Laxson
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Signed Up October 10, 2016
Last Posted August 13, 2018 at 6:52 PM
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#10 S29 Newbie Mix Team Drive in TF2 General Discussion

I want to help. This is amazing and its time to give back to it.

posted 1 day ago
#20 PASS Time Federation - Competitive Pass Time TF2 in Projects
JaguarFiendI feel like your heart is in the right place but the implementation is going to be pretty dissapointing. My vision and mode has been tested and refined over what is soon to be years. I feel like everything I say is going to sound like I'm promoting my ideas and naysaying yours but my goal isn't to make conflict or interfere in what you guys want to achieve. I've been dragging ass and having a bunch of things go on irl that have slowed me down but I also had the idea to run a tourney at some point but looks like you guys beat me to it. I guess now I'm extra motivated to finish up the latest version of my map and organize my own tournament. I'm going to be very transparent and say that I DO have something to lose from what you guys are doing: If these games you guys facilitate are terrible, which I unfortunately think they will be, then it will drive a lot of negativity towards the idea of Pass Time (which is already a joke and I can't blame anyone for feeling that way because what Valve and Escalation did with it in pubs is trash).
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I want to talk about some of the problems that you will encounter wtih your vision of the game.

The whitelist is interesting. Some of the banned items make good sense but some bans I do not understand (like Force-a-Nature).

This is the biggest issue: The official Pass Time maps that are in the game are HUGE. They're WAY too big for 6v6. In fact even in pubs with 12v12 they seem too big often times. Also for the most part they don't seem very thoughtfully designed at all. For example, with pass_brickyard, while I love that map and it was what originally inspired me to look into Pass Time as having potential to be really fun and awesome, it was designed as if Sniper is not a class in the game. Sniper is so ridiculously dominant there that it's awful. The only good thing you could say about the large maps is that they compliment the long respawn times. This leads into the other issue which I think is the wrong direction for Pass Time. As it is now the focus would be like regular TF2 (or most any other [shooting] game)-- To kill the enemy players. Then they're all dead, or outnumbered and forced to run away, and then you achieve the objective (score goal). If you look at tf2 bball or Rocket League or my 4v4 Pass Time dying is rarely a huge deal as you respawn again in seconds so killing the enemy team just so there's no one to stop you is not the strategy and death is rarely consequential. If you do kill the enemy players you have a window of mere seconds to try and go on that opening. Actually playing the ball and defending your goal and setting up teamwork plays is what I think should be happening in a sport/ball type game.

I'm not all-knowing but I bet I can theorize some of the tactics that will be employed in your game. First, both teams would travel in a pack. The team that has the ball would try to avoid fighting the defending team because they are down a gun (whoever is carrying the ball). They would try to get around the enemy pack. Then again if the scout is carrying the ball then all allies close by would have scout speed so maybe it's not such a disadvantage. So maybe they would try to fight the enemy team. Perhaps throw the ball in a corner real quick, win the fight, then pick it back up. But what about, if the moment the defending pack approaches the attackers launch their soldier forward and break away into enemy territory to score. He can throw the ball forward (and up high) then catch up to it with a rocket jump and repeat that over and over. Or even better, why not launch a fully buffed demoman who walks at scout speed with a double sticky jump and have him clear the entire map and then he can score. He could shoot into the hoop or just fly into the football endzone. Sounds like you'd need to leave a defender back by your goals but I'm not sure even a sentry gun can reliably stop some of these attacks (like a mega fast demo) if for no other reason then there being 2-3 available goals to score on. And then if there is some decent way to defend does that sound like a fun job that someone wants to do? Sitting all the way on your end of a giant map and waiting around? If there's no defender then most good breakaways would be free goals. Or what about if a team just uselessly passes the ball back and forth a dozen times to open up the bonus watertower goal and then launches their demo up there for a quick score? I guess you could sometimes stop him with a sniper or a DH shot? Even a demoknight could be used in messed up ways on some of those maps. It wouldn't look exactly like this video, but similar ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V268-El7pXQ ).

Now maybe I'm just too dense or cynical to see how awesome these games could end up being but I think that between the maps, the classes, and all the unlocks, if you are indeed playing your hardest to win then this will evolve into an utterly degenerate game mode. People will figure out the lamest and most unfun ways to play it and to win and in the end it will not be a good time and people will bury the idea of anything good coming from Pass Time.

To contrast this my map is small with only one goal. The rules limit the classes and items allowed. Most items are NOT allowed because the focus is not on finding the most unfun way to ruin the experience and break the gamemode. The focus is on rocket jumping, surfing damage, airshots, and setting up tight plays with teamwork. My 4v4 Pass Time is like the 6s of Pass Time the way 6s compares to pubs. It's unapologetically geared towards competitive players, bballers, jump mappers and the like with a high demand for mechanical skill and is intense and action packed and very satisfying. You can check the few videos on my channel (though they're bad quality and a bit outdated) as well as some stuff that Laxson recorded.

I implore you to think hard about how your game will play and whether it will have been a worthwhile endeavor. You could really sway opinions if you show some footage of games being played and playtested to help your case. The only reason I can think to not do that is that you don't want to spoil some of your tactics and ideas but I feel that it would be worth it to build positive hype for yourselves.

I would love to see some good gameplay or exciting clips to promote Pass Time. If not, I hope everyone keeps an open mind about potential competitive modes and has as much fun as they can in this tournament.

posted 2 weeks ago
#7 PASS Time Federation - Competitive Pass Time TF2 in Projects
SlicerogueBrian_ No custom maps, but we will have a custom whitelist and class restrictions :)
You should contact Jaguarfiend about this as we've have been experimenting with Passtime for over a year now. We did lots of testing with many different versions of passtime with many different class limits and many different weapon restrictions. He's even created his own custom map that gets play tested almost every week on Saturday at 10 est.
https://steamcommunity.com/id/jaguarfiend/

https://steamcommunity.com/groups/4v4PassTime

Some of the biggest issues we came across were allot like 6's in that inherent classes made the game unfun for others. Passtime inherently needs open spaces to allow for teamplay but in order to achieve this sniper sight lines become huge. Trying to score past an engineer and a heavy is also annoying. Whats more heavies can run at scout speed as long as they stay withing the range of their scout holding the ball/jack, Using high movement classes to try and traverse ground and stop ball carriers proves futile if they have a heavy ready to deny them. Once more Krits after capture is an annoying thing to deal with. these are some of many issues inherent with stock valve passtime.

On jag's current map there are only 3 classes allowed. there are hard weapon restrictions as to make it not mega aids. And through this after lots of play testing a meta has even formed in terms of play styles and roles. view videos below for more info.
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Stuff from his youtube:

Basic Guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVNmWtZ4csQ&t=188s

6v6 config, whitelist and map playtest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjyvOGCXMbE

4v4 config, whitelist, and playtest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QucKFbLIkYs

4v4 Soldier POV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxLu9qHzIoM

I'm glad that you are trying to do something for Passtime. I would hate for the reputation of Passtime to be damaged even further if this goes poorly. Hopefully we can work together to make Passtime competitive and fun.

posted 2 weeks ago
#29 LFT Open Medic in Recruitment (looking for team)

Seems like the season is over. I played 1 week for a team that went 8-8.

posted 1 month ago
#5 LFT mid-high open soldier sub/main in Recruitment (looking for team)

he is just a talented player and a good friend

posted 1 month ago
#19 LFP mid-high open s28 in Recruitment (looking for players)

They may not be high open, but they are good people who just can't get a stable person for their roster.

posted 1 month ago
#4 Saliens in Other Games

saliens is pretty fun

posted 1 month ago
#24 Segno lft scout open in Recruitment (looking for team)

segno has been one of the chillest scouts and a good compliment for an aggressive scout

posted 1 month ago
#5 lfp mid open in Recruitment (looking for players)

love this man and all his friends

posted 1 month ago
#33 happy canada day from exile! in World Events

thank you for those golden pipes

posted 1 month ago
#3 sherwoodfan lft in Recruitment (looking for team)

Friendly, versatile, consistent, and Canadian calm.

posted 1 month ago
#27 LFT Open Medic in Recruitment (looking for team)

I am here to assist you

posted 2 months ago
#15 Team Frantic LFP S28 in Recruitment (looking for players)

I had a good scrim against them while playing with boxcar.

posted 3 months ago
#24 LFT Open Medic in Recruitment (looking for team)

Still looking for the right home

posted 3 months ago
#21 LFT Open Medic in Recruitment (looking for team)

bump

posted 4 months ago
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