Note: a prior post describing the basics of pickups ^^

I have been sick the past couple of weeks>< but to make the time go by I have been playing a lot of TF2 european PUGs (pick up games). My highlander teammate, Lopert, told me about it, and it has been a lot of fun playing with the euros! The euro community is a lot larger than the north american one with at least 200 extra idlers in their IRC channel… and I’m not going to lie- it is interesting to hear the great variety of accents!

What is really cool about the european system is that you can choose to play medic before the game even starts; in fact, it seems like hardly anyone ever wants to play medic in the euro PUGs, so it is a great way to practice your medicing skills ^^ It also keeps a page of stats that keeps track of the number of PUGs you play.

The admins also seem to put a lot of time into this system. They are able to rate each player based on what they perceive the person’s skill level to be for various classes, and they input the information into the bot, so that it can make fairer teams. Luckily this information is kept private so that no one can get offended that perhaps they received a lower rating for a particular class.

Links + Basic Info:

North American-

TF2 Skills Montage

October 21, 2008

A good video recommended to me by JK:

Don’t let this discourage you- just try to learn from it.

Lately I have been practicing by playing lots of PUGs (pick up games) on .  What I think is cool is that it gives you the opportunity to play with people from teams like Pandemic, Xensity, and etc.  I always play medic, and I feel like I should be practicing something else, but I guess I’m stuck in a bit of a medic rut haha.

Pickup Games

June 17, 2008

No, I don’t mean flirting with the cute voice of the gamer girl/guy on vent!

Pickup Games aka PUGs are a fun way to improve your game play without being in a clan. They give you the opportunity to play 6 v 6, or whatever the format is, in a real match. It’s a great way to practice your skills in a competitive arena with players of various skill levels. I only started playing them recently, when my friends were recommending them to me, and besides a jerk or two- it has been awesome !

To participate in the two that I know of, having some sort of IRC client was necessary. I’m an IRC n00b, and only installed mIRC last week, but everything was actually pretty straightforward, and anything I wasn’t sure of I read in the online manual.

IRC is used to allocate spots for the matches, as it can be difficult for admins to keep track of who said they wanted to join first. Afterwards, you must sign in to ventrilo, and get yourself as quickly as possible into the private server.

Here is a channel that I know of that is open to everyone:

TF2 Pickup #tf2pickup & their site.

The Northern Resistance clan also has a pug server, but it is reserved more for community members.