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Posted by mrfranswa on Oct 8th, 2009

Beta 4.1 CC1: The Prison

The campaign is going swimmingly, and people have been slowly signing up for the release party. I am happy that I have received a lot of positive news around the net. I guess people are not use to developers releasing content WHEN THEY SAY THEY WILL!

Betatesters have also given me universal praise for the campaign. I am currently working as hard as I can to quash any bugs or complaints they have about the campaign. Right now, I am hitting an annoying wall with various compiling bugs in CCTF1. I wanted to start the campaign in the early evening, and when the players get to the finale it would be around midnight. Anyways, by doing that I am getting a weird memory error. Not a problem; I always fix bugs in a day or two.

Beta 4.1 CC5: The Source

Each of you who signed up prior to Wednesday will receive this weeks pre-reg prize AUTOMATICALLY! Not only that, but you will receive BOTH THE T-SHIRT AND THE POSTER! I know it's hard to be the first ones to sign up, so here is your reward! I will be messaging each of you directly over the next few days to personally congratulate you. This Sunday I will be posting another news article showcasing the next pre-reg prize!

Again, if you want to learn more about the release party, and the fantastic prizes, just head over to To sign up, simply click on the paypal tab, and select whichever you prefer! I am considering upgrading the radeon to the 5000 series since it just came out. Check back in a couple of days so you can find out!

Beta 4.1 CCCO4: Target Acquired

There are a lot of companies that are beginning to express interest in my campaign. One of these is A premier gaming league over in Australia and I are in talks about possibly holding my versus tournament through their site.

As of right now, I am about 80% sure CCTF and the vs maps will make it into the pre-Halloween release of the campaign. Barring any major bugs, they should be in. The main campaign, and CCCO are already playable. CCCO is just going through some balancing issues, and the main campaign is pretty much finished.

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Tatsur0 Oct 8 2009 says:

"I guess people are not use to developers releasing content WHEN THEY SAY THEY WILL!" It's not like we're talking a Total Conversion here heh. That said, congrats on nearing your finish line and getting the L4D communities awareness.

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mrfranswa Oct 8 2009 says:

Yeah it's been a challenge. I am still waiting on VALVE to take a moment to actually respond to me. A lot of people are gaining interest for the release party, and I may have an offer to hold my party at a large local LAN party in New Jersey. I will still be holding the online event, however I will be simultaneously holding one at that event. I am still working out the details, and will probably report on it this weekend.

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Ashkandi Oct 8 2009 says:

Yeah Tatsur0 just know it, he is the PR monster here ! =P

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Tatsur0 Oct 9 2009 replied:

Heh wtf are you talking about? Who said anything about PR?

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spellman23 Oct 8 2009 says:

very, very awesome. Might want to re-do the Ryan character's voice, it's a bit hard to hear what he's saying. Granted, not everyone is a sound designer/has access to awesome mics, but if you ask around I'm sure you can find a buddy (or some1 in the community) who does.

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Wills Oct 8 2009 says:

Sorry to throw a downer here, but the video preview shows... well... a decompiled version of DM_Lockdown from HL2DM. Is that intentional? I'm staying neutral here and not judging, as it doesn't appear that the rest of your map pictures are decompiles...

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frikazoyd Oct 8 2009 replied:

I don't think it's a decompile, he just used the same props and textures. Layout didn't look terribly similar from what little I saw in the shorter preview.

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mrfranswa Oct 8 2009 replied:

Actually, it is SDK content. You get it free when you download the sdk ;)

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Wills Oct 9 2009 replied:

Yes, true. But it's not necessarily free to redistribute packaged as a campaign for another game. The people playing your campaign, may not OWN Half-Life 2 Deathmatch. I know Valve have blurry lines on these things, but the mapping community tends to see it a very different way. Correct me if I'm wrong... but be wary is all I'm saying.

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mrfranswa Oct 9 2009 replied:

Well, sometimes you have to make a decision; Do you want to use the content- By doing so you show your ability to work better with a team, and have the ability to finish a massive campaign by yourself? Or do you NOT use the content, and have to delete a couple of flames on your threads?

That's the catch-22 with promoting your work. I could easily point out the myriad of other campaigns, mods, and maps which also use the SDK content, but really is there any point to it? Sometimes you just have to release your work, and take the criticism :)

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eXeC64 Oct 8 2009 says:

No offense to you but I think you should get a proper voice actor for this. Believe me, it makes all the difference in the world.

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treat Oct 8 2009 says:

I can literally hear your eyes scanning over the words as you read the script in those voiced sequences.

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mrfranswa Oct 8 2009 replied:

Well, you get what you'z get when a single person is the team :P

I was planning on re-recording all of the dialogue, however it's on my list right behind, "get the survival maps working right"

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Nebcake Oct 8 2009 says:

Each update you guys bring makes the campaign even better, keep up the awesome job.

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