Untold Stories – Fan Fiction Event

28th April 2018

“Were you the only ones on that train?

Overwatch stopped our train in the woods and took my husband for questioning. They said he’d be on the next train. I’m not sure when that was. They’re being nice, though, letting me wait for him.”

What happened to her husband? What happens to her? That is just one untold story and Half-Life 2 is full of untold stories. Stories that need telling. Stories that you should tell.

For this fan fiction event, I would like you to write a about any supporting character from Half-Life 2.

Your story must be no more than 1500 words.

The story can be serious, comedic, scary, light-hearted or whatever genre or combination you desire.

Quick Udpate

Mr. Mazur has proposed making a map based on either the winning entry or the most suitable.
How cool is that?
So, if you want your story to be told in map format, now is your chance.
Let me know if you have any questions.

Read the Stories.

Left-clicking the link below will open the PDF report in your modern browser. Right-click, to have the option of saving it to your computer. It’s approximately 255KB.

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


I don’t normally offer prizes for fan fiction events, but this time there will be 2 random Steam games on offer: one for the my favourite entry and one randomly selected entry. This means that just by entering you have a chance to win a game.

Phillip’s Favourite

Sorry for the delay in posting this. After carefully reading the stories, I found my favourite to be Fragments. That said, there were some excellent entries and I want to mention Arrival. if I had time, I would try to turn this into a machinima with Niker, my collaborator on a recent machinima project. I feel it captured the theme brilliantly and the first part was excellent. I felt it lost its way in the second half and tried to add action when it didn’t need it.

I will be sending a game to CherylBomb and Urby tomorrow.

Readers’ Favourite

The poll closes on 19th June.
Select your 3 favourite reports.

What are your 3 favourite Untold Stories submissions?

  • Time, Dr. Breen? (19%, 10 Votes)
  • Fragments (4%, 2 Votes)
  • The Oasis Incident (13%, 7 Votes)
  • Prospero (15%, 8 Votes)
  • Repressed Memories (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Currently Untitled (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Steve Jobs (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Tunnel (13%, 7 Votes)
  • All in One and One in All (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Were You The Only Ones On That train? (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Pick Up That Can! (4%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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Entry Deadline

Please send your entry, via email, either as a txt attachment or even written in the email itself, to [email protected], not later than 11:59pm GMT Monday 28th May 2018.


All entries must be Safe For Work.
All entries MUST be in English (sorry).
Authors may enter as many separate stories as they wish.
Phillip’s decision is final regarding winners.
No purchase necessary.
Other weird rules may be added later.

Other Fan Fiction Events

I would like to encourage ALL readers to take a look at the previous Fan Fiction Events. There are some great entries in there.


  1. are we supposed to write about her husband or anythiing else works too?

    1. Any supporting character from Half-Life 2.

      1. Phillip, do you think that a fanfic could be the basic of a future Ville? Example: The top 3 Fanfic entries for this could serve as options for the next Ville.

        1. It’s possible but really depends on the story. The problem is that very few mods tell stories because it’s a LOT harder than simply making a map with a setting and objective. But, and I am about to announce this formally, one story from this event may be made into a map.

  2. So excited and committed to doing this I made an account for the site! I’m really excited for this.

    1. Fantastic, although no account was or will ever be necessary to enter the writing events.

      1. Question, does the story have to be exactly 1500 words or is that a preferred limit?

        1. The story can have as many words as you wish, but going over 1500 is not allowed. That’s how I understood it.

  3. Mr. Mazur has proposed making a map based on either the winning entry or the most suitable.

    How cool is that?

    So, if you want your story to be told in map format, now is your chance.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

  4. Can’t wait to see what of good we’re gonna get in this. I’m pretty excited.

  5. PlanetAlexander

    Hey PlanetPhillip,
    Would I be able to write my short story based upon a (published) map I made? Is that accepted?

    1. Yes and no. I have never declined entries for any event, but if your story didn’t related to something that was seen in HL2 then it wouldn’t be an official entry. If your map and story have a connection with a character in HL2, then yes, it would count as an official entry.

      BTW, please call me Phillip or Philly.

  6. PlanetAlexander

    Phillip, any news on the event? I’m really looking forward to reading some HL fanfic!

    1. I will publish the PDF and update the post tomorrow.

  7. Anon_1667813

    When released untold stories

  8. boggis

    Any word on this event?

  9. In case anyone’s interested, I crossposted my entry (“Tunnel”) on AO3 after checking with Phillip if reposting is alright. Idk if the page will let me post this link, but here it is: https://archiveofourown.org/works/15310371

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