Balloon Race is a custom map with a unique gameplay style; Balloon Race has BLU and RED racing against each other to a common goal - the finish - while trying to capture control points for Speed Boosts. *** Treasure island; A lone island in the middle of a lake, surrounded by mound of earth to prevent unwanted intruders. Rocky outpost; A small but very secret facility based on the side of a mountain, originally intended as a refuelling outpost for small research crafts, this small station has been converted into a large-scale military outpost. The Bird's Nest; Hidden deep within the Chasm, this outpost was built for an unknown purpose. Watchtowers The watchtowers have long been abandoned but now serve as a perfect place to stop and refuel and rest. **** Balloon race was first released in October 2008, the gameplay was unique (Aside from wacky_races, on which Balloon Race is based) , and it was an instant hit with many servers, but the map was heavily unbalanced and turned into a sniper campfest fairly quickly, resulting in stalemates, ragequits and unofficial modifications of the map. In late November of 2008 I was asked by one of my clan-leaders to make a few changes to the map, mainly minor aesthetical things to start with, but after a few days of mapping, I sought out Chuckstar's permission to expand on the changes further, he - Very Kindly - allowed me to continue on my changes, which resulted in most of the changes you see in v2 today. While v2 was leaps and bounds ahead of v1, it was still unbalanced, bugged and unoptimized, and as such, Balloon Race was regarded as a map you play to practice, or warm-up. This is one of the things we wanted to change in v3, we wanted to create a map that wasn't considered to be a "Gimmicky" map, but instead a map you could enjoy for a few hours, rather than a few minutes. Therefore, with the help of Gig and the guidance of Chuckstar, we are proud to deliver, V3 of Balloon Race. *** While it may not seem like a huge update, it shifts the way the whole of the map's playstyle. Suggestions are appreciated! P.S - Sorry for any typo's or formatting errors.