Drug Barons

for Half-Life

After the exhaustive, confusing and deceitful experiences that you suffered during your first day at the Black Mesa Lab you finally arrive back on Earth. The mysterious man in the suit had left you little choice but to agree to his “offer” of joining the government department that he worked for. Without the knowledge of who, exactly these employers were, you nervously stepped into the teleporter.

On Earth you materialize in the “incoming” portal of your employers military station. Scientific work extends only to fulfil the military needs of your employer, but at least the workers include some familiar faces that put you at ease.

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Total Downloads: 8618th May 2015
11 Comments and 9 recommendations with no significant bias

Reminder about length of text review and recommendation image use

I want to remind registered members that in order to sue a recommendation image your review must be of proper length.

If the map lasted 15 minutes and you write a short paragraph and use a recommendation image, that’s fine.

However, if the mod last over two hours and you write a short paragraph and add a recommendation image, that image is removed.

I don’t expect everybody to write detailed, in-depth and insightful reviews but if the best you can say after playing something for a few hours is “great mod, loved it”, that’s not enough to warrant a recommendation image.

The image is supposed to be a visual representation of a proper review, not a replacement for it.

If all this seems a little harsh, it’s because I want to avoid situations like ModDB where people can come along and rate something a 10 or 1 with no justification. That makes my faith in their system zero.

I want people to really trust the system here. Yes, you might disagree with my “soft (I say passionate) reviews, but at least I try to justify that recommendation.

I have emailed a few people over the years, but haven’t received a reply.

If you have posted short reviews recently with recommendation images, you should check to see if I have removed it, because I probably have.

If anybody has a problem with that, it’s pistols at dawn!


4th May 2015 8 Comments

RooftopVille

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Who didn’t enjoy the scene near the beginning of Half-Life 2 where you ran along the rooftops?

It was a great start and let you see the city from above. I enjoyed it so much I wnated to play more maps like it, so I ran a mapping competition with “Rooftops” as the theme. here are the 8 entries I received.

I hope you enjoy playing them as much as I did!

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Total Downloads: 4,9744th May 2015
96 Comments and 15 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

Headcrab Boss

for Half-Life

The mighty and dangerous Headcrab Boss awaits you in the next room.

Collect your weapons and steady your heart for a long and arduous fight.

Only the careful will survive.

One hit from it will kill you.

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Total Downloads: 973rd May 2015
6 Comments and 5 recommendations, most haven't enjoyed it

Half-Life Point Blank – Stackdeath Complex

for Half-Life

Starting with no weapons and no idea where you should go, you need to stay alive long enough to figure what to do.

There is no story and no sense to any of the areas, but that’s that not the point of this mappack.

It’s to use your skill to reach the end.

Only the strong will survive, Spartans would love this challenge.

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Total Downloads: 17727th April 2015
6 Comments and 4 recommendations, 2 say "Play It Later"

Jim’s Rules Of Half Life 2 Mapping

For those not following Jim Partridge’s RTSL livestream event, called Critical Jim, he plays and dissects a different mod every month.

He normally has a guest to throw and crush ideas around.

Here are his starting mapping rules. Don’t be surprised if they get added to and/or updated as he finds new elements to discuss.


24th April 2015 4 Comments

Upcoming text Interview with Shokunin, the creator of Transmissions: Element 120.

Shokunin and I were planning on having an audio interview but for various reasons that’s no longer possible.

We have however agreed to do a text interview and although I have plenty of questions I want to ask, I thought RTSL readers might also like to suggest some questions.

Please post your questions as comments below.

I make no guarantee that I will include though.

I will be sending the list of questions on Monday, so you don’t have long to post them.


17th April 2015 1 Comment