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The Best Damn Prop in TF2

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by TMP, May 23, 2010.

  1. TMP

    aa TMP Abuser of Site Rules

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    Hey guys, it's TMP with a nice little article about a little prop that in my opinion makes TF2 so good. It is a prop that instantly turns a map good. You could stick it in orange_x and it would suddenly be better than coldfront (unless coldfront uses this prop, which I think it actually does).

    This... is the beautiful prop.
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    models/props_trainyard/handrail216.mdl

    Also known as
    THE BEST PROP EVER

    Why is this prop so good? I have at least 3 reasons behind it.

    1. It's small enough to put almost anywhere, yet has a noticeable impact on Gameplay

    This prop is small. 216 units long by 4 units wide by around 33 units high. It fits almost anywhere. The main key here is that it is 33 units high. The barrier can be jumped over, but poses the issue of having the small window of time where you have little control to matter to surmount it. Should you jump over it? Should you not? Why am I not worshiping this prop? All these run through your mind when you see it in gameplay. The key here though is that it is small. Unlike its 480 and 640 brethren, you can fit this prop almost anywhere! 2fort battlements? Hell yeah! Badlands mid? Go for it!

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    Badlands mid? Horrible! It doesn't have handrail216, but it could have it!

    2. It's a generic, unnoticeable prop, but it can be flashy as well

    This prop is the ultimate multitasker. It can be invisible and visible at THE SAME TIME. Based on the angle of viewing and the skin used, you can make it look either boring and bland to focus attention elsewhere (A gray skin for it surrounded by concrete to attract attention to glass a la badlands) or from below in an exciting white or yellow to make it scream "Hey! I'm a barrier! Look at me!"
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    This prop isn't handrail216, but it's pretty close and does the first job.

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    This on the other hand a la gorge screams "I'm a sexy barrier, and you can't touch these things :D"

    3. It can either block or not block explosives realistically

    Based on its size and transparency, you can get away with having explosives travel through it, or not! Try THAT with badlands spire*! It depends on the conditions in the map and how it affects gameplay. Just make sure to have it consistent throughout the map!

    *That is a very bad example of what I just said, as actually it does in badlands, the entire thing is just vertex manipulated with blockbullets if I recall correctly

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    Can you shoot through it or not? You decide!​

    4. It can be used in multiple ways in the same view (it and its sister props) and can easily make sense

    Just look at this image and you'll understand what I mean.

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    See? Two sets, different skins, different uses, all incredibly clear!

    5. It has 4 different skins which drastically effect the feel of the scene

    The best thing is that I have posted every skin in this thread somewhere! It has a grayish one, a white one, a yellow one, and a black one, each one giving a different feel to the environment. Imagine each one in different environments up here, and they give off a different feel. The white one gives off a clean feel to an area. The gray one gives off a more worn, generic feel to an area. The black one yields a stark, sharp understanding of the gameplay element of it being a barrier when paired against light substances. The yellow one attracts attention to the areas surrounding it by being obnoxiously bright.

    Now get to using it more.
     
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  2. TMP

    aa TMP Abuser of Site Rules

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    Obligatory and now archaic thanks post.
     
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    Last edited: May 23, 2010
  3. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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  4. Fraz

    aa Fraz Blu Hatte, Greyscale Backdrop.

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    Omfg so true

    i <3 you

    i want ur babbies
     
  5. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    The FIRST post is for thanks with the exception of releases where you can't thank the first post.
    :facepalm::facepalm:
     
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  6. Freyja

    aa Freyja Creating visual gameplay since 2007

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    Screw the prop, this is

    THE BEST DAMN THREAD ON TF2MAPS
     
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  7. Pooluke41

    Pooluke41 L5: Dapper Member

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    NOW THATS A REAL CREDIT TO TEAM! Get out Sandvich,Medics and Engineers.
     
  8. tovilovan

    tovilovan L6: Sharp Member

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    Post again YM so I can thank you twice!

    Also, nice one TMP!
     
  9. TMP

    aa TMP Abuser of Site Rules

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    Sorry, I forgot that you could thank the first post in Off Topic.
     
  10. StickZer0

    aa StickZer0 💙💙💃💙💙

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    And since you clearly don't want midget's babbies, i'll let him have mine as my way of thanking you!
    :D
    I LOVE THIS PROP NOW
     
  11. Freyja

    aa Freyja Creating visual gameplay since 2007

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    I heartedly endorse this product and/or service.
     
  12. Mr.Blob

    Mr.Blob L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    This made just my day. <3
     
  13. Penguin

    aa Penguin Clinically Diagnosed with Small Mapper's Syndrome

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    no guys the badlands spire is the best prop what are you all on about I mean really
     
  14. TMP

    aa TMP Abuser of Site Rules

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    Write an article on why it is the best prop and I may reconsider.
     
  15. Thingy Person

    Thingy Person L1: Registered

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    Is this serious or sarcasm?

    I bet it's not the best prop as much as ibeam is the best text.
     
  16. TMP

    aa TMP Abuser of Site Rules

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    Why would I bother with an article if it was not serious?
     
  17. Psy

    aa Psy The Imp Queen

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    My favourite part was when you used my map as an example. A++ guide.
     
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  18. honeymustard

    honeymustard L9: Fashionable Member

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    Good read. My map is covered in it.
     
  19. Thingy Person

    Thingy Person L1: Registered

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    Why is it in off-topic though? =P

    Many thanks anyway. I was stumped on what rails to use.
     
  20. Lancey

    aa Lancey Currently On: ?????

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    When I made drybed I fell in love with the trainyard handrails, and now I lost sixty pounds!