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In more recent major updates to the game, Valve has presented teaser images and online comic books that expand the fictional history of the ''Team Fortress 2'', as part of the expansion of the "cross-media property", according to Newell.<ref name="tf2 comics" /> In August 2009, Valve brought aboard American comic writer [[Michael Avon Oeming]] to teach Valve "about what it means to have a character and do character development in a comic format, how you do storytelling".<ref name="tf2 comics">{{cite web | url = http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/59993 | title = Valve Talks Team Fortress 2 Comic Book Plans, Movie and TV Show Possibilities | first = Alice | last= O'Conner | date = 2009-08-14 | accessdate= 2010-07-08 | publisher = [[Shacknews]] }}</ref> "Loose Canon", a comic associated with the Engineer Update, establishes the history of RED versus BLU as a result of the last will and testament of Zepheniah Mann in 1890, forcing his two bickering sons Blutarch and Redmond to vie for control of Zepheniah's lands between them; both have engineered ways of maintain their mortality to the present, waiting to outlast the other while employing separate forces to try to wrest control of the land.<ref>{{cite web | url = http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/101872-TF2-Update-The-Engineer-With-the-Golden-Wrench | title = TF2 Update: The Engineer With the Golden Wrench | date = 2010-07-05 | accessdate = 2010-07-08 | first = Andy | last = Chalk | publisher = [[The Escapist (magazine)|The Escapist]] }}</ref> This and other comics also establish other background characters such as Saxton Hale, the CEO of Mann Co., the company that provides the weapons for the two sides and was bequeathed to one of Hale's ancestors by Zepheniah, and the Administrator, the game's announcer, that watches over and encourages the RED/BLU conflict.<ref>{{Cite web | url = http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/96688-Valve-Teases-TF2-Demoman-and-Soldier-Updates | title = Valve Teases TF2 Demoman and Soldier Updates | first =John | last = Funk | date = 2009-12-09 | accessdate= 2010-07-08 | publisher = [[The Escapist (magazine)|The Escapist]] }}</ref> The collected comics were published by [[Dark Horse Comics]] in ''Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories'', a volume along with other comics created by Valve for ''Portal 2'' and ''Left 4 Dead'', and released in November 2011.<ref>{{cite web | url = http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/35767/Comic_Book_Based_On_Valve_Strips_Coming_This_November.php | title = Comic Book Based On Valve Strips Coming This November | first = Mike | last= Rose | date = 2011-07-11 | accessdate = 2011-07-11 | publisher = [[Gamasutra]] }}</ref>
 
In more recent major updates to the game, Valve has presented teaser images and online comic books that expand the fictional history of the ''Team Fortress 2'', as part of the expansion of the "cross-media property", according to Newell.<ref name="tf2 comics" /> In August 2009, Valve brought aboard American comic writer [[Michael Avon Oeming]] to teach Valve "about what it means to have a character and do character development in a comic format, how you do storytelling".<ref name="tf2 comics">{{cite web | url = http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/59993 | title = Valve Talks Team Fortress 2 Comic Book Plans, Movie and TV Show Possibilities | first = Alice | last= O'Conner | date = 2009-08-14 | accessdate= 2010-07-08 | publisher = [[Shacknews]] }}</ref> "Loose Canon", a comic associated with the Engineer Update, establishes the history of RED versus BLU as a result of the last will and testament of Zepheniah Mann in 1890, forcing his two bickering sons Blutarch and Redmond to vie for control of Zepheniah's lands between them; both have engineered ways of maintain their mortality to the present, waiting to outlast the other while employing separate forces to try to wrest control of the land.<ref>{{cite web | url = http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/101872-TF2-Update-The-Engineer-With-the-Golden-Wrench | title = TF2 Update: The Engineer With the Golden Wrench | date = 2010-07-05 | accessdate = 2010-07-08 | first = Andy | last = Chalk | publisher = [[The Escapist (magazine)|The Escapist]] }}</ref> This and other comics also establish other background characters such as Saxton Hale, the CEO of Mann Co., the company that provides the weapons for the two sides and was bequeathed to one of Hale's ancestors by Zepheniah, and the Administrator, the game's announcer, that watches over and encourages the RED/BLU conflict.<ref>{{Cite web | url = http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/96688-Valve-Teases-TF2-Demoman-and-Soldier-Updates | title = Valve Teases TF2 Demoman and Soldier Updates | first =John | last = Funk | date = 2009-12-09 | accessdate= 2010-07-08 | publisher = [[The Escapist (magazine)|The Escapist]] }}</ref> The collected comics were published by [[Dark Horse Comics]] in ''Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories'', a volume along with other comics created by Valve for ''Portal 2'' and ''Left 4 Dead'', and released in November 2011.<ref>{{cite web | url = http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/35767/Comic_Book_Based_On_Valve_Strips_Coming_This_November.php | title = Comic Book Based On Valve Strips Coming This November | first = Mike | last= Rose | date = 2011-07-11 | accessdate = 2011-07-11 | publisher = [[Gamasutra]] }}</ref>
   
Valve had provided other promotions to draw players into the game. Valve has held weekends of free play for ''Team Fortress 2''.<ref name="shacknews_lombardi_interview_pt2">{{cite web|url=http://www.shacknews.com/featuredarticle.x?id=874|title=Valve Interview Part 2: ''Left 4 Dead'' Demo Potential, the Evolution of Steam, and More|publisher=[[Shacknews]]|date=2008-05-23|accessdate=2008-07-02}}</ref> Through an early update, hats and accessories can be changed or added to any of the classes, giving players some ability to customize the look of their character. Hats can be gained as a rare random drop, through the crafting / trading systems, or via [[cross-promotion]]: Limited-edition hats have been awarded for pre-ordering or gaining [[Achievement (video gaming)|Achievements]] in other content from Steam, both from Valve (such as ''[[Left 4 Dead 2]]''<ref name="billhat">{{cite web|url=http://www.tf2.com/post.php?id=3045|title=Pre-Order Giveaway Madness!|publisher=[[Valve Corporation]]|date=November 2, 2009|accessdate=September 30, 2010}}</ref><ref name="elliscap">{{cite web|url=http://teamfortress.com/post.php?id=4441&p=1|title=Free Hats!|publisher=[[Valve Corporation]]|date=October 6, 2010|accessdate=October 6, 2010}}</ref> and ''[[Alien Swarm]]'') or other third-party games such as ''[[Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse]]'', ''[[Worms Reloaded]]'', ''[[Killing Floor (2009 video game)|Killing Floor]]'', or ''[[Poker Night at the Inventory]]'' (which features the Heavy class as a character). According to Robin Walker, Valve introduced these additional hats as an indirect means for players to show status within the game or their affiliation with another game series simply by visual appearance<ref>{{Cite web | url = http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/08/20/valve-on-the-future-of-team-fortress-2-part-two/ | title = Valve on the future of Team Fortress 2. Part Two | publisher = [[PC World (magazine)|PC World]] | date = 2010-08-20 | accessdate= 2010-08-20 | first = Tom | last = Francis }}</ref> (although a chosen few hats provide stat bonuses when combined with certain equipment).<ref name="itemsets">{{cite web|url=http://www.teamfortress.com/mannconomy/item_sets/|title=Team Fortress 2 - The Mann-Conomy Update - 5 new item sets for 5 classes|publisher=[[Valve Corporation]]|date=2010-09|accessdate=2011-07-23}}</ref>
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Valve had provided other promotions to draw players into the game. Valve has held weekends of free play for ''Team Fortress 2''.<ref name="shacknews_lombardi_interview_pt2">{{cite web|url=http://www.shacknews.com/featuredarticle.x?id=874|title=Valve Interview Part 2: ''Left 4 Dead'' Demo Potential, the Evolution of Steam, and More|publisher=[[Shacknews]]|date=2008-05-23|accessdate=2008-07-02}}</ref> Through an early update, hats and accessories can be changed or added to any of the classes, giving players some ability to customize the look of their character. Hats can be gained as a rare random drop, through the crafting / trading systems, or via [[cross-promotion]]: Limited-edition hats have been awarded for pre-ordering or gaining [[Achievement (video gaming)|Achievements]] in other content from Steam, both from Valve (such as ''[[Left 4 Dead 2]]''<ref name="billhat">{{cite web|url=http://www.tf2.com/post.php?id=3045|title=Pre-Order Giveaway Madness!|publisher=[[Valve Corporation]]|date=November 2, 2009|accessdate=September 30, 2010}}</ref><ref name="elliscap">{{cite web|url=http://teamfortress.com/post.php?id=4441&p=1|title=Free Hats!|publisher=[[Valve Corporation]]|date=October 6, 2010|accessdate=October 6, 2010}}</ref> and ''[[Alien Swarm]]'') or other third-party games such as ''[[Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse]]'', ''[[Worms Reloaded]]'', ''[[Killing Floor (2009 video game)|Killing Floor]]'', or ''[[Poker Night at the Inventory]]'' (which features the Heavy class as a character). According to Robin Walker, Valve introduced these additional hats as an indirect means for players to show status within the game or their affiliation with another game series simply by visual appearance<ref>{{Cite web | url = http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/08/20/valve-on-the-future-of-team-fortress-2-part-two/ | title = Valve on the future of Team Fortress 2. Part Two | publisher = [[PC World (magazine)|PC World]] | date = 2010-08-20 | accessdate= 2010-08-20 | first = Tom | last = Francis }}</ref> (although a chosen few hats provide stat bonuses when combined with certain equipment).<ref name="itemsets">{{cite web|url=http://www.teamfortress.com/mannconomy/item_sets/|title=Team Fortress 2 - The Mann-Conomy Update - 5 new item sets for 5 classes|publisher=[[Valve Corporation]]|date=2010-09|accessdate=2011-07-23}}</ref>. GIVE ME BACK MAH SANDVICH!!!!
   
 
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