The Dark Mod (Game)

    THE DARK MOD is a free, first-person stealth game inspired by the Thief series by Looking Glass Studios. It recreates the essence of the original Thief games on a more modern engine. This project is both a game and a mission-creation platform, The Dark Mod allows players and mappers alike to enjoy missions in a gothic steampunk universe.

   The Dark Mod is built off the the Doom3 game engine. Doom3 is a first-person shooter from "id" software, whom also made the FPS Quake, which allot of open-source games that run on Linux are based off of. After a certain period of time the id software company re-releases their game engines as GPL open-source which allows indie developers to start making games with the engine they just can't use the same artwork.

id Software's GitHub page

Doom3 source code on GitHub 

    The Dark Mod was officially released on October 17th, 2009. As of October, 2013, TDM 2.0 is now completely standalone, and no longer requires Doom3 which is the game engine used to develop The Dark Mod. The newest release on January 29, 2014, TDM 2.01 has improved the graphics and physics quality.

    Here is a trailer for the 2.00 release which shows some pretty cool game mechanics.

Installing The Dark Mod

Install TDM on Linux

  1. Since there is no 64 bit version of The Dark Mod, on 64 bit systems you also need the 32 bit compatibility libraries installed. On some distributions like SuSE, these are included in the default installation, but on Kubuntu/Ubuntu you need to install the package called ia32-lib and all its dependencies.
  2. Create a folder darkmod in your home directory.
  3. Download the Linux version of the TDM Updater and extract it to your darkmod folder (see below for alternate download locations)
  4. Make tdm_update.linux executable: chmod +x tdm_update.linux
  5. Run the updater, it will connect to one of their mirrors and download the packages for you.
  6. Start The Dark Mod using the thedarkmod.x86 binary in your darkmod folder.

Install TDM on Windows

  1. Create a folder named “darkmod”.
  2. Download the TDM Updater
  3. Extract the tdm_update.exe from the downloaded ZIP and copy it into your darkmod directory.
  4. Start the tdm_update.exe. The installer will connect to one of our download mirrors and start the download process.
  5. Be patient and wait. The download weighs > 2 GB and will probably take a while.
  6. After installation, you’ll find an executable TheDarkMod.exe in your darkmod folder. Use this to start The Dark Mod.
The Dark Mod download page (in case the links posted above are broken).

The Dark Mod Download Page

Check out their wiki for more information

The Dark Wiki