TF2: How to get a golden wrench?

I needed a place to put all the ideas about the new TF2 Update, and so I thought what better place than a blog post?

If you want to get a Golden Wrench, stay posted. I’ll be posting ideas (tested and otherwise) here.

Update: 7/8

Apparently, as a commenter mentioned before (sorry for thinking you were wrong), there is a pattern to how these golden wrench drops work. Thanks to Drunken F00l, the guy who made the out-of-game item management system, a list of times (still unreleased) for wrench drops was leaked. At these times, the first person to craft an item would get a golden wrench. So, the drops were a little less random than Valve would have liked us to think. Drunken F00l actually used this script to get himself a golden wrench, was caught, and then banned from the Valve network. He has plenty of other accounts to play on, but he had a custom Steam Community spy knife that he has since lost. Ouch. Thanks for the work anyways, Drunken Fool.

Forum here.

Check the update page?

If you look closely at the images taped to the Engineer’s wall on the update page, you’ll see a ton of hints to other weapons, like “Broadswords” (obviously the Demoman’s Eyelander), not to mention countless articles referring to stashes of gold being found.

Perhaps the update page has information to hold. Check it out here or visit
http://teamfortress.com/engineerupdate

BUT THERE’S MORE. The blueprint on the update page covers more taped-up information. To see the page in it’s entirety, click here or visit
http://teamfortress.com/engineerupdate/v00.php

Golden… Tickets?

There’s a rumor that “in Willie Wonka, one found a golden ticket in chocolate bars, so shouldn’t the same happen for TF2?” That’s pretty far-fetched. Granted, Valve is far-fetched, so it makes perfect sense. I’m not sure how you’d do that, though. Crafting 2 chocolate bars together? Remember, you shouldn’t be able to get a golden wrench from any previous combination, so that should narrow things down.

Monkeynauts?

The monkey sent into space, referenced quite often in the Engineer Update Page, was sent into space with “A giant sword, a pickax, and a bugle.”

Tried and Tested:

  • Chocolate + Chocolate = Scrapmetal
  • Chocolate + Chocolate + Chocolate = Class Token. Duhr.
  • Chocolate + Eyelander = Nothing. Boo.
  • Cloak and Dagger + Eyelander + Equalizer = Nothing. Not sure why I tried that.
  • Eyelander + Equalizer + Buff Banner = Nothing.

Update: No pattern. Boo.

I probably should have seen this coming, but there appears to be no real pattern to getting these wrenches. It’s totally random. You just have to craft a bunch of times and see what you get.  Apparently, your chance of getting a wrench are something like 1 in 2.63 MILLION. But there’s still that odd. Also, standard drop rates have increased a lot.

Microsoft launches Office 2010 to consumers!

Ok, folks. Lets face it. Microsoft hasn’t been doing especially well recently. Steve Balmer admits that Microsoft has “missed a whole cycle” with regards to Smartphones, and while Sony and Nintendo unveiled 3D capabilities for the PS3 and the Nintendo DS respectively at the E3 convention, Microsoft has announced an Xbox 360 with *gasp* a bigger hard drive and Wifi! How innovative.

However, they have managed to do something well repetitively, namely their productivity software. That’s right, folks, Microsoft Office 2010 is now public, final, and official.

What you’re missing out on.

Office is VERY nice looking this time around. They like that whole ribbon-thing they’ve been doing; they group commands that you’d typically see in your “File,” “Edit,” “View,” etc. menus and stick them in a tabbed set of buttons, making things nice and big and easy to access.

Additionally, a lot of their programs have free, watered-down, online versions that you can use. For FREE. Try them out here. They’re not bad, and they’re better than Google Docs when it comes to formatting (although Google Docs beats it on most other fronts).

Try it (Free trial)

Buy it ($150-$500)

Spotify to come with Google’s Nexus?

Do you like my shoddy photoshop work?

Rumor has it that Spotify, the free-for-all music service, might be releasing service to the USA on the 5th of this month, the same day as Google’s Android Phone, the Nexus One, is said to be released. Damn.

What is this nonsense?

First, some backstory. Spotify, the service for streaming and downloading music for free, has, for a long time, been just out of reach, thanks to a network of red tape and copyright laws here in the US. The service, to be supported by ads or with a 10 euro plan, has been around for about a year or so. Click here to learn a bit more about it and see a cool video about how it works.

Now then, Google’s Nexus One is the first phone released by Google. This isn’t T-Mobile’s G1, which ran Google’s Android software. This is a phone completely designed by Google, with the hardware provided for by HTC. It promises to be very fast, run a yet-to-be-seen version of Android (2.1), and will have an option to buy it unlocked (i.e. without a plan or provider) for a little more cash.

Rumor has it…

Back to the rumormill, its been said that Spotify will be released not just on the same day as the Nexus One, but with it, as a mobile app. This means that every Nexus One user will have access to Spotify before a good bit of Americans. It has even been said that Google might subsidize the Spotify App, waiving the fee for the no-ads subscription. However, there is no guarantee that Spotify will be on the new Android 2.1 firmware, and we won’t know for sure until tomorrow.

Check out more on the Nexus One

Visit Spotify.com

Wolfram Alpha: the answer to all your questions

Wolfram|Alpha: The best thing since... well, anything.

This might just be the most fantastic thing since Google.

Remember “Ask Jeeves,” the search engine that turned questions into search pages (Its now known as Ask.com… they did away with Jeeves)? Yesterday marked the public release of a new search engine, that goes off this principal, but takes it leaps and bounds further. WolframAlpha.com is a brand new site that will answer pretty much anything you ask it.  Its not a search engine as much as it is a knowledge engine; it doesnt search web pages, but rather it searches through a database of “Mathemaitca,” their own brand of digital facts and data.
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