The Grid – Map Labs #7

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

30th April 2020

Map Labs put an interesting spin on the main challenge #7 – entrants had to select 5 grid spots in a row from the grid below for the framework of their map. The grid combines settings, setpieces, and map objectives with some bonus challenges for some spice.

The result? 14 new maps, and 2 bonus maps for you to enjoy!

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!

The Grid

The Grid

Basic Details
  • Title: The Grid
  • Filename: sdk-2013-sp-mlc-thegrid.7z
  • Size : 657 MB
  • Author: BeefBacon, asd417, DeanAmythe, Dot Operator, Ian ‘Idolon’ Spadin, Yrrzy, Pont, Sam ‘Startacker’ Ricker, ThatsRidonkulous, sitkinator, timCopwell, Womble, Rocky, Kimberly ‘iiboharz’ B.R., Jaycie Erysdren, IK72, Strontvlieg, MetroHam, D. Ciefstatten
  • Date Released: 15 February 2020

Download Options

Download to your HD [657 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 “thegrid” folder into your SourceMods folder.
  • Restart or start Steam.
  • The Grid 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:

TheGrid-Review-Template.txt

Entries

Listed as they are displayed in the mod itself:

Relic by BeefBacon
Medical Mayhem by asd417
Power Level Up by DeanAmythe
XVI: The Tower by Dot Operator
Mule by Ian ‘Idolon’ Spadin & Yrrzy & Pont & Sam ‘Startacker’ Ricker
Infestation Zone by Sam ‘Startacker’ Ricker
Mayday by ThatsRidonkulous
Pzel by sitkinator
AXIS by timCopwell
Un-impounded by Womble
Lost Transmission by Rocky
Recuperation by Kimberly ‘iiboharz’ B.R. & Jaycie Erysdren
S.L.A.Min’ BAM! by IK72
Sudden Malcompliance by Strontvlieg
Breached-Side by MetroHam (bonus map)
The Crossroads by D. Ciefstatten (bonus map)

Screenshots

WARNING: The screenshots contain spoilers.
Each map has 5 screenshots.

1600 x 900

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Shortest: 6 Hours by vancanucksfan
Longest: 6 Hours by vancanucksfan
Total Time Played: 6 Hours
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33 Comments

  1. Anon_1855807

    I’m sure I’ve played this before…the first map at least…is it new or has it just been re-released or something ?

    1. Unq

      Released a couple months ago. So, recent but not brand new.

  2. Anon_1856499

    Not working on linux

    1. Anon_1856502

      Game starts and then quits after the valve intro screen. Any recommendations.

      1. Unq

        Sorry, I don’t think the Map Labs code base supports Linux.

      2. lj4linux

        I’ll try to make it work under linux but only thursday – untill then I have to to kill some corona viruses πŸ™‚
        I’ll give you an answer not later than friday.

      3. lj4linux

        We’re lucky, it was pretty easy:

        From
        ~/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/common/Half-Life 2/episodic/bin/
        you have to copy “client.so” and “server.so” and paste them into
        ~/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/sourcemods/thegrid/bin”
        folder (where you’ll find the “client.dll” and “server.dll” files)
        Take care not to CUT-PASTE but only COPY-PASTE !!!
        Start the game from the list and everything should work as expected.
        Have fun!

        1. Unq

          This may work fine for some maps but will probably break on many. The Map Labs mods use a custom code base, that includes things like the stun baton and SLAM, and I think extra allowable projected textures.

          1. lj4linux

            As I said before I don’t have much time to spend till thursday so I’ve started only the first map (it’s ok, it works just fine). I’ll check all of them later this week.

        2. Anon_1857413

          Already tried that. Still same issue. Have not been able to find a solution online.

          1. lj4linux

            Well, let’s try to fix it! For me, the only experiment who crashed the game was AXIS (no. 9). I’ve figured out that there were some linux-related problems: for any mod to run on linux it is mandatory that all folders/files are lowercase. Linux is case-sensitive so a folder called “Linux” and another “linux” are two different folders.
            Digging in the mod directory I found that “thegrid/materials” has a folder named timCopwell. I changed it to timcopwell, same in “thegrid/sound” and no more crash!
            You said that for you the mod starts and then crashes.
            – Do you manage to start any experiment or not?
            – At least, can you see the list with all the experiments?
            – What flavour of Linux do you use?
            – What MESA version do you use? (mine is 20.0.6-2 on Manjaro Linux)
            – Do you have any other mods who are playable on linux?
            Generally crashes may occur if the gameinfo.txt is faulty or the client.so is missing (the game crashes at start!). Steam for windows will give you an error message, Steam for linux will not! That’s bad because you don’t know what caused the crash.
            If you have time to answer me I’ll try to help you

            1. Anon_1858770

              Been really busy with work.

              The screen with the experiments does not show up. Mod quits before that happens.
              I’m aware of Linux case-sensitivity.
              I’m running Linux Mint 19.03 xfce desktop
              OpenGL version string: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 435.21

              1. lj4linux

                Well, the OpenGL version seems to be OK, you copied th .so files BUT verify the file permissions: mine is rwxr-xr-x (“Owner” is allowed to read, write and execute, “Group” and “Others” only read and execute).
                Also check that “Allow executing file as program” is ticked.
                The other problem that might occur is the “gameinfo.txt”
                Mine is like this (starting from SearchPaths, the first part does not matter in this case),
                I don’t remember if I changed it or not πŸ™

                SearchPaths
                {
                game+mod+mod_write+default_write_path |gameinfo_path|. // Mod
                gamebin |gameinfo_path|bin // Mod’s Binaries

                // Base Half-Life 2 Content: ep2, episodic, hl2
                game |all_source_engine_paths|ep2/ep2_english.vpk
                game |all_source_engine_paths|ep2/ep2_pak.vpk
                game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic/ep1_english.vpk
                game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic/ep1_pak.vpk
                game_lv hl2/hl2_lv.vpk
                game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_english.vpk
                game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_pak.vpk
                game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_textures.vpk
                game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_vo_english.vpk
                game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_sound_misc.vpk
                game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2/hl2_misc.vpk
                platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform/platform_misc.vpk
                game+mod |all_source_engine_paths|sourcetest/sourcetest_pak.vpk

                // Find loose files that are not in the vpk’s
                game |all_source_engine_paths|ep2
                game |all_source_engine_paths|episodic
                game |all_source_engine_paths|hl2
                platform |all_source_engine_paths|platform
                }
                }
                }

                1. lj4linux

                  If asterixer could start and play the mod under Ubuntu, there is no explanation why you cannot do that, as far as Mint is (with small differences) some kind of Ubuntu…

                  1. Anon_1859167

                    Thanks for the tips. I have all the same settings. So I will need to figure out what is wrong. maybe re-install the software.

      4. asterixer

        Played the first 5 maps under Ubuntu 20.04. No problems so far. copied the .so files.

  3. Map 2 : Medical Mayhem

    The room with the grid: I’m supposed to do something with the two electric cables. But what?
    (I can lay them in the water, but nothing happens)

    Someone gives me a hint?

    1. This to me was a perfect 10 map, among a group of (mostly) great maps. In terms of puzzles, some like this are difficult but ultimately the solutions came to me.

      If this is the same room I remember that you are referring to, first get the power going. Then that presents you with a new problem. You will have to think through how to accomplish what’s required without dying (quick save suggested) πŸ™‚

    2. No, it is’nt that: it’s in a large room, the middle filled with water and a grid you have to swim under to reach the other site.
      At the other site there is also a cable and putting the end in the water you put electricity to the water.
      In the corner is a hatch of the ventilation wich leads you to a little room with a door and some goodies. thats it there – no way out.
      Nor can I find a way out in the room with the grid … πŸ™

      1. KillerMate

        You have to find a way to drop the cable when you are on the other side. Maybe put it on something that you can shoot from the distance ….

      2. Put the plug on a physics prop, go to the other side, use the Gravity Gun to tilt the prop so it falls over, jump out of the water before the plug hits the water.

        1. Geezer1857

          Wow!!! I just patted myself on the back for doing that without a hint. I put the electrified plug on a crate, in the water, swam under the wall and shot the crate to break it, allowing the plug to fall into the water.

      3. Thank you both, I’ll have to repay the map because I abondonned it. I’ll keep in touch !

        1. Grr.. was searching the outside by the other side … (even by noclip !!) Thank you! the gate is open now. πŸ™‚

  4. asterixer

    liked most of the maps. My fav : Lost Transmission. Great with all the water rising.

  5. Does anybody know how to solve the lightbeampuzzle in axis?

    1. parbeach

      I am also stuck on the lightbeam puzzle in Axis, I cannot make any sense of it and you can’t just noclip trough it.

  6. Play It Now!

    A lot of interesting items here. I couldn’t solve Axis so had to give up on that one. I also got stuck several times in S.L.A.Min’ BAM! with no way to advance so I suspect some beta testing was needed on that one. Most other items were pretty good.

  7. In S.L.A.Min’ BAM!, what do I do once i’m in the crane ? Anybody know? I can’t knock the generator out with it. I tried that .

    1. Never mind, I finished it now. The ending was a bit weak though (you get overrrun by a train).

  8. I can’t play the game. Game starts and then quits after the valve intro screen. One second I see a “loading” in the right corner below, but then it quits. I read about the same problem with Linus, but I have Win10. Who can help?

    1. Unq

      Did you follow the installation instructions? You specifically need to opt in to the Upcoming branch of the Source SDK Base 2013 Singleplayer.

  9. Guys, i have played all of the maps, they seemed OK, and then i encountered the S.L.A.Min’ BAM! by IK72, i played the map for 10 Minutes and then my PC shut down, and after turning it on i once again started the map after 10 minutes same happened, i didn’t had any problems with the other maps but this, shuts down my PC. Did anyone of you encountered the same problem?

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