Game Tips I've had an idea. We could make a page on the website with tips for the game that aren't obvious like 'Spin your minigun around corners!' or 'Keep moving while zoomed in as Sniper!'. We can all spew lots of those. Here's my first contribution. Please don't plagarise it >.< "Spotting Spies Here are some basic rules you can use to track down those backstabbing sentry-killing 'masters' of disguise... 1. When diguised, enemy spies will appear to you as though they have exactly 50% of their maximum health until they are healed. 2. Disguised enemy spies will ALWAYS carry the class' primary weapon (Flamethrower for Pyro, Minigun for Heavy etc.) 3. Disguised enemy spies cannot fire or taunt, but they CAN call for a medic. 4. Cloaked enemy spies will glow slightly in their team colour when cloaking and de-cloaking. They will also partially appear when shot. 5. You can set a cloaked (or disguised) enemy spy on fire, and this makes it very easy to track his movement. This means Pyros make great spy-checkers, but they are also good disguises for enemy spies, as they often hangaround behind the lines. 6. Spies who have recently used a teleporter will have a glow of their own team colour, regardless of who's teleporter it was, and whether they are disuguised. So, how do you act on these things to keep your guns safe? 1. If you're about to heal someone who has exactly 50% health, switch to your syringe gun and hit them a few times to see what happens. If you have the Blutsauger, shooting even a disguised enemy spy will cause '+3' icons to float up above your health metre. 2. As with most of the support classes, the spy doesn't have much total health. Setting him alight or giving him a single clip at point-blank range will likely get the message across. 3. Help out your engineers; if you see sappers attached to buildings nearby, shoot everyone in sight to try and find the culprit...it's better to waste a few rounds than take your time checking individually while they escape. 4. Because they start on 50% health, and cannot visibly be hurt, disguised enemy spies will NEVER have red flashing health bars. This way you can tell at a glance that someone is not a threat. 5. Enemy spies disguised as medics will not have a display showing their Ubercharge level, as normal medics would. Even if it is at 0%, a real medic will have a display for the level, so you see one with no display, fire away. Save some bullets: Know thy Teammates 1. If you're being healed by someone, they can't be a spy. 2. If they are holding a weapon other than the class primary (main attack weapon), they're not a spy. 3. If they are holding an unlockable weapon, such as the Kritzkrieg or Backburner, they're not a spy. (This fact may change as more unlockables are released, but for the time being, that's a dead giveaway) 4. If they are badly hurt and have a red, flashing health bar, they're not a spy. 5. If they're firing anything other than a revolver, they're not a spy. Save some time: Know thy Enemy If you're a pyro, things are dead easy. Just flame randomers on your team. If one of them sets alight, you've got yourself a spy. A simple spycheck procedure for other classes goes as follows, and once you're used to it you shouldn't have to think about it: 1. Look for obvious signs of espionage, such as randomly disappearing, and changing appearence in a puff of smoke. 2. Think about where they are. Spies are likely to be lurking around engineers buildings in hope of sabotage, and behind large, easy backstab targets such as heavies. 3. Check their weapon. If it's primary, and they're not reloading, go to 4. 4. Check their health. If it's exactly 50%, they're likely to be, but are not definately, a spy. 5. At this point, squeeze off a few rounds at them. If they shoot back or mouth off at you in chat, they're not a spy. If they promtly die and turn the opposite colour, you've probably just saved someone else's life, your own, or that of your team sentries. Good work." Copyright notice: Copyright BeauChaotica approx 2 AM 26/6/08. Eat that. End copyright notice. Hope that helps someone out there...maybe it could be more of an incentive for people to check out the site if they can get some tips on here too. Anyway, just thought I'd throw it out there.