Abstraction – Map Labs Test Tube #3

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The latest Map Labs release is another Test Tube – a short challenge that only ran the weekend. The theme was to create an abstract map.

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!

The challenge recieved a solid 14 entries and 2 bonus maps, here they are!

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Total Downloads: 3134th May 2019
6 Comments and 2 recommendations, 1 say "Play It Later"

Supplier

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

This takes place during the uprising of City 17 and Barney, who is leading the resistance, spreads news all around to remind all citizens that Gordon Freeman has arrived. Playing as a rebel, your squad has suggested that you go ahead and grab any supplies while you’re on your way to the Citadel so you can assist the Freeman.

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Total Downloads: 32727th April 2019
6 Comments and 5 recommendations, most say "Play It Later"

A2B Trajectory

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

You find yourself in an environment where Combine forces and Zombies are at each others throat, and you are quickly caught in the crossfire. Try to find a way to escape the area amidst the dangers that lurk around every corner…

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Total Downloads: 41325th April 2019
6 Comments and 5 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

RunThinkShootLiveVille 2 – Map Labs #3

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The Map Labs team keeps cranking out quality mapping challenges. This time they approached me to ask about a crossover challenge and I suggested a sequel to the namesake contest RunThinkShootLiveVille. That was a fun challenge to run and play, and some memorable maps were entered.

So for this first crossover with Map Labs, the theme was to make a map featuring the sections Run, Think, Shoot, Live – in any order.

The challenge recieved 12 entries and 2 bonus maps, here they are!

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Total Downloads: 1,08214th April 2019
31 Comments and 7 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

E-Lab-orate

for Half-Life

This old lab complex was already tricky to navigate. Now, with the facility on lock down and rapidly descending into chaos, the most direct routes are blocked and you will have to find alternate ways to reach the surface.

E-Lab-orate was created for TWHL’s 20th Anniversary Competition.

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Total Downloads: 30418th March 2019
6 Comments and 3 recommendations, say ""

Half-Life: Anti-Climax

for Half-Life

Half-Life: Anti-Climax is my take on the “battle you have no chance of winning” the G-Man offers you once you decline his job offer at the end of the Half-Life campaign. Is there truely no chance to win or can you lead Gordon to victory and freedom?

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Total Downloads: 53016th March 2019
21 Comments and 9 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

RunThinkShootLiveVille 2 – Map Labs #3 Mapping Challenge Announcement

Hey, you didn’t really think we’d never have another Ville challenge, right? Geez Louise!

Chris & Toki (the Map Labs folks) have really stepped up, filling the void that RTSL left once we started to wind things down late last year. This is the third “full” Map Labs Challenge – though they’ve run a couple of Test Tube (smaller) challenges in the vein of the Experimental Mapping Challenges here. Most of them are available right here on RTSL, and all are on the Map Labs ModDB page.

I’m happy to partner up with Map Labs for this challenge. May they keep the cool Half-Life challenges going! Perhaps there will be more crossovers like this in the distant future…

The Map Labs Discord just opened up for business. Head there to keep up with Map Labs, find out about new challenges, and maybe volunteer as a beta tester!

And be sure to join the Source Modding Community Discord if you’re thinking of mapping for any of the Map Labs Challenges, or if you just want to talk modding for just about any Valve game.

Theme Details

Just like in the original RunThinkShootLiveVille, mappers must create a map linking 4 distinct sections:

Section 1: RUN
Section 2: THINK
Section 3: SHOOT
Section 4: LIVE

They’re pretty self-explanatory, but we’ll let the official announcement fill in the details (click for full version):

RunThinkShootLiveVille2 Announcement

Note the optional Bonus Challenges, just to add some spice to the maps.

Deadline

The deadline for submission was Monday 8th April 2019

Prize

Map Labs typically doesn’t have prizes for the challenges, other than special roles on the SMC Discord server for placing in the top 3. But I happened to have a spare copy of Raising the Bar in decent shape kicking around, so I’m offering it up to the winner.

Raising the Bar


8th March 2019 13 Comments

Companion Piece – Map Labs Test Tube #2

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

For Valentine’s Day, the Source Modding Community Discord announced a short mapping challenge. This one was a Test Tube, which means it only ran for a few days instead of the typical 3 weeks.

The theme was to make a map featuring a companion or sidekick character. Bonus challenge for creating the map with a companion as well!

The challenge recieved 7 entries and 1 bonus map, here they are!

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Total Downloads: 64927th February 2019
17 Comments and 3 recommendations with no significant bias