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I have an idea for a multiplayer HL2(half-life 2) source mod and I know barely anything about programming for Source. Is there any place, like a website, where i could post my idea and have others collaborate on it for free?
If there isn't any place like that, would anybody here be willing to help me with this? It wouldn't require too much modification of the original game.
If you could help it would be awesome! Thanks
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There are actually several places. One of the main places to look would be some of the SOURCE MODDING communities out there such as http://forums.facepunchstudios.com/  though, this community is mostly directed towards the HL2 mod "Garry's Mod"

Be Aware! there WILL be users that will make an attempt to steal your idea and call it their own, ESPECIALLY on the free / open communities.

Here are some of the modding resources and communities that i have used in the past:

http://www.hl2mods.co.uk/   ----- a modding community for all SOURCE engine mods
http://halflife2.filefront.com/   ----- a download site for all manner of Halflife 2 resources, mods and such
http://topsites.moddb.com/all/?game=61   ---- Mod Database (good for references and ideas)
http://planethalflife.gamespy.com/   ----------  the main Half-life site by Gamespy
http://www.fileplanet.com/half_life.shtml  --------   more downloads for HL2 such as resources, etc.


Good luck, and i hope this helped!
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Thanks, also to add: If there isn't any site like i was hoping for, would there be any site that has alot of tutorials based on the source engine coding? I've tried the Valve Developers Wiki but that didn't have enough information geared towards beginning coders like myself.
I know there must be some way to learn the engine's coding pretty well, otherwise there would be no player-made mods to begin with.
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Most of the Modders (that i know of) use the SOURCE SDK provided by Valve for creating their mods. From what they've told me, it's pretty user friendly but takes a little time to get used to. As for tutorials for beginner programmers / modders of the source engine, a good place to check would be:

http://www.moddb.com/tutorials

it may take a little digging, as this is a generalized website for modding, but i know for a fact that there are several tutorials (both video and text based) directed towards Source engine modding.
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I forgot to add this as well:

http://www.moddb.com/engines/source

gives a little more description on the source engine's workings.
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As far as I know, The Source SDK is a portal to open Hammer (Level Editor), Face Poser, Model Viewer, and to export the source code from either HL2SP or HL2MP(Which I did). It doesn't really provide any instructions other than a link to the wiki that i talked about in my first post.

I'm looking now for either a website where i can get help from others on my game, or tutorials on the source engine programming itself.
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Again, follow this site, it has many tutorials on what you are looking for.

http://www.moddb.com/tutorials
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more specifically:

http://www.moddb.com/engines/source/tutorials

these are SOURCE ENGINE tutorials.

Enjoy!
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