Muddasheep is the brains behind Halfquake, an ongoing series of mods for Half-Life 1. The journey started with Halfquake, released in 2001, a short modification that explored sadism, torture, facing consequences, punishment and general verbal hilarity. Halfquake Amen was next, released in 2002, it continued the story of Halfquake but was much larger and fleshed out; it also included an incredible soundtrack. Next up was Halfquake Sunrise, released in 2010, this release was unexpected and possibly the team’s best one yet. It has been featured on Podcast 17, PlanetPhillip, and was nominated for “Best Original Art” in ModDB MotY 2010. We also spoke with Muddasheep in 2009. The fun doesn’t stop there, Muddasheep is also part of a band — Taskless Sheep, and you can get their very first album Meadow Mayhem from their website.
About a month ago I noticed Muddasheep was handing out physical copies of Halfquake as a competition prize. I’m always amazed at how much activity The Farm receives well after the releases of the Halfquake series. The amount of fan following for all of Muddasheep’s projects serves as a testament as to how good they are. Being my noisy and bratty self, I messaged Mr. Sheep asking “Where is my exclusive physical copy of Halfquake?!”. Being the humble man he is Muddasheep simply replied “What’s your address?”. I played along.
Today I received a package, I wasn’t expecting anything, what could it be? Probably something business related or junk mail. I’m sure by now you can guess that it was my physical copy of Halfquake from Mr. Sheep. I don’t really receive promotional material, nor do I get a lot of video game swag so I decided to share with you all in full detail my excitement.
From the front of the package it wasn’t quite clear what this was, other than the Austria postage paid stamp. I always like getting mail from other countries, it’s like a little surprise and a peek into a different culture. When I turned the package over it became immediately obvious who this was from. On the back was a little Halfquake logo and a simple drawing Muddasheep style.
I was a little scared to open it up. What if a metal bar came shooting out and decapitated me Halfquake style. What if I had to wait 30 minutes before actually opening the package? Was this a test? Was I going to die? Do I have anything to be sorry for? I grabbed some rubber gloves, a long pole, tape, and a letter opener and carefully opened the package from a far distance. Thank god nothing killed me, there are no quick saves in real life, instead I found a nice assortment of CDs.
One CD was the Taskless Sheep album and the other my expected Halfquake physical copy!! Look at all the wonderful artwork around the cd and on the back cover. The Taskless Sheep album was complete with full CD artwork and a 16 page booklet!!
Let’s pop this Halfquake CD into my drive!!! WOW!!! LOOK AT ALL THIS STUFF!! The CD obviously comes packaged with all three Halfquake installers, a desktop theme, dialogue bloopers, the fan submitted artwork, comics, music and let’s play videos, lots of artwork, lots of notes, the complete OST which you can download from The Farm as well as the Taskless Sheep audio files, Press files (including the Podcast 17 interview), screenshots and videos of the game!! Holy cow that’s lots of stuff.
The music from the Halfquake series is absolutely fantastic, the game is great too. If you haven’t tried either of them I would highly suggest it.
Now if you excuse me I’m going to bathe in media, I sorta have a head-ache… I wonder if there was some sort of anthrax gas in that package… uh oh…