Map prefixes

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Common traditional naming conventions for maps for some Half-Life and Source games use a small prefix (often two or three letters) followed by an underscore at the beginning of the map name. Ex. "de_dust", where "de_" is the prefix and "dust" is the map name.

Official prefixes are as follows:

Official Games

Counter-Strike, Source & Condition Zero

  • as -> Assassination (Counter-Strike and VIP Mod only)
  • cs -> Hostage rescue
  • de -> Bomb defusal
  • es -> Escape (now defunct, was originally official)

Condition Zero uses enhanced versions of the original Counter-Strike maps denoted with a _cz suffix.

Day of Defeat & DOD:S

  • dod

Deathmatch Classic

  • dmc

Half-Life 2: Deathmatch

  • dm

Ricochet

  • rc

SiN Episodes: Emergence

  • arena
  • se1

Third-Party Mods

Brain Bread

  • bb

Dystopia

  • dys

Empires

  • emp

Garry's Mod

  • gm
  • rp -> Roleplay

Hidden: Source

  • hdn -> Hidden
  • ovr -> Overrun

Natural Selection

  • co -> Combat
  • ns -> Natural Selection (Original)

Sourceforts

  • sf

The Specialists

  • ts

Half-Life 2 CTF

  • ctf -> Capture The Flag
  • dom -> Domination

Zombie Master

  • zm

Other prefixes

In addition, some custom maps will be marked with unofficial prefixes, either to denote its nature or to brand it.

Unclassified

  • aaa
  • conc - Conc maps, using conc grenades on TFC to do a climb/jump sort of map.
  • jp
  • kz - Climing/Jumping
  • nrp
  • rc - Ricochet
  • rwp
  • sa - Snipers Alley

Thematic

  • killbox -> Killbox - DM - A map consisting of at least one box-shaped arena
  • surf -> Surf Map - CS/CS:S/CZ - A map where players surf

Arena

  • aim -> Aim Arena - CS/CS:S/CZ - Teams are restricted to one class of weapon and have no objectives except to kill the other team. Emphasis is placed on a player's aim.
  • awp -> AWP arena - CS/CS:S/CZ - AWPs only
  • fy -> Frag Yard - CS/CS:S/CZ - Arena map with an assortment of weapons on the ground
  • fun -> Fun map - CS/CS:S/CZ - Very odd map with strange objectives, contraptions or other mysterious things.
  • he -> HE Grenade arena - CS/CS:S/CZ - HE grenades only
  • ka -> Knife Arena - CS/CS:S/CZ - Knives only

House mark