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Welcome to TWHL's News Archive! Feel free to peruse a giant backlog of old news posts for your own amusement.

The News

Posted June 19th, 2009

Map of the Month returns!

Daubster
Daubster
Vault Dweller
[39 comments]

Contrary to popular belief, we have not been sitting flat on our arses doing nothing for all this time and actually have a lot to show you! Due to an overwhelmingly huge number of reviews for us slowpoke MotM folks to post all at once, we'll be following a trend set by the Team Fortress 2 team, releasing reviews for only one Map of the Month winner per day. Also, to add some drama to the mix, we won't be revealing the winner until the day its reviews are posted. Here's our one-week schedule so far; click on a map name to open its reviews (or visit the main MotM page.) Congrats to the winners, a big thanks to the reviewers - stay tuned and enjoy!

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We are sorry to inform that due to unforseen circumstances (for real this time), we are forced to postpone Week 2 until next next week (Jun. 29 - Jul. 3) sometime later. Really sorry it came to this. The remaining review will be posted later today.

There's less than two days left on the competition, and there are only three entries. I hope this changes :O -- Grim

Posted June 8th, 2009

A New Competition?

TheGrimReafer
TheGrimReafer
ADMININATOR
[19 comments]

Dear TWHLites

We've got a new competition up and running! Jump over to the competition page and find out what needs to happen. The official thread is here.

You have until July 20th, so get started. We would rather not extend the competition this time. :D

May the best man win-

New poll :O - Strider
L4D has been added to the competition game allowance list - Grim

Non-official ZHLT tools update released. Now with improved functionality, new features and more x64 support than you can eat! - Daub

Posted May 15th, 2009

Left 4 Dead Tools

Strider
Strider
Sigh.
[19 comments]

The Left 4 Dead tools have entered beta. We've got an updated Hammer, updated Particle Editor, Faceposer, example maps, models and compiling tools all at our disposal now. You can grab some handy design documents from here.

All that and a double Team Fortress 2 class update. I don't know what happened to Valve, but I like it.

Posted April 1st, 2009

Improvements on the horizon...

Penguinboy
Penguinboy
Haha, I died again!
[50 comments]

I decided to make forum searching faster, so I used my newly required query optimisation knowledge and made it about 1000 times faster. What used to take 10 seconds (or more) now takes about 0.2 seconds, max. Uni is good for something after all, eh?

Anyway, forum search should work much faster, and give more accurate results. Note that it no longer searches thread titles because that was one of the things slowing it down (which is why it's now called "Forum Posts" search.)

I'd add more search options, but that brings us to the second point of the news: I'm recoding TWHL. Again. It's not going to be done fast, but it'll be done better. I'm not taking suggestions, because functionality will be mostly the same (or, in some cases, exactly how they should have functioned if they were implemented in the first place.) Obviously there'll be improvements, but that's for another time.

Posted March 2nd, 2009

OMGWTFHAX

Penguinboy
Penguinboy
Haha, I died again!
[176 comments]

Dear TWHL members,

It appears that a hax0r took over TWHL with some crazy script kiddie crap! He replaced the backgrounds and posted news and changed the poll before I was able to use my matrix abilities to stop him from doing more damage. Looks like the hacker also got into Ant's account and renamed it to "Bangs".

It's taken me a few days, but I've finally managed to delete all the hacker's hackity hax from the site, and now you can enjoy the background in its greyest colour ever - grey!

Have fun!
(TWHL wasn't hacked, it was a joke for Ant's birthday)

Posted February 18th, 2009

Behind the times...

Strider
Strider
Sigh.
[13 comments]

First up, slow news is better than no news:

If you haven't seen it yet, here is Escape From City 17 for your viewing pleasure.

In the more recent portion of the news, Valve just unveiled the release date for the new Scout class update and started teasing us with first snippets of info. We can only hope the incoming Left 4 Dead update gets the same treatment soon.

In the meantime you can look forward to the flood of bonks arriving February 24th.

Posted January 12th, 2009

Top Maps Cleanup

Daubster
Daubster
Vault Dweller
[15 comments]

As most of you might have noticed, due to past spam-ratings, the Top Maps section is currently filled with poor quality submissions.

To fix that, we are disabling ratings for such maps or mods. To speed up our little cleansing operation, visit this thread and help out!

--Stop the crap single picture journals :/

Posted January 1st, 2009

Welcome to 2009!

The Mad Carrot
The Mad Carrot
Karottenjung
[27 comments]

We from TWHL wish you all a happy new year!

Posted December 31st, 2008

Bored?

Strider
Strider
Sigh.
[9 comments]

Rooms and Rooms: Source might be what you're looking for while you wait for the new competition.

In other news, Valve are hinting at new Left 4 Dead content just around the corner, including Death Toll and Dead Air in versus, and possibly a new campaign. Win.

Posted December 22nd, 2008

Map a Puzzle Results!

Daubster
Daubster
Vault Dweller
[13 comments]

Me and Grim have finally gotten bored of pointlessly torturing the entrants, went all "meh.. why not.", rolled over a bit and posted the results. *

An unexpectedly great turnout this time with eight entrants, so to celebrate, each entry received separate reviews from both judges. A big thanks to everyone who took part. Congratulations to hlife_hotdog, zeeba-G and IMUS!

New compo coming soon too, stay tuned.

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HIJACK! Wouldn't be a typical TWHL news post without a hijack!

Ant has submitted his animation to the iiNet 'Get Animated' competition. You remember Ant, don't you? Well, he's promised he'll pop in more if you guys help him win! Simply visit this link, click "Complete List", scroll down to "Come Alive" and get voting! Good things will happen! You can even win a PS3 and LittleBigPlanet, just for voting!

-Strider