Journals

hfc1 day ago2020-04-04 16:37:44 UTC 2 comments
Sadly my teacher from my current university of mechanical engineering, has passed away, because of Covid19. :,(
Archie2 days ago2020-04-03 00:37:12 UTC 13 comments
Eufy say it may have voided the warranty...
Admer4562 days ago2020-04-02 22:43:54 UTC 0 comments
You know something's up when I put the uwu in the title. :walter:
So, this has been mentioned on TWHL Discord, but it should be mentioned here as well, just in case.

I have 37 tutorials on GameBanana. 8 of them are HL-related and worthy of being ported to TWHL.

Better view bobbing

A tutorial about view bobbing in the HL SDK, covering view.cpp and how stuff works there. Might be in 2 or even 3 parts.

Creating new entities

Penguinboy told me this one could be a start of a new chapter for the programming tutorials. It covers creating a really simple new entity class (which prints stuff to the console) and editing the FGD to add the entity definition.
Tutorials following this one, I imagine, would involve stuff such as targeting other entities, having multiple different targets for each 'condition', checking certain entity properties, finding entities by name or by some other filters, and so on.

About carving

The name says it. A mostly objective view on carving, covering various "manual carving" methods using the clipping tool.

How to fix those leaks

Methods of finding leaks and what can cause them.

Real-life photos to Half-Life textures

No explanation required.

Complete music tutorial

Making music for Half-Life mods and placing it into maps. Can be expanded to an overall audio guide for GoldSrc, covering different uses of ambient_generic and whatnot.

Manipulating light in GoldSrc

All about lighting, different lighting setups, toggling shadows etc.

How to make sprites more flexible

Well, to be exact, this one's originally about sprite orientation, but I suppose it could be expanded to different ways of utilising sprites, e.g. for grass, smoke, light glows, videos even.

Generally, I'm mostly excited about the programming tutorials, not just the couple of ones I'll be porting, but new ones I'll be contributing too.
From general HL SDK tutorials about various parts of its API (engine functions, event API, Triangle API, entity functions, utilities etc.), using certain 3rd party libraries with HL SDK, even touching the VHLT code a bit, all the way to the delicate and fancy stuff like using OpenGL functions, dynamic skies, modifying map & model data in real-time, and a lot more.

Other than said tutorials, I'd of course work on ADM. There are several things I wanna do this summer, mainly working on the vehicle system as well as the FMOD integration. There are a couple of SoHL features and entities that will also be either ported or replicated. I'm really hoping to push out a release by the end of summer. >w<

Also, by that time, I'll probably create a new thread for Advanced Development Mod. Utopia at Stake, while using ADM as a base, shouldn't really have its thread be home to both ADM and itself IMO.

But I cannot do any of that right now. I got a game project to finish.
By the 15th of March, I should be done with my idTech 4 game demo, after which I'll try to release my high school map by June, maybe a bit earlier even. And then, I'll finally get back into GoldSrc business. :)
Overfloater4 days ago2020-04-01 06:03:56 UTC 3 comments
I'm just writing this journal to inform people that I've made some model packs for Half-Life, Opposing Force and Blue Shift, and released them on GameBanana. The models are completely free of any UV shifting or other such issues. The OpFor Glock has been vastly improved with a bunch of UV mapping issues fixed, and all the packs use the Blue Shift shotgun animations. The MP5 also had the bogus firing animation that was present in both Blue Shift and OpFor removed. The RPG also had the fidget animation fixed, so it no longer only plays halfway through.

HD Gordon hands on LD view models for Half-Life:
https://twhl.info/vault/view/6401

LD OpFor Grunt models and sounds for Half-Life and Blue Shift:
https://twhl.info/vault/view/6402

Fixed and improved LD view models for Opposing Force:
https://twhl.info/vault/view/6403

Fixed and improved LD view models for Blue Shift:
https://twhl.info/vault/view/6404

Some screenshots:
LD OpFor MP5 for Half-LifeLD OpFor MP5 for Half-Life
LD OpFor grunts for Half-LifeLD OpFor grunts for Half-Life
Improved Desert EagleImproved Desert Eagle
Improved GlockImproved Glock
LD OpFor Glock in Half-LifeLD OpFor Glock in Half-Life
Blue Shift Shotgun animsBlue Shift Shotgun anims
Hope you enjoy using these model packs.

Edit: Uploaded the zip files to TWHL's vault
zeeba-G2 weeks ago2020-03-20 00:17:51 UTC 17 comments
How's everyone coping? I'm doing good, same old same old. Just practicing social distancing and using hand sanitizer more. Stocked up on grocieries yadayada.
I would like to explain you about AppWithPlugin from Microsoft website. And I have implement free flying assemblies like you don't need to worry to write path of <filename>.dll in plugin directory for example:
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I see that it is not good way if you can't open other assemblies like OtherPlugin.dll or whatever.
That is a problem. I invented magical function "to read" and "to list":
Example simple like you would like to know with all loading assemblies:
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Replace with pluginoaths to "PluginPaths
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Result:
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That is all. I hope it can work also for adding and customizable plugins for Entity by best coder "SoloKiller" I think he can make customizable plugin.dlls like who want add func_door or prop_static function with Entity class than Sharp-Life loads a lot of plugin.dlls like FuncDoorForEntityPlugin.dll or Sledge Editor with plugins like create more advanced primitives etc..

I hope you know about magical read-and-list.

It is not hard. I wish you great day and stay your health!
Admer4561 month ago2020-02-23 16:03:15 UTC 11 comments
When fate and destiny aren't on my side, and when luck doesn't happen to have anything to give me at the moment, then I know for sure, time is only on my side.
And that's gonna take a while. I'm definitely hoping for a miracle to happen, you know. I don't know when it'll happen, I don't know IF it'll happen, but I'm certainly hoping that it will. The two greatest things in life I've ever had experience with, are both words that begin with F.
It's not fraud (never had that), it's not fire, it's not fu--ing (heck, I never experienced that either), it's not fish either, even though it's pretty good, especially trout, mmm, but rather, it's forgiveness and friendship.
There's hardly anything in this world I wouldn't forgive to someone else, and there's hardly anyone in this world who could make me feel as good as a true friend could, someone I feel I don't yet have. Well... at least yet.

Those two words kept appearing in my dreams in one form or another, and almost every time it's the same story. I either ask for it, or beg for it, and then everything seems to become positive, go back to normal. Then I wake up, sweating and in fear. I don't know why, because I don't remember most of the dream. I sometimes really wish to cry or at least sob silently. I can't scream because my soul is already screaming. It's been screaming for weeks...
All I know is, something, or someone, haunts me. It's not really an "it", to be exact. God knows what could've gone better if I hadn't said the right thing in the wrong time. It might be too late now, but at least I've learnt an important lesson.

Who knows, maybe it's not late yet. After all, time is on my side. Time knows what the best moment will be. Time has brought back a lot to me, that I once lost. In turn, time just took... time. My patience, my will to wait for things, that's gonna remain infinite. I'll let time take as much as needed, since both of us need it.
Heh. Time... I feel like someone out there likes testing my patience for certain things.

Always remember to forgive each other, people. Forgive, but never forget.

Speaking of time, today I became an adult. Damn. Wish it came sooner. :walter:
Dammit_Dude2 months ago2020-02-03 12:41:38 UTC 3 comments
In late 2019, my PC suffered a major blow. Several power failures had crippled the PC, and it required immediate maintenance.
During the long absence, The Graphics card was burnt and had to be replaced. (an AMD Radeon HD 7000 for those who are curious)
In order to bring myself back in action with Hammer, I used a laptop to substitute the PC for a while....

Thankfully, It came back today with a new Nvidia Geforce card. (not a good one, but that's alright for now.)
I ported all of my work on the laptop to my computer. Things are finally back in shape!

What a wild new year this is gonna be.
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SourceSkyBoxer3 months ago2019-12-27 23:38:09 UTC 14 comments
December * 3 = ..

:-D :-D Please tell me what is that?
Admer4563 months ago2019-12-25 14:33:26 UTC 10 comments
So, some of you may know that my style of studying is based on 3 principles:
  • study as less as possible at home
  • try to understand and memorise (if needed) as much as possible in class
  • study at home only when you really don't know (e.g. for Democracy class)
With this style of studying, I achieve a GPA of up to 4.63, which is amazing considering I didn't do homework 30% of the time, and 80% of my time at home was spent using the PC (excluding sleep, eating and that stuff). If I wanted a 5.0 GPA, I would have to say goodbye to my free time that I get (which I'd end up using to work on mapping, modding, programming or gamedev projects).

In other words, I wanna work on projects as much as possible, while studying as less as possible, while still maintaining a 4.50 GPA at least.

Now, here's the thing. The 1st semester ends on the 31st of December here, and then the winter break starts. The problem is, my GPA is 4.28 at the moment. It used to be 4.4 until I ruined my score in Electrical Measurements and Digital Electronics, decreasing them both from 5 to 4.

(quick reminder: 5 here is A, 4 is B, 3 is C, 2 is D, and 1 is F)

So now, instead of improving Electronics and Democracy, I also gotta improve German and Bosnian to pass with a GPA of 4.50, which is the bare minimum to pass with an excellent status, otherwise it'll write "very good" on the paper, which my parents, grandparents, and the whole family would absolutely hate. :P

Well, today I managed to improve German, at least I believe so. We had a written schoolwork and I did it for an A.
Tomorrow, however, is the judgment day.

I got an Electronics test, Democracy test, and a Bosnian oral exam. The chances of me getting A's in all three are 15%. Lol.

The day of judging all my sins (of me not studying). The time will come very soon, unfortunately, but at least I've been preparing. I hope I'll survive, and if I do, then my winter break starts right on the 27th of December, cuz' I got no exams left afterwards.

Merry Christmas folks, happy holidays, I wish you all the best, soon it'll be 2020, it's been nice and everything, blah blah blah, I don't even celebrate Christmas, lol.
Now excuse me, I gotta go study for once. :3
Tetsu03 months ago2019-12-20 12:07:34 UTC 7 comments
Hey all.
I've been away for some time. Doing.... Things....
The band has been taking off so I'm my free time I've been focusing mainly on music and supporting the band. I've been making animated promos with blender and my 3D art is actually featured on the album cover.
www.positivechaos.com

I've also come a long way as far as my career.
For YEARS I wanted to do SOMETHING with rockets. I quit my job in CT and moved to Florida to chill with the band. I got a job doing amusement park rides (think Disneyland) which was cool but it wasn't rockets. (Actually the job sucked big time, it was only cool in theory)

Now I'm doing rockets.

I support ULA (United Launch Alliance) during launches by monitoring for gas leaks during fueling and post launch.

I made it into the last Twitter promo video: (I'm @ 14s in the silver shirt standing behind the control console)
ULA (@ulalaunch) Tweeted:
At ULA, our team and our rockets have a tremendous responsibility. https://t.co/VKTmQUFYnL https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/1207948332846518275?s=20

I'm also supporting Blue Origin by being on the engineering team that is building their launchpad.

This isnt just me promoting my band or showing off about rockets.. I want to tell all of you to never give up. Keep making small steps towards your goals and you can realize them. When I failed out of college I thought I screwed up big time. But I kept at it and 10 LONG years later I'm here.
I wish all of you good luck in your life and hope you have good health in the new year.
Jessie4 months ago2019-11-24 10:46:31 UTC 11 comments
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The Whole Map Vault

Firstly, The Whole Map Vault is going to be moving back by one day, and will now start at 22:00 Friday UTC. It will also be slightly shortened from ~2 hours to ~1.5 hours to make room for...
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Sort Our Souls

In this new weekly stream, I will be playing through the entire Dark Souls series, and in the process, I will create an "extremely scientific" ranked list of every single Dark Souls boss! Sort Our Souls will start at 00:00 Sat UTC. This is ~30 mins after TWMV ends. (Just to give me some time to go and have some breakfast and freshen up after the rigors of looking at map vault maps!)
Hope y'all pop along! I've been looking forward to doing this for a good while now!
TJB4 months ago2019-11-23 22:47:04 UTC 9 comments
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Skoiler4 months ago2019-11-21 22:22:36 UTC 3 comments
Oh hey I'm reading my past journals and cringing!

How's everyone's day going?
Sometimes,I look at all the modders who have made stuff for several games.
I look at their work with despair,knowing that I will never be able to reach their level or fame.

Sometimes,I feel like I'm on the top of the world,after a long,brutal fight.
Just because I finally rigged that hand,or got that code working properly,or I just could do something right.
Sometimes,I wonder why I'm so stupid.Why I can't figure this thing out.
I feel like I shouldn't even be alive,to be honest,just another soul waiting to fade out.

Sometimes,I tell myself to calm down,that I'm doing all right.
Everyone makes mistakes,at times.Why,then do I always feel that I'm an idiot?
I must've been a pretty irresponsible kid and maybe extending up to a small portion of my teenage,I guess.
Or it's probably how my society/culture/you get the idea is.
I seem to...forget it,there's no point in being hopeful.
Focus,focus! I need to get out of here alive! As it is,the whole place is in shambles,many scientists and guards are dead!
It is all my fault...I shouldn't have pushed that thing in...I could have just stayed with Barney's sister...she's cute and besides,Barney knows nothing.

Focus,Gordon,focus! Stop shaking,steady your aim!

Everything would have gone to hell anyway.Someone else would have pushed it in. I couldn't have stopped anything.I'm alive,that all that matters,
get out and call for help.
I wonder if Breen is alright. I need to get my paycheck from him.....

At least, I hear the military is coming to rescue us.But then,why do I feel like something isn't right?
Never mind.First make it out,then think about it later.

-IA