Community Announcements - Chet


The Extended Mutation System, Linux support, and other features and fixes are moving to Left 4 Dead 2 proper. Thanks to everyone who helped test all the changes in the Beta Build. You can find a complete list of the change notes here.

Linux
The Linux conversion is ready for primetime so we are opening it up to more people and releasing it officially on Steam. This will let us get feedback on more builds and distros.

SteamPipe
Some of you may have noticed a quick update to your game last week. That was our conversion over to SteamPipe. For L4D2 it was quick and painless as our system was already using VPKs. What does this change mean? For server operators there is an easier update path and smaller downloads. For clients, we have improved the downloading experience and you can now install L4D2 on any drive. You can get more details on the support page.

Extended Mutation System.
The EMS takes the current idea of mutations and mutates it into a powerful tool for modders. They have been busy at work creating a bunch of new Mutation and game modes that will begin to be uploaded to the L4D2 workshop today. With names like Vicious Infected, Boomer Peril, Stranded, Vampirism, Plague of the Dead, Zombie Run, and Tiny Terror, there is something for everyone.

Later this week, we will highlight some of our favorites.

For now, make sure to checkout Holdout. It is a multi-map Mutation that includes the concept of resources and buildable items. It was created to showcase some of the functionality of EMS and as a byproduct, it is pretty damn fun.

You can find our original EMS blog post here, or jump into the developer wiki here. If you want to get cracking on it, you can also join in on the discussion here.

We will be adding the most popular EMS creations to the official servers.
L4D Blog


The Extended Mutation System, Linux support, and other features and fixes are moving to Left 4 Dead 2 proper. Thanks to everyone who helped test all the changes in the Beta Build. You can find a complete list of the change notes here.



Linux

The Linux conversion is ready for primetime so we are opening it up to more people and releasing it officially on Steam. This will let us get feedback on more builds and distros.



SteamPipe

Some of you may have noticed a quick update to your game last week. That was our conversion over to SteamPipe. For L4D2 it was quick and painless as our system was already using VPKs. What does this change mean? For server operators there is an easier update path and smaller downloads. For clients, we have improved the downloading experience and you can now install L4D2 on any drive. You can get more details on the support page.


Jul 2, 2013
Product Update - Valve
This update also include an update to the L4D2 Authoring Tools

- Added the Extended Mutation System
- Included demo EMS modes Holdout, Dash, L4D1
- Added support for Linux

- Server operators can now specify whether or not custom content is allowed when playing on their servers. This can be set on a per game mode basis – see cfg/addonconfig.cfg for details.

- Fixed yellow screen corruption that occurs on AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series hardware.
- Updated database to include video cards from the Steam survey through April 2013.

Add-ons
- If a found game is using a Mutation add-on from the workshop, the "Download Add-on" button will open the workshop page
- Adjusted add-on sorting when loading the main menu so Mutation add-ons can override UI elements.
- Reworked add-on management to improve stability and properly support custom mutations.
- Fixed the download progress panel sometimes not updating because it was referencing a different file than the one currently downloading.
- Added a drop-down menu to the add-on screen to filter by tags.
- Fixed occasional focus problem when clicking on the Addons list panel.
- Allow keyboard scrolling of the Addons list panel.

Publishing Tools
- Fixed published file browser not updating after publishing new content.
- Fixed published file browser showing only the first fifty items of a users workshop.
- Fixed upload tool throwing an error when replacing an existing file, if the file size was greater than the available space in the cloud.
- Fixed upload tool sometimes showing an error dialog for files that had been deleted from workshop.
PC Gamer
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Just as promised, Steam Trading Cards is now live. The virtual cards can be earned by playing participating games on Steam, trading with other users, or buying on the Steam Marketplace. Complete a set to create a badge, earn rewards and XP, and level up. The user with the highest Steam level at the end of the year gets to high five Gabe Newell while announcing Half-Life 3. In space.



In other true facts, I'm already hearing from users playing the Steam marketplace to profit off the cards' initial popularity. One user I spoke to has been buying low and selling high to pad his Steam wallet, even creating scarcity by buying up low-value cards in quantity. I'll keep an eye on marketplace prices as more users start trading the collectibles.



I was hoping to find a good deal on a 1952 Mickey Mantle card, but unfortunately, baseball isn't a participating game. You can see which of the games you own are participating here.
PC Gamer
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Here at PC Gamer we like to play PC games. Sometimes, we even like to play them with other people. That’s why we’ve got a huge lineup of game servers hosted by GameServers.com. Feel free to hop on whenever, or join us on Community Friday or during our other random events.



All servers hosted in the US. We'll update this list with PC Gamer UK's servers as soon as possible.

CS:GO Arms Race





The in-game matchmaking system only lets 10 players duke it out in Arms Race. Our server has room for 24 players with the latest and greatest custom Arms Race-compatible maps from the Steam Workshop.

CS:GO Classic Casual





Our very first community events took place on the server we like to call: The Psychedelic Den of Map Experimentation. Try out some of the best maps available on the Steam workshop in our 24-player, 128 tick server.

Rising Storm





Join the Axis or Allies as we battle it out on PCG’s Rising Storm server. Territories mode is the name of the game with our soon-to-be ranked server.

Battlefield 3





Vehicle enthusiasts can drive around in our 64-player Battlefield 3 server. Watch out for mortars!

DayZ





Part of the public hive, our DayZ server is a great place for you to scavenge for loot, meet new friends, or hunt down some bandit scum.

Minecraft





A 32-player Minecraft server with the Tekkit Classic mod installed. Download the Tekkit client before jumping on to play!

Team Fortress 2





Show off your hats and other accessories on the PCG TF2 server. We’re running the official maplist with support for 24 players.

Left 4 Dead 2





If you’re looking for a reliable dedicated server for your co-op zombie escapades, look no further than the PCG 8-man Left 4 Dead 2 server. Pick your favorite flavor of L4D2 and murder some zombies.

Unreal Tournament 2004





A staple of the PCG offices, now you too can join in on the fun with our 32-player UT2K4 server.

GoldenEye: Source





If it wasn’t already clear, PCG loves mods. In fact, we love them so much that we’ve set up a 16 player GoldenEye: Source server for you guys to play on.

Natural Selection 2





For whatever reason there’s a 10-slot maximum on our Natural Selection 2 server. We like to think that this encourages teamwork.

Killing Floor





Another co-op zombie classic, jump into our 6-player Killing Floor server to play with other PCG community members.



If you’ve got server requests, plugins, mods, or other suggestions, email jake@pcgamer.com or ben@pcgamer.com.
Community Announcements - Chet

Left 4 Dead 2 now has trading cards.

If you are in the beta, you can view them in your profile under badges. While we love that the community created their own cards in lieu of L4D2 being in the first batch of cards, our first series is concentrated on the Special Infected and in the style of the Mutations.

How do you earn the cards?

You receive 4 card drops for owning L4D2. A card drop earns you the right to receive a card by playing the game. You can get four cards to drop by playing L4D2. One problem, you can only get 4 this way. To get the complete 8 you need to trade among friends or even strangers. Who knows, you might even meet your new best L4D2 friend ever trading. You two realize you have more than L4D2 in common, get married, settle down, raise a family and then complete your set when your third son earns the Spitter Card and trades it to you.

What happens when you complete all 8? You can craft an L4D2 badge and earn an L4D2 emoticon item, profile background, chance to get a discount coupon, and 100XP for your steam level.

If you have more questions, we have this extensive FAQ to help explain the entire system to you. So read it. We will be asking for a book report on it next week.
L4D Blog
Community Announcements - Chet

This week we updated both the L4D2 Beta and L4D2. As we get closer to the Linux release, we will continue to merge in some outstanding bug fixes and issues we have been working on.

Thanks to everyone playing the Beta and helping us test. The update today consists of changes that were tested in the Beta. Check here for the complete change list for the Beta and the patch notes for today’s L4D2 update are available here.

We have seen some discussions about some of the sample Mutations with shipped with the Beta. Some of these like Holdout are fully formed game modes. Others are tests or example code for other people to play around with.

A good example is with the L4D1 Mutation. It is a sample Mutation to show how easy it is to change the game. Don’t like some of the choices? Change them. The code below is the script file for that mode – 52 lines of script. You can see how simple, yet powerful the new scripting mode is. For more information visit the L4D2 EMS Wiki.

Msg("Activating Mutation L4D1\n");
DirectorOptions <-
{
ActiveChallenge = 1
SpitterLimit = 0
JockeyLimit = 0
ChargerLimit = 0
weaponsToConvert =
{
weapon_shotgun_spas = "weapon_autoshotgun_spawn"
weapon_defibrillator = "weapon_first_aid_kit_spawn"
weapon_ammo_pack = "weapon_first_aid_kit_spawn"
weapon_sniper_awp = "weapon_hunting_rifle_spawn"
weapon_sniper_military = "weapon_hunting_rifle_spawn"
weapon_sniper_scout = "weapon_hunting_rifle_spawn"
weapon_vomitjar = "weapon_molotov_spawn"
weapon_adrenaline = "weapon_pain_pills_spawn"
weapon_pistol_magnum = "weapon_pistol_spawn"
weapon_shotgun_chrome = "weapon_pumpshotgun_spawn"
weapon_rifle_ak47 = "weapon_rifle_spawn"
weapon_rifle_desert = "weapon_rifle_spawn"
weapon_rifle_m60 = "weapon_rifle_spawn"
weapon_rifle_sg552 = "weapon_rifle_spawn"
weapon_smg_mp5 = "weapon_smg_spawn"
weapon_smg_silenced = "weapon_smg_spawn"
}
function ConvertWeaponSpawn( classname )
{
if ( classname in weaponsToConvert )
{
return weaponsToConvert[classname];
}
return 0;
}
weaponsToRemove =
{
weapon_grenade_launcher = 0
weapon_chainsaw = 0
weapon_melee = 0
weapon_upgradepack_explosive = 0
weapon_upgradepack_incendiary = 0
upgrade_item = 0
}
function AllowWeaponSpawn( classname )
{
if ( classname in weaponsToRemove )
{
return false;
}
return true;
}
}

L4D Blog

This week we updated both the L4D2 Beta and L4D2. As we get closer to the Linux release, we will continue to merge in some outstanding bug fixes and issues we have been working on.



Thanks to everyone playing the Beta and helping us test. The update today consists of changes that were tested in the Beta. Check here for the complete change list for the Beta and the patch notes for today s L4D2 update are available here.



We have seen some discussions about some of the sample Mutations with shipped with the Beta. Some of these like Holdout are fully formed game modes. Others are tests or example code for other people to play around with.



A good example is with the L4D1 Mutation. It is a sample Mutation to show how easy it is to change the game. Don t like some of the choices? Change them. The code below is the script file for that mode 52 lines of script. You can see how simple, yet powerful the new scripting mode is. For more information visit the L4D2 EMS Wiki.
Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is a jolly fascinating place but too expensive to visit and far too terrifying to tour virtually in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. Thankfully, some kindly modders are treating us to a slightly friendlier whistlestop tour of Pripyat with Dniepr, a Left 4 Dead 2 custom campaign released today after three years of development.

The four-chapter campaign is based upon the abandoned city of Pripyat, mixing real places with slightly less real ones. Dniepr also includes loads of custom models, textures, sounds, and music. As well as plain old co-op monster-mashing, it also brings Versus and Survival fun.

Download Dniepr from Steam Workshop, awkwardly split into loads of little pieces, and visit the official site for more information. Also, look, trailer:

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