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Players in Epic TaleZ play maps which consist of pages from books. Depending on the map, you might also be able to listen to it.

Authors can use text, photos, music, sounds, probably even movies, have somebody read their story to players, etc. If you decide you want more than pages, you can add enemies or even trick jumping puzzles. A side view map or trick jumping map is suggested, but there are many routes to take with it.

If you're an auther, simply create a standard Source level.
Is the default map. However, you can make it however you want.

Name your map either ChapterX (X = 1 to 100) or whatever your book is called.
If you use ChapterX, you can play it right from the single player menu. Otherwise use your console and type
map MapName

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Transmission 13073

Feature 7 comments

Just Thomas and Emanuel this week as William is searching for apartments in Toronto. It made for an ok test of Mogulus I guess. William thought it was better to have this than nothing. He may have been wrong.

Extended Show Notes


  • 00:00:35 - Emanuel and Thomas (William is not going for colonic work; he was looking at apartments)

Podcast17 News

  • 00:02:30 - Streaming on Mogulus

Follow-up & Errata

  • 00:02:45 - Epic Talez

Emanuel Apology Section

  • 00:03:10 - Emanuel Apologises for something.

From the Mouth of Valve

  • 00:04:30 - Steam Comments
  • 00:05:20 - Half-Life Engine Beta Update
  • 00:05:50 - Left 4 Dead Survival Mode - 360 Version is free, Emanuel was wrong.

Portal Releases

  • 00:08:10 - Anyxius Chamber 4
  • 00:08:10+ Spiderbug2’s Test Chamber 2
  • 00:08:10+ Spiderbug2’s Test Chamber 1

Left 4 Dead Releases

  • 00:09:20 - Nothing


  • 00:11:30 - Unic Amped Test
  • 00:12:50 - Urban Wars
  • 00:14:00 - Strider Mountain Talk
  • 00:14:50 - MadWorld
  • 00:17:00 - Kleiners Adventures
  • 00:18:10 - The Bana
  • 00:21:10 - Let’s Phone William
  • 00:24:00 - Project 25
  • 00:29:00 - Dangerous World
  • 00:29:40 - Game to Player Communication
  • 00:30:40 - Fist Full of Frags Dedicated Server
  • 00:31:50 - Modular Combat

Media Blitz

  • 00:34:10 - Nightmare Chronicles
  • 00:35:10 - Action Half-Life 2 Chat
  • 00:36:10 - Pirates Vikings and Knights New Player Character
  • 00:37:10 - Ivans Secrets
  • 00:37:50 - Fragout Trailer + Media
  • 00:38:30 - Steam Card

Lets Talk to the Audience

  • 00:39:30 - What do you guys think makes a crappy map/mod?

Blast from the Past

  • 00:47:20 - Wanted for Half-Life 1

Question of the Week

  • 00:48:00 - Would people be interested in reviving old mods?
  • 00:54:00 - Wrap-up.

Download Links

Follow-up & Errata

From the Mouth of Valve

Portal Releases

The Release List

Media Blitz

Transmission 12905

Transmission 12905

Feature 5 comments

Slew of Left 4 Dead releases, some Half-Life history and memories and finally an interview with Ackard from Ragnarok Arena Remastered.

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Suggestions: Use half life 2 maps. I want a game that i can explore awesome 3d environments while listening to the book. Make it to where we can port our own media.(video..w/e) and give us a tag(spray) option. That anywhere throughout the exploration and listening to the audio. We can spray the video on any surface.

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This is a brilliant concept. Havent downloaded it. But the concept is brilliant. Ive been looking for something like this. To make homework more exciting!

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To me, this mod looks like it thinks it was better than any other mod...

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IceIYIaN Creator

Just fyi I'm almost finished with chapter one of Elements of War(Book). As for level creation, I think instead I'm going to make that level(err book) about mod creation for Source. Don't expect either anytime soon though :P

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well wanna know something i would love to try this

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I like that you are being creative and thinking of new ideas, but this doesn't sound that fun to play. If you want to spread your stories or books online, a game engine isn't the best choice. It isn't convenient, and fewer people will see it compared to posting on websites.

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A nice idea, but still not the best way too pull off the book reading. With a large amount of recoding the engine, with a small use of mapping will suffice but even then i don't see the point.

Great job on creating something original though! :)

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What is this?
If i want read i go get a book.

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So all you do is to walk around and read books? Not trying to be mean or anything but for what purpose? I mean, if I want to read I book I'd preferably read an acutal book rather than staring at my computer monitor.

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IceIYIaN Creator

Well my levels you can only read atm. However, other authors can use photos, sounds, music, have somebody read the book to you, etc. You could play multi-player where your grand pa reads it to you, have a group get together to play the voices...

I never liked the idea of DLC, but for some reason this game has it all over it.

Anyways, I'm mainly just showing my author friend that she has more options than just trying to hit it big with selling a book. She's totally ignoring online, which is a big mistake IMHO.

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