Valve's class-based toon-shaded multiplayer hat simulation with an FPS minigame around it. Announced in 1998, it was released in 2007 as part of the Orange Box.

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Are bots useful for filling a Team Fortress 2 Server?

I've started my own Team Fortress server and it's been very quiet Are bots (the official Valve bots) helpful or unhelpful in this situation? Most players don't seem to like playing with bots (even if ...
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Do teleporters make for a good early warning system?

I've been sitting on my engineer's arse for a while now carefully crafting my dispensers and sentries to the state of the art in area denial duties near mission critical top-secret intelligence ...
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Avoiding cheap deaths in TF2

Often when I play TF2 (usually as spy/scout, but sometimes as other classes), I'll find myself suddenly blasted/incinerated/pick your own favorite way to die by something I never saw coming. Many ...
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How can I tell teammates from spies?

I'm going through the painful trial and error process of determining whether or not a player on my team is a spy or not. So far what I thought was the most successful procedure was dealing some ...
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When is the Kritzkrieg preferable to the Medigun?

When I play as a medic I almost always use the medigun. In what situations is the Kritzkreig more useful?
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What are the pros and cons of the spy knives?

I really want to know what the pros and cons of the spy knives are. The normal knife gives you all your health, disguise kit, and backstabby goodness and all, but YEH (Your Eternal Reward) is perfect ...
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Pistol vs Wrangler

I was wondering which is better for different situations. I used to think that the Wrangler was easily the better choice, until I noticed that the Wrangler is useless without a sentry. Do I go with ...
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How do I avoid TF2 servers loaded with bots?

It seems like whenever I choose to play TF2 at dead-ish times (when my favorites are all empty) all the servers I join are 90-100% bots. Is there some easy way to avoid joining those servers?
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Which wrench should I use? [closed]

I have no clue, I like crits with the normal wrench, but the bleeding on the Southern Hospitality is awesome with spies. I like the faster build time with the Jag, although I think it should also add ...
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Why was a drop immediately discarded?

I failed played some more TF2 today, and reached Medic milestone 3. I thus got a ubersaw. However, it was automatically discarded for some reason. What happened? Is my backpack full? Is this item ...
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Killing a heavy-medic pair solo

So, suppose that you're starting your favorite server with a couple of friends/strangers/mortal enemies (Basically, the number of people on the server is 4 on 4 or less). Anyway, you've been doing ...
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What technique should be used to melee-kill a Level 3 Sentry?

An answer to a different question on this site just informed me that it is possible to melee kill a level 3 sentry gun in TF2. The ability to do this with any kind of consistency would make me a god ...
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Is there a way to view the last game stats?

When viewing the leader board after a team fortress game, it shows the points earned by players during the time that each player has scored since connecting to the server (unless the map is changed, ...
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How can I achieve Patent Protection?

The Engineer achievement Patent Protection is eluding me. The achievement's description is: Destroy an enemy Engineer's sentry gun with a sentry under control of your Wrangler. I've ...
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What can the Pyro return to sender using the compression blast?

What exactly can the Pyro’s compression blast affect? I’ve reflected rockets back at soldiers, but I’ve had very sketchy luck trying to bounce other things back at enemy players.
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Cloak and Dagger or normal Invisibility Watch?

What do I use for what situation? Also, could you give me some general tips for cloaking with the spy?
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Team Fortress 2 Server Supporter

Whenever you are in the process of connecting to server, there is always a small list of top server supporters, along with a number. What exactly makes someone a "supporter" of a particular server, ...
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Can anything end bleeding damage early?

In TF2, when a player is set on fire, most healing will put the player out so that she will not suffer anymore damage. I wonder if the same is true of bleeding. Is there anyway to stop bleeding ...
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Latency issues in Team Fortress 2, but only after joining a game

I've just tried to play Team Fortress 2 for the first time for quite a while, and I am afraid I am plagued with a very annoying issue. When browsing for servers, I consistently see very good pings on ...
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Fastest way to kill a sentry gun with a sniper rifle?

Say I spot a sentry in the distance, and I take out the engineer. What's the fastest way to destroy the sentry? Shoot a series of slow, fully-charged shots? Shoot a series of fast, ...
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Is the Amputator taunt useful?

I recently crafted the Amputator, mainly for the set bonus. I've tested the taunt and it certainly seems to heal people, but is it really useful when you have unlimited healing with the medi-gun?
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What is the most effective way to counter a Sniper?

What are good strategies for countering a dominating sniper? What classes, class combinations, and weapons are effective against snipers?
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Are there any links to data on Offense vs Defense win/loss ratio for various maps?

I am curious to see which maps in Team Fortress 2 favor Offense or Defense. I know that Steam collects massive amounts of data on player statistics so they probably have the data somewhere. Does ...
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Does the Jag's build bonus apply to moving allies' buildings?

In Team Fortress 2, the Engineer weapon the Jag provides a "30% faster construction rate". When you move a built building it builds at twice the normal speed. I wonder how far this goes, thus: Does ...
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What's this castle all about?

I just joined a game of TF2 to find myself on some sort of castle map, with no guns allowed. What are the rules here, and what weapons are usable?
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Does bleeding damage stack?

If a player hits an enemy twice with the same bleeding weapon in TF2 will they take damage from both hits or simply the last hit? Does the multiple sources of bleeding damage add together, or is it ...
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What does the server tag 'nodmgspread' mean in Team Fortress 2

When you search for TF2 games there are a variety of server tags, many of them simply announcing the name of the server. One I see that I can't figure out is 'nodmgspread' I assume that ...
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What use is the shotgun for the heavy?

Typically my loadout for the heavy is: Minigun Sandvich Gloves of Running Urgently However, some of the players I play with (a 32-player server, but I have a reasonably close knit group of people ...
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In Team Fortress 2, which melee weapons have the longest attack range? shortest?

While it's easy to find damage data for melee weapons in TF2 (this question for example), it's difficult to find the range of melee weapons. The eyelander is described as being longer than the ...
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What are some popular TF2 maps that suit a low number of players?

I run a TF2 server, and I've noticed a problem in that there is maybe only one map I have in rotation that is suitable when only a few people are on the server. It's a dodgeball map, and I'd rather ...
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What are some suggestions for improving TF2 CPU performance?

A TF2 performance question: Do you guys have any ideas for how to improve TF2 performance? I'm running on a native 1900x1200 monitor and find that the game is really CPU limited. I'm running on a ...
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Is the Rocket Jumper droppable?

Does the Rocket Jumper weapon drop randomly as other weapons? Or is it only obtainable trough crafting and buying?
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How can I disable the critboost visual effect?

All crit boost effects (kritzkrieg, crit-a-cola, frontier justice) in TF2 generate a very fancy particle effect applied on the weapon that's getting the boost. If you don't know what I'm talking ...
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Cloak and Dagger, what's the catch?

Cloak and dagger has 100% generation rate, besides you remain half-invisible even if the cloak is depleted. This looks like it has lots of advantages over Invisibility Watch but not any shortcomings. ...
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Is it possible to set item “loadouts” to a hotkey in TF2?

With all the new items that have been added recently to Team Fortress 2, I find myself spending a lot more time at the item screen than I ever used to. Some of my weapon slots now have 5 choices ...
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What are the vintage items?

In playing Team Fortress 2 after the most recent update I've noticed a lot of "Vintage" items. What's different about these items? How can I acquire more?
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What happens if I remove paint from a hat?

With the October 6th 2010 patch, Team Fortress 2 added the possibility to remove paint from painted hats. But if I remove the paint from a hat, is it simply washed out and lost, or will I get my ...
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TF2 dedicated server on really old PC?

I have an old PC that I recently re-upped with Debian (forget which one, the most recent version). Here are the specs: P3 1.2 GHz 768 MB DDR2 80 GB 7200RPM HDD Gigabit LAN Is this sufficient for a ...
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Can objects unboxed in crates be traded or crafted?

If I found a crate in Team Fortress 2 and open it with a key, can I trade or craft the item stored inside?
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What are unusual items?

I just saw that some players have in their backpack so called Unusual Items. The description says that the item has special attached particle effect? What does it mean and how can I create an item ...
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Does the item level in Team Fortress 2 affect the particular item?

I notice that most weapons other than the original weapons have a level above 1. Can this number be different from player to player (or even item to item in the backpack of one player) for the same ...
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How do I open a Mann-Co Supply Crate?

I just received a Mann-Co Supply Crate from the TF2 random drop system -- but it says it's locked. I see that a key is available for purchase in the TF2 Store (for $2.50), but I have no interest in ...
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What was “cloak blink time”?

An old item set for the Spy, the Saharan Spy, was added to Team Fortress 2. The set bonus said: Reduced decloak sound volume 0.5 sec longer cloak blink time What does "cloak blink time" mean? ...
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Blutsauger without any Medic achievements?

I just started playing TF2 and the only Medic-related achievement I have is Play Doctor. Yet, after only 2 hours of play, not all of which were as the Medic, I've already received the Blutsauger. The ...
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How can I tell if I have the Team Fortress 2 update that supports Snow Leopard 10.6.4?

I recently saw that TF2 has updated its code so it doesn't run slow for the Mac OS X 10.6.4 update (which I was holding off on doing since I wanted to play TF2). I just saw that I need to restart ...
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In Team Fortress 2, what is “telefragging”, and how is it done?

On my server stats page, there's a kill category that is called "telefrag". I don't have any. What is this, and how is it done?
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Recreation of murderball in TF2?

Has anybody seen or played in any murderball style maps in TF2? I remember this quite fondly from the TFC days, but for some reason it never really seemed to catch on with the community. I always ...
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Tips for playing Spy in low player count matches

In trying to get practice for the upcoming 9v9 TF2 competition, I'm interested in seeing if there's any insight on how to play a spy against a lower number of players. Spies tend to work better the ...
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Instant weapon change

When I play Team Fortress 2 and want to switch weapons I have to select one using my the keyboard's number keys (1, 2, 3, ...) and press fire button on the mouse to switch to that weapon. ...
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What does “Suicide after choosing a player class” mean?

In Options -> Multiplayer -> Advanced there's an option called "Suicide after choosing a player class". What does it do? Is it a good idea to check/uncheck?