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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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?
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Map a key to switch between my favorite weapons for each class?

Is there some way to map a key so that it switches between my favorite weapons for each class? I haven't played much Team Fortress 2 yet, but for most of the classes I use one or two weapons. I often ...
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Under what circumstances should I be using the Ambassador in Team Fortress 2?

When I play spy, it always seems that when I have to go to my gun, it's always a desperate situation. I have a real hard time getting head-shots under pressure, and I can't imagine willingly trading ...
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What should I be doing as a scout in the opening seconds of an arena match in Team Fortress 2?

I absolutely love playing arena. One class that I don't end up playing very much is the scout. Since arena maps are smaller, running to the front lines once the round starts and finding all twelve ...
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How can I effectively “sentry jump” with the wrangler?

Now that the wrangler has been introduced to the engineer, the engineer can get to places previously unreachable. Is it possible to get propelled upward with just the gun from the sentry to take less ...
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How can pyros actually rocket jump?

I've heard people talk about Pyros being able to rocket-jump in TF2. Since they obviously don't have a rocket launcher, how is this possible?
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What is the timing to reliably reflect rockets, arrows, and grenades?

I seem to have terrible timing when trying to reflect rockets, pipes, and arrows. What is the timing that I need to use to reliably reflect these? Is it right before they hit me, or is it further ...
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How do I change my Field of View?

I know that I can kind of adjust my field of view by switching from a 4:3 resolution to a 16:10 or 16:9 resolution. Is there any way that I can just set the field of view to the maximum allowable ...
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What is it about TF2 and hats?

I see in a lot of posts talk about Team Fortress 2 and hats, what is that about? What is so special about hats in that game?
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What is an effective way to use the Sandman?

I recently unlocked the Sandman for the Scout and have been using it but I don't really see the advantages. The -15 health does not seem to make up for the fact that I am just able to stun a player ...
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The Dalokohs Bar - HP Buff calculation and mechanics

I just FINALLY received this item last night and seeing as I'm a fairly frequent Heavy player, I'm curious as to the mechanics of the HP boost. Does the HP boost stack with the medic-gun, giving you ...
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Is there a way to measure distance between points in Source engine games?

When practicing jumps in Team Fortress 2, I'd really like to be able to measure both the height and length of my jumps, as well as the distance between two points on the map. Is there a way in the ...
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How do you avoid bumping into players as a spy?

Every now and then when playing TF2, I see a spy who seems to be able to stand right in the middle of a small group of enemies, whether in disguise or in stealth, and doesn't seem to have any problems ...
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How can I improve my melee skills in TF2?

I have real trouble trying to use the melee weapons in Team Fortress 2. I always seem to miss. Are there any tips for making good use of the melee weapons, or what can I do to train this skill?
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What is weapon spread as it relates to Team Fortress 2?

"Weapon Spread" seems to be a term used ofter in regards to "vanilla" servers in Team Fortress 2. What does this term mean, and how does it relate to server settings and gameplay?
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What is damage spread as it relates to Team Fortress 2?

The term "Damage Spread" is thrown around, specifically in regards to "vanilla" servers in Team Fortress 2. What does this term mean, and how does it relate to server settings and gameplay?
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Is the range and damage of all melee weapons the same in Team Fortress 2?

It seems that most weapons have the similar ranges and damage spreads. Are a majority of these weapons exactly the same, or are each classes default melee and upgrades totally different?
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Team Fortress 2: Crafting Recipes

I'm looking for some good crafting recipes for TF2. I know the ones that give you stock, which isn't much, and I've looked in the TF2 wiki, but I wondered if anyone has found some good recipes and ...
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How can I create server-wide aliases for console commands in Source games?

I'm an administrator on a couple TF2 servers, and I've installed a couple Sourcemod plugins (MeleeMode, ClassChooser, etc.). However, to get these to work the way I want, I have to set variables ...
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Frontier Justice questions

I have a few questions regarding how the new frontier justice shotgun for the engineer works, especially regarding death: If you have X revenge crits remaining and you die, do you respawn with any ...
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Is the Scottish Resistance useful in TF2?

Is the Demo man's high capacity Scottish Resistance sticky bomb thrower useful in TF2? What tactics does it encourage, and what does it discourage?
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What good are the class config files?

Everytime I see somebody type a script for TF2, even if it is a script specifically for one class, I see people put it in the autoexec.cfg. It seems as though the best place to put a rocket jump ...
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Does the Frontier Justice get revenge crits when Combat Sentries are destroyed?

I tried a Gunslinger engineer build and was using Frontier Justice. I would drop my combat sentries in locations where they seemed really likely to destroyed thinking I would get bonus crits. ...
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Idling in Team Fortress 2

After the recent class update, I've been trying to increase my play time from 2 to 3 hours per week to 2 to 3 per night in order to receive additional weapon drops. Yet this doesn't seem to be enough ...
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What is the appropriate ratio of medics?

What is the appropriate ratio of Medics to team size for most non-pro games? I'm fairly sure one medic in twelve players isn't effective.
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What are the advantages of using the Huntsman?

I have recently acquired the Huntsman when playing as a sniper and I have been wondering why should I use it in Team Fortress 2, other than completing some Achievements.
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Can you use the Single Player mode on Team Fortress 2 to get Achievements?

There is now the option for one player mode, which is good for people to hone skills, and whatnot, but can you get achievements/drops in One Player? If so: how?
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Is it faster to build a sentry in-place or build it near the resupply and then haul it?

I'm trying to understand what is the faster way to get a strong sentry to the front at the beginning of the round (the setup time). Is it better to build a sentry directly on the front? This has the ...
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What's the range of the wrangler?

How much extra range does the Engineer's sentry gun have when using The Wrangler? I know that its range is increased, but not the extent...
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Tactics versus new “updated” engineers

With the new engineer update, some old tactics seem to no longer work against certain sentries. Specifically I'm talking about a level one with a shield. The only ways we found to bring them down ...
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What is strafe jumping?

I've seen people rocket and sticky jump, but make incredible turns in the air. In Team Fortress 2, for example, I've seen people on 2Fort jump out of one side of the battlements, do a 180, and land ...
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What is the technique for effective rocket jumping?

Rocket jumping seems to be one of the most important techniques in the Soldier's arsenal. How is a "good" rocket jump performed?
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How do you triple jump with the Force of Nature?

How does one accomplish this while avoiding skyboxes?
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How can I guarantee a hat drop?

How can I get a hat? I've been playing for ages, and haven't got a darn tootin' thing.
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How to map mutliple keys to a button in Half Life 2/Team Fortress 2?

I'm sick of trying to get my rocket jumps accurate enough to actually jump places, that I'm left trying to jump instead of killing the enemy. This would be helpful in Half Life 2 too. As they have ...
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Of what use is the Heavy dropping a sandwich?

Recently I've accidentally discovered that you can Right-Click to drop a sandwich (Heavy's 2nd weapon), but then I can't pick it up again. Anyone know what's the point of dropping the sandwich apart ...
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When does the weekly drop count reset?

Ever since the weekly drop limits went into place, I only get a few items a week. What is the exact time each week the drop count resets?
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How can I craft the Golden Wrench?

Soon Valve is announcing the Engineer Update. There is a lot of hype about "The Golden Wrench", an item that can be crafted and used by the engineer class. What I did not understand is which item ...
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What should I do to get into competitive Team Fortress 2?

I've been playing a lot of pubs for a long time. What steps should I take if I want to give competitive TF2 a shot?
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Should I fully charge my sniper shot?

Is it prudent to fully charge my sniper rifle in most cases? If an enemy gets up close, am I better off trying to scope-n-shoot, no-scope, or try some other weapon?