srredfire wrote:When you say that the aim is to create a level that features a new location that doesn't feature in the original games, are you saying that it should NOT include anywhere taking place in City 17, White Forest, The Citadel, or any place that is actually in the games? Meaning don't make a separate floor in The Citadel that you never went to or a city block in City 17 that Gordon never crossed paths with?
Correct! we don't want a return to Ravenholm, or re-exploration of City 17 ect.
The aim is to be imaginative and think of somewhere new, somewhere outside of Gordon Freemans previous journeys.
It can however still be within a city or a forest as long as its clearly designed to be a new location. For example the city's design isn't an replica of City 17.
srredfire wrote:I'm confused as to whether or not it has to take place within the actual areas that games went through and you just make another "zone" from those environments or if you're saying I can make the top of Mount Everest as long as it feels like a level in a Half-Life game.
It does not have to take place in areas of the same type that you went through previously in the games. You could indeed create the top of mount Everest in a style that would fit it into the Half-Life universe.
srredfire wrote:Are things that were prominent structures in Half-Life 2 and the episodes off limits? Like giant bridges, or parking garages? If something has been in the games before should it not be made?
Remember the idea is to create something that feels like a new location, you may use structure types that are prominent in Half-Life 2 and the episodes as long as you feel your level overall reflects a new location.
For example you may could create an airfield in the middle of a forest, and you may want to include warehouse type structures like you would find in Half-Life 2 , this would be okay as the level clearly is a new setting.
Its tricky but hopefully it will get everyone thinking out side of the box and designing some unique maps.
[KIRBY] wrote:question about teleportation
is involving g-man into teleportation ok?
I would like my map to be simply a small job Gordon does for g-man, he just gets teleported in and out by him.
What happens in your map is up to you! the only back story was the teleportation has gone wrong, there's no reason why the G-man couldn't have had something to do with that if you like.
You aren't required to include a teleportation intro or outro, but you can if you like.
Armageddon wrote:Multiple BSPs is going to have to be okay, alright?
As I said its one bsp at the moment, but perhaps you could elaborate and can give a good argument as to why people would want more? I'm certainly willing to consider it.
I'm not wanting people to create epically long campaigns though.
cpl. punishment wrote:Is porting stock assets from other Valve games allowed?
I'm going to say yes as not everyone is an artist and able to create new assets,However please don't port hundreds of assets, and please only port things that would clearly fit into the Half-Life universe, no Tf2 or Dota2 assets, and no assets from day of defeat like a giant tank...
And if you do, please try to limit the number you use.
Also we haven't decided on a final file size for final submissions, but there will be a reasonable limit, I will let everyone know when the site is updated with submission information.