When using the game_text_tf entity ( http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Game_text_tf ) there is an attribute "Icon". It took me a while but I finally figured out what you can put into this field to add icons to your text messages. Below is a list of some of the icons (there might be more!) ico_notify_flag_moving : ! mark ico_notify_flag_home : The House symbol ico_notify_flag_dropped : The Down Arrow ico_notify_sixty_seconds : A stopwatch hud_menu_sentry_build : A sentry blueprint icon If you want to find more icons to use grab a program like GFScape and check out Team Fortress 2 Content.gcf in your Steamapps folder. Under the tf->resource->ui folder are a bunch of .res files that contain references to icons. Simply use the name given there for the 'icon' field and it should show up when your message displays. Happy texting!