What The Headcrab! – Episode 20

Hello and welcome to What The Headcrab! Episode 20.

A few days earlier than a week, but as you probably know, I am off on holiday tomorrow.

This will be the last episode until Saturday 20th August.

I hope you can live without it for that long. Maybe next year, I’ll get some guest host to fill in for me.

As always, there’s a giveaway courtesy of A A Ron from SteamContests.com and news from RTSL.

Anyway, let’s get headcrabing.

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10th August 2016 1 Comment

Holiday and London Meet Up

New readers may be surprised to hear I have a holiday away from the site. Well, actually, I have a few but mostly just for the odd day or two here and there, but the one in August is longer. I will be away for 12 days!!!

12 days of no updates or new posts. Well, that’s not strictly true. The Week XX and weekly poll question will be schedule, but that’s it.

I do check email and follow the comments, however, I avoid replying or posting if I can. We all need to re-charge our creative batteries.

I will be in the UK, specifically, London and near Portsmouth.

Every year I post details of my holiday and suggest a RTSL meet Up (used to be a PP Meet Up) and in all the years I have been suggesting it, it’s only ever happened once – in New York. Two people came to meet me for dinner and it was a lot of fun.

So, here goes again:
Who would like to meet me in Central London on a either Sunday 14th, Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st for an afternoon coffee?

For those that are really serious, I’ll give you my mobile number and we can Whatsapp to arrange things.

But please, please only say you are interested if you really are and can actually make it. My time is so short there and I have so many things I want to do, London Sky Garden, Royal Opera House: Bolshoi ballet, British Museum, friends, shopping, parks restaurants etc etc, that I don’tr want to waste time sitting waiting for people who won’t come.

3rd August 2016 17 Comments

5 Concrete Wonders – Real Theme

I have been planning this Real Theme for quite a few years but never got around to actually posting it.

Unlike other Real Theme post that focus on one location, this one is more about the material and its possibilities.

I love concrete, no really. Anything built with concrete, especially large unusual structures fascinate me.

With that in mind, I present to you a variety of buildings and structures for inspiration when building maps.

31st July 2016 7 Comments

LDA: Tutoring Session 004: Functional Architecture

Here is Don’s and Phillip’s fourth tutoring session.

This Valve Hammer Editor tutoring session covers all the basic details of clip brushes & brush entities with the GoldSource Engine.
Please feel free to ask questions related to the topics discussed.

Please visit its homepage for full details of the Level Design Academy project.

Tutoring Session 004 Details

To teach the viewer to understand and use clip brushes and brush entities.
This video contains explanations of the concepts and exercises for the viewer.

28th July 2016 No Comments

Identify This Mod 004

The Renegadist is looking for a mod. Can you help?

“So plain and simple I’m looking for an old Half-Life 2 mod, if this is in the wrong section feel free to move it since I usually never post on the forums.

Basically this was an old mod I played over five years ago that I have not been able to track down since which leads me to believe it was removed. I don’t remember much about it because it’s been 5 years since I’ve played it or longer but from what I do remember I’ll write down here.

From what I remember the main plot of the mod was that both the Combine and the Human rebels had formed a piece treaty and now both factions were against the player (Both Combine and Rebels shooting at you.). There were parts of the level that I remember playing, one of which took place in a mine shaft filled with zombies and rainbow colored water (This I distinctly remember), there was a farm or something with hay bales, and finally a chapter devoted to driving on a road in the middle of a forest in the HL2 Ep2 Jalopy. I believe the main crowbar was replaced with an Axe and if I remember correctly a few other weapons were different from the default Half-Life 2 weapons. There was a part on the forest chapter where you walk into a concrete building to press a button that did something, maybe to launch a rocket but I’m not sure. I don’t remember the name of the mod however I do believe a radiation warning logo was in it, or at least on the menu screen which showed sections of the forest road chapter.

I know you are going off of bits and pieces however the fact that the plot is so different might help with finding it, in the case that the mod was removed or deleted if anyone has the mod I’d love a download link for it. Other then that I can’t really say much more since I only remember bits and pieces of it, if anyone has any questions or anything concerning the mod please feel free to ask away. The Moddb community is huge and the amount of Half-Life 2 modders and fans of mods is huge, hopefully one person out there knows what I’m talking about.

Thanks and here’s to hoping someone knows what mod this is!”

The featured image is used for illustration purposes only and is NOT taken from the mod.

24th July 2016 6 Comments

Blaze Bolden

CONTENTS Introduction Overview Story Gameplay Nobody Dies Only One Weapon! The Help Jails The Star City The War City The Heads Up Display (HUD) Health and Energy Miscellaneous Details The Twins Conclusion Introduction Even though I love first person shooters I don’t like the slow but sure increase in the amount of violence seen in… Read More

23rd July 2016 Comments Off on Blaze Bolden

Poll Question 354 – Would you prefer a TC with a play time of 1 hour or a mod set in the HL universe with a play time of 2 hours?

Questions like these are always more of a “depends on…” because there are some many factors. But assuming the quality and fun was more or less the same, which would you prefer to play?

I generally find Total Conversions interesting but ultimately lacking and that’s fully understandable considering we are comparing an amatuer mod to a AAA game developer with huge resources, but sometimes TCs can offer the player something new and that might be enough to please the player.

Is something shorter but new worth more than something known but longer?

If I had asked this questions 5 years ago, I would have chosen the known but longer option, but now I think I’d rather have something new.

Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you are curious, I do have some Total Conversions listed on the site.

22nd July 2016 16 Comments

What The Headcrab! Episode 17

Hello and welcome to What The Headcrab! Episode 17.

I have another action-packed show with plenty of Half-Life news items to keep your Headcrabs Humping, your Bullsqiuds charging and your Striders stomping.

As always, there’s a giveaway courtesy of A A Ron from SteamContests.com and another Half-Life trivia question, news from RTSL and the Miscellaneous section that covers no mod stuff.

Let’s go!

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18th July 2016 17 Comments