Hey all, Universal Union is a machinima series that uses the Source engine and takes place in the time-span between Half-Life 1 and Half-Life 2. It covers the Seven Hour War, the Combine's rise to power, and a few original story arcs. The series focuses mainly around original characters created for the series. I did not want to use characters such as Barney, Kleiner, etc. due to a number of reasons...mainly that I can't have the original actors do voice overs! Characters Jake: Jake is the main character of the series. Prior to and during the Seven Hour War he was a sergeant in the military. Amy: Amy is a civilian that Jake helped save and is also his girlfriend. Lopez: (Filled) Lopez is Jake's best friend and was his second in command in their unit. Our Vortigaunt Friend: One of the first Vortigaunts to make contact with humans, he now travels with Jake, Amy, and Lopez. John: John was the President's advisor before being brainwashed and transformed into a Combine Elite soldier. He now serves as Dr. Breen's right-hand man and does most of his dirty work. Dr. Breen Dr. Breen from Half-Life 2 has a small role and appears every now and then. Episode List 101 – “Unforeseen Consequences” 102 - “6:00 A.M.” 103 - “7:00 A.M.” 104 - “8:00 A.M.” 105 - “9:00 A.M.” 106 - “10:00 A.M.” 107 - “11:00 A.M.” 108 - “Our Darkest Hour” 109 - “The Twelve Tribes, Part I” 110 - “The Twelve Tribes, Part II” 111 - “The Twelve Tribes, Part III” 112 - “The Twelve Tribes, Part IV” 113 - “The Twelve Tribes, Part V” 114 - “The Twelve Tribes, Part VI” 115 - “Citadel” 116 - “Outskirts” 117 - “Overwatch” 118 - “Transitions” 119 - “Prophecy” 120 - “Rebellion” 121 - “And So it Begins...” General Information I've went ahead and moved some things into the “fan fiction” realm. The Twelve Tribes and Prophecy episodes are really the only ones that deviate from the Half-Life storyline. However, they still stay within the realms of the Half-Life storyline and they do fit in well. The Twelve Tribes is a completely original story arc based around the Vortigaunts and their history. Prophecy is a tie-in to the movie Seven Hour War, which I made earlier in the year. You can find Seven Hour War on my personal site, listed below. At the bottom of the post you'll see that I've attached a link to a download of the script for the first episode. It's the “pilot” to the series. I'm still in the process of writing, but I have more than half of the scripts completed. I can send synopsis for all twenty-one episodes, or I can post them here if people want. I left them out of this post simply to save some space. Help Needed This series will be of epic proportions. I hope to release once a week with episodes ranging from 10-15 minutes apiece. I'll need help in the following areas: Faceposing Custom animation (mainly characters) Texturing/skinning Modeling Mapping If you would like to help with the project, please reply to the post with some information about yourself and your contact information. I don't really have a lot of, if any requirements to help on the series. The only thing I would require is a mature and positive attitude and no slacking. I'm not a slave driver and I certainly understand if you don't have time, especially since I'm often quite busy myself. You may contact me via email, instant messenger or private message. Contact info will be listed below. About Me My name is Tommy. I'm a film maker and musician. I was nominated for a Mackie in this year's machinima awards in the category of Best Student Work for my machinima film Seven Hour War. Seven Hour War is mentioned in the series. You can find my personal site at TommyKraft.com My contact details are: Email – [EMAIL="firstname.lastname@example.org"]email@example.com[/EMAIL] MSN – [EMAIL="firstname.lastname@example.org"]email@example.com[/EMAIL] AIM – piealpha6792351 YIM – piealpha6792351 Episode 1 Script If you have any questions feel free to ask
I live on Gaming Forums
3rd January 2006
Sounds really interesting! But please, do your research about important events and especially the little things. :) I read the script and it looks great but there where a few issues: 1. What started the resonance cascade was the experiment Gordon was involved with, it wasn't teleportation. It had to do with the crystal and the anti-mass spectrometer. When they 'activated' it, the Nihilanth, was able to open dimensional rifts into Black Mesa. 2. It was actually the Black Ops team that nuked Black Mesa, but granted, it may have been from a military order. And it was inside of the facility (a caring lot actually, you see it in Opposing Force). 3. The world surrendered in 7 hours, the Combine probably destroyed all military bases and world leaders. 4. I guess it’s not much of an issue, but...in my opinion, the Combine would have had enormous ships and machines, destroying everything in their path. There wouldn't have been the soldiers, they're basally brainwashed, cyborgs. The Combine made them to operate in Earth's atmospheric conditions and Earth's surface areas, like buildings. Also, they probably launched the Citadels into the major areas a little after the war, to astablish bases-of operations. 5. (Side Note) after the satellite was sent into space, the Nihilanth was the only thing keeping the rifts open and it’s theorized that its death triggered the Portal Storms (which still exist in the events of HL2). I hope you don’t think I’m an ass writing all of this, I'm just trying to help:) Can’t wait for this to be released!
Well, here's the deal. Go to YouTube and look at the comments on my Seven Hour War movie and see how many people are telling me I did things wrong and also notice how many of those conflict with what you've said.
The HL universe is not like Halo where everything is out in the open and easy to understand. This series is going to be my interpretation of the Half-Life story. Also, when you see the bomb in Opposing Force that doesn't mean anything at all. Marc Laidlaw has said that the expansions were written and created by Gearbox and Valve had no involvement. So, technically, anything you see in Opposing Force, Blueshift, etc. is all unofficial.
In the end, though, this is my interpretation. There's so many different interpretations of the universe and I don't think any one of them is wholly correct. So if mine has a few flaws, oh well.
I live on Gaming Forums
3rd January 2006
You do have a point about the expansion packs and I do respect your 'interpretation' of it. And I have seen your (well, many) Seven Hour War movie, and itsvery good, I hope that universal Union is as good as it:)
Just a lil' bit conversation.
3rd October 2006
Sounds like a great idea. Unfortunately I can't help you with any of the modding. I can however offer you voice acting, and I wish you good luck with this project!
Thanks for the offer! I added you to my MSN. We can have a chat and I can send you some lines :)
Hey all! The teaser is up! Check it out.
Thanks, - Tommy