Blockout – Map Labs Test Tube #5

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

9th August 2023

This Test Tube (short competition) challenged authors to create a blockout rather than a full map. Rough geometry, developer textures, the works – the idea being that by prototyping, testing, and refining the gameplay rather than the visuals, overall development of a level can be smoother and require less reworking. And maps in development can still be a blast!

Enjoy the 13 submissions and 3 bonus maps!

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.

Basic Details
  • Title: Blockout
  • Filename: sdk-2013-sp-mlc-blockout.7z
  • Size: 206 MB
  • Author: White_Red_Dragons, Jakob // Tea, bobboy, ZoNiCaL, Half Way Lambda, Pancaked_Src, Skorly, Steven Cabbage, Aleksandr ‘alex_mmc’ Lavrinovitš, Matt71490 AKA Event Horizon, Maxdragonn, KETAL, Kimberly ‘iiboharz’ B.R., Jaycie Erysdren, Dabi, Its Fawn!, WALLe PL
  • Date Released: 9 September 2019

Download Options

Download to your HD [206 MB]

Manual Installation Instructions
  • Make sure you have the Upcoming branch of the Source SDK Base 2013 Singleplayer installed in Steam and run at least once. (Properties – Betas – select upcoming from the dropdown list).
  • Copy the blockout folder into your SourceMods folder.
  • Restart or start Steam.
  • Blockout should now be listed in your Library tab.

Reviewing

If you decide to use the Per-Map Opinion Images, feel free to use the file below as a template:

Blockout-Review-Template.txt

Entries

Listed as they are displayed in the mod itself:

Map Labs Bureau by White_Red_Dragons
twisted_gravitea_ by Jakob // Tea
Little Green Men by bobboy
ZDoom by ZoNiCaL
Nuclear Dominion by Half Way Lambda
Roll To Thee! by Pancaked_Src
City of Confusion by Skorly
Dance of the Striders by Steven Cabbage & Aleksandr ‘alex_mmc’ Lavrinovitš
The Devrooms by Matt71490 AKA Event Horizon
TEST MAP DO NOT PLAY by Maxdragonn
Repower by KETAL
Desolation by Kimberly ‘iiboharz’ B.R. & Jaycie Erysdren
Lotsa Pipes by Dabi
Shipping and Handling by Its Fawn! (bonus map)
Development by WALLe PL (bonus map)
Dev Desert by Steven Cabbage & Aleksandr ‘alex_mmc’ Lavrinovitš (bonus map)

Screenshots

WARNING: The screenshots contain spoilers.
Each map has 5 screenshots. Thanks to ArctixSnowPup for providing the screenshots!

1600 x 900

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Shortest: 2 Hours by Hec
Longest: 2 Hours by Hec
Total Time Played: 2 Hours
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4 Comments

  1. Wesp5

    I don’t like competitions like these. They encourage mappers to release unfinished stuff that will probably never be finalised in the end, because why bother when the map has already been released?

    1. Unq

      I half agree with this. It’s a great exercise for the mappers (which is also a huge factor when we chose the old Ville themes too) but sometimes not so great for the players. But there are some cool ideas in this mod.

      For the record, here are the top places:
      First: Desolation by Kimberly ‘iiboharz’ B.R. & Jaycie Erysdren
      Second: twisted_gravitea_ by Jakob // Tea
      Third: City of Confusion by Skorly

    2. Hec

      Totally agree with this, I think is a bit of a shame that RTSL now is basically exclusively dedicated to releasing these… “things”. Just maps and absolutely do not encourage nor release fully modded HL1 and HL2 anymore, that’s just sad as heck.

  2. Hec
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    Boy! I think this is a case where the content is better than I expected.

    This was enjoyable as most entries had nice quick combat and visuals.

    I probably didn’t understand the “block out” concept that well, I first believed that all of the entries were going to be just unpolished-unfinished maps that honestly represent a mapper block-out syndrome, so the gamers may help out testing those maps to give their feedback and help to cope with those mapping issues. BUT! This was not the case at all… It was in fact, a bunch of maps that seemed to be unfinished and unpolished, but were intended to be that way, as they are functional and playable maps indeed.

    So they were actually nice to play. The one I liked the most was the Strider dance entry, as it looked like a cool arena to battle Striders, and the one where you are a worker so you must fix all the issues with the broken machines. Apart from those the rest of the entries were OK to play so I think this one deserves a PN.

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