#291 Scratching that itch for playing a Halloween game

The color of the leaves are changing, the nights are becoming more chiller and they are arriving earlier and earlier each day. With the fall season comes my favorite holiday, Halloween.

Time to boot up the Nightmare before Christmas and prepare the various apple and pumpkin flavored drinks

Time to boot up the Nightmare before Christmas DVD and prepare the various apple and pumpkin flavored drinks and snacks

With previous years I spent my time in World of Warcraft celebrating by participating in Blizzard’s Halloween themed world events; trick or treating around the world, putting out fires in the local low-level towns, and gathering a party of players to go head to head against the Headless Horseman in my yearly attempt to get the elusive flying horse mount.

There is only so much you can get for watching the HH rhymes on YouTube Pictures via WoWWiki

There is only so much you can get for watching the HH rhymes on YouTube
Pictures via WoWWiki

But this is the first Halloween that I am not subscribed to WoW and I was a bit worried that I would miss out in participating any special gaming events with other gamers.

That is why I want to thank Valve’s famous war-themed hat simulator, Team Fortress 2, for filling that seasonal void. In preparation for Valve’s upcoming Halloween event I was decided to abandon my go to Tf2 maps and join the odd seasonal maps.

set course to Ghost Fort

Set course to Ghost Fort

Ghost Fort is one of the few re-skinned Tf2 maps of their lakeside King of the Hill stage but with the added twist that a random effect that is applied to every member on the two teams.

the random events goes from big (or tiny) heads to giving everyone major crits

the random events goes from big (or tiny) heads from giving everyone major crits to teleporting everyone onto the capture point and make them all dance

The over the top spooky atmosphere and map twist was fun enough to not only lose a few more hours of gameplay into the never-ending game but it scratched my itch for a proper seasonal multiplayer game.

This is all before Valve patched in the 2013 Halloween update with the spawning of the Haunted Halloween gifts, a slew of new Tf2 costumes, and the chance to summon the NPC Boss, Merasmus.

With getting caught up in the Halloween I might even temporarily lift my ban on equipping silly Tf2 hats and items…

Although lets not get to ahead of ourselves.

Although lets not get too ahead of ourselves.


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4 responses to “#291 Scratching that itch for playing a Halloween game

  1. I always like to play the Halloween demo of LocoRoco on PSP. Some Ghosts n Goblins or Zombie Ate My Neighbors might be good too.

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