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TF2 Update 22/12/11
Written by Unknown and translated by Unknown on 22.12.2011 Time 16:18

What would christmas be without all the presents? That's what Valve was thinking aswell and so they released an update for the Australian Christmas Update today. Besides a few bug fixes and balance tweaks on the Manmelter, a new misc item has been released and given to all players: The Spirit of Giving.

This item is marked as strange, so it comes with a counter and different ranks. The counter is raising up the more Secret Saxtons or Pile o' Gifts you give away to other players. Each premium player received a Secret Saxton from Valve, so everyone can get started and arrange a nice virtual handing out of presents.

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    • Spirit Of Giving

      The Spirit Of Giving is a miscellaneous item for all classes. It appears as a small grey x-ray machine attached to each class's chest. The machine has a green, phosphorescent screen featuring a beating heart and bubbles.

      This item tracks the number of gifts distributed by the player via Secret Saxtons and Piles o' Gifts. Each gift given will increase the counter displayed.

Like already said, the Manmelter got adjusted: projectiles are now flying faster and farther. Besides this a particle effect has been added that will appear at the muzzle if the weapon is ready to fire and the extinguish range has been increased.

Here is the complete changelog:

Team Fortress 2

  • Added community-created winter items to the drop lists, the craft tables, and the store
  • Added the Spirit of Giving
  • Gifts from Secret Saxtons and Piles o' Gifts now have a chance to grant a gift in addition to whatever item they would have granted normally
  • Fixed hearing the deny sound while rotating a sentry during placement
  • Manmelter balance tweaks:
  • Added particle effect on muzzle that appears when ready to fire
  • Increased projectile speed while maintaining the same travel arc
  • Increased extinguish range
  • Added festive lights to all ropes and cables
  • Fixed a problem that would sometimes allow the detonator projectiles to crit on burning targets
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated the gamehaptics file:
  • Added draw/melee swing/melee hit/crit forces for the The Sharp Dresser and the Spy-cicle
  • Added draw/recoil/reload/crit forces for the Pomson 6000
  • Added draw/recoil/crit forces for the Manmelter
  • Added draw/recoil force for the Wrap Assassin
  • Added melee hit/world hit force for the Third Degree
  • Added crit forces for the Holiday Punch
  • Fixed missing forces for Demoman swords
  • Refined recoil force for the Sandman

Undocumented changes

  • The Spirit of Giving and Secret Saxton have been distributed to all premium players.
  • The textures and backpack icons of Dr. Grordbort's Copper Crest and Dr. Grordbort's Silver Crest were updated.

If you paid attention to the maps while playing today, you may have already seen it: Valve hung up festive lights on each map to increase the christmas spirit at Team Fortress 2. Too bad the lights aren't shining...

Have fun and a merry christmas!

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