MINERVA: Episodic, Single-Player Half-Life 2

Yeah, so you've looked behind the curtain, only to discover the whole world is a carefully manufactured lie. But to what ends?

Well, I'm Adam Foster, and these are my experiments in Half-Life 2 mapping!

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Non-Gaming Diversions -

Not a proper blog post, and most definitely not a stunning exposé of sweatshop conditions in Valve headquarters (actually, it seems more like trips to Hawaii and an on-site masseuse) - but instead, have some random odds and ends I've been accumulating.

  • Seattle panorama - excuse the clouds. Note to self: do not climb Space Needle on first opportunity, wait for sunshine instead.
  • Yet more photos - this time of Genoa, Italy. Go me!
  • Oh, and this article should highlight itself as being new. Hopefully. This is a test.

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Mystery objects -

Well, I'm back from an utterly fantastic trip abroad. Saw lots of things, met interesting people, and completely failed to overthrow any governments. Oh well.

SAS is somewhat more comfortable than being strapped to the underside of any Combine aircraft, be it synth or metal, and luckily I wasn't dropped off on any particularly hostile and/or mystery islands en route. But I did get to see icebergs, glaciers and things in northern Greenland on the way out. Unfortunately, I was sat in the middle, so no photos - I got a great view from the loo, but I thought taking a large digital SLR in there could be considered ... mildly peculiar.

Other news - Metastasis 2 is Planet Half-Life's Mod of the Week, and it's a good read despite consistently misspelling 'metastasis' (now fixed!) - oops. But there's some nice screenshots taken from angles I haven't really seen before, and lots of ego-stroking praise. Always appreciated!

Update 2006-04-18: Talking of nice screenshots - a Mr. Kast has posted some of his own. Well worth a look.

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Peculiar locations -

I am currently roughly 15km up in the air, travelling at 829km/h, somewhere above the icy, far-northern reaches of Canada.

30 minute trials of satellite internet access rock. Although my poor MacBook reckons it's a bit slow...

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MINERVA on a MacBook Pro? -

Thanks to Apple's new Boot Camp, it's true!

This also means I'll be able to get work done on MINERVA while I'm on the move. Which is good, since I'll be away from my PC for most of the rest of the month.

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Infuriating the Public for Fun and ... More Fun -

The vaguely observant of you might have noticed the countdown timer on top of every page on the main MINERVA site. The slightly more observant will have noticed the timer reached zero, and things changed. The particularly observant among you will have realised that yes, it's April 1st - and those with eyes of hawks will have realised that the joke pages are randomly selected from a pool of five. (Direct, non-randomised links: 1, 2, 3 and 4. Page five is ... low probability. Very much so...)

While not trolling the gaming public (give someone a timer and they'll immediately believe it's for something amazing, even if it's counting down to this notorious date) - I've been doing some slightly more useful things. One is a fancy new repackaged version of Someplace Else, with full Steam compatibility, detail textures (for subtly improved visuals), a nice new splash-screen, and (best of all) a lovely little 16x16 icon for the Steam games list.

On the MINERVA front, there's a nice Metastasis 2 review at Press Start Online - best of all, it contains constructive criticism so I have an even better idea of what to concentrate on in future... ;-)

Metastasis 2 was my third released map for the Half-Life series. I hope I'm improving.

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