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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20 comments by nbohr1more on Feb 8th, 2015

Announcing the new The Dark Mod 2.03 update!

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The team at Broken Glass Studios is very pleased to announce the latest update to TDM!
The update to 2.03 adds nearly nine months of new assets, features, and bugfixes. Some changes will be noticeable right away, while others will take a while to appear in new maps.
To apply the update, simply run the tdm_update.exe file in your darkmod folder. (Note that saved games from earlier versions will not be compatible with 2.03, so finish any missions you are playing first).
Some of the improvements are listed below. To see the full changelog, go here.


AI changes: AI have a few new animations, including a new pickpocket reaction. Many AI, including the citywatch and builder models, should look more detailed, as most AI are now using LOD (Level of Detail) stages, allowing greater detail up close and less detail (and less of a performance hit) when further away. In terms of behaviour, AI will now coordinate their searches more intelligently when in groups, sending some AI to guard doors and choke-points rather than stepping all over each other. AI will now react when getting hit by an opening door. An issue that allowed AI to see behind them if their head was turned a certain way has been fixed.

Graphics: Particle effects have been greatly improved, so that they no longer create hard lines when intersecting geometry. Water no longer distorts things that are in front of it, and the skybox will no longer flash grey when the player is mantling. The spyglass will now appear round regardless of the screen dimensions used. A number of entities are now using LOD (Level of Detail) stages. You may wish to adjust this option in the Graphics Menu if you see noticeable ‘popping’ of models.

Revelator, a veteran in the Doom 3 mod scene, stepped in to help our new engine coder SteveL with some of the code needed to gain access to the depth buffer. We hope to continue our partnership with this crafty fellow.

Assets: More than a hundred new high-quality textures and models have been added to the game, and should start appearing in new maps. A number of existing models have been improved by adding more polys and better textures. A new female townsfolk model and vocal set has also been added to the game and should start appearing in new maps soon.

A video preview of some of the new features can be viewed below:

Overall, you should notice a distinct improvement to the graphics and AI behaviour in maps. And we have some exciting renderer developments in the pipeline, though that will have to wait for the next update.

Since v2.02 several stellar missions have been released including:

Melan's "Penny Dreadful 2: All the way up"
Sotha's "Ulysses: Genesis"
Goldwell's "Lord Edgar's Bathhouse"
Airship Ballet's "La Banque Bienveillante" and "Chase Mercantile" (parts of the Quinn Co. campaign)

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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 44 comments

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

Oct 9, 2013 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

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 thedarkmod_v106.zip 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 darkmod_103.zip into...

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4398
4398 Dec 7 2009, 2:15am says:

i hope this isn't a weird question. but will the dark mod ever become an indie game? if thats possible?

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happycheeze Creator
happycheeze Dec 13 2009, 1:32am replied:

An indie game? If you mean to sell it for profit, no.

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Nominee
Nominee Dec 30 2009, 11:09pm replied:

I think he means standalone.

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happycheeze Creator
happycheeze Dec 31 2009, 9:29am replied:

Standalone would be nice, but there is a LOT of doom 3 assets we'd have to replace which would take a very long time and a lot of effort. Plus, the Doom 3 source code isn't open source yet.

It's something we've discussed a lot, only the future will tell.

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moonhoplite
moonhoplite Nov 24 2009, 10:19am says:

It's awfully quite, recently. I bet you guys are working on something, like a new patch?

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happycheeze Creator
happycheeze Nov 27 2009, 3:23pm replied:

Eventually we'll have an update with more content to come out.

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Robok
Robok Nov 28 2009, 3:46pm replied:

Are you guys planning on converting Thief 1's or Thief 2's campaign? Because that **** would be so cash, this is rather awesome as it is now but it needs something to connect it, i.e. a campaign :)

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Crispiness Creator
Crispiness Nov 29 2009, 6:12am replied:

No, we can't bring over any Thief content into TDM due to the obvious legal issues. Eidos holds the copyright on Thief, and we'd rather that their crack legal team didn't send us any cease and desist notices (or worse).

As much as we'd all love to see an original campaign, it's lots of work to make them, and I'm not aware of any serious efforts yet. I'm sure it'll happen one day, just don't hold your breath for now. :)

On the plus side, many new fan-made missions are in development. In particular there is a Christmas contest to make more missions (which anyone can enter), and we're hoping that will be quite popular and result in lots of missions to play.

The core team will also continue to put out content updates, some of which may be accompanied by the release of missions which depend on delayed content (like undead, which are mostly working internally but weren't quite ready for release).

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bradford28
bradford28 Nov 1 2009, 4:07pm says:

I'm still having some problems with some mission files. After placing the pk4 file in the fms folder they do show up in the mission list. However when I try to install the missions they do not appear as the current mission after the game restarts. Is it sufficient just to have the pk4 file in the fm folder?

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happycheeze Creator
happycheeze Nov 3 2009, 8:19am replied:

Putting just the pk4 in the fms folder should be enough. Darkmod will automatically make a folder for the .pk4 file.

If it persists, either check this FAQ (http://modetwo.net/darkmod/wiki/index.php?title=FAQ#FM_downloaded_but_won.27t_play) or ask on our forum.

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moonhoplite
moonhoplite Nov 4 2009, 3:04am replied:

I found that disabling UAC for vista users will allow the fm's to show up. With UAC on, many files can't be edited and saved, etc...

Try turning UAC off.

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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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