There are 70 releases tagged with “Mapping Challenge”

All the mods that were created and released as part of a PlanetPhillip.com or RunThinkShootLive.com mapping competition. Some were part of a series, others were individual competitions.

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Mapping Competitions/Challenges started in January 2010.
Approximately 2 or 3 are run every year.
They vary in length from 10 days to, in some cases, 90 days.
The current average length is 19 days - that is 3 complete weekends.
Some competitions have prize money, others some games and sometimes no prizes at all.
In 2014, the name was changed from "Competition" to "Challenge".
This was done to encourage more mappers to enter.
Around 8 Days before a challenge starts an announcement is made on the site and Twitter.
Each challenge has a very specific theme.
The tag Mapping Challenge can be used as a search filter on any of the PLAY archive pages.

You can also view the Mapping Challenge entries via the PLAY archives Table View or their own special page.

GravityGunVilleTwo

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Without the Gravity Gun, Half-Life 2, its episodes, and many many mods would be very different. It was revolutionary and a LOT of fun to play with.

This challenge features the gravity gun, and adds some new functionality which was optional for mappers to use.

You play through a variety of settings and ideas.

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Total Downloads: 2,58017th April 2018
41 Comments and 10 recommendations with no significant bias

The Beautiful Indoor Experiment

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

For this Experimental Mapping Challenge, entrants had to make a map that most would consider beautiful.

Of course, beautiful is generally considered visual but in this case, the atmosphere was also important.

It was hoped that some would even try environmental story-telling.

The mod contains 7 official entries and 3 bonus entries.

This mod requires the Source SDK Base 2013 Singleplayer “Upcoming” beta branch activated.

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Total Downloads: 1,91810th March 2018
15 Comments and 9 recommendations with no significant bias

The Loop Complex

for Black Mesa

Here is the first mapping challenge in the Mesa Cup.

The release contains 5 entries.

For this challenge, entrants needed to create a map whose main layout is a loop: the player must return to where they started. As usual, it was the journey that counted.

For full details of the announcement, please see the original theme announcement.

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Total Downloads: 2,2643rd March 2018
27 Comments and 8 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

The 1 Billion Units EMC

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

For this Experimental Mapping Challenge, entrants had to make a map no larger than 1,000,000,000 Hammer Units. In the real world, that would be a cube about 20 metres long, wide and high.

The actual proportions of the map were left to the mappers. The limit was the cubic capacity.

This limitation forces mappers to think about how well they use the space.

The mod contains 13 official entries and 3 bonus entries.

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Total Downloads: 2,19311th February 2018
19 Comments and 8 recommendations, 4 say "Play It Now!"

FusionVille

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

This mod features 17 individually created entries to play, each using the idea of combining at least 3 themes from the list below.

They are set in a variety of locations and have multifarious gameplay ideas.

This could be one of the best Villes ever!

This was August 2020’s Classic of the Month mod.

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Total Downloads: 5,97222nd December 2017
32 Comments and 13 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

TeleportVille

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

This mod features 15 individually created entries to play, each using the idea of teleporting.

They are set in a variety of locations and feature new gameplay ideas.

Get ready to be transported to places you never imagined!

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Total Downloads: 3,61329th October 2017
43 Comments and 15 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

Epistle3Ville

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Epistle3Ville is the third 50-hour mapping challenge.

It contains 10 official entries and one bonus map.

The focus of this theme was to create a map inspired in some way by Marc Laidlaw’s Epistle 3 blog post as well as any Ep3 details.

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Total Downloads: 4,87316th September 2017
43 Comments and 15 recommendations with no significant bias