options, bind each to a key that is easy
to reach and remember. Running makes a lot of noise, especially on staircases and
tile floors, but you would be amazed
how easy it is to creep down or across
Crouching will allow you to sneak
behind guards more easily. You can also
conceal your visibility some by
crouching. Make sure to use this feature
when looking for secrets and loot.
Corners and trap doors are hard to see
standing straight up.
Don't forget to look up. Some areas
may seem impassible, until you realize
that you can avoid a guard by going over their heads, or even climbing a rope and
letting them pass beneath you on a patrol
route. Always retrieve rope arrows as they
can be hard to come by.
4) Use Potions
Speed and Invisibility potions are
invaluable ways to get through crowded areas
quickly and peacefully. Experiment with
both to learn their duration.
5) Stay Hidden
While this may seem obvious, fps
players are used to blasting or hacking their way through enemy territory. In Thief,
the best strategy is to hide, observe patrol
patterns, and douse torches to provide
more shadows for hiding. Note that most
weapons (with the exception of the
blackjack) cause you to be more visible -
the sword even slows you down. Keep
weapons concealed until needed, and
make sure they don't expose you when
COMBAT - KNOW YOUR ENEMY:
1) Awareness Levels
Read up on the AI awareness levels in
the FAQ under the AI section. Assessing
the awareness level of the enemy is very
important in knowing how much noise
or movement you can get away with at a
2) Make Them Work For You
Did you know that zombies will
attack Burricks and Spiders? Or other
humans? One of the best way to distract
humans or cause a diversion is to lead a
zombie into their midst. They should
forget about you and deal with their new
friend while you make a quick getaway.
3) You Can't Win...But There Are Alternatives to Fighting
Though your first inclination is to grab
your sword when facing an enemy, the flash-bomb/blackjack combo is more
effective. If the enemy is far enough
away, you may be able to toss a mine or
gas mine in his/her path- just account
for the time it takes to set itself. Even a flash-bomb will usually give you enough
time to become scarce, provided you
don't blind yourself in the process (T2).
Do anything to avoid a swordfight.
enemies succumb to
Humans hate blades and arrows, while
zombies are susceptible only to holy
water arrows, fire arrows, or possibly a
mine. Bug-beasts will only fall to a gas
arrow or gas mine (though you can kill
them with a sword if you can avoid the
bug blast for the duration of the attack).
Spend some time experimenting with
weapons and enemies so you can better
deal with them when the need arises.
LOOTING - PILLAGE & PLUNDER
1) Get it all!
The more loot you steal, the more
equipment you can buy for the next
mission. You can check the amount of
loot available in each mission by looking
at the 'STATS' screen after the 'mission
failed' or 'mission complete' screen. If
necessary, save your game and allow
Garrett to be killed so you can check
this. The 'stats' button is on the bottom
right. Complete loot maps and lists are available here at The Keepers' Chapel.
2) Know where to look
Loot lists are available at here at Keepers' Chapel. One advantage to
familiarizing yourself with 'DromEd'- the
Thief level editor- is that you can look in
each mission using the program and
'dump' items to find all the loot
locations. Learn more about this process
from the Thief Editor's Guild at The
Circle of Stone And Shadow site.
Knowing a bit about DromEd can also
help you recognize 'secrets' by looking
for uneven or discolored textures, misaligned areas in the maps, etc.
DromEd is available in the TG and T2 install cd's, and you can download the DromEd2 patch from the TEG.
1) Expert Level
Many players avoid the expert level
because Garrett is not allowed to kill
humans at this setting. However, the
expert level setting offers the most game play because there are more
objectives, some of which are revealed
halfway through, or at the end of the
mission. There are new areas to explore,
and greater obstacles to overcome, as
well as a higher loot requirement. Expert
setting is the true Thief experience.
2) "Lytha Style"
Read more about 'Lytha Style' in the
FAQ. This style involves completing the
mission without dealing any damage to
enemies. Some players have completed all
12 TDP missions with a "0" stat for
damage dealt! This is a challenge for the
seasoned Thief, and takes the player
beyond the boundaries of intended play.
This style also involves collecting all of
the available loot for each mission. For
more info check out www.Lytha.com.
Though not exactly a 'style' of play,
many Thieves have taking to climbing
anything and everything that can be
reached in the map. This can involve the
roofs of houses such as Constantine's and Ramirez, or the top of the Hammer
temple or Haunted Chapel. Stack boxes,
junk, skeletons, or anything else you can
find to climb on and go for it. One of
the best views is from the top of the
Mage Tower arches in TG. Get climbing
instructions in the Walkthrough.
ASK QUESTIONS - LINKS TO OTHER HELP
1) Listen & Look
In Thief, much of the information
you will need comes from cut scenes,
scrolls, papyrus', books, and
conversations within the game. There are
some missions in which it could prove
impossible to complete the objectives
without information provided in these
sources. Read everything you come across
for clues about the plot. Hide and listen
to as many conversations as possible for
hints about key or character locations. Be
sure to watch all of the between mission cut scenes in order to understand your
mission objectives. Thief is unlike other
FPS's where you will 'eventually figure it
out.' You must be observant and
attentive to reach your goals.
2) TTLG Forums
A friendly community of fellow
taffers who are more than willing to
answer questions and give advice. There is
no charge, but you must register and
promise to use the search function before
starting new topics. Others before you
have probably had the same question.
This is also the best place to find help for technical problems, software bugs, and
general install difficulties. Thief forums
are at the bottom of the page.
3) The Dark Forum
Run by our good friend Shadow
Lurker at The Dark Site. Smaller
community, but one of the best Thief
sites on the web.
4) Contact Keeper
E-mail our site with specific questions
regarding missions, loot, hints, maps,
secrets, or strategies.
This site offers a 'newbie corner' with
hints and tips from one of the most
experienced Thieves on the web. Also
contains tips for playing 'Lytha style' and
many climbing excursions in TDP and
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