In a devastated America, mysterious commandos are kidnapping children, and a team of scientists has vanished. Return to the acclaimed Half-Life universe in this fan-made comic, and follow three survivors into the strange and dangerous city of New Franklin.
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19. november

Containment Release!

Hey everyone,

Happy 20 Years of Half-Life!

As announced this past weekend, today we are releasing another content pack for A Place in the West! The app has been updated to include the Russian Translation of Chapter 5 (Thanks to Vsevolod Stepanov and Pavel Lapinsky), as well as adding “Containment”, our new interlude that takes us back to Black Mesa, to the place where it all began.

There’s also a new Extra involving “Containment”, for which we give thanks to Rikki "Marphy Black" D'Angelo, that I’ll let you explore for yourself… “Containment” and the Chapter 5 Russian translation are both available in PDF form as well. Finally, we’re releasing Volume 2 of our soundtrack today, with 9 new tracks from Chris Jolley!



Celebrating Half-Life
This past weekend we did a Twitch Stream, where Ross played through Half-Life and we laughed at how many times he died (it was a LOT). If you didn’t catch it and are interested, it’s still available on Twitch until it expires - http://twitch.tv/halflifecomic. I will also be uploading the original to our YouTube channel, as well as cutting together a shorter “Highlights” reel for someone who wants to laugh at Ross’s deaths, and hear us talk about the comic, but not sit through 6 hours of gameplay.

We’re talking about going through Opposing Force and Blue Shift next, followed by Half-Life 2 and both of its Episodes, so if this is something that you like or would like to see more of, please do let us know! And thank you to everyone who came to hang out and chat, it was a lot of fun.

Speaking of celebrating Half-Life, Digg.com did a write-up about the 20th Anniversary, and Ross and I both talked a bit about our experiences with the franchise. You can read that here - http://digg.com/2018/half-life-20th-anniversary



What's Next?
So many things.

Since it’s the end of the year and we haven’t been as transparent during the course of it as I’d have liked us to have been, let’s take full stock, shall we?

  • Chapter 6 is going into Production in December! We weren’t able to produce nearly as much this year as I would have liked because of financial reasons, and it’s great to be getting back to it. My hope is that we can have multiple chapters release next year.

  • We’ve also been working on getting everything down on paper. Often when we’re producing, we have the next chapter or two written, but now we’re extending our lens further. Ross has been hard at work over the last few months forging ahead into the later chapters. As production is approaching the story’s halfway point(!), we’re spending a lot of time looking at wrapping up threads and character arcs. Currently we have up through Chapter 11 written (at least as rough drafts), with the plan being to finish the remaining chapters by the end of the year.

  • Over the next month, I have some homework to do myself: I’m going to rewrite the APW App to try and solve the Windows 10 problems that have been plaguing us for quite some time. I’m also going to be getting back into the world of video editing - cutting the Stream Highlights video together for YouTube and getting back into making the Commentary Tracks. We have commentary audio for Chapters 2, 3, and 4 recorded, and the audio mixing for all of them nearly done, I just need to finish the videos themselves (and add subtitles, which was a popular request with the last Commentary video).

  • Finally, Translations! These are something that I really dropped the ball on this year. We have translations for Chapter 2 that have been sitting around (largely due to financial strains) so the plan will be to get those lettered and shipped out, and then to do more prep with the published chapters and try to get the translators to help us out some more. I don’t want to make any promises about how much will or won’t be done, but I am going to make it much more of a priority than I have so far. Stay tuned for hearing more about that in early 2019.

As ever, making Half-Life: A Place in the West is an experience that we are endlessly grateful for, and wish to say thank you to everyone who has been with us on the journey so far, and to everyone new who is joining us along the way. I am so excited to share with you all of the exciting things we have in store for the next year.
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17. november

November Update & Sale!

Hi all!

As most, if not all, of you already know, Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Half-Life. Here at A Place in the West, we’re spending the weekend celebrating. As such, all of our content is on sale for the weekend, and up until Tuesday.

We also will be Streaming a play-though of Half-Life on Sunday at 2pm GMT for anyone who wants to watch. Ross will be playing, and Mike will be mocking him and talking with the chat. If you too would like to laugh at Ross being bad at games, and talk about Half-Life, the comic, or anything else, come hang out! The link is http://twitch.tv/halflifecomic. If you drop in, let us know what you think! Maybe we’ll do Half-Life 2 and the episodes at some point in the future. Maybe even Ross and Mike playing Portal 2 Co-Op and yelling at each other.



On Monday we’ll also be releasing a new update! This will include Interlude 5.5 - titled Containment, where we go back to Black Mesa to see some familiar faces. Also included in this update will be the Russian translation of Chapter 5, thanks to our friends Vsevolod Stepanov and Pavel Lapinsky.

Finally, we'll be releasing Volume 2 of our soundtrack, by the talented Chris Jolley. Chris has written 9 new songs based on the events from Chapters 3, 4, and 5. The latest update will also include a few other songs that Chris has written for us over the years so you can get a taste of his style if you haven't heard his music yet.

I’ll give another update later this week with more information on what’s coming next for us!
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“Issue #1 of A Place in the West [...] nails the universe it’s sourced from without being overzealous, and could easily be a licensed comic book from a big name publisher doing a Half-Life comic that I would actually buy off the shelf.”
4/5 – Outright Geekery

“The overall production value is easily on par with any officially-sanctioned Valve product. It’s easy to imagine Half-Life: A Place In The West being sold in physical format in various comic book stores.”
4.5/5 – Hey Poor Player

“With each new chapter, A Place in the West had me on the edge of my seat, desperate to find out what would happen next.”
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What is A Place in the West?

Half-Life: A Place in the West is a fan-made comic book set within Valve's acclaimed Half-Life universe, in which Earth has fallen under the grip of the totalitarian Combine empire following a scientific experiment gone very wrong.

As a group of military commandos sweep across the American wasteland kidnapping children, a troubled father, an intrepid young scientist, and an ancient alien warrior are drawn to the strange city from which the attackers sprung: New Franklin. Once inside, they discover a powerful secret, but the city holds many dangers, and deceptive temptations. Faced with warring clans, diabolical experiments, a treacherous conspiracy, and the growing shadow of the Combine, they must unlock New Franklin’s mysteries before it’s too late - and the lives of everyone in the city hang in the balance.

A Place in the West delivers a compelling story, and a complex and intriguing cast of all-new characters, drawing on the rich mythology of the Half-Life universe in an entirely new medium for the series.

The comic will run for a total of thirteen chapters, the first of which, Following Portents, is available for free to download and comes to a total of 38 pages. The remaining chapters will be released sequentially as paid-DLC, and will vary between 25-30 pages in length.

Do I need to be Familiar with Half-Life?

Nope! The first chapter features a three-page prologue designed to bring new readers up to speed with the world of Half-Life. A Place in the West is also set in the interim between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, which means that you needn't be familiar with Valve's later games anyway. That isn't to say, however, that you won't find exciting things to enjoy if you are familiar with the series.

What Other Features Are There?

The comic is displayed and presented in an app designed by ourselves for the best possible reading experience. Through a fully-animated menu screen, derived in style from the menus of Half-Life 2, you can quickly and easily navigate between the comic pages and chapters, adjusting zoom & language options, the credits, and the extras section. The extras section will be continuously updated over the course of the comic's production, and will include a series of three-to-five-page comic 'shorts' that further develop the world of New Franklin and its occupants, as well as some "Behind the Scenes" commentary videos!

The comic is also available in PDF form; simply purchase the comic, and a copy will be automatically downloaded into your Steam files. This will enable you to read A Place in the West in whatever format you see fit: be it via our app, or as a PDF on your mobile device.

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