The Hammer Cup 2017 Overview

Hello and welcome to 2017!

I am very pleased to announce that RTSL will be running another Single Player Source Mapping Challenge Event and this post explains everything you need to know.

Instead of assuming everybody reading this knows all about The Hammer Cup, I will start by explaining it. And move onto the details.


4th January 2017 14 Comments

January 2017 General Chat

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Let’s hope this is the best year for HL modding ever.

As some of you may know, I have been away, but I’m back for 4 days and then off for another week.

I’ll be posting some maps and mods when I get back, but nothing before.

What have I missed in the last 10 days?

And what plans do you have for 2017?

What is this post?

Each month I create a “General Chat” post for readers to post whatever they want within the limits of being a family-friendly website.

Please don’t post reviews, questions or comments about maps and mods listed on the site – post them on the respective post – all those comments will be deleted. I do this to ensure that when a reader visits a map or mod page, all the information is in one place.


1st January 2017 30 Comments

Stalwart

Trapped deep underground in the Black Mesa research facility and beset on all sides by hungry aliens, failing systems and government soldiers determined to silence everyone involved with the project.

How hard can it be?

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Total Downloads: 23617th December 2016
10 Comments and 7 recommendations, most say "Play It Later"

RTSL in 2017

See that cat above? That’s how I have been feeling the last 6 months. I just haven’t been able to get the energy to do any work on the site.

However, I have almost reached a decision to continue with the site BUT before I make that final commitment, I want to be sure.

In a few days, I am going away for the Christmas holidays and then on 4th January I am going for a holiday in the sun. I will relax, looking at the ocean and ponder life’s unanswerable questions: “Can Gordon talk?“, “Should I stop pretending to be a bad player?“, “should I extract all the modding knowledge from Don’s brain and become a mapping giant?“, and of course “Should I continue running the site?“.

I suspect the answer to them all will be “YES!“. So, let’s just assume that for the rest of this article.


16th December 2016 18 Comments

Hard!Ville AKA HardVille

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

UPDATE: A late entry was received and has been included in a patch and an updated file. It will not be entered into the voting system.

This Ville contains 6 entries, each with varying degrees of design quality, visuals and polish.

The theme was designed to encourage difficult gameplay and challenging scenarios.

You decide if the entrants achieved this.

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Total Downloads: 63715th December 2016
57 Comments and 9 recommendations, 4 say "Play It Later"

Week 49 – Weekend Livestream Schedule

I had a mod in mind for this month’s classic but it’s terribly long, so instead I felt like playing an Opposing Force pack. So this weekend it’s A Soldier’s Tale for Classic of the Month. I’ll be streaming Saturday starting at 10am Eastern US Time (3pm GMT, 4pm Central European Time).

Phillip may also stream something this weekend, keep an eye on his twitter and the RTSL YouTube Channel for the info.


You should double check the Time & Date.Com website for your local time.

All streams will be on the RTSL YouTube Channel.

If you have any questions about the streams, just ask.


8th December 2016 6 Comments

December 2016 General Chat

Hard to believe the end of 2016 is nearly upon us. Christmas is a mere 3 weeks away and of course I haven’t started shopping at all.

Releases have been a little quiet lately, but soon we’ll have Hard!Ville to play at least.

Any games you picked up during the Autumn Steam Sale? Any games on your wish list for Christmas? For my part, I grabbed Dishonored 2 but haven’t had time to play it yet.

Happy December!


4th December 2016 16 Comments

Explore Phillip’s Collection of FPS Games – Part 2

Here is the second video in my series of FPS games exploration.

It was recorded during my recent 12-Hour Autumn Playathon.

The format is more or less the same as the first, but this time I tried to include a view of my screen, so viewers can see some details of the games I research.

If you haven’t seen the first part, I recommend you watch that too.

I hope you enjoy it and also hope it will encourage you to explore your collection.

I will add a list of games covered very soon.


27th November 2016 4 Comments

Week 47

Well, I’ve been promising this stream for some time, and here it finally is! Squeaking in on the last weekend of the month is Sweet Half-Life for Classic of the Month. I’ll be streaming Saturday starting at 10am Eastern US Time (3pm GMT, 4pm Central European Time).

Phillip may also stream something this weekend, keep an eye on his twitter and the RTSL YouTube Channel for the info.

Sorry, Dan is in the middle of moving across the country and settling in at his new place, so there’s no Source of Fame stream this month.


26th November 2016 4 Comments

Poll Question 362 – Would you prefer achievements to be hidden until after the first playthrough of a game?

Having just purchased The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, I looked at the Steam page and found there were 14 hidden achievements. Initially, that seemed really unfair. How was I supposed to reach an achievement if I didn’t know what it was? That’s like playing darts with the lights off and not knowing where the dartboard is.

But then I looked at the Bioshock 2 page and found all the achievements listed and that seemed almost as bad. if I am just going to play a game to reach the achievements, won’t that take away some of the spontaneity of the experience?

So what is the middle ground? I don’t know, but perhaps it is that the achievements are hidden until after the first playthrough. Any achievements gained on the first playthrough are “Gold” or something, although people will just look for them online simply to get the gold star I suppose.

In fact, maybe make it so that it is impossible to get ANY achievements on the first playthrough!

Maybe there could be hints with the second and subsequent playthroughs to help you find the ones you missed.

How do you feel about the display or not of achievements?


21st November 2016 22 Comments