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There was a map named "Railway Station" which was created in 2010 but released in 2012, before New Year celebrations. After the release a bug has been noticed: the prop of the tower could be shot through with Shaft. Two days later the use of this bug became punishable, and a week later the bug had been completely fixed. @@@
In 2011, Developers decided to make a contest in which it was necessary to turn the turret constantly. A special map called "Carousel" was developed for this contest. It was assumed that players would not be able to use the supplies on that map (neither purchased, nor bonus boxes). The map was never released. It is worth noting that the main designer of this map was the legendary mapmaker Figishe, who created a lot of maps. Now the map is considered to be lost. @@@
The project of Ricochet turret firstly appeared in 2009. The turret was planned to be called "Vulcan". Its shots originally did not bounce off surfaces and were blue. At that time, Vulcan / Ricochet was a machine gun, but then the idea of ​​bouncing balls appeared, and that idea later grew into a full-fledged turret, now known as Ricochet. @@@
When Hornet was just on testing stage, it consisted of five parts: the central part and four side parts, each of which was below the level of the central unit, and on each side blocks there were tracks. Then Hornet changed to its present state because of too futuristic design and the complexities associated with gravity and traction. @@@
Appearance of Shaft in June 2011 caused quite a furore among tankers. After the release Shaft was bought at a rate of 3 piece per second! Straight after that it was changed and paints with protection from Shaft were released. On the next day it was removed from players' garages, the crystals were given back and the description was changed. But Shaft was weak, so it was slightly improved. Before the release there was an open testing in Test Server. On the first day of testing, the maximum damage of Shaft in aiming mode was 150 - 175 - 200 - 250 hp (for M0 - M1 - M2 - M3), on the second day was 200 - 225 - 275 - 300. @@@
First Gold Box was worth 1,000 crystals. Initially, no one knew how, where and when this bonus would appear. First Gold Box fell on the map [Maps#Kungur|"Kungur"]] when the battle fund was 700 crystals, it was caught by player Noosya. Later, Gold Boxes began to fall almost on every map, but their value was cut to 100 crystals. Now the drop zones of the Gold Box drop exist on all maps. @@@
In 2010 a special modification of Smoky was introduced. It was named Smoky XT. This modification costed about 4000 crystals. It was available for purchase only for one week. Smoky XT was better than Smoky M3 in all aspects. @@@
In 2009, Developers decided to create a turret that could deal damage to opponents and heal allies. So Isida appeared. The first concept of Isida could only heal and looked like it had three teeth, something that resembles a model from the Game «Half-Life». Isida was also able to heal itself (by firing into the void). This ability was too strong and was removed. Isida was last modified in November 2014, when the visual effects of its shot were redesigned. @@@
During beta testing (May 2009) "Tanki Online" was awarded at Game Developers Conference in the category "Best Game without a publisher". This says that, already in the test phase, the Game had gained recognition and fame in the gaming industry. @@@
In summer 2012 there was a special event hosted to holding the European Football Championship. During this action gold boxes value was increased several times. After the action finished it was estimated that during the action players caught 90 million crystals in gold boxes - in the current prices it is nearly one billion crystals! @@@
On September 27, 2012, an extraordinary battle called «Kasim vs Sun» was held — the Community Canager of Russian locale, Maksim Khusainov, and Tech Support specialist, Kseniya Ignatyeva, fought against each other on Wasp + Smoky combination. Maksim won with a score of 22:19. Tankers could support Maksim and Kseniya by acquiring a special paint in the Garage that costed 100 crystals. 47 341 paints for Kasim were bought, 18 004 for Sun and 4844 for both players — all those who bought the paint for Maksim received 59 crystals. @@@
Every year on October 31 "Tanki" celebrate Halloween. In 2012, during the action a special map was created 59 597 times, and a special gold box fell 12,008 times. There were some interesting coincidences: October 30, 2012 tanker of 16666666 number registered, and Tweet about the special video blog was 666th. In 2014, there were 45 ghosts on a special Halloween map. And on October 31, 2015 tankers spent in the game a total of 196 years, and caught 440 000 Gold boxes. The winner of the competition for the best gold catchers was the player Ti-To, who caught 195 boxes and received Viking XT and Thunder XT as an award. @@@
The creation of the first test version of "Tanki" took four and a half months. First registered player who is not a developer - GlebNikitin. And the first registered account was arts80 which belongs to server programmer Alex Kviring. The first map in the game was the prototype of Tribute. @@@
By mid-2010, there were about 200 000 players registered. n December 19, 2010 a millionth registration was achieved. 6 June 2011 - registration #3000000 (the player with the nickname katyana). January 4, 2012 - seven millionth registration (the player with the nickname stepan1234567891). March 25, 2012 - the barrier of 10 million registrations was overcame (player with the nickname lYonsl). On Tanker Day 2012 there was a registration #15 000 000 (a player with the nickname adilov.amir). February 5, 2013 - twenty millionth registration (the player with the nickname tolik755). End of July of 2013 - thirty millionth registration (the player with the nickname nadja8201). @@@
"Tanki Online" have the most popularity in Russia. It's followed by Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Germany, Moldova, Georgia, the United States and Saudi Arabia. @@@
The most popular paint in the game is "Green", then "Holiday" and "Forester". Three of the most popular turrets are Railgun, Ricochet and Twins. Three of the most popular hulls are Hornet, Viking and Wasp. @@@
On New Year's holiday and Tanki birthday which is celebrated on June 4, developer team arranges a quest called "The GAME". Winners receive a "dream tank" - a fully microupgraded hull, turret and paint. The winner of the "game" on BD TO 2014 was player KomZorg, who chose Hunter M3 Ricochet M3 and Picasso. Player SteelShark, who was winner of the "game" on NY 2014-2015, received Hornet M3 Hammer M3 and Picasso. Player alex7668-rak, who was the winner of the "game" on BD TO 2015, received Hunter M3, Smoky M3 and Nano. Player DisappearedStar, who was the winner of the "game" on NY 2015-2016, chose three paints instead "dream tank": Taiga, Raccoon and Jade. @@@
Official group of "Tanki Online" in VKontakte appeared in January 2011. Russian community manager Maksim Khusainov promised to take a dip in the hole if the number of subscribers in the group will be over 500 000. September 27, 2014, this mark has been passed, and on New Year Maksim fulfilled his promise - in the first vlog in 2015 he began speaking from the hole. @@@
The game has a total of 4 maps with an even number of points in CP mode - Courage, Siege, Factory and Fort Knox. And on three maps - Duel, Ping-pong and Hill - there are no CP mode at all. In addition, Duel map is the only map that is not available to be played in CTF and CP modes at the same time. @@@
The most capacious map is Dusseldorf (40 players), Berlin goes next with 36 players max, Temple and Madness have 32 players max. In turn, Temple is the largest map, Berlin is just a little bit behind, and Dusseldorf closes the top three. The smallest maps are Island, Hill and Ping Pong. @@@
In the summer of 2014 the Football World Cup in Brazil was held, and "Tanki" could not stay away from the event. In the action called "Football Frenzy" players could purchase one of the 32 paints, symbolizing the participants of the World Cup. Those who bought the paint for winner of the championship were given back a 50% of the crystals spent on purchases during the promotion. Total number of paints bought is 555,502, including for Russia - 111 000 (the most popular paint), for Germany (the winner) - 38 007, for Argentina - 17 641, for the Netherlands - 15 465. The most rarely bought paint was a paint for Côte D Ivoir - only about 1,000. About 887 million crystals were returned to tankers. @@@
In The GAME (May 2013) the prize for those who solve all the puzzles was a temporary paint called "Storm" with 15% protection of all turrets. At the end of quests 9636 tankers got the paint. @@@
A long time ago Railgun was called Fear Machine, Ricochet could be called Vulcan, Hornet could be called Raptor, Viking could be called Centurion, and Hammer could be called Magnum. As for the Vulcan, the game designer Semyon Strizhak (known as Hazel-Rah) jokingly promised that "the turret will never be named Vulcan, otherwise I grow two additional fingers on the hand." @@@
Spectator mode wasn't in the game from the beginning. First clan war broadcasted using the spectator was the quarterfinal of the upper bracket of TOF Dream Team III between the teams "International" and "Tyazhelo i Slozhno" (which means "Difficult and Complicated"). @@@
In the summer of 2015 the team of "Tanki Online" visited the gamescom Game exhibition in Cologne, Germany. In honor of this event, the map named "Cologne" was introduced, on which Gold boxes worth 2000 crystals fell. During the event 191 million crystals fell in Gold Boxes and the map was visited by about a million players. @@@
Shooting the Video Blogs is usually carried out on Wednesday, although the preparation of stories begins much earlier. Thursday and Friday go to video editing. @@@
In many maps you can find rusted skeletons of Titan + Firebird combination: it is a tribute to the players from pre-rebalance era, according to which Titan + Firebird comboination was considered the most absurd and useless combination of turret and hull. @@@
"Tanki Online" birthday is considered to be June 4, 2009 - the date of the start of the open beta testing. The first player to have reached the highest rank (at the time it was Marshal) was the legendary T7000. In April 2010, a Chinese server started to work. On 16 April, 2014 "Tanki Online" was launched in Brazil. First Generalissimo in the Brazilian locale is the player called limadj2 — he reached 1 400 000 experience points on 2 September 2014, spending about four and a half months to get to the highest rank. As a reward for his speedy passage, limadj2 received fully microupgraded Viking M3, Ricochet M3 and Zeus. @@@
Sometimes on the holidays funds in the Game are increased. The biggest funds in the game were fivefold on August 2, 2015. @@@
On May 9, 2015 there was a pass "Endless supplies", which cost 70 crystals and could be bought until a restart on May 10th. On that day it was almost impossible to find a player who would have palyed without 3 supplies activated at once - except those who played in PRO-battles with disabled supplies. @@@
During the Christmas holidays 2014-2015 an entrance from North Korea was registered in Tanki Online. It's known that access to the Internet is severely limited in North Korea. Who could it be?