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|Q: I get the Error: 'This game is currently unavailable' when connecting
A: Very common, and can unfortunately be any number of things, I'm afraid. If you
restarted Steam and it still won't load, check to make sure
that all of your files in your VikingAssault folder are not set to be read only and that Steam is properly
updated. To force Steam to update, delete the Clientregistry.blob file in your Steam folder and restart
your application. If this fails to fix your problem, it could possibly be from your virus scanner..
Q: My screen freezes when trying to start a Viking
A: It's most likely that the Node Graph is being
build... this happens the first time you run a particular map,
and can make it seem as if Half-Life has frozen permanently. Try
waiting for 5 minutes or so. It's also possible that it's a
weird Half-Life bug that only seems to effect a few people
(including me... happens in other mods too). Everything actually
loads and runs OK, but you just see a blank screen. To fix it,
wait for quite a while so the map can finish loading, then press
Escape twice. The HL menu should pop up. Click "Resume Game".
Q: I'm unable to connect to any
server because it says my Steam UserID Ticket has expired!
A: Does it occur on any other server? This problem can be server related, or even Steam related, and not
be your fault. Try to log out and log back in, or try again in a few minutes. Check the
Steam Status Page
If you get this message when you try to connect to your own dedicated server thats behind a router, try connecting
through your router's internal IP address (192.168.X.XXX:XXXXX), for example.
Q: I'm getting the error "Reliable Channel Overflow"
A: This particular error message can be quite common in Viking
Assault if your computer and/or internet connection can not handle the amount of monsters and entities
in the map. Although not as common as it used to be, if your still on 56k you'll
probably be experiencing this. Make sure your not running any P2P software
and you've performed a spyware/virus scanned recently. This can also be attributed to the server.
game crashed with this error message: "S_Findname: Out of sfx_t"
A: When Half-Life reaches 512 cached sounds it causes the engine
to stop. On dedicated servers, you can rejoin after the crash,
but if you are hosting a non-dedicated server it will dump all
the clients. If maps are designed correctly, this crash should
never occur... the problem is that the number of monster types
used in a map needs to be kept low. The other problem is that a
few maps do use too many sounds (it's hard to judge, I admit).
If you are using Steam you should never encounter this problem as Valve has
increased the limit from 512 to 1024 in the latest version of Steam. This is one of the major reasons we
highly recommend that you use Steam to connect to play Viking
Q: I'm running a server with Metamod, and the Barnacle/Minigun/Uzi are crashing my server whenever
someone uses them.
A: You need to download the Hacked Viking Assault 3.0 Metamod available from the Files page. It contains all of the
new Viking Assault 3.0 entities.
Q: Is there a Linux version of
Viking Assault 3.0 available for download?
A: There is no Linux port available for Viking Assault 3.0, unfortunately, but there is a Linux version for
Viking Assault 3.5 currently in the works to be released
around the same time as the Windows files..
Q: When I try to connect to a server, it gives me a
"map differs from server" error
A: Either your map is newer or older to the server's, or there is some kind of version mismatch. If it is important,
you can delete the map out of your VikingAssault/maps/ folder and allow the server to download it to your install. Just remember
that it might not always be your fault, it could be that the server has an outdated version of the map that you are
trying to play
Q: What do I need to know to run a server behind a router?
A: Please see this thread
can I find more Viking Assault maps?
A: If you already have all the maps from the Files page, try Map
Showcase on the
Forums. Additionally, visit some of our community
websites available in our Links section.
Q: Can you make a Gamespy tab for
A: There already is one. It's included with Viking Assault (VikingAssault.qst
in VikingAssault\ dir).
Q: How do you use the "Banana Bomb"?
A: Press the Alternate Fire button while holding ten hand
grenades. The Banana Bomb does not work on all maps.
you play through the normal, Half-Life single-player maps (by
Valve) in Viking Assault?
A: Yes. For more
information, check the
Single-Player Maps page.
been playing through the Valve single-player maps, and at some
point, I can't get the the next map for some reason/I try to go
to the next map, and end up in a previous map!/other bug or
A: Make sure that you've downloaded and
installed the Improved SP Map Support update from the
Files page. You must run
a Server Install on the machine you're starting the game on,
even to play offline. If the problem you encountered is not
mentioned on the page, please report it in the Bugs section of
Q: Why did you remove cheats?
A: Cheats still exist, they're just changed. You can only use
cheats when "maxplayers" is set to "2", however
also be 1). The cheats are: godmode 1 (or 0), giveall, ghost 1
(or 0), cl_noclip 1 (or 0), cl_notarget 1 (or 0).
Q: Why did you remove friendly-fire?
A: Team-killing was a really big problem on net servers - Most
games ended up just being deathmatch with monsters.
Q: There're some monsters with
different skins (or possibly electric effects) that don't shoot
A: Viking Assault contains friendly monsters which are set by the mappers -- don't shoot them, they're there to help you. Check
your HUD, friendly monsters info will show in green text,
enemies in red.
Q: My mp3's are not appearing ingame!
Q: Someone is standing still in a
doorway and no-one can get past!
A: Placing your mp3 files into the /mp3 folder will not simply add them to your game. You need to run the
Viking Assault MP3 List
Generator available in your Start Menu under Program Files/Viking
Assault to compile a list for Viking Assault to recognize where
your files are located.
A: Start a vote using the commandmenu, or a key bound to Start
Vote, and VoteKill the player. If that fails, drag them out of
the way by hitting them with your crowbar and walking backwards.
If they continue to presist their oh so funny and original behavior, joining
a different server will always solve the problem :-) . If you believe that they
have the ambition to repeat this on another server, take a screenshot of their SteamID
in your console (don't just copy straight out of the console, as this is easily exploitable)
and one or two pictures of them in the act of blocking and post it in our Server Hole
to be reviewed by server administrations for possible banning on their servers.
Q: Why sometimes can I freely Gauss
jump and overtimes it doesn't work?
A: Gauss jumping is set in the maps .cfg file, as it was a
multiplayer only feature it would spoil the gameplay in most
Q: Why don't the human grunts drop their weapons
A: If you can imagine about 30 shotguns laying on the ground after a firefight then you can
probibaly imagine why :-). Not only will it lag very heavily but it will unbalance the game by giving players
a near endless supply of weaponry, which might not always be the intent of the creator of the map.
Q: Why does Barney try to kill you in
A: The players are sort of the bad-guys in VikingAssault1/2 (well,
whether they're actually bad or not depends on the individual
player, but either way, they're working for the bad-guys. G-man
didn't give them much choice in the matter). You're there to
steal a strange crystal, and it was Barnabus' job to try to stop
Q: Why did you use Viking Assault for the
name of the mod? It's stupid!
A: I know that Viking Assault is a stupid name :). It was a
temporary name for a map (VikingAssault1.bsp, mod was originally
based entirely on the map), and I never thought of a better
name... (P.S., in case anyone wondered, even if I knew of a
better one, certainly not going to change the name in the
future... it's too late now. Anyway, Viking Assault's not bad once
you get used to it :).
Q: Is Viking Assault still in development?
A: Viking Assault is currently scheduled to release it's final version in the very near future, with one or two
small patches afterwards to clear up any remaining bugs. The team's next concern will be
Viking Assault 2 for the
Half Life 2 engine. It has been an amazing run since January 1999, and we hope to be able to move onto bigger and
Q: When will the next version be
A: When it's done.
Q: Can I
join the Viking Assault team?
Q: Why is Viking Assault 3.5 taking so long?
A: Any specific openings will be posted with the news.
Q: Do the Viking Assault team have any
A: The next project for the Viking Assault team will be a
cooperative version of Neil Manke's They Hunger mod, and of course,
Viking Assault Version 3.5.
A: We do understand that it is taking a long time to release 3.5, and our fans are growing impatient, but with large projects
come large problems, and things don't always work out the way we hope them to do. Team members understand that
Viking Assault can not
always take priority over other things in their lives, as a majority of our members are either currently in college or are working for
actual commercial game companies/other mod teams. We are always trying to keep everyone informed of what is being done
by releasing promotional videos and changelogs, and although there is not always a new update every week, you can be sure
that there is work being done.
Just remember the golden rule that the longer it takes, the better it will be, and
Viking Assault wants to end it's Half Life 1
lifecycle with a bang. We just ask that you support the team when the problems arise.
Q: Can I play other mods cooperatively?
A: Yes and no. Most single player packs are mods, they have to
be turned on via the custom game menu. Halflife can only run one
mod at a time so you can either run the single player mod or
Viking Assault, not both. Single player levels that do not have any
custom code may be playable in Viking Assault by installing them
like a normal Viking Assault map, however you will need to create a
CFG file for each of the maps in the level pack if you want
suitable weapons in later maps (Consult the
CFG guide). Maps not intended for use with Viking Assault may
have gameplay flaws, such as a door closing and blocking the
route for other players. For these reasons you are better off
looking for conversions of single player packs to Viking Assault,
such as ETC and Gut Reaction, see the
Files page for more information.
Q: Does Viking Assault support Opposing
A: Many Opposing Force monsters and weapons have been added as features to
Viking Assault 3.0, but currently there is no playable version of the Opposing Force
singleplayer maps. But don't fret, as there are quite a few people currently working
to convert Opposing Force to Viking Assault.
Q: What is EntMod?
A: Entmod is a metamod plugin that allows you to manipulate, create, and copy entities in a map
using new commands and a "manipulator gun". Think of it as the Garry's Mod of Half Life 1.
Although not everyone agrees with Entmod (some prefer playing
Viking Assault the way it was supposed to be played), it
has become a favorite mod to install on your server. For more information, please see
Q: What is Ripent?
A: Ripent is a small command-line based program included with Zoner's Half Life Tools for the purpose of making
small tweaks and optimizations to maps without having to spend a few hours to recompile it. Server administrators have discovered that
it is possible to "ripent" maps on their servers and add unique changes to the maps to enhance or customize their server without having to
have the clients redownload the map or have "map differs from server" errors.
For more information, including a how-to, please see
this thread on the forums for more information.
Q: What is AMX Mod?
A: AMX Mod/AMX Mod X is a metamod plugin for server administrators that gives them more commands and possibilities for administrating and
customizing their servers. This includes the ability to ban, kick, gag, mute, slap, kill, and more, with the ability to give trusted
users administrative privileges. AMX Mod X is the updated version of AMX Mod and has an advanced scripting feature superior to AMX Mod.
For more information please visit
Q: Where can I get the Viking Assault .fgd
A: It comes with the Viking Assault installer... look for "sven-coop.fgd"
in your Half-Life\VikingAssault\ folder.
Q: I want to map for Viking Assault, how do
I go about this?
A: Check the
Information for Map Makers page, and the
Submit a Map page.