Timeline II: Iced Earth

Single-player mission pack for Half-Life...

Timeline II: Iced Earth

Single-player mission pack for Half-Life

GENERAL INFORMATION

Title: Timeline II: Iced Earth

Filename: iced_earth.zip

Author: Ross Smith

Email: [email protected]

Home page: http://halflife.mani.ac.nz/

Description: Single player adventure for Half-Life

BACKGROUND

The mission briefing is presented in the indtroductory sequence.

Quick summary: After your successful return from the past in

Timeline I, the Man in Blue sends you to a parallel universe in

which the Earth is in the grip of a new Ice Age. And as if they

didn't have enough problems, the invaders from Xen have shown

up...

INSTALLATION

Unzip iced_earth.zip into your Half-Life directory. It should

create a subdirectory called "iced_earth" and place all its files

in there (if it doesn't, you have a corrupt archive or you didn't

unzip it properly).

Copy your valve\config.cfg file (if you have one) into this

directory if you don't want to set up all your customised controls

again.

There are three ways to start the game:

(1) Start Half-Life normally. From the main menu, go into "Custom

Game". Select "Timeline II: Iced Earth" from the list, click

on "Activate", then on "Done". You should now see the main

menu against a new background. Use "New Game" to start a game

in the normal way.

(2) Open the console (this is reached by starting the game with

the "-console" command-line option, then either selecting

"Console" from the main menu, or starting a standard game and

then hitting the backquote key). Enter "game iced_earth", then

"skill 2" or "skill 3" if you don't want to play on the easy

setting, then "map ice00" (or "map ice01" to skip the

introduction).

(3) Make a copy of the Half-Life shortcut on your desktop. Rename

the copy to "Timeline II", then go into its properties

settings (right-click on it and select "Properties" from the

popup menu, or left-click on it and hit Alt+Enter), and go to

the "Shortcut" tab. In "Target", add "-game iced_earth" to the

command text (without the quotes, and with a space between the

existing text and "-game"). This shortcut can then be used to

start the custom game directly.

To uninstall Iced Earth, just delete the "iced_earth" subdirectory

from your Half-Life directory.

BUGS

* There are a few places where the map changes while the player is

aboard a vehicle, and sometimes leaves the player stuck or taking

damage. I've managed to reduce the frequency of this but not

eliminate it entirely. Try standing in a different position, or

crouching or jumping during the transition.

* In some maps, textures may disappear at great distances. This is

a bug in the Half-Life engine and beyond my control.

* Yes, I know the frame rates occasionally leave something to be

desired. So sue me.

CREDITS

Inspiration: Iced Earth, Samael, Sinergy, The Clash, L'Ame

Immortelle, Cradle of Filth, _The Blues Brothers_,

_Frankenstein Unbound_, _Lifeforce_, old _Dr Who_

episodes, every James Bond movie ever made, and PC

Gamer's preview of _Return to Castle Wolfenstein_.

Sky graphics: MJC, http://aqmd.action-web.net/

Nick Coombe, http://www.planethalflife.com/crinity/

Textures: Cid, http://www.saturn-online.de/~cosmo/

Evile Dick, http://wtf.game-edit.com/

Playtesters: Cody Brady, Graham Errington, Grant Zanetti

PLAY INFORMATION

Single player: Yes

Multiplayer: No

MAP INFORMATION

Number of maps: 47

New monsters: No, but some of the existing ones have new skins.

New sounds: No, but some old ones are put to new purposes.

New textures: The textures in iced_earth.wad are new, mostly

modified from textures in the original game. I

also used several texture and sky packs found on

the Web; see the Credits above, and the

accompanying text files, for details.

CONSTRUCTION

Base: None (all new maps)

Prefabs: None (besides the standard Worldcraft prefabs)

Editing tools: Worldcraft 2.1

Paint Shop Pro 7.0

Wally 1.48b

Zoner's HL compile tools

Compile machine: PIII/450, 128 MB

Total compile time: 16 hours

COPYRIGHT

You may distribute this game in any way you like provided you

don't change any of the files in any way. If you don't cooperate,

then don't distribute it in any form.

Authors may use these maps as a base to build new games. Feel free

to grab anything you like out of it, provided you're making

substantially new maps and not just minor modifications to mine,

and you include appropriate acknowledgements in anything that uses

my material.

Half-Life is Copyright 1998-99 by Sierra Online and Valve LLC. All

rights reserved.

Timeline II: Iced Earth is Copyright 2001 by Ross Smith.

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