The Core is a total conversion single-player mod for Half-Life. Survive the disaster as Maurice Andrews, a low level engineer stationed in Black Mesa during the events of the resonance cascade. Seemingly trapped, Andrews must fight his way to the surface to survive.

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Archie_SnC Author
Archie_SnC May 30 2012 says:

I suggest viewing the original image to get a better sense of the scale, by the way. It's a HQ 1920 x 1080 screenshot.

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D3ads May 30 2012 says:

Damn fine work sir, as I said before! The little details make all the difference =)

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RRCM_Rico May 30 2012 says:


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SinisterExaggerator May 30 2012 says:

Very good mapping especially considering the limitations of the engine.

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NickAVV May 31 2012 says:

Looks great, worlds different from the original Half Life

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Togranigdo May 31 2012 says:

c0a0.bsp was reborn! :D

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Loulimi May 31 2012 says:

Very good BMRF mapping.

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carloscarlin May 31 2012 says:

This is damn good

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23-down May 31 2012 says:

Brilliant... I'm not sure about the top section though the one with the red lights.

Why is it

A. So dark. Such a illuminated room would still let it appear brighter than it is at the moment. A small ledge like that wouldn't make make such a magnificent difference.


B. Why are the red lights just giving illumination against the back walls and not also the walls where they actually sit. If you really want it that way then I suggest to change the light brush to 75 degree "at the wall aiming" light or so.

Then again I'm not sure if you can actually see it in game so clearly like in this screenshot. So it's up to you.

Anyway like said before epic work this looks god like.

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Archie_SnC Author
Archie_SnC Jun 1 2012 says:

Great comment, 23-down. Appreciate the detailed feedback!

A. Inverse square law. The intensity of light or other linear waves radiating from a point source (energy per unit of area perpendicular to the source) is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source; so an object (of the same size) twice as far away, receives only one-quarter the energy (in the same time period). A room that big would need much, much more powerful lights to illuminate it more evenly, and I made the deliberate decision to keep all maps in this Cendark chapter moody and dark, with contrasting points of colour.

B. Right enough, but as you said the player will never actually see this angle in-game. The lights just provide a red highlight in the periphery.

Thanks so much for all the comments, people!

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23-down Jun 1 2012 says:

No problem we mappers must hold together.. :) To sad that I have so less time and morale at the moment that I can't continue with my own mod also here on moddb. :(

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KarimIO Jun 1 2012 says:

Really awesome, Archie, as always! The lighting, most of all, is just superb. The details make everything fit. The brushwork is fantastic. Keep it up!

Oh, and I read the textures were scaled to 0.5. Be careful - that makes the dynamic lights smaller, such as the flashlight. Also, I'm not sure, but I think it increases the polycount, because each texture instance is its own poly. Makes no sense, but that's how they did it -- I think.

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Joebama Jun 2 2012 says:

Love it.

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Unq Jun 5 2012 says:

Love seeing gorgeous Goldsource maps. This is definitely one.

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Loulimi Jul 2 2012 says:

dynamic lighting?

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Archie_SnC Author
Archie_SnC Jul 2 2012 replied:

Nope. Standard baked RAD with -extra and -bounce 3

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Urby Creator
Urby Sep 9 2013 replied:

Not to be confused with baked beans with extra sauce.

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hundred Feb 24 2013 says:

Totally awesome! But one small question: I suppose, that the clamps at the bottom of the tram overlap, donĀ“t they? How could the monorailmechanism pass the red lights, which are directly attached on the rail?

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Urby Creator
Urby Sep 9 2013 replied:

Magic. :P

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Sorry to tease you guys and gals with a location you've seen already, but this is the area in a pretty much complete state. Changes from here on in will be for gameplay rather than visuals, although any suggestions you have are always considered!

We're in sight of the finish line now, folks, so give us that wee bit of support to help us get there by 'watching' this mod and sharing it!

You're a truly wonderful community here at moddb, and the response to The Core so far has been exceptionally inspiring. Me and Urby want you to know that we appreciate it more than you'd believe and when we hit engine limitations or other frustrations, we soldier through it purely because we don't want to let you guys down. Thank you, genuinely.

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