MINERVA: Episodic, Single-Player Half-Life 2

Breaking Democracy for Fun and Profit -

Please do not click on the following link. Please do not log in to ModDB and vote for MINERVA. Please do not improve my mod's ratings in the polls.

Thank you.

Edit: 2006-11-23: Also, another mod to ignore one's civic duty over - Mistake of Pythagoras. You get the idea!

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kast's gravatar

1. Thank you?

Posted by kast at 10:02PM, Monday November 20 2006

"Thank you"? What for? ;)

And I have absolutely NOT voted for this mod. Neither did I eat a plump, delicous pidgeon.

Lewk's gravatar

2. Oops

Posted by Lewk at 5:11AM, Tuesday November 21 2006

Bugger me. I seem to have accidentally done the opposite and voted for you. My bad. I always seem to do the wrong thing accidentally :(

xbskid's gravatar

3. D:

Posted by xbskid at 5:43AM, Tuesday November 21 2006

I, too, seem to have accidently voted for you.

Campaignjunkie's gravatar

4. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

Posted by Campaignjunkie at 8:03AM, Tuesday November 21 2006

I logged in just to vote for you - because you need that shiny new computer and the inferior currencied prize money.

Damn's gravatar

5. What a shame

Posted by Damn at 1:06PM, Tuesday November 21 2006

Yet another accidental vote :( It must not be your lucky day.

Baffled's gravatar

6. I did my best to disobey...

Posted by Baffled at 2:30PM, Tuesday November 21 2006

...but I'm not sure I've succeeded.

I registered and, when logged-in, clicked the vote button on the MINERVA page, but the page refreshed with the following message:

"Remote site voting is disallowed. Please vote via the mods profile".

Have I voted or not?

It does this everytime I try, no matter how I navigate to the page or which browser I'm using.

Au-heppa's gravatar

7. obey obey obey

Posted by Au-heppa at 6:14PM, Tuesday November 21 2006

I did the thing that I thought was best for the planet

kast's gravatar

8. Zombies 4 teh win!!!1

Posted by kast at 12:25AM, Wednesday November 22 2006

PC Gamer UK's latest issue (169, X-Mas 06) has an exclusive article on Valve and Turtle Rock's new (previously un-announced game)...

--- Left 4 Dead ---

Up to 4 co-operative players take on legions of AI and player controlled zombies across a grity, US city with scavenged civilian weaponry.

I figure linking to a lengthier article of my own is a lesser sin than copy-pasting it into the blog comments so...


I will say, though, that this sounds very interesting. There's really not enough games out there for where a small group of friends can all get ripped to pieces and eaten together and have fun AT THE SAME TIME.

Anyway, keep your eyes peeled.

Boff's gravatar

9. darn that vote button got in the way

Posted by Boff at 8:47AM, Wednesday November 22 2006

You know I was trying to close the page down, not wanting to vote, and can you believe it. I clicked on that darn vote button.

I bet people will go around "thinking" that I like that Minerva Mod for HL2....sheesh....


kast's gravatar

10. Do you know a man called Sven?

Posted by kast at 11:11AM, Wednesday November 22 2006

Thanks for that link, Baffled. Now everyone can know the glory of -ARRRGH!! IT'S BITING ME!!

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11. More Left 4 Dead

Posted by kast at 12:33PM, Wednesday November 22 2006

The GameSpot Headcrab Union was sent a press-release by Valve's Doug Lombardi, reading the following:

"Turtle Rock Studios and VALVe today announce Left 4 Dead, a co-operative multiplayer action game from the makers of Counter-Strike.

"By leveraging its industry-leading AI technology and years of Counter-Strike development experience, Turtle Rock is building upon the elements that make Counter-Strike successful and applying them to Left 4 Dead," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of VALVe. "What Counter-Strike did for multiplayer action games, Left 4 Dead will do for co-op games."

Left 4 Dead is built atop the most advanced version of the Source Engine and introduces version 2 of Turtle Rock's artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology.

Left 4 Dead will debut on the PC in 2007."

And here is a teaser image they were given:


I)arkZrobe's gravatar

12. Eeek

Posted by I)arkZrobe at 2:41AM, Thursday November 23 2006

Hmm you want me to vote dont you...

Reverse Psychology is your friend ^_^

But you will have to work for my vote, I want to see the third installment!

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13. * DELETED! *

Posted by Cargo Cult at 11:58PM, Thursday November 23 2006

Please excuse the deletion of a comment containing a link to PC Gamer article scans - it's just that one of the MINERVA playtesters works for that magazine, and I really don't want to upset him *too* much.. ;-)

But still - co-operative, anti-zombie gaming? Could be good!

Baffled's gravatar

14. Oops, sorry

Posted by Baffled at 2:11AM, Friday November 24 2006

I'm sure your friend will understand that adding a comments function to a blog is an invitation to all kinds of morally challenged riff-raff whose conduct may on occasion be an embarrassment to your good self. :-(

Zero's gravatar

15. Crap

Posted by Zero at 7:35AM, Friday November 24 2006

Damn, me too. 'cause, you know, this mod totally sucks and all.

Au-heppa's gravatar

16. Offical Left 4 Dead site

Posted by Au-heppa at 9:01AM, Friday November 24 2006

In http://www.turtlerockstudios.com/Index.html there's a link to the offical Left 4 Dead site http://turtlerockstudios.com/l4d/ althou it's still "coming soon".

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17. what the deuce?

Posted by vecima at 10:09PM, Saturday November 25 2006


yep, you read it.

align="center">Please use internet explorer to view this website.

might i ask, why should i? considering the recent similarization of the web browzer offered by a certain high profile software ... umm ... craptualizer. <-hah!

hah, i say!

Siman's gravatar

18. where is the vote button

Posted by Siman at 8:40PM, Sunday November 26 2006

some how iv misplaced the vote button. LOL
well your still the best but I'm still waiting on that release date

vecima's gravatar

19. votes? bah...

Posted by vecima at 1:00AM, Monday November 27 2006

release date.... yesssssssss.

without such a reward,
certain... naughty accolytes might brazenly cast a vote for one of those "narrow halls with hundreds of fast zombies" abominations highschoolers try to pass off as mods these days, rather than the work of the obvious master.

xbskid's gravatar

20. Speaking of PC Gamer..

Posted by xbskid at 4:51PM, Monday November 27 2006

Does anyone know who this person is? He drives a green/blue Ford somethingorother (Late 90s I suppose) and his license plate (VA plate) is "PC GAMER". He's a jackass on I-295. :(

PiX_NeG's gravatar

21. jackass on i-295

Posted by PiX_NeG at 9:31AM, Tuesday November 28 2006

that'd be me

nah...just kidding

no, really, though

M_Gargantua's gravatar

22. Left for dead eh?

Posted by M_Gargantua at 2:13AM, Thursday November 30 2006

well let me point people who are interested in that to Contagion-Theory (just seach it on ModDB)

and on that note ZOMG BMS MEDIA

now if only Minerva: Metastasis map 3 were to come out I would be having the best week ever

Lewk's gravatar

23. Release date

Posted by Lewk at 10:13AM, Friday December 1 2006

Any chance it'll be before the year's out?

xbskid's gravatar

24. Re: Release date

Posted by xbskid at 1:02AM, Saturday December 2 2006

I hope so. It would certainly be a kickass exit for 2006 to get Metastasis's last two maps available for play. Actually, I want them right now. Can I be a part of a secret playtest group for MINERVA maps, Adam? D: Please?

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