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Australian christmas update released - lets go!
Written by Unknown and translated by Unknown on 16.12.2011 Time 11:53

We are pretty sure Valve read our news post from yesterday. There, we complained about the missing Christmas items this year. But Valve already called all item creators to arms in late November and encouraged them to submit their Christmas creations to the Steam Workshop. Part 2 introduces this missing Christmas-feeling to TF2. Lets Go! 

Australien Christmas 2011

Naughty Winter Crate Key & Nice Winter Crate KeyLike we already mentioned, part two of the Christmas event introduces the missing Christmas items to Team Fortress 2. These items were submitted exclusively by the community. A huge part of them will only be unlockable by obtaining the two new crate types (Naughty Winter crate and Nice Winter Crate) with the matching keys. The keys have to be purchased in the shop and will be valid until January 1st 11 pm.

Australien Christmas 2011 - Heavy Christmas PunchNext to the two Grordbort sets for engineer and pyro, the scout will also receive his own set - Santa's Little Accomplice. This set consists of a melee weapon, a hat and a misc item.

In addition to the new items, a few bugs in the source engine were also fixed. A SourceTV bug, where the number of spectators was limited by the number of players on the server was removed. Moreover Valve added a new global TF2 achievement where you have to collect presents dropped by dead players (Info from CSS).

The new items will be integrated step by step today. Please be patient, as the introduction of approximately 50 new items will take some time. The items implemented so far will be available at the end of this news post.

Finally, the complete changelog:

Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)

  • Fixed a bug which caused Windows Aero Extensions video option to always be enabled, regardless of setting. Disabling this can improve compatibility with third-party programs and overlays, but may also affect performance.
  • Fixed SourceTV showing player counts for the game server instead of the number of clients connected to the SourceTV server

Team Fortress 2

  • Australian Christmas has begun!
  • Added community-contributed winter event items
  • Added new Grordbort Pyro and Engineer item sets
  • Added the "Valve Gift Grab 2011 – TF2" achievement
  • Added Naughty and Nice winter keys to the Mann Co. store
  • Added a new Valve-authored control point map: Foundry
  • Added 12 achievements for Foundry
  • Added achievement reward milestone reward for Foundry achievement
  • Added UGC Highlander medals
  • Relaxed some restrictions on what misc items can be equipped simultaneously
  • Additional improvements for client stability
  • Updated the localization files

Undocumented changes

  • Added Noise Maker - Winter Holiday
  • Added Holiday Restriction: Winter
  • Strange weapon level up alerts re-added for the player whose weapon leveled up.
  • HUD now displays health up to 4095 (up from 1023)
  • Jumps with the Detonator are now higher

  • Items Toggle View

    • Festive Scattergun

      Festive weapons are default weapons that are wrapped with Christmas lights.

      The color of the lights differ between RED and BLU teams, RED team has red, yellow and green lights whereas BLU has blue, yellow and green lights. These weapons can be obtained by unlocking a Naughty Christmas Crate.

      The weapons were added in the Australian Christmas 2011 update.

    • Festive Rocket Launcher

      Festive weapons are default weapons that are wrapped with Christmas lights.

      The color of the lights differ between RED and BLU teams, RED team has red, yellow and green lights whereas BLU has blue, yellow and green lights. These weapons can be obtained by unlocking a Naughty Christmas Crate.

      The weapons were added in the Australian Christmas 2011 update.

    • Festive Flame Thrower

      Festive weapons are default weapons that are wrapped with Christmas lights.

      The color of the lights differ between RED and BLU teams, RED team has red, yellow and green lights whereas BLU has blue, yellow and green lights. These weapons can be obtained by unlocking a Naughty Christmas Crate.

      The weapons were added in the Australian Christmas 2011 update.

    • Phlogistinator

      • All fire damage charges 'Mmmph', activate to refill health and crit for several seconds
      • No airblast
      • No random critical hits
      • -10% damage penalty

      Being a revolutionary appliance capable of awakening the fire element phlogiston that exists in all combustible creatures, which is to say, all of them.

    • Festive Minigun

      Festive weapons are default weapons that are wrapped with Christmas lights.

      The color of the lights differ between RED and BLU teams, RED team has red, yellow and green lights whereas BLU has blue, yellow and green lights. These weapons can be obtained by unlocking a Naughty Christmas Crate.

      The weapons were added in the Australian Christmas 2011 update.

    • Pomson 6000

      • Does not require ammo
      • Projectile penetrates enemy targets
      • Projectile cannot be deflected
      • On Hit: Victim loses 10 Medigun charge
      • On Hit: Victim loses 20 cloak

      Being an innovative hand-held irradiating utensil capable of producing rapid pulses of high-amplitude radiation in sufficient quantity as to immolate, maim and otherwise incapacitate the Irish.

    • Festive Sniper Rifle

      Festive weapons are default weapons that are wrapped with Christmas lights.

      The color of the lights differ between RED and BLU teams, RED team has red, yellow and green lights whereas BLU has blue, yellow and green lights. These weapons can be obtained by unlocking a Naughty Christmas Crate.

      The weapons were added in the Australian Christmas 2011 update.

    • Manmelter

      • Does not require ammo
      • Projectile cannot be deflected
      • Gives one guaranteed critical hit for eachteammate extinguished by this weapon
      • No random critical hits

      Being a boon to tree-fellers, backwoodsmen and atom-splitters the world over, this miraculous matter-hewing device burns each individual molecule as it cleaves it.

    • Festive Stickybomb Launcher

      Festive weapons are default weapons that are wrapped with Christmas lights.

      The color of the lights differ between RED and BLU teams, RED team has red, yellow and green lights whereas BLU has blue, yellow and green lights. These weapons can be obtained by unlocking a Naughty Christmas Crate.

      The weapons were added in the Australian Christmas 2011 update.

    • Festive Medi Gun

      Festive weapons are default weapons that are wrapped with Christmas lights.

      The color of the lights differ between RED and BLU teams, RED team has red, yellow and green lights whereas BLU has blue, yellow and green lights. These weapons can be obtained by unlocking a Naughty Christmas Crate.

      The weapons were added in the Australian Christmas 2011 update.

    • Festive Bat

      Festive weapons are default weapons that are wrapped with Christmas lights.

      The color of the lights differ between RED and BLU teams, RED team has red, yellow and green lights whereas BLU has blue, yellow and green lights. These weapons can be obtained by unlocking a Naughty Christmas Crate.

      The weapons were added in the Australian Christmas 2011 update.

    • Wrap Assassin

      • Alt-Fire: Launches a festive ornament that shatters causing bleed
      • 30% damage penalty

      These lovely festive ornaments are so beautifully crafted, your enemies are going to want to see them close up. Indulge them by batting those fragile glass bulbs into their eyes at 90 mph.

    • Third Degree

      • All players connected via Medigun beams are hit

      Being a device that flouts conventional scientific consensus that the molecules composing the human body must be arranged "just so", and not, for example, across a square-mile radius.

    • Holiday Punch

      • Critical hit forces victim to laugh
      • Always critical hit from behind
      • On Hit: Force enemies to laugh who are also wearing this item
      • Critical hits do no damage

      The Holiday Punch is a community-created melee weapon for the Heavy. The Holiday Punch was contributed to the Steam Workshop under the name The Masculine Mittens. It was released in the Australian Christmas 2011 update.

      If a critical hit is achieved or the target is also wearing the item, then the victim will burst into laughter, leaving them temporarily defenseless. The weapon always deals critical hits from behind, but its crits do not deal any damage. Critical hits given by the Buffalo Steak Sandvich, or presumably any other source, will deal normal critical hits, instead of the laugh effect, unless from behind. The arc behind is similar to a Spy's backstab.

      Taunting with the Holiday Punch equipped will perform the Showdown Special taunt.

    • Festive Wrench

      Festive weapons are default weapons that are wrapped with Christmas lights.

      The color of the lights differ between RED and BLU teams, RED team has red, yellow and green lights whereas BLU has blue, yellow and green lights. These weapons can be obtained by unlocking a Naughty Christmas Crate.

      The weapons were added in the Australian Christmas 2011 update.

    • Eureka Effect

      • On Alt-Fire: Teleport to spawn
      • Cannot carry buildings

      Being a tool that eliminates exertion by harnessing the electrical discharges of thunder-storms for the vigorous coercion of bolts, nuts, pipes and similar into their rightful places. May also be used to bludgeon.

    • Festive Knife

      Festive weapons are default weapons that are wrapped with Christmas lights.

      The color of the lights differ between RED and BLU teams, RED team has red, yellow and green lights whereas BLU has blue, yellow and green lights. These weapons can be obtained by unlocking a Naughty Christmas Crate.

      The weapons were added in the Australian Christmas 2011 update.

    • Spy-cicle

      • Silent Killer: No attack noise from backstabs
      • On Hit by Fire: Become fireproof for 2 seconds
      • Backstab turns victim to ice
      • Melts in fire, regenerates after 15 seconds

      It's the perfect gift for the man who has everything: an icicle driven into their back. Even rich people can't buy that in stores.

    • Ebenezer

      If you are visited by one piece of spectral headwear this night, make it the Ghost of Christmas Hats, donated in true Smissmass spirit by Steam User Jacen.

    • Brown Bomber

      The Brown Bomber is a community-created headwear item wearable by all classes. It is a shearling sheep-skin aviator hat. The second style, named "Hipster", gives the hat a plaid pattern.

      The Brown Bomber was contributed to the Steam Workshop under the name "Winter Wasteland Warmer".

    • Full Head Of Steam

      You never took a break from cp_foundry, and now you can prove it with the actual steam whistle used to call the breaks you never took!

    • Holiday Headcase

      Merry Smissmas, everyone! May all your miscellaneous holidays be happy (or somber, depending on your cultural traditions) with this ultra-rare TF item, donated by Steam User BANG!

    • B.M.O.C.

      Be the Big Man of Christmas with this fur-fringed pom-pom hat!

    • Big Elfin Deal

      You ask me if I wanna be a dentist one more time, pal, I'm gonna kick your teeth in.

    • Head Warmer

      This incinerators insulator keeps your head a perfect 105 degrees, while muffling the hallucinations brought on by wearing a hat that slowly cooks your brain.

    • Bubble Pipe

      • Effect: Genteel Pipe Smoke

      Being an invention that achieves the humanitarian goal of all great men of science, from Lord Holland to the Duke of Wellington, to allow a true gentle-man to smoke a pipe in space.

    • Dr. Grordbort's Silver Crest

      Being a highly malleable, thoroughly combustible silver crest that declares ones commitment, and intention, to immolate all creatures on Gods Earth.

    • Dr. Grordbort's Copper Crest

      Being a water-soluble, highly poisonous copper crest offering mute testament to ones commitment to the sciences. Prolonged exposure may cause tissue putridity, muscle atrophy and bone softening in the infirm, elderly and those graced with child.

    • Bootie Time

      • Jingle all the way

      You dasher! You dancer! You prancer! You VIXEN! Pull Santas sleigh all by yourself, you sexy little man.

    • Kringle Collection

      Do the snow-pants dance with this stylish holiday ensemble from famed Arctic designer Kristoff Kringle.

    • All-Father

      Throughout the history of civilization, the white beard has come to symbolize wisdom and status. Show the world its possible to be bearded AND stupid with this Heavy- and Soldier-specific face-nest. Shove it, civilization!

    • Ornament Armament

      Just a like the Soldiers actual grenades, these shiny glass baubles are purely ornamental.

    • Jingle Belt

      • Jingle all the way

      Slay-bells will be ringing in the slow-roasted ears of your burn victims.

    • Moonman Backpack

      Being a repository of the foundational ingredients necessary for a body to live a life of leisure in space namely one part oxygen, one part mercury, and twelve parts laudanum.

    • Sandvich Safe

      Keep sandvich safe with sandvich safe. Okay, is good, no more description. Buy.

    • Stocking Stuffer

      No need to hang this stocking over the mantle. It's already stuffed. Thanks for nothing, Santa.

    • Brainiac Goggles

      Being prescription shooting goggles that endeavor to relieve the eye from the reflection off one's gun barrel whilst also correcting Diplopia, Strabismus, 'Nervous Vision', Early-Onset Old-Eye, and several other varieties of structural defect.

    • Brainiac Hairpiece

      Being a maths-enhancing hairpiece that endeavors to heighten the senses of any soul, be he a gentle-man of leisure deserving of such a thing, or a loathsome tiller of the earth of whom a beating would not go unwarranted.

    • Outback Intellectual

      • Effect: Gentile Pipe Smoke

      Argyle. Pipe-smoking. Individually, they make you look like an idiot. Together, they make you look smart AND stylish! Just like Umberto Eco!

    • Naughty Winter Crate Key

      • not available anymore
      • (not tradable)

      Used to open unusually Naughty locked winter crates.
      This key will not open Nice crates.

      After 1/1/2012 this will turn into a normal key.

    • Nice Winter Crate Key

      • not available anymore
      • (not tradable)

      Used to open unusually Nice locked winter crates.
      This key will not open Naughty crates.

      After 1/1/2012 this will turn into a normal key.

    • Santa's Little Accomplice Bundle

      As seen in the timeless holiday classic, A Smissmas Story.

    • Dr. Grordbort's Moonman Pack

      Grab the whole pack of Dr. Grordbort items for the Pyro, designed by WETA Workshop!

    • Dr. Grordbort's Moonbrain Double Pack

      • Dr. Grordbort's Brainiac Pack
      • Dr. Grordbort's Moonman Pack

      Grab the whole pack of Dr. Grordbort items for the Pyro and the Engineer, designed by WETA Workshop!

    • Dr. Grordbort's Brainiac Pack

      Grab the whole pack of Dr. Grordbort items for the Engineer, designed by WETA Workshop!

    • Noise Maker - Winter Holiday

      • Unlimited use

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