We are thrilled to see an ever-increasing number of players reach the highest TOC levels in Thunder Run!
From time to time, as the player base advances, we need to update the game rules to keep up.
Since more than two years ago, players who are level 30 or higher have been subject to attack by any other player, including those many levels above them. In 2015, this was fine because there were very few super-advanced players who could dominate a L30 base. But today, there are now significantly more high-level players, plus new offensive units and upgrades released over the last two years that carry more firepower than ever before. The L30 player of today stands in a relatively weaker spot, compared to the average enemy, than the L30 player of 2015.
Therefore, we are updating the level at which you become open to attack by all players from level 30 to level 33. This change takes effect starting with the opening of Season 6 on February 9th at 1700GMT.
After the change, we’ll watch closely to make sure the new level limits are working as well as possible. We know this change will slightly reduce the number of low-level targets available for L35+ players to attack, so we’ll be watching out to make sure the downside is limited.
In case you’re curious what kind of analysis led us to make this update, check out this graph showing the relative population of players at TOC levels 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. In 2015, a TOC level 5 player was at about the 50th percentile of combat power, but today you need to be an advanced TOC L6 player or early TOC L7 player to be in the more powerful half of the game world!
The new season will come with the closure of 4 old maps: Sectors 201, 202, 207, and 213, and the opening of two new anti-alt maps: Sectors 604 and 605. This will ensure a healthy population in all maps for the coming season.
In addition, starting in Season 6, PvP points will only be available in anti-alt regions (Maps 600-605) and Non-Map regions. In Maps 203-228, which do not have anti-alt policies, players can still play and fight, but PvP points will not be given for battles there. Entering Maps 203-228 will cause a player to lose all accumulated PvP points. This change will reduce the advantage of alt accounts on PvP results.
Upgrade your army with a new, versatile foot soldier. The Elite version features increased weapon range and strength against armor and infantry, while keeping the anti-air ability of the classic Rifleman. Elite Riflemen carry more than double the hitpoints and dish out 20x more damage than their original Rifleman brothers (see below for full stats).
The Hitlist and War Chest will now refresh at the same time each day (1700 GMT). Previously, the refresh was set for 24 hours since your last use of Hitlist or War Chest. This update makes it easier to find a full Hitlist and grab free War Chest items, even if you play at different times on some days.
This week only: FASCAM, M777 Howitzer, HEL, Quadmount and C-RAM turret weapon blueprints, plus rare unit blueprints, can be purchased with Hardware in the Hardware Prizes Store. Act now – these offers expire on December 29!
New levels are now available for the advanced turret weapons FASCAM, M45 Quadmount, C-RAM, High Energy Laser, and M777 Howitzer. Upgrade them all to Level 16 for more defensive power! (you’ll find blueprints for Levels 11-16 in the Event Prizes store under “Turret Weapons”).