29.7.2014

- there will be a “moderate amount” of rebalances (buffs and nerfs) in 9.3
- tier 10 Stronkholds will come in 9.3
- T18 will be nerfed
- 9.3 will bring a new map, “if we manage to finish it”
- Prokhorovka and Salient on Fire (new Prokhorovka) will both be in the map pool in 9.2, just like it is with Winter Himmelsdorf and Himmelsdorf
- apparently, developers are considering cooperation mode, several players versus PvE opponents (bots)
- there will be special maps for historical battles in the future
- historical battle rewards (medals) will also be reworked
- it is allegedly not true that RU sever is serving as a test lab for various game changes
- PvE element is considered for historical battles
- the new 9.2 feature “transparent leaves” (SS: not sure how it is officially in English) will definitely bring some sort of FPS increase (performance increase), the amount of increase is “individual for each computer”

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Wargaming Anniversary Coming

Hello everyone,

in three days (next weekend event), Wargaming anniversary event is coming. It’s usually a reason for very nice bonuses and free stuff and it seems this year will be no exception. First sneak peek can be gleaned from the upcoming anniversary missions in the “coming soon missions”.

These missions will be active from 1st of August to 1st of September (with two exceptions).

Crew is Crucial

Conditions: Win a random or team battle in tier 4+ vehicle and end in top 5 with XP earned
Reward: 50 percent crew XP

Promotions Incoming!

Conditions: Complete Crew is Crucial mission 60 times
Reward: 75k crew XP

Daily Boost

Conditions: Win a random battle once per day in tier 6+ vehicle and end in top 3 with XP earned
Reward: 3 gold fire extinguishers

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“How XVM was created” – Part 3

Source: http://habrahabr.ru/company/wargaming/blog/231065/

Part 1: http://ftr.wot-news.com/2014/07/26/how-xvm-was-created-part-1/
Part 2: http://ftr.wot-news.com/2014/07/28/how-xvm-was-created-part-2/

Last part of the article.

User Support

The developers understood from the start that XVM is more difficult to install than other regular mods and that not many would use it without the user support. In order to reduce the support load, XVM was split into XVM-full and XVM-light and as mentioned in the previous part, the light version had everything related to player statistics removed. That’s why the players with light version did not have to install neither Dokan nor .NET application, which seriously simplified the installation.

The very first user support was made via the regular World of Tanks forum. This was not very convenient – the developers did not have the option to moderate and edit threads, the players were confusing the support thread with other threads that were not related in any way to the developers. That’s why as soon as the mod started working on a dedicated server (January 2012), a new support forum was estabilished there. It was a vanilla phpBB and despite that, it fulfilled its function until that one time where there was an emeregency.

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Reminder: 9.2 – Historical Battles Removed

Hello everyone,

as you probably know, but might have forgotten, historical battles mode is getting removed in 9.2 for a complete overhaul. According to Storm, it will not return this year (so play it while you can). Storm also mentioned the way it will be reworked, specifically two elements were considered:

- bots playing lowtier tanks to give you the feeling of authenticity in battles
- respawns

Either way, Evilly wrote the following about them:

“There were several reasons for removing them, one of the most important ones was the player opinion on them and the low activity in this mode. This suggests that the mode has to be completely reworked and that’s what we are doing. The mode will return after rework and it will be very different from the current one. Those, who recieved medals from historical battles will get to keep them, progress on unfinished medals will be resetted. We will keep you up to date with changes and reworks, it will be an absolutely new, completely diffent mode.”

Oh well, too bad WG EU did not allow us to play the Bryansk historical battles, I was looking forward to that one. I guess enabling it would be too much work…

9.2 – Clanwars Rotmistrov Medal

Source: http://worldoftanks.ru/ru/news/pc-browser/9/rotmistrov_medal/

Hello everyone!

Wargaming on RU portal posted an article about the new 9.2 Clanwars medal, the “Rotmistrov Medal”. As Wargaming writes it, it was implemented “in honor of the Hero of the USSR, Chief Marshal of the armored forces, Pavel Alekseevich Rotmistrov”.

The medal is issued in 4 stages.

4th Class – for playing 3 battles on Clanwars map

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3rd Class – for playing 30 battles on Clanwars map

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9.2 – Reduced Clan Price?

Source: http://worldoftanks.ru/ru/news/pc-browser/11/special_offer_for_clans/

Hello everyone,

in connection with the arrival of patch 9.2 and with it the Stronkhold mode, Russian server has an interesting event going on – the price for clan creation changed for the entire August (until 1st of September) from 2500 gold to 1000 gold and the renaming/tag changing price changed from 2000 gold to 1000 gold as well.

I wonder if we are going to get anything like that as well.

PS: and we still didn’t get to play the Bryansk historical battle :(

Weekly FTR Contributor Review and Technicalities

Hello everyone,

once again it’s the time to thank the contributors, it’s you who keep FTR running after all! This time, following people donated via Paypal:

Yunfan W. (USA)
Derping4Dollars (USA)
Myles S.-G. (United Kingdom)

Thanks a lot, guys! Just a small notice regarding the WoT gifts. Recently, player “crash_core” sent me a gift in the game – 30 days of premium no less! While I very much appreciate the notion, I must respectfully decline the gift. The reason for it is that I simply wouldn’t use it up as I don’t play that much lately and thus your money would go to waste. Thank you, I do value the sentiment, but I am currently not accepting any WoT gifts.

Also, since we are talking technical things, I know I said before I’d go to this year’s Gamescom, but I changed my mind. The reason for it is that I am returning from another trip abroad on the day it actually starts and I expect I’ll be very tired. Plus, there is not much for me to see there, I am banned from WG EU “invite events” and already one guy was kind enough to offer making a writeup of anything interesting that will be said there, so you won’t lose any info.

The best way to help me and FTR is via the Patreon service

http://www.patreon.com/silentstalker

This is the Patreon account of For the Record. In case you read this for the first time and feel like contributing, here is an explanation what it is, how it works and how to contribute. You can find a list of all those, who pledged and help to keep FTR running here.

Thank you all!