G’day Mercs! We hope that the spirit of Halloween has been treating you well over the last couple of weeks. As time moves on, you may start to get bored of the deathmatch arenas that we call “maps”. Think of it like pizza: you really like eating slices of pepperoni, cheese, vegetarian (…if you’re into that), but your doctor tells you that “it’s not healthy” and you should go on a “diet”. You ignore the doc’s advice, and you end up dying of a heart attack at age 53. Roll credits! I’m joking. This is a blog post, not a movie.

However, we are all responsible little mercenaries, and we follow our doctors advice (because mandatory fitness training and healthcare is written into our contracts, and death ensures if we breach them). So today, we have four new maps for you all to play on!

First up in the rotation is koth_ramjam by Jusa with additional support from Evil Knevil, NassimO, and MaccyF. Set in an outdoor factory complex between Berries Liquefying United and R.E.D (Rather Edible & Delicious) Jam Cooperative, players fight over the central courtyard that separates both plants. Don’t keep your hands in the jam barrel for too long, you’ve got a battle to fight!

Next up, double check your totally legitimate passports, book a flight to Asia, because we’re flying down to koth_daenam by hondjo and poy. This beautiful map will kill you. While you were admiring the beauty of those cherry blossom trees, a soldier shot a rocket at you. So uncivilized. Make your way around the tight middle corridors and climb up the ramps that lead to the point where fights are sure to become chaotic!

Reenact your James Bond impression, because next up we’re sneaking into cp_fulgur by AsG_Alligator. Pyro mains with a trigger happy airblast are sure to have a field day with the helipad on A, so Scouts beware! This spytech themed map takes you inside of RED’s evil lair one point at a time, with the final point being underneath a massive rocket silo! Make sure to not get caught in the launch sequence, because you’d be dead.

Last but not least, we have koth_ashville by Marilyn and Hinomaru. Competitive players, you might know this centre point all too well. Based on Mackey’s original design, it has been turned into a King of the Hill map, based around the Highlander gamemode. The main objective is simple: fight for control of the courtyard; how could you screw up that? That’s a question you will ask yourself a lot, as your team keeps losing to the other team. Shame on you.

These maps wouldn’t have been chosen without playtests from our awesome community. Thanks to all the players who came out to both of our playtest sessions! If you ever want to be a part of these map tests, feel free to join our Discord (creators.tf/discord) and subscribe to our Events Notification role, or join our official Steam Group and keep an eye out for the events that we announce.

The event is now live on all Creators.TF servers, so go ahead and get your fitness quota going! (The Creators.TF Halloween Special campaign has now been disabled, and the Halloween maps have now been removed from rotation.)

See you out there!
- The Creators.TF Team.

Housekeeping...

November 04, 2020 07:20 • Creators.TF Blog

Hey everyone! Welcome back to Creators.TF! Over the last few days, a few issues have been brought to our attention, and we've had to take some action. In this blog post, we're going to recap everything that's happened over the last few days, what’s happening with the Scream Fortress event, and where Creators.TF is going in the future.

On October 24th, we released our Scream Fortress update. Admitably, it wasn't as ready and stable as we wished it was. Shortly after release, we've discovered problems with handling the load on the website during launch day, which caused it and our backend to slow down to a crawl. We want to apologize for the inconvenience that this caused for players on launch day.

Since the servers and website were taken offline due to the economy bug and instability of the servers, a lot of improvements and optimisations have been made to the website and backend, which should mean faster load times and requests should now fully go through. If you experience any problems, have any questions or feedback, please do not be afraid to get in touch with us by sending an email to support@creators.tf, or you can alternatively join our Discord here and post a message in the #help-desk or #feedback channel.

So what's next for Creators.TF? Well Halloween has almost come and gone, but the spirit of MEARSMUS is still with us! The Scream Fortress event will be extended to November 21st to make up for all of the time lost over the last few days. As for the future, we'll be continuing to push out content for the entire TF2 community as we always have! This might be a tiny dent in the road, but we can pick up our tools, rebuild our sentry guns, and keep moving forward! Now, enough chatting.

Check out the update if you haven't seen it already, and go out and collect all of those souls!

Greetings mortals, it is I, Merasmus! Today, I come to you to announce that Creators.TF released their Halloween event, in collaboration with me! I am glad they trusted Merasmus enough to let him prepare Scream Fortress for them. However, Merasmus has to curse Soldier once again, as he sneakily replaced my spoons with his weird ones, because “this is America”.

Merasmus hopes you will like this event, that took some time to produce. Better to release later than to release a forever bad event, you know? By the way, if you meet one of the team members, tell them to give Merasmissions back to Merasmus, or they will face a certain doom!

Go check it out, fool!

Happy Scream Fortress, everyone! We're still working with Merasmus to make our own Scream Fortress and to make sure it'll be a great event. Expect it to come later this month. Meanwhile, to celebrate this early release of Scream Fortress (so early we were all surprised), we're adding every official Halloween map in our rotation for you to enjoy!

See you soon!

A Goosebumping Voice

August 30, 2020 19:20 • Creators.TF Blog

Last night, son, I had a weird dream. It’s a long story, so I’ll pass you the details. I was defending one of the many facilities while a man with a chilling voice replaced the usual lady shouting in the speaker. I was fixing my sentry while this man appeared behind me. My first reaction was to equip the Wrangler and shoot at him, but it didn’t do anything! “Mister Conagher…”, he said, “your… toy won’t save you this time”. As he was about to put his hands on my shoulders, I woke up.

“Rise and shine, Mr. Conagher.” The man was in my room! Smirking, he reached at his pockets and handed me a tiny thing that looked like speakers and a TV. “Give it to your… employers”, he said. ”This is the product they were… waiting for.” Then, he walked out of my room, without a word. I looked at the product more closely, but it didn’t make any sense.

When I got to my employers’ office, the CEO laughed at his colleagues. “Hah, I told y’all we were going to get it some day!” When I asked him what this thing was, his writer handed me this notice:

The G-Man Announcer Pack, initially planned to release alongside Hazardous Environments is now available. To use it, download the Creators.TF Community Launcher and activate the Announcer Pack.
Or you can download the .vpk and put inside your "tf/custom" folder.

Son, if you want to use this thing, go ahead, it sure sounds amazing. Me, I’ll pass on that. That night was so terrifying I don’t see myself using it.

- Engineer

Back to Fight!

August 29, 2020 22:57 • Creators.TF Blog

It’s almost September now, and if you were a normal human being, you would listen to those boring official letters saying “blah blah, back to school!” and boring people trying to sell you products you don’t need, like sham-poo. But you’re not a normal human being. You’re a mercenary.

Mercenaries do not care about school, they care about how they’re gonna make that crybaby leave the battlefield and say to themselves: “that’s it, I quit my job and start a new career in jazz”, right before I storm into their house and tell them that creating art is not for cowards.

Lucky for you, gravel fighter, that crybaby jazz hippie left behind a large house with eleven cosmetics and five maps! (It was a big house). He was actually hiding them from me. How did I know? Feelings. Why did this mega bastard hide those items from the public eye? I don’t know, maybe I scared him away when I was about to go in that supermarket and he said “Sir, I can’t let you in if you don’t put on a shirt right now”, told him who I was and threw a shopping cart at him.

Anyway, do you want to see the stuff I got for ya? Of course you do! Those are some nice new facilities to defend, with style!

The event is live now. Summer is over, get back to fight already!

Welcome to TWO New Themes!

"This year has been a wild ride hasn't it? But screw it, let's make the rest of the year even bigger!" - That's the topic I brought up to the Mann Co. employees during our latest meeting. One of them suggested to develop two special events at the same time. And you know what happened to him? Yeah, obviously he got fired, ha-ha. I am the boss here, and I make the decisions. Not him. It's me.

Anyway, after thinking for a while, I had a revelation! Let's announce two special themes at the same time, so we can develop two events at the same time! That sounds amazing and totally original! Yeah, I love it.

So here we are: introducing two upcoming themes that will be featured in the next major events by Creators.TF till the end of this year: Halloween and Robots. I'm mainly making this announcement to make some noise to help fill our workshop with content. So if you're excited about these upcoming themes, like me, go make stuff for the workshop. Oh, and in case if you already have content in your Steam Workshop that fits one of those themes, your items get bonus points by automatically being eligible to be included in these events! Sounds awesome, doesn't it? Then submit your stuff to Creators.TF.

Now some guidelines: for the Halloween-themed events, we are waiting for, obviously, Halloween-themed cosmetics, taunts, weapons. For the Robotic event however, we mainly need content that resembles or is similar to content previously introduced in «Robotic Boogaloo Update»: robotic cosmetics, taunts, weapons, anything!

And also there was a message from Creators.TF team that they really wanted me to announce. Uh, what does it says... "We... need... more...". Yetis? Guns? Pants? Oh, wait, no. "We need more people!", that's what it says. Creators.TF is currently looking for a few more team members to help create these upcoming events, so if you're excited to help - apply to the team. Applications will be closed whenever they get enough people, so don't delay!

- (probably) Saxton Hale
President, Mann Co.

The Classful Event!

July 24, 2020 13:24 • Creators.TF Blog
The Classful Event

Introducing The Classful Event, our third major event themed around the old Team Fortress way of update! Including 19 new community-made cosmetics, 3 new maps, 3 new weapons, balance changes, contracts, a new feature (a Strange one) and a rework to our inventory system!
More details on our update page!

A Fabulous Person!

July 06, 2020 19:01 • Creators.TF Blog
Team Fabulous 2 Reanimated

The original Team Fabulous 2 came out almost a decade ago, yet it has become, and still is, the most iconic and memorable Team Fortress 2 animation to this day. The creator of this video passed away due to leukemia in 2015, but his legacy will be remembered for many years.

Our friends at Team Fabulous 2 Reanimated have taken the initiative to bring the Team Fortress 2 community together to reanimate the video to honor kitty0706 and his inspirational legacy! Featuring over 200 creators, artists and animators, the final fully reanimated video is finally live on YouTube.

Donations can be made to the Team Fabulous 2 Reanimated Charity to help fight against leukemia. The charity will be online until August 6th, 2020!

Last but not least, as a little collaboration with the TF2R team, we have decided to release a small, yet memorable, gift for everyone who wants to celebrate the release and to tribute our beloved content creator. A new special cosmetic has been added to our store that can be purchased right now! We definitely recommend watching this video, so click the button above and we'll see you there!

Artwork by: Manndarinchik

Co-operative Contracts are now live on all Creators.TF servers!
This means that now, if you and your friend have the same contract activated, are playing on the same server, and are on the same team, you can now both help each other to complete a specific contract.

Here is how this system works, in detail:
  • Be sure you have your friend added on Steam.
  • Be sure either you or your friend have Steam's friend list set to public.
  • Be sure you both have the same contract activated.
  • Be sure to be in the same server.
  • Be sure to be in the same team.
  • After meeting all these requirements, you both will now be sharing/completing the same contract.
    P.S.: At the contract's completion, both parties will be able to get each individual reward to their respective accounts.

    If you find a bug related to this feature, feel free to either email us on support@creators.tf, sending a ticket over support.creators.tf or simply leaving a message on the #feedback channel in our official Discord server.

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