Firearms: Source is a team based first person shooter, rooted in the traditions of the Firearms mod for Half-Life. Firearms: Source brings the best aspects of Firearms to the Source engine, and then takes them a step further. You'll see a host of familiar weapons and maps, but you'll find the streamlined game play to be faster, focusing on aggressive, skilled play. From nearly the moment you spawn you can expect to be engaged in furious action.

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Hi folks, today we are finally ready to reveal to you the biggest shake-up to Firearms gameplay that you’re ever likely to see. Vehicles!

Posted by ShinobiNFC on Apr 1st, 2009

Hi folks, today we are finally ready to reveal to you the biggest shake-up to Firearms gameplay that you’re ever likely to see. In order to strengthen the mod and give something unique to you all we have been working hard behind the scenes these past months to implement a feature that we're sure you'll all welcome. We are proud to announce our latest addition the Firearms, the new skills Driver I and Driver II. Adding drivable vehicles to Firearms Source was no easy task, and we decided the best way to implement them, was to make it a skill that the players can earn. Now, make yourselves comfortable and prepare to feast your eyes on what we've achieved so far and how we got where we are today. I will be going through the design process starting from the first vehicle prototype.

When we first began to include the vehicles, they were not planned to be part of a skill, but the vehicles would just be placed in the map to begin with. Our first addition was the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, which seemed like a perfect choice, as it both included weaponry and armor. However, one of its set back was its maneuverability which we felt balanced out nicely. As we tested the Bradley, we noticed that it was much overpowered as the cannon ripped through groups of rushers on the bridge of Durandal.

Bradley modeled by Sulsa and textured by Maggie.



That is when we decided to ditch the armaments on the vehicles. We switched over to the M35 Deuce and a Half. We felt the Deuce was a nice design choice, though is still lacked maneuverability. Many Firearms Source maps rely on chokepoints, which tend to be narrow areas that make driving a truck through very difficult. We liked the fact the Deuce and a Half could also be made into a troop carrier, but its large size we had to think smaller.

M35 Deuce and a Half modeled and textured by Schmung.



Wanting to keep our troop carrier idea in game, we moved onto a more urban choice, a Toyota pick-up truck. It provided more maneuverability than the M35 Deuce and a Half, but allowed player to sit in the bed of the truck for progressive spawns. Since there were many bugs with the progressive spawning with the Toyota trunk and other balance issues, we again had to throw away another prototype.

Toyota modeled and textured by Sulsa.

Since we felt that the Toyota was very unfitting of a military game, we decided to get back on track. We also ditched the idea of progressive spawning with our vehicles since it was often buggy and ended with a lot of spawn killing. So we kept the vehicles strictly to increase troop movement to the front lines, so what better choice than the Land Rover Defender? It’s medium size seem to fit nicely in the game, but we often found very few people using the vehicles as it really didn’t do anything but provide cover for teammates behind you.

Land Rover "Defender" modeled and textured by Schmung




This is when we finally found our perfect vehicle and implementation of vehicles. We decided to add a driver skill and include 2 new vehicles, the Armed Recon Bicycle (w/ Mounted Vollmer) with Driver I and the Armed Recon Tricycle (w/ Mounted MG3). With Driver I, you will be able to use the bicycles in spawn and use the mounted Vollmer on it to gun down enemies while racing for the intel. These light weight vehicles were perfect for maneuvering through the battlefield and have some deep historical background, which you can view at the bottom of this news post. Without further adieu, I present to you the Armed Recon Bike and Armed Recon Trike.

Armed Recon Bicycle w/ Mounted Vollmer modeled by Schmung.


Vehicle Historical Background:

PPAVs (Personnel Powered Assault Vehicles) initially limited action in the Second World War where the French resistance would jury rig Sten guns to their bicycles in order to ambush German patrols in occupied French towns. This unique form of guerilla warfare was never widely adopted though and laid dormant in the minds of military strategists for many until the cold war, where both sides revisited the concept of attaching fully automatic weaponry to bikes, trikes and even in one notable instance - a scooter. This coincided with a unique and indeed somewhat worrying thread of research into threat detection and response by troops whereby military hardware was increasingly disguised as innocuous everyday objects. The vehicles you see here are no exact replicas, but rather game play balanced progressions of the concepts explored by the Russians, British and American forces. The MG trike is loosely based on an American trike system with a suppressed MP5, but for balance purposes we have fitted a heavier weapon to it. The BMX is an expansion of a British design whereby a Bren gun was fitted to a Raleigh grafter - our interpretation is lighter and more maneuverable and re-uses the Vollmer asset that we have already created.

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Magster1914
Magster1914 Apr 1 2009, 4:20pm says:

bikes with guns whats next rubber ducky RPGs?

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Anderwin
Anderwin Apr 1 2009, 4:25pm says:

haha, bikes with guns nice one :D

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Nitram
Nitram Apr 1 2009, 5:03pm says:

cool :D

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Apr 1 2009, 5:04pm says:

You should totally make those bikes for real! ROFL!

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barronofhellion
barronofhellion Apr 1 2009, 5:10pm says:

lol trike of doom

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PierreOfTheFrench
PierreOfTheFrench Apr 1 2009, 5:40pm says:

hahah tricycal is amazing :P

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Otreum
Otreum Apr 1 2009, 6:18pm says:

I wanna ride my BYYYYYCYCLE, BYYYYCYCLE, BYYYYYYCYCLE, I wanna ride my *BOOM!*

Those things are ingenious :D No fuel required, no noise, and easy to carry around...brilliant!
Although i'm having a hard time picturing a convoy of kiddy trikes going along side hedgerows -_-

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Bird_of_Prey
Bird_of_Prey Apr 1 2009, 6:27pm says:

Nice one! I want a trike with a machine gun mount too!

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Lt.SnoWolf
Lt.SnoWolf Apr 1 2009, 6:43pm says:

Are you useing the bikes? AWESOME! :D Cant wait to do ownage in mah tricycle XD Glad you moved arway from real cars!

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THElastNINJA
THElastNINJA Apr 1 2009, 6:49pm says:

WOW.AWESOME.This mod is now on my top five list :) <3
Hope this isn't an April fools joke

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swiftbluedragon
swiftbluedragon Apr 1 2009, 8:35pm says:

would we be able to kill someone with hitting them with a bike? that would be kinda funny

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barronofhellion
barronofhellion Apr 1 2009, 8:54pm says:

the detail on the vehicles is just great. keep up the good work

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Jesternz08
Jesternz08 Apr 1 2009, 8:54pm says:

rofl the trike is awesome, Let me at it!!!

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randomtangent
randomtangent Apr 2 2009, 2:10am says:

A Raleigh grafter is more durable than a BMX though!

Bicycles.. great idea! lol

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SandeR2
SandeR2 Apr 2 2009, 2:23am says:

please tell me the bikes with guns is an april fool.. -_-

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Otreum
Otreum Apr 2 2009, 8:21am replied:

It has to be, I can't see these things being of any use in game, and how the hell can an adult fit on that little kiddies tricycle anyway...

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AlexCrafter
AlexCrafter Apr 2 2009, 3:11am says:

Lol, the recoil on those guns would propel the bike backwards :D

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Thorgrim-Ironfist
Thorgrim-Ironfist Apr 2 2009, 6:57am says:

Muhahah! You guys rely have to make a map with all kinds of funky stuff. Like the Rubber duck RPG mentioned earlier. Love the bicycle models. I'm seriously gonna get a tricycle with MG3 mounted on it, to my brother in law.

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notoorjus
notoorjus Apr 2 2009, 8:58am says:

Too bad this is a joke, would have been awesome!

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet Apr 2 2009, 9:12am says:

hahaha... a trike with an MG42. As long as the bruuwttt... pushes it backwards when you fire it... lol.. some nice models, which will make the mod even more enjoyable to play...

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kmarvell125
kmarvell125 Apr 2 2009, 12:30pm says:

I will strike fear into the hearts of the Blues with my mighty bell of death. *ding ding*

Now I wanna play Galactic Conquest and run the little box droid around :D . Fear my 9-volt!

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subzerox
subzerox Apr 2 2009, 4:22pm says:

I'm guessing its just not onely me thinking this... But this idea SUCKS!
I liked it betther when it was NORMAL wheicles... BUt this.. This is just stupid... Sorry pll i just had to point this out...

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Minuit
Minuit Apr 2 2009, 7:34pm replied:

Urf hurrrrr durrr hurrrrrrrr

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MastaGunZ
MastaGunZ Apr 2 2009, 8:03pm replied:

Yea man this is so stupid! It would have been a great April fools joke, but this is just dumb!

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gomgom50
gomgom50 Apr 4 2009, 7:40am replied:

lol. this is an april joke -.-

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MastaGunZ
MastaGunZ Apr 10 2009, 12:15am replied:

I wasn't being sarcastic at all.

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dafatcat
dafatcat Apr 7 2009, 11:31pm says:

Oh no! This is obviously the Army's first step in a dastardly plan to bring todlers onto the battlefield! I just won't stand for it!

Nice trikes and bikes guys :D

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