July the fourteenth, 1883:

Being rather rudely awakened after a night of drunken revelry; Half-Rats is thrust into a rather dire situation. Utter calamity has erupted in the streets outside of the general store which he calls home - calamity of the most unnatural and horrific kind, that is. Now he and the shop keeper, Mr. Trask, must hold out against this infernal host of creatures together. Will they survive the night?

The first in the "Half-Rats" series. The game begins at the general store where you and Mr. Trask, your landlord and shop-keep must make a stand against a great horror whose origins will only be revealed at the close of this story. Though it is a general store, that does not mean it boasts unlimited resources...supplies and manpower will begin to run thin - and you'll need to face hell to go out and gather them. You may end up meeting a fresh face or two during the night's journey - try and keep them alive and kicking, yeah? Some of them could become great assets.

Estimated playtime on Medium difficulty: 1 Hour 20 minutes.

Gameplay features (By type):

Survival
Rail shooter - Boats and Trains perhaps?
Platformer
Arena (Run 'n Gun)
Escape (i.e.: Shit your pants running and evading - all while trying not to slip on what drops out of your trouser legs.)

This mod is for Half-Life - and is powered by the Goldsrc engine.

Over 3000 people have Half-Ratted, and will NOT be eaten by cats.

My goal for this singleplayer mod is to evoke the essence some of my favorite and YOUR favorite mods - mods that shaped my childhood for the worse...I want to scare the shit out of you this Halloween (Maybe, hopefully). Just like They Hunger did to me all those years ago. This is me...getting back to my roots. Don't expect a groundbreaking, breathtaking mod and excessive tons of custom content - just good fun! This mod will be very short, but hopefully sweet. Something to do before or after you go trick-or-treating, go to a party, or something to enjoy if you're by yourself with a bottle of your favorite spirits. I also would like to use this mod as a way to debut the Half-Rats universe and introduce you to the thing that ties all of this together - my musical project, "Ague" and my backstory. I eventually plan on taking this to the next level - a franchise that will immerse players in an engaging world and inspire them. All the while introducing them to the wondrous mode of another day - wrapped up in a multimedia experience with a protagonist you can reach out to in the real world. And in case you need assurance, that's right, you'll be playing as me...try not to rough me up too badly.

Thank you!

My god, I am flabbergasted at the amount of attention this has been getting. I thank you all for your continued interest and support. Thank you, Moddb for featuring my mod! You've helped make some dreams come true today. Thank you, watchers!

Additional, and most pertinent information yet:

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This is a man being eaten by cats. If you don't download this mod, the above will happen to you, and you won't very much like it.


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So, this project is on the fence at the moment. I've decided to trot this idea out there to see how many people would be interested. With things being very slow at Heath Games lately, I thought I'd give this a try. After Parasomnia, I'm loathe to dive into a mod full-force. This is a public test of a concept that happens to be in somewhat active development for now.

Here's the caveat: The response to this article will be the deciding factor in whether or not I continue. With the Half-Rats comic well underway, and a lot of things up in the air currently with Heath Games itself, I really have to justify this whole endeavor.


This mod is all about taking back the city in case you haven't heard. Trask is dead, but the demonic presence that he brought about will need some TLC before things ever get back to normal. Thankfully this time, you've got help! And...it's not night.

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That's right! Federal forces have finally arrived! And they are thirsty for man meat! And demons! You got the skirmisher, the medic, the infantryman, the shotgunner (Whatever the BLEEP that is!) They are all yours to command! Your mission is to take back the city, and there's a lot of other stuff in between! The game will be broken down into missions and center around a base of operations. There will be survivor rescue missions, sector-clearing missions, scouting missions and much more! You will be joined by Barnaby and Half-Cat the whole way through, however - as well as having your choice of soldiers you wish to take with you, so you won't be alone...too much...

You get some new toys to play with, too!

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Needs NO desciption! There's PROBABLY going to be a rocket launcher involved...Yes, they KIND OF had them back in the day!

Now, let's take a look at some of the scenery. There's not much at the moment, but what's there ain't half-bad. Half-Rats and Barnaby had to move further east, deeper into the city as a result of the mayhem. You can see some evidence of the events of the first and second night, but it's nowhere near as bad as the western edge of the city. For now...Heh!

The following pics are WIP - the worst of the destruction has yet to be added! There is a woeful lack of dead bodies!

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Half-Rats' and Barnaby's new and improved hiding place! The Northern Dispensary!

Speaking of Barnaby...

Let us treat the subject of his evolution across these three titles!

Half-Rats: A Fever Dream:

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Half-Rats: Parasomnia:

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Half-Rats: Dawn of Pestilence

Burby

He's really had enough!

Of course, there's some enemas involved...Enemy enemas...because you'll be pooping yourself!

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That ain't gonna' be all that's coming back! Some other favorites from A Fever Dream will also be back in the spotlight...as well as some new enemies altogether!

Now, I'll just let this sit...

Ladies and gentlemen, even if this mod never sees the light of day, I still want YOU to be a part of the Half-Rats Community! Because there's so much more going on that you NEED to know about!

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Seriously, get a discord and join! You're really grinding my gears!

There's the Half-Rats Comic that's coming, too! Don't forget!

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I've been meaning to share with you guys what exactly is going on with Heath Games and myself. I'm sure there are questions out there and I'd love to address them in video form at some point in time. Just know that things have been a little wild for my tastes - and I realize I've been darting around a lot with my projects - this latest article probably just adds credence to that idea! But, as I said, I'm going to give this mod a chance here and now - and if the numbers just aren't there - I can count this project as one of the many that shall be axed. My plate is too full, and room must be made - but I don't want to kill the wrong one. I will be comparing the numbers in this article to early fever dream articles. If the buzz does around this mod does not exceed the amount that A Fever Dream had, then I cannot justify spending time on a Half-Life mod, and this project will be cancelled.

Now, onto happier things...this week, I'd like to show you all something...I recently received a message here on Moddb from a long time fan and ModDb user named "Phipe". Here's how it reads:

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Damn! Congratulations, Phipe! This message really hit home with me. Things like this are why I do creative stuff in the first place! I hope you don't mind me sharing! This message really came out of the blue for me, and was very welcome in these very, very trying times.

Anyway - I'll be seeing you all around!

Half-Rats Comic! (And Other Stuff)

Half-Rats Comic! (And Other Stuff)

News 3 comments

Alright, you all knew it had to happen eventually! Half-Rats is making his way to the world of pulp!

Crassmass is Comin'!

Crassmass is Comin'!

News 6 comments

For all of you lovely boys and girls out there, Crassmass is about giving...and Heath Games is gonna' give it to you! Get ready for adventure Decmber...

The Heath Games Community is Here!

The Heath Games Community is Here!

News 4 comments

So I decided to set up a discord channel for the Half-Rats community...That, and other things...

Half-Rats: Parasomnia Out Now!

Half-Rats: Parasomnia Out Now!

News 5 comments

You like horror? The 1800s? Booze? Demons and sh*t? All that can be yours and much more, guys and gals...For those of you who missed the Halloween release...

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Half-Rats: A Fever Dream - Russian subtitles

Half-Rats: A Fever Dream - Russian subtitles

Patch 3 comments

You need this only if you wish to play the mod with russian translation. Вашему вниманию предлагается текстовый русификатор...

HR: Dawn of Pestilence WIP

HR: Dawn of Pestilence WIP

Other 5 comments

Well, here it is...What would have been the final Half-Rats mod. Included are the first few maps, scripts, some models, an entire gameplay synopsis/story/guide...

Half-Rats: Parasomnia (STEAM VERSION ONLY)

Half-Rats: Parasomnia (STEAM VERSION ONLY)

Full Version 23 comments

NOT compatible with XASH or WON. A first-person, single-player horror modification for Half-Life that takes place in the 1800s. "July, 1883. Half-Rats...

HRP Concept Art

HRP Concept Art

Wallpapers 5 comments

Contained here are my drawings. Enjoy! I hammered these out during the development process of Parasomnia. Not all monsters are present, as not all had...

Half-Rats: A Fever Dream - Linux/OS X patch

Half-Rats: A Fever Dream - Linux/OS X patch

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This minor patch add Linux and Mac OS X compatibility to Half-Rats: A Fever Dream.

Half-Rats: Parasomnia Demo

Half-Rats: Parasomnia Demo

Demo 38 comments

It's out! GET IT NOW! Heath Games' "Half-Rats: Parasomnia" for Half-Life.

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TheEnglishBloke
TheEnglishBloke

Gosh I miss Ague so much

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SemiteSlammer
SemiteSlammer

Rats Rats Rats, we are the Rats

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Jack_263
Jack_263

coming back for my annual Halloween playthrough!

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Richard_Cynic Creator
Richard_Cynic

The comic's releasing that day, too!

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Lo$mi
Lo$mi

Nice game. But i didn't quite understand the ending.

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Richard_Cynic Creator
Richard_Cynic

Neither did I.

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maksi988
maksi988

So heres some bugs or problems ive come across in this mod :

1.some places where you have to open doors to continue, they're not so obvious and i had to look up a tutorial.

2.After you come back to town and go on your way to the train with Mr . Tracks and that soldier (forgot name , maybe barbarany or something) , Mr tracks refuses to follow me , blocking the entrance to the door and blocking the soldier. i had to noclip through the map because i autosaved only to remember that you cant progress without them.

3.I like the monster designs , but the demon apes ( or headcrabs) they just dont make sense to me. so weird i think you could have chosen a better animal or just made a flesh creature.

4.also something annoying with the AI for the npcs that was also in half life 1 , when a ally follows you , he completely loses you when you're in a corner or he's out of sight. i know its difficult to make a better AI , but damn if you would then problem 2 and this problem is fixed.

i gotta appreciate the effort you put on the map ,every puzzle was challenging , i dont think there were puzzles , but i am just stupid to move a box to jump on another side.

i loved the high language you used there , i loved that this is based in the 80' , i loved that you're not a character silently making friends with people.

i gave it 7/10 , enjoyed it overall and hope you'd be making more content!

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Richard_Cynic Creator
Richard_Cynic

Read the Bestiary! Glad you enjoyed the experience!

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Ravensholm
Ravensholm

I left a review, but I am not sure if you actually read those. First off it was a great game and I am looking forward to playing the sequel. Secondly there were a few issues with path finding. Please read the review for more details. Lastly I really enjoyed the dialogue, is there somewhere with the full story/dialogue? I want to look up some words. ^_^

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Richard_Cynic Creator
Richard_Cynic

Glad you liked it! I don't think I still have the dialogue written down anywhere. You might want to check the titles.txt, though. There's not much that can be done about pathfinding, however. Goldsource is what it is.

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Ravensholm
Ravensholm

If I may ask three semi-personal things... Do you or have you ever played Fistful of Frags which is an online team co-op/death match Western style stand alone type game for HL2?

And have you ever been charged with having the voice of an (voice) actor? Your voice sounds very familiar to me... perhaps you have done some other work? Maybe been on TV, YouTube, done some other games, do any historical reenactments or read for audio books...

And why the nick-name Rats? Or that is purely just a gaming thing?

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Richard_Cynic Creator
Richard_Cynic

1. Never played it, but almost lived it.

2. Did voices for an amnesia mod a while back, and some readings on one of my Youtube channels, but cant say ive been on TV. Maybe I just sound like someone else.

3. Half-Rats was my stage name. A character i invented that started off as an alter ego, but nowadays, that rascal's got a mind of his own.

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You'd be forgiven for not thinking too highly of this mod at a first impression. The mod stars the developer himself, as voiced by himself, with a mod page full of promises, alcohol references, and "Half-Pun: The Game" being the title card. These are traits that I have seen in earlier okey-to-awful half-life mods, but as a amalgamation of all of it, Half-Rats manages to be something different. Rather amazing, in fact. The mod drenches you in atmosphere as soon as you get to the start menu. From…

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