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.







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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The Dark Mod 2.02

A Reputation to Uphold - Images

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!

A Noble Home Images

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.)


COMING SOON: Penny Dreadful 2: All the way Up
Its now Released!  


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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 35 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 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 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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calhoun255
calhoun255 Dec 21 2013, 5:11am says:

So i don't need DooM III for this game to work?

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Pietroschek
Pietroschek Dec 4 2013, 5:00pm says:

It is impressive & inspiring for many who ever did any creative work for a game they cared about I would guess. Especially when it becomes so good!

+6 votes     reply to comment
valex
valex Nov 30 2013, 9:57am says:

you should go on steam greenlight i m sure Thief fan base will vote!

+3 votes     reply to comment
ianna_keeper
ianna_keeper Dec 2 2013, 8:52am replied:

there are some steam haters in the team so it may not happen. Funny thing is they buy steam game when they see good discounts.

+6 votes     reply to comment
VicRattlehead
VicRattlehead Dec 3 2013, 7:52pm replied:

Steam is riddled with issues. I've only bought two games and its problems are already so very apparent to me.

"Verifying integrity of game cache" is broken and always fails to verify some files and forces you to redownload them even if you know that the verification is erroneous. One of the games I bought forced me to redownload 2.2 GB after verifying the cache and I had to download that chunk of files twice because the first time I used this function I thought it wasn't broken so I tried it again.

There is no option for something as basic as rolling back updates in case the latest patch for the game breaks compatibility with your system or the mods for the game you wish to play. Once you install the update, you can never go back even if you uninstall and redownload the game because you'll be forced to download the game with the latest update. The other game I bought received an update which caused significant performance drop in my system, I have no way to undo the update and now I can't stomach to play the game.

Any type of platform that takes away control from the user of the software he purchased is bad, and Steam does plenty of that. I would have been better off had I pirated the games I bought from that service instead.

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nbohr1more
nbohr1more Dec 2 2013, 10:04am replied:

I'm not a Steam hater but I must admit that I have mixed feelings about them being a "gateway drug" for popular acceptance of DRM. Yes, I must admit, if we are forced to have DRM in our lives it should be as well designed as the Steam version... I think the Greenlight thing might happen. I just need to read over the legalize of the TOS with our resident legal man and start moving on it.

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[Tox(sic)]
[Tox(sic)] Dec 3 2013, 1:59pm replied:

As much as I hate DRM, I cannot stress enough how good of a platform. It has become a pinnacle to the gaming community, fostering independent gaming growth and treating the consumer better than any other platform. If Steam is the best bet against piracy, so be it.
Steam is as strict as I think DRM should go, however, and I think there should always be games with DRM-free alternatives. Not every game, but some.
I'd say that instead of Steam making me accept DRM, it rather makes me expect and demand more from DRM platforms. For example, you take away my right to launch a game without hassle and install it on as many systems that I want, how are you going to compensate for that?

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Taquito
Taquito Nov 20 2013, 1:31pm says:

Maybe it's just me but the Standalone feels much better than the previous mod. Congratulations! Is there a list of best missions (non horror) somewhere?

+2 votes     reply to comment
nbohr1more
nbohr1more Nov 20 2013, 5:56pm replied:

Here's a thread:

Forums.thedarkmod.com

the list might need to be updated because Requiem and Lords and Legacy are quite good too.

I will open a thread about non-horror missions.

That said many missions run the gamut of themes which includes some horror\undead areas (just like Thief 1). Even amongst the Top 10 horror list, many of the listed missions have significant non-horror portions.

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Taquito
Taquito Nov 20 2013, 10:43pm replied:

Thank you. I started with A Score to Settle. Have you ever though of making an unlock mission system instead of putting all missions available at once? For example finishing a basic mission unlocks another one (or more) with a bit of higher difficulty and so on. It serves as reward and continuity and for beginners like me is better this way. Even if the missions are not related.

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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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