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Intelligent Design is a HL 2 Multiplayer mod that pits two teams against each other in a First-Person-Shooter/Real-Time-Strategy game. The two teams play very differently while having a core focus of teamwork and communication as their cornerstones. The SNS are the ranged/technology based team, focusing on a central command point, with a single player who is voted at round start being the 'commander' of the team; this player has a top-down RTS style view, and is the true director of his team's actions in the round. The Feral are the melee/organic based team, featuring individual technology trees per-player, and no 'commander' player, focusing instead upon a group interaction and communication. Each team's main objective is to control more territory than their opponent by capturing 'nodes' on the map that supply resources used for increasing technological prowess; ultimately pushing their opponents back to their starting node and destroying it and their means of spawning.

It's the future, humanity has continued to grow and develop. Nano-technology is in use in almost every facet of life. The Intelligent Design Institute (a division of Sol Nanotech Industries) continues work with nano-technology by sending a group of medical experiments out to Orion Station. The purpose of the experiments are attempts to cure human disease given to animals (these animals are selected because they can simulate a human response to treatment) by using nano-technology. While the experiments are occurring, the animals involved start getting more agitated, more aggressive and appear more logical and calculating. Eventually one animal escapes, hides and starts producing other nano-enhanced animals. These "intelligently designed" animals make short work of the humans on Orion Station. The Sol Nanotech Security (Sol Nanotech Industries's Internal Security Force) are called in to clean up and fight the nano-organic creatures. But what they don't realize is one of the creatures escaped aboard a supply ship and has now infested several other ships and space stations. It's at this point the game begins.

Choose your side, Sol Nanotech Security or the Feral (Nano-Organics) for a battle of survival.

For a more complete impression of our world and environment, check out the story available on

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February News post


Ok, so February is here and this month an update to what we talked about last month.

We have finished the public design WIKI. This took MANY
MANY hours of painstaking writing, reading, revising, re-revising,
removing, adding, copying, pasting, moving etc. However, the good news.
It's up! To give you an idea of what's in there, it contains a large
picture overview of the game, including design details, Feral class
details, SNS structure details, and a bunch of previously un-released
art. You'll also get a
clear picture of things we don't have done. Areas we are lacking
which hopefully will bring a few talented
individuals along to help us out. We've also kept back some of the
specifics that are still likely to be revised before the first alpha
release (Feral Weapons, SNS Weapons, and specific Upgrades) but fret
not, the purpose of the wiki is to help ease new information into
everyone. However, just because it's read-only doesn't mean I don't
want to hear what you like, don't like about the WIKI, as well as any
errors that you find or any questions you feel aren't answered clearly
by the WIKI. You can find it at .

Onto the Tech Release update, we've also
made significant progress in that regard as well. Khaim and Brackhar
have gotten the code base up to date for release. I've pushed out some
default map sounds (a few at the present moment) and want a bunch more
before we release. The needed documentation has been started but has
lost some momentum while we focused on the WIKI. We also have a bunch
of props modeled and have found an individual who has begun texturing
them. Currently he's working on finalizing the style we are looking
for. But in the interest of information sharing here's the first 'take'
of the SNS crate prop:

Hopefully this talented artist will stay with us and continue creating quality work like what you see above.

And finally to push this news release to the TL portion of TL,DR there is a
topic I hear about a lot in Mod-making circles regarding the
expectation of graphical awesomeness and it's place in creating a mod.
This was originally written for the last news release but I cut it for
the sake of brevity. So here it is tacked onto this one.


Graphics vs. Gameplay:

I need to be clear up front, I truly believe you can have both, however
expectations from rabid fans have pushed a lot of mod development away
from really solid/tested gameplay and forced these mods to focus on the
art assets of their given game. There have been many mods that have
released that looked really good, but played incredibly poorly. In some
cases it was the mod teams intention (their original game vision wasn't
well thought out), in others it was a situation where the desire for
good looks overtook the desire for good gameplay.

The focus for our development staff is making a compelling game that offers players a
re-playable take on the RTS/FPS experience. One of my goals is to make
ID a competitive (CAL or otherwise) game that requires a combination of
strong tactics and FPS skills. I also want to make it accessible to new
players and allow those who are learning the combat roles an
opportunity to contribute in a tangible way. Because of these design
goals we are working to ensure that as much of the game design is solid
prior to any public release.

Art assets take a tremendous amount of work to complete, and require individuals with specialized skills. We recognize long term that we want the game visually to be as
compelling as the gameplay is. However, I'm not willing to sacrifice
the gameplay in order to solely concentrate on the graphical aspects.

So, that being said if we were to have a game that was solid gameplay wise,
but was a little lackluster in terms of some of the models, I would
release that game. Why? Because models are one of those things that are
easy to replace using a patch and require no coding to support the
change. This also gives us the opportunity to work with our community
to create top-notch art assets without needing to recruit new team
members and yet give those individuals the credit they deserve in the
game itself. I really want ID to be community driven and this method
will allow that to happen.

As always we welcome conversation regarding the game, this news post or anything else on our forums at

January 2008 News Post

January 2008 News Post


IDMOD presents the January 2008 News Post, Topics include: Information about consolidation and cleaning up of public design information Intelligent Design...

May NewsPost


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Through the rabbit-hole


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Happy Holidays!


First the obligatory HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the ID team. Secondly, hello to Freddeh who was remarking on my lack of update (though I said it would be up...

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It reminds me of Natural Selection.

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...Natural Selection.

Naw, hell, even the name's a parody of "Natural Selection".

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ive always liked the idea of someone putting two ideas in a game/mod,
the first person shooter/real time strategy concept.
very very cool idea, gj, and keep it up!!

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It's a good idea, but it's not the first of that kind. Take a look at Empires if you like those types. This also reminds me alot of a mod for the original Half-Life.

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i look forward to playing some of the maps, they look cool as hell

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i like it. can you show us a video preview?

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The best chance this mod has is to be as fast paced as possible, AKA leapskulk vs lmger type of gameplay, without the long walks and long respawns.

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How is the coding doing? I like your ideas, keep it going.

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I love the idea of playing as Human-Augmentated Animals biting back at
The **** ups trying to play god , its so intreging.:Smoker:

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