Rarely seen and never caught, Garrett is a master thief — the best who ever was. Able to sneak past any guard, pick any lock, and break into the most ingeniously secured residences, he steals from the rich and gives to himself, making a living in the dark and foreboding City. Here crime and corruption are commonplace, wealthy nobles prey on the poor and each other, and magic and machinery coexist uneasily. World-weary and cynical, Garrett wants nothing more than to be left alone to ply his trade. But things never work out that way.

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In most of the previous releases of the Sneaky Upgrade the editor, T3Ed, has not seen many changes. Mainly for the benefit of an ongoing, very ambitious fan mission project, this release makes up for that, as most of the original annoyances have now been fixed:

  • Property storage has been expanded from the original 61440 slots to 1 million in all executables
  • T3Ed file browsers will now remember the last-used paths
  • All logs have been moved to a dedicated folder, now always using the name "sound.xml" to prevent old sound logs piling up
  • Removed attempts to make network connections, which would trigger a firewall message
  • When exiting the trigger script manager in T3Ed, only scripts that have been edited are written out - much faster!
  • T3Ed no longer loads Options.ini, preventing a Viktoria error caused by the MultiSampling setting

With the old property storage limit some work-arounds were needed in the game exe to make the combined Cradle map in T3 Gold and the largest fan missions playable, at least if you wanted to be able to save. That restriction (and the work-arounds) are now gone - much larger maps are now possible, although build time, loading time or something else emerging in T3Ed is expected to set a practical limit around 2-3 times the size of the T3G Cradle.

Here is an example, where the combined Cradle map from Thief 3 Gold has been cloned twice:

triple cradle ed

...and here it is running. After 3 saves the total max exceeds the original limit by a factor of 3.4.

triple cradle gm

Other new functionality in this version:

  • New menu item in T3Ed: File > Export IBT and GMP
  • New menu item in T3Ed: Build > Play Level with Game Exe launches the Release version without using a .bat file
  • The game exes now use the same Options file (except for the Resolution setting)
  • T3Main now has a "propstatus" console command to monitor property use (as seen above)

The IBT export function was available before but required you hold a modifier key while clicking a menu item - much more straightforward now. Additionally, for whatever reason, the IBT generation process fails to include one shader in the Kernel IBT, so the export function now takes care of that by copying any shaders that are referenced after Kernel_GFXALL.ibt has been closed.

The 1.1.9 Editor Edition installer has some fixes and will now help with setting up an editor install, which is now as easy as this:

  • Make a copy of your Thief 3 game install in a neutral location, say C:\Games\Thief3Ed
  • Download the editor pack and extract the contents into the editor install. Replace files when asked
  • Install the SU Editor Edition 1.1.9 into the editor install. Use the installer's options to remove unneeded files and any old logs
  • Use the desktop shortcut to launch the editor

Here's a video showing the installation process:

Of course, if you are interested in making Thief-style levels but have no prior attachment to any of the games you will be better off by learning editing for the The Dark Mod, which is free, open source, quite awesome and has an active community... TDM is based on Doom 3, which is from the same generation of games as Thief 3, so graphically similar.

Sneaky Upgrade 1.1.9 released

Sneaky Upgrade 1.1.9 released

Thief 3 Sneaky Upgrade 2 comments

Improved configurability for the Minimalist Project, fix for multi-monitor cursor issues, new Fonts mod.

Sneaky Upgrade 1.1.7 released - adding the GarrAT mod

Sneaky Upgrade 1.1.7 released - adding the GarrAT mod

Thief 3 Sneaky Upgrade 3 comments

Also, a loading text tweak, display selection, multicore mode (YMMV) and an improved installer. And the patched game will again launch from Steam etc.

Sneaky Upgrade 1.1.6 released

Sneaky Upgrade 1.1.6 released

Thief 3 Sneaky Upgrade 2 comments

More tweaks, a loot list fix, and GOG users get their Alt-Tab, brightness and vsync back.

Sneaky Upgrade 1.1.5.2 released - Italians take note!

Sneaky Upgrade 1.1.5.2 released - Italians take note!

Thief 3 Sneaky Upgrade

A couple of important bug fixes and improved logging.

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Sneaky Upgrade Beta 1.1.8.517

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Beta version of the Full Edition. Obsolete, get 1.1.9 instead.

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Thief 3 Loot Hunter

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Crude tool for locating loot, keys and arrows in Thief 3 and (primarily) its fan missions. Be sure to read the readme!

Sneaky Upgrade Editor Edition

Sneaky Upgrade Editor Edition

Thief 3 Sneaky Upgrade Patch

Unofficial patches for the Thief 3 Editor: Have multiple independent editor installs, launch the patched game exe through "Send to Xbox", generate IBT...

Sneaky Upgrade Full Edition

Sneaky Upgrade Full Edition

Thief 3 Sneaky Upgrade Patch 25 comments

Unofficial patch for Thief 3: Bugfixes, widescreen support, GUI tweaks, FM loading. This version includes the mods The Collective Texture Pack, Garrett...

Sneaky Upgrade Update Edition

Sneaky Upgrade Update Edition

Thief 3 Sneaky Upgrade Patch 2 comments

Unofficial patch for Thief 3: Bugfixes, widescreen support, GUI tweaks, FM loading. Much smaller download for when there's no changes to the bundled mods...

Texture Pack Cleaner v1.12

Texture Pack Cleaner v1.12

The Collective Thief - Deadly Shadows Texture Pack Installer Tool

If the texture pack installer prevents you from installing it, this little tool will remove old registry strings that are left over from previous installs...

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dumpydoodaa
dumpydoodaa

The saying"they don't make em like this anymore" applies here in spades.

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Selyp
Selyp

If you want to play this game in widescreen check this video - Youtube.com

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brody9311
brody9311

Good game.

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SteveZombie
SteveZombie

One of the best games of all time.

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LORDDEREX
LORDDEREX

Going to get thief 3 so fast as i play thro thief 2 The Metal Age.

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ibz
ibz

This game is really good. I have it, but am still trying to get better at mapping with hl2 to make a good map with thief.I loved this game. First time i playeditwas when i was about 9, (five years ago) and this was the sequel to that game.So sickkk.

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Varsity
Varsity

Mapping for HL2 is quite different from mapping for Thief. :s

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Ichiman94
Ichiman94

yeah the hl2 uses additive mapping and the unreal uses sbtractive mappping...

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord

A fun game definitely. Best played by people up for sneaky gameplay that like skulking around in shadows jabbing people from behind. Coming from the same direction as Deus-Ex did you can already estimate what kind of quality and love to details await you in that title.

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Sallycin
Sallycin

I didn't know either, I want it now! :)

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Thief 3 is a truly wonderful game. You play as Garret - a master thief who is employed by the keepers (the people who trained him before he went on his own way) to save the city. As Garret, you go about breaking into many places from Cathedrals, Nobleman's houses to haunted houses and Pagan places of worship. There are many ways you can go about to finish your mission, will you go about killing people and using your best equipment to get through a mission? Or will you be a true master thief manoeuvring…

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