Battlehouse Dev Blog, Issue #10: Chat Improvements, and more

📢 Attention Thunder Run, Days of Valor, Mars Frontier, War Star Empire, Battlefront Mars, and Firestrike Commanders:

Welcome to the 10th installment of the Battlehouse Dev Blog, a place where fans of all Battlehouse games can enjoy regular behind the scenes peaks into the minds of Battlehouse Developers. Without further adieu, here’s bh-nirgal to talk about some in-game chat improvements, and development updates for all games:

Chat Improvements

This past week has mostly been dealing with quality of life improvements and patching UI errors.

The biggest change was enabling mouse wheel scrolling in chat. All games benefited from this change.

We’re going to pause on UI improvements for a short period to get a few content patches out for Firestrike, Mars Frontier, Battlefront Mars, and War Star Empire. These are smaller games that represent a smaller portion of the income that keeps the whole ship afloat, but they deserve new content too! We’ll return to UI improvements for all games shortly afterwards.

When we return to the UI, the next step is to expand the player options menu to allow scrolling. There’s no room left right now to add options, and a lot of upcoming UI improvements need to be something the user can toggle. Sadly, this is not something we can just flip a switch on, but once scrolling is added to a UI element it can be expanded easily in the future. While we’re at it, we’ll make sure mouse wheel scrolling works in this UI element.

Once player options can scroll and we have more room to give you options to choose from, here’s the new options we’ll be adding:

  • Turn off screen shake when explosion effects happen.
  • Reverse chat window vertical orientation. New messages and the input window on the top, or new messages and the input window on the bottom. Your choice.
  • Reverse mouse wheel scroll direction. Scroll down to go down, or scroll up to go down, your choice.

Game Development Status Updates

Firestrike players: You’ve been asking for it, and it’s in the works. Tier 16. You’re getting new levels to all units, new levels to all tech, new levels to all buildings, the addition of barriers, and one new unit. This is a big patch, so it might get broken into stages.

Mars Frontier: You’re getting a new Central Computer level, reduced build times for existing building levels, and a new level for all units. Most of the work on this was already done, so expect it very quickly.

Battlefront Mars: You’re getting a new level for all units, and one elite unit. A lot of the work on this is already done, but it needs some polish. It shouldn’t take too long.

War Star Empire: You’re getting a new level for all units and some additional turret levels. About half of the work on this was done between other patches, so it won’t take too long.

There’s not much else to discuss this week. To our American friends, enjoy gorging yourselves tomorrow. To the rest of you, have a great week.

Stay up to date every day on what’s being developed on the dev-tracker channel here.

Looking for an update on where the Dev Team currently stands regarding various recent community suggestions? Check out our “Voice of the Commander” trackers here:

Like what you see in this Dev Blog, or have suggestions on things you’d like to see addressed in our “Voice of the Commander” trackers? Let us know over on our Thunder Run Discord Server!


Battlehouse.com Forums/Clan HQ Community Moving To Discord

This week in Thunder Run, and all other Battlehouse Games: our on-site Forums will be archived and will be officially replaced with the new Thunder Run Discord Server, which offers exciting benefits like voice chat, better moderation features, and official “Ask a Dev” events. Clan HQ will also be closing down at a later date.

Forums Transition to Discord

Effective this Wednesday, October 30th: the Battlehouse.com Forums will be put into “archive mode” and will no longer be allowing new posts. The forums will remain in read-only status so that various popular player guides and feedback records will still be accessible for your reference.

A banner at the top of the forums will re-direct everyone to our official Thunder Run Discord Server where our Community and Design teams will continue to participate in chats with the player-base, and continue to log all player feedback for future game design considerations.

Clan HQ Transition to Discord

At a later “to be decided” date, Clan HQ will also be shutting down and redirecting players to Discord in a similar fashion.

Players who routinely use Clan HQ are encouraged to start using the Thunder Run Discord Server as we work towards finalizing this transition. Clan HQ users from other Battlehouse Games will find an “Other Battlehouse Games” section in the list of available Discord channels where they can continue chatting about their favorite Battlehouse game in the appropriate game channel as they were in Clan HQ.

If there is enough player demand for any particular Battlehouse Game other than Thunder Run, the Community team may choose to create separate dedicated Discord servers for other games.

More information about the specific date of the Clan HQ migration will be coming soon.

Good hunting, Commanders!

FS: New Attack Level Restrictions – October 24th Patch Notes

New this week in Firestrike:

New Attack Level Restrictions

The rules of the war zone are changing, Firestrikers! We’ve been hearing your feedback loud and clear, and one recommendation from the community we want to try this week is tightening the attack level restrictions in an attempt to make the current battlefield more balanced and fair for all. Effective today:

  • Attack level restrictions change from the current 3 levels up/down to 2 levels up/down.
  • Restrictions may be subject to further change in the future.

Like what you see, or have more awesome feedback to share? Let us know over on Clan HQ!

Good hunting, Firestrikers!

Battlehouse Dev Blog, Issue #4: Firestrike Developments

📢 Attention Firestrike Commanders:

Welcome to the 4th installment of the Battlehouse Dev Blog, a place where fans of all Battlehouse games can enjoy regular behind the scenes peaks into the minds of Battlehouse Developers. Last week, bh-nirgal took a deep dive into some of the current projects he’s working on for Thunder Run and Days of Valor, and this week he’s giving Firestrike some love. So without further adieu, here’s bh-nirgal:

Firestrike Developments

Firestrike is the first Battlehouse game I played, and the last one to be moved into my area of responsibility. Weird, huh?

Firestrike is one of the more difficult titles to develop. The other games are all set by hand. A Rifleman in TR and DV has 15 levels manually set by the developer. Hit points, damage, movement speed, and so on are chosen by whichever developer worked on the unit. Individual levels can be adjusted. This can lead to poorly balanced units. Firestrike was developed on an automatically balancing algorithm. The downside to this algorithm is that concepts that weren’t in the original design are hard to add in without breaking everything else. Firestrike’s revenue is also a lot lower than other games. Firestrike makes about as much in a month as Thunder Run makes on a Saturday.

To justify the development resources to upper management, I proposed that Firestrike get to test new concepts before they go to other games. This meant that I had to get some new tech working in Firestrike. Landmines had to go in first so that I could (later on) add new types of landmines. The armed TOC was the first example of a new gameplay mechanism that Firestrike got first.

The next steps for Firestrike will be to add a new tier and to aid lower level players in levelling up.

The Vault, a building present in Thunder Run and Days of Valor, will be added in to help new players avoid a total disaster when attacked by higher level players. Ideally, a player should be able to retain enough resources to fully repair their base and army and to complete at least one new building level or new technology research, regardless of how many times they were attacked while logged off. Player input is welcome and requested for several topics:

  • Which would you prefer, many upgrade levels per tier, or one upgrade per tier? Assume the resources and costs would be the same regardless.

Tier 16 will add more levels to all of the defensive technologies, more building levels, and four new units. What are those units, though? Player input is key here! As veteran players know, each tier gets an Infantry unit, an Armor unit, and an Aircraft unit. These are balanced by the algorithm, so the only real choice at play is the art assets to use. Anything that is currently in TR and DV is available. What would you, the players, like to see as the Tier 16 units?

Tiers can also receive a “special” unit of any type. Tier 16 is going to receive the UH-60 Blackhawk as a “special” unit. It will most likely not be deployed in the initial Tier 16 patch, because it will require an engine change. More details will be disclosed in a future blog post, but I will disclose Firestrike will get to try out a new mechanic with their implementation of the UH-60 before any of the other games.

Like what you see in this Dev Blog, or have suggestions on things you’d like to see Nirgal talk about in the future? Let us know over on our Thunder Run Discord Server (for Thunder Run players), or on Clan HQ (for all other games). See you all next week!


FS: Armed Tactical Ops Center – September 26th Patch Notes

New this week in Firestrike:

Armed Tactical Ops Center

Time to bolster your Tactical Ops Center defenses, Firestrikers! This week we’re rolling out the all new Armed Tactical Ops Center that will allow you to start assigning various Squads to protect your base even further. Squads work similar to turrets in that they’ll defend a radius surrounding the TOC, firing as enemy units approach.

Squads Include:

  • Sniper Nest – Anti-infantry Weapon
  • Javelin Squad – Anti-vehicle Weapon
  • Stinger Squad – Anti-air Weapon
    • All three Squads / Nests can attack every unit type, but it’s important to note that only one TOC weapon can be deployed at a time, so pick the Squad / Nest that works best for your strategy!

Like what you see? Let us know over on Clan HQ!

Good hunting, Firestrikers!

FS: More Landmine Improvements – August 1st Patch Notes

New this week in Firestrike:

More Landmine Improvements

Watch your step, Firestrikers! We’ve made some more much desired improvements to Landmines:

Updates include:

  • Landmine damage has been increased by 565%.
  • Landmine detonation range has been significantly reduced at higher levels.
  • Landmine splash damage has been tightened.
    • Previously, Landmines were originally intended to be 3x as powerful as a Turret, but this failed to take into account that mines get a single shot before they’re gone. This being said: Mines are now 20x as powerful as a Turret.

Like what you see? Let us know! Mines require extremely careful balancing to find that perfect balance of making them fun and powerful for everyone without being too over-powered, so we’ll be monitoring player feedback and battle replays closely and may adjust things further down the road if deemed necessary. 

Good hunting, Firestrikers!

FS: Landmine Improvements – June 13th Patch Notes

New this week in Firestrike:

Landmine Improvements

Watch your step, Firestrikers! We’ve made a bug fix and some much desired improvements to the recently released Landmines system.

Updates include:

  • We fixed a visual bug that was causing all levels of Landmines to show the Level 1 Damage and Splash Range values instead of the values for their actual level. All levels of Landmines should now show their proper values.
  • Damage values for all Mine levels have increased.
    • Previously, a Mine would do 2x the damage when exploded that a turret could do in one second. Now they do 3x the damage!

Like what you see? Let us know! Mines require extremely careful balancing to find that perfect balance of making them fun and powerful for everyone without being too over-powered, so we’ll be monitoring player feedback and battle replays closely and may adjust things further down the road if deemed necessary. 

Good hunting, Firestrikers!

FS: Landmines Update – April 25th Patch Notes

New this week in Firestrike:

Landmines Update

Watch your step, Commanders! Landmines are  here, and It’s finally time to utilize some of the extra space you opened up around your base in the recent Base Expansion update.

  • Unlock Landmines by building the all new Weapons Lab and Weapons Factory buildings available in the Build Menu.
  • The Weapons Lab will be the home for all of your mine research and upgrades, while the Weapons Factory will handle all mine production.
  • After constructing the buildings, build your first Minefields from the Defense section within the Build Menu.
  • After the Minefields are placed, you still need to produce Mines to arm them! Head into your Weapons Factory to build some Anti-Infantry Mines to start.
  • Don’t forget to re-arm your Minefields after each defense!
  • Head to the Unlock & Upgrade section within the Weapons Lab to research additional types of Mines, and to unlock more buildable Minefields.

Like what you see? Let us know over on Clan HQ.

Good hunting, Commanders!

FS: Base Perimeter Upgrade – February 28th Patch Notes

New this week in Firestrike:

Base Perimeter Upgrade System

Good news, Commanders! Gundar Arms Industries has secured a new deal on land charters, granting us the ability to purchase more land around our base perimeter for a modest fee. 

  • Starting today: Expand by your base perimeter by an additional 5%!
  • Coming later: Stay tuned for more unlock tiers allowing you expand by additional 5% increments.

The L1 Base Perimeter upgrade is available now, and accessible via the in-game “Defenses” Store. Like what you see? Let us know over on Clan HQ.

It’s a good time to consider re-arranging the home base to make room for room for the next big developments Gundar Arms Industries has in store for us. More updates are on the horizon… Watch your step, Commander.

Firestrike: Speed Run Battle Replay Event

This week in Firestrike:

Think you’ve got what it takes to prove you’re the Master of Firestrike? Find and attack bh-prince’s base on the Regional Map from August 27th – September 3rd in between the hours of 11:00am – 5:00pm PST (18:00 – 00:00 GMT) daily. Destroy his TOC with over 70% total base damage, and then direct message your Battle Replay link to “bh-prince” using our free chat platform, Clan HQ. Submit your replay link no later than Monday, September September 3rd at 5:00pm PST (00:00 GMT) to become eligible to win BIG prizes! 💰

Contest Rules

  • Participating players must attack bh-prince’s base to enter the event.
  • Players can only attack the base from 11:00am – 5:00pm PST (18:00 – 00:00 GMT) between the dates of August 27th – September 3rd.
  • Total base destruction must be over 70% for your entry to qualify.
  • TOC must be destroyed for your entry to qualify.
  • Target base will be repaired within 10 minutes of a successful attack.
  • Target base will relocate once every 1 hour, alternating between Map 300 and Map 301, and spawning in random locations.
  • Players may use any units at their disposal to get the fastest time possible
  • Total “time of attack” will be based on the battle duration in the Battle Replay.
  • Players participating in the event must submit a Battle Replay link via direct message to “bh-prince” on Clan HQ.
  • Players can only attack the target base a max of 3x per day. Attacking more than 3x per day will disqualify the participating player from the contest.
  • Players may attack other player’s battalions within the Event Base area (clans are encouraged to work together to help protect your friends from other players fighting to get attack priority on the Event Base)
  • Player standings will be updated once every day and posted in Clan HQ.

Prizes

  • 1st Place: 2,000 Gold, 5x Instant Repairs, x5 Battalion Speed Boosts (and your replay will be featured on our Battlehouse YouTube channel)
  • 2nd Place: 1,000 Gold, 3x Instant Repairs, x3 Battalion Speed Boosts
  • 3rd Place: 500 Gold, , 3x Instant Repairs, x3 Battalion Speed Boosts

Good hunting!