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100 Crates, 100 Keys, 0 Unusuals – But its not all bad

Posted on: November 2nd, 2010 by octo dhd

As some of you may know, today we had an event where I opened 100 crates, with 100 keys, and recorded the results for all to see!!! 

The full results can be seen at http://tf2newbs.com/box_results.txt the first column is crate type, then second is the name of the item found.   If someone wants this in csv, let me know and I’ll put that up too.  Or you can just look at the backback and see all the goods (in the order they were found) http://www.tf2items.com/id/tf2newbs_crate_event  the 2 items on page 3 were random drops.

Unfortunately no unusuals were found, but all is not lost.  Through fuzzy mathematics it appears I broke about even on the entire endeavour.

Lets break down the items, and the math….

Columns are number found, crate type, item name, estimated value (based on valve store)

     11 #1 distinct lack of hue (2.49)
      7 #2 duel game (0.99)
      7 #1 equalizer (1.99)
      6 #2 australium gold (2.49)
      6 #1 vita saw (0.49)
      5 #5 name tag (4.99)
      5 #1 gunslinger (2.45)
      4 #3 bushwacka (4.99)
      4 #2 l’etranger (2.49)
      4 #2 blackbox (2.49)
      4 #1 scottish resistance (0.49)
      4 #1 old guad (2.49)
      3 #2 shortstop (2.49)
      3 #1 name tag (4.99)
      3 #1 abundence of tinge (2.49)
      2 #5 southern hospitality (0.49)
      2 #5 powerjack (2.49)
      2 #4 whoopee cap (4.99)
      2 #4 pain train (1.99)
      2 #3 distinct lack of hue (2.49)
      2 #1 nappers (2.49)
      1 #4 duel game (0.99)
      1 #4 battalion backup (4.99)
      1 #4 abundence of tinge (2.49)
      1 #3 stout shako (4.99)
      1 #3 homewrecker (2.99) [cost of buying things to craft it]
      1 #3 duel game (0.99)
      1 #3 description tag (2.49)
      1 #2 stuntman (4.99)
      1 #2 puglists (4.99)
      1 #2 pain train (1.99)
      1 #2 chieftains challenge (4.99)
      1 #2 a deep commitment to purple (2.49)

I based prices either on how much it’d cost to craft, pricing of similar items, or just what what it is worth in trade / etc.  For example: nappers are nearly worthless to trade, but crafting two of them gets you another hat, which is probably worth at least 4.99 in the steam store.  

Summing up the total for all those brings us to MSRP of $244.50  – thats even with me considering the chieftan and the stout shako as $4.99 hats, when they can trade higher than that. 

For this event I spent $249.00 (in two chunks, since steam wallets can’t hold that much) to get 100 keys.  I begged and pleaded for free crates.  So if we ignore the interest I could of been earning on this money if I had invested it instead of spending it on keys in a video game I came out about even.   I might be a little off with the values, but if you consider that it brought a bunch of people together, and that a lot of people had a good time I think it was worth it.

So I’m pleased that I broke about even on store value, unfortunately in game value of many of these items is pretty weak compared to the store price.

My results lead me to believe that opening crates isn’t necessarily a bad method of attaining items, as long as the crates are found or were obtained for nearly nothing. 

If anyone out there wants to donate a unusual hat to a good cause, let me know on steam  http://steamcommunity.com/id/octodhd

2010 is Quickly Approaching, be sure to get your 2010 Crab Spy Calendar

Posted on: December 31st, 2009 by octo dhd

Just a quick heads up, the new Crab Spy Calendar is up and available just in time for most peoples New Years celebrations. A big thanks goes out to NFreak and all the people that gave him a hand in helping capture great images of Crab Spies in various environments. These folks contributions are detailed in the Credits in the actual calendar release and will be added soon to the official download page.

Go ahead and check it out – http://www.tf2newbs.com/build/crab_spy_calendar_2010/

Since the calendar was incredibly popular last year, be sure to spread the word so that no one misses out on it.

Also a quick update on Newbsmas, due to me not being able to dedicate the proper time to the contest I’ve extended the deadline until Midnight Feb 14th (Pacific). Be sure to get your holiday themed entries in with this extra time I should be able to get some ‘unique’ prizes in to hand out =)

Ubersaw for the win… MEDIC!!!!

Posted on: March 4th, 2009 by octo dhd

Question time… So whats 10cm x 3.5 cm (thats ~ 4 inch by 1.4 inch in real numbers) that packs a painful punch? Hey! get your mind out of the gutter – Why an ornamental ubersaw pin of course.  Dingo has struck again, and it might hurt a bit.  I was thinking about doing a real fancy write up, but I think the pictures speak for themselves – its cool, its wearable, it looks good, and its one of a kind. So if you ever see a girl out and about with a badass ubersaw pin on, you’ll know its the one, the only, the Dingo.

Oh also, please be sure to pass this around and let everyone know how cool Dingos creations are, and by extension the rest of us are for knowing her.. :)

See the page devoted to Dingo’s Ubersaw pin (it also has links to other things shes done such as the plush demo sticky bombs)

4 Fun Team Fortress 2 Christmas Songs

Posted on: December 13th, 2008 by Newbs Staff

Heres a followup/update on the 12 days of 2fort.

These pretty much speak for themselves, here are four fun for the whole family songs celebrating Team Fortress 2. Big thanks go out to Koans R Us and Crouton Magillicutty for their efforts. I’d really love to see these turned into bigger productions (in-game demo, machinima, flash movie, etc). So if anyone wants to offer to sing/record these songs or is interested in doing some video work or other production please let me know. I will give out reserves and kudos if people put in time.

Team Fortress 2 Christmas Songs

The 12 Days of 2Fort – A Team Fortress 2 Christmas Carol

Posted on: November 29th, 2008 by Newbs Staff

Courtesy of Koans R Us on the newbs forum (http://www.tf2newbs.com/forum/index.php/topic,1370.0.html)

The 12 days of 2Fort

On the First Day of 2 Fort my teammates gave to me
             A level 3 sentry.
              
On the Second Day of 2 Fort my teammates gave to me
             2 Fatties Eating
             And a level 3 sentry.
             
On the Third Day of 2 Fort my teammates gave to me
             3 Intels Taken
             2 Fatties Eating
             And a level 3 sentry
              
On the Fourth Day of 2 Fort my teammates gave to me
             4 Pyros Flaming
             3 Intels Taken
             2 Fatties Eating
             And a level 3 sentry
              
On the Fifth Day of 2 Fort my teammates gave to me
             5 Golden Crits
             4 Pyros Flaming
             3 Intels Taken
             2 Fatties Eating
             And a level 3 sentry
              
On the Sixth Day of 2 Fort my teammates gave to me
             6 Spies a Cloaking
             5 Golden Crits
             4 Pyros Flaming
             3 Intels Taken
             2 Fatties Eating
             And a level 3 sentry
              
On the Seventh Day of 2 Fort my teammates gave to me
             7 Soldiers Shooting
             6 Spies a cloaking
             5 Golden Crits
             4 Pyros Flaming
             3 Intels Taken
             2 Fatties Eating
             And a level 3 sentry
              
On the Eighth day of 2 Fort my teammates gave to me
             8 Medics Healing
             7 Soldiers Shooting
             6 Spies a Cloaking
             5 Golden Crits
             4 Pryos Flaming
             3 Intels taken
             2 Fatties Eating
             And a level 3 sentry
              
On the Ninth Day of 2 Fort my teammates gave to me
             9 Engies Dancing
             8 Medics Healing
             7 Soldiers Shooting
             6 Spies a cloaking
             5 Golden Crits
             4 Pyros Flaming
             3 Intels Taken
             2 Fatties Eating
             And a level 3 sentry
              
On the Tenth Day of 2 Fort my teammates gave to me
            10 Scouts a leaping
             9 Engies Dancing
             8 Medics Healing
             7 Soldiers Shooting
             6 Spieas a Cloaking
             5 Golden Crits
             4 Pyros Flaming
             3 Intels Taken
             2 Fatties Eating
             And a level 3 sentry
              
On the Eleventh Day of 2 Fort my teammates gave to me
            11 Snipers Snipping
            10 Scouts a Leaping
             9 Engies Dancing
             8 Medics Healing
             7 Soldiers Shooting
             6 Spies a Cloaking
             5 Golden Crits
             4 Pyros Flaming
             3 Intels Taken
             2 Fatties Eating
             And a level 3 sentry
             
On the Twelfth Day of 2 Fort my teammates gave to me
            12 Demos Launching
            11 Snipers Snipping
            10 Scouts a Leaping
             9 Engies Dancing
             8 Medics Healing
             7 Soldiers a Shooting
             6 Spies a Cloaking
             5 Golden Crits
             4 Pyros Flaming
             3 Intels Taken
             2 Fatties Eating
             And a level 3 sentry

The Twelve Days of 2 Fort, Written by Koans R US 2008