Team Fortress 2 celebrating Australian Christmas tomorrow

Valve's Australian Christmas celebrations will begin tomorrow in Team Fortress 2, with a new map, new steampunk toys from Dr. Grordbort for the Engineer and Pyro, and more.

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As you may well know, December 18 is Australian Christmas, when all the little children down under are visited by Old Nick, hoping he doesn't steal them away to work in his toy factory. Nightmare-maker Valve's annual celebration begins on Thursday in Team Fortress 2, with this year's update bringing a new map, treats from Dr. Grordbort, and more exciting and terrible things.

The new Control Point map is the industrial Foundry, which comes complete with twelve-map specific achievements. Unlocking any seven of these will earn you a thoroughly steampunk top hat.

Raygun maker Dr. Grordbort previously delivered goodies for the Soldier, and now it's bringing the Braniac Pack and Moonman Pack for the Pyro and Engineer, with new weapons and some awfully fetching accessories. Most likely, you'll only be able to get them at first by buying them, but then the items will start dropping and become craftable--as is the way with most packs.

If you're an unpleasant little brat who demands presents now, item drop rates have been doubled until Wednesday.

Valve has only revealed part of the update's contents so far, promising the rest of the details tomorrow, along with the update. There's also a new comic showing where the new Grordbort toys came from, and, if you missed out on the origins of Australian Christmas, do read Valve's explanation from last year.

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    December 15, 2011 9:45 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Team Fortress 2 celebrating Australian Christmas tomorrow.

    Valve's Australian Christmas celebrations will begin tomorrow in Team Fortress 2, with a new map, new steampunk toys from Dr. Grordbort for the Engineer and Pyro, and more.

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      December 15, 2011 11:40 AM

      The Eureka Effect's Alt-Fire effect should make rebuilding teleporters a lot easier. TF2 players, time to dump my Jag?

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      December 15, 2011 11:48 AM

      Alice I know the whole time thing is hard for you guys across the ocean but that post was made yesterday. The update is coming today.

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      December 15, 2011 1:14 PM

      Umm I have lived in Australia all 37 long years of my life and have never heard of xmas on the 18th??

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        December 15, 2011 1:19 PM

        How embarassing for you to live in Australia and not even know about Australian Christmas. Have you just been celebrating the european one all your life or what?

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          December 15, 2011 2:19 PM

          You do know this is made up Zek? Yes?

          How embarrassing.

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            December 15, 2011 2:22 PM

            can you not help us troll? Without killing it in one post?

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              December 16, 2011 11:59 AM

              STOP SPREADING THE LIES! They do not speak the truth Wiz74... you are being lied to. Please message me for more information, I think it's about time you knew the truth, the WHOLE truth... ...this isn't the only tradition that is not real...

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            December 15, 2011 2:57 PM

            Someone is missing the Aussie-humour gene.

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        December 15, 2011 2:23 PM

        We celebrate it every year, mate. WTF?

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      December 21, 2011 9:36 AM

      Um, Old Nick is Satan. I don't think he has a toy factory.

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        December 21, 2011 9:44 AM

        NM on my other post, just read the TF2 wiki on their "Old Nick"...thought article writer was using it to mean Santa.

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