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.


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 Speed-Build Contest 2015

September Promotion 1

Without too much ado, a simple forum comment turned into a dare and then into a speed-build contest. With the entire contest between seasoned mission authors, this contest is a boon for all stealth and survival horror fans in the TDM community.

Contest Update!

Winner: "The Rats Triumphant" (Melan)


1) The Rats Triumphant (Melan) 87.333%

2) Thief's Remorse (Airship Ballet) 82.738%

3) Golden Skull (Sotha) 80.667%

4) Spring Cleaning (Goldwell) 75.067%

5) Dead Drunk (Stumpy) 59.545%

Thanks for Voting!

Here are the 5 entrants currently available for your consideration and votes:

Spring Cleaning

Goldwell has invited us to reclaim old paintings from a

"supposedly" haunted old house...


The Golden Skull

Halloween 2015

Sotha invites you to find out what happened to your fiancee

who was working for a mysterious lord in the city...


Dead Drunk

Halloween 2015

Stumpy has left you for dead in an old tomb after a night of drinking...


The Rats Triumphant

Halloween 2015

Melan has sent you to navigate an abandoned city

area which is quarantined to stop a plague.

You must find your lost inheritance.


Thief's Remorse

Halloween 2015

Airship Ballet has given you a simple task.

Grab a single loot item and escape the crypt.

Seems simple enough...


Please play this missions as soon as possible.

The voting ends on November 14th!

Other news:

Thief's Den 2: Chalice of Kings Update:

TD2: Chalice

Bikerdude and Xarg have updated this mission to be fully 2.0 standalone

compliant and have improved performance and visuals.

May Mission Madness!

May Mission Madness!

5 months ago News 7 comments

Moonbo, Sotha, and Bikerdude collectively blow the doors off the TDM mission scene!

Sir Talbot's Collateral

Sir Talbot's Collateral

7 months ago News 3 comments

One of the best pure Manor Heist missions for The Dark Mod from long time TDM mod contributor Baal and our resident mission production hero Bikerdude

The Dark Mod v2.03 is OUT!

The Dark Mod v2.03 is OUT!

9 months ago News 23 comments

One of the biggest updates since going standalone!

Halloween Missions

Halloween Missions

1 year ago News 3 comments

A small community contest has resulted in a new mission for Halloween and a few more due shortly.

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The Dark Mod 2.0-2.01 Update Package (Windows)

The Dark Mod 2.0-2.01 Update Package (Windows)

3 months ago 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)

3 months ago 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)

3 months ago 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

2 years ago Full Version 46 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

2 years ago 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

3 years ago 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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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 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 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 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)] 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 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:

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 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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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more Nov 18 2013 says:

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

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nbohr1more Creator
nbohr1more Nov 17 2013 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 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 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 says:

Experimental native OSX port of The Dark Mod 2.0:

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Jew_Santa Nov 2 2013 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 replied:

Did you try adding

bind "r" "toggle in_alwaysRun 0 1;"

to your Darkmod.cfg file?


+1 vote   reply to comment
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Highest Rated (11 agree) 10/10

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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