Download Alien Swarm SP

Alien Swarm SP is available for download via the link below:


And here's more new levels to play through than you'll ever need!

Swarm Armory Map Database

Here's the contents of the Readme.txt

Alien Swarm SP by Aazell

Installation Instructions:

1: You must have an up to date version of Alien Swarm installed on Steam in order to play Alien Swarm SP

Extract the contents of AlienSwarmSP.rar to the following folder in your Steam directory.


Now restart Steam and you should see Alien Swarm SP available in your games library.

Launching a map in Alien Swarm SP:
From the main menu of Alien Swarm SP select Play AS:SP option and you should see the mission selection screen. All addon campaigns (if you have installed any and activated them) should be available within this screen also.

I have encountered no bugs (heh heh) as yet but if you do please send an e-mail to giving as much information as you can and I will attempt to investigate the problem.

Hope you have fun with it...

Friday, 4 March 2011

Modding game code isnt that hard. Give it a try!

Before 2 weeks ago I had never attempted modding, especially changing the game code and recompiling.

It's a bit of a hurdle that some folks aren't willing to jump but trust me... it's really not that difficult.

If you cock it up at any point you just delete the mod folder and start again.

I've noticed quite a bit of coder snobbery in the HL2 modding community that can also make it difficult to get into coding. There's a general attitude of "I had to learn it so you should go through the same pain". I disagree with this. Once you've worked something out, write up a quick tutorial on it and post it to the web so that others can be saved the pain. If they're not willing to learn then fair enough... give em a little attitude.

I do understand the frustration of coders though. Young bright eyed kids hit the forums with good and bad ideas without any comprehension of how much work would be involved to achieve what they want. They often also have no desire to learn how to do the work for themselves and an expectation that coders have nothing better to do than make their dreams come true.

I'll be writing up a tutorial on beginner modding and altering code for Alien Swarm shortly.

But until then here's some assumption smashed...

Altering game code requires a knowledge of how to write c++ code!


The majority of people who create mods and edit the game code wouldn't know how to write a new application in c++. All they do is tweak the code or cut and paste already written code from another valve game into the existing game code in order to create new functionality. You simply need a basic knowledge of the general coding concepts, structure of c++ and be willing to pull the code apart and break it down into understandable chunks.

Learning how c++ works through looking at Alien Swarm code is incredibly difficult, dont try! (as per valve SDK website)


I would say that you'll learn a lot more from looking at code in a working application than following some tutorial that helps you print out "Hello World!" in the windows command console.

It takes an especially brainy person to understand and write code!


I don't believe in the concept of "brainy". Anyone can do anything given time, curiosity and a clear goal. It takes a coder with experience to write good code but isn't that the way with everything. Someone who's been doing something for a long time will be better at it. That's the way of the world and everyone has to start somewhere.

So go ahead, create a mod, install Visual Studio Express 2008. Compile it, then start messing around with the variables. See what you can create!

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