Half-Life: Abridged – Map Labs #5

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

This clever Map Labs challenge was a partnership with the great folks at Lambda Generation. Here was the challenge:

Imagine this: Your friend is too lazy to play Half-Life. They tell you that they’d rather experience the games in an abridged form of some kind. A little annoyed, you walk back to your desk and start creating just that.

Take a chapter from any Half-Life game, and make it WAY smaller. That’s the challenge! Half-Life: Abridged.

The challenge recieved a whopping 22 entries and 3 bonus maps! Here they are, enjoy!


Total Downloads: 1,68017th August 2019
8 Comments and 5 recommendations, most say "Personal Favourite"

Think Tank – Map Labs #4

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Well, the Maps Labs folks went ahead and created a theme we here at RTSL talked about many, many times – but never dared to do. A theme based only around puzzles. Here is Think Tank, and the theme summary is exactly that – create a map focused on puzzles. As always, if you’re interested… Read More


Total Downloads: 80715th June 2019
13 Comments and 5 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

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!


Total Downloads: 7644th May 2019
7 Comments and 2 recommendations, 1 say "Play It Later"


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.


Total Downloads: 94827th April 2019
10 Comments and 9 recommendations with no significant bias

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…


Total Downloads: 1,22525th April 2019
12 Comments and 10 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!


Total Downloads: 2,21814th April 2019
40 Comments and 8 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!


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.


Total Downloads: 85118th March 2019
11 Comments and 8 recommendations, most say "Play It Later"

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?


Total Downloads: 1,37716th March 2019
24 Comments and 11 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!

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.


The deadline for submission was Monday 8th April 2019


Map Labs typically doesn’t have prizes for the challenges, other than special roles on the 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