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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Welcome to the second mission release of The Dark Mod: The Tears of Saint Lucia. If you liked the first teaser demo Thief's Den, you'll absolutely love Saint Lucia. It's a full-sized mission demonstrating the current state of The Dark Mod's development, packed into jdude's stunning world design. The map for this mission is at least five times larger than our previous demo, Thief's Den, and is on par with the map sizes of Thief: Deadly Shadows. It showcases many features that were not present in

Posted by happycheeze on Oct 21st, 2008

Welcome to the second mission release of The Dark Mod: The Tears of Saint Lucia. If you liked the first teaser demo Thiefs Den, you'll absolutely love Saint Lucia. It's a full-sized mission demonstrating the current state of The Dark Mod's development, packed into jdude's stunning world design. The map for this mission is at least five times larger than our previous demo, Thiefs Den, and is on par with the map sizes of Thief: Deadly Shadows. It showcases many features that were not present in our first demo, including the purchase menu, flashbombs, swim-able water and AI conversations.

This map demonstrates the progress that has been made on The Dark Mod over the past eight months or so since our last demo. Although the mod itself is still not ready for release, I think you will be impressed with how beautiful and immersive this map is. Although there are still some bugs and unfinished features, it is an excellent example of what fan missions for The Dark Mod will be like.

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stenchy
stenchy Oct 21 2008, 6:44pm says:

Holy crapola!! I can't keep up with all these great mod releases and game releases happening so close to each other! Great work guys.

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier Oct 21 2008, 9:48pm replied:

Yeah, seriously.

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier Oct 21 2008, 10:18pm says:

Yeah, the first mission doesn't work and your forum is totally borked. You have to REGISTER TO USE THE SEARCH! Also you can't register accounts. What the crap?

Anyway the first mission won't even load up. The image of the title screen shows and then it crashes with a "couldn't load game dynamic library" error.

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier Oct 21 2008, 10:45pm replied:

Same load game dynamic library error. I'm using the steam version. Doesn't work at all.

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Neurological
Neurological Oct 22 2008, 6:20am replied:

In the package you can see a DLL file, you have to put it on your D3 folder, not the mod folder. Same way the old map.

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happycheeze Author
happycheeze Oct 22 2008, 12:56pm replied:

Our forums were attacked by spammers. The moderators had to close registration to stop it.

They're open again, sorry about that.

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier Oct 22 2008, 8:21am says:

The DLL file goes in the mods folder, C:\program files\steam\steamapps\common\doom 3\saintlucia because Doom3 detects the mod by finding the DLL in the folder, or finding a pk4 with the file. However, I have copied the mod's dll to the base directory for doom 3 (which wouldn't make sense because then you can only ever have 1 mod installed) as you've suggested but the results are still the same as I expected. "couldn't load game dynamic library" Maybe some time in the future we'll see working releases for the steam version?

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Neurological
Neurological Oct 22 2008, 9:24am replied:

No, Doom 3 detects mods by any kind of pk4 even empty ones, not DLL, the dll included in the mod is not part of the game code, but an external graphic library. I'm talking about DevIL.dll, not the one in the game00.pk4.

All you have to do is to place saintlucia folder into doom 3, so:

C:\program files\steam\steamapps\common\doom 3\saintlucia

and the DevIL.dll go to:

C:\program files\steam\steamapps\common\doom 3

I tried now on the Steam vesion of D3 and it works.

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier Oct 22 2008, 1:25pm replied:

I'm so glad that it explains that. :) I can't figure out why theres not an installer and just pure files. I had thought we advanced past those stages in technology...

Anyway, the original thiefs den has the DevIL.dll but the ONLY dll in the second game is the gamex86.dll

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Neurological
Neurological Oct 22 2008, 1:35pm replied:

Weird, uhm try to redownload it and extract the content to the desktop first, so you can move the files manually.

Or try to use the DevIL.dll of the previous release, maybe it works.

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AJ_Quick
AJ_Quick Oct 22 2008, 11:21am says:

COMPLETELY unacceptable load times. I simply cannot bring myself to wait 5 minutes for a single map to load. and then another 5 because i chose to modify my screen resolution.

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Oct 22 2008, 12:58pm replied:

um... huh? changing res took ~5 seconds on my rig. level took ~45 seconds.

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NewHorizon
NewHorizon Oct 22 2008, 1:19pm replied:

As one of the developers of The Dark Mod I appreciate your comment, but load times will vary from system to system Mr. Kadish, sorry. What are the specifications of your system? Back when I first bought the original Thief: The Dark Project, I used to sit and wait for the levels to load...sometimes for up to 4 or 5 minutes. It was acceptable because the levels were large and my computer was slow. It wasn't the programs fault. The developers of Thief had optimized the resources within the game to the best of their ability, as have we. This level is quite large. My own computer is nothing spectacular. I run an old Athlon XP 2800+, with 1Gig of ram and a Geforce FX 5200. The map loads for me in just under 2 minutes and 35 seconds...yes, I timed it with a stopwatch. Quite acceptable for a level of this size and complexity. You only have a long wait the first time the map loads, if you die and restart...all the materials are cached. As for screen res changes, sorry...we didn't code the doom 3 engine. You'll have to take that up with Id software. If you're running a better system than I am, and still experience slow loading times, you may need to optimize your computer....defrag and turn off any unnecessary programs that are running in the background.

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InAction
InAction Oct 22 2008, 1:24pm replied:

I remember when Thief was newly released and I installed it on my 233mhz PC, 32mb ram and a S3Virge 2mb graphics card. Good times, good times! >3<

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NewHorizon
NewHorizon Oct 22 2008, 1:33pm replied:

Yup, I can imagine. :) I had a 400mhz AMD K62, 64megs of ram...and some sickly little video card that could only run the game in software mode. lol A lot of games have shorter load times now because the developers split the map up into smaller chunks and then have loading zones. TDM, like Thief, is not the type of game that benefits from loading zones. Each map should ideally be a single large map.

So, you get hit with a load time no matter what. Either you sit through it all at once in a single map, or you get hit with smaller load times, but over the course of segments of a single map. I prefer a single load. I also want to repeat what I said above, for anyone else who might have doubts, reloads after dying are fast...because all the assets are already loaded. You only deal with the long load time if you're loading the map from the very start.

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QuadX
QuadX Nov 8 2008, 7:09pm replied:

Hey this is SG from TTLG forums.... Not true. I have a better video card than you, and i've tried it on two different pcs, one better than the other (one has 6800xt the other has 8600) and I STILL get long loading times after the first load. Unless you are talking about it takes so long everytime you load up saint lucia. In that case that really stinks. :( (I know i'm complaining, i'm sorry... it just takes so damn long. Though I agree with you, I like a single load better than multiple loads. Makes the game seem more real, plus it's annoying having a load every time you get to a certain area.

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enys
enys Oct 22 2008, 4:17pm replied:

its your pc...

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar Oct 22 2008, 1:51pm says:

worth noting that it's a user mistake to change any graphical settings after you load up the assets. it then reloads the assets. all games do this. change the settings before you play the game & it's not an issue.

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QuadX
QuadX Nov 8 2008, 7:15pm replied:

oh...

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sauerfreak
sauerfreak Oct 23 2008, 3:24pm says:

Wow, the screenies do not look anything like D3. Good job! :D Nice to see a stealthy mod finally come out. ;)

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Shadow-san
Shadow-san Oct 24 2008, 9:21pm says:

I need Doom III :D I can't run Thief on my new laptop, so my only fix has been Oblivion mods. Now this is a bit more like the Thief I used to know and love!

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QuadX
QuadX Nov 8 2008, 7:17pm replied:

Are you familiar with the TTLG forums? you can find FAQs and all sorts of help for playing thief on modern computers.

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vfn4i83
vfn4i83 Oct 25 2008, 4:35am says:

Almost not believe that was Doom someday. This is a great work/game

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Rattlesnark
Rattlesnark Oct 25 2008, 3:48pm says:

Strange, the game crashes with an "Error Report" message every time I leave the map after completing mission objectives. I get the "Mission Completed" message prior before my game exits and gives me the error.

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dinky
dinky Oct 27 2008, 9:22pm says:

It seems the DevIL.dll file is NOT in this most recent demo. Did you guys forget to include it?

I had to re-download the original teaser demo in order to get the DLL to run this most recent demo. (I never downloaded the mod on this PC.)

It works fine after I got the DevIL.dll file from the original demo though. This is a great mod, and I recommend going through the trouble of downloading the original teaser demo to play this newest demo.

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Komag
Komag Oct 28 2008, 6:18pm replied:

It IS there, but it's in the top level directory when you run the auto-extract file. If you extract into your main Doom 3 directory, as instructed, then the dll will be in it's proper place. No need to go back and re-download Thief's Den. :-) Hope that helps!

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DOLBYdigital
DOLBYdigital Oct 27 2008, 10:46pm says:

Very nice work devs, Its good to see a classic get some love.
There are never enough stealthy games around
Now all I need is to find a Tenchu mod and I'll be set ;)

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