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Posted On January 13, 2015By rannmannIn Tutorials

Creating and Managing FirePowered Donations

FirePowered Gaming is 100% reliant on donations to operate.  Every dollar from community members is put back into the community in the form of operating costs (servers/software) and prizes (keys/bills/buds/games).  If you like what we’re doing and want to help out, you can donate TF2 items or pick from one of our two donation packages ($5 and $7 monthly). Payment Methods TF2 Items: We currently accept Mann Co. Supply Crate Keys which grant 10 days of donor perks.  We plan to implement other TF2 payment options relatively soon (likely Bills and Buds within theRead More

Posted On December 2, 2014By rannmannIn Developers

Creating a Steam Trade Bot with Node.js

Update 2015-07-25: node-steam v1.0 recently was released.  A lot of the functionality of node-steam has drastically changed with this update.  Make sure to install version 0.6.8 when following this guide.  A new version of this article using node-steam 1.0 and trade offers can be found here: The first part of this article provides some background into Steam trade bots, what options are available, how to setup your system to use Node, and some of the packages you’ll need to get started.  Beyond the first section, I’ll stop talking in generalizations and focus onRead More

Posted On November 4, 2014By DattixIn Tutorials

Member Applications Explained

In this tutorial, I will explain how the member application process works, and discuss tips on how to make yours successful. Please leave a comment below if you have any questions, or would like to have another aspect discussed. I have placed the member application link at the bottom of this article. Please read through this article carefully before clicking it. Introduction So, you want to become an official FirePowered member? That’s great! As a growing community of close gamers, we’re always looking for new members to represent us andRead More
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Posted On November 3, 2014By rannmannIn Tutorials

Play TF2 and Win Prizes

Every week since FirePowered Gaming has existed (we’ll just forget about that first week for now), we have given away a Mann Co. Supply Crate Key as part of a raffle.  As I write this, we have given away 77 keys through these raffles, not including all our event and donor giveaways.  All in all, we’ve handed out around $500 in prizes in our first year and a half. Having a simple raffle each week is nice and all, but it doesn’t require much interaction between players.  We figured we should tryRead More

Posted On November 3, 2014By rannmannIn News

A Blog for Blogging – Death of a Newsletter

I’m lazy. Not the regular kind of lazy but awfully, horribly lazy when it comes to things like writing. In April, Kricys and I started a community newsletter with the intention on sitting down once per month and writing up what all happened and what sorts of things we were planning behind the scenes for next month. The idea was great, but it turned out to be a lot more work than originally planned. It turns out writing cross-platform HTML emails is complicated (if you don’t want it to be mangled inRead More