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Just getting started with Black Mesa. Before I go smashing all wooden crates I see with the crowbar, I would like to know: Do the wooden crates contain supplies?

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Why would you ever consider not smashing all the crates? Even if they had nothing inside of them, crates deserve smashing. – Daniel DiPaolo Sep 18 '12 at 21:30
@Daniel "... crates deserve smashing." Be careful of the crates marked 'Explosive', though. – galacticninja Sep 20 '12 at 3:08
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James Kane, one of the developers of Black Mesa Source has been quoted saying the following;

We already have a crate which is unique to all others which gives supplies, but are very limited in locations. However, standard crates in all the variants may contain goodies, junk, or air. It is our decision to keep it as such for rewarding players who like to explore, examine, and break random crap.

image of crates

A special undisclosed crate will give supplies but standard crates may contain either goodies, junk, or air (type regardless)

Black Mesa: Source Props & Textures

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Good to know. I had just assumed they all contained air. – MBraedley Sep 18 '12 at 11:43
@MBraedley - Same here, it wasn't til near the end that I realized they contained useful items instead of just junk. – SaintWacko Sep 18 '12 at 12:38
Has anyone found out what or where that "special undisclosed crate" is? – galacticninja Oct 6 '12 at 9:58

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