Archive for October 2016

Poll Question 360 – Would you pay to try a Half-Life 3 Demo?

As soon as I heard Game were charging for VR demos, I thought would crazy Half-Life fab boys, like me!, pay for a HL3 demo?

of course, it’s a pretty open question and I want us to discuss the general idea of paying for demos and whether it would backfire for developers.

I should mention that I’m not talking about a HL3 VR release, just a regular format.

Surely to goodness you must wanna read the original BBC article.

The Video

31st October 2016 7 Comments

Week 43

Confession first: I’ve been procrastinating on my streaming lately. But I’m making it up to you with a double feature of sorts – both Classic of the Month and Source of Fame will be streamed this weekend.

Starting at 10am EDT on Saturday, which is 3pm UK time and 4pm CET time, I’ll be streaming Afraid of Monsters for Classic of the Month. I haven’t played AoM before, so I’m a little anxious given how creepy it looks. I’ve decided not to do the Director’s Cut version – and maybe save that for another Halloween.

Then, later Saturday afternoon, Dan AKA The Rabbit will be streaming Rock 24 for his Source of Fame event. His stream will be Saturday at 12pm Pacific time (3pm EDT), which is 8pm UK time and 9pm CET.

28th October 2016 2 Comments

Precinct 17

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

“Barney has been abducted from a rebel surveillance post overlooking the infamous Precinct 17, a former police station repurposed by the Combine.

It’s up to Gordon Freeman to find out what happened to his friend.”


Total Downloads: 6,17023rd October 2016
40 Comments and 31 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

HalloweenVilleThree Mapping Challenge

Well, this is unexpected, ay?

I got an email from somebody about mapping challenges and was a little brusque in my reply and then a couple of days ago somebody else asked about another HalloweenVille Mapping Challenge. I said “NO!”, but then I was thinking it’s not too hard to run a challenge.

I am sure you would have liked more notice, but I’ll understand if you are all busy.

Theme Details

I want modders to create a map that scares players. Simple jumpscares will not do. Atmosphere and build-up are what is needed, along with a suitable setting.

There MUST still be combat and/or puzzle solving. Simply making a scary scene is not acceptable for this challenge.


The deadline for submitting maps is:

Monday 31st October 10pm GMT

That’s 20 days, with 3 full weekends.

General Advice

DO NOT GET TOO AMBITIOUS. If you can’t build it in 2 weekends then think smaller.

Something is bound to delay your progress. Leave time for testing, bug fixing and polishing!


Please get somebody to test the map before submitting.


I’m not sure yet if there will be prizes.

Judging Criteria

The winner will be chosen by a readers vote lasting 10 days after the release of the mod.

General Rules
  • Maximum two maps per mapper per entry.
  • The map must be original and not have been released publicly before.
  • The map must run in system with only Ep2 installed
  • By entering the competition you grant PlanetPhillip.Com and RunThinkShootLive.Com the right to release the map as part of the HalloweenVille Three Mod.
  • Maps must not appear on ANY other website before the release and for one month after the release of the mod.
  • No assets from retail games other than HL2, HL2: Ep1 or HL2: Ep2 are allowed.
  • Other assets are allowed with written permission from their original authors, which MUST be included in the entry.
  • Phillip’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into about it.
  • The map MUST have a proper name.
  • The map MUST have a proper filename: MapName_hvt.bsp
  • All entries must be sent to: [email protected] no later than the deadline.
Final Thoughts

Get the basic concept working before polishing the visuals. Being almost totally dark is not the only way to make things scary.

I will do my best to release the mod on the weekend after the Monday deadline.

10th October 2016 26 Comments

Week 40

Well, I’ve already started watching horror movies this October. So for this month’s The Ville Retrospective event, I’ve decided to go all-in for the Halloween theme. This week it’s a horror-filled Double Feature!

Starting at 10am EDT on Saturday, which is 3pm UK time and 4pm CET time, I’ll be streaming HalloweenVille and HalloweenVille Two. I haven’t played them before, so I’m psyched – although I have to admit I can be a bit of a wuss when it comes to horror games. Watch me cower!

I’ll also have a game to give away on the stream.

6th October 2016 1 Comment

October 2016 General Chat

Hi guys, Unq here again, posting while Phillip is on sabbatical.

So, not too much has been happening here at RTSL although we’ve had a handful of new mods posted in the last month, and of course the usual weekend streams are still going. I have some spooky streams planned for this month.

It’s already October, autumn is here and more importantly Halloween is coming soon! Any good costumes planned? Anyone setting up a haunted house perhaps?

Happy October!

4th October 2016 23 Comments