Firestrike Patch Notes: February 24, 2017

Congratulations to all who participated in Firestrike’s Vengeance special event! Stay tuned for news about the next event soon, where you’ll have a chance to get prizes you missed last week.

Updates taking effect Friday, February 24:

  • Upgrade times and resource costs for upgrades unlocked at TOC Levels 5, 6, 7, and 8 reduced by 33%.
    • This will make it a bit easier for players to progress through the stretch from TOC levels 5 to 9
    • Players who reach TOC Level 6+ before Feb 27 will receive a free gift item; check in-game Messages.

Tip to prepare for the next special event: As with Vengeance, future event bases will be available at difficulty levels matching Single-Player L4 “IV”, L7 “VII”, and L10 “X” series bases. Practice with your army against these Single-Player levels to get ready for the event!

Also, as in past events, to obtain blueprint prizes you must have already unlocked and researched the “core” units available at the level of the reward.

Disconnection Bugs Squashed

Good news for players of all Battlehouse games, including Thunder Run and Days of Valor:

In an update rolled out this week, we fixed bugs and added features to reduce the chance that players get disconnected from our servers during gameplay. This means you are now much less likely to get the dreaded “boot” from the game.

While we can’t guarantee 100% reliability under all conditions, data since the update shows the chance of disconnection is now about one-third of what it used to be.

Graph of network problems before and after this week’s update

Help us improve by reporting network problems

If you are still getting “booted” from the game often, please let us know so that we can investigate the problem.

To make the most helpful report, please use the Contact Support link in-game and include the following details:

  • The “Code:” number shown in the disconnection message
  • What you were doing in the game when you got booted (in battle? looking at the regional map? just sitting at home base?)
  • Your network connection type: Wi-fi, 3G/4G, or Wired

Good hunting, Commanders!

Illustration by Mr. David McNally, RDECOM

Improved Units and TOS-1A Sale

New this week in Thunder Run and Days of Valor:

  • Ka-50 resource cost and build time lowered by 30%
  • BTR-90 hitpoints increased 50%
  • BMP-1 hitpoints increased 50%*
    • (* Thunder Run only; BMP-1 hitpoints are already higher in Days of Valor)
  • TOS-1A Blueprints are temporarily available for 35% fewer ONP in the Event Prizes store – this week only!

Good hunting, commanders!

Vengeance Event Tips

Answers to common questions that have come up during Firestrike‘s second special event:

Rewards

What advantage do I get from unlocking the special reward units?

The reward units have a unique “Superior (1.3x)” damage bonus that gives them +30% DPS against the unit type they counter. Plus, they also get an “Excellent (1.15x)” +15% DPS bonus against buildings, which regular units do not have.

These bonuses are shown in the four “Damage vs.” icons underneath the unit on the Train and Research menus. Hover your mouse over each icon to see the exact damage bonus.

Aside from these bonuses, reward units have the same base HP and DPS as regular units that unlock at the corresponding TOC level. Check the Research and Event Prizes menus – the unit descriptions there always mention which TOC level(s) a unit is designed for.

Difficulty

I’m at TOC level 5/6/7/8 and this event is way too hard!

Are you fighting the event at the right level? Vengeance has three difficulty levels: Bronze (TOC L4), Silver (TOC L7), and Gold (TOC L10+). Harding’s bases should be about the same difficulty as an ordinary Single Player base of the same TOC level. So a TOC Level 5 player will have an easy time fighting Bronze, a difficult time fighting Silver, and will probably not be able to complete Gold this week.

How can I get all the event rewards? I can’t fight these L10 Gold bases!

Don’t worry! The reward items from this event will still be in the Prizes Store during future special event weeks, available for similar Prize Tokens. You’ll be stronger then, and you will have more chances to get the rewards you missed this week.

We designed Firestrike special events with enemies and rewards for all different levels of players. We don’t expect that anyone will be able to gather ALL the rewards in a single event, especially the ones far beyond your current level. Win what you can this week, and stay tuned for the next event!

Yards

Why are my Supply and Fuel Yards collecting resources slower than before?

(Not related to the special event, but this has come up often): Check for a “low power” status message in your base. When your Generators are off-line, or not upgraded enough to provide full power for all systems, this slows down resource collection at Yards (and also the rate of fire of your turret weapons). This is indicated by an on-screen message like “Low Power – Buildings operating at 66%”.

For planning purposes, you can check the current and future power requirements of each building on its Upgrade menu. The power output of Generators is designed to tightly match the power draw of other buildings at each TOC level. To power a fully-upgraded base at any given TOC level, you will need to build and upgrade Generators to the maximum allowed at that TOC level.

We’re eager to hear your feedback – please join the discussion in Clan HQ!

Thunder Run & Days of Valor Battle Replay Contest Extension

Want to win a FREE Unit or Turret Blueprint of your choosing? Due to a low volume of submissions thus far, the deadline for entries for the Thunder Run and Days of Valor Battle Replay contest is being extended by one week.

Post a link to your most action-packed Battle Replay as a comment on our Thunder Run Forums, or Days of Valor Forums no later than Friday, February 24th at 17:00 GMT to become eligible to receive a free blueprint of your choosing.

The player who showcases the most entertaining and action-packed Battle Replay will be selected by our Community Team and announced on the forums on Friday, February 24th. From there, a member of our Community Team will reach out to you on the forums with more instructions on how to claim your prize. The winning Battle Replay may also be selected to become a featured video on our Battlehouse social media pages.

Good hunting, Commanders!

NOTE: To post a Battle Replay link, click the “B” icon at the top of your game to open your “Battle Log”, click “View Log” next to the battle you want to share, followed by “View Replay”. Once the replay loads, click the “Get Link” button and paste the link to your desired social media platform (see Forums, Facebook, or Twitter links above).

Firestrike: Vengeance Special Event

VENGEANCE

Thursday, Feb 16: Welcome to the second special event in Firestrike!

Scientist-gone-bad Anneka Harding returns to Gundar in a one-week scramble to defeat Single-Player and Multiplayer Map bases before time runs out.

Each of Harding’s special-event bases gives Prize Tokens which can be redeemed in the Store for exclusive rare items. Prize Tokens will only be available until the end of the event, February 23!

New Prize Tokens

The Vengeance event is available at three difficulty levels: Bronze (TOC L4), Silver (TOC L7), and Gold (TOC L10). Bronze-level bases give Bronze Prize Tokens as loot, Silver-level bases give Silver Prize Tokens, and Gold-level bases give – you guessed it – Gold Prize Tokens.

The more powerful event rewards require higher-level prize tokens. For example, the BRDM-3 can only be purchased with Silver tokens and the Mi-24D Hind can only be purchased with Gold tokens.

Higher-level prize tokens can be exchanged in the Store for lower-level tokens, so you can purchase more rewards in case you’ve finished the event at your level and have tokens left over.

New Rewards This Week

In addition to a return of the Stinger Gunner for TOC Level 4-7 players, this week marks the release of two new units for higher-level players:

BRDM-3 – Anti-Infantry Unit for TOC L7-9

Mi-24D Hind – Anti-Armor Unit for TOC L10+

Event Tips

During the Single-Player sequence, the 8th and final base gives many more Prize Tokens than earlier bases.

You can see the exact Prize Token reward amounts for upcoming Single-Player bases on the “progress” screen after conquering each base.

For veterans of Thunder Run and Days of Valor, please note the following differences in the Vengeance event system:

  • The Single-Player portion of the event can be played more than once. After the final stage is defeated, it resets back to the first stage, and can be fought again for more Prize Tokens.
  • Prize Token amounts are “back-loaded” – the final stage of the Single-Player event gives a very large amount of Tokens relative to the others. This rewards players for fighting through all the levels.

We’re eager to hear your feedback – please join the discussion in Clan HQ!

New Hardware Prizes: Advanced Turret Blueprints

New this week in Thunder Run and Days of Valor!

Are you ready to begin using advanced turrets, but haven’t been able to collect enough ONP?

Now you can use Hardware to purchase Level 1-10 blueprints for the following advanced weapons in the Hardware Prizes Store:

  • FASCAM
  • M45 Quadmount
  • C-RAM
  • High Energy Laser
  • M777 Howitzer

Plus, in an update from earlier this week, Turret Emplacements at Levels 11-18 gained more HP than before (increases ranged from 7% at Level 11 to 20% at Level 18).

Good hunting, commanders!

The Counter-Rocket/Artillery/ Missile, or C-RAM, gun fires during a weapons test at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Jan. 31, 2010. The C-RAM has the ability to fire up to 4,500 rounds per minute to protect the base against incoming projectiles. (Photo Credit: Senior Airman Brittany Bateman)

Thunder Run & Days of Valor: TOS-1A Unit Giveaway

One of the more popular armor units amongst higher level players in Thunder Run and Days of Valor, The TOS-1A is Russia’s premiere MRL (Multiple Rocket Launcher) system. Its rockets damage ground units and buildings in a wide area while its main battle tank chassis provides outstanding protection.

To help celebrate the beginning of the new seasons, we want to give 10x free TOS-1A units to a couple newbies in need. Use them to help your clan become the new ruling clan of Season 6, or use them in the next Single Player ONP event to help you unlock the TOS-1A blueprints. Share this post on your Facebook timeline to be entered into a random drawing to receive 10x TOS-1A Units. Winners will be selected next Tuesday, February 21st.

Firestrike: Fuel & Supply Yards Accelerated

Firestrike patch note for February 10, 2017:

  • Supply Yards, Fuel Yards, and Hardware Yards now produce resources at a faster rate, and can hold more resources before collection (increases range up to 70%).

These updates are part of our ongoing work to support a fun and rewarding pace of level advancement in Firestrike.

A line of U.S. Air Force Type-A Jet Fuel trucks sit on the flightline at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., during Checkered Flag 17-1 and Combat Archer 17-3 Dec. 13, 2016. More than 90 aircraft participated during the concurrent exercises and were fueled with a total of 1.84 million gallons of aircraft fuel by the 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron and other squadrons over the span of two weeks. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Solomon Cook)

Thunder Run Season 6 Reminder

Welcome everyone to Thunder Run: Season 6!

This post is a reminder that the new season came with the closure of 4 old map regions: Maps 201, 202, 207, and 213, which were replaced by new anti-alt maps: Maps 604 and 605.

In addition, for the duration of Season 6, PvP points will only be obtainable in anti-alt regions (and the old Non-Map regions).

Entering a non-anti-alt region, meaning one of the Map 203-228 regions, will zero out a player’s PvP points. Therefore, players cannot collect a high number of PvP points and then escape to a region where attackers won’t be able to touch those points. There is a warning message and confirmation if you attempt to enter Maps 203-228 from a PvP-enabled region, to stop players from losing points accidentally.

Good hunting, Commanders!