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Thievery (or Thievery UT) is a total conversion for Unreal Tournament, heavily inspired by the games of the Thief series, developed by the independent development team Black Cat Games.

This is a multiplayer-focused total conversion, meant to test the stealthy gameplay concepts of Thief in a multiplayer environment, and also serve as a bit of an alternative to the lack of multiplayer in the Thief Trilogy. (Thief II: The Metal Age was originally meant to include multiplayer, but the feature had to be scrapped due to lack of time and financial issues at Looking Glass Studios.)

In Thievery, individual players can choose to be part of two teams: Thieves and Guards. Notably, both the equipment and the tactics and methods of the two teams differ significantly. Thief team characters specialise in stealthy tactics and various gadgets, while characters from the guard team focus on more overt confrontation and on more straightforward weaponry.

Black Cat Games mission statement

Thievery is a project that hopes to bring the award-winning gameplay and style of Thief: The Dark Project and Thief II: The Metal Age to an Unreal Tournament based multi-player and single-player format, that does justice to Looking Glass Studios's artistic vision for a Thief Multi-player game that was planned before they sadly closed due to financial problems.

Features

Thievery currently has the following two gametypes:

  • Thieves vs Guards - the oft played gametype, best with more players, this pits a team of human thieves against a team of AI and human guards.
  • Thiefmatch - this gametype isn't team based, it is every thief for himself. The human thieves compete against each other and the AI guards to achieve the objectives. Points are awarded for finding loot, achieving objectives and killing other thieves.

The guide concentrates on the more popular TvG gametype. Thiefmatch is still in early alpha stages and will likely change in the future.

Thieves team

This is an overview of thief gameplay (see above link) and thief equipment (see tables below, click "Show".

Weaponry

Image Name Description Cost
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - Blackjack.jpg Blackjack The thieves' most powerful weapon. A single blow to the back of the head of an unsuspecting guard will knock him out cold. If the guard is wearing a helmet, be sure to use a heavy hit (hold the attack button down for a few seconds before releasing) or you will have to hit them 3 times to knock them out. N/A
100px Sword An option for the more violent thief. Tapping the attack button will do a quick swipe, holding the button down for a short time before letting go will do a heavy overhead smash. The sword will slow a thief down slightly when he is wielding it. A heavy hit on an unalert guard will likely kill him (note, human players are always alert). 250
100px Shortbow The thieves' bow can fire a number of different arrows over a great distance. Holding down the attack button for longer will pull the bowstring back more, making the arrow fire faster and further. With the bow readied, the thief is considerably slowed down, and so this more useful for sneaky sniping than for all out fights. N/A
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - BroadheadArrow.jpg Broadhead arrows A standard damaging arrow. Shooting a guard in the back will do more damage than the front. Hitting an unalert guard in the back with one of these will kill him. 50
for a set of 5
100px Water arrows This arrow holds a small amount of water at the tip which splashes over the target. Use it to extinguish torches to give yourself more shadow to hide in. It will also put out tag bolts, flare arrows and flares. Splashing a Whistler trap with water will disable it. You can also use water arrows to wash away tell-tale blood splats. 30
100px Vine arrows The vine arrow will stick into a wooden surface and will drop a rope down, letting you climb up. You can pull the vine out of the surface to retrieve it after use, or if an unwanted person is following you up the rope. 50
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - MossArrow.jpg Moss arrows Aiming the moss arrow at a surface will cause it to detonate and grow small patches of moss. These will quieten any footsteps and neutralise caltrops. 50
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - FootstepArrow.jpg Footstep arrows When this arrow hits a surface, it will emit a series of footstep sounds similar to a person walking on that surface. Can be used to distract guards. 30
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - CrackArrow.jpg Crack arrows This arrow is coated in a potent poison that will blur the target's vision and make them spin about dizzy. Useful to put a guard temporarily out of action while you escape or grab the loot. 50
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - FlareArrow.jpg Flare arrows This arrow is used in the ThiefMatch gametype. The arrow will ignite on impact, similar to a guard's tag bolt, providing an illuminating flame for 15 seconds. 30

Tools and gadgets

Image Name Description Cost
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - Flare.jpg Flare This will burn and light up an area for 16 seconds. Can be used to explore the dark and dingy corners. If a torch has been put out, simply touch a burning flare against the sconce to relight it. Note, you cannot use your weapons while holding a flare. You can throw the flare to free your hands and pick it up again if necessary. 50
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - Flashbomb.jpg Flashbomb The flashbomb is thrown at the ground in front of an enemy, it will detonate with a bright flash that will temporarily blind anyone who looks at it or is nearby. Thieves are less affected than guards. Try to aim the flashbomb in front of the target, as it will blind them for longer. Useful if guards are bunching up in an area, as it will blind them all. 100
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - HealthPotion.jpg Health potion The thief starts with 100 health points. When injured, drinking a health potion will restore 25 points. 50
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - CatfallPotion.jpg Catfall potion After drinking this, for a few seconds the thief can land safely and quietly on any surface. Can be used to make daring leaps off buildings. 30
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - InvisibilityPotion.jpg Invisibility potion This potion will grant you 10 seconds of invisibility. Note, clever guards can still track your footstep noises. You can carry a maximum of 2 of these. 100
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - BreathingPotion.jpg Breathing potion When underwater and running out of air, drinking this will restore your lungs full of oxygen, allowing you to swim further underwater. 50
50px Speed potion Drinking this will make you run twice as fast for 10 seconds. This is useful for escaping when caught red handed, making a dash for an important item, or reaching the exit before the guards stop you. 100
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - Lockpicks.jpg Lockpicks You can use these to unlock locked doors. Not all locks can be picked. You can also use the lockpicking tools to disable mines. 100

Guards team

This is an overview of guard gameplay (see above link) and guard equipment (see tables below, click "Show".

Weaponry

Image Name Description Cost
100px Sword The basic guard melee weapon. Tapping the attack button will do a quick swipe, holding the button down for a short time before letting go will do a heavy overhead smash. The sword is a light weapon for a strong guard and won't slow you down when you have it readied. 250
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - Mace.jpg Mace The guard's heavy melee weapon. The mace has two attacks like the sword, but is slower and does considerably more damage. Wielding a mace will slow the guard down, so is not so good for chases. 300
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - Crossbow.jpg Crossbow The guard's ranged weapon can fire a variety of bolts. Just point and shoot. Over distance you have to compensate for gravity by aiming up slightly. Beware, the crossbow has long load times between each shot and will slow the guard down when he's wielding it. N/A
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - CrossbowBolt.jpg Standard bolts A fast firing, damaging bolt. 50
for a set of 5
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - CrossbowBolt.jpg Tag bolts Upon hitting a surface, this bolt will light up with a blue flame, illuminating the surrounding area for 15 seconds. Good for pinpointing a thief that has hidden in the shadows. The bolt will stick into its target, so is useful for "tagging" a thief, stopping him from hiding in the shadows no matter where he runs. 30
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - CrossbowBolt.jpg Paralyse bolts Shooting a thief with one of these will root him to the spot, ideal for smashing to bits with a heavy melee weapon. 50
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - CrossbowBolt.jpg Fire bolts This fires a slow moving, burning, explosive projectile that also lights up the area as it travels. When it hits something, it explodes in a burst of flame, setting fire to anyone nearby. If you get caught on fire, you can dive underwater to put the flames out, or if you're feeling evil, you can run into a nearby enemy to set them on fire too. Note, do not fire this while running forwards as you will detonate the arrow on yourself. 100

Tools and gadgets

Image Name Description Cost
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - guardheadcythe.jpg Helmet This gives you better protection against the thieves' blackjack. Without a helmet, a single blow to the back of the head will knock you out. Wearing a helmet means you can take 3 normal hits, or 1 heavy hit. 60
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - Flare.jpg Flare Use the flare to light up an area to spot a troublesome hiding thief. If a torch has been put out, simply touch a burning flare against the sconce to relight it. Note, you cannot use your weapons while holding a flare. You can throw the flare to free your hands and pick it up again if necessary. The flare burns for 16 seconds. 50
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - Mine.jpg Mine An explosive device that detonates when touched. Put these around the target areas on the map to stop the thieves from reaching their objectives. You and your team-mates can set these off too, so be careful not to tread on them. Note, the AI guards do not set these off. The thieves can use their lockpicks to disable mines. You can carry a maximum of 2 mines. 50
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - HealthPotion.jpg Health potion The guard starts with 125 health points. When injured, drinking a health potion will restore 25 points. 50
50px Speed potion Drinking this will make you run twice as fast for 10 seconds, good for chasing thieves or to rush to guard the exit if the thieves have completed their objectives. 100
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - Caltrop.jpg Caltrops A four spiked trap that hurts and paralyses a thief if he treads on it. Again, place these around key places, e.g. target items or the exit point. Guards can safely walk on these due to their thick metal boots, making these an ideal trap to place on well travelled corridors linking important places. The thieves can use their moss arrows to neutralise caltrops. You can carry a maximum of 6 caltrops. 30
for a set of 3
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - RepairTool.jpg Repair tools These tools can be used by guards to repair broken Whistlers. 40
Thievery UT by Black Cat games - Whistler.jpg Whistler trap This golden machine will light up and make a shrill whistle whenever a Thief gets near. They are sensitive to nearby motion, so if a thief moves slowly, he can get fairly close without triggering the trap. The thieves can disable whistlers with a water arrow. You can carry a maximum of 2 Whistlers. 120

List of multiplayer maps

An overview of all the multiplayer maps available for Thievery UT.

Image Name Description Notes
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See also

  • Nightblade - A spiritual successor to Thievery by Black Cat Games, no longer in development.
  • Thievery 2 - An effort to create a sequel to Thievery using a newer UDK.

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