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I've got GMod and just about every mainstream Valve game excepting CS:S. I'd like to play Prop Hunt, a GMod game mode. Is it possible to play Prop Hunt without CS:S, possibly by obtaining the files?

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if an answer comes up later and works don't forget to choose it so others who view the page see it as a solution. That viewed counter to the right grows daily and I'm afraid that people are reading the current 'answer' and not playing Prop Hunt! – Hashbrown Sep 24 '13 at 8:37
I was wondering if I should have waited for more upvotes. Marked you as the answer, thanks. – iananananan Sep 25 '13 at 23:39
glad to help. I came across this question when I was looking for an answer myself, later when I got my G-Mod working I came back to share the good news. – Hashbrown Sep 26 '13 at 0:31
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Yes, you can (even CS:S maps)!

Downloading the appropriate files from here (click on 'Garry Content') as shown in this video will work (He'll show you where to place the files).

It's just textures (and maps, if you need it) for use as an addon to Garry's Mod.

This is completely legal because there is another [more complicated] method listed on the officially affiliated site which not only details in its FAQ why it's legal, but it uses SteamCMD (an official tool from Valve) with the login of anonymous (a free account) to get the files.

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It depends. If the server is running a CS:S map, you probably won't be able to join. (I have CS:S so I can't say for sure) If they are running a map not prefixed for CS:S (de_, cs_, etc.) then you should be fine. However I have friends who have Gmod without CS:S, and they're reported issues. In playing a lot of Gmod gamemodes such as TTT or PH, they will be missing textures used by mapmakers from CS:S to make the map. This results in the map having a lot of missing texture errors and everything appearing as purple and black checkerboard on their screen.

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As an alternate solution, have a friend Steam Family Share CS:S with you or login to his/her account on your computer, and download it. You won't be actually playing the game, but all the necessary files are in place.

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