USS Darkstar

A New HalfLife Pak w/16 Single Player Levels...

USS Darkstar

A New HalfLife Pak w/16 Single Player Levels.

05/20/99 "PC GAMER presents: USS DARKSTAR"

[A New HalfLife Pak w/16 Single Player Levels]

HalfLife Registered Ver. is Required!


Designer/Mapper: Neil Manke

web site:

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....

Bill Harms


Design/Technical Advisor: Einar Saukas

Lead Tester: Paul Taylor

Sound Producer: Magnus Jansén

Custom Textures, Sky/Enviro: Neil Manke

Voice acting: Karin Brander

Per Jacobsson

Magnus Jansén

Petter Mörk

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

Administration Office

Black Widow Inc.


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

level[s] "pak" file.

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.




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 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

+--- TFC


+--- VALVE

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


* 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:]

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.

Thank you!

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 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Please check the USS Darkstar page @

for a walk-through of USS Darkstar

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