June 2015 General Chat

Yesterday was the first time I had added a map for a new game in over 7 years! It was for Black Mesa. Let’s hope it was the start of a flood of great maps.

Elsewhere, the site continues to get a new or updated map or mod on the frontpage everyday. I’m at 68 days in a row.

What’s new with you?


1st June 2015 22 Comments

Black Mesa Workshop

Today saw the posting of the first single player map for Black Mesa retail game.

I’m posting this short article to pre-answer some expected questions.


31st May 2015 15 Comments

Bravado

While attempting to escape Black Mesa, Freeman’s tram is halted by a military lockdown at an administrative facility chiselled into the side of a canyon wall.

Freeman must restore power to the tram and, along the way, discover what happened to the scientists.

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Total Downloads: 1,01431st May 2015
46 Comments and 9 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

Liberation

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Starting underground, you suddenly find yourself out in the open with a lot Combine soldiers attacking you.

Only smart thinking and quick reflexes will save you.

Dispatch the soldiers and work your way through the prison to…

Well, let’s just say that a few friends could be waiting to help you.

This mod is this month’s Critical Jim Analysis

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Total Downloads: 2,12530th May 2015
51 Comments and 17 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

My First Map

for Half-Life 2

Doors. Are they locked or just waiting to open with death and pain right behind them?

Only one way to find out. Try to open them.

Collect weapons, ammo and press buttons to make some doors unlock.

Sound simple? Well, it is – kinda.

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Total Downloads: 20129th May 2015
13 Comments and 8 recommendations, 4 say "Maybe?"

Announcing CombineBaseVille Mapping Challenge

For this mapping challenge, I would like you to create a map that is set in a Combine base. The map can start anywhere you like, either just outside a hidden base or just after you enter.
It’s your decision.

Once inside the base, you can have the player do anything you want – destroy or disable certain machinery, rescue a high-ranking Resistance leader or even just escape alive.

As much as I would love high or deep vertical areas, the base doesn’t have to be that way.

I am looking to be impressed by the base as much as I want to have a lot of fun fighting within it.

Ideally, there would be a WOW moment in the map somewhere.


27th May 2015 37 Comments

La Mesa

for Half-Life 2

Find entry to the area behind the Combine gates.

Kill all who stand in your way and then assassinate Breen.

Your work is then done for the day.

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Total Downloads: 19927th May 2015
15 Comments and 8 recommendations, most haven't enjoyed it

Poll Question 314 – Have you or will you play the Black Mesa mod AND purchase it from Steam?

As you probably know, I haven’t played the Black Mesa mod and I haven’t yet purchased the retail version either.

I wanted to wait until it was finished before I played it, but with the probable release of SP maps for the retail version, my hope of waiting for a Steam Sale seems futile.

So that got me wondering how many people have or will play both versions. Of course, I know that some have, but I am curious about RTSL readers.

In fact, putting aside the issue of SP maps for the retail version, would you say the retail version is worth it?


26th May 2015 13 Comments

Hostage

for Half-Life 2

The Combine has taken a hostage and you have been sent to rescue him.

Work your way through a variety of rooms. stairwell and areas until you reach him.

Then lead him to safety.

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Total Downloads: 59426th May 2015
13 Comments and 9 recommendations with no significant bias