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September 23, 2016

Cursed and Legion Naval Commanders

Calling all members of the Undead Legion!

Starting tonight, if you own the Cursed Naval Commander, you'd better start counting your Legion Tokens! Head to Dage's Underworld to find the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... stocked with all 26 items in the Cursed Legion Naval Commander set! 

The only way to get ANY of the Cursed Legion Naval Commander gear is by:

  1. Buying the Cursed Naval Commander from Quibble's Shop
  2. Being a member of the Undead Legion
  3. Spending your hard-earned Legion Tokens to get the 0 AC gear 

Note 1: you must have the Cursed Naval Commander in your inventory to open the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop.

Note 2: Once you have the Cursed Naval Commander armor, you will always be able to open the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... but the Cursed Naval Commander armor (and the rest of Quibble's gear) leaves the game on September 30th!

Note 3: The Cursed Naval Commander cannot be sold until October 1st.

(The Cursed Naval Commander is shown on the right in the image above. The Cursed Legion Naval Commander is on the left.)

Not a member of the Undead Legion? Find out to join in this post!

Talk Like a Pirate Day Gear Still Available

Pirates, swashbucklers, and seadawgs alike... yer time is now! Talk Like a Pirate Day rare gear will be availale until next Friday, September 30th! You'll find his shop in the Game Menu. Read on to see what he's brought fer ye this year!

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In Quibble Shop, you'll find the following gear:

  • Cursed Naval Commander armor
  • 12 Cursed Naval Commander helms
  • 8 Cursed Naval Commander weapons
  • 2 Cursed Naval Commander capes
  • Cursed Quibble Bank Pet
  • Cursed Parrot pet and cape

  • Solar Naval Commander
  • Solar Naval Commander Tricorns (male and female)
  • 2 Solar Naval Commander weapons
  • Solar Commander's Cape 
  • Lunar Pirate Captain 
  • Lunar Captain’s Tricorns (male and female)
  • 3 Lunar Captain weapons
  • Lunar Captain’s Cape 
  • Lunar Battle Wolf
  • Solar and Lunar Parrot pets and capes

  • Golden Pirate Captain
  • Golden Captain’s Hats (male and female) 
  • Golden Captain’s Pistol (single and dual-wield) 

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September 23, 2016

Take on Captain Flintfang

Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016 War Boss Battle!

Y'arrrrr! Last weekend, ye fought to help choose the next ruler of the Midnight Sea... and the Vampirates flooded th' war meter with a bounty of helpful heroes. BUT the Lycan Buccaneers were NOT ready to parlay or recognize Bonnie's victory -- and THAT is why ye're needed to take down Captain Flintfang this weekend!

/join midnight war and talk to Bonnie's Lieutenant to begin the quest to take down Captain Flintfang! Each time you defeat him, you'll have a chance to get one of the reward drops shown above and listed below:

  • Flintfang Morph Helm 
  • Lycan Captain Armor
  • Truly Cursed Cutlass
  • Cursed Tricorn helms 
  • Midnight TopHat 
  • Vampirate Crossed Cutlasses
  • Cursed Naval Anchor Cape
  • Vampirate Cutlass V
  • ampirate Crossed Cutlasses
  • Cursed Hair helms

Captain Flintfang's armor and morph helm will also be available in the September Featured Gear shop until September 30th (for you heroes without much time to farm, but with a hunger for lycan-themed gear)!

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September 23, 2016

This Weekend: Paladin vs the Undead

Undead + Paladin + Surprises = Battle Frenzy!

While YOU have been fighting the Throne of Darkness villains, the rest of Lore still battles all the other monsters roaming free. Starting tonight, the Order of Paladins needs you to bear witness as one recruit faces a horde of undead to prove that she is ready to (and worthy) to become a Paladin!

Heroes: return to the lands of Doomwood! /Join lightguard to begin the adventure as you help Darcy on her final trial before joining the ranks of the Paladins!

  • Take on a legion of the Undead to prove your worth
  • Defeat the Skeletal Subjugator for a chance to get Darcy's armor, helm, and blade
  • Find Laken's Paladin Commander set in the September Featured Gear shop in your game menu
  • SURPRISE ENDING! (Is it REALLY a surprise if we tell you there's a surprise coming?)
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September 21, 2016

Next Friday: Mogloween Returns

Getting a Head Start on Halloween!

Next Friday is September 30th... and we are going to start our month of Halloween celebration a day early! Log in next weekend for candy, costumes, & craziness!  If you haven't joined us for this event before, Mogloween is the fall seasonal event where you Trick or BEAT your way through the spookiest, creepiest releases we've put out over the last five years! Just /join mogloween and get ready for bats, brawls, and LOTS of hallow-SCREAMS!

Ok... not RIGHT NOW, but starting next Friday, September 30th

Welcome to MystCroft!

It is a dark and stormy night, fog creeps through the trees and into the houses of Battleon. When you step outside, a beacon pulses in the darkness. As you walk towards it, ghostly moans grow louder. When you enter a clearing you KNOW wasn't there before, you see a portal that takes you to... MystCroft, realm of spookily-delicious Mogloween adventures!

Find the Cauldron sisters, Bubble, Toil, and Trouble, when you /join mogloween and help them play their tricks to save Mogloween... and all the delicious treats that come with it! You'll also have a chance to unlock some of our most awesomely spooky (and most popular gear) of the year!

Find the Necronaut in Mystcroft!

Last year, we introduced a new challenge fight: the Necronaut! Next weekend, you can take him down again and replay everyone's favorite spooky holiday from years ago & get 2016 Seasonal Rare items. 

This year, we'll have a NEW side story, featuring Sora to Hoshi, Samba, Beleen, and a new Loremaster as they investigate a tale hinting at a legendary race of creatures and a mystical celebration... 

Unlock 8th Upholder When You Buy Any Membership

AQW is coming up on another birthday! That's means we are once again offering the chance to become an AQW Upholder!

What does an 8th Upholder get?

As an 8th Upholder, you shall receive:

  • Exclusive Upholder Class: Sentinel Class!*

  • Rare: Cursed Star Sword

  • Rare: Solar Star Sword

  • 8th Upholder Character Page Badge

  • Infinite bragging rights

  • Access to the exclusive Star Sword: Origins zone

Once you become an 8th Upholder, you can easily access these Items in your Book of Lore by clicking your 8th Upholder Badge icon in the Badges tab.

 

How do I become an 8th Upholder?

All that we ask is that you help support AQW the game undergoes its exciting rebirth!

Please note that only Upgraded Legend Memberships count toward 8th Upholder.

* Memberships purchased on September 30th will award 8th Upholder this year.

 

Mark your calendars: October of OMG-AWESOME!

This is not the only new holiday event happening this month! Not by a LONG shot!

  • Friday, September 30: 8th Upholder BEGINS!
  • Friday, September 30: the October Upgrade bonus gear: Shadowfang Sorcery set 
  • Friday, September 30: Mogloween returns!
  • Tuesday, October 4: Taco Day returns
  • Friday, October 7: Part 1 of the Throne of Darkness Saga finale!
  • Friday, October 14: Part 2 of the Throne of Darkness Saga finale!
  • Friday, October 21: The Darkest Invasion (Bridge of Monsters)
  • Friday, October 28: Mogloween 2016: J6 Knows Your Nightmares
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September 20, 2016

Friday: Cursed Legion Naval Commander

Calling all members of the Undead Legion!

If you own the Cursed Naval Commander, you'd better start counting your Legion Tokens! Head to Dage's Underworld to find the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... stocked with all 26 items in the Cursed Legion Naval Commander set! 

The only way to get ANY of the Cursed Legion Naval Commander gear is by:

  1. Buying the Cursed Naval Commander from Quibble's Shop
  2. Being a member of the Undead Legion
  3. Spending your hard-earned Legion Tokens to get the 0 AC gear 

Note 1: you must have the Cursed Naval Commander in your inventory to open the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop.

Note 2: Once you have the Cursed Naval Commander armor, you will always be able to open the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... but the Cursed Naval Commander armor (and the rest of Quibble's gear) leaves the game on September 30th!

(The Cursed Naval Commander is shown on the right in the image above. The Cursed Legion Naval Commander is on the left.)

Dage the Evil wants YOU. Enlist Today!

Dage is one Evil dude, that’s for sure. Do you have what it takes to become part of his growing Undead Legion army?

Dage the Evil Recruitment Poster

Undead Legion Requirements

  1. Undying passion for the Undead
  2. Absolute affection towards the dark and deadly
  3. Total commitment to AQWorlds
  4. Passion for ridiculously ridiculous quests
  5. SKULLS!
  6. And more SKULLS!

If you meet the above requirements, then you are the perfect candidate for Dage the Evil’s Undead Legion!

How to Join the Undead Legion

  1. Log into AQWorlds
  2. Travel to the Underworld (/join Underworld)
  3. Find Dage the Evil and introduce yourself
  4. Click on “Shops”, then click “Armor Shop” and buy the Undead Warrior armor for 1200 ACs
  5. Speak to Dage again, and
    • click “Quests”
    • and then “Legion Quests”
    • and complete the Undead Champion Initiation
  6. If successful, you will be able to complete the remaining quests (Mourn the Soldiers, Understanding Undead Champions, Player vs Power, and Fail to the King)
  7. After you complete “Fail to the King” quest, you can buy the Undead Champion armor
    • In Dage’s speech bubble, click “Shops”
    • Then click “Legion Shop”
    • Buy the Undead Champion armor for 50,000 gold
  8. As an Undead Champion, you can now go on Champion Quests
    • Speak with Dage, slick “Quests”
    • Click “Champion Quests”
    • Complete INSANE quests to prove your worth
  9. Start earning Legion Tokens with every successful quest complete

10. Use Legion Tokens to buy things from the Merge Shop

  • Speak with Dage
  • Click Shops
  • Click Merge Shop
  • Get epic loot!

Assuming you’ve made it this far, you can complete lots of other quests from Dage, gain access to Dage’s Soul Forge where MORE items can be crafted, and also be fully prepared for Dage’s brand new armor arriving Friday…

Once you Achieve Undead Legionnaire Status…

You'll be able to unlock the Naval Commander shop and spend your Legion Tokens on the Cursed Legion Naval Commander! Now that I have shared everything with you… you can begin (or continue!) your journey into Dage’s Undead Legion!

Get to work, soldier!  

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September 19, 2016

Monday Server Rewrite Update

Post-Weekend Testing Information

Thank you to EVERYONE who logged on over the weekend to help us test the new servers -- you guys did an AMAZING job finding and confirming issues! So... what happenes next?

  1. We are reverting the right-side game servers back to the old system (so they will no longer be testing servers)
  2. Yorumi is fixing what you've found with the help of our testers and whitehats
  3. Right now, PVP is disabled on the testing servers as we try to isolate one of the bugs you helped shine a light on
  4. Expect another big weekend test in the near future 

But why do we NEED more testing?

More testing is needed because you found more bugs! Or rather, this weekend's big test highlighted that an issue we thought was fixed... wasn't. Some bugs only reliably appear when the server is under heavy load (which means that a lot of players are on it). Other bugs only happen when a very specific combination of triggers happens at once.

We've simulated heavy load (thanks, whitehats!) and tried to find and reproduce all of those tricky "special circumstances" bugs, but that's a LOT easier when we have a lot of real, live players playing the game and testing.

Make sure you are logging to one of those servers on this URL to get the new client with the boost: http://www.aq.com/play-now/defaulttest.asp for the right side servers

Enhancement Fix

For those of you who DO bounce back and forth between the testing and regular servers, Yorumi has added in a work-around so that you won't see your character breaking when you switch between them.

If you buy a new enhancement on testing server 1 or 2, then go back to the regular, live servers, you'll see a level 1 adventurer enhancement temporarily equipped. (That prevents your character from breaking.)

Any enhancements you buy and equip on the old server will carry over to the testing servers without a problem.

Read this post to see WHY we need the servers rewritten, what rewards you'll get, and how to report bugs properly.

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September 17, 2016

Midnight Crown War: Vampirate Victory

The Vampirates won the Talk Like a Pirate Day War!

That's the GOOD news! The BAD news is that Flintfang and the Lycans are HOOOOOOOOOOOWLING with rage over the outcome... and refuse to accept defeat! This coming Friday, battle Flintfang and save Bonnie Blood! 

Flintfang's letter reads:

To the crew o' th' Bloody Bonnie,

We do not surrender. We do not admit defeat. Bonnie Blood will never wear the midnight crown! Yer Captain is with me... for now. But if'n ye want her back afore I stake her out in the sun...

Ye'll need to return here in one quarter of a moon cycle (that's one week, if'n th' hero asks). 

Ye'll soon learn who the REAL masters of th' Midnight Sea are!

- FlintFang

PS: The Paladin vs Undead story will ALSO release this coming Friday!

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September 16, 2016

Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016 is here!

Choose a Side and Battle in the Midnight Sea War!

The Vampire Pirates are at war with the Lycan Pirates over the richest prize in the seven seas - the Midnight Sea Crown! Vote with your blades and battle to help determine WHO will rule all of the Midnight Pirates in Lore for the next year… who will YOU choose to become the Midnight Pirate King or Queen?

You'll find a bounty of epic and piratical booty waits for those willing to fight for it! YARRRR! But... WHO will you fight for? That's th' real question, me hearties!

This weekend, begin the adventure when you /join midnightcrown! Complete the first 12 quests to unlock the Midnight Crown WAR in /midnightwar! Choose a side and slay monsters to raise the war meter... and may the BEST side win!

  • Slay lycans for Bonnie Blood to get Full Moon Bounties
  • Slay vampirates for Flintfang to get Black Veil Bounties

Each time you turn in one of the MEGA Bounty quests, you'll have a chance to get one of the pieces of each side's farming reward set:

  • Crulon's Vampirate Armor
  • Axeros' Lycan Shinobi Armor!

At 25%, 50%, and 75% on the war meter, EXTRA reward drops will be added, too!

Quibble is back with Rare Pirate Gear!

Grab yer doubloons and prepare to parlay, because Quibble Coinbiter's ready to give you what you want... IF you can meet his price!

This year's Quibble Shop will feature:

  • Cursed Naval Commander set
  • Golden Pirate Captain set
  • Solar Naval Commander set
  • Lunar Naval Commander set
  • Explorer Naval Commander Class and Armor (returns each year)
  • Cursed Quibble Bank Pet
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September 16, 2016

This Friday: Quibble Returns

Log in this weekend to fight for the best booty of the year!

Pirates, swashbucklers, and seadawgs alike... yer time is almost here! Talk Like a Pirate Day begins this Friday at www.AQ.com! Quibble Dubloonbiter's on his way with the Cursed and Solar Naval Commanders and the Golden and Lunar Pirate Captain sets just fer you! 

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You'll find him in Battleon this weekend, but his shop will stay in the Game Menu until September 30th!

In this week's Quibble Shop, you'll find the following gear:

  • Cursed Naval Commander armor
  • 12 Cursed Naval Commander helms
  • 8 Cursed Naval Commander weapons
  • 2 Cursed Naval Commander capes
  • Cursed Quibble Bank Pet
  • Cursed Parrot pet and cape

  • Solar Naval Commander
  • Solar Naval Commander Tricorns (male and female)
  • 2 Solar Naval Commander weapons
  • Solar Commander's Cape 
  • Lunar Pirate Captain 
  • Lunar Captain’s Tricorns (male and female)
  • 3 Lunar Captain weapons
  • Lunar Captain’s Cape 
  • Lunar Battle Wolf
  • Solar and Lunar Parrot pets and capes

  • Golden Pirate Captain
  • Golden Captain’s Hats (male and female) 
  • Golden Captain’s Pistol (single and dual-wield) 
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September 16, 2016

Legend of Talk Like a Pirate Day

Batten down the hatches... Knowledge Flood Incoming!

Ahoy, ye lubbers! Saturday be International Talk Like A Pirate Day and people from all over t' world be spendin' as much o' t' day as they can stand speakin' as piratey as they know how. Aye yes, and ye best be ready too, ‘cause we pirates don’t take too kindly to lilly livered landlubbers.

Throne of Darkness TrailerChoose a side in our newest pirate war!

T' celebration was originally created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy) whist playin' a game o' racquetball as such holidays often begin. For some reason or another (including the help o' a scurvy wordpirate-turned-columnist named Dave Barry), t' internet adopted t' very silly holiday and (wantin' t' celebrate as many silly holidays as possible)

AE followed suit addin' TLPD (or TLAPD for those o' you who just love your articles) t' our yearly roster o' holidays. It was such a wildly popular fan favorite that we've been keepin' t' spirit alive and doin' it every year.

If yer gonna look the look and walk the walk, that's all well and good, me hearty. But ye should also know how to TALK the TALK!

If'n ye aren't sure of yer nautical knowledge, fret not, sailor—ye be in luck, ‘cause me AQW Crewmate Beleen has a lil’ lessen for ye in the way o' the Pirate. Yaaaar!

There be Rules, Sailor: Pirate 101

Thee first thing ye need to know ‘bout becomin’ a pirate is ye gatta believe yer a pirate! If ye don’t truly believe ye be a Swashbuckler, then aint no one else ganna be bamboozled! Set ye deadlights on these steps:

  1. Pirates don’t be good at speakin’. We be mutterin’ most o’ our words. Best get used to it, matey!
  2. Ye gatta run ye words togeth’r. Ye gatta slur. Don’t be usin’ no proper sentences, either!
  3. If ye still got both ye hands, use a motherload o’ gestures. Movin’ ye hands about when ye speak be key to a pirate’s life. It also be good fer protectin’ against Carpal Tunnel!
  4. Pirates be loud ‘nd lusty ‘nd brash. Thee louder ye be, THEE SMART’R YE SOUND!!!
  5. Never say “you” or “your” unless ye wishes to walk the plank. It be “ye” an’ “yer” in the Pirate’s life! Savvy?
  6. Oh, ‘nd it be “me” and not no “I” or “mine”! Fer example, “that be me booty, ye no good two toothed thievin’ scallywag!”
  7. Drop the “g” after words endin’ in “ing”. There be no need fer that “g” after many words, like goin’, and fightin’, and fishin’, and swimmin’!
  8. Make up words if ye have to! We pirates don’t be mindin’ a wee bit o’ hornswaggling!
  9. Pirates be superstitious folk. Never leave port without ye good luck charm, or there be mighty a dire consequence! Me never leaves me home base without me lucky pink skull pendant!

Swanky Pirate Lingo: Pirate 102

Below be a list o’ the best pirate-speak in all thee seven seas! Best practice these phrases, ‘nd ye then be ready fer Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19!

  • All hands on deck! – A cry that calls for immediate action.
  • Ahoy! – A general greeting, meaning "Hello!"
  • Arrr! – A pirate’s most commonly used word that has no solid definition.
  • Avast! – A cry that generally means “Stop and give attention.” Can also mean "Whoa!” or "Check it out" or "No way!"
  • Aye! - "Yes!"
  • Belay - To immediately cease or stop.
  • Booty - Anything of value that a pirate can plunder.
  • Cat’o’Nine Tails – A whip made up of nine knotted ropes.
  • Crow’s Nest – A lookout point at the top of the tallest mast on a ship.
  • Cutlass – A curved sword, favored by many sailors.
  • Davy Jones' Locker – Technically means the bottom of the sea. It is also where the souls of drowned pirates go. 
  • Grog – A pirate’s beverage of choice. 
  • Hoist the Colors! –To raise the Pirate flag before attacking.
  • Hearties –Shipmates and friends.
  • Hornswaggle—To cheat or to lie.
  • Lad—A name for a young gentleman.
  • Lass - A name for a young woman, usually more polite.
  • Lubber or landlubber—A name give to those who prefer land over the sea.
  • Motherload –A term for a very large amount of booty or treasure. 
  • Salt or Old Salt—The name given to veteran Sailors. Also used to enhance the flavor of food.
  • Savvy – Meaning to understand or “okay”.
  • Smartly – To do or to perform something quickly.
  • Scurvy –A common condition of sailors who go too long without eating fruits and vegetables.
  • Shiver me timbers! –"Well, I'll be" or "What a surprise!" 
  • Swag—The common term for riches and/or gold.
  • Walk the plank – To be forced to walk the length of a plank that has been placed over the side of a ship. The outcome is not promising.

Ye be a savvy pirate now, that ye be. On behalf o’ the AQW Crew, ye now be ready fer Talk Like a Pirate Day! Weigh anchor, grab ye cutlass and ye captain’s hat, ‘nd don’t be forgettin’ yer trusty parrot neither! At any time ye be needin’ a smartly reminder, sail back ‘ere ‘nd get a seaworthy refresher!

Savvy, pirate?

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