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.

Example Editing:

Try it yourself!

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Halloween 2014 Missions

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The Dark Mod community put together a last-minute

"Halloween speed build" contest.

From this effort, one mission "Briarwood Cathedral" by buck28 is currently available to play and a few more missions are due shortly.

I will update this article as the missions become available. As many contributors are going to be late, the deadline will likely be extended per our normal arbitration process.

Briarwood Cathedral

For the latest Halloween contest

buck28's latest mission for the ongoing Halloween speed build contest.


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Due to arrive shortly, Kyyrma's and Airship Ballet's Halloween contest mission "Exhumed".


Happy 5th anniversary to The Dark Mod!

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The Dark Mod 2.0 Standalone Full Installer

The Dark Mod 2.0 Standalone Full Installer

Oct 10, 2013 Full Version 43 comments

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

Dark Mod 2.0 Standalone torrent

Dark Mod 2.0 Standalone torrent

Oct 9, 2013 Full Version 4 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

Oct 20, 2012 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...

The Dark Mod 1.06

The Dark Mod 1.06

Oct 16, 2011 Full Version 6 comments

The Dark Mod v1.06 full version. Simply create a "darkmod" folder in your Doom 3 install directory and extract the contents of into...

The Dark Mod 1.06 Mac OSX Installer

The Dark Mod 1.06 Mac OSX Installer

Jul 3, 2011 Installer Tool 5 comments

Use these files to begin the process of downloading and installing The Dark Mod for Mac OSX.

The Dark Mod 1.03

The Dark Mod 1.03

Jan 5, 2011 Full Version 7 comments

The Dark Mod v1.03 full version. Simply create a "darkmod" folder in your Doom 3 install directory and extract the contents of the into...

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dualshock Aug 27 2010, 5:17pm says:

at random times it would stop working and kick me out. can u fix it soon please

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tdmSerpentine Sep 13 2010, 7:57pm replied:

Hey there dualshock,

If you could please make a thread over on the TDM forums with more details, we're aware of a few crashes that have been patched for 1.03. But it's always of interest to have more details of vague cases :)

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snakedog Jun 17 2010, 2:03am says:

okay when i play the training mission everything is black but the models (only every ground and wall texture) it is quite annoying and i would like help please!

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tdmSerpentine Jul 4 2010, 10:47am replied:

hey snakedog,

We're happy to help you with problems, TDM have a tech support forum on the site and it's recommended to use that. (I'd post a link but newbie accounts cant). Please also use the official forums for any feedback and such as it's much easier to reply to etc and the team reads everything there :)

However make sure you read the wiki/FAQ which covers quite a few problems that are out of our hands. It's likely that you need to drop your interaction shader quality (in the graphics menu) to fix that(Its a problem with geforce 6xxx's iirc). If that fails please make a thread in the support forum and try include a screenshot :)

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modlisk Jun 14 2010, 8:23pm says:

The greatest mod ever

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udm Apr 29 2010, 1:22am says:

By the way for those of you looking for a great FM to start with first, I recommend Patently Dangerous. I've tried quite a lot of FMs over the last few days, and while I think their quality is really up to par with many commercial games (and the older Thief games), I highly recommend Patently Dangerous, if only for the fact that it's almost as scary as the Cradle level in Thief: Deadly Shadows.

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overdrive87 Mar 13 2010, 8:38pm says:

Hey, 1.01's out. Update this mother!

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snargifer Feb 24 2010, 12:18am says:

This positively looks how Thief should feel, if that makes sense. It seems to be truly amazing. Though I always wished the Thief series had a deep melee combat system to go with everything else. Can't wait for undead :).

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ianna_keeper Jan 21 2010, 3:23pm says:

just looking the video - blackheart manor, I can say that this mod is quite underestimated. It's obvious that there are tons of work in it. The reason why dark mod can't make top 10 is lack of its audience imho. Many gamers prefer first person shooters which I already bored many years ago.

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udm Apr 25 2010, 2:01am replied:

Agreed. I feel there's not enough media coverage on this mod - IMHO this is one of the greatest TCs ever made, all things considered. As was the case with the first two Thief games, this is just as underrated/overlooked by the gaming press.

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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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