THE DARK MOD was once a total conversion of Doom 3, and is now 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.

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A progress report on the work done to make The Dark Mod a standalone game!

Posted by nbohr1more on Apr 18th, 2013

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Standalone Progress Report

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Rest assured that we’re still working hard at getting TDM ready to go standalone, which means that you will no longer require Doom 3 in order to play it. Before we can do this, we need to make sure no Doom 3 assets are being referenced by TDM anymore, so most of our time since the release of 1.08 has been spent making replacements for those assets. It’s a great deal of work, as there are sounds, textures, models, particles, and even animated characters that need replacing.

I can tell you that work is progressing well, however. Several members of the TDM community have chipped in contributions, including sounds from Simplen00b and plasticman, models from RPGista and Baddcog, and textures from SeriousToni and Radiant. Greebo contributed our new zombie character, and Arcturus has been working on animations for it. Mr. Lemony Fresh has contributed an absolutely fantastic new skeleton mesh, and Springheel has replaced all the D3 heads and body parts being used. I think you’ll be happy with the quality of the replacements when you see them.

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We are getting there. I was able to load up Chalice of Kings last night and play through start to finish with no Doom 3 in sight, and no missing assets either. If things continue to go smoothly, we’re hoping for a standalone version of TDM sometime this fall.

In case you’re worried that the next update will only provide replacement assets and nothing else, fear not! Grayman has been coding like a madman, solving dozens of annoying bugs that have plagued TDM from the start, including the infamous “sleepers falling through the floor” and “AI attacking with no weapon” bugs. He has also fixed a lot of AI communication, so AI talk to each other more, and notice when each other are in trouble in ways they weren’t doing previously. He has also fixed some major sound issues, added the ability for archers to switch to melee weapons at close range, created new behaviour for AI who witness someone killed, and so many other things I can’t keep track.

With all the excitement surrounding the announcement of the new “Thief”, we know people are eager for stealth games to play. TDM is proud to be able to help fill that niche while we all wait to see what Eidos has to offer in 2014. The first mission of our upcoming “Unusual Gameplay” contest has already been released, and others are coming before the August deadline. Enjoy!

Since the date this update was posted to The Dark Mod site, 12 missions have been verified to be complete or near complete. Progress can be seen at the following wikis:


(general mod, not up to date)

Please stop by The Dark Mod forums if you would like to contribute, textures, sounds, particles, models or any Doom 3 replacements (or new TDM assets).



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7ty7 Apr 19 2013 says:

I was just thinking about this mod today. The new replacements look very good.

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myxale Apr 19 2013 says:

Kudos for all the hard work guys!!

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Mr.tibbs Apr 19 2013 says:

Looks great Team DM. All your hard work will be worth it. A standalone release will introduce tons of new players into the wonderful world of FM's.

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Squeebo Apr 19 2013 says:

The new assets look amazing.

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Rus[T] Apr 20 2013 says:

Them Models!! That skeleton looks a whole lot better!

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nbohr1more Author
nbohr1more Apr 20 2013 replied:

Accidentally down voted you from my mobile. Sorry. Feel free to return the favor or reply to this so I can upvote that...

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Rus[T] Apr 21 2013 replied:

Hehe, no worries mate. Surfing moddb on mobile is sometimes a challenge ;).

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Pennypacker Apr 27 2013 says:


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DAFFYDAFFY Jun 14 2013 says:

Maybe after all the hardcore fans have downloaded the standalone,you could earn a bit of cash for it.
Would that be legal?

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b1k3rdude Creator
b1k3rdude Jun 15 2013 replied:

Never going to happen, as all the core and assets in the mod and under creative commons licence.

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DAFFYDAFFY Jun 29 2013 says:

THE gaming world is full of great guys putting out brilliant material at no cost to their fans!
long may it continue

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Eremiten Jul 23 2013 says:

This! amazing! Great work guys.

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