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Bidwell was taking stock of some of our older merchandise this week and found out some idiot's been using one of our warehouses to store pallets of spoiled mayonnaise. Raccoons all over the place. Fancy Fedoras, Prussian Pickehaubes, Football Helmets -- these items were part of Mann Co. history. Some of them were the first items we ever shipped. They deserved a better end than rotting in a puddle of rotten condiments and raccoon poop, let me tell you.



Here's a complete list of all the stock we lost: BATTER’S HELMET, SOLDIER’S STASH, PYRO’S BEANIE, DEMOMAN’S FRO, FOOTBALL HELMET, MINING LIGHT, PRUSSIAN PICKELHAUBE, TROPHY BELT and FANCY FEDORA. That's right, folks: These hats are gone.



For the next two weeks, we're selling anything in the warehouse that wasn't damaged. Purchase and craft these things while you can, because once the two weeks are up I'm burning the warehouse down. Also, I don't know if you can get rabies from wearing a hat that a raccoon bit, but if you can don't come crying to me about it. If you don't want your hats to give you diseases, don't buy them out of warehouses, that's my advice. That's just one of the reasons I wear as few clothes as possible at all times. Never been sick in my life.



This just got signed by Saxton Hale





Item retirement FAQ





Q: What is happening to this set of nine hats in two weeks?

A: These items will no longer be sold in the store, randomly dropped, unboxed as unusuals, or acquired through crafting.





Q: What happens to copies of these items that are already in my backpack?

A: All existing copies of the items will remain unaffected.





Q: What about older crates that have these items as a potential drop?

A: Crates that contain these items will still have a chance at unboxing them in normal quality only.





Q: How will I now acquire these items?

A: These items are still useable in trading.





Q: Will these items ever come out of retirement?

A: No. Once an item is retired it will stay that way.





Q: Will more items be retired in the future?

A: Advance notice will be given if any other items will be retired.



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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 new promo items
  • Mann Vs. Machine

    • Fixed clients being able to issue mp_tournament_restart, tournament_readystate, and tournament_teamname commands
    • Fixed an exploit that allowed players to stun a mini-boss
    • Updated mvm_bigrock with some new func_nobuild areas

  • Fixed a regression where minicrits were being affected by long-range damage fall-off
  • Fixed a client crash related to arrows and bolts
  • Fixed an exploit where certain player conditions could be used indefinitely
  • Fixed clients seeing incorrect stats during changelevel
  • Fixed the Tomislav playing firing sounds when it wasn't firing
  • Fixed being able to score assists with yourself in certain situations
  • Fixed being able to cross into enemy spawn rooms using the high-five taunt
  • Fixed Festive versions of weapons not completing a set when equipped
  • Fixed a client crash when viewing the Top Sellers tab in the Mann Co. Store
  • Fixed styles not working properly for The Barnstormer
  • Updated The Digit Divulger to allow skin to be seen in the knuckles and wrist area
  • Updated The Cold Killer to add paintability and fix unusual effect placement
  • Genuine-quality items and festive items that are otherwise tradable can now be listed on the Steam Community Market
  • Updated the localization files
Jan 7, 2013
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United Gaming Clans have their Highlander and 6v6 leagues starting up for the spring season openers which start January 21 and January 23 respectively. In addition to the new seasons the UGC has also recently expanded to the Australian region in addition to their Asian, South American, and European regions. Players from any of these regions are encouraged to participate and join the fun! More details can be found on the UGC site.

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The Team Fortress 2 Mix-Up Match charity matches have concluded and the team is actively working on polishing up and uploading the replays. So far the first two have been made available with rounds on Upward and Viaduct and the third round on Lakeside will be available soon. So soon in fact that we were told Monday was the day the final replay would be available. That's today!



The Mix-Up series raffles off a chance for three lucky winners via donations to play with developers and community celebrities in a Highlander best of three rounds. All donations and ad revenue will be donated to Doctors Worldwide.

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Though we think we’ve done a good job rewarding community contributors who make cosmetics and weapons, we could definitely do more for TF’s diligent, underappreciated map makers. With that in mind, we’re trying two new approaches to the problem.



Map Stamp Improvements



After taunting in a community map that you’ve contributed to, you now leave behind a trail of large stamps. The more you contribute, the longer the trail!



We’re now also tracking hours played in each map. In the “Maps” section of the in-game Mann Co. Store, you can see how many hours you’ve played each community map and how many times you’ve contributed to it. Plus, occasionally, on check out, you’ll be gently reminded that it might be nice to add a stamp to your cart for a map that you’ve played frequently but haven’t contributed much to. After you’ve seen this reminder once, you can have it show other map stamp suggestions by checking the “Support Community Map Mapers” box near the “check out” button.



Map-Specific Strange Filters



Sold in the store, these new filters let you set your strange weapons to only track events on specific community maps. For instance, if you only care about kills on “Yukon”, you can change the filter on your shotgun to just capture that. When filtering stats for a weapon, you’ll also get a custom rank modifier. So, in the aforementioned “Yukon” example, you’d now have a “Strange Canadian Shotgun”. The goal is to give players who really like specific community maps a way to both track their stats on those maps and broadcast their interest even when they’re playing on other levels.



Note that in both cases, 100% of the revenue (minus net taxes) goes to the contributor, so let’s get out there and support our map makers!

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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 "Benign infiltration" to the Mann Vs. Machine mission-cycle file for servers
  • Fixed a Dead Ringer Spy exploit in Mann Vs. Machine mode
  • Fixed a regression with mini-crit damage calculation
  • Fixed a client crash in the Medi Gun charge meter when using a custom HUD
  • Fixed Festive Huntsman arrows and Rescue Ranger bolts using incorrect hit boxes
  • Fixed Tough Stuff Muffs not using the correct model for the Engineer
  • Fixed a clipping problem with the Hunger Force
  • Fixed Strange Festive Sandviches leveling up multiple times in a single use
  • Fixed a lighting issue in mvm_bigrock
  • Updated the backpack icon for the Festive Ambassador

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This is not a test blog post! You are not dreaming! This is actually happening! Go get it! There is nothing more to say! We’re still talking! Amazingly, you’re still reading! This is getting weird! Well, we’re going to end this blog post now! You can keep reading it if you want, we guess, but we’re going to stop writing! Okay, we’re still writing! And you’re still reading. You don’t feel remorse or fear or eye strain and you will never, ever give up until all these words are read! You are the greatest reader of ALL TIME and this is the “300” of reading! Only instead of getting killed by Persians, we’re going to suggest you simply go check out the brand new, incredibly convenient Mann Co. Online Store. There’s a bunch of words there that need reading. Plus pictures.

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Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:


Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)

  • Updated some Big Picture features
  • Additional improvements for client stability


Team Fortress 2

  • Australian Christmas has begun!

    • Added community-contributed winter event items
    • Added three new community weapons

      • The Vaccinator
      • The Loose Cannon
      • The Rescue Ranger

    • Added Naughty and Nice winter keys to the Mann Co. Store

  • Mann Vs. Machine

    • Added a new tour of duty with unique loot:

      • Operation Mecha Engine, with 3 new advanced skill missions
      • New map mvm_bigrock
      • New Engineer Botkiller items

    • Added new Engineer robot

  • Added new Strange Filter items to the Mann Co. Store to support community map makers
  • Added new checkout dialogs and taunt-activated effect to raise awareness for Community Map Stamps
  • Added +context_action command (defaults to X for controllers). This will use the action slot if your Canteen contains a charge and will taunt otherwise3
  • Added +attack3 command (defaults to middle-mouse button)
  • Added Adult Swim items to the Mann Co. Store
  • Fixed an exploit that allowed players to be permanently invulnerable
  • Fixed the Pyro’s airblast not working correctly when facing downhill
  • Made Force-A-Nature pushback more consistent
  • Updated pl_barnblitz

    • Fixed various map exploits

  • Updated sd_doomsday

    • Fixed various map exploits

  • Updated the localization files

Dec 19, 2012
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That's right, December 25th is almost here, and that means the Smissmas season is once again upon us. Now we know some people will be celebrating a different holiday next Tuesday, and for all of you, let us be the first to say: Happy Constitution Day, China! But regardless of what event you're planning to honor, whether it's Quaid-e-Azam's Day, the 1837 Battle of Okeechobee, or Star Trek: Deep Space Nine producer Rick Berman's sixty-sixth birthday, rest assured that, on the inside, we're all celebrating the same thing. And that thing is Smissmas. Because it's the best holiday. Need proof? Check out all the new stuff we're shipping soon in a joyful, dangerous explosion of Smissmas updating.

Dec 19, 2012
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What's this? Adult Swim gear for Team Fortress? It's true! Scout sent away for a Monarch Henchboy costume ages ago and we can’t wait to see him die in it. Our bet is that he’ll get his blood punched out of him by Heavy. Heavy’s been begging for a chance to kill someone in his new Tennessee Top Hat.



Soon you’ll be able to represent your Adult Swim classics with Team Fortress versions of the Monarch’s Henchmen, Dr. Rockzo, Carl, and Brock Samson. We’re thinking now would be a great time to try out the Source Filmmaker and recreate some of your favorite Adult Swim moments.



Check out the page that our friends at Adult Swim put together.

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