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 use is the Conniver's Kunai and strategies used with it?

As a long time player of the Spy class, I value my knowledge of the Spy and how I can change my strategy to suit my situation. With the addition of the Conniver's Kunai, I've been trying to find when ...
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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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What does picking up Winter Gifts in TF2 do?

In the new TF2 winter update I have noticed that when some people die, they leave behind a gift. I have picked several of these gifts up, but nothing has been placed in my inventory and I have gotten ...
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What's the Huntsman's headshot criteria?

As arrows are projectiles, they must use the (large unrotating unintuitive) physics hitbox instead of the bullet hitboxes. So how does the game know where the head is? Is it the same for all classes? ...
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Where do gifts spawn in Eyeaduct?

Dual to the question for Mann Manor, where can gifts spawn in the 2011 Halloween map Eyeaduct? The couple I've found have just been in the middle while fighting for the point, never seen them "behind ...
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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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What unusual effects work with the slider?

It seems that only a select set of effects work with the slider, because whenever I try to adjust my Time Warp Unusual hat, it won't budge one bit. Yet, when I try to adjust a Nuts n Bolts Unusual ...
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How do I get to these “unreachable” places in Viaduct?

Playing in the koth_viaduct map, I've often found Engineers building their nests in apparently unreachable spots, like these roofs: or this catwalk here: How do they get there?
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What are standard weapon builds for a Heavy?

What are the standard equipment/weapon builds for a heavy (both offensive and defensive), when combined with a Medic?
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Which weapons are considered “upgrades” in TF2?

I've been looking for weapons that are upgrades from the default weapons in TF2. Ex. Third Degree. It's techinically an upgrade since there are no downsides and it hits players via Medigun beams. ...
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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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2fort: Sentry at the intel, or at the spawn?

Playing as an engineer on TF2's 2fort, what is the best location for my sentry? Hayroom spawn? One sentry can cover the grate, battlements and courtyard (every path to intel is blocked), and you can ...
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Blue expanding circle around players

Sometimes as I am playing TF2 I will see a player with a glowing, cyclically expanding circle around the base of the model. Does this mean anything? Unfortunately I have not been able to get a ...
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Is there anything I can do if I get ripped off?

I recently got scammed in a trade in Team Fortress 2. I know the person who did it. Is there any way for me to get my items back? Or will I have to live with the shame of my ignorance forever?
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How can I tell what level an enemy sentry is without entering its line of fire?

Commonly when roaming, I hear the familiar beeping sound of a sentry. Sometimes I know exactly where it is (such as around a corner right where it was destroyed last time), sometimes not. Is it ...
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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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Does healing a hurt ally increase ÜberCharge rate?

Does healing a hurt ally increase the ÜberCharge rate of a medic? If so, how much does it increase it by?
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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 much health does the tank have?

In some waves of the Mann vs Machine gamemode, a tank slowly rumbles towards you to deliver its own bomb. How much damage does it take to destroy this monstrosity?
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Skip TF2 file validation in Steam

Steam want to validate the cache of Team fortress 2, everytime I launch it, pretty darn irritating. Frag at 0%, Running it in Win 8(VHD) Any way to skip it? P.S:-It is nowhere related to HDD ...
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Do weapon stats only apply when the weapon is active?

For example, I'm carrying an axe with 20% damage bonus. Does that only apply to the axe when it is active, or also to the flame thrower, my primary weapon?
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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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How to reach the area right outside BLU's final spawn point in Barnblitz as a RED spy?

I've had multiple times my teleport entrances sapped when I built them on BLU's final spawn point, but when I play spy, there's no obvious way to get there, so I have to resort to the revolvers. While ...
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What does the “Enable Glow Effect” checkbox do?

I'm about to render a replay, and amongst the advanced options in the modal dialog there is a checkbox to "Enable Glow Effect". What is this, and what effects will it have on my replay if I enable ...
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TF2 stutters with high FPS, low ping

I recently acquired a second monitor and installed it with an HDMI cable. Since then TF2 has been choppy, even though I have high FPS and a low ping. Does anyone know how to fix this problem? My ...
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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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How can I make the “High Five!” taunt togglable?

Recently I got the "High Five!" taunt and according to the wiki description you have to hold down the "action" key and then wait for another player to come over to you and press their taunt key. ...
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Is the range of the Phlogistinator actually longer than the range of the other flamethrowers?

Look at the next few seconds of this video, demonstrating the phlogistinator in action: ...
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What is the default weapon switching time?

How can I calculate with the help of the numbers in the TF2 wiki how long does it take, in seconds, for any class to: Fire with one gun (start stopwatch) Switch to another weapon Fire with the ...
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How do I play Parkour Fortress?

So far I've played a little bit of Parkour Fortress, but I've seen others using moves that I can't seem to know how to use. I know the basics, wallrunning, sliding, and rolling after a long jump, but ...
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What causes replays to come out very dark?

Using the built in replay editor, replays look fine (as they do in gameplay): But after saving the replay to a file, they come out very dark: Note it doesn't look too bad here since it's small, ...
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What is the secret to surfing?

What's the trick to surfing? I've seen many surfing maps, yet I can barely complete any of them because I don't know how to surf. Also, is surfing different in each of the source games you can play ...
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TF2 account not premium anymore and most items not tradable

I didn't log into my second steam account for about a year, and today I discovered that I can only trade limited use items, like keys, duels, paints and tags. All other items are marked as ...
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How to capture the last point in Junction?

Some areas in TF2 are just horrid to attack. Two come to mind: Egypt, fourth point and Junction, last point. This question is about the latter. There are five ways to approach the point from and they ...
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Does gifting items in TF2 to another player give them Premium status?

Concurrently me and my friends are F2P players on TF2, and I'm planning to upgrade to Premium soon (by buying a key from the shop). If I gift him an item from the shop, like a key, or a hat, or ...
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What are some good tactics to use on DeGroot Keep?

I'm struggling on DeGroot Keep. Are there any specific strategies to win rounds consistently?
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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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Is it possible to stab an enemy before the hand goes into the ready position?

As stated in the title is it possible to stab an enemy before the hand goes into the ready position? For those who don't know already: This is the "ready" position that the hand goes into before you ...
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What's so special about the Fishcake?

Recently I had bought SpaceChem and upon completing all the research challenges, I was able to craft 2 items in TF2 and one of them was the Fishcake. The stats of the Fishcake are identical to the ...
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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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How can I see the status of my favorite servers without logging in to the game?

I have a short list of servers that I visit whenever I play TF2. Sometimes these servers are well-populated, other times completely empty. When I unwind at my computer, I'd like to check to see the ...
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Does wearing hats make it harder for others to shoot you?

So I'm considering selling my anger because every last sniper in tf2 has one, and I don't want to look like everyone else...I thought about buying a cold killer, but then I realized I want a hat that ...
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What happens when you use a name tag on a strange weapon?

If I use a name tag on a strange weapon in Team Fortress 2, does it keep the kill count and name changes? So that it becomes "strange description"+"name" Or does the name tag over write the name ...
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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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How do I get items in Team Fortress 2?

I picked up the Orange Box, mostly to play Portal, but I've played TF2 a bit here and there. In all my playing, I've never seen an item drop. Am I just not looking properly? Do I have to run up and ...
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TF2 Achievement Advisor - is there a way to know which achievement to go for next?

Is there an Achievement Advisor that tells me which achievements I should go for next in Team Fortress 2? e.g. the easiest one or the one that that will give me my next milestone. A similar service ...
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Is it possible to obtain a set of the Mann Co. Supply Crate Keys?

I have a few crates in my inventory that I would like to open. I wondered if it was possible to have a pack of keys? I am not talking about trading. I'm talking about one item that gives me X keys. ...
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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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How to airsuck and deal with airsuck?

As you know, pyros have the ability to airblast, or push things away with a jet of compressed air for 20 ammo. You might not know that sometimes you can apparently use a jet of compressed air to suck ...
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What is the “Set Style” button for?

What is the Set Style button for in the TF2 backpack?