Classic of the Month Stream – Transmissions: Element 120 – January 2022

New year, new month, new classic! Transmissions: Element 120 is the Classic of the Month.

The stream will be this weekend on Saturday January 15th, about 12pm (noon) Eastern US Time (5pm in the UK, 6pm Central Europe). Grab a hot chocolate, tea, or the hot beverage of your choice and tune in!


As usual, the stream will be on the RunThinkShootLive Twitch Channel, and the recording will later be uploaded to the Classic of the Month playlist on the RTSL YouTube channel.


Check the Time & Date.Com website for your local time. See you there!


11th January 2022 3 Comments

Atom Week – Map Labs Atoms #6 – #10 (featuring AscentVille and ElevatorVille 2)

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The Map Labs challenges come in a bunch of sizes – Atoms being the shortest challenges at 24 (or 48) hours. Back in March 2021, they ran a straight week composed of 5 Atom challenges.

We at RTSL collaborated with the Map Labs crew again for a couple of these Atoms – AscentVille and ElevatorVille 2. AscentVille was an unused idea back in the Hammer Cup days, and we thought ElevatorVille 2 would be an appropriate theme to interpret for such a short mapping challenge. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Gravity, and The Emoji Theme fill out the rest of the Atom Week themes – plus a handful of bonus maps as well.

Anyway, here is the full Atom Week release! Enjoy a whopping 57 short-form maps!

As always, if you’re interested in learning more about Map Labs and maybe even participate in their upcoming challenges, visit the Map Labs Discord.

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Total Downloads: 4804th January 2022
4 Comments and 1 recommendation, say ""

2022 General Chat

Well I skipped a year, but given that 2022 is now upon us, here’s a new General Chat! Let’s hope 2022 has better things in store for all of us!

What are you looking forward to? For my part, more Half-Life mods, of course! I’m keeping an eye on things like The Core, Dark Matter, Signal Lost, and THWL Tower Source.

And Operation: Black Mesa just got added to Steam, so hopefully that’s not too far away. Oh, and FMPONE’s addon for Alyx, Levitation is looking really sharp!

For my part, I hope to consume a little less and create a lot more in 2022. And post some more mods! What about you?


1st January 2022 26 Comments

Classic of the Month Stream – TWHL Tower 2 – December 2021

This month, TWHL Tower 2 won the vote in an absolute landslide! So December’s Classic of the Month is decided.

The stream will be this weekend on Saturday December 11th, about 12pm (noon) Eastern US Time (5pm in the UK, 6pm Central Europe).

And this time, it’ll be a very special stream – you’ll get behind-the-scenes tidbits from the majority of the maps, and full developer commentary for the two maps that I created for this collaboration.


As usual, the stream will be on the RunThinkShootLive Twitch Channel, and the recording will later be uploaded to the Classic of the Month playlist on the RTSL YouTube channel.


Check the Time & Date.Com website for your local time. See you there!


9th December 2021 2 Comments

Vote for the December Classic of the Month – The “Recent” Theme

Another vote for Classic of the Month! And rather than just recycle the mods that didn’t win the previous votes, I picked a handful of mods that are all relatively new (within the last year and a half). Thus the “recent” theme for December – pick which one I’ll stream!

Disclaimer: I was a participant in and ultimately co-lead of TWHL Tower 2 – if that wins the vote you’ll probably get a lot of complaining and occasionally accidental insight during the livestream – but on the other hand, I’ll 100% it.

The poll runs for a week until December 8th. Get your vote in!


1st December 2021 No Comments

Classic of the Month Stream – Half-Life: Visitors – November 2021

Half-Life: Visitors from 2004 was chosen (by you!) for the November Classic of the Month – another one I’ve not played since about when it first came out. So let’s see what it has in store and if it holds up!

The stream will be this weekend on Saturday November 20th, about 12pm (noon) Eastern US Time (5pm in the UK, 6pm Central Europe).


As usual, the stream will be on the RunThinkShootLive Twitch Channel, and the recording will later be uploaded to the Classic of the Month playlist on the RTSL YouTube channel.


Check the Time & Date.Com website for your local time. See you there!


17th November 2021 1 Comment

Halloween Horror 4: Nightmare on Reboot Street! – Map Labs #16

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Back to the roots for the latest Map Labs challenge – just an old spooky map competition! This time there’s a lucky 13 entries to spook you, including some quite unique and creative ways to chill your spine! Enjoy!

As always, if you’re interested in learning more about Map Labs and maybe even participate in their upcoming challenges, visit the Map Labs Discord.

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Total Downloads: 8876th November 2021
14 Comments and 4 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

Dark Evening

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

After the disaster that occurred in Black Mesa and the world finding out, government figures have taken action to reduce panic and evacuate people to safety. In a rural area far away from Black Mesa, you are suddenly awakened by your alarm clock, only to listen to a more alarming tone from an emergency TV broadcast…

Dark Evening is an Atmospheric-Horror Source Engine Modification inspired by classic titles such as Silent Hill, while retaining the familiar Half Life 2 style in gameplay.

Dark Evening takes place between the period of Half Life 1 and Half Life 2. You play as Jake Hill, a man in his mid 30’s who is caught up in the skirmish between the human, alien as well as mysterious combine forces that are fighting one another. Despite the odds being stacked up against him, he will have to fight with all the strength he’s got in order to hopefully survive the impossibly challenging circumstances.

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Total Downloads: 1,13529th October 2021
7 Comments and 6 recommendations, 2 say "Maybe?"

Swiss_Cheese Halloween 2002

for Half-Life

The Story begins in your neighbourhood on Halloween night. You find a very old book which manages to start you off on a scary and dangerous journey through a strange land where monsters roam and thrive!

Can you survive Swiss Cheese’s Halloween Mod?

Note: This version includes the patch from Swiss_Cheese as well as the Steam improvements from malortie released in 2017.

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Total Downloads: 27224th October 2021
6 Comments and 3 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"