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Here's a list of all of the tools you need to start making a full-fledged modification!

Posted by Karuto on Dec 22nd, 2004
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Tools Tutorial has moved!
The tools-related content of this tutorial has been moved to the official Mod DB tools page.

Modeling / Skinning Resources
Don't feel like you have the creativity to come up with your own modelling and skinning, or are having a really tough time find a modeller and skinner? Try out these two sites, which give you both for free!

    AddonDB -
    The brand new network site from the creators of ModDB, AddonDB is your one-stop shop for all of the addons you could ever think of. From character models, weapon models, and maps, to sounds, skins, and tools, this site is the only resource you're ever going to need.

    FPSBanana -
    Perhaps the biggest customization site solely dedicated to FPS games on the Internet today, FPSBanana provides a wide assortment of tweaks and tools to help you in your endeavor to make your mod.

Advertisement / Recruiting
Need help for your mod or just wanted to spread the word? Here are some pretty good sites that are frequented by a lot of gamers and modders. You can usually try the forums themselves, and get feedback or help. Of course, it's always recommended to try Moddb first for help requests and advertisement. If you aren't getting heard, here are some interesting sites I visit myself:

    Planet Sites -
    You can basically find a site for any game that can be modded through this network. Join their forums and start pimping your mod, or try to get hosted by one of the most popular sites on the Internet and gain coverage from the widely-read GameSpy front page and newsletter.

    FileFront Network -
    Much like the GameSpy network, FileFront hosts a number of sites solely dedicated a single game, so you can browse through there and even get your files hosted on their site for fantastic exposure. On the main page, just click one of the games under "Browse Popular Games", then visit their community page. -
    A huge site dedicated solely to mods, much like Mod DB itself, but on a smaller scale.

Additional Help
Still having a trivial time trying to figure out what you're supposed to do in a certain situation? Here's a batch of sites that can be really useful when the going gets tough in your modding endeavors. You can also use the sites under Advertisement / Recruiting for backup.

    ModDB Tutorial Database -
    Containing an extensive amount of tutorials covering almost every facet of modding development, the ModDB Tutorial Database is a highly recommended area to begin your search for additional help. And please, if you happen to benefit from these documents, give back to the community by submitting your own to help keep that section of the site growing.

    3dBuzz -
    One of the best resources available on the Internet, this site is jam-packed with plenty of tutorials. One of the best hallmarks is that it also provides video tutorials to help you with everything from modeling and mapping to lighting and texturing. Also, for a small fee, you can participate in online-only classrooms where instructors teach you the different fundamentals of modeling programs. This is definitely one site you want to keep in your bookmarks.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Mod Programming -
    This is a good place for beginners to get started creating Half-Life specific mods. This FAQ covers all the basics.

    Wavelength: Your Editing Resource -
    Wavelength has information on coding, creating models, and even embedding your own sounds within a mod. Not only does the site have a variety of helpful tutorials, it also includes a forum where mod makers can exchange ideas and tips.

    Wikipedia -
    Where can you find all of your information anywhere else except on Wikipedia? This great site is busting at the seams with content dedicated to helping you with any modding question you may have. It even contains pages detailing the programs I have mentioned above, in case you weren't aware of them in the first place. -
    A site containing a helpful community and plenty of tutorials to sift through, Interlopers is a great site if you're looking for some help on your mod. It's also a good place to advertise your mod to the community and gain some much-needed support.

    Valve Editing Resource Center (VERC) -
    Formerly the Half-Life ERC, the Valve ERC has grown to encompass all of Valve's products. The site contains user forums, tutorials, and lots of technical details for advanced mod creators.

    Valve Developer Wiki -
    This is Valve's official developer resource for Source-based developing, It includes the old Source SDK docs and a continually growing amount of user-added developing resources.
    This is THE place to look when developing on Source.

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Karuto Author
Karuto Jan 1 2005, 10:48am says:

This is definitely not plagiarism. If you saw the thread I made on the Editing & Coding forum, I distinctly noted that some of the links in this tutorial did come from Rob Burnett's article. I even quoted the guy, for god's sakes.

I added about 90% of my own resources onto the tutorial, so this is more like using his knowledge along with my own.

I will note the source once more, but trust me, I did not plagiarise.

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Sajt Jan 2 2005, 10:22pm says:


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-hp- Jan 2 2005, 11:07pm says:

very informative thanks.

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Karuto Author
Karuto Jan 3 2005, 8:33am says:

Lol, I just noticed that. Thanks for pointing that out, Sajt.

No problem, P00nst3r.

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mr.spammer Jan 12 2005, 1:49pm says:

milkshape is no longer free

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Karuto Author
Karuto Feb 11 2005, 6:26pm says:

There, I fixed it. I just removed the "free" part, not to mention the lack of a space between Blender and Softimage :)

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mutt Feb 21 2005, 4:47pm says:

Softimage XSI|EXP is'nt free!!!! its pricy and im the only one making my mod i need a team off coders and modelers thats it.


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Karuto Author
Karuto Feb 27 2005, 5:46pm says:

Well, this has been a while since I updated it (since like December). I have fixed it to be the Softimage Mod Tool, though.

My bad.

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b_blakeney Jul 5 2005, 3:12am says:

Dude, that's essentially the whole mod. :D


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SEAL45 Aug 5 2005, 12:40am says:

Im going into college with a Game Design major, and this will really help me understand more to come. THANKS!

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hip_hop_x Nov 5 2005, 9:36am says:

How to open clent.dll and the server.dll with visual C++ beta 2??
What should i do to see what is inside?? Need help please!

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Karuto Author
Karuto Dec 3 2005, 9:14am says:

I don't know what to do on the coding side of the spectrum. Maybe you could try asking the guy who made this:

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LoveHinarocks! Jul 28 2006, 5:38am says:


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