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 over 80 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.




Setting:

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.

Return to the City V2 (Re-Release) Part 2




Editor:

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.

Example Editing:


Try it yourself!

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Images for TDM Campaign: The Crucible of Omens


Behind Closed Doors

(Crucible of Omens Prologue)


After more than 4 years of development, the first mission from the Crucible of Omens campaign is out. This mission itself didn't take 4 years but rather it is one that emerged from materials culled from the other campaign missions. Far from being wonky scraps, the resultant mission is actually as large or larger than most of the other in-progress campaign missions. It is also far more polished so the team will need to work that much harder to match it's quality.



This mission easily demonstrates the larger size and scope that Thief 1/2 players were hoping to see from Thief: Deadly Shadows so it caps another milestone in The Dark Mod's inclination to illustrate what Thief fans wanted from a new Thief style game.


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2015 Extended Halloween!

2015 Extended Halloween!

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The Dark Mod crew had an impromptu speed-build contest. Now it's time to play!

May Mission Madness!

May Mission Madness!

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Moonbo, Sotha, and Bikerdude collectively blow the doors off the TDM mission scene!

Sir Talbot's Collateral

Sir Talbot's Collateral

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One of the best pure Manor Heist missions for The Dark Mod from long time TDM mod contributor Baal and our resident mission production hero Bikerdude

The Dark Mod v2.03 is OUT!

The Dark Mod v2.03 is OUT!

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One of the biggest updates since going standalone!

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The Dark Mod 2.0-2.01 Update Package (Windows)

The Dark Mod 2.0-2.01 Update Package (Windows)

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This is a standalone archive release of The Dark Mod's 2.01 update, to be applied to an installation of The Dark Mod 2.0.

The Dark Mod 2.01-2.02 Update Package (Windows)

The Dark Mod 2.01-2.02 Update Package (Windows)

Patch 0 comments

This is a standalone archive release of The Dark Mod's 2.02 update, to be applied to an installation of The Dark Mod 2.0 patched to version 2.01.

The Dark Mod 2.02-2.03 Update Package (Windows)

The Dark Mod 2.02-2.03 Update Package (Windows)

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This is a standalone archive release of The Dark Mod's 2.03 update, to be applied to an installation of The Dark Mod 2.0 patched to version 2.02.

The Dark Mod 2.0 Standalone Full Installer

The Dark Mod 2.0 Standalone Full Installer

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A full installation package. Simply unzip and create a shortcut to TheDarkMod executable. Further instructions at wiki.thedarkmod.com

Dark Mod 2.0 Standalone torrent

Dark Mod 2.0 Standalone torrent

Full Version 5 comments

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...

The Darkmod 1.08 Full

The Darkmod 1.08 Full

Full Version 13 comments

This is the full archive of the 1.08 update, instead of the incremental update from 1.07 to 1.08. Run tdm_update.exe from inside the the darkmod folder...

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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more

Folks having performance issues on the newest AMD\ATI hardware or drivers, please try renaming "TheDarkMod.exe" to "darkathena.exe".

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Joneleth_Irenicus
Joneleth_Irenicus

Hi!
So, since now there are more than 80 FM, I think you guys should update the summary. :)
Thanks for this incredible mod!

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headhunter2122
headhunter2122

I love this game (but if you try to make it realistic then why if you shoot to AI's head if he see you he dosent die!!!!!)

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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more

Yeah, the team felt that the balancing for bow vs charging AI was not quite right. The AI have some cover responses but are not good enough to be aware of the danger posed by a bow and players were clearing maps in missions without no-kill objectives. So, until a better solution appears, the workaround is to presume the AI are dodging at the last minute (etc) when alerted. I'll have to find it but we had a rather long discussion about this at the forums. Point of the story, be stealthy and don't provoke AI to make them arrow-fodder. I kinda think a difficulty setting which allows you to kill AI this way would be nice since maps that have good opportunities for the use of broad-head arrows on moving targets are rare and it's a shame that players don't get to experience them more often.

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TheUnbeholden Online
TheUnbeholden

Penny Dreadful 2 has just been released!
Forums.thedarkmod.com

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Capt.Host Online
Capt.Host

So, since this isn't even a mod anymore, and is fully standalone, were there ever thoughts to put TDM on Steam through Greenlight? I'm not sure it is permited, but I think that as it is a free game, there would be no problems. You're also not using any third party content, besides the engine itself, so there should be no copyright issues.
Thoughts?

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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more

There's an open discussion on this. Some folks are collecting funds for the entry fee and others are reviewing the Greenlight EULA for legalities.

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damjancd
damjancd

Where are they collecting that? Links?

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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more

Here is a discussion, the last I heard Demagogue was coordinating the efforts though (as you will see) this is a contentious subject:

Forums.thedarkmod.com

We've got quite a few FOSS warriors in the mix and Valve's pioneering work in getting mainstream acceptance of DRM doesn't sit well with them.

That said, we also have quite a few folks who love the convenience and publicity that Greenlight would give the project.

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Capt.Host Online
Capt.Host

Greenlight would only increase TDM's exposure, and seeing that this is mainly a community driven/supported project, I believe that the amount of fans developing content for this would increase considerably.

If the problem is really collecting 100 bucks, I bet that everyone in TDM's community would be willing to drop 10 euros/dollars to contribute, at least.
TDM has certainly provided us more entertainment value than that.

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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more

Yeah. I don't think the money is as much of a barrier as the license implications it may pose. That said, (personally) these days I can't get my wife to agree to any PC upgrades for gaming purposes or almost any game related funds that aren't for the kids... Don't know if the player-base is in my shoes but I know the a good percentage of the dev team have similar issues (new family responsibilities vs development time and funding)

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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 FMsĂș and a lot of super missions. Try it and you will be surprised.

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