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TFP SCREAMshot winners!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Halloween SCREAMshot Contest


First I’d like to thank everyone that entered the contest, we had some really good entries and I was really impressed with everyone who took the time to enter! Second I’d like to thank our 6 volunteer and/or coerced judges! The 3 admins – Jinx, Akita and Austin, and the 3 players, Aznhax, Munch and Rev. Browning, you guys were great!

So now! The winners!

First place – This one really blew folks away with how well it was done, it was very smooth and had a good Halloween vibe to it. First place goes to MASTERFURRYX’s Halloween Engi and Crew!

Second Place – Following that one, the judges decided on Otterwolfy’s scary pyro image! They really liked how simple and to the point the image was, with the good backdrop and the fact that we all know pyro is just a scary monster anyways.

Third Place – Finally, our last screenshot winner goes to Rikes! The final screen shot was selected because…well…what do you think when you see this? Nicely done Rikes, the judges found your image funny enough to be our final winner!

All in all, we had some great entries, but these folks stood out the most to our judges. I want to thank everyone who took the time to enter, you all did great. If folks become more interested in events like this, we might try again come December or New Years!

If you were one of the winners, please contact me at your convenience on Steam, you should know me, I am Sekh, you can find me on the admin list if you haven’t already so we can get you guys your prizes!

Because I was so happy with everyone’s entries though, I would like to extend the prizes to everyone who entered, at least some form of “door prize” for entering. So if you submitted an image at all, shoot me a message on steam!

For those interested in seeing all the entries, I’ve created a rar which can be found here.

TFP October 2010 Newsletter!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

October 2010 Newsletter!

Halloween Edition!

So it’s October once again! The month where we’ve traditionally had some of best community events of the year! This year we are trying to bring you the same fun events and mods, but with a couple new things to mix it up, so read on below to find out!

The Haunted Pound!

So every Halloween since TFP was founded we’ve tried to host a Halloween fun event for our players. This has traditionally consisted of running ZombieFort on one of our servers and just goofing off. This year we are expanding our event a bit!

  • Zombie Fort is Back! We are bringing back Zombiefort to be run on server #8 and a yet to be determined secondary server, which we will announce shortly! For those that haven’t played it before, Zombiefort pit’s a small team of survivors against an ever growing Undead Army. This time Zombiefort comes with Perks and special abilities to help the survivors last a bit longer! We encourage you guys to try out the mod, as it’s been a community favorite every year! ZF will be hosted 24/7 on #8, and intermittently on #6 whenever the maps are voted to be played.
  • Halloween Screenshot Contest! So we wanted to try and make this years October event bigger, with something new and interesting for the community. To this end we have decided to hold a Halloween themed Screenshot contest for the community, complete with prizes! Full rules will be detailed below!
  • New and Interesting maps and mods for Alien Swarm and L4D! While we can’t actually host a server for these two games, due to having such a large community and the servers being so small, we can help raise awareness about extremely good maps and mods for them, and give you guys the links to try them out yourselves! This being the scary Halloween event time, we thought these two games fit in nicely, so here’s our list of the best Mods and Maps for these games!

Alien Swarm Maps

Tears for Tarnor

Lana’s Escape

Paranoia Part One
Paranoia Part Two
Paranoia Part Three

Left 4 Dead 2 Maps

Detour Ahead

2 Evil Eyes

Halloween SCREAMshot Contest!

Alright! So this is our big contest we’ve been planning! Are you interested in showing off your artistic talent? Want one of those fancy polycount hats you see everyone wearin’? Then you should try entering our TFP Screenshot Contest! Rules are pretty simple!

Goal: To make the best Halloween Themed in-game Screenshot you can think of! It can be scary, comical, anything you like so long as it involves TF2 or Garry’s Mod!

Media Used: Screenshot must be taken in either TF2 or Garry’s Mod! Going the extra distance for style and setup is preferred! Photo manipulation and other various methods of “arting” up the screenshots are allowed, but we would really like to see what people can do without Photoshop and similar programs!

Submission Rules: ONE (1) Submission per person only, sent to  Each submission received will be given a number which is sent back to the creator, judges will not have the names of who submitted each image, just their corresponding number. Please provide your Steam ID when you submit your image, if you don’t know your Steam ID, use this webpage to get it!

Deadline: Deadline for submission will be the 29th of October, winners will be announced on the 31st!

Judging:  Judges will be selected randomly from 3 admins who wish to participate, and 3 members who wish to participate as well. If you wish to be one of the judges, send me a message on steam and I will add you to the list of candidates. Of course judges will not be allowed to submit an image, sorry!

Since the addition of trading, we can now give out Prizes!

First Place: One Full Polycount Set of the Winners Choice! Including the HAT!

Second Place: One Hat and One Paintcan of their choosing from our supply of donated hats!

Third Place: One Nametag and One Paintcan of their choosing.

We encourage everyone to submit something and try to win the prizes! Other things might show up while playing on the event servers, who knows what we might do!

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Upcoming Server Changes

No huge radical changes this month for the how the servers work. I tweaked the maplist on server #6 to reflect the opinions I have been getting from players on some of the maps, so if you play on #6 consistently you might see some of the maps which no one enjoyed are now gone.

TFP Minecraft Server

So we know many of you are anxious about the status of the TFP Minecraft server, since it hsa been down for the last week or so, but I am here to tell you that we are fixing it, and it should soon be up on a separate server than where it was before. Sumigaki is currently in the process of transferring all the relevant files over to a new box and should be hosting it soon! More information to come as we have it!  Also Caigan would like you all to know that asking him about the Minecraft server will result in him bludgeoning you with a Creeper. That is all.

TFP Public Service Announcement

Alright, so we’ve got a few issues we’d like to sort out with folks on the servers, so we’ve made this helpful little section!

  • Trading on the Servers: Please do not join the servers just to spam that you are looking for trades. We’ve set up a lovely trading forum here. If you have to trade in the server, please do it while dead or during setup as to not penalize your team for your wanton trading ways!
  • Glitching: Fun “glitches” and bugs that appear after each patch. We are not in the habit of making announcements every time Valve breaks the game with their latest patch. If you’ve heard of a glitch or bug which allows you to do things way outside of what you are supposed to be doing, please do not test it on our servers. We do not like it when people abuse bugs and glitches on our server, ESPECIALLY if it is a bug which can possibly crash the servers. We do not warn for these things, we assume our players are intelligent enough to not use the glitches on our servers. If we catch you doing things which could be deemed harmful to the servers, you could very quickly find your TFP privileges revoked.  If you simply MUST test the glitches, we suggest other servers for that. :)

The Future!

So next up for us, after we finish the Halloween event should be another maptest. Our last maptest was in June, so we are due to add some new fresh maps to the servers for folks to test out. We are always looking for new maps and ideas, and if you have something you think would fit well with the TFP servers, we encourage you to hit up the forums and submit it to us here! Other than that, we are still seeking new and interesting games to expand into, and should have more information on that next time. Finally, I am offically switching the newsletter over to an every other month newsletter, since that is how I seem to be writing it anyways, and it’s really hard to find cool stuff to talk about EVERY month! We need rest too! Anyways, hope you enjoy the events!

- Sekh the Scribe Burd

TFP July 2010 Newsletter!

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

TFP July 2010 Newsletter!

Special Anthrocon Edition!

Totally not written by a lazy burd who takes forever to get out newsletters.

I don’t want to hear it! Nope! Lazy scribe burd has been in other countries! He has an excuse this time! I swear that I was working the entire 2 month period that there hasn’t been a newsletter, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Yep. That is my story and I am sticking to it. So here we are! This is a pretty special newsletter full of all sorts of shiny things, so lets jump right in folks!


TFP Goes to Anthrocon!


So for those of you that haven’t been paying attention to the Fandom for the last few months, Anthrocon, the largest Furry Convention in the world ended last week. For the second year in a row, TFP has held its annual meet and greet in the Zoo area where everyone gets to chat it up and the admins get to ramble incoherently for an hour, as well as get information on what people think of the servers in person. This year we had a total of 30+ people show up for the meet! That is more than an entire server! We had more people at our little group meet up than many of the panels that are actually in the con guide, and there were many people that couldn’t find us so who knows what the total number might have been! We even had to steal a second table to fit everyone. I have a roll call sheet here that I did after we all wandered off, I apologize if I miss your name, I did this while standing in line for 2’s show so I was playing it by ear at this point.

1. Witchiebunny

2. Jinx

3. Nikkyvix

4. Sekh

5. Cmdr Lost

6. Nynnja

7. Pathia

8. Python

9. Draganta

10. Gavyn

11. A.M. Zinthos

12. Cyferwolf

13. Sivren

14. Matty

15. JousterL

16. Zenny

17. NightFurson

18. Pikacha

19. Tersi

20. Kit Kima (Spy!) (Also probably spelling error!)

21. Stryker

22. Artie

23. Shaggy the Batbear

24. Longshot Coyote

25. Kajiwolf

26. SpyingRedFox

27. Kasi the Kittejackal

Special Guest appearance by Aurafox disguised as Nynn’s phone as well!

I know I missed a few people, once again I apologize, it was kinda crazy that day. Here is the only known photo to still exist of the epic TFP Meet up, We apologize for the blur but it was taken by a scout as they sprinted through our lines yelling need a dispenser here….or something.

That bunny is a SPAH

Next year we are trying to plan something really big and amazing, so stay tuned and as we get closer to that we will release more information on that! It is gonna be awesome!

Among other AC news, TFP member Hali of Firpine a.k.a Matthew Ebel gave an awesome concert on Friday, as someone who hadn’t heard him until then, I highly recommend checking out his webpage, his music is just awesome!

I also only got about 5 admins totally lost in Pittsburgh for about 10 minutes while trying to drive us somewhere! Navigational Burd will find the way! Eventually…..

You folk quite literally wore my voice out by the end of the con, I kept meeting more and more TFP members while wandering around and everyone was just so awesome that I eventually talked myself hoarse, way to go! :P

A final nod to the awesome TF2 Cosplayers that were running around the con, I know a good number of them play on our servers and they had some pretty awesome costumes done, including Radar Nocturn complete with a ginormous solid metal wrench that I have no clue how the Dorsai let him keep that damn thing, but it was awesome none the less. Hope to see all you folk next year!

Upcoming Server Events:

TFP’s Second Birthday and the Return of TFP Fun Server!: Due to popular demand both by players at AC and by you folk on the forums, we have realized just how much people enjoyed the old #3 screw around silly maps server. Also, we realized just how popular server #5 was with its more relaxed atmosphere. To this end we are bringing back this server style permanently by the end of this month in celebration of our second birthday! 2 years and 3000 members have to be right about something! In terms of rules this server will have a complete custom maps list of normal style custom maps (Think maps such as frontier, chaos, etc), as well as its own selection of wacky maps, such as Pacman! The server will have a shorter map timer, a maximum of 20 minutes per map, to alleviate being stuck on maps that a majority of the players may or may not like. We encourage people to send us map ideas, no matter what type of map it is, we promise to look into it for addition to this server. Plugins and the like are subject to change by the time the server comes out but for the most part this should be the final setup. Hope you guys enjoy the new server, expect it by the end of the month!

July Map Removal: Normally these map posts are about testing new maps, getting all sorts of shiny new toys for people to play with on the servers, but this month we are running things a bit differently. It has come to our attention that there are a number of maps on the server which are either just terrible, or kill the server due to their complexity or large download size. To help alleviate this the admin staff have constructed a list of these maps which we will be putting up for vote later today and it will last for 2 weeks, at which point the polls will be reviewed by the admins to see which maps stay and go. I won’t post an entire list here but if you wish to participate in the poll, and honestly, TFP as a whole, you will need to register on the forums at so that you can take part in things like this. The poll will be broken up into two phases over the course of two weeks or so to give people time to read both of them and vote.">so that you can take part in things like this. The poll will be broken up into two phases over the course of two weeks or so to give people time to read both of them and vote.


The first poll can be found Here


Upcoming TFP Server Changes:

Counter-Strike Server: Due to demand from a large number of players, we have just finished the creation of our very own Counter-Strike Source server! Currently it is running normal CSS, with the full stock map list as well as a large number of custom maps. For the time being we will be running the default game mode, if there is enough demand for it, or the normal game modes do not garner enough players, we will look into the addition of a Gungame server at a later date. For now, enjoy the CSS server safe in the knowledge that annoying children and complete jackoffs will be swiftly hit in the face with a giant damn hammer. Normal server rules apply in terms of behavior of course. We are accepting ideas on the map rotation so if something is terrible and we have it, or awesome and we don’t, friend me and toss me a line!

IP for the TFP CSS Server –

Removal of the Bad Company 2 Server: Sorry folks, the server simply wasn’t getting enough use from TFP members to warrant us continuing to pay for it at the ridiculous prices that EA charges. We will have to see what the future brings in terms of this game, if they release dedicated servers which do not require us to RENT the server from them, and instead allow us to host it on our own boxes (of which we have many of excellent quality!), then we will see about bringing this back.

TFP Public Service Announcement:

So we have implemented a new system of Banning people. I tell you all this because the system uses this lovely automated program which allows for players to check our bans, why bans were made, and most importantly, allows for players to mail us demos using the “Submit a Demo” button! This means no more juggling your demos of speedhacker and trying to upload them to other websites for us to review! Now you can simply submit them directly to us with the button at the top! We hope people will record more demos now that its much easier to send them to us!

Among other things that you can do with this handy tool is if for some god forsaken reason you have received a ban from us, you can protest the ban using the “Protest Ban” function. We hope all of you folk never have to use this button, especially after I met so many of you and you were all so very cool, so lets not ruin that ^_^.

Sourcebans can be found Here


Members of the Month

The award goes to..

Every single member who came to AC and took the time to either go to the TFP meet up or find a TFP admin/member and talk with them. Seriously, you guys were awesome and made that convention amazingly fun, hats off to all of you.

Honorable mention

On a personal note, This is my newsletter and I can honor who I want! Honorable mention goes to JousterL and Zenny for teaching me how to Rave at the AC dance. Next year I’LL bring the glowsticks!


Mailbag Posting


Nothing new here, only thing of note in the last month was someone on 4chan attempting to troll the group by posting our the IP addresses for our servers to get them to harass us. Some 200 posts later, we’ve now come to the conclusion that a majority of that thread are all closet TFP players due to the inordinately large number of people telling the original poster to go to hell, or admitting they’ve played here from time to time. Enjoy the servers you guys! :P




Lovely! For one month out of the year when all the Admins are away getting totally drun—I mean, doing our damndest to improve the servers for all players while at AC…. noone does anything extraordinarily dumb and gets themselves hit with a hammer! I love you guys!

The Future!


The future seems pretty bright for all of us here at TFP, we had an awesome turnout at AC (Twice what we had last year), the servers are always full of cool and new players, to the point that we’ve had to once again expand our server list to accommodate all of you! Once again I’m probably driving the tech admins up the walls with my constant running around like a madman going, “And then we can try THIS game! And what about a plugin that does THIS on THIS server!” but then again, two years and none of the servers have exploded for any extremely long period of time, so you guys better thank all our tech admins for keeping this place so nice and clean, they don’t get enough credit as is! Again, any ideas you guys have for games, server plugins, group events, advertisements, art, drinks that Sekh can consume at his next con, maps, articles for the TFP website, and anything else along those lines please drop me or one of the other admins a line and we will see what we can do! Hopefully Augusts’ newsletter doesn’t take so damn long right? :D

– Sekh the Scribe Burd.

P.S. I wasn’t aware so many of you guys read this! Thanks for all the nice things you said about it, I never know if people are reading them since its so hard to get comments on it ^_^.

TFP Newsletter 3rd Edition!

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

TFP April 2010 Newsletter!


So, after taking a month break because I am a lazy lazy burd, I am back with the third TFP newsletter, with some new updates for the servers, and some possible new games to expand into.

 Upcoming Server Events:

April Maptest: It’s that time again. We are testing a new batch of maps which will be detailed below for possible addition to the servers. We will also be taking note of current maps which are disliked and unplayed and removing them from our rotation. Due to Payload being the most popular game choice for our servers, the new maps will mainly focus on the payload game type.

The new maps are as follows, and can be downloaded from fpsbanana.


Upcoming TFP Server Changes:

No major server changes this month, although we would like to reiterate that server #6 has been relocated to America and is a carbon copy of server #4, so it should be seen as a viable alternative when server #4 is full.


Upcoming TFP Group Changes:

In part of our ever expanding search for new games for the TFP group to move itself into, we are investigating the possibility of a Bad Company 2 server, since it seems to be gathering a large amount of our members. We will be starting a poll on the forums later which will have multiple options on map types, game types, etc.

Unfortunately, because of EA’s draconian policies on servers, we will have to pay for the servers out of our own pocket, instead of hosting them ourselves (EA doesn’t allow people to host servers, they MUST be rented from EA), we might implement a donation process to donate to the continual upkeep of the server. The rental costs are 30 dollars a month, so we would be implementing a donation process with a maximum donation cap to prevent any single player for paying too much. Donations would only be used towards the payment process for the BC2 server.

Keep tuned to the TFP group announcements for more information regarding this upcoming server.


Members of the Month

The award goes to..

Noone! Because I am a lazy burd.

Honorable Mention – Sergeant Silver – For being patient with us on how long it is taking to get the achievement system tested.


Mailbag Posting

Sorry folks, no funny bans this month, just depressing ones, see below.



So. We were hoping we wouldn’t have to make a section for this, and that the Mailbag would be enough to get across some of the folks we had to remove form the servers, but recent issues with permabanned people being accidentally re-added to the group by members who were unaware of their status has necessitated the addition of a section which simply states the banned members, and a brief description of why they were banned. Included in this will be any evidence we deem necessary to reiterate why they are no longer allowed on the servers, hopefully shedding some light on our bans.

Note: These are only permanently banned players. We like to believe that temp banned players will learn from their mistake and we will not post them here.


I Need Viagra – Speedhacking


[BFC] stone – Anti-furry trolling


CandySquirrel – Refusal to follow rules after many warnings. Disrespectful to other players, admins, just about anyone who didn’t fit into his view of the “rules”.


Chin Fish – Speedhacking like a madman.


Poisonous Mind/Tatterwing – Harassment, Trolling – After being given multiple chances to cease being a violent and extremely negative force on the servers, we have elevated this persons ban length to permanent. Following this, we received numerous messages which simply supported our decision, including threats against the server, the group, and certain admins. In an effort to disprove any rumors surrounding this ban, we present the following sections.

“3:33 AM – [FRAG] Poisonous Mind [busy]: This can work one of three ways.  The admins get their heads out of their asses and actually listen for once, rather than pandering to the people wanking them off.  Second choice, I can do a raid that will actually succeed.  Third choice, and honestly the most fatal to the TFP community, I sow my own seeds there and start breaking the community by taking their members. “

While we do not really care about someone’s opinion of ourselves, especially someone with the above record, we do however take a dim view of blackmail and threats against our players and servers. We present this final quote to cement PM’s intentions to lie and manipulate our player base for her own ends, and hope that we have provided enough information for our players to make their own decisions on our ban.

“[FRAG] Poisonous Mind [busy]: So why didn’t you come to me personally rather than involving Felis?

Kellervo: You always told me to stay out of your drama. :P

[FRAG] Poisonous Mind [busy]: Honestly though, the mask as an annonymous admin helped, seeing as not knowing who you were to begin with let me take the situation in a different light… Honestly, I probably would have tried to manipulate you, just because that’s how I am in these situations.”


The Future!

Upcoming things are as above, we will be providing a forum topic and section for the upcoming Bad Company 2 Servers, and investigating larger events for the upcoming summer months. We encourage you guys to send us ideas for server events, and we will see about getting them turned into actual events. Achievements are still under development, technical hurdles have to be addressed before we could declare if we are using them or not. As stated in February, the Randomizer event should be in the works for early May, provided we have the time with finals and end of school work. Hopefully you enjoyed this month’s Newsletter and are interested in the Bad Company server! Stay tuned for more information!


- Sekh the Scribe Burd.

The Furry Pound Newsletter: Jan 2010

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

TFP January 2010 Newsletter!

Hey folks, I’m going to try to put together a newsletter for the servers every month full of interesting and new things that are coming to the servers, upcoming events, and a mailbag of….things, that we in the admin staff receive on a daily basis. So lets get things started!

Upcoming Server Events:

Prophunt: Prophunt has been rescheduled for the 22nd of January through whenever people get tired of it. We had to cancel it because Valve pushed through the WAR update during our scheduled time. The instructions will be posted in a separate post, though you if you don’t know what prophunt is, I suggest viewing this video!

Upcoming Server Changes:

We will be experimenting with a new Scramble plugin for the servers to alleviate the problems with stacking as well as people forcing autobalance through spectate. The new plugin will protect certain classes from being force autobalanced (such as medics with an ubercharge), and will not allow players who are autobalanced to join spectate until the round is over. Players will still be able to rejoin a team if it will not force an autobalance, the plugin will simply prevent players from spectating to force autobalance.

The new plugin will use varying parameters on how to determine if the server needs a scramble, as well as allowing for the traditional vote of “stt” (now named scramble) to prompt one as well. Once we have the plugin working, it will be pushed through to all servers. Comments on how well it works are encouraged on the forums.

Players of the Month

So I’m trying a new thing, just to give a thank you to players who have helped us out here with various problems with the servers. Player of the Month awards will go to people that help the Admin staff out with things, not to ingame skill.

First award goes to..

Biofreak – For catching 2 speedhackers and numerous trolls on demos and providing fast reports with steam ID’s to the admin staff. Good work keeping server #3 safe for the rest of the players! Thanks from all of us in the staff!

The second award goes to…

iller – For finding and documenting a new STT plugin which we have been searching for desperately to try and alleviate complaints of stacking. This is the plugin being tested later this week! Thanks again iller! Hopefully it works out properly!

Final award for this month goes to…

The crew of players who helped us test the extremely boring STT plugin that we have implemented across the servers. Thanks a lot everyone that came, especially Snippo, Articwuffeh, John the dragon and Devvy for staying to the final anti-climactic ending.

Mailbag Posting

So we thought it might be funny to drop some of the mail we receive from permabanned players and the stupid things they say for you guys to see some of the stupidity we have to deal with. Names have been removed where applicable.

So first up is something that was posted on the forums. After being banned for trolling for 3 or 4 months constantly, someone decided they were going to “get 4chan to destroy us”. As ridiculous as this is, we kept an eye on it and beefed up server security. Eventually he came back to post the link to his 4chan thread with the line “Say goodbye to TFP”. This is the final page before it was deleted from 4chan and he was banned for 3 days. Enjoy.

Next is a reply we got from someone who thought it would be fun to spawn camp the doors on Steel. Now keep in mind, that the poster was simply warned, and after they continued, kicked a single time. No tempban, just kicked and told to read the rules. This was the results. I’ll post pieces of it as they were something like 12 pages long. This was the first PM we received, complete with commentary by myself to clear up some things. … ntary1.jpg

After a long bout of arguing over…really nothing, he was eventually banned for his trouble of being completely crazy. This was his final reply though, saved for your enjoyment. … ntary2.png

He was subsequently banned and indeed made good on his promise to use proxy servers to circumvent his ban and harass the forums…for all of 5 minutes before we turned on Administrators must approve new members at which point he cried foul and disappeared.

The Future!

So this final section is for things we are looking into for the future. Things in this section are VERY much in the planning/idea stage. They might never work, we still have to see if the coding in TF2 works, or talk with outside sources on how to get them to function properly, but I thought I’d share with you guys some of our ideas we are working on.

Player Teacher Nights Return!

We are bringing back player teacher nights at the request of some of our members! We will be scheduling a Scout night, hosted by Zareth, and a Pyro night hosted by our moderator Austin for players to learn interesting and tricky strategies involving these classes. Any other players interested in hosting their own teacher nights are encouraged to send either Sekh or Jinx a private message regarding the class in question. Times will be posted later this month.

We are looking into various things to make our servers more interesting. Some sort of TFP tournament is a current idea for our more competitively oriented players. Also looking into the possibility of a TFP DJ system for a player to guide music on the servers (optional of course, we wouldn’t force our terrible music choices onto people that didn’t want them.) We are looking into the possibility of a Randomizer event in the future, as scouts with miniguns is just too funny to pass up. I’m personally looking into the creation of some sort of dropbox for suggestions/ideas that people might have as well. We are also looking into expanding TFP into new games, anyone with interesting server ideas drop a line on the forum post that will be linked to this newsletter!

Finally, our biggest planned update is something we aren’t prepared to reveal until we are sure we can get it to work, but the member helping us is just too excited and so I thought I’d throw out some teaser images. BEHOLD!

Anyways! That’s it for this month, drop us a line here if you like the Newsletter and want to see it continued next month.

- Sekh the Scribe Burd.

November RMF Event!

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Alright friends! Here is the detailed instructions on how to set yourself up to enjoy the RMF Pack to the fullest!

First, you need to bind the command to access the spawn menu to a button. Enter this in console, and replace K with whatever button you like. [bind "k" rmf_menu] or simply type !r every time you die, but this can get rather tedious.

This will open up a menu for your class, with a list of abilities. Heres a very brief description of each so you know what you’re getting into! When you select an ability be sure to read the instructions it gives you, as some are triggered by taunts. You can only have one ability active at a time! If you want to change your ability without suiciding, return to spawn, switch to another class, then switch back to your original class and bring up the menu again.

The Abilities!

Spike Shoes – Goomba Stomp your Opponents! Stuns players if you land on their heads.

Jump Boots – Special shoes prevent you from taking anything more than minor rocket jump damage, perfect for bouncing off walls!
Adrenalin Dash – Charge your enemy and send them flying around with the soldiers dash attack!
Homing Rocket – Set down your shovel, then stand back and launch rockets from over the horizon to rain death down on a target!

Flare Firework – Push your opponents around with this ranged airburst in the form of a firework!
Disguise Jutsu – That barrel’s a… pyro?! The Pyro can now hide in plain view, and this means bad things for all.
After Burner – First disguising Pyros and now flying Pyros? Light your opponents on fire as you fly above their head. Even the Engineer will be jealous.
Burnsday Present – Look! Pyro is giving thanks by giving everyone presents! They might be filled with napalm… but they’re still presents!

Sticky Flash – Breach and Clear with the Demoman’s flashbang stickies. The more you have the more blinded your opponent will be!
Drunk Bomb – Ka-BOOOOOOM! You just have to see this one to believe it.

Delicious Sandvich – Get Critical, recieve Delicious Sandvich. Now with 2x as much ham!
Centrifuge Rotor – In a manner that defies all science, the heavy is now heavier than a Black Hole. Just try and airburst him.

Uber Transplant – Need to help another medic get his uber faster! Now you can just give him your own energy!
Doping Injection – If the medics current healing isn’t fast enough for you, Go Wolverine style with the Doping injection!
Styptic – As a medic, we all know its your job to help others. But what about yourself? Now you can use your own uber charge energy to heal yourself!
Supercharger – Fairly simple, for those “Pure” medics who just want their ubers as fast as they can get them.
Flying Doctor – Don’t you hate it when you’re healing a demoman or soldier and they just go flying off? Now they can’t! Because you’re coming along for the ride!

Marking Shot – It’s like an admin beacon, but anyone can do it!
Curving Arrow – Pull a William Tell and steer your arrows where you want them, if you’re talented enough!

Metal Hopper – Supercharged Exploding Dispenser Jumps. ’nuff said.
Reverse Engineer – Tired of spies sapping your teleporters? Now you can just teleport back through it and whack them in the head!
Sleep Switch – We all know the sound of a sentry, with its little beeping noise. With the sleep switch, bring back the stealth of the sentry! The sentry will also slowly repair itself whilst turned off!

Sapper Throw – Yes, now even you can be like the spy in Meet the Spy, with the added bonus of shorting out cloaks!

Here is a video of most of the abilities in action as well, for those of you that want to see to believe!

RMF Ability Pack

Server Information

> TFP #5

> TFP #6

Read up and enjoy yourselves!

- The Burd

The Haunted Pound 2009: Weekend 1 in Detail!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

It’s that time of the year again!

We’re bringing Halloween fun back with the Haunted Pound 2009! Witness the return of last year’s server-filling TF2 Sourcemod hit: Zombie Fortress! Now with more maps to play (and more stable server behavior this time! Really!). Starting this Friday evening and ending late Sunday evening, Three TFP servers shall be password-locked for you and those you invite, specifically hosting ZF and any maps we add for the event.

Additionally, one of the most unique payload race maps you will ever play has manifested itself into our playlist: PLR Animus, by Kim “Fearlezz” Nehzaty.  Exclusive for this event, getting this cart to move will need you to put some serious SOUL into it!

And as a little bonus for our alternative gamers, we’re bringing our Left 4 Dead servers back up for a special darling custom map favorite of TFP’s admins:  Night Terror! Spend an evening of fright in the Director’s twisted haunted house and movie recreations; the D’s just DYING to drop you in!

Our Killing Floor offerings are also still live.

It’s gonna be one hell of a night! See you there!
Team Fortress 2

  • TFP #2 CST US  (password: zombfurries)
  • TFP #5 EST US Members-Only  (password: zombfurries)
  • TFP #6 EU  (password: zombfurries)

Left 4 Dead
To find our server when searching, you must first enable and open your game console, then enter this key whenever you start Left 4 Dead:
sv_search_key tfp
Server password: zombfurries

Killing Floor


Haunted Fortress 2009 Map Pack -  (61MB 7zip)  If you want to have the maps pre-downloaded before the event, use this link.  (Alternate Download Link )

Night Terror -  (141MB RAR)  You will need this if you wish to play the Night Terror custom campaign.

Haunted Pound 2009: What’chu Want, Dog?

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

It’s closing in on that time again!

Many of our older denizens will remember last year’s Haunted Fortress event, held Halloween night.  It involved converting two of our servers to use maplists and mods geared towards the then-new Zombie Fortress SourceMOD plug-in for TF2.  Much fun was had (and hilarious videos made).  Well, the occasion approaches us again!

We on the staff have our own intentions of what we’d like to put together for this Halloween.  What I’d like to hear is what you, our sparky li’l zerglings, would be fun events, mods, or ideas to propose for the hallows weekend.  Are there maps or specific mods you played on other servers which you would like us to consider using? How about other games, like the ever-popular Left 4 Dead?  Please drop a comment with your ideas in the comments section of this post, or in the following places:

Our forum thread:

Right over here!

Our Steam Communities announcement:

It’s over there!

We want this input to be open to as many people as possible.  As the time draws near, you’ll hear more info on its development.

- Voop Out

Major Announcement: So epic, it’s too large for Steam

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Hey guys. This announcement is long overdue, and there are several things I wish to cover in it. So listen up.

The first and foremost is that we have some new Mods and some promotions.

I’d like you all too welcome Nynnja, Commander Lost, Sekh765 and Retro Armadillo to our moderator team. You guys know them, so congratulate ‘em. :3

We also have some promotions to Admins to announce, namely Pathia, Keller and Elrabin. I.E, they now have the power of Permaban and other fun admin gifts. Remember: Do not taunt happy fun admin.

Next, is the announcement of a new initiative I hinted at during VALVe’s Halo-gate.

The Furry Pound has always been meant to be a haven for friends….a place for friends to gather and play and have fun. And what started out as 30 or so friends a little over a year ago has blossomed (ballooned?) into 1800+.

I’m really happy that so many of you find TFP a great place to hang out. However, we are no longer as close, and therefore problems are cropping up. Namely, trolling in a variety of forms, as well as blatant and not so blatant rule breakers.

The number one rule of TFP is “Don’t be a douche”. Time and time again, the admin team has preferred to allow conflicts to play out on the servers, interfering only as needed.

This can no longer be the case, as it is seriously disrupting the intended purpose of TFP. Bear in mind, though anyone can invite in a friend (to keep this from being the “admin’s friends club”) this is a PRIVATE group, and we reserve the right to boot anyone out of the group, the chat, and the servers, for any reason.

Our reasons will be as follows:

Cheating: This one is truly self-explanatory; Hacking, aimbotting, and the like, anything to give one an unfair advantage past their skill in the game. Cheaters are given an instant permaban the moment we can verify that they are, in fact, cheating. No second chances.

To avoid being kicked out for Cheating: Don’t cheat.

Hard Trolling: These are your typical hardcore trolls, out to blatantly disrupt the gameplay and the players in a variety of ways. This includes (but is not limited to) people who micspam, and who come in to “troll the furries” fall into this group. Hardcore trolls are given one warning, and thereafter booted from the game. Further trolling results in their being banned in increasing increments depending on the number of offenses and the severity of the offense(s).

To avoid being kicked out for hard trolling: Don’t troll.

Soft Trolling: These are those whom most of you have been complaining about in the game. Less severe than the blatant trolls, these people are continually insulting to others, passive aggressively trying to get their way in a game, or even consistently putting others down. These people tend to think that everyone who doesn’t play their way or do what they say are idiots, and let them know, berating their team verbally and over text. These people are also continually and blatantly disrespectful of everyone, including the admin team. They generally make the game very unpleasant to play for one person or for many.

These people (unless they already have been given warnings prior to this) will be given two warnings….after the second; they will be kicked and given the exact reason why they were kicked. Further offenses will result in their being banned in increasing increments depending on the number of offenses and the severity of the offense(s).

To avoid being kicked out for soft trolling: Listen to the Admins when they give you warnings, and listen to the players when they tell you you’re being a jackass and stop being one. This is a place for everyone to have fun, not a place for you to vent whatever issue you have with someone else. This is something we will *not* be giving multiple chances on, as we have in the past, and even Mods now have the ability to temp ban. Don’t be a jackass.

Now, though we are (still) adding more Mods and Admins, this is not a job we can do on our own. We need *your* help, as the community. How?

First and foremost, especially in the case of trolls, tell/ask them to stop *respectfully* (no pouring fuel on the fire, in other words). That means no profanity, what means doing it calmly and in a collected manner. If they don’t, take a demo. (Directions on that available here )

Once you have your demo, you can go about it one of two ways: You can upload the demo to your file sharing client of choice and send the url to us via the forums, or you can e-mail it to: Either option gets your demo to the Admins.

The other option is to call an admin into the server, but if you take this option make sure you have the name and Steam ID of the person causing the problem, a description of what’s going on and what server it happened in. If you can’t get the Steam ID, get their Steam Profile page, and we can extrapolate it from there and take the appropriate action.

Remember, this is not just our community, it’s yours too. The goal of TFP always has been, and continues to be to become a server for friends to play on. We’ve strayed from that goal and it’s time to get back to it. All we ask of anyone and everyone here is that they treat others with respect. Those who do not, will no longer be welcome as part of TFP. If there are those of you who feel like you cannot/do not want to be on the servers, or in the group due to these new rules, we’ll be sad to see you leave but if you want to, we’re not going to force you to stay.

To those of you who do stay, we’re glad to keep you, and hope to make this the kind of server it once was, and can be again.

Oh, and one more thing guys, please try to keep all drama restricted to this announcement. (I know it’s gonna spill over onto the chat/forums/server, but try to keep the majority of it here please.)


The DemoVixen’s How To: Defense on CP_Steel

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

3/13/2010 Update : There have been many changes since the late 2009 Demoman v. Soldier WAR update, namely three additional weapons for the Demoman.  This guide was written with only the original standard weaponry available.  Some additions were made to account for defensive opportunities opened by the Scottish Resistance.

Prologue:  Gaddammit, Nikky!

Duke of Demolitions.  The Nitroglyceride Negro.  Black Scottish Cyclops.

The Demoman

When I started playing Team Fortress 2 at the behest of my friends DrJones and Taross in February of 2008, I had no idea what the classes were capable of, much less what the classes were.  I initially felt the Scout would be the solution for me.  The little pipsqueak did nothing but let me scamper around like a brain-damaged mouse with no hand-eye coordination.  Then came the Soldier, whose rugged, grizzled grit was perhaps too cumbersome in my noobish clutches, giving me mixed results.

As they say, third time’s the charm: I then met the Demomahhn.

With the first victims I managed to detonate, liberating their limbs from the hated oppression of their torsos, I knew I had some special connection with the handicapped, jeering drunkard.  I staked out my prime hunting spots in places like Turbine and Quarry (in the fond old days when stickies could not be moved and laying an unattended net about an intel case was a defining trap of the Defensive Babysitter Demo). I familiarized myself with the beat and tempo of this jazzy character, learned the basics as best as I could, then began to experiment.  As anyone establishing their career class, it’s important to experiment to learn the sneaky nature of the class and how to use environments to one’s advantage.

That’s where this particular article comes in handy.  It’s the shavings of my experiences with this wonderfully versatile class.  You can take my advice or leave it as you wish, however as one of the top-scoring Demomen of our quaint little community at over 700 hours of experience I think it’s a good bet that I know my stuff! You might even learn something new.  Every map has different characteristics of effectiveness for an observant, creatively imaginative Demo.  Today’s map is one of the best.  But first, you must know your tools:

Sticky Bomb Launcher
The primary weapon of the Demoman.  This lass is his most versatile weapon, functioning better in defensive application but devastating in certain offenses.  With a salvo of 8 bombs which stick to most surfaces floor, wall and ceiling, the Demoman uses these detonator-dependent explosives to set traps for enemies entering within their blast radius.  Projectiles from this and the Scottish Resistance fire in a ballistic arc that can be extended by charging one’s shot.

The Scottish Resistance
The alternate-primary weapon of the Demoman as of the Demoman/Soldier update.  A defensive modification of the classic sticky bomb launcher, It has a larger mag than the original, able to place up to 14 bombs that can be selectively detonated by targeting them.  Traps can be more complicated and effective with the right application.  However, its detonation primer is slightly slower, making direct combat less reliable.  It also has the ability to destroy enemy sticky bombs in the explosions of its own bombs.

Grenade Launcher
The secondary weapon of the Demoman. Best suited for offensive situations, this baby fires up to four grenades in-between reloads.  This weapon, like the other bomb launchers, fires in an arc that must be compensated for.  It cannot be charged.  A direct hit delivers immediate detonation and full damage for your range-to-target (RTT), while bouncing off of a surface activates a short timer, after which the grenade detonates for slightly reduced damage, making it excellent at suppression.

Both Stickies and Grenades have a blast zone–a shell of range which they can do damage in, extending up to six feet (for stickies) or three feet (for grenades) from the bombs themselves.  You will do more damage the closer to the center of this range your target(s) are.

Chargin’ Targe
A sturdy medieval buckler with a pike on the end, this alternate-primary weapon replaces sticky launchers and serves as a defensive buff for the Demoman against explosive and fire damage.  It is also a charging weapon that does low-range (approx. 20 HP) damage on full-length charge with an enemy.  This weapon is commonly used in conjunction with the Eyelander or other melee weapons as it causes a melee mini-crit at half charge and a full-crit at full charge.  Sorry, no charging crit-stickies or grenadeshots.

The original tertiary/melee weapon of the Demoman.  It’s alcoholic cider in a hardened, heavy glass bottle.  What more of an explanation is needed? Oh, contrary to belief, it does not do more damage when broken.

The Eyelander
One of the six melee weapons available to the Demoman and the mostus awesomus fun weapon the Demoman can have.  A wicked Scottish claymore with excellent range, it nonetheless penalizes you for 25HP at the outset of your life.  However, an additional 15HP are bestowed to you for every decapitating kill made with the Eyelander.  Kills also award additional slight speed boosts until four heads are taken for the maximum of 210HP and nigh Scout running speed.  It cannot crit on its own.  When used with the Targe, it forges the once mid-ranging indirect combat Demoman into a tanking, close-range berserker!

The Scotsman’s Skullcutter
One of the six melee weapons available to the Demoman.  A rusted battle halberd. Unlike its cursed claymore sibling, it takes (or grants) no health to the player, but has a 20% increase in melee damage coupled with a 15% decrease in movement speed to about Soldier-speed.

The Pain Train
One of the six melee weapons available to the Demoman.  A long, blunt plank of wood with nails and a railroad spike embedded in the end, it allows the player to push carts and capture points as fast as a Scout, at the cost of taking 10% more damage from enemy bullet-fire.

The Frying Pan
One of the six melee weapons available to the Demoman.  A heavy cast iron frying skillet.  Haggis not included.

The Horseless Headless Headmann’s Headtaker
One of the six melee weapons available to the Demoman.  Same stats as the Eyelander…only spoooookier!

All of these weapons have their applications, but they are merely clumsy toys if the Demoman does not employ the thing that makes them most dangerous in his hands: Tactical Inventiveness! (a little liquor never hurts, either, for you of-age types).  Now that you know your tools, let’s venture on…

Hot Steel (RED Defense)

CP_Steel.  Steel is one of my favorite (if not my top favorite) cap-point maps to play as a Demoman.  Steel is, essentially, a rocket launch facility that is bundled up like a fortress; its mingling of open, clear perimeters which tighten down to tight close-quarter action makes it a dynamic and exciting environment for practically every class.  The overarching objective as a turn-based CP is for BLU to capture E, the final point.  BLU can make this job easier for itself by capturing points A through D in succession, opening new paths and making E cap a more accessible point for them.  RED is to prevent this capture and any others at all costs.

Since the Demoman is a primarily defense-oriented class, and this article is geared towards Defensive strategy, let’s put our bomb-pissing drunkard on RED first.  Your concerns as a RED Demoman on Steel are:

  1. Suppressing enemy advancement towards your capture points
  2. Be on the lookout for any signs that the enemy’s Engineer has a forward base
  3. Taunting and Jeering
  4. Lay traps to kill any enemies that could be crucial to breaking your team’s defense

Perimeter Cap A: He Who Knows Not..

Your cap point has two ways BLU can access it: A longish run uphill from the main gate around the corner, or, coming over the top of the fronting wall to drop in front of your spawn exit court (and behind A Cap).  My personal cuppa is the classic stickying of the exits.  Now where you place your sticky bombs is an evaluation you must make based on one simple fact:  He who knows not, suspects not. If you want to maximize the chances of a kill, you will hide your bombs where the average player will not look.

Put yourself in the enemy’s shoes and mentally run out those exits with him.  Envision where his eyes will focus to find threats.  Most commonly this is at the ground level where enemy players and sentries will most likely be located, making overhead spaces the ideal to place your traps.  If an enemy is coming out a doorway staring straight at the opponent he intends to engage, of course he will be less aware of the string of stickies placed just outside that door, above his head.

Three stickies are usually enough to murder any class save a Heavy, so three will be satisfactory for the fronting wall window exit.  This leaves you with five to spread in overlapping cover upon the eaves of the main ground level exit for more coverage.  It’s all about coverage when thinking of how many to place.  With luck, you’ll have a place you can settle at to properly detonate those bombs the instant a fly wanders under your trap. Update 3/13/2010: The Scottish Resistance’s 14-bomb placement effectively doubles the explosive coverage, and the damage is exponentially multiplied.  You must have a keen eye or a quick spotter in order to take full advantage, however.  An array of six bombs is enough to explode even an overhealed Heavy, so six per exit, plus two as overflow (placed ahead and hidden to catch the faster classes, like Scouts, that can escape your bombs by their speed).

An important thing to remember about startup trapping:  Usually you can count on a Medic or two with full Übercharge to be coming out with his patients.  If you get a tip that BLU will be coming out with an Über ready, then the Medic is your prime target, not his patient.  Any wise Medic will wait until the opportune moment in the field to use their Übercharge on their patient.  As such, let his patient run safely under your bombs, follow the link of that blue Medigun trail, and blow your bombs the instant the Medic steps into the blast zone.  If you’re lucky, congratulations boyo: you’ve just blunted the spearhead of BLU’s offense! You can bet there’ll be plenty of cursing on their end. But be sure to hide yourself as best you can from BLU’s view; a lone Demoman seen standing in the open, watching the doors, puts the enemy on alert to traps.  But he who sees not…

Falling back from BLU’s spawn, you have other opportunities to trap your enemy.  The fronting wall on RED’s side is a sheer drop to the court. Eager BLUs looking to charge in will peek over this ledge before dropping in. It’s a prime place to lay sticky bombs either on the wall face itself, or on the ground directly in front of it.  Eight stickies are enough to make this area a lethal death trap for anyone foolish enough to drop in without looking down first, and your grenade launcher, properly aimed, can discourage enemies from straddling that ledge to try to fire down on the cap.  Beware the fact that the berm of the ledge provides BLU Demomen a position from which to shell you with indirect grenade fire if you choose to stand on the ledge.

If you chose to go low, there’s numerous corners you can hide stickies on.  Additionally, the shed that contains a full health box is a wonderful place to plant bombs for anyone seduced by the concept of full healing and a shelter from attack.  Just remember to hide those stickies from being seen by anyone who runs in (at least, until it’s too late).

Eventually you may find yourself being pushed back to the cap itself.  If you find yourself there, you’ll notice that the point has horizontal struts overhead which ring the platform.  These are acceptable places to put sticky bombs due to the nature of them being overhead (and thus less likely to be seen at first glance).  With an adequate spread, you can manage to injure attackers if not outright kill them.  With luck, you or your teammates can then finish off survivors and retake the point.  Stickying the ground of the point is fine and will do in a rush, but placing those bombs above eye-level is even better trap for an enemy that feels the way is clear.

Inevitably, the unthinkable happens:  BLU comes in force and your backup is still too far away (or respawning), and thus you must fall back.  Cap A is lost; it’s time to defend B.

Perimeter B:  Spittin’ Downhill…

Like Cap A, Cap B is a point that BLU must fight an uphill battle to get.  These situations reward RED with the high ground advantage.  B also has the boon of a more direct attack alley than A. There is no chance of BLU flanking RED, unless RED was incompetent enough to allow BLU to get an Engineer somewhere into their base.

For the early bird–err, Demo, BLU will most likely be charging down the access alleyway leading straight from A, drunk on victory from their successful siege and spamming their battle taunts.  Leave a spread of stickies for them at the dropdown chamber where the full health and 200 metal boxes are to…sober them up a little.  Be ready to feed a salvo of pineapples (grenades) into that alcove from the B side also, to deal with any of the friends of the victims you just detonated and who will no doubt not grasp the danger they are in before they drop down onto their comrades’ squishy, mangled remains.

Like A, B has an access way that is both primary and secondary: BLU can run out the main gate from their spawn area at ground level and into the basin, or, they can take the stairway along that path and cut to the top of the basin wall, from which a chain link fence and Sniper cabin front B.  Both paths meet at the front of the basin leading to the cap.

If you wish to deny BLU access to the main entrance it’s just an easy matter of sticky-bombing the main entrance itself and using grenades to force BLU into cover, but be prepared to be flanked from high left when BLU comes up the secondary path.  The secondary is a more important path in my estimation due to the ease with which it gets BLU into play safely, and, its ability to be locked down with an Engineer’s sentry (a sneaky BLU Engineer can have a teleporter up in the Sniper cabin without your dunce teammates realizing it).  Plus, its tight quarter stairwell concentrates the effectiveness of your munitions.  Therefore, denying BLU access there is more apropos for you.

When placing stickies here, cover your bases well.  A BLU Medic-Buddy team could be using this stairwell to get their Uber past the basin and quickly into range of the cap.  My personal touch is to hide a pocket of four stickies over the first doorway into the stairwell, then the rest beyond the second doorway at the L-bend.  This ensures that you have bombs adequately spaced and of sufficient power to kill anyone that charges into the L-bend.  Hopefully an Übercharging Medic and his unsuspecting patient (and anyone among them caught in the blast).  For anyone who perchance avoids and/or survives your trap and is determined to charge up the steps at you: feed them some pineapples until they stop moving.  Even novice Demomen will have little trouble racking up kills in this close-quarter death alley.  Just be wary of going down to re-place those stickies; that’s an unlucky time to come face to face with a Scout or Pyro.

The basin and its low ground is your advantage when firing upon the enemy, but should you end up surrendering it and being pushed back to the cap, all is not lost.  You can launch stickies over the wooden fencing barricading B cap from the spawn area and detonate them in mid-flight over the heads of any BLUs on the point.  And if that is not feasible, there is another Sniper nest that RED has ready access to, overlooking B itself.  Observant Demomen will use this to discreetly lob stickies down onto B from the window.

Of course, in our scenario, luck turns for BLU:  The perimeter is lost, your base grounds breached.  It’s time to fall back…

…Or rather, it’s *almost* time to fall back.  Once BLU takes B, any forces on the cap have two directions they can go: Into the base and past the E Core chamber to get to C, or further up the hill where a gate in sore need of some WD-40 is slowly opening to allow the same access.  Let’s stop in wait at the Grand Rusty Gate.

Looking back downhill, you will see the corner you came around to get up here.  Place a cluster of four sticky bombs just over eye-level on the right wall, then step back the final four every foot or so, creating a “comet tail” trail of stickies.  This is adequate enough to kill anything that comes around that corner as long as you are vigilant enough to detonate before they pass the tail of your bomb comet.  It’ll be the strategy for the secondary hall access to B all over again. You have metal and a nearby medium health pack to last you if you wish to make an extended stay.  But do not forget that BLU does not need your precious little alleyway to get to C, and if you have no action after a while it’s highly likely that BLU is attacking your base elsewhere while you sit on your bombs. Keep moving; when engaged in stalling guerrilla tactics like these you never want the enemy to be able to pinpoint your location.

Basin C:  The Point of No Return

Now that the perimeter has fallen, your base is in twice the peril than it was before.  BLU can enter your base via blast doors and access ways at both A and B; They have ready access to the rocket core, E cap (though still only Scouts, Soldiers and Demomen can rightly touch it); They can now begin infiltrating your base proper, and crafty BLU Engineers will be looking for unscouted locations inside your territory to set up a forward base and/or sentry nest.  It’s only going to get worse if C falls to BLU, as this triggers the catwalks which will allow Pyros, Medics, Heavies and all other baddies access to E.  Holding C, a cap with several blind spots yet still overlooking the deepest dry basin yet, is your last chance for a relatively focused defense.

You will function best as the doorkeeper, here.  The gate from B, high behind the retaining wall opposing C cap (where you just came through if you were corner-camping), is a major entry point for BLU.  It allows BLU to run the rim of the basin and drop down to a convenient hallway ramp that leads straight to the cap.  But almost as important are the two entryways on ground level, one above the other.  The lower entrance holds a full health box, the upper, 200 metal for an offensive BLU Engineer to establish a forward base.  An Über pair can also run out from below under cover from most effective sentry positions and charge the point in a matter of six seconds before deploying.  All of these things must be checked for at intervals, and turtling on C–that is, staying in the safely watchable area and not investigating the immediate surroundings leading to it–can be an invite to BLU to build fortifications, charge and ready Übers.

Now as the doorkeeper, you want to either resort to the aforementioned B-C stalling tactic while keeping an ear open to any sounds of battle in C basin; place stickies at locations adjacent to as many entries into the C area as you can reliably watch; or adapt the B-C technique for use at the OTHER accessway from B to C: The one previously mentioned which crosses in front of E.  Doing so for this accessway denies multiple routes for BLU.  It prevents them from accessing E via B, and cuts off their access to the two ground entrances to C by your slaying them before they can reach the fork in the paths leading to them.  You don’t have as close a quarter as you did in the side stairwell on B, so you will need to be more accurate and steady when using your grenades if your placement of stickies fails to kill the enemy.  But you and a fellow Demoman (or most other classes) can effectively deny the enemy their access to C.

Additionally, here’s something many people don’t know:  The grate in the floor at the doorway that leads to C (the one with the view down into the lower accessway, where a full health box rests) does not block splash damage.  If you’re on one side of that floor/ceiling grate and the enemy is on the other, set some stickies on it, back away, and nuke the suckers.

3/13/2010 Update: The Scottish Resistance’s independent cluster-detonation ability comes in great use here.  You can leave a cluster of six or so stickies placed beneath this grate and go about your defending in C until you see BLUs treading over it, at which point you can detonate.

These tactics are all one way a Demoman effectively defends: By keeping the enemy as far from their objective as possible.  Even if you are killed while forcing the enemy to use an Übercharge out of fright or in the effort to kill you, you will have forced them to use such a deadly tool prematurely, blunting (or nullifying) its intended effectiveness in the area beyond you.  In a game of chaos like Team Fortress 2, such acts can snowball into a win for your cause.

Should BLU push hard enough to reach the cap, however, you still have last ditch options:  There are numerous blindspots from the spawnward access, from the rampway leading up to it, and from the basin itself due to the steepness of the incline.  If BLU is swarming the point and you have not been noticed, you can attempt to get into the shadow of the point by the stairs leading up to it and toss stickies or grenades up onto it, detonating when you have a sufficient number to cause wide damage (three or four).  There is also the option of tossing those bombs from the location of the half-health medic box opposite the cap platform.  Or charging balls-out into their midst from the spawnward ramp.  A Demoman appearing in your midst around a blind corner with his bottle out, yelling wildly and swinging, is a frightening sight! …Well, usually…

But let’s say your valiant efforts are not quite enough, and you fall as control of C is wrested from your char-stained mitts.  It’s certainly looking bleak my friend.  The facility’s inner walls are your only refuge and they are soon to be crawling with BLU.  If you are able, meet RED in the hallway that contains your spawn room door which they will almost certainly charge through to get to D.

You can try stickying the walls holding the doors leading in from C to see if you get lucky and tag some BLUs, but more than likely you will end up trying to defend that stretch of a hallway in-between your two spawn doors which joins C to D.  Standard hallway defense applies, of course:  Sticky up the doorway BLU will enter from on your side, detonate on those that come through and launch grenades at the survivors.  More than likely you will be needed elsewhere soon, due to BLU now having access to your base via A and B as well as C.  BLU’s focus is still, ultimately, the capture of the core at E.  But the one thing which will make this easiest for them (and thus require your defense) is:

Interior D: Warding the Waiting Room

D is your last shot at ground you can control from a relatively watchable radius.  BLU has four ways to enter D: From the elevated ledge that leads in from the C-D hallway, running across RED’s spawn doors to drop onto the cap itself; From the two portals that lead in from both A and E’s joined access route, both portals being directly across from D cap; and from the entryway to E, if BLU manages to infiltrate E and cross the gorge to the other side.  There are lots of options for BLU but all of them still avoid surrounding RED, allowing for the possibility of keeping all eyes in the general directions that BLU can enter from.  Plus, D has ready access to RED’s spawn, which is certainly a plus for health and re-arming.

It’s really going to come down to team cohesiveness at this point.  Your team must be capable of watching the access ways and chasing the enemy back, because if BLU manages to confine red to specific locations inside their own base–say, the D cap room or the core room at E-then that gives BLU free reign over a huge share of the entire map, tipping the balance and limiting the effectiveness of keeping BLU from rushing a force in from any point.

You should be more effective in the close quarter of the inside, but you want to be on the lookout for any signs that the enemy has a forward base or teleporter set up: An excessive grouping of BLUs denying RED access to a location, the definitive blue sparklies falling from the feet of enemies you find in your territory, etcetera.  If it turns out that BLU does have a base then destroying it, like before for C’s defense, will become your priority.  If BLU can get right to the front and keep attacking, they will fear death less, take more risks to weaken your defenses, and eventually force through by the sheer frequency of attacks.  Good places BLU Engies love to build are:

  • The control cabin that observes E core through tall glass windows.  A full health box and 200 metal sits here, and the junction forms an easy access to D and E via Perimeter A cap for BLU that is moderately difficult for RED to retake.
  • The stair hall leading from Perimeter B to E (the same you might have chosen to defend when C was in danger).  BLU Sentry placements can be made here in a variety of ways, and BLU Engineers can leave a teleporter in a nook beside the rampway which is commonly overlooked by REDs who manage to destroy the base here.
  • C cap.  Another location that provides swift access to D and E, and is also far enough away from the fronts of those areas to avoid easy detection.

Check these locations if you are on the hunt for an Engineer’s nest, as they are among the more effective locations.  How you tackle them is up to you, but remember: In a pinch, all you need is three sticky bombs near a sentry to take it down.

Back to D, however: You can place sticky bombs on the wall of the dropoff ledge specifically for BLU to fall in front of and detonate, or you can get up to that entrance access itself (the one fronting the spawn door) and place bombs over the heavy safe door entrance, stepping them back in your spread to widen the blast range and kill anyone who steps foot through that door.  It may meet with mixed success as the enemy is spoiling for a fight when they enter that little door, which makes trying to hold down the hallway it connects to a potentially more effective prospect.  If there is heavy harassment coming from the portal opposing D point, lay some stickies in wait at the foot of the guard rail at the L-bend visible just beyond it.  Often times the enemy coming around that bend and staring into D Interior are not looking down at the little guard rail to their right hip.  It’s a prime spot to hope and catch a Demoman or Soldier who is trying to spam-kill any sentries that might be visible from there.

3/13/2010 Update: In the closer quarters of the interior your bombs will be more effective, and the ScoRes’s abundance of bombs will make a good minor deterrent visibly (and wider variety for trapping covertly).  Cover all the aforementioned entrances as best you can with your fourteen sticky bombs, and in this situation it would be useful to have the Eyelander to finish off those that possibly survive your explosions and gain yourself some speed and health boosts.  A powered-up, greased-lightning Demoman is a frightening thing to face.

D is somewhat difficult to defend if BLU is determined to take it, and any Über that manages to be popped while in the chamber has the potential of dealing heavy damage due to the relative close quarter.  But D is defensible with a coordinated defense and teamwork. Usually, however, a determined BLU will attempt to divide your team’s attention again by harassing E, especially if they have a chance to hop onto the point.  This is why defending D is a troublesome prospect, and many teams tend, unwisely, to surrender D just to fortify E.  if you find yourself stressed with BLU’s push on D, you can try and gain the high ground by your spawn and lob stickies and pipe bombs down upon the capping enemy, using the gate and plate walling nearby as cover when necessary.  A Demo can watch the entire interior from a perch atop D’s stairwell, and from this position stickybombs placed at those entrances can all be monitored as needed.

But let’s not be fooled; D is often unholdable even with the best of teams.  Perhaps you find the Interior falling to your foes and are forced to retreat.  It’s bleak, yet all is not lost, yet.

Core E:  The Last ‘Oorah.

The Rocket Core is the ultimate objective.  It’s what BLU is after, and it’s the most important part of your base.  BLU has access to E from the start of this map, but only crafty strategies will allow BLU the chance to steal it from RED before the defenses and outer layers of the facility have been taken, due to the fact that most of its easy accesses and platforms to allow access for every class must be made available by the capture of the other locations.  Nevertheless, you might see BLU sending Scouts, Demomen or Soldiers to E in an effort to threaten capture and distract your team from their defenses of other parts of the base.

While it’s imperative that BLU not be allowed to capture E, it’s also important not to break an area’s defense down in order to go deal with what could be a minor threat.  This is extra important if you are the keystone to the defense effort by performing area denial on a stairwell or a basin.

But if the facility has been surrendered and the core remains your last thread of possession to you, then it’s time to knuckle up.

E Core has four access ways BLU can attack from, all of them bad for you.  There is the B cap entryway at 12 o’clock to the point (pictured above); it has a ready catwalk to the point. There is the A cap entryway at 3 o’clock to the point, also with a ready platform.  There is the D-cap entryway at 9 o’clock which leads to a third catwalk.  And there is also the stairwell access underneath RED’s raised Sniper/Sentry platform which leads from the C cap basin through its underground tunnel and up to merge with the B door entryway.  This location is particularly troublesome for RED because it contains a sub-platform from which a BLU Demoman or Soldier can easily lob shots up to the superior platform’s ceiling and detonate any in-range enemy personnel or buildings from relative safety.

But where E Core is as exposed as the discarded panties of the Scout’s mother, it is also a place for RED to marshall its full strength and focus, secure the area for the Engineers to erect any sentries, and push back.  Demomen can be instrumental to this.

Assuming your team can watch E sufficiently, your primary goal should be to hunt down forward BLU bases.  Doing so will buy your team some breathing room due to making BLU have to run the distance instead of being immediately at the front.  Never, ever underestimate the importance of destroying that enemy teleporter or re-gaining territory when under siege; it can save the game for you.  But as an agent of push-back, particularly in an effort to stall and buy time for your teammates to support or assist, you should work to flush BLU out of the area with your bombs and lay them down in visible places.  Counter to wanting to kill them by surprise, this will notify the enemy that death or severe pain awaits if they enter your territory, pushing the boundary back.  Every room you can re-secure for your side moves their effectiveness back a touch, as nothing is worse than the enemy at your gates, seconds away from their goal, so close they can taste it.

You will need to scout possible places a BLU Engineer might build and laying traps again, such as in doorways of areas that have been recently re-taken and where BLU is expecting RED to have surrendered in exchange for fortifying the core.  Above all, be mobile.  Move around, move from one location and trap to another, and never turtle yourself inside the final area.  Never underestimate the effectiveness of such guerrilla tactics; keeping the enemy guessing as to where traps will be adds an edge for you by making the enemy cautious and slowing down their rush.  Your Engineers may get time to re-establish a fixed defense with support buildings for the other fighters.

If BLU manages to push their way into the core and claim the point, you fortunately have a few options to clear them off:

Remember that subplatform mentioned earlier? You can try to slip down there and perform the same act from the defense of cap C, in tossing stickies and pineapples onto the capture point in sufficient quantities that it will detonate everyone aboard it.  Hopefully they will be jumbled and pacing close enough that they will not notice. 3/13/2010 Update: Keeping a spread of stickies on the point will make anyone running to it wary, be it the normal launcher or the ScoRes.  With the Scottish Resistance, of course, you get to keep those stickies there while using others in your defensive efforts, detonating them only when you need to.

There is also the platform above that one.  You know, the one Engineers can’t resist spanking their sentries upon and spamming ‘Help’ from.  With its superior position and slight shielding against B door, it makes a good position to rain bombs down upon the enemy.  When rushing the point, lining up the enemy using the catwalks and tossing pineapples into their midst is good for using splash damage to wax the lot of them.  Sticky bombs roll on the catwalks, but stick to the cap point.  In most cases, especially if they have a Medic on the point with them, you don’t want to throw and detonate individual sticky bombs; it will not be as effective of a sure kill as a spread.  This is, of course, situational.  And if a Pyro with a flamethrower airblasts them, your spread could be ruined.  But in the end your splash damage may be the last thing standing between your team and certain loss.

If it comes down to you keeping sticky after sticky on that cap, then that is what you’ll have to do.  E cap does not run down quickly, and there should be enough time for at least one respawn and concerted attack from RED to rush the point.  So pick your safe spot and soften those BLUs up with every bomb you have in the hope that you’ll be able to win through.

Steel is a complicated map.  Like the best ones, it demands the use of the environment if a Demoman is to be an effective credit to team.  It demands you exercise some spatial awareness in placement of stickies behind doorways and over eaves, and weigh your priorities accordingly when it feels like BLU team mercenaries are coming from all corners.  But it’s a map where the Demoman class really shines, too!

I hope this was helpful and informative to at least some of you.  Stay tuned for The Offensive Demoman on CP Steel Part 1!

But not so soon.  I’m off to the Netherlands, then Eurofurence, for the next two weeks.  Ta!

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