Oct 17, 2010

CP Mersey Road TF2

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A Scout, a Soldier, or a Pyro which is your favourite Team Fortress 2 character? Paintball players in Atlantic Canada had the opportunity to bring the online characters played by millions all over the world to life in the last major scenario game of 2010.

CP Mersey Road: Team Fortress 2 scenario game produced by the Tippinators Paintball Team played on October 17th at Mersey Road Paintball in East River, Nova Scotia.

“Team Fortress 2 is a team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Valve Corporation” said Austin Flaherty of the Tippinators, “the popularity of the game made it a natural choice for a scenario”.

CP Mersey Road: Team Fortress 2 is focused around two opposing teams competing for common objectives. The teams are Reliable Excavation & Demolition (RED) and Builders League United (BLU), who are meant to represent two corporations that between them secretly control every government on the planet.

The game was set around a multiple king of the hill variant. Team RED or team BLU had to capture all the key points on the field before they could attack the opposing team base directly.

One of the simultaneously best loved and most hated parts of the game was the engineer operated, indestructible, motion sensitive, sentry turret used throughout the day. Once a team captured a key point they could call in an Engineer to set up an automated turret to hold the key point for five minutes.

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The turret created by the Tippinators, Mark ‘Tin Man’ Miller, was carried onto the field in a small duffle bag and assembled in minutes. Copper pipe, cotter pins, safety netting topped with two Tippmann 98’s remotely operated from inside the netting by a referee / engineer.

“What began as an interesting 'thing' to have at the game, became a tool for the refs to change the momentum of the game.” said Miller. “When one team was being dominated, the turret was called in their area. This allowed the protected team to move forward.” Miller concluded

After a full day of paintball neither Reliable Excavation & Demolition nor Builders League United could be declared a victor. The final would be decided by total time each team held the key points around the field. After the key point refs had reported, it was official RED - 65 and BLU - 105.

“We elevated the bar for scenario events” commented Flaherty “This one will be tough to top, but we can’t let the players down. 2011 will be even better.”



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