Fortress Forever is a Source mod inspired by the earlier versions of the Team Fortress series (Team Fortress Classic and QuakeWorld Team Fortress). Our all-volunteer team has created this mod entirely from scratch and continued to develop it for over 5 years now. It was originally released in September of 2007. Fortress Forever involves two or more teams, each with 9 available classes, competing in a variety of map-determined objectives (capture the flag, territorial control, invade and defend, etc). Each class has its own unique abilities and strengths that offer extremely varied playstyles. The gameplay ranges from fast-paced, competitive, and deep to absurd and chaotic.

  • Totally free; only requires a Steam account with Source SDK Base 2006 installed.
  • Fast paced, team- and class-based gameplay
  • Faithful to the spirit of Team Fortress Classic (TFC) and QuakeWorld Team Fortress (QWTF), meaning Fortress Forever includes offhand grenades, bunnyhopping, etc
  • 10 Classes (9 + Civilian)
  • Training level and in-game hints
  • Extensive map scripting/customization using Lua

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Fortress Forever 2.5.0 is now available to download on Steam for free!

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Abbreviated Changelog (v2.46 to v2.5.0)


  • Added different kill icons for unbounced rails, single bounced rails, and double bounced rails
  • Added airshot detection
    • Airshots show in the console like so: player killed player with weapon (airshot)
    • Airshots are logged to file like so: "player" killed "player" with "weapon" (modifier "airshot")
      • The (modifier "") string only gets added if there actually was an airshot, otherwise the entire parenthetical is absent from the line
  • Added sparks/dust to the feet of rampsliders (cl_rampslidefx cvar for toggling the effects on/off, and cl_rampslidefx_* cvars for controlling how it looks/behaves)
  • Added team-colored trail to flags
  • Allowed bounced rails to collide with their shooter
  • Added hud_weaponselect cvar (briefly shows the weapon select menu whenever switching weapons when hud_fastswitch is enabled; defaulted to enabled)


  • Lowered the hard cap from 180% to 171%
  • Flag touch bounds have been decreased somewhat significantly: touch height is now ~65% of flag height, and touch width is now ~100% of flag width (flag touch bounds used to be larger than the flag itself in both dimensions)
  • Added a middle bhop cap - when you are over it, reduce speed by more. Currently set to 1.55 speed (620 for scout) and it has a lower pcfactor (0.3 rather than 0.65). This means downtrimping is good for one jump and reduces successive conc skim jumps without reducing the hard cap too much
  • Made HH explosive grenades (frag/mirv) work like they do in TFC (HHing a gren now simply adds 1000 speed in the direction that you're currently moving (or 950 speed straight up if you're not moving at all)
  • Capped jump pad + conc horiz and vert speed separately
  • Set jump pad horiz boost to 768 (was 1024 in 2.46)


  • Removed the single shotgun from the hwguy, medic, and pyro (see #82)
  • Removed nailgun from sniper
  • Made the sniper rifle use nails to avoid shared ammo between sniper rifle/autorifle


  • Slimmed down the number of maps included with FF
  • Improved base_shutdown.lua
    • Added built-in support for trigger-based buttons (blue_security_trigger/red_security_trigger)
    • Added built-in support for Lua-defined security shutdown length (SECURITY_LENGTH)
    • Added built-in support for turning on/off lights, brushes, trigger_ff_clips, and trigger_hurts
    • Added some helpful team-oriented trigger definitions in base_teamplay.lua
  • Added a timer on the HUD that reflects how long security is down for on all security maps
  • Reverted all IvD maps that used the time-limited-round-based system to the default IvD system (only switch teams after all caps have been captured)
  • Removed the objective icon on the flag for defenders in IvD/AvD maps (it always points to the cap point that needs to be defended instead)
  • Changed the team names in ff_dm to something more appropriate
  • Removed the map guide menu as it has never been utilized
  • Allowed the speedometer to show while spectating someone


  • Added Spanish translation by VMX and Firefox11
  • Added (incomplete) Russian localization by Gordon
  • Added Portuguese (BR) translation by Gemini Saga
  • Defaulted hud_fastswitch to 1
  • Made 0 prematch the default when using ff_restartround without a parameter (ff_setprematch is better for cases where you just want to add prematch)
  • Added hud_fastswitch and hud_weaponselect to the Fortress Options "HUD" section
  • Reverted back to the 2.4 menu background because it was pretty cool
  • Removed the map guide menu and make the Flythrough button go directly to the flythrough
  • Improved HUD font: add Latin-1 Supplement and other missing chars (adds things like custom accented chars, #, &, $, ~, etc)
  • Optimised Lua HUD network messages (send a number ID over the network rather than a string)


  • Fixed spectators not getting their kills/deaths/fortpoints reset on restart round
  • Fixed getting a frag added when using the 'spectate' console command (it used to be to compensate for the -1 frag from suiciding)
  • Fixed grenades disappearing after falling too far
  • Fixed flags getting stuck in ceilings
  • Fixed ff_training not showing map loading info when launched from the main menu
  • Fixed ff_restartround resetting twice when called with 0 prematch time
  • Fixed unicode character support in VGUI/HUD elements
  • Fixed materials/ff/ff08_sign_up_green material using the yellow texture instead of the green one
  • Fixed the glass material in ff_dm
  • Fixed conc speed being limited for too long after using a jump pad (#80)
  • Fixed Lua HUD timers' seconds getting truncated in the wrong direction when counting down
Yet Another Long Overdue Update

Yet Another Long Overdue Update

6 months ago News 15 comments Report

Fortress Forever will be released on Steam March 27th.

A Long Overdue Update

A Long Overdue Update

11 months ago News 5 comments Report

In the coming weeks, Fortress Forever will finally be released on Steam and its code will be open sourced

Fortress Forever has been Greenlit!

Fortress Forever has been Greenlit!

1 year ago News 9 comments Report

Fortress Forever has been Greenlit by the community! Thank you to everyone that voted and helped to spread the word about our mod. Being Greenlit was...

Fortress Forever 2.46 Released!

Fortress Forever 2.46 Released!

2 years ago News 2 comments Report

A new update to the mod Fortress Forever has been released. Fortress Forever is a free Team Fortress mod for Half-life 2's Source Engine inspired by the...

Fortress Forever is a Source Mod inspired by Team Fortress. Our independent team has created this mod entirely from scratch. Fortress Forever should please those who have stuck with or been a part of QWTF and TFC over the years while at the same time...
FF 2.46 Patch Installer (2.45 to 2.46)

FF 2.46 Patch Installer (2.45 to 2.46)

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Fortress Forever 2.46 Full Installer

Fortress Forever 2.46 Full Installer

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This exe file will fully install Fortress Forever 2.46

Fortress Forever 2.45 Full Installer

Fortress Forever 2.45 Full Installer

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This exe file will fully install Fortress Forever 2.45 for client players

FF 2.45 Patch Installer (2.44 to 2.45)

FF 2.45 Patch Installer (2.44 to 2.45)

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This exe file will update Fortress Forever 2.44 to 2.45 for client players

Fortress Forever 2.44 Full Installer

Fortress Forever 2.44 Full Installer

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This exe file will fully install Fortress Forever 2.44 for client players

FF 2.44 Patch Installer (2.43 to 2.44)

FF 2.44 Patch Installer (2.43 to 2.44)

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This exe file will update Fortress Forever 2.43 to 2.44 for client players

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Kester Jul 18 2006 says:

You have seen 1 screen of TF2 and you can tell it's going to be crap? You must be all knowing, I wish I had your talents of deduction. Especially your comment on it looks too cartoony, that was the angle they were going for.

Regardless, nice to see FF is coming together nicely, it's been a while since I checked it out.

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Undying_Zombie Jul 17 2006 says:

TF2 looks like crap. The original ideas they had should never been scraped. If you look at the screenshots of it now it looks way too cartoonish.

This mod however. You dont have to pay for due to its a mod. ( and the Mod team is making it a free mod unlike some other mod turning his into something you have to pay, not going to mention names *cough*garry*cough* )

Anyways :P This mod looks way better than TF2. And I cant wait for Fortress Forever to come out. Hell it even comes out in the same month of my B day! ( Augest ) So its even better :P

Besides. If you look at what vaulve has done to TFC and the screenshots of TF2, you know its going to suck.

I found episode 1 to be a major dissapointment and that is why they are trying to add 2 other "games" ( but really they are MODS ) with episode 2. Also there is something wrong when I can beat it in about a hour or less. ( I looked at the time before I started and when I beat it, It was WAY too easy and short for me )

Vaulve is slipping, the only reason why there games stay alive is due to the mod teams out there. Without mods like this, there would be no way I would give vaulve even one penny of my money in order to have the base game you have to have to play the mod.

Keep up the good work guys, hope you do make your release date in Augest for more than 1 reason :P

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enforcer021 Jul 17 2006 says:

Shut up, you idiot.

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thursdizzle Jul 17 2006 says:

i think the announcement of TF2 has done nothing but make FF even more popular, as long as FF releases before TF2.

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geostigma Jul 17 2006 says:

Just tells me that they are alive.

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the_refridginator Jul 17 2006 says:

well, the good thing is that this mod will probably be played more than the official TF, since...

1. valve hasnt kept the community up-to-date on the progress of TF2
2. because of above stated, members of the community will have forgotten to track progress, and eventually, forgot the game itself.
3. cartoony gfx. i dont know how many ppl will go for this twist of a new look. just look at what happened to the legend of zelda: wind waker(other than the fact the series continued to be released on the gcube). this will mostly be something brand new compared to the (quoted)"gritty, realistic look" of DOD:S and CS:S.
4. this mod stays true to the original looks and style that so many TF players and vets had enjoyed over the years.
5. valves rep. obtained from recent years' progress and release of titles(new and ports/updates/sequels) give community members a somewhat future expectation of whats to come... which is not good.*not saying valve has gone ALL bad, but some places theyre achieving higher than others*
6. ive wanted to play this mod for a LONG time. so i am one less TF2 player the community will see. but nevertheless, i will give TF2 a try, since im going to buy HL2 ep2 anyway.
7. all of above stated.

so dont give up guys, i dont want to see this mod go down the pipe like others have just because valve makes a release similar to this. im sure many others agree with me when i say that i want to see this mod done, and i want to play it. gl dev team!

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Bloodvayne Jul 15 2006 says:

Either way. Both will fullfill my enjoyment of playing TF.

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InfernoHunter Jul 15 2006 says:

Dude the character models thats going to be in TF2 looks hella ugly. Here take a look

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syx Jul 15 2006 says:

I'm looking forward to both this mod and TF2.
TF2 should provide some new fun gameplay and a radical new style, while FF should provide as a cure to TFC style gameplay.

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Bish777 Jul 14 2006 says:

Well I too have just received the sad information of TF2 so I decided that I should do a little more research. I checked the forums at and did a search for Fortress. all i found were people bitching about how crappy TF2 looks and that FF looks so much better. All i can say is for everyone to make sure that you post about FF in any forum that talks about TF2. I believe that it will be much better, and I would lke as many people knowing about the mod as possible. ESPECIALLY since it will be free as opposed to having to pay for Episode 2 to get TF2.
I really do not see it as a threat to FF as a competitor though, but time will tell.

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Highest Rated (5 agree) 10/10

This mod makes me feel as if I was playing Team Fortress Classic!

Jun 6 2011 by nikorasu_san

Lowest Rated (8 agree) 5/10

Instead of taking team fortress classic and improving it in a new original way without it being a copy paste of TF2... instead they decided to remake team fortress classic... exploits and all. Scout still feels weak, medic is still unusually powerful. The maps are rather underwhelming.. Bunnyhopping, all I want is a option to disable it. Any server that has disabled bunnyhopping would automatically have a tag that says "bhop off" so it wouldn't hurt anyone. Quake was designed for strafe jumping…

Dec 9 2012 by TheUnbeholden

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