Team Pfeffer is a mature group of casual online gamers. We like to think of ourselves as the anti-clan as our purpose is not to be a competitive team. Rather, we enjoy playing games together and have a genuine interest in each others lives.
If you spend any time getting to know us, you’ll realize we’re not your typical gaming group. It’s why very few people become members, and why very few members ever leave. Our core values are simple:
- Friendship – We genuinely care about each other and that goes deeper than the games we play.
- Respect – Kindness goes a long way and seems to be a rare experience online. We strive for a positive environment that improves the larger gaming community.
- Enjoyment – Games are meant to be fun. That’s why we play them. It’s even more fun with each other. Your stats don’t matter to us.
- Teamwork – Winning isn’t everything, but we sure like to work together as a team.
Team Pfeffer is not committed to any game in particular. Although we do heavily support Valve, its community, and its developers.
We enjoy a wide-range of genres. Our members tend to play coop and team/squad based games.
Formation of Team Pfeffer was fairly organic. In the late 90’s one of our founding members, Rhomboid, was the head IT guy at a large Seattle ISP. He had access to an entire floor of web servers and enjoyed Team Fortress Classic (TFC) – particularly, the Hunted game mode.
So naturally, Rhomboid created a TFC Hunted game server and named it SpaceMonster.
Back then, ping was a big deal. It was tough to find a server with less than 100ms ping. Since SpaceMonster was right on top of an Internet backbone, it had one of the lowest pings in the west (of North America). Players were attracted by the low pings and the server gained interest.
Now Pfeffer had not even been started yet. A bunch of guys liked playing on SpaceMonster. Two of those guys were friends/inlaws and between the two of them they started the name Pfeffer. Those two were Bone Ranger and Hoss.
The name Pfeffer comes from the cartoon “Bug’s Bunny.” There was a phrase used in the cartoon “Hoss’n Pfeffer” so the two of them added [Pfeffer] to their game names.
As great TFC Hunted games were had, Bone Ranger and Hoss started making friends with the frequent players of the SpaceMonster server. Soon they asked EnragedTech and Redeemed to join the anti-clan Pfeffer.
You see, Team Pfeffer came about as a counter-reaction to the masses of “competitive” clans. These groups, in our opinion, detracted from the fun aspects of gaming and their members didn’t seem to even like each other. It seemed as if everyone only cared about stats and brought a very toxic attitude to our beloved games. Something that has not changed a great deal to this day.
In any case, further friends were added to the Pfeffer membership including: Hoddy, Pezz, Overlord, and of course… Rhomboid!
Then… The first official Pfeffer LAN party was had! Hosted by Bone Ranger in his relatives Hair Salon School. Many of the members met each other in real life for the first time… And real friendships were made. Over the years, many LAN parties have happened and hosted/coordinated by many different members.
Here’s a little trip back in time… Some of the guys at our first LAN party.
As the membership grew, more leadership was needed and [Pfeffer]DOH stepped up. DOH is considered our first real admin.
Unfortunately, not all stories are happy. There were some major disagreements and DOH left Pfeffer.
EnragedTech stepped up as the new admin and worked hard to regroup Team Pfeffer. He found new game server hosting and raised money for the server costs and hardware. This landed Team Pfeffer in a high-end data center for a little while, so our players could continue to enjoy low pings. Thus, Pfefferland was born.
As you can imagine, high-end data center hosting was pretty expensive. Then, believe it or not, Microsoft stepped in. Quato, a Pfeffer member, was an employee at Microsoft. They graciously let us host our Pfefferland game server in their data centers! This allowed us to host several popular games including TFC and early Counter-Strike (v1.0).
Again Internet citizens were attracted by our low pings and popular FPS gaming servers. Membership continued to grow slowly and healthily. More LANs were had. And most importantly, friendships were made.
It’s worth noting that our servers attracted like-minded players because of our strong rules and admins that helped enforce them.
The Rise of Pfeffer Terra Firma and CSS
There was a lot of work that went into building the early Team Pfeffer. Our administrators and leadership bore the brunt of carrying us through the years. EnragedTech found it was his time to step down as admin, and let Bobby take over as admin.
Microsoft asked us to move on from their data centers. Thus we found server collocation elsewhere.
As TFC started to wane in popularity, Counter Strike: Source was picked up heavily by Team Pfeffer. The CSS server Pfeffer Terra Firma was born out of member donations. A large community began to gather around Team Pfeffer, attracted by our low pings, active membership, and unique perspective on gaming.
Team Pfeffer put together a new website with forum capabilities (called the “Pforums”). Daily Pforum posts and discussions were had. It seemed new gamers were joining us everyday – and sticking around!
However, we’ve never been the type of clan that quickly adds members to our ranks. After all, it takes awhile to develop a true friendship with someone. Not too mention, our philosophy towards gaming can be difficult to grasp, especially for younger gamers.
A group known as Pfriends began to evolve out of our community. These were people who we enjoyed gaming with and we were actively getting to know. As time progressed, many Pfriends graduated to full Pfeffer members. To this day, many Pfriends join Team Pfeffer for special events and general gaming.
Many of our members are also parents. As our kids start to become gamers themselves, they are dubbed JrPfeffers. Who knows, maybe these kids will follow in their parents footsteps! Some already have.
Pfeffer Terra Firma was popular for many years. But alas, CSS started to lose a little bit of popularity. A number of members started to turn their attention towards the newly released TF2.
Pfefferland was reborn! This time, as a TF2 server which many members and Pfriends made good use of.
After the days of Pfeffer Terra Firma and Pfefferland, the face of online gaming started to change. Community sponsored game servers started to be replaced by more modern matchmaking algorithms and official game servers. As well, Pfeffer game interests started to diversify.
Not too mention the Internet had matured to the point where pretty much everyone was high-speed. Our low ping servers became less of a draw to new players.
Since those CSS and TF2 days, we’ve enjoyed playing games like Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, CSGO, and many others.
Today, Team Pfeffer, Pfriends, and JrPfeffer, are still active. You may just run into one of us by chance. Many players still become Pfriends through regular play and joining our Steam Friends lists. We’re always hoping to meet like-minded gamers!
Usually a couple times a year, we’ll all get together online for one big game party. Sometimes we even put together a LAN party for members-only. If you’re really eager to meet us for the first time, keep your eye on our News/Events page.