MINERVA: Episodic, Single-Player Half-Life 2

Mapper's Block -

Still no new map. Been suffering slightly from mapper's block, so I've taken the rather interesting decision of working on the third map instead of the second. Things are moving again...

I think I'm going to wait until completing the three Metastasis maps (one released already, don't worry) before making one final, spectacularly giant MINERVA: Metastasis release. It'll take a bit longer, but it'll provide a nice resolution to one particular plotline. As well as raising yet more questions, but I think you'll have got the hang of it by now.

Other news: visitors to Moddb.com voted MINERVA as the eleventh best mod of 2005 - if you voted for me, many thanks! I was also really happy to see Mistake of Pythagoras in there as well, a gloriously eccentric single-player episode by the equally eccentric Koumei Satou. If you haven't played it yet, do so immediately!

Also, there's an interview with me in the February edition of Computer Gaming World magazine, page 34 to be precise. Contains Exclusive Screenshots of the next map! Also contains an overly optimistic release date! I've got a PDF copy which I'll post a version of after the magazine has left shop shelves - I've no idea when that might be, so I'll wait an extra month or so just in case. You really don't expect promptness around here, do you?

Finally, I've received quite a few emails from people saying that if MINERVA were to charge some small amount per episode, they'd be more than happy to pay. I really do appreciate the enthusiasm, but this project is entirely for my enjoyment. If you do have a few quid burning a hole in your pocket, there are some infinitely more worthy causes for your money to go to. Some suggestions follow.

I'll probably get flamed along the lines of "Ooh, look at him, being all pretentious with his links to charities!" Well, my response: look upon your own measly website infested with banner ads and contextual Google adverts and despair. ;-)

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