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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Continued Non-Gaming Distractions -

Been a bit too busy with real-life and personal stuff for many updates here, I'm afraid - the eschatological forum kind of burned itself out with a whimper rather than a bang, but hopefully I'll get some interesting new/old non-MINERVA content up in the coming weeks.

Still. Some photos from my weekend in New York - I must admit that one photo in particular looked kind of familiar. Please excuse the muted tones and overcast skies - the weather was incredibly rainy!

Finally, something I'd been wondering about - if the Combine were to place a Citadel in New York, would they have to build it extra-large to reach above all the existing skyscrapers? Well, after careful scrutiny of the photos I took...

It looks like they've already arrived.

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Interview and Looking Ahead to ... Tomorrow, 6pm! -

The domain name transfer thing seems to have finally been set in motion (it's now listed as 'Status:PENDING TRANSFER' in the whois output), so I might eventually move on to new web hosting. Note to self: seriously, set the DNS stuff before initiating the transfer in future.

But still. There's an interview with myself up at Halflife2.net which could be interesting reading, and will be continued when they send me the questions for a second part; some very childish behaviour which I greatly approve of; and finally and most importantly, Half-Life 2: Episode One gets unlocked over Steam in less than 23 hours.

I'm still looking forward to playing it, despite having played it already. Yes, I'm a fanboy. I admit it.

Update 2006-06-03: Please be warned - the comments in this article may contain spoilers!

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Cease and Desist! ... -

... posting comments on this blog, that is. Hopefully I'll get the new hosting up and running sooner or later, but with a database backup taken a few minutes ago.

Anything posted on here from now on will be lost. Forever!


Maybe. ;-)

Edit: 2006-05-31: or maybe not...

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Quiet, too quiet -


  • When away from work right now, my only internet access is via a small, Apple external USB modem.
  • Dialup is slow.
  • Windows XP doesn't have drivers for the modem.
  • I haven't posted much to this blog.
  • Hammer only runs in Windows XP, not Mac OS X.

While you're cogitating over all that, a release date? Hmm. No idea - probably late summer if I'm lucky. Yes, I'm in the mapper's block stage of development, and hopefully things will free themselves sooner or later.

Finally, if anyone spotted a couple of hours of downtime - it's because I'd neglected to pay a £1.50 fine for excessive bandwidth usage. Oops. I've ordered some turbocharged hosting from another company, which should keep you all happier...

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Trip to Valve: Crate and Barrel -

Literally just a few minutes walk from the Valve office:

Now I know where they get their standard-issue FPS supplies from. Apparently it's actually like a posh IKEA, but I don't believe that.

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