USS Darkstar takes place in 2066 on board a Zoological Research Vessel in which they study and investigate various aliens from unexplored sectors of the galaxy. You are Dr. Gordon Freeman, a brilliant researcher who has always had problems waking up on time...
USS Darkstar installer originally distributed by PC Gamer.
05/20/99 "PC GAMER presents: USS DARKSTAR"
[A New HalfLife Pak w/16 Single Player Levels]
HalfLife Registered Ver. 126.96.36.199 is Required!
Designer/Mapper: Neil Manke
web site: Planethalflife.com
Producer: Bill Harms
If you want to see more 'PC Gamer presents' Halflife levels, write
and let us know! Send e-mail to the PC Gamer Online Editor....
Design/Technical Advisor: Einar Saukas
Lead Tester: Paul Taylor
Sound Producer: Magnus Jansén
Custom Textures, Sky/Enviro: Neil Manke
Voice acting: Karin Brander
Bathroom Fixtures: JediCow5 [used in zoology9/14 bathrooms]
* Thanks to * Paul, Magnus & Einar
* Eric Sutton for the Darkstar logos
* Otis [aka Frans Bouma] for 'MdlViewer'
* David Flor for Half-Life Sprite Viewer
* Phil Daniels & the guys in the ERC editing group
* Ben Morris for originating 'Worldcraft' and
Yahn Bernier for continuing it's developement
* Valve and Id Software!
* Bill Harms and associates at PC Gamer
* Thanks to the testers...
* Dennis Plester
* Gene Spinks
* Morgan Parry
* Magnus Jansén
* Paul Taylor
* Einar Saukas
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Prologue ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
To: Mr. Walter Bennett
From: Dr. Einar Saukas
Subject: Offer of Employment
Dear Mr. Walter Bennett,
Black Widow Inc. would like to invite you to join our
organization. You would be assigned as a member of the
multi-disciplinary scientific team on board of the USS
DARKSTAR, in a zoological research expedition to seek out,
collect and investigate new alien life-forms in unexplored
sectors of the universe.
This mission occurs in the year 2066, but since you have
already travelled to the future before, this should not be a
problem for you. The space-time window to come to our present
time will be available in just a few days, please decide ASAP
about your interest in this job opportunity.
You have been selected for this position by Cmdr. Neil Manke
due to your broad knowledge on advanced biochemistry and
extensive experience interacting with hostile aliens. Your
proven capacity to survive under critical conditions was also
considered. But actually you don't have anything to worry
about, our project is adopting the most rigorous safety
measures to prevent incidents. I can personally guarantee
everything is under control and none of the crew will be ever
submitted to any risk situations whatsoever. This is
certainly going to be a calm, quiet and relaxing journey, as
you can already predict from the pictures of our impressive
spaceship installations at .
We are looking forward to having you on our team!
Dr. Einar Saukas
Black Widow Inc.
Project USS DARKSTAR
Mr. Walter Bennett was one of the several famous scientists
invited to participate on this mission. You are Dr. Gordon
Freeman, a brilliant researcher that always had problems to
wake up on time...
Remember, you must own a copy of the full retail version of
HALFLIFE(r) in order to play this extra single-player level pak.
For additional information on how to purchase your very own copy of
HALFLIFE(r) please contact
or visit you local computer software retail store. Please read this
text file for complete installation and play details for this extra
HALFLIFE(r) is a registered trademark
-some verbal messages are very important so listen carefully
-you will need to know how to 'crouch-jump' to make it through this
pak. This is covered in the Halflife training course, and it 'may'
be in the little HL game manual?
-if you use cheat codes you will disrupt the normal course of events
and may even get stuck some places. if you 'must' use god mode make
sure you still 'visit' all recharge stations, or you will get halted
in your progress through the maps.
"HOW TO RUN"
1) Create a subdirectory "darkstar" under the HALFLIFE directory
(parallel to the "valve" directory). Create a subdirectory "media"
under the DARKSTAR directory.
2) Unzip all the files [except logo.avi] in darkstar.zip into the
darkstar directory you created. Unzip logo.avi into the "media"
folder you created. The layout should look as follows:
| +-- darkstar.txt
| +-- liblist.gam
| +-- neilm.wad
| +-- pak0.pak
| +-- titles.txt
| +-- MEDIA
| +-- logo.avi
3) Now start HL normally.
4) From the main menu, click on "Custom game". You will see
now a list of all the mods available on your computer. Select
Darkstar and click on "Activate".
5) Select "Done" and then return to main HL menu. The Darkstar
logo should appear on the screen.
6) Now start a new game, select the skill level.... That's all!
NOTE: Please consult Sierra technical help and your Halflife
documentation for help on how to run custom games in version 188.8.131.52
* Level information *
Single Player Maps : YES
Deathmatch/Co-op : No
New Graphics : Mostly Valve's textures but a few new ones
by me and some altered Valve textures.
New sky/enviro by me.
New Models/Code : NO
New Sounds : Yes... many new sounds by Magnus Jansén
Base : new levels from scratch
Tools used : Worldcraft 2.0, qART, Paint Shop Pro,
PakExplorer, QPed, Wally, SkyPaint,
Spriteviewer, MdlViewer, etc.
Known Bugs/nonbugs : the HL monsters that speak custom dialoge
cannot be fully stopped from also
occassionally saying regular dialoge from HL,
thus they can sometimes speak in 2 voices:]
The game may crash in Zoology9 if you are using a custom bullsquid
model. Make sure to delete any bullsquid's from your valve/models folder.
Distribution : PC Gamer requests that USS Darkstar is only distributed
by them and will be done so at NO CHARGE to the
recipient, USS Darkstar may not be used or modified
in any way without written permission from the
author and PC Gamer. I would like to request anyone
who reviews "PC GAMER presents: USS DARKSTAR" at their
site to kindly inform me that they have done so.
This level may not be distributed on any medium, such
as, but not limited to, CDs, floppy disks, etc,
without the express written permission of PC Gamer.
Property : The custom textures/skins/graphics/code/sounds are the
property of their respective authors and ARE NOT to be
used in any other add-ons levels/paks/etc. without the
written permission of the appropriate author.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++ HELP/HINTS +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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