New Bloom Festival
Its that time of year again! The new bloom festival has arrived!
"The season may be changing, but the cold still has the power to bite. Winter Wyvern has arrived, ready to let you blanket the battlefield in her icy shadow. Take wing to soar over obstacles and sap an enemy's strength from afar, or pierce gathered foes with shards of fragile ice. Or wrap your allies in a frozen cocoon to let them hibernate and heal, while you curse your opponents to turn their weapons on one of their own. With Winter Wyvern on the field, the warmth of spring may never come."
Day 2 revealed an awesome comic here.
There are many new additions along with bug fixes and tweaks,
Crystal maiden can now have a pet?
- Enabled Phantom Lancer in Captain's Mode [?]
- Juggernaut's agility growth reduced from 2.85 to 2.4
- Juggernaut's Healing Ward manacost rescaled from 80/100/120/140 to 120/125/130/135
- Juggernaut's Bladefury manacost rescaled from 110 to 120/110/100/90
- Axe's Berserker's Call no longer affects invulnerable units (like Cycloned units)
- Axe's Berserker's Call no longer keeps the targets disabled if Axe dies while the targets still have the debuff
- Axe's Culling Blade kill threshold reduced from 250/350/450 to 250/325/400 (Scepter from 300/450/625 to 300/425/550)
- Vengeful Spirit's Wave of Terror duration reduced from 20 to 15 seconds
- Lion's Hex unit movement speed reduced from 100 to 140 (same as Scythe of Vyse)
- Dire Ancients spawn box restriction area is now a bit smaller
- Various Pathing Improvements
- Fixed being unable to play bot games when you are offline
- Buyback readiness UI now takes into account how much gold you will lose when dying
- Pausing is no longer allowed in Unranked All Pick if your team is connected and hasn't picked their heroes
- Pausing In matchmaking games now has a countdown timer before initiating a pause
- Fixed various projectile particle effects being visible in Fog of War
- Moved the kill text lower so it does not get blocked by the "Killed By" screen
- Fixed the courier sometimes failing to deliver items if the deliver key was pressed soon after an item was purchased
- Networth Graph now updates automatically after hero kills instead of with a delay
- Alt clicking now works on enemy buffs
- Replays now start recording only after players have finished loading
- Left clicking actions on the minimap no longer ignores input for the first 0.2 seconds
- Added a new command to help debugging/analysis (dota_show_spectated_unit_orders) by showing player inputs when watching a replay or spectating.
- Fixed the Hill Troll Priest in the small camp sometimes not moving when the rest of the camp was pulled by taking damage
- Fixed an issue with neutral creeps and Roshan becoming idle when silenced.
- Fixed Lone Druid's Bear's Necronomicon Warriors not giving kill credit to Lone Druid
- Added all sound directories to the whitelist for -enable_addons
- Several ability description adjustments and fixes
Still no full move to source2 engine! next patch maybe?
Find out the full details here.
Valve have revealed an impressive overhaul and redesign of the de_train map for Counterstrike Global offensive
"Train is a memorable and classic Counter-Strike map. We're excited to begin a new chapter in the history of Train by releasing a new and upgraded version for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. We've rebuilt the map from the ground up in order to improve both the visual appearance and competitive gameplay balance of this iconic location."
Check out the full details here.
Today Valve have announced a beta of a new feature, Steam Broadcasting:
"Steam Broadcast is designed for ease of use, allowing anyone to view a friend's game by simply clicking on "Watch Game" on their Friend's profile or Friend's List to open a window into their gameplay - no game ownership, special fees, or additional apps required. The beta is open to everyone who opts in to the Steam Client Beta (via the Steam Settings panel), however bandwidth may be limited during the beta.
As always, Valve is interested in all feedback and ideas on how to make this feature better."
Check out the Broadcasting page for more information
Its that time of year again, ModDB have launched the annual Mod of the Year awards!
Come join the celebration that is modding by showing the hard working dedicated mod developers your support by voting for your favorites to get them through to the Top 100.
We have some cool stuff to give away to the winning mod teams and those that make the top 100 this year, so its set to be a tough competition.
The competition goes for the next month with the winners announced just before the new year!
Editors Choice Award Release 22nd December
Players Choice Unreleased Release 27th December
Players Choice Mod of the Year Released 29th of December
With the likes of Black Mesa, Cry of Fear and The Stanley Parable taking out previous years awards will another Half Life mod win again?
Keep changing the game, who will take this years crown?
Well Interlopers, it's been 10 years to the day since Half-Life 2 was released. And that means 10 years of great modding community's have passed. So let's celebrate by counting down the best mods created each year for the last 10 years.
Garry's Mod, SMOD, JB Mod.
The Hidden, Source Forts, Battle Grounds 2, DayHard, Synergy.
Dystopia, Empires, Eternal Silence, Iron Grip: The Oppression, Coastline to Atmosphere, Shantytown, Iris, Mistake of Pythagoras, Rock 24, GROGG, The Island, Weekday Warrior, Golden Eye: Source, Eclipse.
Age of Chivalry, PVKII, Jailbreak, Insurgency, MINERVA, Zombie Panic: Source, Fortress Forever, City 7: Toronto Conflict, Slums, Ravenholm, Riot Act, Fistful of Frags, Awakening, Flip Side, Kreedz Climbing.
Dear Esther, The Citizen, Missing Information, Deja Vudu, Ether, A Corny Voyage, Intrusion, Offshore, Project Valkyrie, Half-Life 2 Old School, Mentality, Get a Life, Obsidian Conflict, Resistance & Liberation.
CURSE, Random Quest, Strider Mountain, Post Script, Research and Development, Flesh, NEOTOKYO°, Eye of the Storm, Provenance, Ragnarok Arena, Situation Outbreak, Smashball, Radiator, Decadence, Too Many Crates, Dino D-Day, CSS SCI-FI.
Nightmare House 2, The Citizen Part 2, 1187, Human Error, Mission Improbable, Slums 2, Outpost 16, Joutomaa, Tedium, Overwatch, Firearms: Source.
Underhell, G-String, The Stanley Parable, Dissolution, Water, THAT, Action Half-Life 2, Titan: XCIX, Dual Reality, No More Room In Hell.
Black Mesa, Grey, Black Snow, Lambda Wars.
Keys, The Gate 2, Estranged, Rabbit Hole, Double Action: Boogaloo, STTR, Courage.
Whew, that list became longer than I intended. Feel free to post your own favourite mods below.
So many people have poured so many hours into these projects. They're all quite unique and offer some sort of value one way or another. Looking back I wish I had tried a little harder and made a little more. Here's to hoping the next ten years include hundreds of Source 2 and Episode 3 mods.
The Alpha release of the Dota 2 Workshop Tools are out now, which includes a new Hammer and Materials Editor, among all sorts of other new features. Download and try it out for yourself!
I hope the recent The Forgotten Journey has whetted your appetite for mapping comps.
I'll be announcing my next comp, which is actually my 24th on Friday.
It will have my usual rules:
ten day limit
Must run in Ep2
no unauthorised assets to be used etc
The theme will be pretty simple as I will be on holiday for 3 weeks from Wednesday, so I won't be able to reply to emails and comments as quickly as I normally do.
Anyway, hope that interests you.
http://www.planetphillip.com/posts/new- ... on-friday/
You can see all my previous comps here:
http://www.planetphillip.com/posts/tag/ ... mpetition/
In case you don't know, once I receive the entries, I package them into a mod, like I will be doing for The Forgotten Journey.
Please feel free to repost this to other sites and forums that you think would be interested.
Firstly I would like to say again a huge huge huge thanks to everyone that entered, every entry was of fantastic quality and really made judging a very difficult but fun job to do.
A huge congratulations to the winners!.
Click here to reveal the winners.
The updated site actually isn't finished yet, each thumbnail entry at the bottom should link through to individual spotlight pages that will feature my thoughts and feedback on the levels (there's alot!). I have disabled these pages for now but they will return next week when I am back from my holiday.
If the winners (top3) would like to pm their choice of poster and their address then I will post their prizes asap.
Planet Phillip Map pack.
Phillip from planetphillip.com will be releasing a Forgotten Journey map pack via his site and also on Moddb.
This is a great chance for your maps to reach a wider audience and get additional feedback.
Your all encouraged to work on polishing and updating your maps for this map pack! fix those bugs!
There is currently a deadline of Monday 28th 12pm GMT. However we may be able to extend this!
The latest Csgo Operation has been announced!
It features two fantastic maps by some of our own.
Proceeds go to the map makers themselves.
Read the full details here.
So the competition submission period has finally ended and its now on to the judging phase, I will try to have the judging complete as quickly as possible but it could take a week or so.
This was the first time I’ve ever run any kind of competition ever of any kind, so any feedback would be great as I plan to do another for you guys in the future. (If you guys want)
Congratulations to everyone that made a final submission, they all look fantastic, and I cannot wait to start playing through them.
I also want to say a huge thanks to everyone that took part, even those of you that weren't able to finish in time.
Phillip from Planet Phillip has asked if we can compile a Forgotten Journey Map Pack for release on his site, with everyone’s permission I think this would be a great idea. You will obviously be allowed to update your map with bug fixes and additional touches if you want too.
Emerging from a long deep slumber, I've been prodded awake just long enough to let everyone know that Ryan (known around these parts as Arma) has completed and released his long-time Source project. Keys, described as a "first person art installation", is available to download from ModDB or direct from the mod's website.
"Keys is a short first person art installation that provides a visceral and thought provoking experience combined with rich environments and striking imagery. It is greatly influenced by our admiration for games like Good Morning, Commander, The Barista series, Kairo, and Radiator."
All you need to get going is a game that grants access to the Source SDK Base 2013 Singleplayer, and to have it installed. There's no reason not to give it a go.
Just to remind everyone that the deadline for the competition submission is this coming monday, the 30th.
The journey has almost come to an end!
Please remember to read the submission guidelines on the competition mini site.
Please create a new thread in the Final Submission forums.
Here you should post a download link to your submission files.
Files must be posted on or before Monday, anything posted later will not be judged.
Unfortunately you will have to host your own files.
I suggest Dropbox or SendSpace.
If this is an issue for anyone please drop me a pm and ill see if I can help out.
Best of luck to everyone, you still have the weekend to get some last minute mapping done!
Team Fortress 2 just started day 1 of its Love & War update.
"Our Day One lead-up to the Love & War Update unveils "Expiration Date", our longest short to date, clocking in at a relatively epic fifteen minutes. It also teases some all-new taunts that'll let you spread a little love around the battlefield, including conga dancing, square dancing, flipping, hand-based games of chance, and the ultimate expression of affection, administering traumatic brain injury directly to a teammate's skull."
Check out the full details here.
There is not long left for competition participants, the contest closes on the 30th of June.
So please keep updating your wip threads, and you still have just over 2 weeks to add finishing touches to your maps!
Keep going you can do it! Good luck!
Wow it’s already June, which means not long until E3! Could we see Valve reveal something new this year? Let’s keep our fingers crossed and pray to the gods.
Let’s have a prediction poll… no prizes for guessing correctly though, other than the satisfaction gained by proving you are a master psychic.
Disclaimer : I actually have no idea if Valve will even be at E3 this year.
Lets Quickly Recap recent news.
Steam Controller Delay
Steam Controllers have been unfortunately delayed to 2015, which is a bit sad as I was looking forward to getting one this year, however as Valve have shown us many times before, they don’t compromise on product quality to meet release dates. Valve time guys..
Click here to find out more.
CSGO : Twitch
Csgo got improved twitch support, and twitch got improved Csgo integration which is a pretty neat partnership.
You can read more about it here.
The International prize pool exploded past everyone’s expectations and surpassed the stretch goals. Astonishingly the compendium has already raised Eight million dollars and is still going strong.
Valve have added a range of new stretch goals and have released the initial stretch goal rewards to compendium owners. The new Immortal items are imo some of the best additions to dota 2 thus far.
Dota Cinema have made an awesome video showcasing all the new items .
Watch it here.
Hl3 + L4D3
Also in the news recently , During a twitch interview Counter strike creator and ex Valve employee Minh Le “GooseMan” accidently? confirms that valve are indeed working on Halflife3 and Left 4 Dead 3.
"I saw it, it looks great. I was really excited when I saw that, I was like 'wow, this looks great'."
Click here to listen to his comments.
The Forgotten Journey
The competition is in full swing with only a month left to go! Don’t forget to keep updating your wip threads! It looks like its going to be really fun competition to judge. I am already blown away by some of the entries. Keep up the great work guys!
Also a shout out to Shawn Olson whom has released WallWorm 2.0 !
A fantastic update to the number one 3dsmax source engine tools. Its a great package that I think a lot of us make use of. If you haven't tried it before I suggest giving it ago, its pretty much your all in one plugin for 3dsmax source engine shenanigans. Its designed specifically to ease the 3dsmax to source process, and once incorporated into your workflow will definitely speed things up!
Shawn has been updating it for some years now, so a big thank you to him for continuing to support the source & Interlopers community!
Shawn has also just released a super useful guide specifically for hammer users that want to learn to 3dsmax, really worth checking it out even if your a 3dsmax pro.
Check out the 3dsmax guide for hammer users.Hammered-to-the-Max.
Check out the latest version of Wallworm here.
Epic are building the next UT out in the open with the ability for anyone to contribute. Could be very interesting for anyone wanting to flex their UE skills:
"* We’ve created a small team of UT veterans that are beginning work on the project starting today.
* From the very first line of code, the very first art created and design decision made, development will happen in the open, as a collaboration between Epic, UT fans and UE4 developers. We’ll be using forums for discussion, and Twitch streams for regular updates.
* If you are a fan and you want to participate, create a free account and join the forum discussion.
* All code and content will be available live to UE4 developers on GitHub.
* The game will be true to its roots as a competitive FPS.
* Development will be focused on Windows, Mac and Linux"
Read the full blog post for more
Its been a busy few weeks for me so this update is slightly later than planned.
The competition site has been updated, I have added some additional questions to the faq and also added a wip page on what to submit and where you can download a template mod for submission.
Don't forget to keep updating your wip threads guys, there are already some really cool looking ideas beginning to take shape as awesome maps.
As usual I will continue to answer as many questions as possible and keep everyone up to date.
So yep it finally happened I got around to finishing and launching the mini competition site, the page itself is still in beta so feel free to suggest things to add to the Faq ect.
And please do ask if there's something you want me to clarify or expand on.
Hopefully most of you will find it interesting enough though I realise its pretty hard to cater to everyone's tastes.
If this comp is successful there will be more!
Click here or the above image to go to the competition site.
Please note the competition site url will change and soon be hosted with Interlopers.