Stealth Gaming in a Gothic Steampunk World

** The Dark Mod wins PC Gamer's 2013 Mod of the Year award! **

“It’s a tremendous achievement – a detailed tribute to the Thief series….  Projects like The Dark Mod are a way for those fans to say “if you won’t make it, we will” – to deftly lift what was good and meaningful about the games that inspired us years ago and run away with it.”
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“this is splendid….it’s basically Thief…but in Doom 3.”
–Rock, Paper, Shotgun

THE DARK MOD was once total conversion of Doom 3, and now is a STANDALONE GAME with the release of TDM 2.0!

A dark and moody stealth game, inspired by the "Thief" series  by Looking Glass Studios, The Dark Mod includes creative new gameplay features, dozens of unique AI, and a complete set of custom art assets, allowing players and mappers alike to enjoy missions in a gothic steampunk universe.  When you play The Dark Mod, you feel like you’re playing a gothic stealth game…there’s nothing left that’s recognizable from Doom 3. 

This game is first and foremost a toolkit, allowing fans and team-members to create their own stealth missions in a gothic steampunk environment. But there are already 60 full missions for download, including some small campaigns, so it certainly feels like a game. The only difference is that you have to choose which missions to install and play.


The Dark Mod world can be viewed as an alternate version of our own. It is a mixture of several historical periods, with architecture ranging from medieval castles to Victorian mansions. In this world, steam and clockwork technology were discovered much earlier in history, allowing for odd inventions and industrial warehouses to exist side-by-side with Gothic cathedrals and sword-wielding city watch.

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We also maintain our own mission editor, called Dark Radiant. It is an updated version of GTKRadiant, and has a lot new features (Python scripting support, many bug-fixes, new Particle preview, Texture Tool etc.) and comes with a number of Dark Mod related plug-ins like an Objectives or Conversation editor.

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33 comments by nbohr1more on Feb 20th, 2014

Thief Mod Contest

Contest FAQ

This FAQ is based on the best information I have at the moment. It can and probably will change as more details are revealed about the contest. The contest rules have not yet been updated to reflect this information, but apparently will be soon.

Why is The Dark Mod involved?

The Dark Mod was born in the Thief community, and was created and supported by Thief fans. If something is good for the Thief community, then The Dark Mod is happy to be a part of it. And what could be better than something that celebrates the terrific talent and passion of mission authors and modders (not to mention giving them cool prizes)?
It's also nice to have The Dark Mod officially recognized by the owners of the Thief franchise.

Can I enter a mission for The Dark Mod into the contest?

Yes. You can use any Thief platform (T1, Thief Gold, T2, TDS) as well as The Dark Mod. If you're entering the "If I Could Mod, I Would Create" category, you don't even need to use a platform at all. Just share your great idea!

Do I have to use Thief: Gold for the contest?

No. You can download Thief: Gold for free, but you don't have to. Even if you download it, you don't have to use it for the contest. Consider it a free gift from Square Enix.

Why can't people outside the US enter?

I agree that's unfortunate. The Thief community is world-wide. As far as I know, the limitation is due to the involvement of the US division of Amazon, who is providing a lot of the prizes. It seems that different divisions of Amazon support contests only in their own regions. There may be future announcements on this point, however.

So can I use The Dark Mod to create a Thief mission?

The Dark Mod has always been careful not to use any IP belonging to Square Enix. However Square Enix and Eidos are allowing people to use Thief IP in The Dark Mod for the purposes of the contest. We'll need to wait until the announcement and EULA is updated before we know the full details, however.

So how do I enter the contest then?

You don't have to download Thief: Gold. First, you should decide which category you want to enter: "Look, I made a Mod" or "If I could Mod, I would create". If you're doing the second one, all you need to do is make a short video pitching your cool idea. The more creative your pitch, the better.

If you're entering the first category, then you need an actual mod/mission to showcase in your video.

Can I enter something I have already done?

Yes! You do not have to create something new for the contest (although you can). The contest is to celebrate the talent of the Thief community, and that includes things that have already been created.

How are the winners determined?

We'll need to wait for more details about this. I know Square Enix originally wanted the community to vote for the winners, but they had to work out the details with Amazon. Some press releases are stating that The Dark Mod is involved in the judging, but this is NOT correct. If there is a community voting process then we will be a part of that, but members of The Dark Mod have no privileged role in judging (which also means we are not barred from entering, as currently stated by the contest rules).

Does this mean The Dark Mod is endorsing the new Thief?

The Dark Mod doesn't have an official position on the new Thief game. But my personal position is that any game that has the potential to create new fans of first person stealth gaming is a good thing for us.

Why should I enter the contest?

Well, aside from the ability to win some pretty cool prizes, your contest entry is basically a promotional video for your mod or mission. It's free advertising. And if it's a TDM mission, it's free advertising for us as well.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Guest Mar 21 2014, 11:21am says:

Hi dev team of darkmod, is it possible to make the linux version compatible with the latest curl libs?

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nbohr1more Mar 24 2014, 8:38pm replied:

Stop by the forums.


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Fear57 Feb 14 2014, 7:58pm says:

"The generic reskining modders were training me to be one of them, but I found other uses for those skills."

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KnightofEquulei Feb 25 2014, 5:09pm replied:

Extractor...coming soon...

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machinoverkill Feb 2 2014, 6:10pm says:

Wow, thats pretty much what i need to play next, very very impressive & good style

a huge thx to the developer for his effort :)

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LordIheanacho Feb 1 2014, 12:00pm says:

Isn't there any maps that have daylight in them? It seems every map I've come across uses Night skies. I'd always imagined a stealth map using daylight and other environments to sneak their way into victory.

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nbohr1more Feb 1 2014, 12:17pm replied:

"Reap as you Sow" is a daylight mission but uses a "tension meter" to determine whether you are in trouble with regard to stealth...

"The Lich Queen's Demise" is set around dusk but when you progress into the mission it becomes more dark.

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LordIheanacho Feb 2 2014, 10:24am replied:

Awesome! Thanks!

Gonna try them out.

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joneau Feb 1 2014, 3:17pm replied:

usually thieves do their job when night, logical eh?

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nbohr1more Feb 2 2014, 9:41pm replied:

You need to name your install directory "darkmod" or upgrade to 2.01 where this issue is fixed.

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Great mod, must play for all thief fans. Contains great, userfriendly editor (To tell the truth, this mod is mainly the editor, and fans are making FMsú and a lot of super missions. Try it and you will be surprised.

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