for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

ToxicVille is the second mapping challenge in The Hammer Cup 2017, a series of five mapping challenges spread throughout the whole of 2017, each with a different theme.

It contains 18 entries.

The focus of this theme was clever and interesting use of the radioactive toxic goo from Half-Life 2.


Total Downloads: 91915th April 2017
91 Comments and 9 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

Livestreams: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April

Hello my little headcrabs. This weekend, I will be continuing my Level Design Academy practise. In case you don’t know, the LDA is an on-going project where Don teaches me how to map for Goldsource.

The streams will consist of my practising creating basic corridors with a view to developing my skills. I will also be starting Half-Life and observing the design and construction of its corridors.

Both streams, Saturday and Sunday, will start at 2pm Central European Summer Time (12pm GMT, 1pm BST, 8am Eastern US) on Saturday the 15th.

On Sunday, I will continue the same process.

Each stream will last between 90 to 120 minutes.

12th April 2017 11 Comments

April 2017 General Chat

Hello April, where have you been all my life?

I plan to map a bit this month, and I might focus on corridors and doors. I’ll add a few maps and mods, plus a few streams. Who knows, maybe even a WHAT THE HEADCRAB! episode.

I’m going away for a long weekend on the 5th until 9th, so there won’t be any updates on the site until after that.

I’ll be talking about a book I read in a comment, when I get back from holiday called Armour by John Steakley – I FREAKING loved it.

What about you? What plans or aims do you have for April?

3rd April 2017 8 Comments

The Hammer Cup 2017 – Challenge 2 – ToxicVille

Hello and welcome to the second challenge for The Hammer Cup 2017.

Below are the details.


As always, if you have any questions, you can either post a comment or if you require a private reply, send Phillip an email:

22nd March 2017 111 Comments

What The Headcrab! Special 03 – The Trap 2: Mindlock

In this unplanned What The Headcrab! Special, talk about Reaktor’s The Trap 2: Mindlock, an in-development mod for the Source engine that will feature some new gameplay dynamics and some very clever puzzles.

Oh, did I mention the absolutely fantastic voice acting?!

Watch the video for full details.

Follow the mod here:

The original, and absolutely amazing Half-Life mod can be found here.

Watch the Video

19th March 2017 4 Comments

Aurora: Reinstated

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Play as Adrian Shephard, who has been reinstated in the arctic base, where Dr. Judith Mossman is transmitting from in Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

Explore the base and see if you can reach the helicopter.

Good luck and expect fierce resistance.


Total Downloads: 65310th March 2017
16 Comments and 7 recommendations, 3 say "Play It Later"

March 2017 – General Chat

Last month I wrote “OMG, it’s February already, where did January go?” and now I can write “OMG, it’s March already, where did February go?”

Anyway, I won’t talk about what I plan to do because it seems I never do it. From now on I am just going to do it

What about you, what would you like to talk about?

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.

5th March 2017 22 Comments


The transit system had taken Gordon to within a whisker of the surface, and safety.

However the military, ostensibly there to rescue the facilities personnel, had cut power to all the surface access doors.

The test reactor housed in Area 3’s nearby laboratories offered a solution to this predicament.

If Gordon could fire it up he should be able to redirect power to the access doors from the control room.

The way ahead was dangerous, but with luck this would be the final escapade.


Total Downloads: 45223rd February 2017
9 Comments and 4 recommendations, 2 say "Play It Now!"


for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

DefenedVilleTwo is the first mapping challenge in The Hammer Cup 2017, a series of five mapping challenges spread throughout the whole of 2017, each with a different theme.

It contains 11 official entries and 1 unofficial (it was late) entry.

Ranging from short, focused maps to larger multi-defense points maps.

I am sure you will enjoy most of them.


Total Downloads: 1,14518th February 2017
59 Comments and 11 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"