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Team Fortress 2 Mann vs. Machine “Tour of Duty” ticket explained

Team Fortress 2 Mann vs. Machine “Tour of Duty” ticket explained

Thrax did a flowchart explaining Mann Vs. Machine’s slightly confusing “Tour of Duty” ticket system.

Team Fortress 2 Mann vs. Machine Tour of Duty Ticket system explained

To clear up any confusion: You do not need to pay to play Mann Vs. Machine.

If you want to participate in a “Tour of Duty”, a multi-map campaign similar to the way campaigns work in Left 4 Dead, you need a ticket to play each mission on the official Mann Co. servers (Valve servers). This ticket buys you into a single mission. If you complete it, you get a special reward, and your ticket is consumed. If you want to play the same mission again, you do not have to pay for it. If you want to play the next mission in a Tour, you’ll need to buy another ticket.

A Tour of Duty in the Mann Up (paid) mode consists of six missions:

Mann vs Machine Mann Up Mode

Heavy robotThis means Valve will be getting $6 per person for a Tour of Duty; $36 per game. This is fascinating from a game monetization standpoint.

You get a random item drop at the end of each mission. If you buy a Squad Surplus ticket ($1.99), every member of the squad gets an addition extra random item at the end.

This is all subject to change while we’re figure all of this stuff out. The Valve servers are slammed right now, and as I write this, I saw queues of over 10,000 players with 40+ minute wait times.

Mann up!

 

Comments

  1. Gargoyle
    Gargoyle Can you finish one mission, stop playing, and play the next mission in the tour later with different squadmates? I'm guessing yes, but I don't play L4D and I want to make sure I got the fundamentals.

    Does the squad surplus ticket grant an extra item at the end of the tour, a single mission, or every mission of the tour?
  2. Thrax
    Thrax Surplus ticket grants an extra item for the entire party at the end of the mission it is used on. You can play each mission with a different party.
  3. RahnalH102
    RahnalH102
    This is all subject to change while we’re figure all of this stuff out. The Valve servers are slammed right now, and as I write this, I saw queues of over 10,000 players with 40+ minute wait times.
    That's probably why my update is taking forever. Why did work have to be extra long today?!
  4. trooster89
    trooster89 So is it free to play on non-official servers without rewards?
  5. Thrax
    Thrax Yes. You simply won't receive the unique cosmetic item at the end of a tour.
  6. shwaip
    shwaip Anyone want to put together a group for tomorrow evening / night?

    After @primesuspect rejected me, I think I'll just try out CS:GO for the evening.
  7. primesuspect
    primesuspect Mantequilla, Bobbydigi, Pirateninja, Xena's Subtext, HonestMike, and myself played "Lobby" for 45 minutes and then gave up. It's like the early days of L4D!
  8. Gargoyle
    Gargoyle
    Anyone want to put together a group for tomorrow evening / night?

    After @primesuspect rejected me, I think I'll just try out CS:GO for the evening.
    INNNNNN.
  9. Theironhand
    Theironhand Well this sucks lol, it kept saying "Not able to checkout now, please try again" so I kept trying to check out and it bought me 3 of those ticket things....and It said there's a 37 wait time to find a server :(.
  10. cola
    cola I'm in for a MvM night tomorrow, just give me a time
  11. Theironhand
    Theironhand Yeah I think I might try tomorrow instead, it's taking forever today.
  12. Bandrik
    Bandrik 50 minute wait for me and a buddy. No thanks.

    And now the Mann Co. Store is closed. I didn't know digital stores closed. Not sure if story element... or just busy server.

    Edit: the latter. Store's up again. I was hoping it was more of the story coming out. =P
  13. BobbyDigi
    BobbyDigi I've tried for the last hour with Xena's Subtext, HonestMike. No go. Mike got in. I'm solo trying now. I WILL KILL SOME ROBOTS TONIGHT!

    -Digi
  14. d3k0y
    d3k0y Any interest on setting the Icrontic server over to a non-official server. That way we can actually play tonight?
  15. Tushon
    Tushon I think you mean: any interest in picking another server to play on tonight?
  16. Thrax
  17. flufo
    flufo Hey Thrax, do you have any idea how to change the difficulty to advanced in self-made server?
  18. ErrorNullTurnip
    ErrorNullTurnip *Playing on private local server*
    sv_cheats 1
    currency_give 10000
    ...
    Profit?

    (note that achievements and such are disabled with sv_cheats 1)
  19. MiracleManS
    MiracleManS As a person who was initially excited, I just realized that the only way folks I know are playing is with the ticket. The idea that I have to spend money to play to get a benefit bothers me. At least before it was a matter of a marginal amount of time playing.

    Now, it's simply easiest to spend $0.99 and get tons of items potentially if someone is willing to spend $1.99.

    I wish that the tickets were a rare drop and you could simply get them for $0.99 as a guarantee and there was no "bonus" to item drops for anyone.
  20. Thrax
    Thrax You can easily play without paying. Our dudes just want #hats.
  21. MiracleManS
    MiracleManS
    You can easily play without paying. Our dudes just want #hats.
    I think that's a part of my gripe. The benefit from buying a $0.99 ticket is huge. If it were less (aka you just got your next stage sooner or a single drop) I'd be cool.
  22. Thrax
    Thrax But hats have no benefit?
  23. primesuspect
    primesuspect There is another benefit to buying a ticket, and this one is huger than hats. If you don't have a ticket, good luck getting in with a good group of friends. Most of the core IC TF2 players are playing for hats, and aren't taking people without tickets.

    It'll fade, I'm sure, especially once everybody has a tour or two under their belts, but for now, people want to play the Mann Up mode, get their Tours of Duty done, and get hats.
  24. ErrorNullTurnip
  25. cola
    cola As I believe @Digi has pointed out, you don't have to spend money at all if you use the Mannconomy model of using scrap metal as currency.
  26. BobbyDigi
    BobbyDigi Yup, tickets are easy to pick up for trade. I've made two trades for tickets. 4 refined for 2 tickets and just this morning 2 craftable hats for 2 tickets. The hat trade was a steal as they are only worth about 1.3 refined each.

    The game has evolved and Mann Up mode simply takes more than just joining a server. You will either have to get involved with the community and trade for one or throw a buck at Valve. Even if it is just the loot you are after you don't even have to play MvM at all. Everything involved you can trade for.

    -Digi
  27. MiracleManS
    MiracleManS I understand that it can be traded, but its unavailable outside of trading unless you spend money. To this point, almost all the money stuff has been cosmetically inclined. Hats could only be gotten from uncrating which was a key. No problem here because its cosmetic. Even weapons from crates, at least it was a drop you could get.

    You're pretty much locked out of a lucrative mode unless you spend $0.99, that's my only problem. Yes, I can play on unofficial servers, but there is a distinct benefit that you can pay to get. As far as I know, these items don't count against your weekly drop rate, so people who pay can get as many drops as they want.
  28. Jude
    Jude hmm actually I tried playing mann up MvM on a map I already finished, and it keeps redirecting me to the mann co store :( can someone clear this up for me?
  29. BobbyDigi
    BobbyDigi To play Mann Up mode at all you need to have a ToD ticket in your backpack. If you beat a mission you already beat on your current tour, then your ticket is not consumed at the end and you do not receive a random item. You will however receive any items from Surplus tickets that may have been in play.

    Here is an example where player Ilryas played and won on a map he had already beaten on his current tour. His ticket not consumed and his spoils displayed from the three Surplus tickets in play.

    image

    -Digi
  30. midga
    midga @MiracleMannS If you want to play, just schedule something in the MvM Matchmaking thread and specify that it's a Non-Mann-Up game. Also, there are enough of us willing to share tickets that you could likely get in on a game anyway if you wanted. To medic behind you is easily worth some dimes and pennies to me ;3
  31. Ilriyas
    Ilriyas I have spare tickets on me so if you do want to mann up just shoot me a message and I'll send you one or two.
  32. primesuspect
    primesuspect Also, the three Boot Camp training missions (Doe's Drill, Crash Course, and Manouvers) are all really good ways to get into the game. They're free to play, relatively easy for a competent team, and by the end of all three you'll BE part of a competent team and you'll get an achievement.
  33. midga
    midga I've never tried those...
  34. Dr.Vox
    Dr.Vox

    So when u win the mvm your ticket us gonna be conumed right and u say that we could still play the mission but will we still receive an item?

  35. Koreish
    Koreish

    You only get an item if the ticket is consumed. It's the reason why Squad Surplus tickets exist.

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