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The Black Parade: A Thief's Interquel Adventure Unveiled by Marc Leblanc

In the realm of Thief modding, a universe all its own, where shadows hold secrets and stealth is king, there emerged a gem that stole the hearts of fa...

Zack Zwiezen Feb 03, 2024
The Black Parade: A Thief's Interquel Adventure Unveiled by Marc Leblanc

In the realm of Thief modding, a universe all its own, where shadows hold secrets and stealth is king, there emerged a gem that stole the hearts of fans everywhere. The Black Parade, a celebrated mod, now takes center stage, bridging the gap between the classic stealth games Thief: The Dark Project and Thief 2: The Metal Age. And who better to guide us through this interquel adventure than the illustrious Marc Leblanc, a former Looking Glass developer and mastermind behind the original Thief and System Shock games?

Prepare to be enthralled as Leblanc, with his trademark wit and wisdom, returns to the limelight, streaming his escapades on Twitch and YouTube. After his triumphant journey through Nightdive's remarkable System Shock Remake, he immerses himself in the shadows once more, venturing into the depths of The Black Parade. With its sprawling 10-level campaign, this mod stands tall among its peers, boasting colossal levels, fresh voice acting, ingenious gadgets, and dynamic interactions that will leave you breathless. Imagine house servants diligently erasing any trace of your sound-dampening moss arrows or relighting torches you've stealthily extinguished. It's a thief's dream come true!

Renowned YouTube reviewer MandaloreGaming has even proclaimed that The Black Parade might just be the pinnacle of the series, a shining jewel that outshines its predecessors even after all these years. High praise indeed, and a testament to the dedication and creativity of the modding community.

As Leblanc takes the plunge into The Black Parade's monumental first level, he finds himself in awe of its custom user interface. Being the original author of the user interface code, he can't help but marvel at the complexity of the mod's UI, offering a humble apology for the challenges it presents. Oh, the trials and tribulations of code from yesteryear!

But fear not, fellow thieves, for Leblanc proves himself to be one of us. He stumbles, he saves, and he experiments with knocking out unsuspecting civilians, just like any self-respecting thief would. In a delightful turn of events, a viewer points out that Leblanc is keeping his weapons drawn, inadvertently making himself more visible in the darkness—a feature he himself had implemented back in 1998. Oh, the irony! "Putting away arrows makes you less visible"—a line of code that he penned, now forgotten. But the laughter that ensues is a testament to the shared experiences of gamers and developers alike.

At the time of writing, Leblanc's thrilling playthrough has ventured into the depths of mission 3 in The Black Parade. You can join in the excitement by following his Twitch and YouTube channels, where his VODs await your eager eyes. And if you're itching to embark on this modding marvel yourself, fear not, for it awaits you on ModDB. But remember, dear thieves, a true Thief's definitive Gold edition can be yours for a mere buck on GOG. So gather your stealth and unravel the mysteries of The Black Parade, for the shadows beckon, and adventure awaits!

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