We've been busy updating both the game connect plugin and the installer and we're very pleased to finally release it to to general playerbase! As before, if there is an update that breaks the plugin, all you need to do is reinstall the plugin from the same location. This is because sometimes the TF2 updates overwrite a couple of the files and they need to be updated back to the UKCS custom ones. We've also made it so that you can easily remove all components of the UKCS GUI if there is an update that reinstalling the plugin doesn't fix. All you need to do is go "Start" -> "All Programs" -> "UKCS Connect Plugins" -> "Uninstall UKCS TF2 Connect Plugin". In the same location we've also included a link to get the latest plugin version if you do need to reinstall too!
As before, the plugin allows easy joining of the UKCS TF2 servers for everyone by clicking an in game menu option. Additionally, for sponsors, this allows access to the reserved slots to get in to the server even when full! We've added support for 3rd party HUDs such as PVHUD and Garm3n HUD with an in game scoreboard switcher that allows you to switch instantly between 32 player and 12 player scoreboards.
Note: If a TF2 update breaks your main menu, all you need to do to fix it is reinstall using the link below or go to "Start" -> "All Programs" -> "UKCS Connect Plugins" -> "Get latest UKCS TF2 Connect Plugin".
Download and run:
(This file is UKCS approved and safe to use)
Installation on a Mac
To install the GUI on a Mac, all you need to do is to unzip either the Classic or Enhanced folders to your ..Steam/steamapps/common/Team Fortress 2/tf/custom/UKCS Connect Plugin folder:
Screen Image - Enhanced Plugin
The Enhanced Plugin is a brand new GUI that is streamlined for users wanting to play on UKCS, as well as including snazzy graphics! We recommend using this GUI if you only ever play on UKCS.
Screen Image - Classic Plugin
The Classic Plugin is an updated version of the existing game connect plugin that allows you to easily connect to the UKCS servers. Due to a problem with whitelisting, if you want to play on servers with sv_pure enabled we recommend installing the Classic GUI rather than the Enhanced GUI. You can still use the enhanced GUI if you disable the "-condebug" launch option, however.
Sponsors - Manual Connection without the UKCS Plugin
If you don't want the extra menu options and do things manually, you need to use the following console commands. You may like to bind them to keys to make it easier.
Note. If you are a sponsor, then the way our reserved slot system works you will always be able to get on before any non sponsors also waiting. If you try to connect as a sponsor and get "Server Full", that will only be because another sponsor has just got in before you.
You should use the 'auto join' method provided by steam which connects you when a public slot becomes available. If a slot is showing as free on the server, then its a public slot and you can join. Ie, you don't have to wait until 2 slots show as free. The sponsor slots are hidden from you so do not get in the way of using standard 'auto join' queuing method.