Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
This just went live, and makes me happy in several ways.
But my favourite Steam Update News – and I apologise if you’d hoped I might do something like a ‘Films of the Year’ post instead of this – was actually a little while ago.
Cool. But isn’t there an achievement for tricking an enemy Medic into healing you while you’re disguised? Would this not give the game away somewhat?
A few days later:
Reason Valve should hire me #26: totally saw that one coming.
More Team Fortress 2
roBurky: Heh. I experienced that spy achievement one the day they put that in. Healed my soldier buddy as he ran past me. Fireworks go off above his head.
Needless to say, I decided he needed something amputated.
Tom Francis: The bonesaw is so awesome. I needed a screenshot of it in action today, so I hopped on PC Format's server and went on a rampage, expecting to die repeatedly before I got the money shot. Instead, I beat my record for consecutive Medic kills: 4.
I like that he doesn't attempt to saw them with it, he just kind stabs it, into their face. That's medicine.
Alek: "Fixed players blocking doors in Well"
Hm. Is this the bug that resulted in the TRIVIA TIME section of that one Team Fortress 2 Griefing Video?
roBurky: Killing as a medic is my favourite thing in TF2. It's like my elaborate plans to kill people with cargo haulers in Eve, I just love the ironic role reversal of it. I think my highest record is still 7 kills as a medic, though.
Spartacus Morbidia, Destroyer of Dreams: All of this is pure chocolate in update form. What other developer but Valve would do this? Perhaps Well will stop ending so often in those tiresome stalemates.
Stalemates were invented for France, not my Team Fortresses.
Tom Francis: Best. Username. Ever.