# Getting Started
Our Team Fortress 2 bookable servers are primarily pre-configured for competitive play; this allows us to deliver a quick on-demand system for players. Please ensure you check-out Booking before proceeding.
# Basic RCON Usage
To manage the server, you have booked it is essential to have an understanding of how to use
rcon; this system allows the player to control the server through a variety of commands.
# Enabling Console
Team Fortress 2 has a console that allows you to enter commands that the game interprets; this is important when controlling and setting up your bookable server. The console by default is disabled and can be enabled by following the steps below:
Options > Advanced > Enable developer console
Console key usually defaults to the tilde key
# RCON Password
To be able to utilise rcon, you first must have the server's
rcon_password; this is usually sent along with the other server details at the time of booking. Once you have the password, you can enter the command in your console.
After entering the
rcon_password, you should be able to execute server commands by preceding servers commands with
Manually executing config files can be done by using the following command
rcon exec (config file)
Switching maps can be done manually using the
rcon changelevel (map name)
If you need to remove a player from the server, you can use the
rcon kick (user/id)
Adjusting the win limit for the map can be done by using the
mp_winlimit command; this shouldn't be used for payload or attack/defend type maps.
rcon mp_winlimit (amount)
Adjusting the win difference for the map can be done by using the
mp_windifference command; this shouldn't be used for payload or attack/defend type maps.
rcon mp_windifference (amount)
Adjusting the time limit for the map can be done by using the
mp_timelimit command; this shouldn't be used for payload, attack/defend and king of the hill type maps.
rcon mp_timelimit (amount)
Teams can switch starting sides during startup by using the
mp_switchteams command; this is generally used for payload or attack/defend type maps.
rcon mp_switchteams (0 or 1)
If you require a custom whitelist, you can use the
sm_whitelist_id command to execute the weapon bans using the ID provided by whitelist.tf.
rcon sm_whitelist_id (whitelist id)
Make sure to execute the command after the primary config has loaded or when re-executing configs.
# League Config Support
The bookable servers come with support for a multitude of leagues and the game modes they run. If you need to know the config files or aliases, check them out here.