Arena is a new gamemode for TF2 that came along with the heavy update. In this gamemode, you don't respawn until your whole team is dead. The goal is to kill everyone on the enemy team, or to capture the center control point of the map. The control point is locked for 60 seconds in Valve's Arena maps, and cannot be captured until it's unlocked.
This article will tell you how to set up the Arena gamemode.
Arena gamemode entities
First we'll need an entity to check when a team captures the center control point.
Property Name Value Name master_control_point
This entity will be used to send an output when a round starts and when the control point is enabled. Specify the amount of seconds you want before it's activated here. 60 is the default setting.
Property Name Value CapEnableDelay 60
Now add the following outputs to it:
The first output displays the model for the control point when it has been enabled. The other two triggers the relays for the round start and control point activation.
This will be used for outputs when the round starts.
Property Name Value Name relay_round_start
This will be used for outputs when the control point is enabled.
Property Name Value Name relay_cap_enable
That's about it for the basic gamemode.
Control point setup
Now we'll set up the center control point entities.
This is the base model for the control point. It will be configured to change skin when a team captures it.
Property Name Value World Model models/props_gameplay/cap_point_base.mdl Name prop_cap_1
This is the control point.
Property Name Value Name cap_flag Print Name #Arena_cap Index 3 BLUE model bodygroup 0
- Check the "Start with model hidden" flag. This is because it will be displayed when the control point is enabled
This is the trigger area, that will let the teams capture it after it's enabled. You can modify these values to suit your map.
Property Name Value Name cap_trigger Control point cap_flag Number of RED players to cap 3 Number of BLUE players to cap 3 Time to cap (sec) 4
That's it! It should be working now. Don't forget to add a spawnroom if you want to try it out.
What you might want to add, is for the relay_round_start to trigger the spawndoors to open.
Now, if you load your map, you will notice the server will keep you in the spawn area as it waits for more players to join. Open up the console and type
sv_cheats 1;bot. This will add a bot to the server and let you playtest the map. We haven't made bots do stuff though. They just stand in spawn and do nothing