RPS Does Community Service

Not an actual photo of the RPS server.

Over the last year, one of the things we’ve noticed at RPS Orbital HQ is that we have some readers. At the last count, more than three. It seems that some of the loyal and most handsome of them have gathered their pocket change together to get themselves an unoffical semi-official official-but-not-quite RPS TF2 server. Oh yes.

As the RPS Steam Group broke the 1000 members mark the other day (1200 now), regulars in the chatroom lamented that in order to have a celebratory game of TF2, they had to invade the Penny Arcade server. Well no more. The Rock, Paper, Shotgun – Community Server for Servicing the Community is born.

The IP for those wanting to join in is (Ventrillo: But be aware, this belongs to the readers, not RPS, and we’re not in charge. FEAR THEIR WRATH. Huge thanks to Dartt, The Poisoned Sponge, Evo, DuBBle and everyone else involved. (Disgruntled missing names – contact me).

If you want to donate funds to the good people of RPSland to keep their server going, head here.


  1. James G says:

    Hey, fantastic. A huge thanks to all of those involved in organising this! (And why is the opinion button miles away from the comment box?)

  2. Nimic says:

    So, I’m guessing it’s in the US? Or is it in Europe? I guess this is a pretty useless question, considering I’m going to go try it out myself, and it should be painfully obvious if it’s on the wrong side of the pond.

    If it’s in Europe and I get decent ping (I’ve got an awesome connection, but not even it connects me well to overseas servers), and there’s people there, and it doesn’t run any custom rules (like instant spawn), I’m going to be a regular!

  3. espy says:

    Seems to be nn Europe, ping takes 54ms. Spiffy! :D

  4. fishmitten says:

    I’ve got a ping of 15ms here. It must be in England somewhere.

    Thanks RPS!

  5. Kieron Gillen says:

    Thanks RPS *readers*.


  6. espy says:

    @fishmitten with that ping, it’s probably next door :D

  7. dartt says:

    The server is in the U.K. but a few chaps from the East coast of the U.S. and Canada have reported reasonable performance so everyone should pop in and say “LOL HAI GAIZ”.

  8. Mr Pink says:

    I spotted this yesterday and immediately added to my favourites. I will pop in any time I see a game going on. TF2 is a far, far superior game when played with decent folk :) Also, it is better with a mic.

    Incidentally, why the Ventrillo server? Is the inbuilt talk insufficient in some way?

  9. Dave says:

    Nice! See you all on there!

  10. cullnean says:

    donations for the server? who to if we want to?

    also iv have joined the chat room and felt like i was interupting a convo, any one elese feel like that? or is it it just me i always get that feeling on voice chat as well.

    internet shyness why do you burden me so!

  11. dartt says:

    @Mr Pink – The ventrillo server came free with the TF2 server. It seems a little redundant with the in game voice chat and the Steam voice chat already easily available but maybe someone can find a use for it.

    @Cullnean – I’ll try to arrange a way for people to contribute this week. It may involve gathering the email addresses of willing contributors and then sending out a mass payment request with paypal or setting up a donation link. I’ll have a look in to it when I get home from work :)

  12. fishmitten says:

    Yes, thanks *readers*!

  13. monchberter says:

    Fantastic, i look forward to Axtinguishing my fellow RPS reading playing Heavies while they nom. :D

  14. darthpugwash says:

    I spotted this last night and dropped in for a couple rounds on Ravine. Pretty cool.

  15. Beefeater says:

    Great news. See you around later, then.

  16. The Hammer says:

    You can bet your ass this is the only server I’ll be playing on for the next few months!


  17. Gap Gen says:

    So for their birthday, RPS gets the community a present? It’s backward thinking, but it works.

  18. johnny_cuts says:

    It’s a bit like bringing cakes in to work on your birthday.

    just in this case somone else brought the cakes…

  19. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    I’m always on the look-out for new servers to subject to my poorly timed ubers and errant crockets, thanks fellow RPSites!

  20. Lh'owon says:

    More like on RPS’s birthday RPS readers get RPS readers a present, which is also for RPS. Or something.

  21. antonymous says:

    Thats cool a special server for the noobcakes

  22. caramelcarrot says:

    Hurrah, a community server that’s not in the US and has decent ping! I’ll be on tonight.

  23. Lake says:

    Oh, does RPS have on unofficial official IRC channel?

  24. Nimic says:

    Pretty nice server, but I don’t really like Arena. I’ll be playing there when I can, but when Arena maps come up I’ll be departing :P

    nick: niMic @ UiT

  25. Kieron Gillen says:

    Lake: The RPS chatroom on steam is where the community tends to chat.

    Which is here:
    link to steamcommunity.com


  26. Rosti says:

    <3 RPS readers. Will heal you laterz.

  27. Tejstar says:

    Great news, but when do you guys plan to open some forums on this site? That’s what I was hoping this headline was about!

  28. luphisto says:

    awesome you will see me there good sir.

  29. jon says:

    Sick, just in time to play all the new stuff.

    Ingame nick – SOVIET

  30. Andrew says:

    I’m always on the look-out for new servers to subject to my poorly timed ubers and errant crockets, thanks fellow RPSites!

    We might even ask ‘Where now for Man Raised by Puffins?’

  31. CrashT says:

    “Servicing the Community” *Snigger*

  32. 357SIG says:

    Guess i’ll have to give that newfangled team fortress a whack again.

  33. The Poisoned Sponge says:

    We’re only keeping the arena maps on there while we get used to them… don’t worry, once we’ve sorted out what works and what doesn’t, well sort out a list of good servers mainly featuring Dustbowl, Goldrush, 2fort and a smattering of others.

  34. Andrew says:

    What’s wrong with the arena ones? :(

  35. Nimic says:

    If I could find a server only running Dustbowl, Goldrush and Badwater Basin I would be the happiest nerd alive ^^

  36. Noc says:

    Yer mother was doing some community servicing last night if you know what I mean.

    And I think you do.

    She made cookies for us while we were picking up trash on the side of the road.

  37. VIP0R says:

    Been playing most of the day now, meeting new friends & just great fun! Thanks guys! =]

  38. Dave says:

    Well for one thing, Arena is not ideally suited to my suicidally reckless pyro tactics.

  39. Xyzzy says:

    Hooray, server! Now I have to risk insanity and slight lag to play TF2.

  40. Tom says:

    Cheers guys!
    Can’t think of any other site where it’s readers have done this.
    Normally it’s the other way around.

  41. Different Alex says:

    Vent could be useful as two things: a way to keep the RPSites in communication without requiring us to expose ourselves to the others on the server, and overall communication when allspeak is off (which it should be).

    Thanks guys.

  42. Trousers says:

    Huzzah! I’ve been hoping for this for a while

    You’re all about to get pantsed

  43. Erlam says:

    “If I could find a server only running Dustbowl, Goldrush and Badwater Basin I would be the happiest nerd alive ^^”

    Are you serious? Every server I ever find only plays those maps.

  44. Lake says:

    Did not even realize Steam groups have chat rooms.

  45. DeadDecoy says:

    Thanks to everyone who set the server up. It’s great fun!

  46. LQB says:

    Great server! People actually use their mics! And for a server based in Europe I get a better ping than on some American servers.

  47. The Hammer says:

    Lovely server, guys! I’ve had a lot of fun today dipping in and out, and I’ve got a newfound love for the scout, whenever I’m not getting on well with Demoman! Hope to play lots more games soon!

    (PS. more Lumberyard, please!)

  48. Mr Pink says:

    I popped in last night for a while, and despite my own poor performance it was a lot of fun! Yay RPS server!

  49. Chris Evans says:

    I am the big bossman of this server :D

    Well equal with the other guys! Hope everyone enjoys it, we hope it all works out well =]