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Creator of the Minerva: Metastasis starts Ep3 work this October.

Posted by Varsity on Jul 17th, 2008

Read about it directly here.


A faint recording of a ghostly, mechanised female voice encoded into the amplitude of a shortwave radio frequency, echoing off charged particles high in our atmosphere, leading back to transmission from a covert location in a destroyed eastern European city from an alternative, near future...


... indicating that, actually, I'll be starting at a certain Valve Corporation at the beginning of October.

What does this mean for MINERVA? Right now, I don't know - I'll initially be working on Valve's own Episode Three, but after that, who knows? I seriously suspect this isn't the end for this particular chain of experiments in designing single-player Half-Life 2 maps, all conducted for fun in my spare time.

Like any of my projects, it started off small, but rapidly grew far, far, bigger. It's not finished yet, but this time I actually released something. 'Episodic' worked.

And, I accidentally acquired a job in the process. Oops?

To everyone, thanks.


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FJS Jul 17 2008 says:

Good luck

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TheSnaps Jul 17 2008 says:

It's good to know that Valve is able to spot great talent. Good luck, and congratulations.

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sajber Jul 17 2008 says:

Good work! :D

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Ashkandi Jul 17 2008 says:

Glad to see some people obtain his reward for the much work. Grat and good luck !

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stenchy Jul 17 2008 says:

Congrats! It was only a matter of time, really.

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Tsumikiri Jul 17 2008 says:

Oh snap, nice. This mod was great, I remember a bunch of people saying he should be hired by Valve a while back. Congrats!

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jacko1121 Jul 17 2008 says:

Alright! Sweet

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matthewdryden Jul 17 2008 says:


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davefp Jul 17 2008 says:

Congratulations Adam! I loved playing through Metastasis, so hopefully we'll get to see more of your work in Episode 3!

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Hurude Jul 17 2008 says:

good news, well deserved!

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NAZ2222 Jul 17 2008 says:

For me Metastasis was the best mod ever done! The work done by Adam was amazing, the lower levels especilly were mind bogging. Congratulations Mr Foster, well deserved indeed!! (just registered to said this lol)

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Chucker Jul 17 2008 says:

this news in inspiring to modders out there - keep making quality mods!

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XVincentX Jul 17 2008 says:

congratulations ^^ ur mod is awsome btw :D

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Tatsur0 Jul 17 2008 says:

Congrats Adam :)

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Whizzard Jul 17 2008 says:

Gratz! Most atmospheric maps ever were made by you and thus I hope you will take it to Ep3 too.

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happycheeze Jul 17 2008 says:

Congratz dude!

Bound to happen ;-P

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KILLER89(FIN) Jul 17 2008 says:

As you can see, modding is good way to start possible career in game indtrusty. :)

I wish best of luck for your new job.

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norton2 Jul 17 2008 says:

Yeah man you did well u deserve this cargo in valve ! YEAH!!!!!!

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BunnyJen Jul 17 2008 says:

Congrats Adam...well deserved :)

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BRKNnode Jul 17 2008 says:

(you really really derserve this man...and I look forward to seeing your contributions to Ep 3 (or what ever))

and I hope you find time to continue Metastasis or that we see a hint of Metastasis in Ep 3

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Husayn-al-Musayyab Jul 17 2008 says:

Don't forget your friends you made here! :D <-----"self-seeking"
Good luck! And ask to Valve to hurry with Episode Three! <--"self-seeking again"

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Nathanius Jul 18 2008 replied:

It'd be good to have an insider in Valve for choice "leaks" on Half Life 2: Episode 3 too ;) *hint hint* *nudge nudge* *wink wink* *yaknowhatimean yaknowhatimean*

(yeah, i'm not hopeful, but it needed to be said :P)

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Fiasco Jul 17 2008 says:

Great mod, love it in Follow Freeman. Congratulations and thanks for all the great work so far. Looking forward to paying you for your future efforts!

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NightSage Jul 17 2008 says:

Good luck man!

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formerlyknownasMrCP Jul 17 2008 says:

Yay! another pro, "one of us! one of us!". Congrats on the new job with valve.

Episodic Seems to work wonders hence why I'm using that distribution method from now on.

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Flaming_Monkey Jul 17 2008 says:

Awesome, you've earned it with such a great mod.

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F-Trooper Jul 17 2008 says:

Congratulations man! Love your mod.

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Reverb77 Jul 17 2008 says:

You never cease to amaze me, Mr. Foster, you really never do.
Congratulations, I can't wait to see your name in the Episode 3's credits.

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papermoose Jul 17 2008 says:


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Collin03 Jul 18 2008 says:

I always wondered why you didnt already work there. Your mod was my favorite and I'm excited to see what you do.

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kickzombies Jul 18 2008 says:

Congrats, wonderful for you.
You'll make a great addition to a great developer.

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INtense! Jul 18 2008 says:

Congratulations from the ModDB team Adam, the amount of work which must have gone into your Minerva Episodes is amazing so i'm sure you'll be straight into the thick of things at Valve utilizing that knowledge you already have.

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spiritwind51 Jul 18 2008 says:

Ur mod was awesome! U deserve it =)

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KonichiSakai Jul 18 2008 says:

Congrats, and good luck in your future endeavors.

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SASteinhebel Jul 18 2008 says:

That's freakin' awesome! Congrats on...accidentally scoring the job! Hope all goes well there.

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Myriad Jul 18 2008 says:

Congratulations! That's a huge honor working for Valve in October. Best of luck to you!

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ChromeAngel Jul 18 2008 says:

Congratulations Adam, I can't think of anyone more deserving of this recognition. It's always nice to see a modder make it to the big leagues.

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Lubbo Jul 18 2008 says:

gratz! smart move from valve

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leilei Jul 18 2008 says:

assimilated you mean

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Fast_Train Jul 18 2008 says:

Congratulation, man!

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Kaski Jul 18 2008 says:

Nice... Congratulations, and good luck.

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VicXxX Jul 18 2008 says:

Wow congratulations :D And Good luck!

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VicXxX Jul 18 2008 says:

And I bet,That with Adam EP3 Will be much more awesomeness than without him!!!

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Shoelip Jul 18 2008 says:

AH, I didn't think much of Minerva after the first level, but it got progressively better and better, and it felt really polished. Second favorite HL2 single player mod after Hard Day. Congratulations.

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Da_maniaC Jul 18 2008 says:

Amazing news... i bet this is every 'amateur' developers dream, to be hired by the company they are creating content for in their spare time.
Best of luck!

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AlexCrafter Jul 18 2008 says:

Finally, he deserves it.

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RogerRamjet Jul 18 2008 says:

Congrats Adam from the whole Design Crew at ST:E-TCW...

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Wraiyth Jul 18 2008 says:

Definitely a well-earned place at a fantastic company. Just goes to show that hard work and talent does get rewarded. I'm sure its a dream of many people here to work at Valve, so congratulations and good luck with your job. Looking forward to seeing your work in Episode 3

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ne_zavarj Jul 18 2008 says:

Congratulations Adam!

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D-Sypher Jul 18 2008 says:

Congrats dude, love your work, love your mod

keep up the good work and good luck in your future endevours (if i spelt that right, lol)

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