CrossoverVille Mapping Challenge

I have to admit I was planning on AntlionVille but by the time I had finished Antlions Everywhere I was sick to death of the freaking things. I am sure there will be an AntlionsVille in the future but not this time.

There were some really great theme/challenge suggestions made by people and, again, some are sure to happen in the future, but the one that really caught my eye was CrossoverVille. I am going to open it up to a wider range of games though.

Hope it inspires you!

25th November 2015 19 Comments

November Mapping Challenge

The November/December mapping challenge will be announced on Wednesday.

So mapper/modders, cancel your whole non-gaming life and get ready for this.

Hope you love the theme.

23rd November 2015 11 Comments

Audio Interview with Half-Rats

I finally got my time machine to work again, that flux-capacitor really needs to be overhauled, and managed to sit down and chat with Half-Rats, the creator of Half-Rats – A Fever Dream.

We chat for just under the hour about the making of the mod.

You can listen via this page or download it to your HDD.

23rd November 2015 3 Comments

Antlions Everywhere

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The man character, Carter Grok together with a squad of rebels, has received new orders.

They are to reach City-S where more rebels are located.

To reach the city, the player’s squad is sent through the mines in an attempt to avoid the main Combine forces.

Once in the mine, the squad is separated and the player finds himself alone.

That’s only the beginning of his troubles.


Total Downloads: 23422nd November 2015
7 Comments and 3 recommendations, most say "Personal Favourite"

MapTap 2.6.0 Now Available

Alex and I are pleased to announce that MapTap 2.6.0 is now available for download and use.

Current MapTap users should get a message the first or second time the run the application telling them a new package is available. If not, just visit the MapTap page and choose between the Update (smaller download) or the full version.

22nd November 2015 7 Comments

Poll Question 329 – Should a mod author eventually show Easter Eggs?

It was pointed out to me this week that I missed some areas in Uncertainty Principle in my video playthrough, which is always a possibility when doing live playthroughs as you don’t want to bore the viewers too much.

Anyway, I am sure there have been plenty of mods released with hidden areas and secrets etc. The question is whether a mod author should eventually tell people about them. I feel they should but not necessarily in a readme.txt file or in the credits. I do feel that a player should be told exactly how many secrets there are though, as that encourages players to replay mods.

If my memory serves me correctly, The Citizen Returns had a system of 15 EEs to collect or maybe it was the first release. Anybody remember? I like that idea a lot, although it needs to be implemented really well to ensure it’s not frustrating. For example, letting a player know when the are about to leave an area that can not be returned to that has an EE they missed.

I’d love to hear mod authors’ point of view on this, as well as players of course.

19th November 2015 10 Comments

Next Mapping Challenge

So, I have been thinking about the next mapping challenge and one thing that I need to decide on is the date and deadline.

I know people get busy around Christmas time, but I also know that many people have free time.

I would like to know what sort of schedule potential entrants would be interested in.

Please tell me your preferred dates and I will take into account all the responses.

I haven’t decided on a theme yet, so let me have your ideas on that also. I have one idea but I am not convinced it’s right.

Also, this time the prize won’t be games, at least not the first prize, but a set of three HL/Portal inspired prints. The winner will have to buy the frames, but I think it’s a better prize than just a game.

18th November 2015 32 Comments

This Weekend’s Livstream Schedule: They Hunger 3, Decay (maybe), Strider Mountain and HL1 Anthology Giveaway

We hope to have at least two livestreams scheduled for this weekend and that many of you can watch and join in the chat.

Depending on whether the server is online, Don and Phillip will also be trying to play Decay.

Check the RTSL Twitter feed for the latest announcments.

So, check out the details below and we hope to see you online with us.

All the streams are on the RTSL Twitch Channel with chat enabled.

18th November 2015 2 Comments

Half-Rats: A Fever Dream

for Half-Life

July the fourteenth, 1883: Being rather rudely awakened after a night of drunken revelry; Half-Rats is thrust into a rather dire situation.

Utter calamity has erupted in the streets outside of the general store which he calls home – calamity of the most unnatural and horrific kind, that is.

Now he and the shop keeper, Mr. Trask, must hold out against this infernal host of creatures together. Will they survive the night?


Total Downloads: 17817th November 2015
14 Comments and 6 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"