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In order to install The Dark Mod D3 has to have at least patch for 1.1 installed. You can download the patch (insert link here). It is recommended that the installation path for Doom 3 contains no blanks as it might cause problems with some of the tools. Additionally it is recommended to keep all the paths lower case. This is especially important as Doom 3 can also run on other platforms like Linux where pathnames are different depending on their case (i.e. /home/sparhawk/Doom3 is a different path than /home/sparhawk/doom3). Windows does not have such restrictions but it happened on some systems that there were still issues with paths, as Doom 3 has it's own internal library of handling paths in a system independent way and therefore this might cause maps to break on some systems while they can work on others.

Depending on the operating system additional requirements may apply. Doom 3 currently supports Windows, Linux and Mac platforms. Requirements for the various platforms will be added at a later point, when development has progressed to a state where it makes sense to ensure platform compatibillity.

Installing The Dark Mod on Windows

In order to install The Dark Mod, once the requirements have been satsified, you should download the package which is provided (inert link here). In the distribution is a DLL contained named DevIL.dll which is required for image handling. Since as the time of writing there is no installer, so the user must install this library himself. To do this the DLL must be copied in the windows/system32 directory. The DLL can also be put in any other directory where a path is pointing to (meaning that the directory is included in the PATH environment variable when Doom 3 is run). If the library is not found when the mod is loaded, Doom 3 will show it's blue window and can not be started. The downloaded archive must be extracted directly into the Doom 3 folder which will create a darkmod folder in there with all files neccessary to run the mod.

Installing The Dark Mod on Linux

Instructions on how to install The Dark Mod on linux will be added at a later point, as currently there is no development done to ensure linux compatibillity.

It is assumed that running a mod is consistent throughout the supported platforms. In case this turns out not to be true, we will add specific instructions for certain platforms later. In order to run The Dark Mod, Doom 3 can be started normally. In the lower right corner you can see a button saying "MOD". Clicking on this button will cause a dialog to appear listing all the mods currently installed. You can select Darkmod by choosing the appropriate entry from the dialog and load it. This will cause Doom 3 to load the mod data and initialze the mod. For later releases it is planned to create a total conversion, which means that we will provide menu screens for all the various settings to be done in a consistant style fitting to the The Dark Mod universe. Since this is still under development, TDM maps have to be loaded via console commands using "map <mapname>". For instructions on how to use the console please refer to the game manual or tutorials which can be found (insert link to general tutorial site).

Running the Mod

Alterantively The Dark Mod can be initialized directly from the command line (or via an icon from the desktop) by using the commandline Windows: "<path to Doom 3>/doom3.exe +set fs_game darkmod"

Linux: "<path to Doom 3>/doom3 +set fs_game darkmod"

It is recommended to use this way of running The Dark Mod, as it appears that Doom 3 will handle paths more consistently then loading the mod manually.