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2 comments by puddpuddpudd on Jul 15th, 2011

It's been almost four months since the release of Precursor. The mod has been downloaded over 15 000 times and I've received 112 feedback forms. Feels pretty good, actually! If you want a slightly outdated summary of all of that juicy feedback, have a look at this post over at MapCore.

Just the other day I was asked if I could answer some questions about Precursor by ModSentry's Daniel Perry. Why, of course Daniel! Scroll down and you'll find a little snippet from the interview and a link to the full interview over at ModSentry! It includes some advice to mod developers, so if you're into that kind of jazz, you should check it out!

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ModSentry wrote:I’m assuming that the team are Half Life fans, creating something so faithful to the game you’re modding doesn’t come easily. Was the idea always to create something that didn’t mess too much with the Half Life universe?
- Yes, we always wanted to avoid making the story too big and brash. We wanted to keep things on a smaller scale. In Precursor, you’re just a rebel, like many others, and you’re not the center of attention in the way Freeman is. Of course, we wanted your actions to have some impact on the Half Life story line, as it would be unrewarding not to. Those who’ve played the mod will know what I’m talking about.

For such a detailed and well made mod, I was surprised to see how few people had worked on it. Did you ever consider getting more people on board? Did you ever wish you had?
- As the team lead, I wanted to keep things manageable, something I’ve mentioned a bit in previous answers. Too many mods end up in limbo after protracted development. The way Precursor was going to avoid that fate was by not making it more than just a roughly hour-long Half Life 2-based single-player adventure with very little new content besides the maps. You’d still be shooting the same guys, still be wielding the same weapons and you’d still look at the same textures and wonder if it’s 2011 or not. Precursor was a first for me and it was best to keep things simple. Even with Precursor’s small team I felt a lot of pressure; I had to make content that lived up to the music and the voice acting and do that content justice, you know? And I didn’t want my own work to culminate into nothing either of course.

For the full interview, visit ModSentry.

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Precursor Mod 1.1C Full Install

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Apr 17, 2011 Full Version 9 comments

An updated version of Precursor. This is a full install and not a patch. If you haven't played Precursor yet, play this version! (Updated 2012-12-15)

Precursor Mod 1.00 Full Install

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Mar 28, 2011 Full Version 5 comments

NOTE: 1.1 has been released, download that instead! This is the 1.00 release and it is ready to be played. Installation instructions are bundled with...

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The complete soundtrack for Precursor, as composed by Oliver Boson.

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onelinedisco Jun 20 2011, 7:25pm says:

Are you going to make a Precursor 2?

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Jibrankiddy Jun 4 2011, 7:35pm says:

Ahh nice game

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RamAirRocket May 30 2011, 12:38pm says:

ill get it. it looks like fun!

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SquadTrooper May 29 2011, 12:24pm says:

Way too good. XD

I got so scared after the train ride that I stopped playing. :P

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Mikko_Sandt May 26 2011, 7:53pm says:

Nice mod, I liked the train ride and how you managed to show the player not just City 17 but some beautiful landscapes as well. Took me 1,2 hours.

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Infuzija35 May 26 2011, 5:46am says:

This is a cool Mod 8D which Half Life 2 game i need to play this mod :/

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Adamrd May 23 2011, 9:53pm says:

Too good... o_O

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Toxicity2 May 18 2011, 7:42pm says:

game freezes after I exit the large sewer/tunnel after avoiding snipers. As soon as I'm about to jump into the water, it goes to "LOADING" and I let it sit for 5+ minutes and nothing happened :(

tried this twice with same results. Whats the map called after that and I'll just use console to get there. Or if theres a fix that'd be sweet

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puddpuddpudd Creator
puddpuddpudd May 19 2011, 2:04pm replied:

I'm not sure what's causing this. It hasn't been reported before.
If you use the command "map r_map7" in the console you can continue playing.

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thecooldude498 May 13 2011, 8:32pm says:

i loved it great mod you guys should make a precursor 2 it's so good i want to know whats next!

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This mod is absolutely fantastic. It's wonderfully put together, with Valve-like quality. Truly one of the best Half-Life 2 story tie-ins since Dangerous World.

I hope to see more from this team.

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