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March 2nd, 2014

Virtual Tourist - Thief 3/2/14

Morning, all!

(Overslept today! Nooooo)

As a player of the original Thief and all its incarnations, me and mine have been super pumped about getting to play Garrett again. Woot! (I've been totally jealous of my husband and daughter, they've been playing since Tuesday! I had to wait - to much to do! Waaaahhh) First person sneakers for the win!



A look at Garrett's city.



You start out in the middle of a robbery. The guy over there is only asleep. Luckily C(crouch) is something I am well acquainted with. Heh heh.



My first look at the city streets.



The night sky.



They've now added birds to the game. Too much movement makes them squawk/sing.



Sunrise.



The opposite side of the bay.



You get some instruction as you go along. Rope arrows are BACK! Just can't really use them often.



Garrett's old pupil. She's way insecure and somewhat blood thirsty. Competitive too.



View looking through key holes. The lock picking interface is kind of fun.



Citizens of the fair city.



Garrett himself.



Erin and I have a mission at the church




Here on the left you can see the tracking bubble (only 1 quest tracks at a time), and the darkness, health, and possibly focus meter. Noise is a factor too, just like in the original games. Oh yeah.

On the right is an icon for water arrows. YES! They brought all 4 arrow types back - rope, water, fire, and moss.



Erin is looking down into the machinations below as we near our goal.



Meet the crazy dude.



Where they keep the jewel we were sent to get.



Yeah, things aren't looking good here.



Nooo definitely not.



Tried to leave before things got too weird, but she was having none of it.



She fell through.



Right into the middle of the chaos.



Guess who falls in after her...



Then I wake up here. Yes, inside a cart pulled by two guys who've definitely seen better days. The city has changed. Disease is rampant. Abuse of power, too. Later I find out I've been missing an entire year...



I also find out I can do something I could not do before - Focus - which makes certain things glow or lets me concentrate.



The city as it looks now.



My current goal, the watch tower, my home.


So far we've been enjoying the game a lot. The art style is good, though kind of rough looking for people. Lots and lots of play with light. Looking forward to seeing how more of it is! And they have collections! Bwahahahaha!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Novels


JEWEL OF THE GODS

(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!


Excerpt:
"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."





INNER DEMONS

(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!


Excerpt:
The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."



THE PRICE OF MERCY

(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Excerpt:

Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.




CROSS-EYED DRAGON TROUBLES
(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.



WILLING SACRIFICE
(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”

Excerpt:

Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”



IN THE SERVICE OF SAMURAI
(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”

Excerpt:

Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.



VASSAL OF EL
(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”

Excerpt:

Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

Info, sample chapters, and free reads at www.gloriaoliver.com

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