As some of you are no doubt aware, the world's foremost war-themed hat simulator has updated. In addition to new hats Valve has introduced a new concept in the world of TF2. Decals. Similar to Paint, Name Tags, and Description Tags, Decals allow for the customization of in-game items by allowing the player to put a custom image on them. The decal-able items so far include an ID Badge, Pins, a Medal, and finally a sign that can be used as a melee weapon by everyone but the Spy. The Demoman got some rather nice Pirate Themed cosmetic items and a peg-legged reskin of Ali Baba's Wee Booties, But perhaps the best thing about this update, was that Valve finally implemented a second Misc slot. No longer will you have to decide between a Pip-Boy and Companion Cube Pin! Wear them both! A patch was also implemented, allowing the Pyro to use the Reserve Shooter and reducing the metal the Widowmaker uses down to 30, both of these fixes were very much appreciated. You may also now choose between 4 loadouts which is nice, allowing players to switch from Proper Demos to Demoknights to Demopans on the fly. A new map was added, Gullywash, which I found to be a bit rubbish, but I'm sure I'll warm up to it. Valve also included a new way for those with the skills (and those without, unfortunately) to propose and showcase items for consideration for implementation into the game. last, but not least a few players got a free (read:rubbish) paper hat!
While all of this was welcome, Valve, you're cutting the annual Halloween update awful close... Get To It!