Archive for March 2022

DeceptionVille – Map Labs Test Tube #17

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Out of the grave comes this never-used Ville theme! Once again I’m glad to partner with Map Labs to bring these new mapping challenges to life.

Here is DeceptionVille, where the mappers were challenged to make a map wherein something isn’t what it first seems.

This is the first challenge of three in the Hammer Cup 2022 – stay tuned to see the standings and the results of the next 2 challenges!

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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Classic of the Month Stream – Bootleg Squadrog – March 2022

Right, sorry for missing last month. Things have been too hectic here! But I’m back for March with a new Classic of the Month for you – Bootleg Squadrog by Brendon Chung.

The stream will be this weekend on Saturday March 26th, about 12pm (noon) Eastern US Time (4pm in the UK, 5pm Central Europe). Note that the US is on daylight time already so double check your local time!

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!

23rd March 2022 1 Comment

CrossoverVille 2 – Hammer Cup 2022 Challenge 2 Announcement (w/ Map Labs)

CrossoverVille 2 is the theme of the second challenge in the Hammer Cup 2022 – again in collaboration with Map Labs!

The original CrossoverVille asked mappers to combine Half-Life with another game. But CrossoverVille 2 is broader – combine Half-Life with any other piece of media. Movies, games, music, art, opera – it’s all on the table. I suppose things like billboards and podcasts are too, knock yourselves out. So this new challenge kind of serves as a sequel to MovieVille as well!

This challenge runs for a full 3 weeks, with entries due on Sunday, March 27th. Get mapping! (But at least you have a bit more time for this challenge!)

Bonus maps (which can’t win but are judged and scored) are accepted for 4 days after the normal due date. Note that bonus map entries are not eligible for The Hammer Cup prizes!

Theme Details

Mix Half-Life and another piece of media – movie, game, etc. The crossover is totally up to your interpretation – location, art style, gameplay – anything, really.

Here’s the official announcement (click for full version):

CrossoverVille 2 Announcement

And if you’re not already there, join the Map Labs Discord for good discussion & a great mapping community.


The deadline for submission is Sunday 27th March 2022. Bonus maps are accepted for another 4 days after that.

Submission Details

Submit maps using the Submission Form.

5th March 2022 1 Comment