USS Darkstar





USS Darkstar

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Author Neil Manke
Original mod release May 20, 1999
Date of the conversion release 2004
Date of the re-conversion release July 4, 2017
.bsp filename darkstar, zoology* (18 maps)


Neil Manke's futuristic USS Darkstar single-player mod converted to run properly on Sven Co-op.


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 traveled 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 The Black Widow's Lair.

We are looking forward to having you on our team!

Dr. Einar Saukas
Administration Office
Black Widow Inc.

Mr. Walter Bennett is one of several famous scientists invited to participate in this mission. You are Dr. Gordon Freeman, a brilliant researcher who has always had problems waking up on time…


Additional info

Additional credits

Lymphoid Original (2004) conversion.
Lossy (2017) re-conversion.


(USS Darkstar re-conversion)
*Added Change Level sprites too all maps. (Some are timed within the series)
*All maps have 4 spawn points. (Should minimize telefrag)
*Added missing environment/Vox sounds.
*Added missing sentence scripts for NPC's.
*darkstar.bsp: added intro cinematics back in.
*darkstar.bsp: Intro text visible to all players.
*darkstar.bsp: Added a sprite hint if you can’t find the HEV suit.
*zoology3.bsp: Disinfector door won’t close. (Allows other players to see what’s going on)
*zoology3.bsp: Scientist should NOT get stuck navigating around table. (He stops mid-way briefly, don’t worry)
*zoology4.bsp: added consciousness cinematics back in.
*zoology5.bsp: Fixed premature changelevel after picking up security card. (You now must roam back to start to trigger change level)
*zoology5: Added elevator door and adjusted button wait times so the elev doesn’t jam up.
*zoology5pt2.bsp: Staged map to continue “zoology4” to complete the storyline in a proper manner.
*zoology3.bsp: Forklift drive slower as ship lands, making it less jerky. (it’s a door with a large lip).
*zoology6.bsp: drowning barney calls for help and dies when attacked.
*zoology7.bsp: Adjusted two items respawn time for coop reasons.
*zoology8.bsp: Added 3 health kits at the bottom of elev. (Poor elev call button placement is the cause for this in coop mode)
*zoology9.bsp: Alive barney npc has WaitTilSeen spawnflag. (He becomes silly without it)
*zoology9.bsp: Door near change level won’t close, letting other players to enter.
*zoology11.bsp: Added tram doors back in the beginning of the map.
*zoology11.bsp: slowed elevator down to prevent getting stuck. (Read Notes/Issues)
*zoology12pt2: Staged map to continue “zoology11” to complete the storyline in a proper manner.
*zoology15.bsp: Elev to escape pod should no longer be stuck at the bottom. (Read Notes/Issues)
*zoology16.bsp: Added map back in to close the series, and tweaked outro cinematics (mostly to preserve credits)
*Other tweaks and adjustments that I can’t recall or noted. But preserves the classic series for Sven Coop.

Notes / Issues:

*darkstar.bsp: Intro cinematics is a bit jerky. I’m no trigger_camera expert so I skipped this tweak
*zoology11.bsp: Both Alien slaves that control the turret in the beginning of the map might not die. (They don’t hurt as much so you can rush right behind them.)
*zoology11.bsp & zoology15.bsp: Glass Floor elevator might get you stuck, speed has been lowered to minimize it. If you get stuck, which you can hear the foot spam, press your "stuck" key.

If there are any issues with the re-conversion, let Lossy know.


1999 2004 2017 conversion difficulty:easy escape rats series size:large space walkthrough

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