Darkness: Source is a fast-paced, asymmetric team game where spiders and humans fight to destroy each other in order to survive. The first team to destroy all of the other team's players and spawns wins. Darkness is based on the Gloom Quake 2 mod.

  • Each team has 7 unique player classes that can be purchased with frags. Frags are earned by killing enemy players and spawns. Human classes are: Engineer (0), Grunt (0), Shock Trooper (1), Heavy Trooper (2), Commando (3), Exterminator (4) and Mech (5). Spider classes are: Breeder (0), Hatchling (0), Drone (1), Kamikazi (2), Stinger (3), Guardian (4) and Stalker (5).
  • Each team has a builder class that can spend a fixed number of team points to build spawns and support structures. Spiders can build Eggs, Healers, Spikers, Obstacles and Gassers. Humans can build Teleporters, Ammo Depots, Medipads, Explosive Mines, Detectors, Machine-gun Turrets and Missile Turrets.
  • Under normal conditions, wait time between death and respawn is minimal.
  • Explosions can damage everyone, including teammates and base structures. Caution is advised.
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I found a great piece of free software today called Open Broadcaster Software, and it helped me make some demo videos for Darkness. The video quality is decent and unlike the Source Engine's built-in demo recording tools, it properly shows bug-vision and the in-game menus.

So without further adieu, here's a quick video showing how the Engineer and Breeder classes can be used. For the Engineer, this clip shows basic construction, destruction, repair and destroy-gun jumping. For the Breeder, this clip shows hatching, eating, stacking/climbing, and using the invisible bug-glow to navigate dark areas:


Next, I made a video showing how the commando is used. It shows how to use grenades, prime and drop C4, and use the .357 Magnum and the silenced SMG:


Finally, I made a quick video showing some of the Stalker's attacks. This clip shows how to use spike grenades and shoulder-fired spikes to kill turrets, how to use a healer, and how to die while attempting to destroy turrets up-close:


Darkness 1.6 Released

Darkness 1.6 Released

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Darkness 1.6, now with: Destructive Engineers, flesh eating Breeders, better weapon balance and map improvements!

Looking for Engineer Build Interface Ideas

Looking for Engineer Build Interface Ideas

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I've been thinking of ways to improve the build/repair/destroy interfaces in Darkness for the last few days, and I could use some input from other players...

Lessons from the Beta

Lessons from the Beta

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The beta has been very successful so far: I've fixed some bugs that I couldn't have found on my own, and I got some great feedback from players!

Darkness 1.6 Beta Testing

Darkness 1.6 Beta Testing

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Ever wanted to hurl a misbehaving teammate across the room with your very own Engy Destroy Gun? Ever want to know what it's like for a Breeder to give...

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Darkness 1.6 Complete Dedicated Server

Darkness 1.6 Complete Dedicated Server

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This tarball contains the Darkness 1.6 32-bit linux build, a copy of the Valve Source Dedicated Server for SDK 2013 Multiplayer and 32-bit libraries that...

Darkness 1.6 Mac OS Tarball

Darkness 1.6 Mac OS Tarball

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Mac users: Untar into your sourcemods folder and restart steam. Please let me know if you have issues connecting to the official game server.

Darkness 1.6 Linux Tarball

Darkness 1.6 Linux Tarball

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Linux users: Untar this into your sourcemods directory and then restart steam. This tarball may also be used to setup a dedicated server using SteamCMD.

Darkness 1.6 Windows Installer

Darkness 1.6 Windows Installer

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Double click, restart steam, kill bugs. (or marines)

Darkness 1.6 Beta 2 Linux tarball

Darkness 1.6 Beta 2 Linux tarball

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This is the Linux build of Darkness 1.6 Beta 2. Restart steam after extracting it to your Steam/SteamApps/sourcemods directory.

Darkness 1.6 Beta 2 OS X tarball

Darkness 1.6 Beta 2 OS X tarball

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This is the OS X beta tarball. Restart Steam after extracting to ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/sourcemods.

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TheLastCrawler
TheLastCrawler

I need SDKs to play it?

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airuike Creator
airuike

If you install it on Windows, Steam prompts you and then downloads the SDK automatically.

But nobody plays this anyway.

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SabineWren
SabineWren

Still alive?

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ronjack
ronjack

send me a black request and maybe ill show you my peenus if your nice enuff maddie

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Black_garuga
Black_garuga

Hey guys, I wanted to ask a range of you if you could help me test a new map. More players the better! If you're interested let me know, hoping to test this today.

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dzero247
dzero247

im always down to test afew things out

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darkshifty
darkshifty

give me a pm when your testing :)

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wwof
wwof

There appears to be something wrong with the OS X download for 1.6 . The size should be 45MB but I consistently get only 11.4KB. FWIW the 1.5 version downloads properly.

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airuike Creator
airuike

The moddb mirror might be malfunctioning, but the main site, Darkness.dnbrown.net has the same TGZ with instructions too.

About the Mac build: It runs on my system, but the crosshairs are funky and it won't let me connect to the server. I'm not sure if it's because I use a non-standard case-sensitive filesystem, but if you're able to connect and play normally, please let me know.

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OneMetricMinute
OneMetricMinute

its because macs are stupid and overpriced.

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airuike

They're a little silly sometimes, but not actually over-priced. Have you seen the new Mac Pro's? You can't buy flash storage like that very cheap, the thunderbolt bus/ports are amazing, and the video card is fairly expensive itself... If only I had 8k for a computer.

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InFiNiGhTe
InFiNiGhTe

To be fairly honest.

You can easily build your own hackintosh that happens to be twice as good as the new mac pro with less than what the price tag tells you. All you need is knowledge and a reason to have it. Gaming cannot be one of them, it has never really been the purpose for Apple's mac's.

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wwof
wwof

Who would have thought such wisdom could come from a 12 year old.

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