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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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".


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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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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?

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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more Nov 20 2013, 5:56pm replied:

Here's a thread:

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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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more Nov 18 2013, 10:31pm says:

New Intel graphics drivers. Finally stable full-screen TDM in Windows 8.1:

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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more Nov 17 2013, 11:31am says:

Forum registration at has been temporarily suspended until we have a new solution for the incoming spammers.

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Bliccer Nov 16 2013, 8:41am says:

This game is just awesome. I played some time ago when it still was a mod and actually wanted to make a map, but just have no time. I have heard that it's stand alone now, but couldn't get myself to download it and give it a quick run around... guess I would get addicted too quickly.
When I was going through the latest edition of the "gamestar" magazine they had an article covering stealth games, cause of the next Thief. On the last two pages they had a nicely pictured review of your game... thought I would link it here:

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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more Nov 16 2013, 11:29am replied:

Thanks Bliccer! I also hope that you catch a few minutes and get a chance to make a mission. :)

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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more Nov 14 2013, 5:52pm says:

Experimental native OSX port of The Dark Mod 2.0:

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Jew_Santa Nov 2 2013, 7:04pm says:

Well done. Good game. Not mod, game. That joyful moment when you discover, that eaten apple leaves scrap. Consider making 'toggle run' button please. This will help fight face to face when you get caught. 'Always run' option mess with whole button settings and it's impossible to sneak properly.

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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more Nov 13 2013, 6:10pm replied:

Did you try adding

bind "r" "toggle in_alwaysRun 0 1;"

to your Darkmod.cfg file?


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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more Nov 13 2013, 6:02pm replied:

Yeah, probably true. Some folks have legitimately expressed similar concerns over at the TDM forums so I thought I would answer abruptly. AluminumHaste just made a video that contradicts the sword complaint:

So... difficult for some, too easy for others...

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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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