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For decades, humanity looked at the common baseball hat and just saw a thing you put on your head. It took a special kind of person to look at it and think, "I could attach beer cans to the sides of that thing so I'll have my hands free to hold two additional beers." It took a special kind of person to look at a t-shirt and realize, "I could draw a tuxedo on that t-shirt and trick people into thinking I'm wearing a tuxedo."




Who were these people? Drunk idiots, mostly. But also visionaries. And now we're giving the Team Fortress 2 community the chance to join that pantheon. How? By submitting your t-shirt and poster designs to be voted on by the Team Fortress 2 community. Simply navigate to the Merchandise tab in the Team Fortress 2 Workshop.




Once the votes are in, we ll curate the top-rated entries, and the best of the best designs will be made available as official merchandise at the Valve Store and various online retailers. You won't just be ensuring your place in history: You'll also get paid a handsome royalty for every unit sold. (For more info on submitting your designs, visit the FAQ.)




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An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:


  • Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date
  • Added Crate #84 and Crate #85 to the drop list
  • Added a new promo item
  • Fixed a Mann vs. Machine dedicated server crash
  • Fixed materials not refreshing correctly in the Steam Workshop item import tool
  • Fixed a bug where cloaked Spies would be visible to some players
  • Fixed an exploit where Engineers could build level 3 mini-sentries
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated the backpack page buttons to indicate how many items the pages contain
  • Updated Hammer to add a new Normal Mode for the Sculpt tool

    • "Screen XY" automatically chooses the axis most aligned with current view's XY axis for push/pull displacement editing

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An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:


  • Dedicated server performance/stability improvements
  • Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date
  • Added missing photos/thumb images for koth_badlands
  • Fixed a client crash related to the snd_restart command for Linux clients
  • Fixed a dedicated server crash related to arrows
  • Fixed the Bolt Boy using the wrong material for the Blu team
  • Improved memory usage for Linux clients
  • Updated the Restart Game and Scramble Teams votes to always have a mandatory cool-down period
  • Updated sv_memlimit to not be marked as a cheat convar

    • Added sv_minuptimelimit and sv_maxuptimelimit to manage the server restart window

  • Updated the equip_regions for the Mustachioed Mann, Ze Ubermensch, and Vive La France
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated pl_cactuscanyon

    • Removed rollback leading to the final capture point in stage 2
    • Reworked fence position on forward spawn building in stage 2
    • Expanded back alley near the final capture point in stage 2
    • Expanded back pathway near the final capture point in stage 1
    • Added small room inside building half way up the zig-zag in stage 1
    • Adjusted health kits and ammo packs
    • Adjusted spawn times in stage 1 and 2

  • Updated rd_asteroid

    • Widened left side spawn exit
    • Players can no longer build inside the staircase near A robots
    • Fixed sticky stair collision when coming out of the water near B robots
    • Changed medium health kit near the C robots to a small health kit
    • Removed "alert" from voice over lines that announce your team has dropped the reactor core
    • Fixed missing patch overlay under small health near center bridge

Aug 7, 2014
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Pete "CUBE" Wilkins and Andrew "BoneS" Luther have directed an incredibly engaging film called the i49 TF2 Fragumentary, which takes viewers on a journey through Team Fortress 2's biggest LAN Tournament ever, Insomnia49. The doc is packed full of event footage, player interviews and, of course, lots and lots of frags. The trailer is available here.


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An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:


  • Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date
  • Fixed projectiles causing teleporter exits to detonate
  • Fixed the Huntsman not firing after being charged in the air and landing on the ground while using cl_autoreload
  • Fixed teammates blocking the removal of sappers when using the Homewrecker, Maul, and Neon Annihilator
  • Fixed a bug with the Gloves of Running Urgently that increased the marked for death time to 5 seconds instead of 3
  • Fixed a bug related to orphaned marked for death particles
  • Updated the target ID to be hidden while taunting
  • Updated the Bolt Boy to have two styles like the Bonk Boy
  • Updated the equip_regions for the Bonk Boy and the Bolt Boy
  • Updated the materials for the Boo Balloon
  • Updated pl_cactuscanyon

    • Added stage 3
    • Limited Red flanking route near cliff to Blu spawn in stage 1
    • Added health and ammo inside underpass by Blu spawn in stage 1
    • Adjusted spawn times in stage 2
    • Adjusted health and ammo packs

  • Updated rd_asteroid

    • Mode changes

      • Updated HUD layout
      • Fixed a bug that would prevent players from picking up the reactor core
      • Teams will now spawn 70% faster if their C robots are dead

    • Map changes

      • Fixed unbalanced ammo kits in Blu base near the vault
      • Added flashing light in the vault that will activate when a player is stealing points
      • Added larger one way glass windows to spawn exit doors
      • Added small ammo pack to top of the stairs at the cave exit
      • Shortened length of pipes in vents that require players to crouch
      • Increased track length for A robots. This is to provide more angles of attack.
      • Extended flat area near left spawn exit for Engineers to build teleporters
      • Lowered the health for the A robots from 500 to 300
      • Fixed a bug where the power supply would not disable the flashing alarms when it was captured

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An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:


  • Fixed a client crash related to the CTF HUD
  • Fixed the CTF HUD not updating properly
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An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:


  • Fixed a case where move speeds could be exploited using player view angles
  • Fixed an exploit related to Bonk! Atomic Punch and Crit-a-Cola
  • Fixed cosmetic items not using the correct team skins when attached to ragdolls
  • Fixed a bug related to cancelling the Eureka Effect taunt and teleporting immediately
  • Fixed baseballs causing teleporter exits to detonate
  • Updated The Five-Month Shadow to fix a paint-related problem
  • Updated The Merc's Mohawk so it can be equipped by all classes
  • Updated the equip_region for the Exquisite Rack
  • Updated beta map pl_cactuscanyon

    • Redesigned the alternate window route over the choke point by stage 2 capture point 1
    • Window overlooking second stage final capture point is now a doorway
    • Removed stairs leading to back barn in stage 2 near final capture point
    • Back alley behind water tank in stage 2 is now a 1-way drop down
    • Added small health pack in the small room off the back stairwell flank near stage 1 capture point 2
    • Fixed players building in spawn rooms

  • Updated beta map rd_asteroid

    • Mode changes

      • Players must steal at least 25 points before they can leave the vault with the reactor core
      • Updated power core pick up sound
      • Updated robot death effects and sounds
      • Updated HUD layout

    • Map changes

      • Layout has been adjusted with the overall goal of increasing players ability to participate in creating points for their team
      • Added terrain path and cave entrance under mid bridge. Exit is located near the large row of windows. Cave contains a medium health pack
      • Widened play space near cave exit leading into large row of windows
      • Added small ammo pack to underwater flank that leads to enemy reactor vault
      • Added small health kit to staging area before the interior battlements
      • Reduced ammo pack near vault from full to medium
      • Added alcove near front door staging area
      • Robots have been rearranged

        • A robots now circle the staircase near the front door
        • B robots now roam the interior bridge above the water

      • Enabled flashing lights when a team's power reactor has been stolen
      • Fixed broken stair collision when exiting the water near the bridge. In some cases it would push players back into the water.
      • Added player blocker to ledge above exterior battlements
      • Widened glass tunnel flank doorway near C robots
      • Increased attackers spawn time by 1 second

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The folks over at Source Filmmaker have just announced the Fourth Annual Saxxy Awards, and in the process dropped a bombshell: they've also added a Portal content pack as SFM DLC, and invited the Portal community to submit Portal videos to the Saxxy Awards for the first time. This means that this year more than ever, Team Fortress will be forced to compete on the same Saxxy Awards stage as Portal. And this could spell trouble for the Saxxy Awards janitors, since the resulting bloodbath from the absolute creative eviscerating TF2's going to give the Portal community will clog up the drainage system for weeks.




But the time for big talking is over. Now it's time for action. And that means us leaving the stage after all the fun big talking and letting you do all the actual work. Check out the Source Filmmaker blog for rules and more details on the Saxxy Awards. And remember: Portals are just holes. You know what else are just holes? Toilets. Anyway, good luck to Toilet 2.



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The TF2 Retrospective event is taking place from July 23rd to July 27th at the sold-out Euskal Encounter XXII in Bilbao, Spain! Organized by the Bad Wolf team, Retrospective is a massive LAN tournament with over 150 players already signed up from Canada, Ireland, Russia, France and more. Check it out live on exTV this Thursday!



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An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:


  • Fixed a client crash related to particle effects
  • Fixed the quickplay menu not remembering the Advanced Options settings after using the Play Beta Maps option
  • Fixed the Festive Sapper not having a skin for the Blu team
  • Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date
  • Added a Headset style for the Greased Lightning
  • Updated the Conga taunt to play sounds on the client instead of the server
  • Updated several materials to fix issues caused by mat_picmip
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated beta map pl_cactuscanyon

    • Redesign of the first half of stage 2. Blu team now pushes up the first hill
    • Removed the death pit in the first barn building of stage 1
    • Ammo increased in stage 2
    • Fixed Red building in the spawn room of stage 2

  • Updated beta map rd_asteroid

    • Mode changes

      • Power Cores and Reactor Cores now add their point value to a team's score over time
      • Reduced the rate at which points can be stolen from 15 per second to 10 per second
      • Robots now heal 5 health per second to nearby friendly players
      • The HUD has been reworked

        • Inverted the layout to better represent the layout of the level
        • Added progress bars to represent each team's score
        • Potential point gains from stolen reactor cores are now visually represented on the score progress bars
        • Thief icon now moves across the score board relative to the thief's position in the level
        • Updated thief icon to represent both the color of the power core stolen and the color of the thief's team

      • Added new strings to the win panel that explain why the team won
      • Replaced the current "points being stolen" sound with a new sound
      • Added better collision hulls to robot models
      • Reworked robot skins to reduce similarity to the Ubercharged skin
      • Sentry guns no longer target Ubercharged robots

    • Map changes

      • Layout has been adjusted with the overall goal of improving visibility of teammates
      • Removed spawn teleporter
      • Reduced map size by removing the front lobby and cave sections
      • Added terrain paths on the sides of the mid bridge
      • Increased width of the mid bridge
      • Removed doors that locked when A and B robots were active
      • Robots have been rearranged:

        • A robots now roam the bridge above the water
        • B robots now roam around the floor in front of the vault
        • C robots now roam around the upper deck

      • Added more line of sight blockers to the water room to provide better cover during combat engagements
      • Reduced travel time for the water flanking route under the interior bridge
      • Added a drop down to enter the water room from the front door staging area
      • Increased size of the glass room near C robots to provide flanking cover to use against sentries that are placed at the corner of the upper deck
      • Increased width of vault corridors
      • Reworked vent route that leads to the vault, no longer need to crouch jump on exit
      • Moved left spawn exit forward to reduce effectiveness of spawn camping
      • Added a resupply cabinet to the right side spawn exit
      • Re-positioned health and ammo pickup locations
      • Added ramp collision to stairs
      • Changed setup time from 60 seconds to 40 seconds
      • Changed power reactor max return time from 90 seconds to 60 seconds
      • Fixed gap in the death pit that allowed players to survive

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