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A run-down of the state of The Mortewood Plaza as of 2011.

Posted by Dec1234 on Aug 14th, 2011

This is the first update in a long time. Too long actually.

But finally I've taken the time to explain well.. everything. Starting from the big bang, to evolution to eventually were we are now. Or about the mod?

Basically I announced I would be taking a break from the mod to work on 1187. 1187 was one of the most fun projects to work on, create and play and enjoy myself. As I spent time working on 1187 my university course was heating up, coming to the second year were shit was about to get real. So I wrapped up 1187 and took breaks from that project as-well.

My project in Uni was to create a game in groups, I took this very seriously as I wanted to put my best effort into the game and create a game from scratch, instead of a mod. So with 1187 coming to a releasable version, and my Uni project just starting I threw ALL my time into that. This project was a strain on modding as I has somehow managed to develop a much better social life, with new and old friends, a new girlfriend and life was just the most awesome. Then 1187 was released and I continued to have time only for my Uni project and my personal life.

This went on until about 8 months ago when I was approached by a new opportunity, to work on one of the greatest projects ever, with some of the greatest developers ever. It was something I could not pass up. So with Mortewood on the waiting list, 1187 and 1187 co-op on the list and my Uni project at the top of the list I decided to take on Contagion.

So since the last update I've left the 1187 team, Mortewood is just still there. I still show friends, do minor changes when I learn new things about the source engine but I've become a lot better at what I do. Making a game from scratch has taught me a lot of new things, things which I've applied to Contagion and will one day apply to Mortewood. But for now, along with starting a third year at Uni, social life and a small summer project I'm working on because it's something I've wanted to do for a long time (I won't get into this summer project just yet).

If the above was too much to read how about this: I'm sorry there have been no updates, no messages, no reasoning. This project means so much to me and I will never let it drop. In the future I will make it, whether it be a full game or mod of this version of the source engine or hopefully a newer one if Valve would be so kind haha. (Mortewood will ALWAYS be free)

So for those who've stuck around. Focus on Contagion, or my unannounced project when it gets announced. Mortewood will NEVER die. It just may take longer than you want before it's finished or released. But one day, it will be worth it.

I have toyed with the idea of releasing what I have now. But you will all be solely disappointed.

So well yeah. Let the insults flow in, It's hard to work on a project this size now with Uni and social and large projects like Contagion and I should have seen this coming, but in reality. How could I know i'd be so lucky in the future haha.

Thanks to all who stuck by and still have hope. It may be a long wait, but it will always be worth it. There are plenty of games coming out that will fill the void, Dead Island and Contagion should fill those gaps.

Thanks all, seeya laters! :)

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FreeKill762 Aug 14 2011 says:

Good to hear something, Good luck on your other projects.

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djlohse Aug 14 2011 says:

Much luck, hope it ends up well

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Syl2r Aug 14 2011 says:

How I understand! Well thank you for explanation and good luck! ;)

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DarkPivot Aug 14 2011 says:

Oh dear god... I had a heart attack when I saw the name. Glad to see you're not letting this die though.

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Rookie718 Aug 14 2011 says:

Finally an update lol ;P, best of luck on the other projects.

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damnmav Aug 14 2011 says:

Good to hear that the mod isnt dead i was so worried about that lol ;)

Finally some update Like ↑ he said (Rookie

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mjl8 Aug 14 2011 says:

Great, this should clear a lot of things up for others. Best of luck with your projects

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Mistrneb Aug 14 2011 buried:


Too bad 1187 was terrible.

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TheSkunk Aug 15 2011 replied:

I, in fact, thoroughly enjoyed my playthrough of 1187.

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Xieneus Aug 14 2011 says:

Good to hear

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thelastlambda Aug 14 2011 says:

it was funny because we were just talking about this mod the other day over at podcast 17 mumble... ah well, I hope it does get finished one day. Good luck with your other projects and life!

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MiniAce Aug 15 2011 says:

i think this mod is worth the wait, and good luck in your other projects i am a fan of your work and i will grab contagion as soon as its released

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Dra6o0n Aug 15 2011 says:

It's not dead, it's a "walking dead".

It's not dead, because he wouldn't and couldn't and won't be able to pull the trigger at it.

So he just shot the chains that bounds it, and let it wander around while he leaves his humble abode for the great realm called life!

Oh, it's still not dead, cause he'll be back... To finish it off...

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thecuteturtle Aug 15 2011 says:

Brings me to tears...... *sniffle*

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Awesome_ninja Aug 15 2011 says:

meh....Contagion... Didn't really like ZPS, but maybe Contagion will turn out better than I think. I wouldn't say "greatest developers ever tho"...

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Smiley_Riley Aug 15 2011 replied:

Aren't you the very same person on Moddb who said immediately ZPS was dead when we announced Contagion 2 years ago, and a bunch of other negative things in that mod profile lol

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DoctorCheese Aug 15 2011 says:

Well it is very nice that you explained everything to those people who think it's dead. I never lost hope in you Dec :D

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Angelmind Aug 15 2011 says:

Spent years on a mod and never release... I will never understand ...

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TrashCan-Man23 Aug 15 2011 says:

I hope contagion turns out to be a lot better than ZPS. Good luck to ya dude, and all your future endeavors. Hopefully ya come back sometime and finish off this mod once and for all, or release what you have made thus far.

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-)ACE(- Aug 15 2011 says:

Good thing to hear! This has been one project that kept me interested since the start :)

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KEEP_IT_UP! Aug 15 2011 says:

thanks for the explanation and congrats to the new projects, good to hear :)

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--JoKeR-- Aug 15 2011 says:

oh god, dec
your to-do-list get longer and longer
-secret uni game
hope u can finish them all

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Dr.Goupyl Aug 15 2011 says:

Heh i knew it can't be dead !

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joure Aug 15 2011 says:

:D Awesome update Dec, as always I wish you all the best. All you can do now is create more awesomeness :)

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rainerwain Aug 15 2011 says:

Yesterday i checked this site again and thought : Is this dead? Now theres an update and i know it isnt :)

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KaiMan32 Aug 15 2011 says:

All riiight! Great to hear from you dec :D

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macacos2 Aug 15 2011 says:

I believe it would be a lot more productive for everyone if 1187 wasn't in the way.

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EvilAngel Aug 15 2011 says:

I don't have a social life so I don't understand how that could get in the way ;) But I think its sick that you are doing other games, 1187 was pretty sick when I played it :P I will wait for The Mortewood Plaza cus I know its coming, if you ever kill it though I will send you a ******* bomb in the post.

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MrLubaz Aug 15 2011 buried:


****.. go work on mortewood plaza

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PhyOS Oct 8 2011 replied:

I'm going to say the same to you:
****. Go work for years on a mod that you'll release for free, getting absolutely nothing from it, and that will have taken you lots of effort, time and sweat to finish.

Once you do, come back and let's see if you dare call him "****". You must either be 9 or really stupid.

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Nebcake Aug 15 2011 says:

You always surprise us Dec, great to hear the news.

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medve Aug 15 2011 says:

its not dead, its undead

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VulpineComplex Aug 15 2011 says:

Open source it! Let someone pick up where you left off. You could be surprised by what comes out of it.

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jjawinte Aug 16 2011 says:

All the best to you at Uni Dec !

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xXMaNiAcXx Aug 16 2011 says:

You've put so much effort on it, I was always sure it wouldn't die. Hope to hear some more news on future, either about this, or any other project of yours.

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zonbie Aug 17 2011 says:

The Mortewood Plaza - UNDEAD?

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Siccity Aug 17 2011 says:

Can't get 'nuffa them zombies, aight'? Good luck maestro.

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Dr.Doozer Aug 18 2011 says:

Birthday post, Dec. :P

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daneco Aug 19 2011 says:

we'll wait!!

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wazanator Aug 20 2011 says:

Wow I had no idea you were working on contagion. That just means the game will be even better then I thought it was!

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AnarchyDom Aug 21 2011 says:

Thanks for the post, and good luck.

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Cheebacca Aug 30 2011 says:

i'll wait and i hope it'll be worth it^^ good luck n stuff!

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lolspammer1 Aug 31 2011 says:

I'm just happy it isn't dead! as long as it comes out eventually i don't care at all!

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Stickman47 Aug 31 2011 says:

Meh, even with this new post I'm gonna stick to the other mods I'm following. Sorry Mortewood but for now you rest and rest!

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SaintWilly Sep 14 2011 says:

Lol its like Stick RPG 2 all over again :P

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bakentake Sep 15 2011 says:


Oh well guess I'll go look at contagion.

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DaveTheFreak Sep 25 2011 says:

I totally understand you, got kind of the same problem. University, better life and then you learn a different approach on games so you just wanna skip the modding and start creating games from scratch. But don't spend too much time trying to enhance your mod the way you just learned, that'd take forever. Finish it as planned, maybe a few enhancements and that's it. That's what I do with my mod and it works pretty fine.

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xxFalconArasxx Oct 2 2011 says:

YAY Your back... After all ive waited. I knew you'd come back. I kept my hopes strong!

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xxFalconArasxx Oct 2 2011 says:

P.S. Awesome mod

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AlCool Feb 13 2012 says:

Lazy! :D

GL with your other projects, and maybe this mod will see the light of day in the future. It deserves it!

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