Placing an emphasis on using the crossbow in a world loosely inspired by Fallout 3, 99 Bolts plunges you into an irradiated sniper mission.

You can traverse a sprawling radioactive wasteland, born from the distant ashes of the Seven Hour War. You can battle the Combine, who have taken control of a small town several kilometers away. You can explore shattered homes and derelict towns, long since emptied in the face of Combine dominion. You can eventually find a sniper's crossbow in the wasteland, planted for you by the sparse rebel forces outside the Combine walls. And you will only have ninety-nine crossbow bolts at your disposal...your mission?

Your mission is to find Winona, the enigmatic human ambassador to the Combine...she's been pimping the town out to the aliens and keeping all the spoils for herself...for this, she simply has to die.

You'll be lucky to get inside the tall steel walls the Combine erected around the town's perimeter. The wasteland is a ruthless place, so save your ammo and try to avoid conflict if you can. Once you find your crossbow, you'll find that things die a lot quicker around you...but again, use some your bolts for your target. There are many obstacles in your way, both obvious and keep a sharp eye on the corners and a sharp mind on the future.

Good luck, assassin...and thanks for your interest in 99 Bolts.

This mod is being designed as a creative mash-up of Fallout 3 and Half-Life 2. While the wasteland and other maps in this game will be sprawling in scope, 99 Bolts will not feature any kind of free-roaming mechanic...and while each map will be large enough for the player to find several solutions to a map, 99 Bolts aims to be a linear, story-driven, Half-Life 2-esque experience. (This modification is meant to be played on Half-Life 2: Episode 2. You will need Episode 2 to play this game.)

We recently hit 40,000 views, despite our radio silence.

Thank you so much for your continued interest in 99 Bolts!!

- 27 July 2012

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Wow, look at that dreadful title. One might think I had resigned to some kind of grizzly fate. "2010 Mid-Year Update"? Yes, it's true...I will be updating far less than I have in the past, which by comparison is far less than I updated in the distant past. The upshot is that I get to surprise the community better when I do come around to show off my pet project.


Well, not exactly. You can't really have a birthday until you are born into the world and get to explore the planet for a while. But I am celebrating anyways because about 1 year ago last month, I started this project. And my, how it has grown. It has quite possibly grown well out of my control. But still i hold the reigns of power and with great patience, I try my damnedest to please the mod community. For example, here's a new video!!

I hope you enjoyed that. I also hope you enjoy THIS video:

In addition to having two videos to watch, check out the awesome screenshots posted below.

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This large brick building will be home to some crazy wastelanders, so, uh, watch your footing...

99 Bolts Mapping Work

And this awesome place - well, let's just say you will visit this place at the end of the game.

Guys, this may not really seem like much but I have been busy working for a few other mods, so my time has been short. Not to mention my military affairs are not over YET, so my work will continue to suffer until I get them resolved. Yikes. So anyways, I hope you enjoy this paltry offering. (BTW, I saw the Dear Esther updates today and nearly deleted my entire mod folder, so yeah. That guy is a real one man army in the world of modding. Truly amazing work, everybody should check out his work.)


99 Bolts is officially going into radio silence from now until much later. That means I will not even think about updating the mod page for a very long time. I may occasionally throw up a few pictures but I want to really knock the socks off my friends, watchers, and followers. Don't be discouraged if the next update doesn't take place by the end of this year. I truly appreciate all your assistance, guidance, and support through the last year. And I hope to bring you a much wider variety of wasteland / salted earth sometime within the next 9 months.

In the meantime, feel free to periodically check out the other mods I am working on, one of which is another one that I started. You might be wondering why I opted to work on so many projects. I mainly did it so I could escape that sense of "boredom" that I feel from working on one single project for too long. As you can see, I manage to find time for everybody, and I like my setup.

Although I would never abandon one of these projects of my own free will, I feel no shame in telling you that the most important project to me is 99 Bolts. And as the video says - this project will never die. Thanks for watching 99 Bolts, and thanks for watching and supporting all the other mods I work on - however unusual they may be.

Zonbie - July 2010.

(BTW, it's either Ben on the street, joe_rogers_11155 on the web, or Zonbie on Steam. All one guy. I don't know the hows or whys of this naming convention. I am an idiot, lol.)

Out of the Loop

Out of the Loop

5 years ago News 13 comments

Real-world issues have forced me into a brief hiatus from modding.

January Update Note

January Update Note

5 years ago News 0 comments

99 Bolts is essentially paused in production as I work on smaller, self-tutoring projects.

December Mid-Month Update

December Mid-Month Update

6 years ago News 10 comments

Admissions of my wayward focus can turn out to be good for the mod.

99 Bolts + In Development Thanksgiving Update

99 Bolts + In Development Thanksgiving Update

6 years ago News 10 comments

I give thanks to everyone who's been helping me thus far, and reveal some big news about 99 Bolts and another mod, called In Development.

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TheUnbeholden Oct 25 2015 says:

Guys relax, he is working on it.

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Cyber.Shadow Jan 5 2015 says:

This is just not going to happen, is it?
Vaporware is this mod?

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Gkthepwner Jul 12 2014 says:

It's been four years.
If this isn't dead, can someone say something?

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DarkShift Jul 7 2014 says:

What the hell is going on with this mod?? How many years since we see it coming?

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Magman77 May 3 2014 says:

I'm still coming back, and I still have the early development maps you posted on facepunch way back when. We haven't forgotten about you, don't forget about us!

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cassio1963 Jan 17 2014 says:


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zonbie Creator
zonbie Jan 31 2014 replied:

I can understand why you might have that opinion.

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csderr Nov 4 2013 says:

At best, it seems, according to your 'latest' update, you're someone with too many irons in the fire and no discipline to finish what you start. I'm not questioning your ability, just your lack of stick-to-itive-ness, so, GET ON WITH IT!!!

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Magman77 Dec 2 2013 replied:

He has his own problems and a mind to leave something in the dark but still come back to it much later. **** him, right?

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stoopdapoop Jun 30 2013 says:

exactly one year since last update :(

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