If you want to try something a little different after you've played Thief 2, you could always try one of the many (over 700
and ever growing) Fan Missions released for the game.
You can find Thief 2 missions at the Thief Missions
Once you have a few, you may be tempted to put them straight into your DataTempMods folder but hold on there! It's not that easy.
Long story short, Fan Missions (FMs) may not be 100% functional if you do this. Luckily, The NewDark version of Thief 2 comes with a Fan Mission loader called FMSel
To use FMSel, Right click on Thief 2 in your Steam Games list and click Properties.
Click Set Launch Options
and in that box, enter in -fm
and click OK.
When you launch Thief 2 again, FMSel will start and ask you to create an FMs directory. Click Yes.
Once you've done that, FMSel will ask you to specify a folder in which you keep your FMs so put all your FMs in one folder and have FMSel use that folder.
Once you've done that, FMSel will list all the FMs it finds in that folder.
From here you can do many different things:Skip FM
- Will Launch Thief 2 without using any FM.Play FM
- Will Launch Thief 2 with the currently selected FM. It will ask you to Extract Archive which, when Yes is selected, will install the FM into the FMs folder.Start FM
- Will Launch Thief 2 with the currently selected FM and set your Status to 'Playing' (I presume this is used for things like Windows Live Messenger and other software)
You can also rate your FMs, Search for an FM in the Name
text bar, Read any Readmes inside (Right click > View Info File) and many other things.
Here are some questions you may have:All my Thief 2 save files have gone! What have you done?!
Don't Panic! Your save files are still there. When Thief Gold is launched with an FM, you get to have seperate saves! These are stored in your FMs
folder. Every time you launch that FM, you'll see your saves there again from the last time you played.Will my installed mods work with an FM?
They should do but it depends on the FM; some use custom health indicators and light gems so they will take priority when loaded. Other then that, mods should work OK.Can I install mods this way too?
No.Will Thief 1/Gold FMs work in Thief 2?
That's a question with many different answers but the short answer is they should
do. Thief 2 FMs will most likely not work with Thief Gold due to the extra content Thief 2 has.Can I hold you responsible for anything daft I do like try to install System Shock 2 FMs into Thief 2?