So I’ve been out of the mapping game for a long time, a couple of years at least.
But I’ve been playing Minecraft, and I’ve been deviating from the fullbright, ‘safe’ structures people seem to make and have been making darker, more atmospheric environments.
And I miss Hammer. I’m yearning like a lovesick teenager. I miss messing with I/Os, I miss figuring out timings for outputs so that warehouse lights will come on in groups, like in the movies. I miss figuring out how to recreate Valve’s work; the Ep1 Citadel Core, the lasers, the moving platforms.
And I haven’t had time; art school eats my life like a fat man eats a cake, and the few crumbs of time I can scramble together must be spent on things like cooking and sleeping.
But now I have HOLIDAYS. And I want to get ON THIS SHIT like nothing else. However, I’m in University accommodation, and thus I’m constantly running through the institute’s proxy. The Valve team say that they don’t expect to have native proxy support working until the end of the year, so I’m in a bit of a bind.
Is there any way I can run Hammer WITHOUT Steam? I remember that Worldcraft was standalone back when WON servers were the norm.
I realise this may look a but suspicious, so I’ll leave you with proof that I am (was) a legitimate mapper, and that I DO own both Hammer and the Source Engine games required to use it.
(Unfortunately all threads before 2009 seem to have been deleted from the FP server (quite gutted), so I’ll have to link you to videos).