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serveme.tf - free server reservations
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#1
serveme.tf
22 Frags +

I had a thread about the North American system a while back, but thought one about serveme.tf in general would be nice to keep you all up to date.

So if you haven't tried using serveme.tf yet and you're from North America, go to na.serveme.tf. There are 9 free servers to use and 1 just for donators. All of them are provided by tragicservers.com, that sponsorship is the reason there is a North American system at all, so I'm very grateful.
If you're from Europe you can go to serveme.tf. There are 19 free servers and 28 just for donators. All of those servers are provided by community members with spare capacity on their dedicated servers.

All of the servers in the system have these maps installed and available for fast download. I think most, if not all league configs are installed (miss any configs or maps? leave a comment).

You can use these servers for basically anything except pub/mvm. So practicing rollouts, mixes, lobbies, scrims, officials, tournaments and even ZOWIE invitational cups

So here's what's special about serveme.tf:
- Free to use (source code is free as well)
- Many locations, so you'll always find a good ping
- Automatic zip with the logs and STV demos of your reservation

I'd love to hear any comments and suggestions you might have to improve the system.

I had a thread about the North American system a while back, but thought one about serveme.tf in general would be nice to keep you all up to date.

So if you haven't tried using serveme.tf yet and you're from North America, go to [url=http://na.serveme.tf]na.serveme.tf[/url]. There are 9 free servers to use and [url=http://na.serveme.tf/donate]1 just for donators[/url]. All of them are provided by [url=http://tragicservers.com]tragicservers.com[/url], that sponsorship is the reason there is a North American system at all, so I'm very grateful.
If you're from Europe you can go to [url=http://serveme.tf]serveme.tf[/url]. There are 19 free servers and [url=http://serveme.tf/donate]28 just for donators[/url]. All of those servers are provided by community members with spare capacity on their dedicated servers.

All of the servers in the system have [url=http://fakkelbrigade.eu/maps]these maps installed[/url] and available for fast download. I think most, if not all league configs are installed (miss any configs or maps? leave a comment).

You can use these servers for basically anything except pub/mvm. So practicing rollouts, mixes, lobbies, scrims, officials, tournaments and even [url=http://teamfortress.tv/articles/view/224-tftv-zowie-invitational-2-recap]ZOWIE invitational cups[/url]

So here's what's special about serveme.tf:
- Free to use ([url=http://github.com/Arie/serveme]source code is free as well[/url])
- Many locations, so you'll always find a good ping
- Automatic zip with the logs and STV demos of your reservation

I'd love to hear any comments and suggestions you might have to improve the system.
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#2
5 Frags +

The NA website looks nice, and tragic and you are awesome for doing this. Thanks ;)

The NA website looks nice, and tragic and you are awesome for doing this. Thanks ;)
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#3
8 Frags +

Been using the service for a while Arie and i gotta say from the bottom of my heart, Thank you!

There has been quite a few people that built the base of what the European TF2, hell, the worldwide TF2 has been, and you are one of them.

The whole service is exceptionally well thought out though a lot of people are capable of doing that. Now.. what most people are not capable of doing is providing such service for free, while providing the source code, while expecting nothing in return.

It's slightly upsetting to me that i am unfortunately not as wealthy as i would like to be or else i would had donated as much as i could, but as soon as i can, i will make a humble donation to thank you.

Am extremely excited that you are working with TF.TV btw, hopefully you will be able to give them a help with new HUD.

Been using the service for a while Arie and i gotta say from the bottom of my heart, Thank you!

There has been quite a few people that built the base of what the European TF2, hell, the worldwide TF2 has been, and you are one of them.

The whole service is exceptionally well thought out though a lot of people are capable of doing that. Now.. what most people are not capable of doing is providing such service for free, while providing the source code, while expecting nothing in return.

It's slightly upsetting to me that i am unfortunately not as wealthy as i would like to be or else i would had donated as much as i could, but as soon as i can, i will make a humble donation to thank you.

Am extremely excited that you are working with TF.TV btw, hopefully you will be able to give them a help with new HUD.
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#4
serveme.tf
6 Frags +

Suffering some DDoSes, luckily nothing very extreme.

Suffering [url=http://i.imgur.com/GlgZoA8.png]some DDoSes[/url], luckily nothing very extreme.
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#5
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Can you put cp_sunshine_rc1a on the servers soon? It's the new map in ESEA this season.

This is a pretty good idea. Good luck with your expansion!

Can you put cp_sunshine_rc1a on the servers soon? It's the new map in ESEA this season.

This is a pretty good idea. Good luck with your expansion!
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#6
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just because im a stupid american im gonna point out that u guys still have the dates in the eu format and that may be a bit confusing for some people

site looks good and should really help some of the newer teams out

just because im a stupid american im gonna point out that u guys still have the dates in the eu format and that may be a bit confusing for some people

site looks good and should really help some of the newer teams out
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#7
serveme.tf
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hookyCan you put cp_sunshine_rc1a on the servers soon? It's the new map in ESEA this season.

This is a pretty good idea. Good luck with your expansion!

Done!

mjust because im a stupid american im gonna point out that u guys still have the dates in the eu format and that may be a bit confusing for some people

site looks good and should really help some of the newer teams out

Done!

[quote=hooky]Can you put cp_sunshine_rc1a on the servers soon? It's the new map in ESEA this season.

This is a pretty good idea. Good luck with your expansion![/quote]

Done!


[quote=m]just because im a stupid american im gonna point out that u guys still have the dates in the eu format and that may be a bit confusing for some people

site looks good and should really help some of the newer teams out[/quote]

Done!
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#8
serveme.tf
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  • Added a button to reset the "idle reservation timer". Useful for lobbies that take a while to start.
  • Automatically end reservations that go from occupied to empty after 30 minutes
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[*] Added a button to reset the "idle reservation timer". Useful for lobbies that take a while to start.
[*] Automatically end reservations that go from occupied to empty after 30 minutes
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#9
3 Frags +

Hey Arie!
First, thanks for your work to keep this great website! :)
I would love to be able to play in ctf_ballin_brocolli http://teamfortress.tv/forum/thread/15867-ctf-ballin-broccoli.
Can you please add it?

Otherwise, the last changelog was interresting and useful.

Hey Arie!
First, thanks for your work to keep this great website! :)
I would love to be able to play in ctf_ballin_brocolli http://teamfortress.tv/forum/thread/15867-ctf-ballin-broccoli.
Can you please add it?

Otherwise, the last changelog was interresting and useful.
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#10
serveme.tf
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FrenchTouchHey Arie!
First, thanks for your work to keep this great website! :)
I would love to be able to play in ctf_ballin_brocolli http://teamfortress.tv/forum/thread/15867-ctf-ballin-broccoli.
Can you please add it?

Otherwise, the last changelog was interresting and useful.

Added to all servers. :)

[quote=FrenchTouch]Hey Arie!
First, thanks for your work to keep this great website! :)
I would love to be able to play in ctf_ballin_brocolli http://teamfortress.tv/forum/thread/15867-ctf-ballin-broccoli.
Can you please add it?

Otherwise, the last changelog was interresting and useful.[/quote]

Added to all servers. :)
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#11
serveme.tf
1 Frags +

Auto-ending of reservations is now a checkbox you can tick/untick when making your reservation. Please end your reservation manually when you're done if you untick it, I'd rather not write code to 'punish' people for keeping their reservation open needlessly.

Auto-ending of reservations is now a checkbox you can tick/untick when making your reservation. Please end your reservation manually when you're done if you untick it, I'd rather not write code to 'punish' people for keeping their reservation open needlessly.
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#12
3 Frags +

I encourage anyone unable to afford a server to use serveme :D

I encourage anyone unable to afford a server to use serveme :D
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#13
serveme.tf
2 Frags +

It's my birthday this week, to celebrate everyone is a donator until march the 21st. All current donators have received one extra month :)

It's my birthday this week, to celebrate everyone is a donator until march the 21st. All current donators have received one extra month :)
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#14
serveme.tf
3 Frags +

- End of birthday-mode, donators are donators, non-donators are non-donators once again
- Switched hosting provider for the NA system to a more powerful system, thanks to tragicservers, naturally.
- Preparing to add some more servers, Chicago-based for NA, and UK-based for EU system.

- End of birthday-mode, donators are donators, non-donators are non-donators once again
- Switched hosting provider for the NA system to a more powerful system, thanks to tragicservers, naturally.
- Preparing to add some more servers, Chicago-based for NA, and UK-based for EU system.
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#15
serveme.tf
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Some new stuff:
- Four new servers for the NA system, all Chicago-based.
- Faster starting of a reservation. Instead of a full server reboot, it will first try to apply the reservation settings, if that fails (bad rcon, timeouts), switch to the old full server reboot. Should mean that your server is ready to go in about 10 seconds normally.
- You can pick ctf_turbine as first map again
- People that forget to end their reservation, will have auto-end forced on for their next reservation

Some new stuff:
- Four new servers for the NA system, all Chicago-based.
- Faster starting of a reservation. Instead of a full server reboot, it will first try to apply the reservation settings, if that fails (bad rcon, timeouts), switch to the old full server reboot. Should mean that your server is ready to go in about 10 seconds normally.
- You can pick ctf_turbine as first map again
- People that forget to end their reservation, will have auto-end forced on for their next reservation
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#16
6 Frags +

Arie is the best man ever

Arie is the best man ever
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#17
serveme.tf
3 Frags +

Had to ditch the whole fast restart idea, too many different configs leaving settings around after such a restart. mp_highlander in your 6s reservation *brrrrr*. So back to full restarts and fully clean servers for every reservation.

On the bright side, 4 new NA servers by tragicservers.com \o\ /o/

Had to ditch the whole fast restart idea, too many different configs leaving settings around after such a restart. mp_highlander in your 6s reservation *brrrrr*. So back to full restarts and fully clean servers for every reservation.

On the bright side, [url=http://na.serveme.tf/servers]4 new NA servers[/url] by [url=http://www.tragicservers.com]tragicservers.com[/url] \o\ /o/
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#18
serveme.tf
3 Frags +
  • Added a dark theme, click the square in the top right to toggle.
  • You can now end and extend your reservation from the server. Simply type !end to end, and !extend to...you guessed it, extend.
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[*]Added a dark theme, click the square in the top right to toggle.
[*]You can now end and extend your reservation from the server. Simply type !end to end, and !extend to...you guessed it, extend.
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#19
serveme.tf
4 Frags +
  • Donators can now upload new maps. These are automatically synced to all servers. For the EU system they're also instantly available for fast download when connecting to any of the servers, still need to fix a fast download for the NA servers.
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[*] Donators can now upload new maps. These are automatically synced to all servers. For the EU system they're also instantly available for fast download when connecting to any of the servers, still need to fix a fast download for the NA servers.
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#20
serveme.tf
5 Frags +
  • EU: Re-enabled the XenTF servers. Rebuilt/improved hardware, yay! They’ve had a namechange to “hopjb.eu” and there’s now 4 instead of 3!
  • NA: Moved two extra servers to donator-only, to try and squeeze some dollars out of you yankees.
  • All: Fixed the timezone offset in the timezone select dropdown.
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[*] EU: Re-enabled the XenTF servers. Rebuilt/improved hardware, yay! They’ve had a namechange to “hopjb.eu” and there’s now 4 instead of 3!
[*] NA: Moved two extra servers to donator-only, to try and squeeze some dollars out of you yankees.
[*] All: Fixed the timezone offset in the timezone select dropdown.
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#21
serveme.tf
2 Frags +
  • All: Built an API, so other sites and programs can make reservations, lobby sites for example. Instructions on how to use in the README
  • All: Allow multiple simultaneous reservations for donators again
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[*] All: Built an API, so other sites and programs can make reservations, lobby sites for example. Instructions on how to use in the [url=https://github.com/Arie/serveme#api]README[/url]
[*] All: Allow multiple simultaneous reservations for donators again
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#22
serveme.tf
1 Frags +
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[*] NA: [url=http://na.serveme.tf/]Added donation tracker[/url]
[*] NA: Converted prices to dollars instead of scary+expensive European money.
[*] NA: [url=http://na.serveme.tf/donate]Lowered prices[/url]
[*] All: Added per month statistics, showing the crazy growth :) [url=http://serveme.tf/statistics]EU[/url] vs [url=http://na.serveme.tf/statistics]NA[/url]
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#23
serveme.tf
4 Frags +
  • All: Changed the way you find available servers. You now always go to the new reservation screen. After entering start+end times the list of available servers updates automatically.
  • EU: People keep trying to use the beefy pipe of the VanillaTV servers to attack TF2Center http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflection_attack. To protect TF2Center, their server is somtimes firewalled on the VanillaTV servers. When the firewall is active you'll see a "not responding" error on TF2Center, please use another server during this time.
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[*] All: Changed the way you find available servers. You now always go to the new reservation screen. After entering start+end times the list of available servers updates automatically.
[*] EU: People keep trying to use the beefy pipe of the VanillaTV servers to attack TF2Center [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflection_attack[/url]. To protect TF2Center, their server is somtimes firewalled on the VanillaTV servers. When the firewall is active you'll see a "not responding" error on TF2Center, please use another server during this time.
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#24
serveme.tf
2 Frags +
  • All: Added !rcon chat command so the person making the reservation can execute rcon commands without having to remember the rcon password, yay for dementia!
  • EU: Sent the server providers their share of the donations based on amount of time played
  • NA: Sent tragicservers half of the donations for na.serveme.tf. No calculations needed when there's only 1 server provider :)
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[*] All: Added !rcon chat command so the person making the reservation can execute rcon commands without having to remember the rcon password, yay for dementia!
[*] EU: Sent the server providers [url=http://etf2l.org/forum/community/topic-23191/page-26/#post-494879]their share of the donations based on amount of time played[/url]
[*] NA: Sent tragicservers half of the donations for na.serveme.tf. No calculations needed when there's only 1 server provider :)
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#25
serveme.tf
3 Frags +
[list]
[*] All: Added a reservation chart to make it easier to find a free server on a busy night. When you make a new reservation you can press [url=http://i.imgur.com/ZspWGUh.png]this button[/url] to view the chart , which on a busy night [url=http://i.imgur.com/nhQhDhH.png]might look a little something like this[/url]. When you click on a reservation's bar [url=http://i.imgur.com/UY2PUWK.png]your reservation start time will be set 1 minute after that reservation ends[/url].
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#26
serveme.tf
2 Frags +
  • All: At less than 50% of the month, 86% of the donations for both NA and EU, thanks for keeping the lights on donators!
  • All: Updated UGC configs. Someone contacted me on steam about it, but the window closed before I could say thanks, so: Thanks!
  • All: To save a ton of diskspace, demos and logs now get removed after 31 days, so make sure to download the zip before that time.
  • EU: Someone donated the 100-year donation in keys. Coming to a prize pool near you soon.
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[*] All: At less than 50% of the month, 86% of the donations for both NA and EU, thanks for keeping the lights on donators!
[*] All: Updated UGC configs. Someone contacted me on steam about it, but the window closed before I could say thanks, so: Thanks!
[*] All: To save a ton of diskspace, demos and logs now get removed after 31 days, so make sure to download the zip before that time.
[*] EU: [url=http://steamcommunity.com/id/TheCritManiac]Someone[/url] donated the 100-year donation in [url=http://i.imgur.com/T5BmmoN.jpg]keys[/url]. Coming to a prize pool near you soon.
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#27
2 Frags +

used this for the first time last week and was incredibly impressed at how easy it was to use and how reliable the servers were. plus stats and STVs were a snap. great job arie.

used this for the first time last week and was incredibly impressed at how easy it was to use and how reliable the servers were. plus stats and STVs were a snap. great job arie.
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#28
serveme.tf
1 Frags +

na.serveme.tf will be down tonight from 12:01AM EDT, May 16, 2014 for emergency maintenance to the server that hosts my little VPS. Estimated downtime is 3 hours.
Reservations started before 12:01AM should function normally, apart from the in-game chat commands (e.g. !end !extend !rcon)

na.serveme.tf will be down tonight from 12:01AM EDT, May 16, 2014 for emergency maintenance to the server that hosts my little VPS. Estimated downtime is 3 hours.
Reservations started before 12:01AM should function normally, apart from the in-game chat commands (e.g. !end !extend !rcon)
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#29
serveme.tf
2 Frags +
  • All: Changed whitelist.tf support to use TFTrue's automated whitelist downloading.
  • All: Started a survey to find out how people experience serveme, how to improve etc. People that enter the survey have a chance to win one of 5 1-year donator memberships.
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[*] All: Changed whitelist.tf support to use TFTrue's automated whitelist downloading.
[*] All: Started a [url=https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RDQ3ytV291_dLLsoRYzYeUT_KsseptmSvE1qE-ZAKJI/viewform?usp=send_form]survey[/url] to find out how people experience serveme, how to improve etc. People that enter the survey have a chance to win one of 5 1-year donator memberships.
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#30
serveme.tf
1 Frags +
  • Added maps for ETF2L's Experimental Highlander Cup #5
  • Added maps for UGC 4v4 S2
  • "I'm feeling lucky" button. 1 click to make a reservation for the next 2 hours based on your previous one. If your previous server is in use, it will try a server on the same host/ip, if those are all in use, it tries to make a server in the same country (Sorry NA for now), if those are all full it uses the first available server it can find.
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[*] Added maps for [url=http://etf2l.org/2014/05/18/announcing-experimental-highlander-cup-5-signups-open/]ETF2L's Experimental Highlander Cup #5[/url]
[*] Added maps for [url=http://www.ugcleague.com/maplist_tf24.cfm]UGC 4v4 S2[/url]
[*] "I'm feeling lucky" button. 1 click to make a reservation for the next 2 hours based on your previous one. If your previous server is in use, it will try a server on the same host/ip, if those are all in use, it tries to make a server in the same country (Sorry NA for now), if those are all full it uses the first available server it can find.
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