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Fedora is a Half-Life 2 Total Conversion focusing on an Indiana Jones - style atmosphere and puzzles. You’re sent into a temple to retrieve an idol. Sounds simple? Traps, critters and rolling boulders might make you think otherwise!

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In this news post we reveal some of the storyline and introduce you to the main character. Lots of media including model and map renders inside.

Posted by Namelezz! on Feb 22nd, 2009



We've decided to rename the project from Project Fedora to just Fedora (for the sake of simplicity and storyline). Exploration adventure gets deeper this time around when we give you, the reader, lots of hints about the storyline. Also more progress on maps, models and even a picture of the main character!

The Story

The player takes the role of Philip Maxwell Fedora, last of the Fedora bloodline. It's been decades since the mysterious disappearance of your relatives - now 27 years old, Philip finds the notebook of his uncle Thomas. With it the last Fedora has the possibility to find them.

Turns out the entire family has been under an Aztec curse for over twenty years. Henderson H. Fedora, the first of the Fedora family was cursed when attempting to take a mysterious idol in the temple of Atachualapa and was sealed inside. For generations the Fedora family has been cursed to die in the very same temple.

Philip is throughout most of the game searching for random idols - when he suddenly experiences the effects of the curse - the urge to get to the Atachualapa. There lies the fate of your bloodline, your family and the idol that could save your and your relatives lives once again. But can P.M. Fedora get the idol which so many family members have failed to get? Can he reverse his fate?

Enter the Temple of Fates. Enter Fedora.

Progress Report

Alot of the team has been struck by the case of being busy with other things - yet Fedora still lives on and has made some great progress:

Character - Philip Maxwell Fedora



Our protagonist, Philip Maxwell Fedora is all in it for business. With the help of some fancy facemaps composed by diwako, the amazing jacket by i_speel_good and incredibly good-looking model by Simkas - the main character truly comes to life! The fedora itself (as in, the hat) is still work in progress and thus not shown yet in this screenshot. Be on the look out for a badass shot with the Fedora hat on!

Models - i_speel_good's Props

i_speel_good has made two props for use in Fedora - the torch which you will use throughout the game and the boulder which will cause numerous spinal injuries if one can't outrun it. Both have detailed bumpmapping and the boulder has other neat lighting tricks - unfortunately not shown here as model viewer doesn't like showcasing them.

Mapping - Namelezz's texture test map and MetallicLion's temple


Namelezz (that's me) has been testing our new team member ZomBuster's amazing wall textures. 2048x2048, self-shadowing bumpmaps, oh my! For this purpose I created a small pool of water in the middle of the map and surrounded the map with the new textures. Turns out the result is quite neat! When he finishes the mossy floor texture we've got that Tomb Raider vibe going on.


MetallicLion is one of our mappers and decided to put his first idol into his map, temple_lion. Result is an ancient Aztec Stone Tablet. Brilliant use of lighting makes the idol stand out in the cold dark temple.

Conclusion

That's a wrap! There's still more into Fedora we haven't told you yet but will reveal soon enough. Until then just hold onto your fedoras!

- That Namelezz Guy,
Project Lead / Community Manager

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AlCool
AlCool Feb 22 2009, 4:53pm says:

Haha, I can see this becoming a classic. It needs catchy music :D

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Namelezz! Author
Namelezz! Feb 23 2009, 3:12am replied:

Actually a composer (La Blanco or something like that) contacted me but didn't respond to the information I sent him back.

So if you know a talented music composer interested in a small mod project give me a PM!

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sbnewsom
sbnewsom Feb 22 2009, 5:24pm says:

Work on that boulder UV though. The texture is tapering to one point. It should be even and uniform.

Awesome nonetheless though.

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Namelezz! Author
Namelezz! Feb 22 2009, 6:53pm replied:

I'll remind Speel to fix that. Thanks!

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i_speel_good
i_speel_good Feb 24 2009, 7:44am replied:

Yeah, I know, I'm gonna make it more loopy so it doesn't look as crappy. I may as well as make it 2048x2048 for the sake of high-rez.

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ThatTrunkMonkey
ThatTrunkMonkey Feb 22 2009, 6:45pm says:

I have always wanted something like this, I even tried a few maps for garrys mod. They were fail. This looks promising. My most anticipated watched mod. Keep up the great work!

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Namelezz! Author
Namelezz! Feb 23 2009, 3:13am replied:

Actually a lot of my "This should be a mod" experiences derive from Garry's Mod. This one mostly from gm_rivertrek with it's amazing temple in the end of the river with all the puzzles.

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FJS
FJS Feb 22 2009, 7:04pm says:

Looking very good.

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Feb 22 2009, 10:59pm says:

nice update

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce Feb 23 2009, 3:40am says:

great update, and that last picture is looking awesome!
wow great lightning :D

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk] Feb 23 2009, 3:05pm says:

Yah this could become a awesome mod. Great work.

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Icemaz
Icemaz Feb 23 2009, 3:07pm says:

Looks good Namelezz

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