Gabriel Knight: Snakes Everywhere

Gabriel Knight, Day 3

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So while I was perusing the manual, it heavily suggested that I read the included graphic novel before Day 3. Since it was not included in the GoG offering, I made sure I was backed up, my malware and virus protection were in good condition and then descended into the bowels of the internet in search of it. After a bit of search and a couple of malware scares, I found the graphic novel in clean condition.

And woah! I don’t remember this, either! So far, Gabriel Knight has been essentially following a modern-day (for 1993) story of a jerk trying to research his latest book. But this? This is deeper than I thought it was. I don’t remember any of this. Of course, the reasons why I played games when I was 12 is a little different than why I play them now. Story wasn’t that important to me then. My tastes have changed just a bit.

Gabriel Knight, Day 3

Day 3 starts off like all the others. Wake up, have some coffee, get the day’s messages from Grace. I get the phone number for an old lady I saw in a Voodoo store, so I decide to attempt stalking her. Called her a few times, but she’s not that receptive. The police are interrogating a suspect for the murders, which is interesting because I still have the Detective’s badge. A guy named Bruno keeps coming into my shop, asking to buy my father’s painting, and a Wolfgang Ritter keeps calling from Germany. After having read the graphic novel, maybe I should call him back this time. Finally there’s a lecture on “African Religions” going on at Tulane University. Lots to do.

The police suspect is named Crash, and is your stereotypical junkie, but doesn’t say anything meaningful. I DO give the Detective back his badge, though. No hard feelings.

I head back to Jackson Square and pick up the artist’s drawing of the symbols, and see a psychic in the park. I walk over, she gets up, puts her snake on the ground and starts… dancing? Wait… PUTS HER SNAKE ON THE GROUND?! This is a public park! Lady just lets a boa constrictor just wander around?! She’s not playing with a full tarot deck, it seems.

Gabriel Knight, Day 3

Well, Gabriel is REALLY into her, however (big shocker). She drops a scarf, I pick it up, and find a snake scale on it. Another snake scale? Why did it have to be snakes? I hand her back her veil, sans scale, and she thanks me by giving me a reading which starts with double entendre and ends with… demonic voices. Ooooo-kay.

Gabriel Knight, Day 3

This game has been great about the slow build-up. Foreshadow everywhere. Day 3 looks to be speeding things up a bit, though.

While walking through the cemetery Gabriel runs into Malia Gedde, and she’s kinda surprised to see me. Once more, Gabe lays it on thick, but she runs away citing traditions, and… not liking creeps, maybe?

Gabriel Knight, Day 3

I head to the university to see the lecture, and it all floods back to me. THIS I remember. I mentioned in the first part how a scene scared the wits out of me when I was 12. Well, this is that scene! Gabriel watches a very interesting lecture on African Voudoun, falls asleep, and has a nightmare of being shoved into a tiny coffin! I remember literally jumping out of my seat, and never playing the game again… until now.

Gabriel Knight, Day 3

Adult me, however, will continue playing.

// Ocho

Gabriel Knight, Laura Bow, Sierra

Game #1: Gabriel Knight, Sins of the Fathers

Gabriel Knight, Sins of the Fathers

What better time to work on resolutions than right now?

Over the past few days I’ve made a spreadsheet of all the games I own (~360). First, organizing them by media type (Steam, GOG, CD, or downloaded as Abandonware) , then removing all the ones I’ve already beaten and all the ones I didn’t have the slightest interest in playing. Finally, I removed games that were sequels of games that I do have some intention of playing. This final list was around 125 different games.

I told my wife to pick a number between 1 and 125, and then also told a random number generator the same task. I figured out, in the list, which of those two games I preferred to play more, and then I would play it until I either beat it or got too tired of it. I will hopefully keep this up until I’ve finally played through them all, which I figure will take me the rest of my known life.

Gabriel Knight, Voodoo

Game #1

So, lucky me, the first pick was Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers! I remember playing Gabriel Knight back in the hayday of Sierra, and it being the first game that ever made me literally jump out of my seat. Released in 1993, I was 12 years old, and so have may been a little young for the more adult themes portrayed in the game, but as an adult, I am more than willing to jump back in and catch all the Voodoo goodness. All I remember are maybe a few scenes and the game being, well, good.

So I quickly downloaded the files off of GOG, set up DOSBOX’s configuration file so that it would be optimized, read up on the meager manual, and fired it up.

Gabriel Knight

The first thing I notice: Holy crap! Voice acting! Out of everything I remember, I don’t remember anybody in the game speaking a word! When did this happen?! Apparently, it happened on the CD-ROM release, also back in 1993. I must not have had that version. So then I probably had the *gasp* 11 3.5″ Floppy Disks! 11. Holy heck. I haven’t had a floppy disk drive in years! This probably took hours to install.

The game apparently came with a comic book, as referenced by the manual, to give some back story, but GOG doesn’t have that. I’ll have to eventually dig that up out of the internet somewhere. I’m sure it’s not that long, but knowing these old Sierra games, it may be important.

Gabriel Knight

My wife quickly points out that A) Gabriel sounds like a douchebag (and I agree… he’s not exactly a moral upstanding pillar of society) and B) that the character of Grace REALLY sounds like that actress from King of Queens. Now, remember, this is 1993, about 10 years before King of Queens. So, on a whim, I look it up and WHAT?!! Not only is she right and the character of Grace is Leah Remini, but Gabriel Knight is voiced by none other than Tim Freaking Curry! But wait, there’s more! Act now and you also get the voice of Gabriel’s best friend Detective Mosely played by Mark Hamill! Seriously.

So, I haven’t decided whether to do an essential text-based Let’s Play or not, and just give my reactions along the way. But, for all those playing along at home, here are some of the shenanigans I’ve made Gabriel get into so far: hitting on his assistant, stealing a priest’s shirt from a priest’s closet, having a mime be chased by a cop, try to talk with a woman who is obviously already talking with her boyfriend, trick the misogynist Detective into having a photograph taken while Gabriel photocopies evidence, asking his Grandmother a lot of really personal questions, be really attracted to a woman in a limousine, and showing a picture of a dead body to literally every person I come across. That’s just Day 1.

Gabriel Knight, mime

This is going to be fun.

// Ocho

P.S. – Oh, and Michael Dorn, too!

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