Audio Interview with Yves Richard

5th May 2012

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Today I managed to spend some time with Yves Richard AKA Richman, the author of Hazardous Course 2 amongst others and we chatted about the mod and its difficulty etc.

We also talked about the kind of Half-Life players left around and the problems of mapping for Source.

Yves said he would drop by, so if you have any questions, please feel free to post them as comments and hopefully he can answer them.

Listen to the interview



  1. No question about “Hazardous Course 2”, maybe just a note: make it at least a bit easier next time πŸ˜‰ (longjumps etc.)

    The only real question I have is: is Richman planning or already working on a new mod? I want some combat, for example why not finish “Tiefseelabor” ?
    It could be great scenario, underwater, some nice views into the water and suddenly hell breaks loose! Yes, that sounds quite trite but imo there would be quite many people who’d like such action !?

    I just would love to play a new one, as it’s high quality mapping and gameplay (for example in “Tiefseelabor”, but yes, “Hazardous Course 2” is Richman’s masterpiece in mapping!)

    However, respect for great mapping skills fly out to Richman!
    Lieben GruΓƒΕΈ an die Eidgenossen von dem nârdlichen Nachbar! πŸ˜€

    1. Richman

      Hi Tech

      No, there is actually no other work in the pipeline. Except for a space map for SvenCoop. But it’s still on ice due to other RL priorities right now.

      For the action part, thats the part I intentionally avoided. Because, for my taste, it’s to much cliche, or “standard” for HL Mods. I want to do something different. πŸ™‚

      I’m sorry if I can’t supply you with more work of me in the future.


      1. Hey Richman!

        To be honest, I didn’t expect an answer that early, so thanks for that! πŸ™‚
        It’s a pity to hear you don’t have any new SP stuff in work, but it’s okay as you wrote you’re more busy with RL πŸ˜‰
        Nonetheless, I hope there will be something new from you, sooner or later πŸ˜€
        But please, at least with some combat hehe.. it’s true when you say combat in mods is sort of “standard” but actually it’s also what the most players want as HL is an action game and no 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle πŸ˜‰

        However, I can’t and don’t want to force you to anything you don’t want hehe, so cheers and have a nice day! πŸ™‚

  2. Atom

    Is there a scene in Hazardous Course 2 with a space shuttle?

    1. No, that’s an image from his Sven Coop map that he hopes to release eventually.
      I have to admit I was really tempted to say “yes” and make you play it again thinking you had missed something!

      1. Richman

        Ahem, Phillip, I can’t agree fully with you.

        Actually, there is a scene with a space shuttle in HC2. But to be honest, it’s not the one shown above. πŸ™‚

  3. Darth Marsden

    The only question I can think to ask is where the second bonus level is in Hazardous Course 2! I’ve looked everywhere, even read the walkthrough, and I still can’t find it!

    Otherwise, praise all round, the guy’s made a great bunch of stuff and I’ll look forward to that Sven Co-Op map – looks awesome.

    1. Richman


      The first Secret Level is near Secret #7 (I assume you’ve found it).
      The second is after the Climbing Tower, short before you return to the Intro Level. An even if you return, the Secret Level is still accessible if you walk back where you came from.

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