How Do I Make a Private MvM Server in TF2?


Heather Bennett

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of setting up a private Mann vs. Machine (MvM) server in Team Fortress 2 (TF2). Whether you want to practice your skills, play with friends, or simply enjoy a more controlled environment, having your own private MvM server can be a great addition to your TF2 experience.

What is MvM in TF2?
Team Fortress 2’s Mann vs. Machine mode pits a team of players against waves of robotic enemies. It’s a cooperative game mode where players work together to defend strategic points on the map and prevent the robots from delivering a bomb. Setting up a private MvM server allows you to customize various aspects of the game and play with your own group of friends.

Step 1: Launching TF2 Dedicated Server
To begin, you need to launch the TF2 dedicated server software on your computer. You can download it from the Steam Tools section under the Library tab.

Once downloaded, open the “Team Fortress 2” folder in your Steam library directory and locate the “srcds.exe” file. Double-click on it to launch the dedicated server software.

Step 2: Configuring Server Settings
After launching the dedicated server software, you will need to configure some settings specific to MvM gameplay. These settings are stored in a configuration file called “server.cfg”. Open this file using a text editor and make changes according to your preferences.

Basic Configuration

  • sv_lan: Set this value to 0 to make your server accessible over the internet rather than just on your local network.
  • hostname: Specify a name for your server that will be displayed in the server browser.
  • rcon_password: Set a password to secure your server’s remote console access.

MvM-Specific Configuration

  • tf_mvm_skill: Adjust the difficulty level of MvM waves. Values range from 1 (Easy) to 4 (Nightmare).
  • tf_mvm_popfile: Specify the map file for your MvM server. Make sure to use maps specifically designed for MvM gameplay.

Once you have made the necessary changes, save the “server.cfg” file and close the text editor.

Step 3: Port Forwarding
To allow external connections to your private MvM server, you will need to set up port forwarding on your router. Open your router’s configuration page and forward port 27015 (default TF2 server port) to the local IP address of the computer running the dedicated server software.

Step 4: Starting Your Server
With everything set up, you are now ready to start your private MvM server. Double-click on “srcds.exe” again to launch the dedicated server software. It may take a moment for the server to start up, but once it does, you will see a console window displaying various information about your server.

Using RCON Commands

To interact with your MvM server while playing, you can use RCON commands through the remote console access. To access it, open TF2 and open the console by pressing ~ (tilde). Type “rcon_password [your rcon password]” followed by any RCON command you wish to execute.

Note: It is important to keep your rcon password secure and not share it with anyone you do not trust.

In Conclusion

Setting up a private MvM server in TF2 allows you to have full control over gameplay settings and enjoy the cooperative mode with your friends in a more personalized environment. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you should be able to create your own private MvM server and start defending against those robotic hordes!

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