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Frontline Force (FLF) was a total conversion Half-Life mod developed by Adrian Finol in 2000. Finol created a unique mod that focused on intense, fast paced game-play that set it apart from other total conversion mods. Finol's goal was to create an online first person shooter that was more 'team based' than Counter-Strike, with bonuses for acting with team mates.
Several versions were created under Finol's lead, each one adding new features and tweaking the game-play. In late 2001, Finol handed the FLF torch to Dave Dynerman so that he could start a new career with Valve Software. Several key contributors of the original FLF team now work for Valve.
Under the lead of Dynerman, FLF went through several upgrades, resulting in even more versions. Dynerman went on to join Raven Software early in 2003 and Tony Sergi took over as the lead coder.
Sergi created many versions for FLF, although not all became public. As the release of Half-Life 2 approached Sergi, along with the development team, faced a difficult decision. A great deal of time and work from all aspects had gone in to the most recent unreleased versions of FLF (1.9 and Defiance), but the mod would have a hard time competing with other mods that were moving to the Half-Life 2 Source engine. Faced with a declining player base and only a handful of members left, the development team with real lifetime constraints for some, put further FLF work on hold.