Tag Archives: Game Development

Grey Box Stage

I did some work on the “grey box” stage. Blocked out some important areas, then worked on getting the game into a minimum playable state. Side note, for your reference… making 90% of a map in hammer circular is a pain when working on grid. I do not recommend. Maybe pick some major grid points and make most of it a model in maya or something.

Some other notes I took when I was working on this part during Christmas break.

  • Having the pressing deadline of the week between xmas and new year, i found myself looking at stuff in the editor and going, “uhh, eem.” a lot. And just staring at an object / layout until I found the best way to build it. Or even approach to build it. A more detailed drawing would have probably eliminated that “meandering phase”
  • For example, my drawing had “place VIP seat box” here, and “make it look like movie” but it didn’t really say more than that… so i spent a lot of time re watching that scene and kinda building it from the movie. Maybe I would have been able to grey box it faster if this was one of the sections that was zoomed in on during  the expanded level bible, with a more detailed layout drawing of this sub sectionz.

Here are some screen shots:

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Design Sheet – Revision 1

I had some friends give me feedback on the “one sheet”. Here is the new revised version. I’m not sure if it’s better or not, but they seem to agree it is better.


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L4D2 Hoth Survival Map WIP

I’ve been working on a survival map for Left 4 Dead 2. It’s another Star Wars themed location, Echo Base on Hoth. Placed during the invasion of the Empire and the Rebels evacuation. I think this is a perfect survival scenario. It fits the similar themes and action of classic last hold out stands such as the battle of the Alamo, Thermopylae, or another L4D2 favorite Helm’s Deep from Lord of the Rings. I hope to bring this battle to life… or dead, lol, and create a fun experience and another Star Wars fantasy. Some of you have already seen me posting pictures on social media such as facebook and twitter. I decided to catch up my blog and post pictures and updates here as well. Here are the photos I have collected so far.

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Squeaky Inflatable Mallet


I published a squeaky inflatable mallet to the L4D2 workshop. Check it out! If you enjoy it, then give it the ol’ thumbs up!


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