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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May Mission Madness!

What if I told you Moonbo was releasing a two mission

campaign follow-up to his acclaimed mission Requiem?

What if I told you that Sotha was also releasing

the hotly anticipated sequel to his new Ulysses series?

What if I told you Bikerdude has just done a

vast overhaul of the No Honor Among Thieves campaign?

Only one of these announcements might bowl you over, now... it's time to faint!



A House of Locked Secrets

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Moonbo has pulled out all stops in this two mission campaign follow-up to his widely praised "Requiem" mission. With peerless architecture, elegant and inventive scripted sequences, top-notch story development, and so much polish that triple AAA studios would hang their heads in shame at the sight of it... "A House of Locked Secrets" is an instant classic and elevates itself to more than just a Dark Mod mission. A must play!

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Ulysses 2: Protecting the Flock

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Sotha continues to push new mapping frontiers and using his experiments to churn out some of the best and most anticipated missions for The Dark Mod. For Ulysses 2, he extends his modular building techniques and throws in many new custom character animations and assets. With 3 different play styles, and Sotha's typically devilish AI routing there will be plenty of reasons to reply this mission.


No Honor Among Thieves v3

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After spending a great deal of time making "No Honor Among Thieves" ready for 2.0 standalone, a few last minute mod bugs spoiled the release so Biker put his nose to the grindstone and set out to release the most flawless edition of this mission ever to grace the mission database. Not content with just fixing reported bugs, Biker optimized areas in new ways, learned more about the LOD system (and had SteveL fix some bugs for it), re-lit scenes, added new textures, improved buildings to make game-play more varied, added new particle effects, and just plain upgraded this mission in every way possible. Crypts are creepier, Pubs are cozier, Inns are sleazier, Cathedrals are more grand, Forests are darker... More than enough reasons to play or replay this 3-mission campaign.

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The Dark Mod 2.0-2.01 Update Package (Windows)

The Dark Mod 2.0-2.01 Update Package (Windows)

Aug 2, 2015 Patch 0 comments

This is a standalone archive release of The Dark Mod's 2.01 update, to be applied to an installation of The Dark Mod 2.0.

The Dark Mod 2.01-2.02 Update Package (Windows)

The Dark Mod 2.01-2.02 Update Package (Windows)

Aug 2, 2015 Patch 0 comments

This is a standalone archive release of The Dark Mod's 2.02 update, to be applied to an installation of The Dark Mod 2.0 patched to version 2.01.

The Dark Mod 2.02-2.03 Update Package (Windows)

The Dark Mod 2.02-2.03 Update Package (Windows)

Aug 2, 2015 Patch 1 comment

This is a standalone archive release of The Dark Mod's 2.03 update, to be applied to an installation of The Dark Mod 2.0 patched to version 2.02.

The Dark Mod 2.0 Standalone Full Installer

The Dark Mod 2.0 Standalone Full Installer

Oct 10, 2013 Full Version 45 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...

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calhoun255
calhoun255 Dec 21 2013 says:

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

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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more Dec 21 2013 replied:

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

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Pietroschek
Pietroschek Dec 4 2013 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
valex Nov 30 2013 says:

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

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ianna_keeper
ianna_keeper Dec 2 2013 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
VicRattlehead Dec 3 2013 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 Creator
nbohr1more Dec 2 2013 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 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 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?

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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more Nov 20 2013 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 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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