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Upcoming Forum Overhaul

We are starting the work to switch our forums, which have been based on a version of the Vbulletin forum software since their inception with the Red Orchestra mod (then VB 3 and currently VB 5.1) to an all new forum software called Xenforo. After researching it, we feel Xenforo is a better choice for the future as it has a vibrant modding and addon community that will allow us to extend the functions of these forums in ways players will enjoy.

As part of this, at some point in the near future these forums will be locked down so we cant merge over all of the existing content into the new forum database. It will likely then be a few more days as we work on the new forum and correct any issues from the merge.
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Privay Policy Update

We’ve updated the Tripwire Privacy Notice under our Policies to be clearer about our use of customer information to come in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules that come into force today (25th May 2018). The following are highlights of our changes:

We’ve incorporated the relevant concepts from the GDPR including joining the EU and Swiss Privacy Shield framework. We’ve added explanations for why and how Tripwire processes customer data and the types of data that we process, as well as information about your data protection rights.

For more information about our privacy practices, please review the new Privacy Policy found here:
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Forum Rules

  • Items changed, or highlighted for future attention, on 20 July 2013 are highlighted in yellow.

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[COLOR=darkred]Offensive material
The following is a list of some things that MAY be considered "offensive" by the moderators and the team. This is NOT an exclusive list and it does depend very much on context.

Crossing the line into "offensive" territory is likely to get you asked to change your name, sig or avatar or to withdraw/delete posts. This will be done politely by the moderators. If you refuse to comply further action WILL be taken once started, ultimately leading to banning from the forums.

A key point: please attempt to use your brains. What is mild humour to you may well be deeply offensive to others. While we have no intention of acting as politically-correct "thought police", we are on the lookout for those things that can cause offense and, in some cases, are actually still illegal in some jurisdictions.
  1. Names recalling notorious war criminals or personalities.
  2. Names recalling atrocities and war crimes in general, or units with particularly odious histories.
  3. Use of obscenities and expletives.
  4. Blatant racism, mysogynism or many other "ism"s.
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  6. Use of symbolism and regalia recalling Stalinism.
  7. On both the previous two, the moderators' views on the intention and impact of use of such symbols will be final - not yours. Please be understanding if you are advised to change something.
  8. In general, if a sig/avatar represents your allegiances in-game and is clearly "in part", it is likely to be fine; if the moderators feel you are trying to demonstrate unpalatable political allegiances, or to use it in an attempt to ridicule or provoke others you WILL be asked to change it. RO is NOT the place to make any extremist political statements of any kind.

So people get the idea, some examples that would be considered offensive, numbered as above:
  1. "Hitler", "Beria"
  2. "NKVD Blocking Detachment", "Einsatzgruppen"
  3. This one should be pretty obvious...
  4. So should this - and it includes calling all Germans "Nazis" and all Soviets/Russians "Commies". It got boring 50 years ago, so stop it.
  5. Use of swastikas, fasces, SS-runes and so on for the Axis.
  6. There is actually very little overt symbolism from the Stalinist era; the hammer-and-sickle isn't offensive per se.

A simple rule-of-thumb: many Europeans find Nazi symbolism of any sort offensive; many Americans still find Soviet symbolism offensive. Engage your brain before using.

Final Note: this is NOT open to debate, so please do NOT start whining and moaning if a moderator asks you to change something. They will advise at first, giving reasons, then, if you take no notice, they will step up the pressure through to banning.
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Fix for "Querying Master Server"

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  • Fix for "Querying Master Server"

    Edit: The information in this post was out of date so has been deleted.

    This issue has cropped up again recently. At the moment it looks like there may be problems on Steam's end. You may be able to find servers by using the Steam server browser instead of the in-game one - to do this right-click on the Steam tray icon and click Servers, and in the Servers tab make sure that you filter by Killing Floor and click Refresh. This should bring back a server list. If it doesn't then you can almost be sure that Steam is having more fundamental issues.

    Also, Steam may have wiped the master server file for some people. Try hosting a listen server from the main menu, start playing and then disconnect, and then try finding servers again. Apparently this causes the file to be created.
    Last edited by Morello; 12-09-2011, 07:31 PM.

  • #2
    I followed the instructions and i am still getting the querying master servers thing.


    • #3
      Me too, I unzipped the Masterservers.vdf file into my config folder but I still can't join any internet Killing Floor servers

      I run Vista

      After opening steam using Properties -> Compatability -> XP Service pack 2 its now working fine, yay
      Last edited by Triplebeam; 02-15-2010, 04:16 AM.


      • #4
        Yep - I got the same problem yesterday and have tried a multitude of things without success. What's the go???


        • #5
          Well - Bugger me!!!

          I had one final go with a slightly different angle. I went back into as suggested below and opened the link MasterServers.vdf directly. Then I Selected all, copied and pasted into the MasterServers.vdf file using wordpad, making sure that I remove all orig data from it first. Then saved and checked in properties as read only.

          This variation may help others having problems.

          Cheers all!

          Please use the following process and custom file to troubleshoot the issue:
          • Exit from Steam completely
          • Download this custom file: MasterServers.vdf - If the file does not download when clicked, please right click this link and select "Save Target As..."
          • Place it in your \Steam\config\ folder (You will need to overwrite the current file already in place)
            • Default location: C:\Program Files\Steam\config\

          • Right click this updated file and select "Properties"
          • In the General tab, make sure the "Read-only" box is checked and click OK
          • Re-start Steam and test the issue
          • If the issue persists, please complete the rest of this article


          • #6
            I cannot download the MasterServers.vdf clicking it only brings up a dead link and right clicking doesn't give me 'open target to' option, only 'open in new tab' etc.etc. Has anyone else had this issue? is there anywhere else I can get the MasterServers.vdf file from?



            • #7
              With the recent Steam client update this issue should not occur any more.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Morello View Post
                With the recent Steam client update this issue should not occur any more.
                just got the game and it is happening. running windows 7


                • #9
                  Valve has recently upgraded the steam master servers and it is taking time for all games that use it to repopulate the server list.

                  But try restarting steam.
                  Pretty, what do we blow up first? - Myn Donos


                  • #10
                    Pretty, what do we blow up first? - Myn Donos


                    • #11
                      I've had Killing Floor for about a week. I'm never able to connect to any servers. I'm unable to level, get news, join multiplayer... Everyone on my Steam account can see me playing, and I can see them, but I can't join their games. I've tried downloading things for the Steam folder, I've tried re-installing Killing Floor twice, deleted all local content, even played around with the connection options in the KF settings. Nothing seems to work. I've tried getting updates, but those don't seem to work either. I just enter Killing Floor, and there's nothing else to do...


                      • #12
                        I just got Killing Floor yesterday, and have not been able to find any servers, per the "Querying Master Server" problem. I tried all the advice provided on this page, and nothing changed.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sieged View Post
                          I tried all the advice provided on this page
                          What exactly have you tried yet?
                          Don't tell me how to use a flamethrower. Ever.



                          • #14
                            I tried exiting steam and replacing the master server files 1 and 2, making them read only and restarting. When that failed I manually replaced the text in these files as suggested by strewth. Another forum suggested waiting about 30 seconds in the server menu then refreshing, which also had no effect. My Steam client is fully up to date, and I don't have the option on my system to run in Win XP SP2 compatibility on this system.

                            BTW I assumed it probably wasn't a router issue because my roomate can play it without any problems on his computer.
                            Last edited by Sieged; 07-08-2011, 12:32 PM.


                            • #15
                              i have tried re putting in the master files and i have also put myself in steams beta to see if that would help and i still get this issue -.- i didint spend 10$ to play singleplayeer