News 31 Jul 2020

Art by u/_Concilliabule_. Original post here.

Hey everyone! It’s Sav and Tarn here this week

What's been going on this week?

Happy Friday everyone! Or Thursday depending on your timezone! 

Pumpkin Pat results:
1st: Not-Fuan(3) - 2 minutes and 5 seconds
2nd: tsp - 2 minutes and 10 seconds
3rd: exephur - 2 minutes and 13 seconds
4th: RIZE - 2 minutes and 15.38 seconds
5th: Confession - 2 minutes and 15.88 seconds

This weekend's focus:

- BTD6 - 
Pile O' Monkey Money and T3 Insta Monkeys on sale.
Ongoing "A Toasty Tail" Odyssey, ending Tuesday. 
"Dark Dark Goose" Race this weekend.  

- BATTD - 
Ongoing Martian games: Wizard attack, no trinkets and level 7 towers only. 
Allies only and shuffle starting on Saturday.
Sai Adventure Pack, Dungeon Finn Pack and Character Bundle Pack on sale. 

- Tower Keepers -
Hero battles rewards x2 and x2 Gem sale.
Ongoing Skilled Adept. 

- BTD Battles -
Friday: MOAB - BFB Cards, BFB Boosts only
Saturday: MOAB Club, MOAB Cards - BFB, BFB Card
Sunday: MOAB, MOAB R3 Speed - BFB Boosts only, BFB Card Club
Monday: MOAB
2x Medallions with Bag and Chest of Medallions on sale. 

- SAS4 web -
LMS on Friday, Apoc on Saturday and VS with black items as rewards on Sunday. 
Sale on Epic pack and 1st premium gun set: Planet Stormer, WPX Incinerator and HIKS A10

- 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

- BMC web and mobile -  
Daily monkey teams with Monkey Knowledge pack on Sunday
Knowledge Pack sale (ancient on mobile too).

- BTD5 -
Totem event starting Monday. 
Monkey team, rotating every 3 hours, starting Friday. 
Black counting for the leaderboards. Sniper skin and Monkey Money on Sale. 

- BSM2 -
Double blops and boosters.

- Countersnipe -
Friday: 10x Free For All event and Medium XP Booster on sale. 
Saturday: Factionless event and Consumables Pack  on sale. 
Sunday: Target Practice event and Stacks of Cash on sale. 
Case of Tokens on sale for the weekend. 

Questions from the comments: 

what's the name of the Gwendolin spinoff you're gonna make
Your jedi mind tricks won’t work on us - we aren’t actually making one. But if we did it would surely include all fire puns evar.

Will the base prices of towers in btd6 ever be changed?
It is unlikely but it may happen one day if we feel it benefits the balance of the game!

Why was Max's voice actor changed in BAATD?
Like all things in Monkeywood, it was reported as “creative differences.” We expect only his agent really knows.

what does Ezili think of embrittlement
It reminds her of her soul?

Is there any reason the mortar only has a tier 5 ability instead of both a tier 4 and 5 (BTD6)?
The Mortar Loaders’ Union appealed to have it removed as working the Artillery Battery under activated conditions was causing undue chafing.

For r80 on ABR, why not just have a fortified zomg, to be in line with r40 and r60? Why is it just 2 zomgs?
You can draw a line through any 2 points, but that doesn’t mean it’s a pattern. We feel the balance is better with multiple targets to challenge targeting priorities.

What are the chances for map cosmetics in the trophy shop? (eg. purchase the holiday themes, different times of days as in day or nights, or new looks for currently existing maps?)
The chances go up when we get thoughtful questions and suggestions like these.

What happens if a monkey eats a pizza BFB?
A hospital trip. It’s Bloons, plus Pizza. That’s a recipe for monkey gas if ever there was.

Do you intend to change the Title Screen of the game, adding more heroes and the two tower?
Not currently but it may happen one day! 

Does Admiral Brickell have any relation to the other Heroes? Is she Gwen's sister who loved water more than fire? Is she the sister of Striker Jones and/or Captain Churchill who thought explosives would be better used in the water?
She has a lot of respect for Striker and Churchill! They have even trained together!

will there ever be a way to participate in the leaderboard on btd5 mobile without having to connect to facebook? also another question will nk archive ever be available for 32 bit computers but right now i've heard its 64 bit only
Sadly not at this stage as it would require a full rework for BTD5. As for 32 bit, we probably won’t be adding that support.

Will the NK Archive ever be released for MacOS?
Not sure - we can’t commit to it.

Why does the free race attempt on btd6 reset every time you pay MM for a race entry? Saying "you get a free race entry every 3 hours" is a little misleading when the 3 hours reset every time you want to race.
Fair point, we can look at keeping that timer independent, but no promises.

How do Quincy's arrows bounce from bloon to bloon?
The force of the Bloon popping will propel the arrow towards the next target. 

Have any of the retired towers from BTD1 considered returning to battle?
They did retire for a reason!

What is your favourite tower?
It changes on a week by week basis. I really like 502 Wizard - Sav
This weeks favourite tower is PoD - Tarn

Why is BTD 6 cheaper than BTD 5 on Steam?
It usually isn’t but sometimes the currency adjustments get out of sync. We’ve just reset them all - thanks for noticing!

Whats the name of the military division of the monkeys?
We tend to think that monkeys invented everything, so human military division sizes and nomenclature probably started there.

Any regrets from making the BTD series?
Bloonchipper. Arctic wind platforms. Absence of unicorns.

Is there anything planned for a tower skin update for BTD 6 (where you can buy skins to towers like in Battle and 5) and if it comes will the skins cost trophies?
I bought the Mauler MOAB skin and boy does it look good. Which makes me thinking, if you could add tower skins just like BTD5, can one of em be Bloon based?
We linked these questions together as they are quite similar! We have a lot planned for the trophy store but we cannot say for certain if we will ever do tower skins as it requires a crazy lot of work from our art team!

Were the heroes once normal monkeys?
Everyone had to start somewhere! 

Will we get more profile pictures in BTD6?
We would like to do more! 

Are any of the special missions of all BTD5 games going to be brought back?
Maybe one day! 

I remember that in an old blog post, you said that during development, the Alchemist was able to stockpile potions. Are there any other interesting tower/upgrade concepts that didn't make it into the final game? Also thank you for answering my previous question a few weeks ago :)
Here’s a couple:
Monkey Ace’s Centered Path upgrade was originally designed to allow you to draw your own complete flight pattern, but for quite a lot of reasons this was confusing, visually unappealing and honestly felt quite a bit overpowered.
While not a complete design change like that, Glue Gunner’s Relentless Glue would initially drop blobs from every layer that was popped and these all lasted much longer than they do now. This didn’t work for balance or performance, so we redesigned and balanced to the current form.

When is dartling *not* coming to btd6?
Today! Also 1847.

How does pat even hold a zomg cause is so big
Everything is possible when you are a professional hugger.

Which Hero/Hero Skin was the most fun to record voices for?
The adventure time recordings were huge fun all around, not just for the CN characters - Supermonkey and Sam were hilarious sessions. For BTD6, we’ve worked with some awesome talented voices - Quincy was great figuring out just how much earnestness to get in there, both Biker Bones and Octojones were huge fun, and Brickell was also a treat of a session.

Who runs the trophy store? What do they need all those trophies for?
Clearly it’s Modysseus’ side business - that monkey has an oar in everything. What does he need them for? Trophyception.

Is it pronounced "bad" or "bee ay dee"?
Depends on the person, I say bad! - Sav
However you say it, don’t say it badly.

Does Pat get hurt by hugging pufferfish MOABs?
Nah, the spikes are still rubber so they aren’t too sharp!

What happens when a temple gets sacrificed to another temple?
More poweeeerrr!

Well, *will* you make a btd6 documentary?
We probably won’t! But if we did, it would probably be a 4 panel meme.

How often do you reply to the first comment?
Pretty often. 


Have a great weekend and happy gaming! 

- Sav and Tarn