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Completed Sins of the fathers, burdens of the sons (A Gabriel Knight LP)

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    Gabriel Knight is one my favorite "serious" adventure games. That's not to say it doesn't have its share of humor, but since it deals with a horror mystery it has a darker tone than most Lucasarts and Sierra adventure games that came before it. Since I'm recently replaying many of the oldies and Jane Jensen is trying to kickstart a new adventure game in the vein of Gabriel Knight called Moebius, I thought it was fine opportunity to do a "Let's play" of GK1.


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    The Game was published in 1993 with classic point'n'click interface, offering beautiful hand-drawn graphics and --in the CD version-- excellent voice acting. You play the role of the titular character, Gabriel Knight, a wise-cracking bookstore owner and struggling mystery author in New Orleans. For his latest novel he is planning a horror story about voodoo. When a series of murders with voodoo trappings shocks the public, he sees an opportunity to spice up his novel and starts investigating them on his own. As he delves deeper into the origin of the murders, he will find more than he's bargained for.


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    The game was designed and written by Jane Jensen. What I really like about her is that she knows what she's talking about. Throughout the game it's obvious that she has thoroughly researched history, legends and locations and she manges to blend all that information seamlessly with the fiction (unlike many hacks in the writing business). Also, she can actually write with skill and design good puzzles. Apart from a couple of frustrating pixel-hunting moments, the puzzles are logical, if challenging.


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    I have never played the game, but it's a great opportunity to see if it's worth it.
     
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    In the golden days of Sierra...

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    There was Gabriel Knight.

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    And the nightmare begins :



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    Day 1 : I dreamt of blood upon the shore.







    I edited Gabriel Knight's music into soundtracks for the chapters of this LP. Give it a try :








    It's dawn. The paperboy brings the newspaper...

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    and St. George's bookshop opens for business.

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    Our hero, Gabriel Knight, is a late bird.

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    His store's manager, Grace Nakamura, has been quite busy...

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    Gabriel frantically waves "NO".

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    Caffeine is an absolute necessity at this point.

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    Ah, Grace finally puts down the receiver:

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    [​IMG] (GRUNT)Uh.

    [​IMG] Gee, you're lively. Did you have another nightmare last night?

    [​IMG] Sort of.

    [​IMG] Mmmm-hmmm. I told you, it's that Voodoo book you're researching. That stuff can seriously screw up your karma.

    [​IMG] I'm sure that's it. Maybe I should write a horror novel on passive resistance instead.

    [​IMG] <sigh> So don't sleep. It's your body. Anyway, your hand-held tape recorder came today."

    [​IMG] Really? Great!

    [​IMG] I can't wait to see what human rights you violate with this one.

    [​IMG] I can't wait to violate them. For example, if you would just let me...

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    [​IMG] How would I ever manage without you?

    [​IMG] You? Give me a break. The devil himself couldn't change you.

    [​IMG] Well...if the devil had great legs, perhaps...like yours

    [​IMG] And a riveting personality, I'm sure. If you need any more research done, just ask. It's not as though we're swamped with customers."


    Hmm, Grace plays it harder to get than "Lolita". In times like these it's good to divert our attention elsewhere... to the newspaper for instance:

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    Voodoo murders ! Maybe that's why we're researching for a voodoo novel.
    Gabriel also scans the Aquarius horoscope for the day....

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    Sound advice, let's completely ignore it and have a look at the interface :

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    You can see the usual "verb" commands to the left, the "progression points" counter to the right and the inventory and tape recorder buttons in the middle. When you enter interrogation mode, you'll be recording the conversations and you can replay them any time you want :

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    Interrogation mode is engaged by the "?" icon, while light conversation can be started with "!". Let's have some chit-chat with Grace :

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    [​IMG] Your use of mathematics, for one thing. These books are unbelievable.

    [​IMG] What can I say? I refuse to be bound by rules.

    [​IMG] The strap-marks on your bedpost speak otherwise.


    Kinky. Now, let's try the interrogation mode :

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    [​IMG] How do you like it here in new Orleans, Grace ?

    [​IMG] I've only been here two months, but I love it. It's so much more 'alive' than any place I've been. It feels like anything's possible here.

    [​IMG] Tell me about yourself, Grace.

    [​IMG] Yeah, right, Knight.

    [​IMG] I mean it.

    [​IMG] What do you want to know?

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    [​IMG] How come we haven't gone out yet?

    [​IMG] I'm still waiting around for that lobotomy. Soon as I get it, I'll let you know.

    [​IMG] How do you like working at St. George's Books?

    [​IMG] Well, it's not exactly a HUGE intellectual challenge... Still, I love old books, and it's a nice way to pay the bills while I explore the city for a summer. If you ever pay me, that is.

    [​IMG] What do you do after work?

    [​IMG] I either go to my oil painting class or my Tai Chi. You know that.

    [​IMG] How old are you?

    [​IMG] Old enough to know about men like you.

    [​IMG] Uh-huh. Just tell me anything at all.

    [​IMG] I just got my Masters in History and Classics. My folks wanted me to go on right away for my Ph.D., but eighteen years of school was enough! I needed a break.

    Overqualified and underpaid, sign of the times.
    Ok, it's time to get a bit more serious.

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    [​IMG] I didn't know much of anything about it until you started researching it for your book. Now I know that it's active in the city--there's that shop and museum. It can clearly be dangerous in the wrong hands. You should be careful investigating it.

    [​IMG] Do you have messages for me?

    [​IMG] Dana called, and Susie left a message about a lawsuit.

    [​IMG] Toss 'em.

    Gabe, a true southern gentleman :smug:

    [​IMG] Okay-dokey. There's more when you want them. Your Grandmother called...

    [​IMG] I keep meaning to get over there. What'd she say? Did she sound good?

    [​IMG] She sounded great, and we had a nice little chat about you.

    [​IMG] Grace....!

    [​IMG] Don't worry. I didn't go into detail about your cardinal sins. Not that anything about you could surprise her. She adores you anyway.

    [​IMG] She's my girl.

    [​IMG] But she said to remind you to stop by and go through your father's things.

    [​IMG] Hmmm. Okay. Anything else ?

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    [​IMG] He told me it was urgent; maybe you should give him a call...

    [​IMG] Call Germany? Like hell. If it's really important, he'll call back.

    [​IMG] Well, fine. Let's just hope he's not with the German lottery for pitiful American authors.

    [​IMG] Funny.

    [​IMG] Your friend Detective Mosely called. Talkative, isn't he?

    [​IMG] Especially with you. What did he want?

    [​IMG] He left an interesting message. He told me to tell you that his mother's maiden name is Humphrey. That's 'H-U-M-P-H-R-E-Y.'

    [​IMG] Fascinating.

    [​IMG] ...and that he left some photos for you at the station. At the front desk.

    [​IMG] It's about time !

    [​IMG] Gabriel, those photos wouldn't have anything to do with the Voodoo Murders, would they?

    Heh, it's nice to have a buddy in the police.

    [​IMG] Now why would you say something like that?

    [​IMG] Because I know you! You're getting privileged information, aren't you? Did you tell him you'd put him in your new Voodoo book?

    [​IMG] A writer has a certain obligation to his readers, you know...

    [​IMG] Gabriel! You know you'll never put him in your book! Your main character is a female orthodontist! You're going to be reincarnated as a pit bull if you keep screwing with your karma.

    [​IMG] As long as it's a MALE pit bull, with a really big...

    [​IMG] That's enough, thanks! Anyway, that's all the messages. Thank God.


    Thank God indeed. Now, let's stop teasing Grace and have a look around. St. George's Books could use some serious renovation, but Gabriel likes to think that the place has character:

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    It seems Gabriel's father was an artist with a pretty dark vein.
    Ok, I think it's time to start hoarding everything that's not nailed down...

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    We grab the Magnifying Glass and the Pair of Tweezers next to it. They're both used for repairing old books, but we may find other uses for them.


    Then, we turn our gaze to the books.

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    On the shelves we can find anything from pulp fiction, to poetry and from biology to history, but we'll let them be for now and check Gabe's back room.

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    The fridge has strange-looking things inside...

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    As for the typewriter :

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    [​IMG] <shrug> Writer's block.


    Whatever you say, Gabe. There are two items we'll take from here, a flashlight and a hair-gel. What can I say, Gabriel has a thing for his hair.

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    At this point we realize we don't have any money. Let's have a look at the register !

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    [​IMG] Maybe I could take some-

    [​IMG] Gabriel, that's all the change money I have. Touch it, and you can kiss your hand good-bye!

    Crap. But wait, there's also a gift certificate here...

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    [​IMG] I trust you can live without this old gift certificate?

    [​IMG] Knock yourself out.


    Great ! With renewed confidence Gabe decides to browse through his grandfather's poetry collection :

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    [​IMG] "Drei Drachen. Drei Drachen kriechen in meinen Schlaf, die Seele woll'n sie lebendig zum Frass." "Feurigen Atems, gespaltener Zunge geniessen sie jedes Mahl."

    [​IMG] That's nice. Kind of creepy, though. Who's the author?

    [​IMG] Heinz Ritter. I'm not sure what it says, but I get the feeling the guy was one sick puppy.

    Ritter ? Wasn't that German that was asking for Gabriel, called Ritter ?
    Maybe we should find out what it means. There is a shelf with dictionaries we can use :

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    [​IMG] 'Drachen' means dragons. I wonder if Mosely would know he was being insulted if I called him 'Drachen breath.'

    So, "Three Dragons". That's all we can get from the in-game dictionary, but since we have the internets nowadays, we might as well try to roughly translate the whole thing :


    German speaking codexers are welcome to offer their corrections.


    So, we have all the items we need from our bookstore:

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    I think it's about time to hit the road and start doing some investigation. Gabriel puts on his leather jacket, even if it's July (It's all about the style, baby !) and hits the road.

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    We have many locations to choose from. More will appear as we gain new information :
    • St. Louis Cathedral
    • Jackson Square
    • Jackson Square Overlook
    • The Dixieland Drugstore (A Store with voodoo/occult paraphernalia)
    • Historical Voodoo Museum
    • Napolean House (Gabe's favorite bar)
    • Police Station
    • Grandmother Knight's House

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    We'll head to the Police Station first, to check out what our friend Mosely has for us.

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    Let's ask for Mosely:

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    Unfortunately the beignet guy appears and the whole precinct gets distracted :D (beignets are the donuts of New Orleans)

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    Finally, they settle down and we can ask our questions. Inquiring about voodoo, or the voodoo murders, wont get us anywhere.

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    [​IMG] Hello, officer.....

    [​IMG] Frick.

    [​IMG] Frick ?!

    [​IMG] That's right. You got a problem with that?

    [​IMG] Not at all. I'm here to see Detective Mosely.

    [​IMG] He's out at a crime scene. Sorry.

    Crime scene ? Do tell !

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    [​IMG] Crime scene information is police confidential. We don't need any more lookie-loos than are probably already there.

    [​IMG] Come on, you can tell me where the crime scene is.

    [​IMG] Look, I know the paper's got everybody stirred up 'bout these killings, but that don't make it public information. Back off!

    A-HA !

    [​IMG] So this IS a new Voodoo Murder, then?"

    [​IMG] Hey! I didn't say that! You'll read all about it in the papers tomorrow--oh, I'm sure."

    [​IMG] Please tell me where the crime scene is?

    [​IMG] Look, buddy. You keep it up, and there'll be a crime scene right here!


    Begging won't get us anywhere, we'll have to find another way to locate the crime scene, for now we've done all we could in the police station. Time to visit Grandma Knight.

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    [​IMG] Sorry it's been a while, Grandma.

    [​IMG] Not at all! Give us a kiss.

    [​IMG] Now come and sit down! Tell me how you're doing!

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    [​IMG] You're looking well, Gran.

    [​IMG] Thanks, Dear.

    [​IMG] Done anything interesting lately?

    [​IMG] I raised you!

    [​IMG] LATELY, Gran.

    [​IMG] Oh, you know me, Gabriel; I always got my nose poked in something!

    [​IMG] It must run in the family.


    Ok, let's try to get some info out of Gran.

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    Maybe we should learn more about the family history, we'll start with granny herself.

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    [​IMG] Tell me about before you met Grandaddy.

    [​IMG] Well, you know I was born Rebecca Wright. My daddy owned a lot of land outside of town. We grew peas, corn, cotton--all kinds of things. It was a good childhood, but my father was very strict. He didn't much let me out of his sight.

    [​IMG] Tell me how you met him.

    [​IMG] I met Harrison at a church revival. There was a traveling preacher back then--a big fella named Reverend Jim. I even remember his slogan--'Come to Me to find your Way.

    [​IMG] Your grandad was sitting right behind me and my girlfriend Alma, and at one point ole Reverend Jim was flinging his hair around with his fire 'n brimstone antics... And a piece of it--one of those small add-on doos for men--went flying off. I swear Harrison and I were the only ones that noticed!

    [​IMG] Heh.

    [​IMG] We both started laughing to beat the band! Everyone looked at us like we were a couple of loonies. It was then I knew that he was for me.

    Let's learn more about him.

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    [​IMG] Your grandad immigrated to America when he was 21. He worked his way through school, met and married me, and we had your father, Philip.

    [​IMG] He was a bookkeeper, right ?

    [​IMG] Your grandad supported me and your father with bookkeeping. I'll tell you what, though, he hated every minute of it. Didn't really like bookkeeping one bit. Maybe that was why he had the worst luck with jobs! Oh, the nights he'd come home afraid to tell me he'd lost another! And I would tell him, it didn't matter to me, but he felt ashamed, Gabriel."

    [​IMG] He died young...

    [​IMG] Harrison was only thirty-six when he died. Your father was eight years old at the time. Your grandad was hit by a streetcar in the business district. It took me nearly a year to believe he was really gone.

    [​IMG] I'm sorry, Gran.

    [​IMG] I know you are, Dear. Did you know that your grandad was a poet? He was! He wrote the most beautiful poetry for me when we were courting.

    [​IMG] ...Really ?

    [​IMG] I always thought he should have done something with that gift, but he was such a practical man. Didn't believe in chasing after dreams.

    Time to ask about Gabe's father.

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    [​IMG] Philip suffered from terrible nightmares, just like your grandad did! They were two peas in a pod.

    [​IMG] Nightmares, huh ?

    [​IMG] When Philip met your mother, it was love at first sight. They were married two weeks later! Never looked at a girl seriously until then--and he'd looked at plenty! You have your father's way with women, Gabriel--and your grandad's <blush>!

    [​IMG] I... can barely remember them now.

    [​IMG] I wanted to just lay down and die when he and your mother were killed in that car crash when you were only eight! It was the thought of taking care of you that kept me going, Gabriel.

    Uh-oh, Knights have a habit of dying young and leaving eight-year old orphans.

    [​IMG] The police say your father swerved off the road after being frightened by something. Perhaps a deer in the road--or a wild cat.

    [​IMG] Tell me more about my father.

    [​IMG] Your grandad wanted Philip to have a 'normal life.' He was obsessed by that thought. He pushed Philip to go to law school, but Philip was driven to art. He painted almost in a daze, he would get so inside himself when he worked!

    [​IMG] I kept telling him, 'Try something more cheerful--like a landscape or two,' but he couldn't do it. His work was just too dark and disturbing for the public, you know.


    Ok, let's inquire about mother Knight.

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    [​IMG] She was beautiful and reckless. She was madly in love with your father, of course, but I also think she liked defying her family. Your mother's family refused to give her money after the marriage. All she had left was a modest trust fund from her great-aunt, who happened to like Philip.

    [​IMG] The remainder of that trust fund became mine when she died. That's what I used to open my book shop...

    [​IMG] The Templetons are all gone now--every last one of them. They never wanted anything to do with us, of course. What a waste.

    [​IMG] Is there anything more you could tell me ?

    [​IMG] Since you're so interested in family history these days, why don't you go by St. Louis Cemetery #1 and visit the family tomb? It would be a sweet gesture.

    [​IMG] Maybe I will.


    Yup, maybe we will. This conversation has given us the cemetery destination in the map, but for now I think it's time to have a look at his father's old things in the attic.

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    Among the rubble there's a trunk with an old clock on top. We move the clock aside and check the trunk's contents :

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    [​IMG] I don't think there's anything in that trunk that would interest anybody but my Gran.


    How about the clock then ?

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    Let's have a closer look.

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    Hmm. This isn't an ordinary clock, both the clock's hands and the symbols on the clock face can be manipulated...


    You know what that means... PUZZLE TIME !
    This is the first big puzzle you can come across in the game and it's rather difficult since you don't have any direct info about it. It's not necessary to deal with this now, you could wait until near the end of the game to solve it, but we'll try to do it now.


    So, we have a sword, a sun, an angel, a noose, an eclipse and a dragon... Do we have anything to work with ?


    [​IMG] Hey, that poem from my grandfather's book collection... Wasn't it talking about "Three Dragons" ?


    It seems like a long shot but we could give it a try. "Three Dragons"... should we combine the time 3:00 with the dragon symbol ?

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    This can actually get pretty tough since you can easily discard the original idea and get stuck, but we're on the right track. We just need to put the dragon head on top of "12" :

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    A secret compartment ! Inside we find a letter and a photo...

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    [​IMG] It was sent from a place called "Schloss Ritter" in Rittersberg, West Germany. The letter is addressed to "Mein Sohn Heinz" and signed "Wilhelm Ritter."


    Ritter ? That name again ?


    [​IMG] One of the reoccurring words Strewn throughout the letter is the word "Schattenjager."


    The only other thing that Gabriel can decipher about the letter is a sense of urgency in the handwriting and in the heavy use of a quill tip, bold strokes, and underlining.


    And what of the photo ?

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    It's a mystery... we should have a talk with Granny. We show her the letter :

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    [​IMG] Er...no, Dear. I'm afraid I don't speak a word of German.

    [​IMG] What about this photograph ?

    [​IMG] That one in the middle is your grandfather. Those other two I don't know.

    I'm sure she knows more.

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    [​IMG] Heinz Ritter... Oh, Gabriel! Where did you hear that name?

    [​IMG] It's mentioned in the letter.

    [​IMG] <sigh> I promised I'd never tell you or your father, but I suppose it doesn't matter now.

    [​IMG] TELL me, Gran.

    [​IMG] Your grandad's name was Heinz Ritter before he came to America. He changed it to Harrison Knight legally when he arrived.

    [​IMG] Why did Grandad change his name?

    [​IMG] I don't know. I tried to ask him about his family, his life before America, but he didn't want to talk about it. He never even told me about his name change--I found out one day when I saw his passport in a drawer.

    [​IMG] And he never told you ?

    [​IMG] Since he obviously found it painful, I never questioned him about it, but I'm sure it wasn't trouble with the law. Your grandad was the best man I ever knew.

    [​IMG] Didn't Grandad ever say ANYTHING about his past or his family?

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    [​IMG] He believed in some family curse, thought that he could spare Philip and Philip's children from what he called 'old nightmares.

    [​IMG] Hmm...

    [​IMG] Whatever Harrison wanted to spare you, though, it cost him plenty ! He never did sleep well, and he would often get a faraway, guilty look in his eyes. He was wrestling with something he thought he SHOULD be doing, someplace he thought he OUGHT to be.

    [​IMG] I don't know how he could think that he should be anywhere but with me and our child. It's a terrible way to live."

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    [​IMG] Schattenjager? Schattenjager. How odd, Gabriel. I haven't heard that word in years! My goodness, you've given me a chill! Your grandad used to say that sometimes in his sleep.

    [​IMG] Really? Do you know what it means?

    [​IMG] No, I'm afraid not. I asked him about it once. I don't think he answered me. Odd.

    Odd indeed.
    Let's have another look at the attic, maybe we missed something.

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    We should take it.

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    We shift through its pages...

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    The images touch a deep cord in Gabriel. So familiar are they, that he finds it hard to believe they aren't from his own subconscious...





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  5. RK47 STHIEVE Patron

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    Creepy game. I love it as a kid. Latter parts turns more and more disturbing. When they moved to FMV, my PC wasn't good enough and I never got back to Gabriel Knight until GK-3, with the awkward 3d and atrocious puzzles.
     
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    It certainly is the best GK game. GK2 and 3 had equally good stories but they suffered in the puzzle department. GK3 actually had a couple of great puzzles, unfortunately it also had some hideous ones.
     
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    I watched a video LP of GK1, some time ago. I tried to do the same with the two sequels, but I quickly gave up : I really didn't care for GK2's FMV or GK3's 3D.
     
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    I love the portraits and i can still remember the music that plays when u visit granny.
     
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  13. ghostdog Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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    Day 1 : The lake was smooth and deep and black.





    Chapter 2 Soundtrack :








    Ok people, time get back on track. We've got a crime scene to find, a shadowy family history to unravel and some voodoo info to gather. Let's start with the latter and visit the voodoo museum !

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    A street drummer has settled outside the museum playing his monotonous tune as if to accompany the voodoo exhibits. A very small coffin draws our attention...

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    [​IMG] This coffin is so small. Interesting...

    [​IMG] Cute, isn't it?

    [​IMG] Adorable. Do you know anything about it?

    [​IMG] 'Fraid not.

    Huh ?

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    [​IMG] I wouldn't be much help. You should talk to Dr. John, the owner? He'll be back tomorrow.

    [​IMG] I see. Thank you."

    Damn, not much to do in the museum today, except maybe admire the huge snake in display :

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    We move on to the dixieland drug store hoping to find more about voodoo...

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    The proprietor doesn't look especially friendly. His business probably doesn't depend on walk-ins.

    [​IMG] Hi there. Is this your store?

    [​IMG] This is the Dixieland Drug Store, and I own it, me. Name's Walker. Willy Walker.

    [​IMG] Mind if I ask you a few questions?

    [​IMG] Ask what you want. I'll answer what I want.

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    [​IMG] Can you tell me what you know about Voodoo?

    [​IMG] This is a novelty shop, M'sieu'.

    [​IMG] Do you think I'm stupid? This is a Voodoo shop--look at all this stuff!

    [​IMG] These are novelties--curiosities! If people want to think they're magic, it's not my concern, you know.

    [​IMG] Are you telling me that you own a Voodoo shop, but you know nothing about Voodoo practices?

    [​IMG] Z'affai' neg' pa' z'affair' blanc!

    [​IMG] What does THAT mean?

    [​IMG] It means you should mind your own business, M'sieu'.

    [​IMG] Look, I'm researching Voodoo for a book...

    [​IMG] I don't have your answers, me. Do you want to buy something, M'sieu'?

    Dammit ! We're not getting anywhere here. Maybe we should try to question him about the murders...

    [​IMG] What do you know about the Voodoo Murders?

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    Huh ? He said those words under his breath, with a superstitious, slightly fearful way...

    [​IMG] What did you say?

    [​IMG] Nothing. Those killings have nothing to do with my shop, M'sieu.

    [​IMG] What did you mean when you said cabrit sans cor'?

    [​IMG] I didn't say that.

    [​IMG] You did! I heard you say it!

    [​IMG] You heard wrong, M'sieu'. I said no such thing!


    Hmm, it's obvious he knows more than what he's telling, let's show him the photo from the murder scene :

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    [​IMG] No! I don't know anything about it. Nothin'!


    We won't get anything more from him now. It feels like we've hit a dead end. Maybe we should take a stroll at Jackson Square to clear our head...

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    There's a motorcycle cop stationed here and we can hear snippets from his police radio:

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    Hey, maybe that's from the crime scene ! If only we could hear it more clearly...

    [​IMG] Good day, Officer.

    [​IMG] Yeah, to you, too. Keep moving.

    [​IMG] Could I ask you a few questions?

    [​IMG] Not now, Buddy. I'm busy.

    [​IMG] I should've noticed that. Thanks.


    What a prick. Let's explore the rest of the park.

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    Another one of those drummers and a... mime :

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    Terrible creatures, avoid them whenever you can. This particular mime likes to walk behind people and do impersonations of them.

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    Not even old ladies are spared from his cretinous act:

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    I've just had a cunning idea ! Why don't we use this idiot to our advantage ?

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    He starts following us around, but we pretend not to notice.

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    We get him close to the policeman...

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    ...and nature takes its course. The mime loses his interest in Gabriel and starts impersonating the cop.

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    Heh, in fact he is impersonating a bamboon, or in this case I should say, a manboon. :lol: The cop doesn't like this one bit.

    [​IMG] Cut it out !.

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    Eventually the copper decides he won't stand for any more humiliation and goes after him. The mime engages his roadrunner act:

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    :yeah:


    And now we can listen to the police radio.

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    All right ! Now we have the crime scene's location.

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    It seems they're starting to wrap things up.

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    Our friend Mosely is here...

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    We catch him by surprise.

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    [​IMG] Knight, you wiener, I told you not to call me that!

    [​IMG] Feeling jumpy?

    [​IMG] Who, me? Don't be stupid. How'd ya find me?

    [​IMG] Oh, I was just driving by.

    [​IMG] Uh-huh. Well, for the book... But don't tell anyone I let ya see this, huh?


    Great, we'll get to see the corpse up close and personal :D

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    [​IMG] Isn't this a rather, er, public area for this kind of thing?

    [​IMG] Yeah, they're fricking ghosts, these guys. Lakeshore Drive isn't exactly the 10 expressway, but it IS open to the public. No reports of nothin'.


    At that point, a car pulls up from the road.

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    Yeah, who the hell is that ?

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    Well, hello there :D

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    sparks are flying, baby !

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    [​IMG] What's going on, Officer?

    [​IMG] Detective Mosely, Ma'am. We've got a little problem here, but nothing for you to be concerned about, Miss Gedde.

    [​IMG] I see. Thank you, Detective. And... good day, gentlemen.

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    [​IMG] Forget it. That's Malia Gedde. She's about as far out of your reach as the moon. Probably on her way to meet some guy with a yacht right now.

    [​IMG] Near here?

    [​IMG] The lake's a popular place for country clubs.

    [​IMG] If she's out here a lot, maybe she saw something, or heard something...

    [​IMG] Nah! Nobody ever sees or hears nothin'. I told you. Besides, you don't just go around bothering people like her.

    Nonsense ! That's exactly the kind of people Gabriel likes to bother.
    Anyway, the cops are getting ready to finish their work here.

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    [​IMG] Let's get the meat wagon moving, then.

    [​IMG] Do you want to leave an officer here, Sir?

    [​IMG] Nah. Just leave the tape up for a few days.

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    Shortly afterwards we're left all alone.

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    Some lines are carved on the sand. They seem to be forming a pattern.

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    Let's use the sketchbook to draw the pattern :

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    We should inspect the rest of the area. Our gaze falls on the grass :

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    We use the magnifying glass to inspect this more closely :

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    Something small and iridescent is barely visible among the indentations. It looks like... a scale of some sort ?


    It's too small to pick it up by hand, so we try the tweezers.

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    [​IMG] I think it's a snake scale, but it beats the hell out of me what kind.


    A closer look with the magnifying glass reveals its color:

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    Further examination of the grass shows us that...

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    So, was there a big snake here and does this have anything to do with the murders ? I have a feeling we'll find out.



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  14. Erebus Magister

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    Malia is one sexy lady.


    It's a bastard version of french, which I guess is used in New Orleans. The proper french sentence would be "Les affaires des nègres ne sont pas les affaires des blancs" (The business of negroes isn't the business of whites).

    "Cabrit sans cor'" is also distorted french, but I failed to guess the meaning of "cor'" back when I watched a video LP of GK1 (several words sounded like possibilities, such as "corps" or "coeur").
     
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  15. ghostdog Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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    So Jane Jensen even nailed the distorted French of New Orleans negroes that are descended from Haiti, from the French colonial years.

    :thumbsup:
     
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  16. Mrowak Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Now that I've seen this game in action I actually bought it. :oops:
     
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  17. RK47 STHIEVE Patron

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    :eek: Wow. Adventure must not really be your thing. I used to just buy Sierra games exclusively cause it's the best catered genre at that time. Never really meddled into RPG until Ultima 6 & 7 came along. Monkey Island was my first CD game too. Good times.

    Then came westwood with Command & Conquer FMV.
     
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  18. Mrowak Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Hey, my career as a gamer started in late 1997 when as I wee lad I obtained old by that time 486DX100 16MB RAM computer. So yeah, I pretty much skipped whole adventure goodness, and had to search stuff on my own . Luckily still-to-be declined gaming mags started adding old classic games on their CDs - so that's where I know e.g. Betrayal at Krondor or Ishar series from. Needless to say Gabriel Knight never made to those CDs.
     
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  20. RK47 STHIEVE Patron

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    go pester jarl frank :lol:
     
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  21. ghostdog Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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    As much as I like pestering Jarl, it would be too much to have him change the title every new update. Have I mentioned how much I don't like nextgen codex with its lack of meaningful options ?
     
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    There's some down sides. But look on the upside: custom avatars, likes and superior ignore options. As well as youtube video linking. :P Can't win all the time.
     
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  23. SCO Arcane In My Safe Space

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    Speaking of youtube linking, can't you do what Crooked Bee did in the Gateway LP to embed the music? That was better than linking.
     
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    Codex 2012 Dead State Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Wasteland 2
    :incline:
     
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