Item drop system

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The Backpack, in which dropped items are stored

This page details Team Fortress 2's past, present, and future Item Drop System. It also lists the current achievement milestones through which players may unlock specific weapons.


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Achievement Milestones

On April 29, 2008, Valve unveiled a set of three unlockable weapons as part of their Gold Rush Update. These weapons were unlocked by completing a set number of achievements, resulting in an achievement milestone. There were three achievement milestones in all, with each successive one requiring more achievements. Once each milestone was unlocked the player received the set weapon that came with that achievement milestone. The final weapon was initially only available once players had completed every single achievement available. This saw the number of achievements needed for all three milestones reduced after player statistics showed that only a small number of players possessed the new weapons.

It soon became apparent there were flaws with this system. For example, many players who wanted access to the new weapons but did not wish to invest the large amounts of time needed to grind for all the achievements. These players would either join achievement servers (servers with custom maps built to facilitate the earning of achievements) to earn their achievements and get their weapons faster than those who played the game normally or join regular servers as the updated class, playing with the intent of completing achievements. Both of these situations would result in servers becoming overcrowded with players all playing as a single class, which disrupted gameplay for many players. On May 21, 2009, Valve implemented a new system of random drops for unlockable items and discontinued the milestone system. After an outcry from the community, Valve fell back to the Achievement Milestones for the Sniper and Spy weapons in the the May 29, 2009 Patch. This milestone system has since been used in the WAR! Update and the Engineer Update.

Item Drop System

Old Item Drop System

While keeping the Achievement Milestones already present for the Scout, Pyro, Heavy and Medic, Valve implemented the random drop system to allow a balance of classes in the event of a class update. This system was patched into the game as part of The Sniper vs. Spy Update. Valve calculated the average time a regular Team Fortress 2 player played, then came up with an unknown time which was used as a marker or set point. Every time a player had played for 25 minutes, the game randomly drew a decision for the player. If the player was lucky (25% per item chance) then they would get a randomly chosen weapon or item. If the player was unlucky, then they would have received no item that time. There was a separate timer that counted every 15,430 seconds (4 hours, 17 minutes, and 10 seconds) you had a 1 in 28 chance of receiving a hat.

Every 25 minutes of play, a player had a 25% chance of receiving a random weapon. The average time for getting a single item was 1h 40min (including duplicates). Since weapons were granted via a random number generator, experience may vary.

Current Item Drop System

On April 20, 2010, the item drop system was changed. Instead of rolling randomly at intervals to see if you got an item drop, now the system rolls to determine when your next item drop will occur. With this change, players are guaranteed to find items at fairly regular intervals. This was made because many players had unlucky streaks, where they didn't find any items for weeks. That isn't possible anymore. The drop rate was also increased, but now players have a limited playtime per week when they can receive drops. Playing beyond that amount won't find any more items, but some of the unused time will rollover to the following week; speaking of that, the item cap resets at Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. pacific standard time(1:00 p.m. GMT)(this test was experimented and needs more input). The current DAILY drop limit is unknown, although it has been speculated among players that the total drop limit PER WEEK is between 8 and 10. (This has not been confirmed by Valve). Also another thing about the current item drop system is that sometimes players will have 'lucky' streaks, whereby they will receive several item finds at once (even up to 6). Unfortunately, this will ultimately mean a reduction in item drops for the remaining gaming time allocated for such item drops.

Advantages and Disadvantages of an Item Drop System

A positive aspect of the system is that it allows new and old players alike to earn unlockable weapons by investing play time. It also allows players to play as any class, since as long as they are racking up game-time, the player is eligible for an item drop. This gave a good alternative to achievement servers for players trying to unlock weapons. It also allowed for a better balance of classes on servers.

While the system has addressed several of the problems of unlockable items being tied solely to milestones, it also has its share of flaws. Many players who were already experienced with the game already possessed most or all of the unlockable weapons, resulting in many players receiving unwanted duplicates, though this has been addressed with the newer crafting system. Also, achievement servers are still in use, now consisting of maps which allow large numbers of players to stand idle, increasing their game-time and allowing them to unlock new items without actively playing. Several user-made programs also allow players to idle with added functions such as displaying statistics and items earned during this period but Valve changed their user policy to reflect their stance that using such programs is considered cheating.

Backpack

Items picked up by the player are stored in the backpack, available in the loadout section of the Character Info and Setup menu. The backpack has a limited capacity of 300 slots, so it may be necessary to destroy duplicates or smelt them into Scrap metal in order to make room for new weapons. As of the Mann-Conomy update, a Backpack Expander can be purchased for $4.99 to increase the backpack size by 100 slots, up to 2000 slots.

Crafting

Main article: Crafting

Items received through either milestones or the random drop system can now be crafted into other weapons or hats. Since milestone items are not tradeable, any future items that you craft using it will also not be tradeable, i.e. smelting a milestone item with an another appropriate weapon results in a scrap meal that itself is not tradeable, and so forth.

Milestones

In order of release:

Medic

Tf medic achieve progress1.png Milestone 1

Achieve 10 of the achievements in the Medic pack.

Reward: Blutsauger

Tf medic achieve progress2.jpeg Milestone 2

Achieve 16 of the achievements in the Medic pack.

Reward: Kritzkrieg

Tf medic achieve progress3.png Milestone 3

Achieve 22 of the achievements in the Medic pack.

Reward: Übersaw


Pyro

progress 1 Milestone 1

Achieve 10 of the achievements in the Pyro pack.

Reward: Flare gun

progress 2 Milestone 2

Achieve 16 of the achievements in the Pyro pack.

Reward: Backburner

progress 3 Milestone 3

Achieve 22 of the achievements in the Pyro pack.

Reward: Axtinguisher


Heavy

HeavyMilestone1.png Milestone 1

Achieve 10 of the achievements in the Heavy pack.

Reward: Sandvich

HeavyMilestone2.png Milestone 2

Achieve 16 of the achievements in the Heavy pack.

Reward: Natascha

HeavyMilestone3.png Milestone 3

Achieve 22 of the achievements in the Heavy pack.

Reward: K.G.B


Scout

Tf scout achieve progress1.png Milestone 1

Obtain 10 of the Scout achievements.

Reward: Force-A-Nature

Tf scout achieve progress2.png Milestone 2

Obtain 16 of the Scout achievements

Reward: Sandman

Tf scout achieve progress3.png Milestone 3

Obtain 22 of the Scout achievements

Reward: Bonk! Atomic Punch


Spy

Tf spy achieve progress1.png Milestone 1

Obtain 5 of the Spy achievements.

Reward: Ambassador

Tf spy achieve progress2.png Milestone 2

Obtain 11 of the Spy achievements

Reward: Cloak and Dagger

Tf spy achieve progress3.png Milestone 3

Obtain 17 of the Spy achievements

Reward: Dead Ringer


Sniper

Tf sniper achieve progress1.png Milestone 1

Obtain 5 of the Sniper achievements.

Reward: Huntsman

Tf sniper achieve progress2.png Milestone 2

Obtain 11 of the Sniper achievements

Reward: Jarate

Tf sniper achieve progress3.png Milestone 3

Obtain 17 of the Sniper achievements

Reward: Razorback


Demoman

Tf demo achieve progress1.png Milestone 1

Obtain 5 of the Demoman achievements.

Reward: Chargin' Targe

Tf demo achieve progress2.png Milestone 2

Obtain 11 of the Demoman achievements.

Reward: Eyelander

Tf demo achieve progress3.png Milestone 3

Obtain 17 of the Demoman achievements.

Reward: Scottish Resistance


Soldier

Tf soldier achieve progress1.png Milestone 1

Obtain 5 of the Soldier achievements.

Reward: Equalizer

Tf soldier achieve progress2.png Milestone 2

Obtain 11 of the Soldier achievements.

Reward: Direct hit

Tf soldier achieve progress3.png Milestone 3

Obtain 17 of the Soldier achievements.

Reward: Buff Banner


Engineer

progress 1 Milestone 1

Obtain 5 of the Engineer achievements.

Reward: Frontier Justice

progress 2 Milestone 2

Obtain 11 of the Engineer achievements.

Reward: Gunslinger

progress 3 Milestone 3

Obtain 17 of the Engineer achievements.

Reward: Wrangler

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