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Heh. HEV Suit Lawsuit... get it? Hahahaha. *ahem* anyway...

Posted by dky.tehkingd.u on Apr 2nd, 2013

Heh. HEV Suit Lawsuit... get it? Hahahaha. *ahem* anyway...

We are very sad to announce that in the course of the Great Legal Battle for the Right to Michael's HEV Suit design, we have incurred severe losses. Casualties were high. No fewer than six lawyers were killed, and 73 seriously wounded on both sides of the Great Struggle. Such is the price for all that is fair.

Let us not forget those who journeyed into the howling dark, and did not return. They ennobled all of us, and their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

However, an end to the conflict is in sight. In light of the sobering casualty reports, the Freeman Chronicles team and the Hazard Course team have both agreed to an unconditional ceasefire, and hostilities shall be suspended, effective immediately.


... We got you all, didn't we? *high fives the Freeman Chronicles team* TEAMWORK! :D

I love how gullible people are. +1 to those who passed the Calendar Awareness test! You win. ;)

And for those who didn't, it's all in good fun! No hard feelings. :)

A special thanks and shout-out to those special commenters who gladly played along with us for the joke, despite having a good sense of calendar awareness. We really appreciate the laughs! You guys helped us get them good. Among these contributors are:

-... and probably a few more that I forgot to mention! (You know who you are ;) )

Support The Freeman Chronicles!

Anyway, as we begin to pick up our, ahem, "losses", and lick our "wounds"... we strongly urge you to support the Freeman Chronicles team and their efforts in making an awesome Half-Life webseries. Seriously, their stuff is awesome! You should really go check them out!

For those of you that don't know, The Freeman Chronicles is a live-action Half-Life webseries in development by the makers of the popular (and spectacular) Beyond Black Mesa and Enter The Freeman short films. They're currently raising money on their IndieGoGo page, so if you can, we cannot urge you guys strongly enough to go help them out! We think it's an awesome project, and we really want to see it come to life. It's for a great cause!

They need $75,000 in donations to do this and do it well, but due to a lack of traffic to their site, they have only a quarter of what they need, with only a couple of days left to obtain it all.

If you like what you see on their site, then please donate what you can, and spread the news to everyone else who would also be willing to donate! As Half-Life fans, we are very eager to see what they have in store, and would very much like to see them succeed.


In other news, we are also sad to announce the cancellation of Hazard Course: Infinity. Sorry if we got your hopes up! It was simply becoming too difficult to manage the workload. An infinite number of Hazard Courses is a lot of work, you know. For nostalgia's sake, and for good laughs, we'll leave the "media" up there for a few days before we take it down. Priceless!

It's not all bad news though! Our writer, Craig "Spaghetti" Spivack will definitely be staying on the team, so don't worry! (And yes, as hard as it is to believe, we DID in fact go to the same high school. Fooled you guys there, didn't I? :P )

We know you're all sad about the cancellation of Infinity. To make it up to you though, here's a sneak peek at what we've ACTUALLY been doing over the past few weeks:

We're actually making progress! We hope to have a big update ready for you guys soon, so stay tuned!

Have a very safe and productive day! Hope you guys had a good laugh! ;)

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JeffMOD Creator
JeffMOD Apr 2 2013 says:

Happy April Fool's day everyone! Don't worry, we won't be pulling another stunt like that for a year at least.

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JonnyBoy0719 Apr 2 2013 replied:

I have never made any April fools jokes, I'm probably to lazy :D

on a topic note: Awesome work so far :) Will this mod include all tutorials from all the HL1 games? (HL, Opforce, BShift)

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dky.tehkingd.u Author
dky.tehkingd.u Apr 2 2013 replied:

Nah probably not. That was part of the joke. I believe Tripmine Studios is remaking the Boot Camp from Opposing Force, though.

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TheBoxNoob Apr 2 2013 says:

Its funny how everyone felt attacked with the freeman chronicles thing and commented, but when progess is posted nobody gives a ****.

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Pauolo Apr 2 2013 replied:

I think they're mostly keeping low profile now. =D

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notaclevername Apr 2 2013 replied:

In my defence, their post was pre-april the first.

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Crypt Creator Subscriber
Crypt Apr 2 2013 replied:

Yeah, we understand that. For some of us it had already been April for a few hours.

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Pauolo Apr 3 2013 replied:

@notaclevername: Well it did sound megalomaniac enough to not be true, and those Infinity screens did look awful compared to the rest of the mod, so your argument is invalid to justify most of the reactions in the comments.

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dky.tehkingd.u Author
dky.tehkingd.u Apr 3 2013 replied:

We timed the posting of the article based on 12:00 midnight GMT, since our audience is worldwide. It got posted even earlier than intended because the ModDB admins approved it very quickly. (Although still after 12:00 midnight GMT). We realized afterward in an afterthought that this would also make the joke much more convincing to our American audiences, which makes it all the better. :)

No hard feelings on my fellow Americans. ;)

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warbrand2 Apr 2 2013 says:

how many people did you lose from that joke?

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MichaelTannock Creator
MichaelTannock Apr 2 2013 replied:

We've gained 21 plus however many we may have lost.

But it's not about that, so long as more people know about The Freeman Chronicles. They deserve all of the positive attention more than we do.

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JeffMOD Creator
JeffMOD Apr 2 2013 replied:

True dat. They've actually, you know, given out stuff to the community at large.
We've only given screenshots and a couple of private tester builds.

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Dejected-Angel Apr 24 2013 says:

I bet that Black Mesa Infinity thing is also an April Fools joke right?

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Crypt Creator Subscriber
Crypt Apr 24 2013 replied:

No, we really DID plan to create an infinite number of Hazard Courses. However, infinity proved to be too many courses, so we decided to just stick with one.

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Dejected-Angel Apr 24 2013 replied:

Hence, also a joke

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Crypt Creator Subscriber
Crypt Apr 25 2013 replied:

Sure. ;)

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