The Hammer Cup Overview

The Hammer Cup 2017 consists of five mapping challenges, each with a different theme.

Entrants will receive points for each challenge they enter.

At the end of the event, the best 3 points totals from the challenges they entered will be added together for each entrant.

These totals will decide who wins the Grand Prizes.

This means that entrants do NOT have to enter each and every contest to win the grand prize but they will need to have entered at least 3 challenges to have a chance of winning the grand prizes.

The Hammer Cup Background

Back in 2010, I started running mapping competitions. Over the years, they waxed and waned in popularity and entries.

Then at the end of 2015, I decided I would combine a year's worth of challenges into one series with much bigger prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

In fact, the winner of The Hammer Cup 2016 won a brand new NECA Gravity Gun valued at $250.

More information about last year's The Hammer Cup 2016, can be found here.

At the time of writing, there are 44 challenges, with around 200 maps. You can see all the challenge mods here.

As of 31st August, these were the stats:

  • 563 Recommendation Images
  • 2895.1 MB of files
  • an estimated 68.5 Hours of Playtime

Each challenge starts on a Wednesday and generally lasts 19 days. That's 3 full weekends. It starts on a Wednesday to give entrants time to think and plan for a few days before they have time to actually start mapping.

There is a theme for each challenge that is only announced on the challenge announcement.

Once the maps have been submitted, I compile them into a stand alone mod.

All the challenges have the "Ville" suffix. I choose this because at the time I started the challenges FarmVille was popular and I wanted something to help identify the final mod. I have continued to use the suffix and now feel it gives the mods some unusual branding.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.


The first challenge starts 11am GMT Wednesday 18th January and finish 11am GMT Monday 6th February.

Full details will be given in the announcement.

Whilst I'm not going to set the rest of the dates now, THC2017 will last the whole year this time instead of January to June - starting mid January and finishing in December.

There will be time in between official THC2017 challenges, for stand alone challenges too, including at least one Black Mesa challenge.


5 challenges: 4 of 19 days (that's 3 complete weekends) and one of 26 or 33 days. The longer challenge will probably have a more detailed or complicated theme.


All challenges will be for Half-Life 2: Episode Two. This means that a map must work with only EP2 installed.

C1: DefendVilleTwo

I will run a donation campaign again and hope to reach 700 Dollars. I would love to offer actual prizes like last year's Gravity Gun, but the reality is that cash via PayPal is so much easier and the winners would get more money than if they had actual prizes.

In fact, here is the fund:

There will be 3 Grand Prizes: First, Second and Third overall places. The exact distribution of funds will be decided upon nearer the end of the event.

I am very embarrassed to admit that I still haven't given prizes for each challenge from last year's THC2016, but I will do that on my return in mid January and email last year's individual challenge winners to arrange some prizes.

C2: ToxicVille

For each individual challenge, there will be a random Steam or Origin game given to the winner only.

C3: BridgeVille

There will still be three judges this year, two the same from last year and one new. I am very pleased to announce that Jim Partridge is our new judge. Jim has his own series on the RTSL YouTube channel called Critical Jim and whilst he hasn't made many videos recently they are still very popular. In addition, Jim has made and released a few great mods: Aftermath, Deep Down, Daylight, an entry in RavenholmVille and finally a bonus map in DiamondDogsVille.

In no particular order here are the judges:

  • Me, PlanetPhillip, owner and operator of RunThinkShootLive.
  • Don AKA Unq, well known modder and streamer.
  • Jim Partridge.
C4: TeleportVille

There will be changes to the judging process used last year.

There are 3 judges AND community voting, which will only be open to members of RTSL.

The Community Place Points (CPP) will carry the same weight as the Judges' Place Points (JPP).

Voting for the Community Place Points will last 7 days after the release of the mod.

Any suspicious voting will be deleted.

Entrants are allowed to vote.

Challenge 5: ???Ville

Unlike last year, each section will be judged as proper sections rather than bonus points.

Challenge →
Reviewer ↓
Challenge 1
Challenge 2
Challenge 3
Challenge 4
Challenge 5
Phillip PF
Humam PL
1Lucia PN
Crowbar PN PL PN
Idolon PL
Dirk Destiny PN
Rikersbeard PF
Urby PL PN
Winterman PN
Steve PN PN
Klems PN PN
Sockman PN
Strongvlieg PN
DolmoTheDouglas PN
Jim Partridge MB
KostyanWest PN
fdewit PL
Txiki PN
Vancanucksfan PF
Niker107 MB
Officer_B PL
HighFire PN
Bratishka PN
Table Notes

Table correct up to December 2017

Button Definitions:

AI = Avoid It!      TT = Think Twice      MB = Maybe

PL = Play It Later      PN = Play It Now!      PF = Personal Favourite


Downloads: 3,909

Recommendations: 33

Total Number of Recommendation Images Used
Total Downloads of Each mod

Totals correct as of September 2017.