One of the original FPS title that let you play LAN multiplayer game is the Half-Life, its been 21 years since the release of this game to Windows by Valve. Now, you’ve been wondering how to play the LAN games without playing with real people, and you just want to play the game nostalgically with some bots.
Half-Life is available on Steam, but for some reason, they didn’t developed their own bot for their LAN games and this leaves for some owners of the game unable to enjoy playing the multiplayer maps like crossfire.
How to use Jumbot 2.4
There are mods available 8 years ago that will still works on the latest version of Half-Life on Steam, this is the Jumbot 2.4 that are currently available on GameBanana at https://gamebanana.com/gamefiles/2592.
Once you’ve downloaded the file, you need to paste the whole Jumbot folder to the installation directory of Half-Life. In our case, our Half-Life directory is at F:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Half-Life, paste the folder in that directory, here’s how it looks like.
(If you don’t know how to look for the installation directory of Half-Life, go to your Steam Library, right click the Half-Life > Properties > Local Files > “Browse Local Files…“.)
Once the Jumbot folder is pasted, still in the Half-Life installation folder, you need to go to the valve folder, and look for the folder maps. In our case its (F:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Half-Life\valve\maps).
Copy the whole maps folder (Half-life\valve\maps) and paste it inside the Jumbot folder. In our case its (F:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Half-Life\Jumbot). The pasted map folder should look like these.
The mod Jumbot and maps is now in placed, the other things we need to do now is to launch the Jumbot on the Half-life game.
How to Play with Bots
To run Jumbot with the Half-life game, you need to add some start up launch option to play it. To do that, same as looking for folder, you need to go to your Steam Library, then look for the Half-Life game.
Right click on the Half-Life, then click Properties.
Then at the General Tabs, click the SET LAUNCH OPTIONS….
Then at the provided text box, add this code “-game Jumbot“, without the parenthesis. Once done, press the OK button. It should look like this.
You’re done, launch the Half-Life game and Create Server > Select the map like Crossfire. Then click Start.
Once the game is loaded, the bots will be added and you’ll be able to play with them offline.
By default, you’ll be playing with 3 bots. If you want to configure how you’d like to play with the bot, just look for the Jumbot.cfg file at the Jumbot folder and edit it.
For example, if you want 15 bots, change the bot_num 3 to bot_num 15. There are also other settings that you can change in the file.
For changing the name of the bot, just edit the bots.cfg file. Format is “<bot number> <name> <model> <shirt color> <pants color> <skill level (1-4)>”. For example: “bot1 GamingPH barney 30 6 3“
Here are the list of model name in Half-life:
There is no limit of adding bot, you can put 200 bots or more, if above 90, you need to edit large_bots.cfg for changing their names. It will only depends on how powerful your CPU can handle.