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.

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


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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foo_jam2002 Dec 31 2013, 3:54pm says:

Update to previous post: resolution fixed now but the save is not loading, any help? I am playing the training mission.

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foo_jam2002 Dec 31 2013, 3:39pm says:

It doesn't keep the resolution i set, it plays on 640x480, i wonder why.

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calhoun255 Dec 21 2013, 5:11am says:

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

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nbohr1more Dec 21 2013, 8:27am replied:

Correct. It's completely standalone now. Just make sure your install directory is named "darkmod"

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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!

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valex Nov 30 2013, 9:57am says:

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

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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.

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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 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)] 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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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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