Ballistic Armor, AP Ammunition, and Laser Sights are now available for the Elite Rifleman. Check Event Prizes → Unit Equipment for details.
This week only, the following blueprints are on sale for 50-75% fewer ONP in the Event Prizes Store:
Truck Bomb and Elite Truck Bomb
BMP-1 and Elite BMP-1
MSTA and Elite MSTA
MQ-8B and Elite MQ-8B
HZ-9 and Elite HZ-9
Sale ends when the Event Prizes store closes on March 18 at 17:00 GMT.
Technical updates taking effect this week:
When relocating your base within the same map, you are now guaranteed to move at least 3 hexes away from your current location. Previously, there was a chance you could get unlucky and be “moved” only a single hex.
The 30-minute temporary Rifleman Damage, Range, and Speed boost items now affect Elite Riflemen as well.
Note: permanent AP Ammunition, Laser Sights, and Ballistic Armor items are different for regular Riflemen and Elite Rifleman. This follows the same pattern as other Elite unit equipment.
A code problem that sometimes caused players to see a “white screen” error on login has been fixed.
A technical problem that sometimes caused Internet Explorer users to disconnect after the end of a battle has been fixed.
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.
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
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.