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Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 9:53 pm UTC
by aaron
it sometimes happen, i've seen a spy's body explode when i just shot them in the head with the ambassador

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 12:13 am UTC
by Ulmo
The new unlock system is reaaaallllyy annoying! I fail to see how idling to get weapons is better than achievement farming :(.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 12:26 am UTC
by aaron
okay so the dead ringer is officially too awesome for words. just spent the last half-hour farming some poor server on pl_hoodoo. alltalk was on, and they were getting SO FRUSTRATED, i couldn't help but just laugh and laugh

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Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 1:42 am UTC
by Ishindri
New update. http://store.steampowered.com/news/2540/

Steampowered wrote: * The Ambassador now does full critical hits on headshots, instead of mini crits
* The Dead Ringer now fully drains the cloak meter, even if the Spy leaves cloak early
* Fixed Spy disguise menu not being visible in HUD minimal mode
* Server log improvements:
o Added "player_extinguish" event for servers to log when a Pyro extinguishes flame with the airburst
o Fixed kill descriptions for Force-A-Nature & Sandman, so server logs can distinguish them
o Identified feign deaths in the events sent to server logs
* Fixed server crash related to the Jarate


I can take the Dead Ringer nerf, and this solves basically all my problems with the update, besides the broken unlock system.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 4:06 am UTC
by aion7
Steampowered wrote: * Fixed server crash related to the Jarate



Wait, what?

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 4:12 am UTC
by Firnagzen
aion7 wrote:
Steampowered wrote: * Fixed server crash related to the Jarate



Wait, what?


Someone spilled the stuff on the servers.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 5:42 am UTC
by EdgarJPublius
so, that makes two updates so far without fixing the blatantly and admittedly broken 'random' unlock system. :evil:

Someone will pay in blood for my continuing inability to experience any of the new content first hand.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 5:53 am UTC
by aaron
go idle. the one unlock i've really wanted (dead ringer) was when i stepped into an idle server

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 7:11 am UTC
by EdgarJPublius
I haven't tried an Idle server yet (I still have hope that Valve will fix the problem sometime this week) but I have played enough to figure out that I'm probably one of the few that are screwed until there's a fix, after the first few hours (when I got two items I already had) I haven't gotten anything, new or old.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 10:30 am UTC
by Uber_Apple
i have a feeling that the game gives you what you DONT particularly want. At first i really wanted the sniper stuff but after 2 or 3 days i got bored and just started playing normally and i got both jarate and huntsman within and hour. Then after that i decided i REALLY wanted one of the new spy watches and didn't cae much for ambassador. after 6 hours...Vivek has found Ambassador. Gargh! even when you get a new weapon you still feel cheated by this system

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 10:48 am UTC
by Toeofdoom
I'll sum my current mood up:

RAGE RAGE FUCK YOU VALVE RAGE GIVE ME SOME NEW SHIT ALREADY

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 10:57 am UTC
by Naurgul
This game needs a horadric cube equivalent: Put three weapons of one tier (main, alter, melee) and get a random new one of the same tier that is not any of the ingredients. :P

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 12:20 pm UTC
by Upsilon
Shortly after finding the Huntsman I found a Sniper hat! If trading were in I'd probably trade the hat for another class's hat, though. I don't play Sniper much.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 1:53 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
Vivek wrote:i have a feeling that the game gives you what you DONT particularly want.
Randomization does not have the ability to read your mind.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 3:59 pm UTC
by Rakysh
That's exactly what it wants you to think.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 5:02 pm UTC
by Amnesiasoft
But psuedorandom does!

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 7:28 pm UTC
by Wolf
I'm actually finding the unlock system a bit frustrating. I thought I would enjoy it, but playing for hours and gaining nothing is frustrating. Plus, I had zero unlocks, so I should have been getting all sorts of new things, right? Wrong. I've only gotten three drops, and one of them was a second Dead Ringer. Augh.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 7:36 pm UTC
by ArchangelShrike
See, if you play with the intention to unlock things, the game will figure that out and punish you appropriately. If you play to have fun, things go by a lot easier as you burn up stupid spies and snipers everywhere. It's like watching a pot - it won't boil faster if you keep staring at it.

(Has all the unlocks he wants)

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 7:50 pm UTC
by Wolf
ArchangelShrike wrote:See, if you play with the intention to unlock things, the game will figure that out and punish you appropriately. If you play to have fun, things go by a lot easier as you burn up stupid spies and snipers everywhere. It's like watching a pot - it won't boil faster if you keep staring at it.

(Has all the unlocks he wants)

Fair enough. I think I was partially frustrated because the server I last played on wasn't that good.

Also, random question time: has anyone else had their server list turned from the very functional text-based list to the pretty-but-kinda-sucky more graphical one, where you can't do nice things like sort by number of players? And more importantly, do they know how to turn the latter mode off?

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 7:54 pm UTC
by Ishindri
There's a checkbox in the lower left corner, I think. Something about quick list.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 9:19 pm UTC
by ArgonV
Yeah, there's a check box somewhere. I thought it was labelled preview or something.

Anyway, uncheck it and you should get some usable info :wink:

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 4:45 am UTC
by EdgarJPublius
well, the floodgates opened for me, sort of. I now have several extra KGBs, an extra sandvich and an extra Bonk.

But I also have a single, glorious Ambassador, the one new weapon I wanted most.

Whether this means the system has been fixed or that I just have hit a lucky streak I dunno, but I hope for everyone else's sake it's the former.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 5:54 am UTC
by Jorpho
Ooh, newsworthy.
Up until last week...TF2 was hitting maximum concurrency numbers of 32,000 players; over Memorial Day weekend, however, that more than doubled to 68,000. (The single best sales day was also last weekend.)

http://www.salon.com/tech/giga_om/onlin ... opularity/

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 2:38 pm UTC
by headprogrammingczar
Holy shit that is a huge player-base increase.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 2:56 pm UTC
by Ishindri
Finally, FINALLY getting items. I had to:

1) Log into Steam friends (this part has been officially verified as necessary)
2) Change my in-game name to match my Steam username (i.e. remove clan tags)

I don't know if this will work for you, but it's what works for me. Got Jarate and the Huntsman so far.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 3:53 pm UTC
by Torvaun
I've been getting items without step 2.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 5:13 pm UTC
by EdgarJPublius
I had been logged in to Steam friends, but I only started getting items with what I would consider a reasonable frequency last night (haven't checked to see if that will continue to day)

My in-game name and steam username are not even similar, so I don't think that has any effect.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 11:54 pm UTC
by guyy
Ishindri wrote:Finally, FINALLY getting items. I had to:

1) Log into Steam friends (this part has been officially verified as necessary)
2) Change my in-game name to match my Steam username (i.e. remove clan tags)

I don't know if this will work for you, but it's what works for me. Got Jarate and the Huntsman so far.


Just a coincidence, I think. My Steam username and in-game name are completely different, but I've gotten lots of items (most of which I already had). Whatever works, though, I guess.

And I finally got Jarate, so now I must go throw some pee on my enemies. :D

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 3:39 am UTC
by Vaniver
I hear reports that there is a console command to unlock items for people. Anyone else heard of this?

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 5:04 am UTC
by Amnesiasoft
I heard once long ago there was one...then it was removed and everyone who used it got there items removed and were temporarily banned from getting them.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 8:32 am UTC
by Naurgul
A long time ago, there used to be a command that unlocked achievements which as a result unlocked weapons, but it was quickly removed. Now there's just an exploit that lets you pretend you get items; that is, it just prints the message "Player X found item Y".

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 10:09 am UTC
by el_loco_avs
I havne't gotten anything so far.

Only got my first two pyro unlocks a month or so ago.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 2:00 pm UTC
by jerdak
ArchangelShrike wrote:See, if you play with the intention to unlock things, the game will figure that out and punish you appropriately. If you play to have fun, things go by a lot easier as you burn up stupid spies and snipers everywhere. It's like watching a pot - it won't boil faster if you keep staring at it.

(Has all the unlocks he wants)


No but idling in an achievement_idle server for 10 hours at a stretch will net me all the items I want too, and while I sleep. Hopefully valve will implement the "- Giving players a method to influence the system so they can work directly toward getting specific items" action item on their website.

I'm only missing one item and I played maybe 3 hours over memorial day weekend. Before bed I just boot up my dedicated and join it with my tf2 client. Hours later and many happy returns on items.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 9:24 pm UTC
by aaron
i'm running this program that fakes idling so you can get unlocks. the guy who wrote sourcemod programmed it, so i'm pretty ok with running it on my computer. it's only netted me 2 nataschas, a kritzkrieg and a kgb though :(

wtb huntsman, it's the only new unlock i don't have.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 11:44 pm UTC
by Ishindri
New update.

* Added Sniper/Spy milestone achievements as an additional way players can get the new unlockables
* Arena Mode
o Added tf_arena_use_queue server convar. Turn this on to get the old queue behavior. Default is off
o Added tf_arena_round_time to set a timelimit on the round
* Added the userid of the player who built the teleporter to the "player_teleported" event
* Fixed player killed event causing server crash
* Fixed Spies not being telefragged when standing on an enemy teleporter exit with the Dead Ringer enabled
* Fixed attackers seeing the mini-crit particle effect for full crits if the victim has the Jarate effect enabled
* Fixed the Ambassador not doing damage to buildings
* Fixed Spies disguised as their own team not drawing blood effects
* Fixed players killed by flaming arrows not showing the appropriate death icon


Apparently, these milestones are for lower numbers of achievements as well - 5, 10, and 15 (not counting milestones).

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Sat May 30, 2009 12:08 am UTC
by headprogrammingczar
...wait...
Flaming arrows?

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Sat May 30, 2009 12:27 am UTC
by Ishindri
Yeah. When an arrow is drawn back on the Huntsman, a friendly Pyro can light it on fire. Extra damage and ignites enemies.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Sat May 30, 2009 1:04 am UTC
by EdgarJPublius
so, I sign in and bam, three spy milestone achievements at once, no I have five spy items (duplicate Ambassador and Dead Ringer), Still no sexy Fedora though :(

Still, no more need for idle servers :D

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Sat May 30, 2009 1:33 am UTC
by Ishindri
Woooooooo the Ambassador is awesome. My aiming skills suck, though.

Re: Team Fortress 2

Posted: Sat May 30, 2009 3:19 am UTC
by Wolf
Man, I'm really happy they added in achievements, if only because I had like 17 spy achievements and was happily surprised when suddenly all of the new Spy items ended up in my inventory at once. (I finally got Cloak and Dagger! *excited*). Of course, now I have a duplicate Dead Ringer and a duplicate Ambassador, but I'm not complaining. :D