Design Notes

June 30, 2015

Design an AQW Release Contest

Winning Entries Will Be Created For All Players to Enjoy!

Hello all! With the recent success of Artix and Cysero's "Return of the Living Dev" releases, we want to give YOu a chance to show off your creativity and shine just as brightly! This is your chance to create an entire AQWorlds release of your very own - choose the monsters, plan out the quests, write the cutscenes, and suggest rewards!

This suggestion contest gives you a lot more freedom than any of our other suggestion contests. We want to see what budding writers and designers we have in our community, and this is your chance to shine!

Cysero's release in Deadmoor is a great example of engaging storytelling in a single area. His quests drive the plot forward, but are not unnecessarily frustrating. 

Release Design Parameters

Follow these rules when designing your AQWorlds release:

1) Your release should relate somehow to the Queen of Monsters: Example: Chamat from Deadmoor Spirit is a hunter for the Queen)

2) The story should be contained within one map/one week's release: You can use an existing location on the new continent, or come up with your own location (must also be located on one of the 8 elementals “islands” of the new continent

3) Describe your location with reference art, including how many frames: 15-20 max, a template will be provided. This location should be set on one of the eight elemental islands on the new continent.

4) Describe your NPC: Use new NPCs, up to 2 or 3! We want to focus on the new continent, and create new characters. If you do use an existing NPC, you run the risk of interfering with plans for the character. YOU are allowed to be the release NPC, as well.

5) Use 4-5 existing monsters: You can ask to have an existing monster recolored or renamed, like the Deadmoor Wraiths.

6) Design or describe 1 new boss monster: Optional: one miniboss built off an existing base. ex - Nightmare in Deadmoor Spirit

7) Design 15-30 quests related to your story: The first 10-15 quests should be directly related to progressing the story. Any additional quests can be for gear farming, if you choose. If you want to use an existing minigame, you can request that the art be changed.

8) Write 1-3 cutscenes: You can see the cutscene template here.

9) Suggest 5-10 rewards: 2 armor sets maximum, please focus mostly on weapons and accessories. House items created from the map art are also fine to suggest!

10) If you have any questions... Tweet them to me at Alina_AE and I will answer as many as I can when online.

11) Submit your finished entry! Mail a link with your finished document (or Google Doc) to

Entry Notes

  • No killing existing/big name NPCs (Cysero, Gravelyn, Aria, etc). Newly-created NPCs are fair game.

  • Do not use Chaos Lords or existing locations on the old continent, please!

  • Do not use any of the 8 elemental champions, so as not to step on future plots.

  • Functionality: you can request any functionality that currently exists in the game.

  • Working in groups (with other team members or players) is fine!

  • There is no total number of winning entries. As release designs come in that make the cut, they’ll be reviewed and set aside to be created as soon as possible.

  • Deadline - this is an open-ended suggestion contest! As entries come in, they'll be reviewed. Those that are chosen will be set aside and their authors contacted about creation.

Templates and Outlines

Sample release template - this is how your release entry should be formatted

Sample cutscene template - this is how your cutscenes should be formatted

Sample map layout - this is how your map layout should be formatted

Tags: Alina,

June 29, 2015

Noobstine's Gift: Undead Goat Class

I Can Has Mod Contest Winner's Prize Released!

Last month, we brought back the hugely-popular "I Can Has Cheezburger" contest. The deal was, if you bought a Golden Cheezburger and kept it in your bank or inventory, when the time came, you'd have a chance to win a single wish, a temporary gold name, and a chance to hang out with your favorite member of the AE team.

Once all the cheezburgers were counted, we pulled one lucky winner from the pile - Noobstine, an amazingly generous hero indeed! One of the very first things he said when he emailed was: "I was thinking of my wish to be something for everyone, Because in my opinion everyone is a winner no matter who's entered [or who] won. The wish could be something of a item to represents that they are a winner too..." 

And that unselfishness is why, instead of granting him ONE wish, we've granted him TWO!

Unlocking the Undead Goat Class

Starting tonight, if you have a Golden Goat Cheezburger (formerly named the Golden Cheezburger), head to BattleunderB and talk to Noobstine! Merge your Golden Goat Cheezburger to get the Undead Goat Class. Once you have the Class, you can open the Undead Goat Morph shop to get the armor and helm.

ANYONE can talk to Noobstine to get the 0 AC Gilded Blade of Champions... Noobstine's way of letting everyone know he thinks we're all heroes!

Undead Goat Class Skills

It's so baaaaaa-d it's goat-ah be good!

Stats: M1 - Fighter  
End > Str > Dex > Wis > Luck

Undead Goats gain mana from all hits landed in combat, and especially on crits.  The amount depends on damage relative to your own HP total.

Auto Attack

  • Type: Physical
  • Mana Cost: 0
  • Cooldown: 2 seconds
  • Damage on Hit: 100%       

Goat Scream

You use your unsettling undead goat noises to increase crit chance and the damage of subsequent screams for 6 seconds. Stacks up to 5 times.       

  • Type: Physical        
  • Mana Cost: 12        
  • Cooldown: 4 seconds        
  • AoE: 1        
  • Attack Range: Melee
  • Damage on Hit: 100%
  • Effects: Applies Deep Rage, slightly increasing the damage on subsequent Goat Screams and crit chance by a small percent (max 5 stack), lasts 6 seconds. 


You charge your opponent with your thick skull and stun them for 4 seconds.       

  • Type: physical
  • Mana Cost: 30        
  • Cooldown: 14        
  • AoE: 1        
  • Attack Range: Melee
  • Damage on Hit: 150%
  • Effects: Stuns for 4 seconds 

Bones of Steel

Your stronger goat frame fortifies, reducing damage taken, and adding strength to your attacks for 10 seconds.

  • Type: physical        
  • Mana Cost: 30        
  • Cooldown: 16        
  • AoE: 1        
  • Attack Range: Melee
  • Damage on Hit: None
  • Effects: Applies Steel Frame which adds +40% to damage resistance and +50% to strength for 10 seconds. 

Goat siphon

Using the power of the undead you siphon health from your opponents.       

  • Type: Physical        
  • Mana Cost: 35        
  • Cooldown: 20        
  • AoE: 1        
  • Attack Range: Ranged
  • Damage on Hit: 250%
  • Effects: Uses the same heal as necromancer’s heal. 


  • 1st passive: Sharpened Horns: 10% outgoing damage
  • 2nd passive: Hardier Fur: 15% damage resistance
  • 3rd passive: Spring Loaded Goat legs: 15% haste

Playing and Slaying with Undead Goat Class

Undead goat excels at fighting long single target battles, especially versus opponents that can be stunned. With a crit chance multiplier and a weapon damage based heal, you can out-sustain many high health enemies. 

Poor mana management will be your downfall. Balance keeping up a couple stacks of Deep Rage from Goat Scream with your defensive abilities. Having a small crit buff will keep your mana regain up, but spamming it will drain valuable mana you could use on your other abilities.

Save Headbutt for when your other abilities are on cooldown and your dropping low on health. It has a high mana cost, so use it sparingly.

Make sure to have Bones of Steel up as much as possible as it provides everything you need to keep fighting. It increases damage, which not only widdles down your opponent and buffs your Siphon, but improves your mana regen and valuable defensive stats to help you fight it out.

Tags: Alina,

June 29, 2015

I’m Having Too Much Fun!

Beleen’s Chaos Queen Release Launches this Friday, July 3

cutie makai nulgath chaos beleen queen doodle sketch

Tehehehe… Artix’s eyes will bleed RAINBOWS when he sees this!!

…also, I am NOT a paid artist…


June 26, 2015

Jurassic AQWorlds Tribute Shop

Get the Jurassic Raptor Rider Gear in our new Limited Time Shop!

You don't need to be a master scientist or a tourist in a crazy-dangerous dinosaur-themed park to take a ride on a raptor... at least, not in AQWorlds! A ton of us here at Artix Entertainment love dinosaurs and the Jurassic Park movies, so it just made sense to share that love with you guys, and there is nothing cooler than slaying monsters from the back of a raptor! 

Laken's used all his genetically-engineered skill to create the Jurassic Raptor Rider for you all. Tonight's shop will be available until next Friday and includes:

  • Jurassic Raptor Rider Armor
  • Knight of the Dinosaurs Helm
  • Lance of Lizard Piercing

Each of the items in the Jurassic Raptor Rider LTS can be bought with AdventureCoins... and until July 10th, you can get up to 40% more free AdventureCoins depending on the package you buy!

PS: A few items are leaving game on Monday, so get them while you still can! The Seekers of Chaos and Shadow Warrior Blade+5

June 26, 2015

NEW Print at Heromart: Chaos Queen Beleen

Embrace the Chaos with Nulgath's New Print

Make your way to, our online, real-life merchandise store to find the new Chaos Queen Beleen Arti Print! Inspired by Beleen, marketing writer for Artix Entertainment, and created by Nulgath, master artist, this 8.5x11" limited edition print will bring chaos and craziness to your room, dorm, office, or castle!

Nulgath the lead designer for Oversoul and long time artist for AdventureQuest Worlds brings his unique art to HeroMart. We appreciate him taking the time between waging wars and gathering minions to create this awesome art piece and the in-game Items!

The Chaos Queen Beleen print comes with the exclusive Chaos Beleen armor! The Locks of Love and Spikes of Love helms pictured above will be available both with the HeroMart print and from this week's story release shop.

Next Friday in AQWorlds: All Hail Chaos Queen Beleen!

Beleen, Artix Entertainment's bubbliest, most positively-pink developer has discovered the sad, abandoned village of Drearia and vows to bring it back to life. But after accidentally stumbling Nulgath the ArchFiend, lord of the Oversoul and former ruler of the Underworld, her powers of randomness and cheer... mutate in the STRANGEST way possible!

June 26, 2015

Deadmoor Spirit: The Stolen Screams

BACK on the Design Notes and On Your Screen... IN GREEN!

Hey guys! It seems like it's been forever since I was able to post something here and I can honestly say that it's nice to be back. I've been getting such a warm reception from all of you and it's just...
... nice. 

Moving on! Last week you got to play through Artix's first guest star release and this week you get mine! I need your help in Deadmoor, returning the stolen voice for the ghost of a little girls who was murdered more than a century ago...

... but you're not alone. The Queen of All Monsters has sent one of her most capable bounty hunters to Deadmoor, and they have plans for this little spirits stolen screams. 

But wait, there's more (moor?)...


I've also decided to let you guys have my own, personal Mad Weaponsmith armor and my glowing Super Hammer. They are free for ALL players, and 0AC so you don't need to worry about storage. 
All you need to do is complete the release that I designed and you will unlock the quests that lead to my stuff. It will take a while (Members get perks so it will take them much less time),but all you have to do is put in a little effort and they are yours for the keeping. Enjoy with my blessing. 

In the quest you will also find drops, a shop filled with Member gear, Non-member gear and a few AC items, and I've even included a bonus cutscene that lets you know a little bit more about me. 

I hope you have as much fun playing through this as I had writing it and watching helplessly as the AQW staff assembled it. This must be the feeling that a writer has when they see a movie of their book for the first time. 

June 24, 2015

AQWeekly Newsletter: June 26 2015

Deadmoor Spirit release written by Cysero

Everyone’s favorite Mad Weaponsmith, Cysero, specially designed Friday’s upcoming release: Deadmoor Spirit!

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Click to read this week’s brand new newsletter and discover all the new NEW happening this week!

Read our Newsletter here!

June 23, 2015

Summer Madness AC Bonus Sale

Get Up to 40% MORE Free AdventureCoins Through July 10th!

Starting June 26th and through July 10th, get up to 40% more free AdventureCoins with each AC package - the larger the AC package you buy, the more bonus ACs you'll take home! On July 10th, the bonus amounts will change, so if you want to get your gauntlets on as many ACs as you can - this is the time to do it!

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June 23, 2015

Drew Conquers Round #1!

Our Real-Life Ninja moves on to the next stage

Way to go Drew! Clearing stage one with the first-ever backflip off of the warped wall obstacle, Drew completed course #1. You can tweet him a "Way to go #RealLifeNinja" on his Twitter @RealLifeNinja_ . He will now be moving on to the South Eastern regional finals were we will watching to cheer him on! By the way... did you see me holding the purple sign? (I was tiny, but I was there!)

Drew Clears Stage 1 of American Ninja Warrior

Another good friend, Reko, also completed stage one and is moving on! I was dissapointed that they did not show his full run (they showed a super short version)... especially considering that he breathed fire at his entrance, and had the most interesting ninja outfit of the entire episode. In addition to being the guy that choreographed my combat wedding, Reko taught me how to jump (remember the wall video) and is the first ever guest of the secret underground lab to climb up the west side of the building and knock on the window instead of using the front door. (Lots of things break when these ninja guys are around.)

Reko Rivera completes stage one of American Ninja Warrior 2015

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June 22, 2015

The DreadMoor Spirit

BACK on the Design Notes and On Your Screen... IN GREEN!

Hey guys! I've been working on AE's mobile games for the past few years but THIS FRIDAY I'm returning to AQW for a special guest release that I designed. Close your eyes and picture this...

OK, you can't read with your eyes closed. I see the problem.

Change of plan... keep reading but picture yourself with your eyes closed picturing this: The village of Deadmoor has been a ghost town for as long as anyone can remember. Some really bad stuff went down here and we're a few hundred years late to the party but it's never too late to try and right the wrongs of the past.

I made friends with the ghost of a little girl who died here. Her voice was stolen when she was brutally murdered by the townspeople. If you can help me return her stolen screams, then I'll give you the chance to earn my own personal, Mad Weaponsmith armor and my super hammer! There will also be a bunch of other rewards if you're not a fan of green, but you look like a player with some taste... so you like green.

Getting off topic... Come to Deadmoor, help me help her. Learn the secrets of Deadmoor's terrible past and you'll get to learn a little bit more about me too (if you're interested. It's optional). The adventure in Deadmoor starts THIS FRIDAY in AQW! Don't let me down.

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