Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - Playthrough Tech Corner

Voodoo got the best of you? Need a hint? Want to talk about Gabriel Knight? This is the place to do it!
User avatar
AndreaDraco
Village Elder
Posts: 3465
Joined: Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:07 am
Gender: Male
Location: Italy
Contact:

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - Playthrough Tech Corner

Post by AndreaDraco » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:40 am

While we won't actually start the playthrough until September, I thought we could all use the time to acquire the game, to set it up and to make sure it runs smoothly on our brand-new, ultramodern machines. So, without further ado, I present you SHP first community playthrough, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers.

Image

Where can I get the game?

If you don't already own Sins of the Fathers (shame on you!), there are many places where you can grab a copy. If you don't mind digital downloads, you can buy it from Gog.com. However, if you are old-fashioned and like your games to come in big fancy boxes, you can acquire a copy from Amazon or search for it on eBay.

How can I install the game?

Well, the answer to this question should be pretty straight-forward. Why, use one the Mighty Collector's installers! You can find it here and, trust me, it works like a charm. With it, you should be able to install the game and run it flawlessly. Should you encounter some problems, though, I'm sure Collector will be glad to help you sort them out.

Is there anything else I should do before starting the playthrough?

No, nothing else. However, if you'd like, you can find yourself a copy of Jane Jensen's novelization of the first game (unlike the second novel, it's pretty to easy to get it, both on eBay and Amazon). It adds many fascinating little details to Gabriel's world and it could be an interesting read before or during the playthrough. Sierra also published a wonderful hint book for the game but it's incredibly rare, at least to my knowledge. If you find an opportunity to get it, though, don't think twice. While not rich and detailed as the hint books for the other two games, it will be a wonderful addition to your GK collection.

So, that's it! Let's install the game! :)
Talk to coffee? Even Gabriel isn't that addicted!

User avatar
Datadog
Great Incinerations
Posts: 1602
Joined: Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:41 am
Location: Vancouver
Gender: Martian
Location: Vancouver, BC
Contact:

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by Datadog » Sun Aug 21, 2011 1:07 pm

So how does this community play-through work? I was under the impression that community play-throughs are streamed online so everyone can talk about the game while one person plays.
Box of Mystery, Adventure Games, Cartoons, Books and more!

User avatar
AndreaDraco
Village Elder
Posts: 3465
Joined: Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:07 am
Gender: Male
Location: Italy
Contact:

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by AndreaDraco » Sun Aug 21, 2011 1:27 pm

No, that's not it. Here, we all play the game and comment on it while we play. For example, we could say that in the first week of September we will play GK1 Day One. A week is fairly long and accomodates the needs of those who have only an hour or so a day to dedicate to playing. Whenever you finish the chapter, you come here and post your thoughts and so do the other players. I also plan to enrich the playthrough with excerpts from Jane's first novel and the Sins of the Fathers hint book.
Talk to coffee? Even Gabriel isn't that addicted!

User avatar
MusicallyInspired
Village Elder
Posts: 2812
Joined: Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:46 am
Gender: Male
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Contact:

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by MusicallyInspired » Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:45 pm

Indeed. Kind of like a book reading club. We did this to the entire Sierra adventure catalogue at IA and it was fantastic. I dropped out early because I just got too busy but it was a fantastic idea. Didn't know about this. Looking forward to it!
01010100 01110010 01110101 01110011 01110100 00100000 01010100 01001000 00110001

User avatar
Datadog
Great Incinerations
Posts: 1602
Joined: Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:41 am
Location: Vancouver
Gender: Martian
Location: Vancouver, BC
Contact:

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by Datadog » Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:09 pm

Ah, okay. All these "Let's Plays" must be ruining me. :P But all right - I'm in. I'll be finishing up my current game shortly anyway.

So... a day a week? If I recall, Some of the days in GK1 are over very quickly.

If we wanted to go really hardcore, we could play the game according to it's own time length where we do a day-a-day. :twisted: But nah - we'll do it your way.
Box of Mystery, Adventure Games, Cartoons, Books and more!

jujigatame
Sierra Lover
Posts: 87
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:10 pm

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by jujigatame » Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:49 pm

My GF is most of the way through Day 2 right now. She's met Malia Gedde and Magentia Moonbeam but has a few things left to do. Really a great game, not sure whether I like #1 or #2 the best.

One weird thing I've noticed using the DOSBox installer from this site. When playing the game, the little poems that appear at the bottom of the screen during each "Day" intro do NOT appear unless you have text turned on. Is this normal? I don't recall ever playing the game with text on, but I always remember those quotes appearing at the start of each day.

User avatar
Collector
Grand Poobah
Posts: 11549
Joined: Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:57 am
Location: Sierraland
Contact:

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by Collector » Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:15 pm

jujigatame wrote:One weird thing I've noticed using the DOSBox installer from this site. When playing the game, the little poems that appear at the bottom of the screen during each "Day" intro do NOT appear unless you have text turned on. Is this normal? I don't recall ever playing the game with text on, but I always remember those quotes appearing at the start of each day.
That is an aspect of the game itself. It will start a new game with the subtitles turned on by default.
01000010 01111001 01110100 01100101 00100000 01101101 01100101 00100001

Image

User avatar
Collector
Grand Poobah
Posts: 11549
Joined: Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:57 am
Location: Sierraland
Contact:

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by Collector » Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:19 pm

Datadog wrote:If we wanted to go really hardcore, we could play the game according to it's own time length where we do a day-a-day. :twisted: But nah - we'll do it your way.
Understood that you are being facetious, but we also want time to discuss the game up to the point of game play.
01000010 01111001 01110100 01100101 00100000 01101101 01100101 00100001

Image

User avatar
MusicallyInspired
Village Elder
Posts: 2812
Joined: Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:46 am
Gender: Male
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Contact:

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by MusicallyInspired » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:51 pm

I've personally never beaten Gabriel Knight. I watched my dad and cousin play it when I was a kid. Seems like a great time for a playthrough, assuming I can find the time.
01010100 01110010 01110101 01110011 01110100 00100000 01010100 01001000 00110001

User avatar
Collector
Grand Poobah
Posts: 11549
Joined: Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:57 am
Location: Sierraland
Contact:

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by Collector » Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:28 pm

I'm sure we can vary the start time some to give everyone that wants join a chance to get in it, both to arrange time and to get the game up and running. I'll try to help anyone that is having trouble getting the game going, but as walkthrough director, this is Andrea's puppy.
01000010 01111001 01110100 01100101 00100000 01101101 01100101 00100001

Image

User avatar
AndreaDraco
Village Elder
Posts: 3465
Joined: Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:07 am
Gender: Male
Location: Italy
Contact:

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by AndreaDraco » Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:58 pm

Well the important thing is to share our opinions on the game as we play it. However, if you have to start playing right now, for fear that, come September, you may not have the time, feel free to do so. Just hold your thoughts until we all start :)

Thursday, I'll go away with my boyfriend for a few days but, as soon as I come back, I'll post the info about Day 1.
Talk to coffee? Even Gabriel isn't that addicted!

jujigatame
Sierra Lover
Posts: 87
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:10 pm

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by jujigatame » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:57 pm

Collector wrote:
jujigatame wrote:One weird thing I've noticed using the DOSBox installer from this site. When playing the game, the little poems that appear at the bottom of the screen during each "Day" intro do NOT appear unless you have text turned on. Is this normal? I don't recall ever playing the game with text on, but I always remember those quotes appearing at the start of each day.
That is an aspect of the game itself. It will start a new game with the subtitles turned on by default.
Is that really how the game was originally written? It doesn't really make sense since there's no voiceover for the intro poems. I could swear I always played with voice only (no text) but always saw the intro texts anyway.

jujigatame
Sierra Lover
Posts: 87
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:10 pm

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by jujigatame » Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:12 pm

Also, while we're at it, is there any reason why the in-game movement is kind of slow in DOSBox? I've played many other Sierra titles using your installers, and none of the games of GK1's era had this sort of slowdown in movement. It seems to happen when there are multiple sprites moving onscreen at once, as if the processor just can't handle it. Maybe I should just try jacking the cycles up a bit or try another configuration change? My PC is fairly new, obviously using emulation changes things a lot but it's funny that Dragon Age runs smoother on my PC than GK1.

User avatar
dotkel50
Village Elder
Posts: 2168
Joined: Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:22 pm
Gender: Female
Location: Boston, MA, USA

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by dotkel50 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:18 pm

Is anyone else getting crackling type pops while people are talking in the game?

jujigatame
Sierra Lover
Posts: 87
Joined: Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:10 pm

Re: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - A SHP Playthrough

Post by jujigatame » Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:19 pm

dotkel50 wrote:Is anyone else getting crackling type pops while people are talking in the game?
Yes I've been experiencing that as well, although it's minor enough where I was just ignoring it.

Post Reply