The 2014 Mapping Competitions

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

I thought I would update you on the Mapping Competitions for 2014.

I won’t be running mapping competitions series for a while. Unless they are connected, there’s no real point. So for the foreseeable future, all competitions will be completely separate.

I don’t want to publish a yearly calendar of competitions and commit to something that’s too rigid. That said, I feel I need to give mappers some idea of the schedule to allow them to plan their work.

Therefore, I have decided to run between 4 and 6 mapping competitions in 2014. Most will be 11 days long, but I may try something longer at least once.

The prize will be either a $5 or $10 Steam game for each and I see this as a token prize, rather than something people enter for.

After each competition, I will do my best to create a podcast and chat with a few entrants. I will also encourage mappers to post regular updates of their work in the comments section of the competition announcement.

Mappers who do that will have the chance to join the podcast, even if their entry isn’t one of the best.

I may also try a text based Q&A with questions from PP readers.

I will be announcing the first mapping Competition for 2014 on Friday 24th January at 6:00AM GMT.


19th January 2014 7 Comments

January 2014 – General Chat.

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Welcome to 2014!

Let’s hope that it will be a bumper year for Half-Life maps and mods

Please use this post to talk about about anything you want to – except maps and mods, which should be done of the specific post, assuming there is one.


1st January 2014 27 Comments

December 2013 – General Chat

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Okay, better late than never, so here is a place to chat. From this point forward, I’ll create one for each month.

I’ve created this one so late in the month this time, hoping that with the holidays around the corner, PP readers will have more time to chat.

Please use this post to talk about about anything you want to – except maps and mods, which should be done of the specific post, assuming there is one.


15th December 2013 32 Comments

3×10: Competition 3: MovieVille

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

For this competition, you must create a map that is inspired by a movie or movie scene.

There are no limits to map(s) size or playtime. You can set the map in any environment that you want.

Please see the rest of this post for full details.


13th December 2013 36 Comments

3×10: Competition 2: DefendVille

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

For this competition, you must create a scenario where you have to defend your outpost from a Combine attack.

The player should have approximately 10 minutes to prepare for the defence, including moving turrets, or other obstacles.

Ideally, the design would allow for players to try slightly different strategies on replays.


15th November 2013 124 Comments

AmbushVille Podcast

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

In this podcast I talk to Mark Allen, Justin Carlton and Darren Weekes about their entries to the AmbushVille mod, their approach to building a map in such a short time and other mapping topics.

If you have any specific questions , please post them as comments and I or the guest will respond.


10th November 2013 9 Comments