The Custom Story menu that can be accessed from the Start Menu, with several custom stories loaded.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent allow player-created mod campaigns to be added to the game, and then accessed from the game's main menu. These Custom Stories can be created using the many tools released for the HPL2 Engine.[1] Since the game's release, over 700 of these mods can be found and downloaded online[2]

Popular Custom Stories Edit

Penumbra: Necrologue Edit

Penumbra: Necrologue is a total conversion mod for Amnesia: The Dark Descent, released on October 31, 2014. It is presented as a continuation of Frictional Games' other first-person survival horror game Penumbra series and starts off right where the last game in the series, Penumbra: Requiem ended. It was created by CounterCurrent games and features an all-new story, monsters, objects, and sounds. It also won the Mod DB: Mod of The Year "Editors' Choice" 2014: "Best Singleplayer" award. On October 31, 2015, they also released Penumbra: Twilight of the Archaic, a prequel to Penumbra: Necrologue.

Download page: Penumbra: Necrologue Penumbra: Twilight of the Archaic

The Great Work Edit

The Great Work follows Charles Longden, an archaeologist looking for his partner Jane, in the old abandoned castle of Minneburg. What he discovers drags him into a centuries-old war between ancient alchemists and The Shadow. Released in 2013, it contains over 30 maps, brand new puzzles, as well as new monsters and models.

Download page: The Great Work

Tenebris Lake Edit

Another total conversion mod for Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Edward wakes up with amnesia in the large bastion of Tenebris Lake. Featuring fully custom music and props, this custom story was released in 2012 by Boris Game Studios.

Download page: Tenebris Lake

Obscurity Edit

While returning to Crescent Village, the hamlet you grew up in as a child, you discover empty houses, boarded up windows, and a strange feeling in the air. Soon, you discover the secrets hidden in this small town, and you find yourself inside of a waking nightmare, instead of the quiet, obscure, rocky town you remembered it to be. Featuring new monsters, maps, and voice acting, this custom story was released in 2013 by developer ElectricRed.

Download page: Obscurity

The Attic Edit

The Attic follows Derek's Father as he explores the attic of his large countryside manor. Soon he realises that there is something hiding up there, but it seems that he himself is also hiding something. The Attic is a three-chapter custom story that was released August 2011 - August 2012. It was created by developer Everlost.

Download page: The Attic

Frictional Games' Custom Story Competition Edit

On July 7, 2011, Frictional Games announced that they were holding a custom story competition where people could vote on their favourite Amnesia: The Dark Descent custom story in three categories: Best Custom Story, Most Potential, and Most Unique.[3] The winners of the competition won a shirt with the quote "Oh shit I have a bag of milkywayss!" from a YouTube video that was very popular at the time.

Winners Edit

On August 30th, Frictional announced the winners on their blog.[4]

Best Custom Story Edit

Winner: La Caza
By Russ Money. A scientist is stranded outside of an ancient Aztec temple, with nowhere to go but inside.
Download page: La Caza

Runner-up: Abduction
By Anxt. A slightly older Daniel awakes from a loud crash, and must once again face off with the returned Alexander.
Download page: Abduction

Second runner-up: Amnesia - Through the Portal
By DamnNoHtml. Following the Good Ending of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Daniel must explore the mysterious world that holds the secrets of the Orbs and The Shadow.
Download page: Amnesia - Through the Portal

Most Potential Edit

Winner: White Night
By Tanshaydar. A total conversion mod taking place in an old insane asylum, focusing on storytelling, environments, and puzzle-solving ahead of horror.
Download page: White Night

Runner-up: Portal - The Dark Descent
By Rickyhorror. A recreation of the video game Portal by VALVe in Amnesia. Unfinished.
Download page: Portal - The Dark Descent

Second runner-up: Cannibalism
By anzki4 and Leon Kennedy. A man wakes up with amnesia in a mansion with no other memories intact other than who owns the mansion.
Download page: Cannibalism

Most Unique Edit

Winner: Tetris - The Dark Descent
By Apjjm. A re-creation of the original Tetris in the HPL2 engine.
Download page: Tetris - The Dark Descent

Runner-up: Unbirth - Envy the Dead
By Plutomaniac. A re-creation of Unbirth, a game Thomas Grip (co-founder of Frictional Games) was working on between 2001-2004. The game got shelved because of technical issues, but an open alpha was released in 2008.[5] This mod is based on that alpha.
Download page: Unbirth - Envy the Dead

Second runner-up: The Estate
By Selyp. You are hired by Katelyn Hume to find her missing husband, Mr. Edward Hume.
Download page: The Estate

References Edit

  1. Developer tools on Frictional Games wiki.
  2. A:TDD Mods on
  3. Frictional Games' article on Mod DB
  5. U N B I R T H - Frictional Games
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