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What are Bots?

Bot is the common term given to a computer-controlled player on a server.

 

Games that include bots

The following multiplayer Valve games include bots:

  • Condition Zero
  • Counter-Strike: Source
  • Team Fortress 2

 

Adding bots in Condition Zero

To add bots in Condition Zero:

  1. Launch Condition Zero.
  2. Start a New Multiplayer Game.
  3. Check the checkbox labeled "Include CPU players (Bots) in this game".
  4. Add the number of bots you wish to include in the textbox labeled "Number of CPU players".

You can change other settings for your bots from the "CPU Player Options" tab. By default, Condition Zero will not automatically balance the number of players on each team so one team cannot have more than two more players than the other. You can turn this this functionality on from your developer console, by typing in mp_autoteambalance 1.

 

Adding bots in Counter-Strike: Source

To add bots to Counter-Strike: Source:

  1. Launch Counter-Strike: Source.
  2. Create a Server.
  3. Check the checkbox labeled "Include CPU players (Bots) in this game".
  4. Add the number of bots you wish to include in the textbox labeled "Number of CPU players".

You can change other settings for your bots from the "CPU Player Options" tab. By default, Counter-Strike: Source will automatically balance the number of players on each team so one team cannot have more than two more players than the other. You can turn this off from your developer console, by typing in mp_autoteambalance 0.

 

Adding bots in Team Fortress 2:

To add bots in Team Fortress 2:

  1. Launch Team Fortress 2
  2. Create a Server.
  3. The number of bots you can spawn, depends on the maximum number of players allowed on the server. Change it via "Max. Players" when creating the server. Note: Not all maps support AI bots, please see wiki for a list of supported maps.
  4. When in-game, bring up the developer console and enter "tf_bot_quota #". (The # represents how many bots you want in the game)  Alternatively you can use a method such as, "tf_bot_add red 2 sniper easy". (This would spawn 2 Snipers on the Red team, with Easy difficulty.) 

By default, Team Fortress 2 will automatically balance the number of players on each team so one team cannot have more than two more players than the other. You can turn this off from your developer console, by typing in mp_autoteambalance 0.

For more information on bots and AI bots in Team Fortress 2 please see the official TF2 wiki page: http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Bots

 

Third-party bots

The following games require you to add third-party bots manually if you wish to play with them:

Gold Source Games:

 

  • Counter-Strike
  • Day of Defeat
  • Deathmatch Classis
  • Ricochet

 

Source Games:

 

  • Day of Defeat: Source
  • Half-Life 2:Deathmatch
  • Half-Life Deathmatch: Source

 

Currently, the best place to find third-party bots is www.bots-united.com. Please refer to the instructions provided with your bot package for installation and usage information.

 

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