|Part 5 - Capture The Flag Introduction
THE GOAL OF CTF
As I mentioned in the previous page, the goal of CTF is very simple. Players are divided
into two teams, read and blue. Each team is trying to capture the other team's flag and
return it to their base (just like in elementary school physical ed).
What makes CTF so popular is its teamplay aspect. You can't
just wing it on your own in CTF. You need to work as a coherent unit in order to be
successful. That means talking with your fellow teammates and figuring out who will be on
defense (guarding the base and your flag), and who will go on offense (sneaking into the
other base and stealing their flag).
Before you play CTF you're going to need to download the mod first, of course. Go to my
download central page. There you will find links to the latest version of CTF. Download
the file, run it, and CTF will be installed on your PC. After you've done that make sure
to return to this page and continue the setup process.
GET THE CTF GAMESPY TAB
Now that you've got CTF you're going to need an easy way of locating CTF servers. If you
saw earlier, I've got a link to the CTF Gamespy tab on my download central page. Download
the tab to your PC and import it into Gamespy. Now when ever you click on that tab in
Gamespy it will show you all the Quake 2 CTF servers available. You can then just double
click on the server name to join a game of Capture The Flag!
CREATE A CTF CONFIG
CTF has many unique features to it that require some user tweaking of the Quake 2
configuration to be easily used. Here's the major things we'll be setting up:
CTF introduces a new item for the player's toolbelt - the grapple. It's a lot like that
one thing Batman always uses to swing around huge buildings. In CTF the grapple can be
used to "grapple" yourself up to difficult to reach locations. Some people also
use it to hang from ceilings while defending their base (this gives them a wide vantage
point for sniping intruders).
Talking is very important in CTF. You'll want to stay in constant communication with your
teammates to coordinate your efforts. However the standard talk command (T) is probably
not a good idea in CTF because everyone will be able to see what you're saying! When
you're giving critical information (like a defense plan) you'll want to do it in
"messagemode2" which just means any chatting you do will only be broadcast to
Another new feature in CTF is what are called "techs." Techs are just really
cool powerups that give you special abilities. For example, the Auto Doc tech will
regenerate your health automatically and constantly. The only limitation of techs is that
you can only carry one at a time. So binding a key to the console command "drop
tech" will allow you to drop the tech you're carrying at the press of a key. This is
useful if you want to pick up a different tech or give the one you have to a teammate.
This console command is useful for creating bookmarked messages that you can broadcast to
your team at the press of a button. For example you could bind the F6 key to transmit
"Our base is under attack!" to your entire team when it's pressed.
Those are the basic console commands and features you
should be using with CTF. Next we'll create a config file that will actually implement all
these features. Start up Notepad and then copy the below config information in and save
the file to your Quake2\baseq2 directory as "ctf.cfg"
bind q "use grapple"
bind e "messagemode2"
bind r "drop tech"
//This command tells your teammates what weapon you
//are near, your health, your armor level, and any
//powerups you have.
bind F2 cmd steam "I'm %L, %H, %A, and %T."
bind F3 say_team "I've got the flag (%L)"
bind F4 say_team "I'm on defense, %L"
bind F5 say_team "We need our flag back."
bind F6 say_team "Base is under attack!"
bind F7 say_team "Enemy is incoming!"
Now we should create a new player for use under CTF games
in Gamespy. Start up Gamespy and when the player profile screen pops up click New.
Enter a name for your player then enter "ctf.cfg" for the cfg file.
Now every time we play a game of CTF with that player, the
settings in "ctf.cfg" will be used. So pressing the "Q" key uses the
grapple, the "E" key lets you chat with your teammates, the "R" key
drops any tech you're carrying, and "F2" through "F6" transmits
pre-written messages to your team (such as "We need our flag back").
After you've gotten into your first few
games of CTF you may notice you're having a difficult time keeping up, or figuring out how
other players are doing things. Fear not because CTF strategy is our next topic. Click the
link below to continue.