Art by u/Nate_Squared. Original post here.
Hey everyone! It’s Sav and Tarn here this week
What's been going on this week?
Our Dart Monkey Plush has officially gone live! This campaign will be around for 3 weeks and once it's over, they will be gone forever so make sure you order yours here!
Pondering Pat race results:
1st: Tobi - 3 minutes and 54 seconds
2nd: . - 3 minutes and 55 seconds
3rd: Gumball - 4 minutes and 3 seconds
4th: YtseJam - 4 minutes and 4 seconds
5th: I_LOVE_TARN - 4 minutes and 5 seconds
This weekend's focus:
- BTD6 -
Pile O' Monkey Money and T5 Insta Monkeys on sale.
Ongoing "Mini Me" Odyssey, ending Tuesday.
"Few Two Many" race this weekend.
Bloonarius will be starting Saturday and ending Thursday.
- Bloons Pop -
Friday: Black Bloon Popper
Saturday: White Bloon Popper
Sunday: Merge Monkeys
Vault of Monkey Money, 3rd Cannister and Great Pack on sale.
- BTD Battles -
Professor Evil appearing on Mountain Pass this weekend. With a second tougher one on Ghostly Coast starting Tuesday and ending Thursday.
Friday: MOAB - BFB Boosts Only, BFB Card
Saturday: MOAB Club, MOAB Card - BFB, BFB Cards
Sunday: MOAB, MOAB R3 Speed - BFB, BFB Card Club, BFB Boosts Only
2x Medallions with Chest of Medallions and Bag of Medallions on sale.
- BATTD -
Ongoing Martian games: Allies only, no powers and wizard attack.
No weapons, no trinkets and deflation starting on Saturday.
Sai Adventure pack, Dungeon Finn and Character Bundle pack on sale.
- SAS4 Mobile -
VS on Friday, Apoc on Saturday and LMS with black box as rewards on Sunday.
Sales on nantos, NV vet pack, epic pack and 2nd premium gun set: Donderbus, RIA 15SE and Torment
- SAS4 web -
LMS on Friday, Apoc on Saturday and VS with black items as rewards on Sunday.
Sale on Epic pack.
- BMC web and mobile -
Daily monkey teams with Monkey Knowledge pack on Sunday.
Knowledge Pack sale (ancient on mobile too).
- BTD5 -
Totem event starting on Tuesday.
Zebra counting for the leaderboards. Sniper skin and Monkey Money on sale.
- BSM2 -
Double blops and boosters.
- Tower Keepers -
Hero battles rewards x2 and x2 Gold sale.
Ongoing Zaluss and Skilled Adept.
Questions from the comments:
We demand answers for last weeks race
We’ve had a lot of questions this week about what happened in last week's race, Ready Set No, and why it wasn’t included in last week's blog so we wanted to address those here. We chose not to include the results in the blog as there were hundreds of players with the exact same score and conflicting reports on it being possible without hacking and others reporting it could only be done using hacks. Our team decided to leave the results as they were but added three scores to ensure that the top 3 spots were not taken by anyone who had in fact hacked. Our team is looking into future options to make sure this doesn’t happen again and are working on improving these for the future.
If the dart monkey plush is really successful will more BTD6 plushies be considered?
Yes! We have few favorites in mind, but what are yours?
How would the heroes react to seeing a bloonchipper in person?
Probably similar to how you react to an old car, some love it and some are totally indifferent.
Wouldn't a Dr. Monkey hero be awesome?! It would even be... more awesomer.
It would but he’s so busy, he doesn’t have time to be a hero. At least until he invents a way...
What is your opinion on the druid regrow farm methood on round 39? Do you plan you patch it out or is it just an alternative strategy for beating bloonarius?
It’s definitely not intended and we are working to address it in the near future.
How often do the programmers swap between "I'm so dumb" and "I am the smartest person alive" (I've been learning to code and I've been told and experienced first hand that this happens a lot when coding)?
I think all of our departments do this pretty much every day!
What are your opinions of u/B1TTERV1TTER’s comics? I really enjoy them lmao (if you are reading this b1tter keep up the good work)
They are pretty great! It’s always fun seeing our community coming up with their own ideas for canon and lore
Can you make more towers that have multiple abilities in one upgrade?
We like ability cascade, too, but they are tricky to code and balance. Keep an eye out for new Paragons, as there may be some multi-bility upgrades there.
how do bloons get stronger in freeplay? are we supposed to ignore it, or are the bloons making money like the monkeys and upgrading the bloon factories? because i would love a game similar to battles but one person can only place monkeys and the other can only send out bloons
Well, the real question is how much time actually passes in the Bloons world during a game? Is it possible that the Bloons are just getting stronger through evolution? And on offense vs defense, we’ve discussed that but didn’t think it would work for as many people as the full offense and defense versus another player.
We know that Bloonchipper is gone because you hated balancing it, but what is the story like if you ask a monkey who's unaware of your existence and just lived through the events of the Bloonchipper's disappearance? Or if you like - how does the story go according to the Bloonchipper?
It wasn’t so much of a big event for the monkeys, it just kind of faded away and most forgot about it. Except the Engineer - Bloonchipper was always in the shop, like an old camaro, except Bloonchipper didn’t look 80s hairband cool and couldn’t do donuts in the parking lot.
Is Pat actually dumb or is he smarter than he looks?
Low int, high wisdom
Since you said in the last blog no early access for battles 2, will you guys look at towers use, path and upgrade rates to balance and look at community feedback and will battles esports take longer to become a thing?
Of course! It’ll be a mixture of tower usage, community feedback and our own testing which we’ll use to make balance changes once the game is live. Prior to that, we will be doing extensive testing and haven’t ruled out external beta just yet.
If BTD6 is made in Unity, then how come the bloons and monkeys don't get along?
That was a really good pun, gold star.
I know it has been confirmed Defence mode and Card Battles won't return for BTDB2, but how come? I've always enjoyed card battles and was wondering if there was a technical reason for it not returning.
We hear you on Card Battles, which is a favorite of some of the team. It’s not part of Battles 2 planning not so much because the B1 version didn’t get as much play but because we wanted to make sure the B2 was super streamlined and totally focused on arena progression and the new skill-based leaderboards. We’ll start there and see where it goes. Card Battles as an idea still has room for improvement, just not in B2 planning for now.
Does Churchill have a crew with his tank, or is it a special one-monkey tank for the Truly Skilled:tm:?
It's all him!
When benjamin playing against adora on mario kart Does he cheat or he is soo good?
He just played a lot (Probably too much…)
How is the NZ Team doing?
We are doing good, thank you for asking! :D
Who’s the laziest hero?
Pat, he really likes naps
Is the SAS4 update for the "Flash" version, or Steam/Mobile?
Steam and Mobile!
How does Quincy feel when something gets passed him?
Have you seen the “this is fine” meme? Yeah…
Leaving aside that organizing a navy is different from organizing an army, who is better when it comes to giving orders ? Striker, Churchill or Brickel ?
Striker, he’s just got it down to a fine art.
"WHAT DID IT COST? - EVERYTHING" achievement does not progress even after trying to completing it in games.
If you have any issues with achievements not unlocking, please contact our support team! :)
Can you move the blog time to monday so we can say monke monday
But then you would only see the events days after they started! Nevertheless, feel free to Monke Monday on Reddit or Discord.
Will the Spartan Odyssey Be a Tower in the Game?
No, he’s gotta sail the boat! :)
Since we ask all the questions and you give us the answers, let’s change it up. The answer is “Ben and Sauda,” now you ask the question.
Which heroes are the most likely to get competitive?
Does Etienne have a camera drone to take some awesome cinematic pictures?
Yes! Though mostly uses it to take photos of his cat…
I’m going into game design within the next few years, what does a typical work day look like for you?
Monday is syncing up with the rest of the team, understanding what we’re trying to get done that week and which elements need more detail for the code and art teams to do their jobs and QA to test things accurately. From there daily play of implemented features to give feedback on design completeness and assess balance, in discussion with other key viewpoints, especially QA and CM. Daily iteration is key, as the week goes on, immediate design spec shifts to concepts for the next features to be designed, or longer term planning for all new features.
Which monkey (apart from Ben of course) is the best at Smash?
Pat. He’s really good at button mashing
This might sound crazy, but if dart monkey has crossed over into our universe as a plushie, and ETN is *also* from an alternate universe. Does that mean ETN is an alien from our universe?
It’s certainly possible…
At monkey parties, do the monkeys use bloons as decorations?
Nah, silly, they use balloons. Monkes spell goodly.
what species of gorilla is Pat, or is he a gorilla at all?
Nope, he's just a big monkey! He has a tail, gorillas don’t have those.
What is it about the B.A.D. and the boss Bloons that makes them resistant to the Bloons Master Alchemist's potions?
Too big to be fully covered in the splash
how are you so good at coming up with jokes that are so subtle that you don't realise they're there the first time but are also so funny
Pure talent. That and truly enjoying such an awesome, clever community!
What does a dart monkey go through in order to become a plushie?!?!? Do they get hurt in the process!??!!?
No dart monkeys were harmed in the making of this plush
Have a great weekend and happy gaming!
- Sav and Tarn