December 2013 – General Chat

15th December 2013

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

Okay, better late than never, so here is a place to chat. From this point forward, I’ll create one for each month.

I’ve created this one so late in the month this time, hoping that with the holidays around the corner, PP readers will have more time to chat.

Please use this post to talk about about anything you want to – except maps and mods, which should be done of the specific post, assuming there is one.


  1. How about some Half-Life Related gaming event. Or some voice-server like teamspeak, ventrilio…

    1. That reminds me, I was planning a “Modathon” for earlier this year, where I play mods for 24 hours non-stop and get people to join me on Steam at various times. Maybe I could try that.

      What event did you have in mind?

      1. Ade

        I thought you forgot about that 😛 I still havent moved, waitin for the office space to be full so we can move outta here, soon I hope, then I can move outta my nest haha

      2. Tudor Ionel

        I’d love to see something similar to the 100 summer days of nostalgia, but with hl2 mods as well. I’ve missed the hl2 modding train and would like to play more next year. It would also be a good exercise for commentary/reviewing, and hopefully will attract more people to the site.

  2. AI

    Dumb question of the day! What happened to the forum?? and is there a way to post pics or our rigs?? I’m quite happy with my setup now. 😉

    1. The forum is gone. I won’t go into the reasons here or now, but think of the General Chat posts as replacements. If you want to, you can send me your rig image and I will add it to the Share your Desktop post.

      1. AI

        I go to the link you gave me and no pics show up!! 🙁

  3. Hey, Phillip. I’m Kevin, the noob around here, maybe you can help me. This is like the 5th/6th time I register in the last two weeks, every three days or so I try to log in again and it says there’s no user with that name or e-mail registered. Am I doing something wrong? Did I skip a step?

    1. Hi Kevin. In answer to your question No you are not doing anything wrong. I have a system in place that deletes members that haven’t made a post every week or so. This keeps the database optimized and avoids some spam. Since the only real reason to be a member is to use the Recommendation images, if somebody joins but doesn’t comment, then they get removed. Now you have made a comment, you will be fine, but if you every have any issues or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

      Since you are new, you have a completely viewpoint to many years, so if you have any observations about the site, I’d love to hear those too. Especially about things you don’t like or understand.

      1. Hah! That’s what I thought the first time, but didn’t seem likely then. So I’m all good now?

        Regarding the site, it seems you got it all covered already, pretty neat! Today I found how to fix pre-steampipe mods, now trying to catch up with the older Villes.

        PlanetPhillip Marathon this week!

        1. A VilleMarathon sounds perfect.

          1. That actually does sound kind of interesting and would be interesting to compare the different themes to one another.

          2. Unq

            That would be cool. Ashamed to admit this, but I haven’t played any of the ville maps! 🙁

          3. Ade

            They need to be fixed first, please.

  4. Me and Fodderstomp are now working on a follow up to Deep Down. You can track our progress here:

    1. Ade

      that strider looks like a pet 😛

    2. rob13step

      Keep up the great work jim!

  5. 2muchvideogames

    have you seen the core trailer yet?

    1. Unq

      Core trailer looks really good. I’m surprised they spent the first third of the trailer avoiding the strengths of the mod: the mapping and the overall look – instead we get some clunky sequences. But I really like the transition in the main area between pristine and post-disaster. Really looking forward to this.

      1. JG

        The super twitchy NPC animations really undermine that scene. I like the way the actual mod looks though.

    2. Ade

      Yea I’ve seen it mentioned here on PP before, loved the evolution videos, and the trailer finally made me track it.

  6. MisterAddy

    I’ve been away from the community for a little while, nice to see a few things that have appeared recently such as the Core trailer; I’m liking the graphical style of it and it’s very impressive for Goldsource. What I did find amusing was the devs admitting in their video Q and As that they wish they’d used Source instead!

    Looking forward to seeing the entries for MovieVille, there could be some really unique maps there! I had an idea for an entry based on turning City 17 into a Blade Runner style dystopia (I even made a testmap which turned out okay) but won’t have time to do anything with it. In any case, I will probably recycle the map in the future some time, and I ought to be working on my (still) unfinished mod anyway!

  7. Unq

    In other news, I fired a real life railgun today. Yes, it was as awesome as it sounds.

    The result (1/2″ steel):

  8. Is there, or should there be a PlanetPhillip TwitchDOTtv channel where Phillip & Co “play mods 24 hours non-stop (not everyday/forever:):)”?

    1. It’s something we could try, but I’m not sure people would actually want to watch me.

  9. Btw Saturday passed who won “the ship” ? Just reminding you I’m sure you had more important things to do. 🙂

  10. rob13step

    Phillip, it seems that were in a real lull as far as mods go. We desperately need half life 3 to keep this going. Most modders have turned their back completely or have moved on to other projects leaving the once promising mods incomplete. I applaud you for keeping the site open as we all await better things. Happy holidays!–cheers-Rob

  11. lj4linux

    Merry Christmas! Wish you all the best and a generous Santa!
    For non-Christians – Have a nice day (and all the best too 🙂 )

  12. Merry Christmas everyone.

  13. Yes, of course. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all, and especially to Phillip. Thank you!

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