Operation Last Laugh
Operation Last Laugh was an April Fool's Mann vs. Machine charity tour event organized by Moonlight MvM and hosted by Pineapple.TF that entered open beta on March 30th, 2023, officially launching on March 31, 2023. The tour concluded on April 17th, 2023.
The tour resembled previous community Mann vs. Machine campaigns, featuring many of the same maps, with different missions, along with a distorted version of Decoy, named: "4 5 3 15 25" (which spells DECOY when numbers are substituted for letters as a cypher).
In keeping with the short duration of the community event, one simple, short tour was offered, with only one medal in reward.
This table shows the missions that were available during the event.
|4 5 3 15 25||Miss io n||7||colonel |
|Calico||Cacophony of Cants||6||the fat|
|Maple Hill||Sensational Syrup||♓Seelpit♓|
|Orl||Mann Versus Machine||8||me :)|
|Derelict||Revengeance Status||7||The Tragic Fool Bus|
|Copper Chicanery - Gem Only|
|Copper Chicanery - Normal|
|Happy Spud - Style 1|
|Happy Spud - Style 2|
This event had five medals which are able to be earned by players: one as a reward for completion of the tour, and four for donations to a charity drive benefiting Food for the Hungry, a nonprofit devoted against "[all] forms of human poverty", providing food, water, medical care, and so forth. Clearing six of the seven available missions earned the player the Copper Chicanery medal.
In addition, players were able to donate varying amounts through item or monetary donations to receive donor medals. Donating at least 5 dollars earned the player the Happy Spud medal, donating at least 15 dollars earned the player both the Happy Spud and Bruised Johnstone medals, donating at least 25 dollars earned the player the Happy Spud, Bruised Johnstone, and Caustic Container medals, and donating at least 35 dollars earned the player all four donation medals: the Happy Spud, Bruised Johnstone, Caustic Container, and Alluring Artifact. The charity drive closed on April 30, 2023.
Content creators whose missions were accepted for use in the event were awarded the Auspicious Automaton Assembler's Accolade medal.
The Copper Chicanery player medal uses the model for the Burnished Beryl, returning from Operation Madness vs Machines, and the donor medals reuse additional models from Madness vs Machines, as well as Operation Canteen Crasher and Operation Memes vs Machines: the Happy Spud reuses the Memes vs Machines Baked Potato model, the Caustic Container reuses the Canteen Crasher Platinum Crit Canteen model, and the Bruised Johnstone and Alluring Artifact reuse the models for the Grandiose Garnet and Chaotic Crystal, respectively -- both from Operation Madness vs Machines.
Four of the five medals initially drop with custom painted colors which are not otherwise available in-game: the Copper Chicanery player medal drops with two shades of blue, for both RED and BLU teams, the Happy Spud drops with a dark brown color resembling a baked potato, the Bruised Johnstone drops with a slightly darker shade of purple, and the Alluring Artifact drops with a bright green color.
Each of the gemstone medals has two styles, named "Gem Only" and "Normal". The "Normal" style encases the gemstones in large metal hands, resembling a Heavy Robot's. The Happy Spud medal also has two styles, named "Style 1" and "Style 2". Style 1 depicts the potato wearing the parasol like a hat, while Style 2 depicts it with the parasol open.
The gemstone medals were contributed to the Steam Workshop by NeoDement , Sntr , Erikku , sigsegv , Jakapoa , Pelipoika , InterrobangTF2 , Rev , Benoist3012 , kratos , Nuke , Hydrogen , Hyperion , Pineapple Medals Bot , DaanBox , Swordstone , and aeiou .
The Caustic Container medal was contributed to the Steam Workshop by Colteh, Rev, Swordstone, Wave, Nuke, kratos , Benoist3012, Pelipoika, sigsegv, Hyperion, Hydrogen , sedisocks, Sntr, NeoDement, Star Bright, and InterrobangTF2 .
The Happy Spud medal was contributed to the Steam Workshop by Glubbable~ ❥ , Sntr , Erikku , Jakapoa , Pelipoika , InterrobangTF2 , whatsmynameagain , Rev , Benoist3012 , kratos , Nuke , Big Shot! , Hydrogen , Hyperion , Pineapple Medals Bot , DaanBox , Chillax! , Swordstone , and BigfootBeto .
- Bruised Johnstone (Gem Only)
- Bruised Johnstone (Normal)
- Caustic Container
- Copper Chicanery
- Happy Spud
- Bruised Johnstone
- Alluring Artifact
|Style 1||Style 2|
- [Undocumented] The Last Laugh medals were added to the game.
The textures for the Copper Chicanery, Happy Spud, and Alluring Artifact medals are set up for paint to be applied, but the ability to do so is disabled.
- Copper Chicanery (Gem Only)
- Copper Chicanery (Normal)
- Happy Spud (Style 1)
- Happy Spud (Style 2)
- Alluring Artifact (Gem Only)
- Alluring Artifact (Normal)
- The name and description of the Copper Chicanery are references to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. In Breaking Bad, the methamphetamine cooked by show protagonist Walter White is described as 99.1% pure. In the Better Call Saul episode Chicanery, antagonist Chuck McGill has a meltdown in court, after his supposed allergy to electricity is proven to be false.
- The Bruised Johnstone is a reference to Pizza Tower, representing a piece of Pillar John, a sentient pillar that must be broken in each of the game's levels.
- The design of the Alluring Artifact is a reference to the Chaos Emeralds, from the Sonic the Hedgehog series.