Woodpigeon’s Pack

for Half-Life

1st January 1998

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Basic Details
  • Title: Woodpigeon’s Map pack
  • File Name: hl1-sp-woodpigeons-map-pack.7z
  • Original File Name: woodpigeon01.zip
  • Size : 362Kb
  • Author: Woodpigeon
  • Date Released: 18 July 2001
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Map Details (From Read Me)
  • Standoff
    My first map, ever. I did use another name but i changed it. A bunch of scientists are being held hostage by the military. When a barney decides to play hero, it all goes wrong. Luckily, Gordon Freeman is nearby. Armed and ready. ” Lets Do Dis! “
  • Moonless Nights
    Just a simple night-time level. Action packed and not one you wanna rush out and be hero in.
  • Lambda Frustration
    A late night shift goes wrong when sirens suddenly start wailing. Something has gone wrong, and now aliens are in the air – literally. !@#$%^&*! I don’t even have a gun, or a HEV suit!! Better find one soon…..what the hell is that!!!??
    ” Oh my god we’re doomed! “
Reader Recommendations
Avoid It!
Think Twice
Maybe
Play It Later
Play It Now!

3 recommendations, average score: 3 (out of 5), standard deviation: 2.67 (what's that?)
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11 Comments

  1. Gmann

    Standoff :: level for Half-life Single Player
    Standoff by woodpigeon
    Version : 1.0
    Bugs : None ( Tell Me if there are any )
    Credits : Valve
    Description : My first map, ever. I did use another name but I changed it. A bunch of scientists are being held hostage by the military. When a barney decides to play hero, it all goes wrong. Luckily, Gordon Freeman is nearby. Armed and ready. ” Lets Do Dis! ”

    Moonless Nights :: level for Half-life Single Player
    Moonless Nights by woodpigeon ( woodpigeon@halflifenation.net )
    Version : 1.0
    Bugs : None ( Tell Me if there are any )
    Credits : Valve ; Gearbox Software
    Description : Just a simple night-time level. Action packed and not one you wanna rush out and be hero in.

    Lambda Frustration :: level for Half-life Single Player
    Lambda Frustration by woodpigeon ( woodpigeon@halflifenation.net )

    Version : 1.0
    Bugs : None ( Tell Me if there are any )
    Credits : Valve

    Description : A late night shift goes wrong when sirens suddenly start wailing. Something has gone wrong, and now aliens are in the air – literally. Shit! I don’t even have a gun, or a HEV suit!! Better find one soon…..what the hell is that!!!??
    ” Oh my god we’re doomed! “

  2. Thanks Gmann for the info, as you can see I’ve updated the post.

  3. Gameplay & Leveldesign
    This was a true surprise. The maps look professional, the lightning is awesome for a first mapping attempt and the fights (which the three levels consists basically of) are fair but challenging. In all three levels you start with minmal weaponry against a horde of enemys. As you progress trough the (very small but nice made) levels, you gain extra weapons, all three levels end when you enter a point where, in a mod, the next level would be loaded. If this mapper would decide to start a mod, I would shurely play it!

    Summary
    A very short but intense experience. Three nice made levels filled with grunts or aliens you have to fight. The levelsetting is standard, but not boring. The lightning in’t perfect but very good for a beginner! Make sure to play it if you always liked the FPS-side of Half-Life most. 😉

  4. piledriver
    Play It Now!

    Pretty good set of maps. Standoff and Moonless nights are small straightforward fragfest romps, killing all the grunts with minimal ammo. Lambda Frustration is a bit longer, and a hard map to complete in one try. Ammo is in short supply and the many Xen creatures are everywhere. Cleverly laid out, with good enemy placement, this is the best of the three.

  5. shawn

    There’s no readme, and no obvious installation method. Can anyone help?

  6. Copy the valve folder to your half life directory.
    Run the maps via the console
    Ie in console type
    map standoff
    map moonless
    or
    map frustration

    Depending on wich one you want to play.

  7. shawn

    Wow–you are fast, andyb. Thanks very much.

  8. Avoid It!

    Well, very short maps, without real story, puzzles or anything. Download something else, dont waste your time for this one.

    1. Quick playthru with these again…

      Standoff
      +Nice little map.
      -Too much ammo/armor, it was too easy to rush and kill all the grunts.
      -Way too short.

      Moonless
      +Much harder than Standoff, you have to think a bit before going against grunts.
      -Wayyyy too short.

      Frustration
      +Longest one of these three?
      -I want more ammo and weapons!
      -Simple basic mapping.

  9. Maybe?

    Three short, unconnected, in the meaning of separate maps (no mapchange).
    “Standoff”, the first map, is also available here at PP as particular map:
    http://www.planetphillip.com/posts/half-life-standoff-half-life/
    (Maybe remove this, Phillip?)

    It’s hard to describe this mappack, as there’s no connection between the maps, each is unique.. somehow. Therefore I’ll describe each map separately.

    “Standoff” (map standoff)
    First map of the author, we start in a corridor as we can already hear gunfights behind a door. At least we have the HEV suit and a pistol – with only 17 bullets!
    Opening the only accessible door reveals some sort of chaos, scientists standing around frightened, a guard tries to return the shots of the soldiers, who are outnumbering him.
    So it seems we need to help him. And the scientists.
    There’s not much to do, just killing grunts with several weapons you can find or grab from the dead soldiers. I don’t know how to describe balancing here in the meaning of the combat, it’s either too easy due to many health possibilities, or too hard because the quite large number of grunts.
    The mapping is cool, lighting and textures are nice. But it’s just all over very, very soon.

    “Moonless Nights” (map moonless)
    This is a cool, tiny map. As you’ve guessed right, it’s night. Ha!
    Another, even tinier gruntfest but here it can be tough due to the lack of ammo or weapons.
    The point when you finally grabbed enough ammo from just-killed soldiers, is already the end.

    There’s not much to say here, just that the mapping is interesting, nice textures and lighting again, just as in “Standoff”.
    It only looks unfinished as the hop into the water (which is the end) leads into a tunnel, which itself leads to nowhere but suddenly fresh air again and an empty area.
    Balancing is a big problem here, it just isn’t good when it’s too easy, but this is far from easy. Rushing in is suicide.
    Playtime is even shorter than in “Standoff”.

    “Lambda Frustration” (map frustration)

    The only map that isn’t a gruntfest – but an Xenfest 😉
    It’s also the only map with “effective” scripts.
    You’ll be happy when finding the HEV suit and weapons, as suddenly… have fun!
    As piledriver wrote this is the best map, but with the worst mapping imo.
    It’s usually poor textured, lacking of variety but you don’t have any time to watch anyway due to the big amount of action here. Pure adrenaline when played the very first time!

    It’s a BM style corridors map with at least a few details, alarm sounds continuous and there’s no time to rest, except when you finally killed the majority of aliens.
    The balancing is very good here because there is only very limited ammo.

    The pro’s & con’s below are meant for all three maps together this time.

    Pro’s:
    -Plenty of action, requiring combat strategies, rushing in will result in a quick death
    -Decent mapping with good textures, lighting (maybe except for last map frustration)
    -Good atmosphere (maybe except for map moonless), supported by music

    Con’s:
    -Maps are not connected
    -No story
    -No puzzles
    -Short playtime (~1-5 minutes each map, total of 10-20 minutes)
    -Combat (balancing) can be tough, act wisely!
    -Not much variety in gamedesign
    -Maps looking unfinished and are just too tiny

    Conclusion:
    If the author would have combined all maps together somehow, mixed in some puzzles and at least a silly story 😉 this could’ve been a very good, maybe great mod.
    Unfortunately it’s just a small, average mappack.
    However, if you like gruntfest-style maps, this is made for you.

  10. Ten Four Reviews

    Woodpigeon’s Map Pack is a small unit consisting of three disparate maps. In other words, they’re not played in sequence. To each map its own.

    One of these maps is the already-reviewed Standoff, a fair level…actually, the best one overall in the ZIP file. The other three are definitely substandard. Lambda Frustration is certainly aptly named. The Lambda Core-inspired texturing is decent, but the overly simplistic layout leaves a lot to be desired, never mind its alien-oriented combat an exercise in frustration. How’s this sound – literally dropping smack into a group of four alien grunts?

    Continue reading the review on Ten Four…

    Notes
    This review is republished here by permission and was originally published Sunday, 17th March, 2002 by Calyst.

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