DFS: The Finale

January 31st, 2023 at 7:00pm • 8 min read
Hey all! It's still hard to believe that it's been months since the tenth birthday of DFS, isn't it?
Life has been changing a lot in the last few years which I'm sure a lot of you can relate to, time flies really fast doesn't it? After a ton of changes and a multitude of drafts or so of this announcement, it is finally ready to be posted.

I'm sure many of you came in with a lot of different expectations, ranging from a reboot of the servers to continuation of that ancient DFS RPG game. But this announcement is for a different cause; a very important message to the entire DFS community.

A Message to the DFS Community
First of all, I wish to thank everyone who has been a part of Dispenz0r's Fun Server in any way during its lifetime.

The community regulars who've always been actively playing and shitposting in the servers, those who stuck around from the earlier days, Moderators who have watched over the servers so often to keep things clean and fun for everyone, Developers who have contributed exceptional, unique and unparalleled kind of content & support for the servers, even the individuals who vowed revenge after being banned; thank you so much for being a part of this wild ride.

It's truly been a long time, one filled with amazing and wonderful moments, it has been a one of a kind experience for me and I'm sure many others too. We started this as a stupid little friends server and ended up as a stupid big friends server.
I've seen so many come and go, so many friendships and memories being made, I've even had the honor of having DFS partake in multiple TF2 charity events in the past, and it truly has been heartwarming.
DFS is going to keep on existing as a memory, as most of us moved onto bigger things, and although we still have our DFS Discord server, the special moments will be embedded in the past, as they should be.

As for myself, DFS is where I grew up. I was so extremely young back then that I had the not so smart idea of implementing paid admins, but all that side of the past aside, I was really enjoying crafting and doing all sorts of new things with the servers and having many others enjoy my experiments brought me bliss. Unfortunately, the same sort of free time is no longer available to me and I'm sure many others too. We all wish we could go back to our childhood when there used to be seasonal major TF2 updates now don't we?
Sadly, not everything lasts forever, and shouldn't be forced to. All good things eventually must come to an end.

What made DFS unique was.. quite frankly, varied few and far between, most of the gamemodes were taken from other communities, our only exclusive gamemode Sandbox was inspired purely by Gmod. The maps were weird but pretty and unique in their own way, the playermodels that brought wackiness to the servers, the plugins being the heart & core of the servers.
But it was always the community and its evolution that made DFS very special, and it is not something that I can easily get back.

As sad as it is for me to say this, I have personally moved on and currently have no intention of returning to tending the DFS servers due to the lack of motivation, the ideas I have had for DFS will need to move on as well.

All that being said; The DFS TF2 servers will be taken down by March 10th, 2023.
Important note: This is not set in stone until said date. While unlikely, if any important change of plans, migration or ownership transfer of sort happens by said date, we'll make sure to let you know in advance.

The DFS Discord server may continue to live on and will likely be reformed as the community is active around. Feel free to join us anytime.

A New Meet The Random Fortress!?
In these long 10 years, just when you thought we were done with the series after the tenth installment, Heavich presents you with yet another big surprise.


It started during the Spring of 2012. DFS was still a private server that was a playground for a small group of friends, amidst all the goofiness, I started pondering how much of a waste it would be to not preserve those hilarious moments in any way. That was the beginning for series we know as 'Meet The Random Fortress' today. What was once meant to be a random compilation for close friends to see, became an early 2010’s TF2 phenomenon. Ever since, the series has been walking hand in hand with the server itself as being a compilation of joyful memories and footage recorded from server events. After ten long memorable years, the golden days have passed and we all have new horizons up ahead in our lives. It is time to formally end the series along with the servers’ closure as thanks for the past years, new friends and wonderful memories. I am grateful to all the staff, members, visitors and viewers for making this series a long-running possibility, we've created memories I'll always cherish. DFS is not just about being a community within a game. It was a gateway to making lots of new friends I would never have met otherwise. -Heavich

The Finale Event
I will also be personally holding a DFS finale event, where we experience pleasant nostalgia as we go through the history of DFS together, while saying our last goodbyes before departing from Team Fortress 2, and it will be a big one.

Finale is a linear event with multiple showings. The event will likely be over an hour long and will take you back through the history of Dispenz0r's Fun Server by going through all of our previous main maps one by one. The event will take place throughout early March, and as we approach the date, more information will be revealed and posted on Steam & Discord. Hope to see you all soon!

Closing Words
The history we've had together will always stay with me; all the major updates, server events, wacky moments, drama, fun. I hope that you enjoyed it all, thank you for being a part of this project.
It has been a very, very fun ride and I will treasure the time and memories I've spent with others, playing, developing and more or less growing up together with.
You've all shaped what DFS will be remembered as. If you'd like to stay in touch with the community members, we have The DFS Discord server still up for the time being so feel free to join us anytime.

Take care and farewell friends.


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