JCat

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  1. Right on time for the holidays.. After months - literally months of not being able to find a solution, I finally got Nightmare House (and Hellsound) working: I was told -- you need Half Life 2 Ep 2 - I have it, I was told to change the options to steampipe beta, I've done it. It was suggested I download all the Soure SDK this, Source SDK that, well, I downloaded every damn one. None of these suggestions ever worked. Still kept getting the dreaded: Unable to load surface prop file 'Scripts/Surfaceproperties-ep2.txt' (referenced by manifest file 'scripts/surfaceproperties_manifest.txt') Well, turns out - that Surfaceproperties-ep2.txt file is MISSING! I decided to check around to see if I could find it, so I went into the script folder for another Half Life 2 Mod called "Grey" and found it there. I copied and pasted it into the Nightmare House 2 Scripts folder, and sure enough, the game loaded. But, not without one problem: The infamous purple checkerboards on certain textures and red error block on certain models reared it's ugly face. Time to extract the missing stuff.... 1 - download GCFScape from here: http://nemesis.thewavelength.net/index.php?p=25 2 - Fire it up, and go to this directory and select the ep_pak_dir.vpk in the hl2 directory -- sample below: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Half-Life 2\ep2\ep2_pak_dir.vpk (replace C with wherever these files are stored on your hard drive). You will need to right click and extract the two folders that contain all the missing crap. Right click Materials and extract to your hard drive, then right click models and extract to the same place. Just have 'em handly so make sure they're easy to find. Now, here's the important part. Go to your Nightmare House 2 folder (NH2) and Rename the Models and Materials folder to something else. These are not the folders you just extracted, these are the original Nightmare House 2 Materials and Models folders. Now that those are safely renamed, , put the Models and Materials folder you just extracted with GCFSscape into the Nightmare House 2 folder - the same folder that has the renamed versions. Now open your RENAMED Material folder and select all and copy all the contents to your new Material Folder, and if it prompts you to overwrite any files, you say YES. Now repeat the same procedure with the models folder. Done. You now should have all the missing textures and models. Note: I don't know if this made a difference, but I also copied the missing Surfaceproperties-ep2.txt to the Half Life 2 (HL2) Scripts folder as well, in case Nightmare House 2 looked for it there. In any case, the real nightmare is over. Hope this helps - JCat
  2. EDITED - Ignore, I think I have figured it out and if it works, I will post the instructions.
  3. Getting the same error for Nightmare House 2, as well as Hellsound Dreams. These are the only two mods I cannot get to work since whatever Steam did when they updated.