Gothic II - A Thief's Life (Aus dem Leben eines Diebes)
A Thief's Life
'A Thief's Life' (German original title: Aus dem Leben eines Diebes) is a total conversion modification for Gothic II - Night of the Raven. It offers 10 - 15 hours of playtime in a completely new designed world. The mod's aim was to match or suceed the quality of the original Gothic games in every aspect.
It contains more than 7500 lines of dialogue, which is about as much as Gothic 1. Everything is handcrafted and made with a lot of love and attention to detail.
The mod has been downloaded more than 50.000 times, received very positive feedback and was published on the DVD of one of Germany's major PC magazines. It has also been translated into Polish by fans. Polish fans are also working on an inofficial sequel (not sure if they are still on it).
Story and Gameplay
You play a young thief who wants to join a large criminal organisation. As his entrance examination, the thief has to steal an extremely valuable ruby. That ruby belongs to Bonor, the richest man in a remote town. The thief now has to infiltrate the town and gain the people's trust while preparing his heist.
Although the mod is about a thief, the gameplay is pretty conventional. It is typical Gothic-RPG gameplay with a focus on all the things that made the original games so good: unique characters, a handcraftet world to explore, and innovative quests that can be solved in different ways.
I had the idea for the mod and initiated the development. A friend of mine and I did most of the work, supported by many helpful people.
Besides project management, my jobs were:
Writing (about 90% of story, quests and characters)