I LOVE SP-Mapping !!!
WOW, simply WOW!!!
Let me start with that you were so friendly to give me a early beta version of your game to test back when you were still developing it. We did sent each other a few mails about my testing results and i loved your game and thought it was really well made.
To now hear about this all really does disturb me! Although on the other hand, from time to time we see this kind of news coming around. You are not the first one and for sure not the last one who has to deal with such people. I have read all your text about and links to other pages and i am afraid that your situation is not strong simply because he is the one who controls the whole steam thing. I am really, really very sorry to say this but i have to be honest and tell you that you did make a few mistakes along the way. You say for instance that in the beginning he already didn't pay you for your help on his game Incognito, you did this slide but went on doing bisseness with him and, even wors, trusting him. This should already have been a big red flag for you. But, i get it i guess. It looks to me that you are a honest guy who likes to think the best of people, i really was ones also like that. Just don't want to make trouble, even when you are in your rights. To read in Invalidsspacebars comment above "that here seems to be a trend of him stealing other peoples content." makes me even more sure that this guy Ron "Maxwolf" McDowell is just a sad excuse for a human man, who thinks he can steal his way through game land on his way to the bank. And, he will earn some or even a lot of money this way at first. But i am also quit sure that this will only work for so long. In the end he will have a bad name, one he can't delete anymore, or he has to change his real name. Don't get me wrong, i am not a lawyer so i really don't know anything about the law terms here and how much rights you have. But, even when you have rights, what does that mean. Starting a lawsuit is most of the times very expensive and that is why people who have rights still don't get them simply because they don't have the money to pursey someone. This guy thinks probably the same, 'sew me'. The second big mistake for you was to trust him all the way, specially making him set it all up with steam was a big mistake. I understand that it was more coviniut at the time because he lived in Australia, or was it Canada. But, when it comes to bussenes trust is not something you can work with. It has to be IN WRITING, ALL OF IT.
I am very afraid that you can't do much about it, and this will be a very expensive leason for you, to not trust people anymore in the future when it comes to rights, payments, etc. Even with your biggest friends you need a solid contract, you know that now. What you should do for sure is invest time and effort in keeping this alive. I mean, you already placed this info on a lot of sites, keep doing so. Make this info known to the public as best as you can. As you know, this IS internet, and this info will keep avaleble for everyone in the future. For sure it will bite him in the long run.
I have to stop writing now, i feel so sad for you, i had a very small simular experience with a mod of mine so i know a bit how it feels. All i can say is try to not let it get to you, even when that seems to be impossible. See it as a expensive leason that you now have learned, and, now you know that there are people like him in this world. There are even quit a lot of them out there, sorry to say so.
Much strenght whished to you, and please keep your head high and don't be to hard on yourself, all you did wrong was being to trustworthy, which isn't something to be ashamed of.
please write English, this is a English forum!
So silly that i will not play it.
What is the use of just texture swapping and then
re releasing a originally classic fps, other then
really making it very ugly?!
" ...They’re all happy with that revenue split and we’re happy with that as well ..."
ofcourse you are, you gert 50% for doing nothing!
See how long this will go on,
a modder, (am i glad i hate minegraft, hahaha, will never mod with it).
Great to hear about the full week work on the mod, in such weeks you can really do a lot of work. Please keep us updated as you always do.
PLEASE INSTALL MOD and PATCH !!
(Source SDK 2013 patch)
When it still doesn't work then validate your game cache, and to set your Source SDK Base 2013 Singleplayer beta participation to 'Upcoming'.
Then the mod will work.
Looks awesome as always!!
Only the blood shown in the second GIF movie above doesn't look right. Maybe this can be made more realistic, or is this to a placeholder for now? So much fun to follow this over the years,
Looks great, love the lightning.
And 4 chapters already, will be a big mod then.
I thought the exact same thing!!!!
It is a real mistery to me why the maker of the video did choose for this, because he WILL miss viewers this way, that we can be sure of!
When you really upload work that other people worked very hard on then you really need to first ask permission and then also state that it was made by them and not you.
REAL MODDERS HATE STEELING!!!!
Each time i see your Sumoman figure i have to laugh, he is so funny!
Great development progress over time, much success,
DOES HURT MY EYES!!!!
"....for LESS hillarious appearance."
a real shame you put in so much work for something so uggly to look at, why not put your skills to good use?
Please can you make a screenshot of these issues so i can check them. Although i am surpriced to hear that you do see them because no one complained about this and i never did encounter them. So i am afraid there is something wrong at your end,
Well, the last year after the release of this mod i have thought a few times about starting yet another mod. But it just takes way to much time and effort. Even a small mod with a few levels already takes a few months of daily hard work. And i am just at a moment in live that i can't spent that time anymore on it.
Then you are making a small error somewere, when you want you may pm me (sent a personal message through Moddb,) or mail me for that matter. Then i will help you. There are tons of great mods to be played so you then will have months and months to play them, lol.
Thanks you Neophus,
please do remember that you follow the short and easy to follow install instructions, otherwise the mod will NOT WORK!
(Have to install Source SDk 2013 SP and set it to upcoming!)
Hahaha, no, not really. Would love to make a new big mod again but it simply does take to much time and effort to do so. Thanks for asking,
I hope the future will look bright for you, and that your health will get much better soon. Modding when you don't feel well is almost impossible, so i fully understand that you aren't modding as hard as you could or would like to do. Much success and please keep believing in a bright future,
Sorry Hecumarine, but i don't understand why you say your rating of 5 is the highest this mod did get because when you check the review section you will see a lot of people did give it a 10, 9, 8 etc.(in fact, most people gave it a 10, 26% of all voters!!)
Ep3 is a mod, not a Valve episode. As modder i make mods purely for my own enjoyment, and ones it is done i release it in the hope that other people will like to play it. I don't make mods for other people, so i will not put months or even years of work in it, just to please those people. I make what i want, and thats it. Ofcourse do i like it when people liked playing it, but when this isn't the case then that is really fine with me. And till now all my mods have been reviewed as Average and above, so that is not bad at all. Ofcourse is a story nice in a game / mod, but to me that is not the main point. I love shooting stuff more then really getting the full story of something. That is also why you find on some places 50 ants, i LOVE making them splatter in to pices.
Sorry when you didn't like it, that is all i can say.
And it does amaze me that you still keep asking why i named it Ep3. I have explained this at least 10 times now. But, because you asked i will explain it ones more;
I named it Ep3 The Closure, because it does start were the original ep2 left of, it does bring the player to the Borealis and in the end it does give a answer to how it all ends. That it is not the Ep3 you had in mind will not make this a possible Ep3, MY ep3. Also is this my 3th very large mod with Hl2, i made 5 in total. And it does close my Source modding time as it does the Hl2 story, so that is why i added The Closure to it.
That is all, it is just a mod, nothing more nothing less.
It is just a silly mod, .....
Always love trailers and teasers and this one is really great!!
And those new npc's with new animations area awesome!
Thanks Lordlheanacho, for the kind words. Seems most gamers are kids, and with that comes indeed a form of immaturity indeed. So all in all we shouldn't be to surpriced with such comments.
These screenshots have a really refreshing feeling to them, it doesn't look at all as Hl2 which i really LOVE!
I do hope the optimization of the maps will be done right, but because this is your second mod i am convinced that that will be done well.
I think i know which video you mean, was done by a very popular Youtube Source video channel. He played the first level and started to rant indeed about the use of new combine skins. And after about 20 minutes playing he decided he had seen enough to judge the full 15+ hours gameplay. Like i said, i have released so many mods by now that i am used to how things work, specially on line. But even then it still hurts. As some artist said, 1000 people can say its great, you only remember that one person who said it wasn't. I don't have that feeling that much anymore, but it is only human to get upset, even when you know there arguments have most of the time nothing to do with the mod itself, but with other things.
About the indie project, that is so hard. And i only start a indie project when i am sure it has a real change of success. My main issue now still is finding team members, mainly coders. Have a idea of making a fps like Duke Nukem 3D or Shadow Warrior(1). With the characters made out of turning sprites. The Build engine that was used for that is to old and buggy. People say Unity can make such a exact game, so i am looking in to it but again, team members. Can't do it all by myself, but it is very hard to find enthousiastic people, (nearly impossible).
Sould you want to follow me in this then you could follow my profile, (so now this mod but my SPY-maps profile), this way you get updates about it when i do start something.
Its still a real dream of mine which i intent to carry out!
Hey ZikShadow, great to hear from you. And i know what you mean, with redoing things again and again and again. That way something is never released. But it is hard also, because the first 10 maps i would have loved to rebuild from scratch. ANd by that time i probably would have rebuild the other 26 maps hahaha.
As always, thanks for your addon,
"You promised a satisfying conclusion that you dared to call Episode 3,"
Can't recall i ever did.
"...and in the end you just relived your experiences recreating Duke Nukem 3D and other previously modded by you title level design, not because it enhanced gameplay, but for nostalgia's sake."
Something miss with that?
Thank you all for commenting. I have said what i had to say and i am glad you all give your thoughts on this mod. Sorry when you didn't like it. To me this is a worthy episode 3 mod, (do you see the word 'mod'?)
Its funny though. Severel years ago people knew when they played a mod that they were only playing a fan made project. Nothing more nothing less. But it seems some players start to compair these days mods with actual games or HL2 episodes. This is a mod, so it will have flaws in it, it will not be perfect.
As Alencore said so very well above;
"It's a mapper's mod..."
I am a mapper, always have been always will be. And, ALWAYS said that i make mods and mappacks were my main focus is on mapping. I did start adding custom made content in my last few mods, but only because i started to get sick of using original assets, again. That i did in my first few source mods already. Needed new stuff to work with. And, i asked so many times for help, on so many places. But why am i defending myself again, i have explained it all above and so many times before. let me just close with explaning it all ones more, in one line;
Episode 3 is a mod, made mainly by one guy, with lots of help from others (by giving me there not used assets). It does seserve the Ep3 title, simply because it does bring you to the Borealis and it does close the HL(2) saga in the end. That it doesn't live up to your standarts, or Valves, or what you think valves should be in only logical. Because, and here it comes...... it's... you guessed it, a mod. It really keeps amazing me that some people make such a big fuzz out of it. Its only a silly mod, nothing more nothing less. More people like it as those who don't, the numbers show that clearly. And as modder/mapper i have succeeded then. Nothing to do with quality over quantity. people are not that easely foolet as you think, really.
No, ofcourse are there many issues that could be changed or made better. But i did fix some small issues and released some patches and versions. Last version is 2.0, and that is it. The mod took already 5 years of my life. I know, i keep saying this but i still have the feeling most people get the real crasp of how much time and effort that actually is. I have to stop at one point, and that point is with version 2.0.
So, no. I haven't done anything anymore after version / patch 2.0 and there will also not come any more in the future.
I am glad you did find the solution. That it did not make the Ep3 folder while you extracted the files has something to do with the settings of the program that you used to extract. Because normally it does make the ep3 folder. So it really has to do with the settings of the program you used. Otherwise you would have seen comments like yours here many times. Still, sorry that it cause so much frustration. Hope you have fun now,
I still have mapping to do but next month I'll do some finalizing before a major archiving. And then done!"
Does this mean you are finished with this second part ??
Because that is a mile stone to reach!
And, as a mapper indeed i FULLY understand were you are coming from and how much work it actually is to complete such a task!
(Such a shame only developers can really understand how much work and effort it really takes to make mods on these scales, lol)
So, can't wait to play what you have been working on for all these years!
I am sorry that it has no subs, and only is in
English. Have thought about doing these things,
but then i also have to add French and Spanish
for instance. And that is simply to much work,
i already worked daily for 5+ years on this mod.
But, you are free to add it if you want.