Warning, a bug!

If you haven't played HL2:Ep2, Handle With Care will stay locked. Fix: type sv_unlockedchapters 15 into the console. Or, play to Chapter 2 of HL2:Ep2. (It's 'cause they sync configs. I've fixed it for Radiator 1-3.)

About The Download:

(53 mb)
(quick and painless EXE)

  • Requires Steam + HL2:Ep2.
  • Includes Radiator 1-1 (Polaris), all-in-one package.
  • Restart Steam after installation!

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Spoiler alert! Liner Notes talk about what happens in the mod / my thoughts / etc. Players also talk back too.

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Vol. 1: "More Matter"

(Issue 1, June 2009) POLARIS: You're stargazing in central California on what could totally be both the lamest and the cheapest date ever.

(Issue 2, July 2009) HANDLE WITH CARE: You're struggling to repress stressful memories while your worthless husband moans and whines to that equally worthless marriage counselor.

More matter with less art.

Madam, I swear I use no art at all
That he's mad, 'tis true, 'tis true 'tis pity,
And pity 'tis 'tis true—a foolish figure,
But farewell it, for I will use no art.

-- Hamlet, II.ii

This mod is about: The short story, play, and poem. First loves. California. Psychological repression. New Orleans. The racket that is couples counseling. Being young, being old. Gay marriage. Homeostasis. Government bureaucracy. Acoustic guitar, contemporary piano, and (maybe) death metal.


VOICE ACTING: Michael James Mostachetti as Dylan, Danni Finneman as both the Therapist and Emily Dickinson, Mike Hillard as James, Victoria Teunissen as Pam.

MUSIC: "Frog in the Well" by Lucas Gonze, "Amnesia 1" by Portside_Brian, "Them Say Piano" by The3amAssociation, "Doom" by Immaculate Fatality

TEXTURES / PROPS: Philip Klevestav (Morning Star props / textures)

PLAYTESTERS, IDEA PEOPLE: Birgir Páll Bjarnason, Justin Chen, Brendon Chung, Tom Edwards, Ryan Field, Adam Foster, Christopher Goetz, Jeff Gonda, Oliver Hobbs, Kochun Hu, Larc Maidlaw, Michael Mostachetti, Matthew Sergi, Gordy Steil, Robin Walker.

LOCALIZATION SUPPORT: [Francais:] Romain Gaullier, Claire Malroux (under Fair Use), Alain Bosquet (under Fair use) [Deutsch:] Danny Kringiel, Lana Kalba, Stefan Kohler, laszlo2, 56er [Espagnol:] Javier Candeira