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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The Dark Mod 2.02

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This version includes a number of new features and bugfixes for

The Dark Mod

grayman and taaaki spent some extra time tracking down memory leaks and game-save related crashes. You should find that this version runs noticeably more stable.

Several exploits have been dealt with, such as a fix for the bunny-hop exploit by SteveL, and new behaviour that allows AI to notice if you blatantly grab onto a door they're in the process of closing, by grayman.

A fix of a sound bug that was causing sound to drop off too quickly in large spaces (resulting in AI frequently ignoring noise arrows and calls for help) has also been fixed by grayman, and a new AI Hearing slider has been added to the main menu.

New Horizon has adjusted our blackjacking detection so that players are less likely to fail by being too close to an AI.

AI may notice that they've been pick-pocketed, and will add that to their evidence of an intruder if you cause a mild alert while snatching something from their belt.

In addition, Springheel has added a new AI and vocal set (acted by Goldwell) for mappers to play with: The Moors.

Moors for TDM

New water assets (courtesy of Arcturus):

Animated Normal Maps for raindrops (from Arctutus as well):

For a more detailed look at the changes and improvements, see here: Bugs.thedarkm...p?version_id=65

To get the new update, simply run tdm_update.exe

Other updates.

William Steele 2 "Home Again" and William Steele 3 "Cleighmoor" have been released!

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Continuing his progress towards an 8-mission mega campaign, grayman treats TDM players with a knockout pair of large and intricate missions.

Springheel's "A Reputation to Uphold" has been released!

A Reputation to Uphold - Images

TDM's own lead artist follows-up his excellent mission "A Score to Settle" with another medium-large mission with considerable detail and mood.

Goldwell and Bikerdude's "The Accountant: A Noble Home" has been released!

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Our newest voice talent is also quite a mission designer. His first mission is a real showcase of cinematic moments and a few new TDM features.

Additional Mission Releases:

Now Standalone Compliant!

Fidcal's "Heart of Lone Salvation"

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Bikerdude has optimized and visually enhanced this extra large mission in addition to getting it fully standalone compliant!

Bikerdude's "St. Alban's Cathedral"

HDR-lite sneek peek (Work in Progress)

Another large mission comes back beatified and optimized courtesy of Bikerdude.

(Note the above screens for the 2.0 compliant versions do not quite match the current builds. I will update when I get new screens.)

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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 39 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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Thief-4 Oct 19 2009, 10:59am says:

Oh well, I've tried everything.

Clean restore vista (Latest drivers etc)
Doom 3 installed
Patch 1.3.1
darkmod folder to doom3 folder
Run game and it crashes on the 'please wait' screen

And it can't be my hardware cause i got duel-core and SATA 2 harddrive
Doom 3 itself actually run's on it's own


Im gonna give this mod 1 last change on the final? release. whenever that is. if not i'll just wait for thief 4 or play thief 3 for the 100th time and pretend it's this mod.

I even tried the comment that said load as a MOD and it does the same thing.

Only thing i can think of that is not making it work is the games resolution option isnt changing ? (I've put on center timing's and the menu's do not change size.. even on 1024x768 etc)

But even that doesn't make sense cause doom 3 is working fine...

Typical tho.. of all the mod's THIS one chooses not to work. -_-

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QuadX Oct 19 2009, 11:26am replied:

I just thought I'd mention if you didn't already know, you need the patch. Not any other patch. Has to be this one. Cause I know with the thief's den you had to have that specific patch.

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Thief-4 Oct 19 2009, 12:34pm replied:

Yup im using that one. I've tried a few now anyway from different sites and etc and non work (But the version is the one that get's me up to the 'Please wait' screen)

I mean i've waited ages at the please wait screen and there is no harddrive activity (= CRASH). and even if the game did work 20+mins to play a level is insane!!!

My serial number goes in fine, So it's not that either.
I've even used those no-cd cracks incase it was something stupid like it couldn't get past the cd-key screen. But it still doesn't work (Same crash)

I've tried doom3config.cfg resolution changes etc
Compatibilty changes (Xp sp2 mode etc)

It's giving me a headache -_-

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happycheeze Oct 20 2009, 1:58pm replied:

Hm, does this FAQ help in any way? (

If not, you could register on The Darkmod forums. Heres the link (

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QuadX Oct 19 2009, 11:50pm replied:

Are you familiar with TTLG? Do you have an account? I suggest asking about your problem there.. but also check their wiki site too if you haven't already.

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medve Oct 19 2009, 9:14am says:

i have steam version, and the launcher dont work. but works correctly if i select it as a mod. great work.

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Thief-4 Oct 19 2009, 6:30am says:

I let it load for bout 15-20 mins (Fresh install as well) But it still doesnt work.

Im downloading your The Darkmod 1.00 (Corrected .zip file) version now and see if any luck with that.

As i downloaded your .torrent before.

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Mv.c9 Oct 19 2009, 2:00am says:

ok, im now downloading, but before that, do i need Doom 3 RoE too ?! or just Doom 3.

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Neurological Oct 19 2009, 7:10am replied:

Just Doom 3, no RoE required ;).

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happycheeze Oct 19 2009, 10:45am replied:

Try uninstalling the FM on the menu and install again.

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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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