This release features significant improvements for players who like to play aggressive. The NEWS for this release contains a link to this post because there is too much to cover in bullet form.
Top Left Shortcut Buttons
Gone are the Strategy and Media buttons, in their place is the Espionage button. The Espionage button drop-down has a quick link to Media and Strategy forms. It also has the Espionage Player list - these are quick links to players but unlike BTO, players are not notified that they are on your list.
Espionage Player List
Players can be added to the list from a player's Company Detail page, from the Headhunted page, Media page and Strategy page. Players on the list can be removed by clicking the little red X beside their name. Mouse-over the player's avatar to see stats on that player.
The Media page got an overhaul with this release. Gone is the right panel showing previous attacks, in its place is greater detail about your company's media attack capabilities. You can now buy all 4 Media Interactions, mousing over the buttons will also indicate what they do. New are the Media Attack Employees. These can be assigned from the Employee Statspage or are one-time automatically assigned if you have launched previous media attacks using BBTO. Employees are also added when a Media Attack is launched.
Media Page : Set Use Order
You must click this button at least once or when your media attack capabilities change. This will rank the 5 media attacks available (1 from each company) by price (not by capability so make sure to grow your relationships with the media companies at the same rate). You will see a green number beside the media attack cost indicating rank.
The Strategy page got an overhaul with this release. Had to move some information around on the screen to get the extra vertical space needed. The title now shows the number of strategies available in big bright green font. New are also Use # buttons to make it much quicker to use a specific Strategy with the side benefit of now knowing which strategies you have made. New are Strategy Attack Employees. These can be assigned from the Employee Stats page or are one-time automatically assigned if you have launched previous strategy attacks using BBTO. Employees are also added when a Strategy Attack is launched.
This page is so cluttered with information, BTO really needs to clean this page up. They are forcing so many CSS styles that BBTO had problems improving the layout. Moved the Bell Labs shortcut and Back buttons to the page heading. Added are the Poacher, MiB Neg., P.I, Strategy and Media buttons. Clicking the Poacher or MiB Neg. (negotiator) button will ask if you want to set this employee for that role. P.I. (Private Investigator), Strategy or Media buttons will have a (+) if they can be assigned to that role or (-) if they are already assigned to that role. It is best not to have the same employees for Strategy and Media attacks. Mousing over the buttons also provides additional information.
Player Stats / Player Detail
Always cleaning up buttons here to keep spacing correct. BTO really needs to improve this page. The Diamonds counter across the top wastes so much space. Added the Espionage button that opens the Espionage Assistant.
View Company / Company Detail
So much space here, will figure out what to put here in the future. Added the Add to Espionage List button that will add this player to your Espionage List. Espionage Assistant will open up the Espionage Assistant.
Some changes on this page. The BBTO Assistant makes an appearance here too so you can quickly configure Poaching options. The new poaching options are outlined by mousing over her. New is the Espionage Employees and Tools. Quickly see who your Poacher, MiB Negotiator and your Investigators (P.I.) are. The Add Headhunted to Espionage List will add all the players that you have headhunted employees from to your Espionage list.
BBTO ESPIONAGE ASSISTANT
Saved the best til last. There is a lot to cover so this section will be long. BBTO is making it easier to attack players and specific stores thus making it easier to play a strategical game and add some warfare. All the features here are available in BTO, we are not hacking, we are using in game functionality. You will see why we have to mention that.
Espionage Assistant : Title Bar
The golden $ does a quick Message Window cover using charity donations. The player's name will go to the Player Stats screen while leaving Espionage Assistant open. The player's company name will go to the View Company screen while leaving Espionage Assistant open. The hourglass shows the poaching countdown times (poach and cooldown).
Espionage Assistant : Stategies
Stratgies come in two flavors - Pricing and Disguise, the footer indicates the short form used. When you mouse-over a Shop's (strategies) text it will load the strategies that can be used to attack that Shop. L# P|D - Level and either Pricing or Disguise. It will use an employee from your Strategy Attacker Employees list.
Espionage Assistant : Select by ...
Quickly select all the employees of a specific type. This feature will be more useful once the Poaching Queue is implememnted.
Espionage Assistant : Attack with ...
Quickly launch Media attacks against the player. It will use the media attack order and select an employee from your Media Attackers list. A player can be attacked a maximum of 3 times in 24 hours. You can launch up to 5 media attacks.
Espionage Assistant : Employee More Detail
This feature uses the Employee Stats page's Copy To Chat capability to get detailed employee information. BTO provides this functionality and while not necessarily intended to be used this way, we none the less only use built in BTO game functionality. We are not hacking, though we are most definitely giving you a true spying capability. We are unable to fetch loyalty - that would of been most awesome, for that you need to use the Investigator button. The real usefulness of this feature is for determining an opposing player's poacher and for finding Talent Level and Talent Type.
Espionage Assistant : Action Buttons
Mouse over the buttons to see what they do. Headhunting is depreciated now that Espionage Player lists are available. The Investigator button will investigate the employee. There does not seem to be a limit on how many investigation can happen concurrently, you just need the detectives. P* uses your assigned Poacher and Poaching Method to poach the employee - one click poaching.
Espionage Assistant : Right-side Gap
Will be the home of the new Poaching Queue. Still working on the capabilities.