Even though the new years starts early next week, tomorrow is when we are releasing our seasonal New Year's Event, complete with countdown clock and festive New Year Globe!
Alina has whipped up an expansion to the event where you have to help a pair of shunned creatures of the night find a new home and save the world from eternal darkness. As usual, our artists have outdone themselves making rewards that will blow your mind and leave you a drooling heap, flopping mindlessly into the near year like a pudding rolling down the stairs!
We have also just made a small adjustment to the Battlefield map. You can now replay the Quetzal Quests (or Questzals as I call them) as many times as you like, in case you missed some of the great seasonal rares that drop off of the quests.
If you have already completed the Questzals, just /join Battlefiend and his the Replay Quests button. If you have NOT yet completed the Questzals then you're making a big mistake. People will be talking about this Frostval event for years to come and you will want to say "I was there when they released that. I saved the world in 2012."
Time Marches On
We have been doing a LOT in recent weeks to completely restructure the game, the way the database calls happen and re-arranging and even adding new threads for more efficient data flow. We still have a LOT of work to do in the weeks to come but rest assured that we are on the frontlines of the War On Lag.
The Limited Quantity Shops have been a lot of fun for our collectiors who like to know that they have one of only 9,000 items of that kind in the game but after trying new ways of handling it every time, we've come to the conclusion that (unless we make some REALLY dramatic changes) we just can't keep them up. The currently availible LQS will be the last one.
As soon as next year begins, we are planning on kicking off the new Chaos Story Zone.... Thunderforge. In this area you will learn a lot more about Chaos and those who wield it for their own gains and the next of Drakath's Lords of Chaos has a farmiliar face.
This season is a time for giving but that means more than just presents. Sometimes it means just giving a little bit of your time to the people who wish we all had more time to spend together. We loved making the Frostval event for you but we also loved taking a few days off and spending them with out friends and families. We hope that no matter where you are, who you are or what you believe... you got to take a bit of the Frostval Spirit with you into the real world and share it with the people that you care about.
Heres to you having a great holiday season and an even better new year!
Last week, you saw the fate of Elim, the last hero to try and face Kezeroth The World Ender. You ventured to the very bottom of FrostDeep Dungeon and recovered the Sword of Hope... and you saw the beginning of the end.
Now Quetzal is free, flying across the face of Lore and freezing everything in its path. It is up to you and your friends to weaken The Beast enough to use the Sword of Hope on it and put a stop to kezeroth's devastation.
This features battles unlike anything you have ever seen in AQW before. You will be providing a very necessary lifeline to your army as they try to weaken The Beast Quetzal. Keep in mind that it is a monster powerful enough to devour worlds so IT WILL TAKE TIME to even weaken it.
It will take courage and strength and above all a tireless spirit!
If you have these qualities and manage to bring the beast Quetzal down, then you will still have Kezeroth to face. He is AMAZINGLY powerful and you WILL NEED FRIENDS to defeat him.
As Promised, Kezeroth The World Ender's Armor Set (Armor, Helm and Cape) is a Member drop from Kezeroth himself (and Ultra Kezeroth), but ANYONE can BUY Kez's set from Athon's Frostval Shop for ACs. You will also find a number of random holiday rare drops from each of the Quetzal quests for all players.
Later this month we also have Dage's Sword Of The Legion shop, The revamps to the Verification Shop armors and our New Year's Eve Release! The world did not end today so we will still be updating the game through the end of the year and beyond!
Thanks for being a part of our holiday event and Happy Frostval!
The world will be here for a long time to come... but this gear won't! Because you defeated Kezeroth in yesterday's 12-21-12 Frostval event, we are here to launch the last Limited Quantity Shop of 2012! This time around, Khuddar has epically-awesome post-apocalyptic AND Frostval armors and items! Quantities are limited, so make your deals with Khuddar quick!
Apocalyptic Warrior Sets
If you haven't been with us for a Limited Quantity Shop before, here's what's going to happen:
This Saturday, December 22nd, at 2PM we will open up a Limited Quantity Shop in Battleon. The items listed below will all be in the shop with the stated prices and quantities. Once that item is sold out, it is never coming back. Ever.
If you see something you like, then you're going to want to make sure you're awake and have the gold or ACs on hand to buy your chosen equips!
Before I fly home for the holidays to spend time with family, I just want to thank you on behalf of the AQWorlds team for supporting this game and the rest of our Artix Entertainment family. Without you, we couldn't do what we love to do. As I look around the other people at the Lab, and talk to you guys on Twitter, the forums, Facebook, and in-game, I realize that there's nowhere else I'd rather be and nothing else I'd rather be doing each day. I get to do that thanks to all of you.
J6, AQW's Lead Artist, has worked on just about every game we have ever made or currently have in production. He's got his own faction of rabid followers, his own t-shirt on HeroMart and has drawn many of the items and almost ALL of the maps that you walk around during every new release. He is an amazingly talented artist and craftsman who has also made real life sculptures of Artix, Galanoth's Dragonslayer Helm and his own J6 Helm.
He is capable, versatile and best of all very, very fast. This dude is a machine who has never failed to meet or best any task that we've thrown at him no matter how busy he is.
J6 lives and works from Canada so we don't get to see him as often as we'd like but when he does visit, Cinazool always comes with him. She is a kind, bubbly, fun, friendly and stunningly beautiful woman and after years of dating, they have finally decided to tie the knot and you're invited!
Artix was actually able to fly up to the great white north to attend the real wedding earlier this month, but for those of us who couldn't make it we have crafted this special in-game event for you. J6 honored me by asking me to write the event and keep all details about it from him. He wanted to be surprised.
I was so stressed about making it funny that I got writers block and went through four complete re-writes. Everyone on the AQW team chipped in on this one and I even managed to trick J6 into doing the art for Captain Stubbing and the Love Goat map.
If you complete the event, you will be awarded the J6 Wedding Badge in your Book of Lore (not a character page badge) and you will also unlock all of the Member, Non-Member and AC items in J6's Wedding Shop. You will also find a lot of new drops on the various goats found in the release and on Filthy McGee.
As usual there are the stock wedding items like the Bounty Hunter's Berry Mug, the Silver Eternal Flame, Cinazool's Wedding Bouquet and some others but we also have some brand new armors, helms, back items, weapons and pets in this special event.
Congrats, J6 and Cinazool. May you have the best of all possible lives together.
Four NEW Rare Houses in J6's House Shop!
Click the "Rare House Shop" button in Battleon to check out J6's four NEW rare houses! These aren't just ANY new houses, either. They have a secret, owner-only entrance, so that no one can enter unless YOU are home! If you want your friends to gain entrance, you'll need to go to your /house and then they will need to /goto YOU!
Guild Renaming is LIVE and FREE this weekend!
Check your Guild menu to see how to re-name it! This weekend only, Guild re-naming is FREE! On Monday it will begin costing AdventureCoins. Be warned, if your client is cached, your name change may not appear immediately.
Vindicator of They Leaves Oct 12th!
It's been almost one year since we did our special They Might Be Giants AQW Birthday event and as we mentioned when we released it... we only have the rights to use this stuff in AQW for a year. Our contract with TMBG expires on October 12th, so on that day the event will be locked forever. No more rep farming quests, no more special songs that they wrote and performed just for AQW and no more Vindicator of They Class.
Time is growing short. If you haven't had the chance to earn the Vindicator class and items, remember that you still have a few weeks to buy it from Itzachi in Battleon.
Battles, bunnies, and BOMBS! Be prepared, because THIS time Voltaire and Deady return to face down an inter-dimensional evil bunny hoppin’ into Lore… with an army of Bunny Clone minions! In this explosive event, you’ll need to crack some eggs and break some heads if you want to stop the Secret Weapon’s timer and save Lore from the Bunnypocalypse!
Featuring instrumental versions of tracks from Voltaire's last album and his latest song "BUNNYPOCALYPSE", voiceacting by Voltaire and Art, this event has quests that will keep you hoppin', a story crazier than any we've yet done, and egg-streme event rewards!
These epic event rares leave on April 30th, so if you don't want to count your rewards before they're /equipped, make sure to grab them from the shop and battle until they drop!
You know you want to /equip this DoomBunny armor and /stepdance.
With a shop full of rabid rabbit-themed gear and even MORE rockin' rewards dropping off of Sleezter Bunny, this Friday the 13th could be your luckiest yet in terms of loot!
Sleezter Bunny Armor and Head (drops from Sleezter Bunny)
Voltaire's Horned Hat
Voltaire's Horned Hat and Beard
Miss Fortune Blade
Jack Rabbit Armor
Lucky Rabbit Armor
Top of the horning to you!
The Rare Shop will go rare but the event is a part of the game forever!
Take your own Sleezter Bunee Home!
HeroMart is now selling a selection of Voltaire's new 5' vinyl toys based on Deady Bunny and Sleezter Bunny seen in THIS EVENT!
Each of the toys comes with a code that will unlock SIX NON-MEMBER PETS in AdventureQuest Worlds!
Every time Voltaire has given us a limited amout of his toys to sell, we always sell out of them and we sell out faster and faster each time. At this time HALF of our supply of these toys is already gone. If you want one, ACT NOW!
Going, going, GONE!
The Limited Quantity Shop is GONE! But if you act fast, you can still get your Grenwog and Lucky Day Fair gear including the Evolved Leprechaun Class in Itzachi! Hurry, though, they leave on Monday!
Jack Rabbit uses Soul Crusher on Sleezter Bunny.
The Final Golden Cheezburger is NOT the Golden Cheezburger Deluxe!
We've had a lot of confusion about which Cheezburger turned into Knave1's Interfector Deorum armor. Many of you have the GOLDEN Cheezburger in your armor, but that was for the Aussie Opera House (which is now rare). If you bought a FINAL Cheezburger, then you NOW have the Interfector Deorum armor! Hope that helps clear things up.
Mido Livedraw Weapons live!
Suggested by YOU guys, designed by Mido, AE's graphic designer, and remade in Flash by Solrac, we hope you enjoy the weapons Mido drew in Wednesday's in-game Livedraw event! Join us next Wednesday for Thyton's in-game drawing event!
The Tentacle Staff and the Dual Flaming Dragon Scythes.
Grenwog's Grenlich Pet is live!
From a Diamond Grenwog Tooth, an undead GrenLICH hatches! What pet will the Grenwog drop NEXT year? Give us your ideas on Twitter and the Suggestion forum!
Make no bones about it, this is an awesome Grenlich pet!
We're at Khaotic Kon this weekend!
If you want to come hang out with some of the members of the AE team, we'll be at the KhaoticKon in Tampa this weekend! We have an Artix Entertainment panel at 1PM... and that nefarious Chairman Platinum has booked the panel RIGHT AFTER ours! Devious!
Have a GREAT Friday the 13th (/knock on wood), don't break any mirrors (/throw salt over your shoulder) and if you have a black cat at home, definitely don't put its cat-bed under a ladder. See you on Monday!
Blood in the air and lions on the prowl! When both Rolith the Knight-Captain and many of the Pactoganol Knights go missing, Alina decides that the time to sit back and watch others fight has passed; it's time to decide whether being Evil in the service of saving lives is worth it. Enter the Battle PoisonMistress!
He'll want to take the Knight off after that.
Battle through a /poisonforest full of loyal knights put to the flame and traitorous deserters to reach the Lionfort! Let the battlerage consume you as Alina poisons her way through a forest of enemies to reach the captives!
Things are heating up now!
As Alina comes to terms with what she is willing to do in the name of Good, YOU will need to make your own choice to determine the fate of this week's villain. Be careful, because once you learn his identity, you'll understand the far-reaching consequences of this decision!
Thanks to Hizu for his work on the Traitorous Lieutenant monster and to Samba for pushing through a crashing Flash (9 crashes in one day) to rock out the cutscenes! Check out Alina's Armory shop, it's got some great new gear from Jemini for members and free player gold!
Limited Quantity Shop: Saturday at 10AM EST
Don't forget, tomorrow morning at 10AM server time - the first Limited Quantity Shop of 2012 releases! With epic equips like Zard Rider, Dragon Rider, and the Toxica set, you'll want to make sure to get in line before they're gone! To find out what time 10AM is in YOUR region of earth, check out this timezone converter!
Who knew Zard Riders could /samba in sync?
For pictures of the items, check out yesterday's Design Notes! Here's a reminder of the shop's items and their prices/quantities:
Zard Rider - 1,000 ACs - 9,000 quantity
Dragon Rider - 1,000 ACs - 9,000 quantity
WyrmTamer - 800 ACs - 7,500 quantity
Toxica Armor - 725 ACs - 6,000 quantity
Solrac Legacy - 38,500 member gold - 10,000 quantity
Zard Rider Hat - 85 ACs - 9,000 quantity
Toxic Horns - 85 ACs - 6,000 quantity
WyrmTamer Hood - 75 ACs - 7,500 quantity
WyrmTamer Helm - 75 ACs - 7,500 quantity
Legacy Locks - 16,500 member gold - 10,000 quantity
Shorn Legacy Hair - 16,500 member gold - 10,000 quantity
Toxica Scythe - 200 ACs - 5,000 quantity
SolarEdge Armblades - 35,000 member gold - 10,000 quantity
Time is so predictable. It always goes from past to present to future. But when Drakath converts a Chronomancer to his cause, Chaos is going to disrupt the TimeStream!
Professor Iadoa - a renowned Chronomancer who has been flitting from between lines in the TimeStream for decades - has returned to his home era and is ready to turn Time upside-down and inside-out! To do that, he's got to stop it first, and the countdown ends this New Year's!
His SHUTDOWN sequence has been initiated. If you can't halt it and defeat Iadoa before the last seconds of the apparatus' countdown run out, Time as we know it will be destroyed!
And check out the totally timely rares in Lim's New Year's Shop and the New Year's House Shop for sweet seasonal and permanent rares which will show all your friends what an epic time you had!
Last Limited Quantity Shop of 2011 - 10AM Saturday!
Get your rear in gear, because Khuddar is here! That's right, it's the last LQS of 2011 and the goods he's got in store are going to go FAST! Featuring some of the most excellent equips and amazing accessories that we've produced yet, Khuddar's got items for every adventurer sold for gold or ACs.
We've got all the vital stats and critical info outlined in THIS post! And to make doubly, triply sure that you don't miss this super shop, here's a timezone converter so you know when YOUR time is OUR time!
Notes to Know!
Shift your eyeballs up a few lines and make sure you know what time the last Limited Quantity Shop of 2011 is. Frostvale, the Song of the Frozen Heart event, Beleen and Quibble are leaving NEXT Friday! We've also got the first Etherstorm Wastes release (they're going to be HOT!), the first new mid-week release of the Yaaaaarrr!, Frostval gifts will open and a not-so-surprise announcement all arriving at various points throughout next week!
This Friday we will be releasing PART 1 of our new Frostval adventure: Song Of The Frozen Heart, Quibble will be arriving with his first week of Frostval Items and Rares and next week he will be getting a buff, and selling even MORE great Frostval themed items!
Coming on Wednesday: We will be releasing the second mid-week member mini-adventure! This week we will be buffing the LAIR area, adding a new Dragonhunter (A fallen Dragonslayer) NPC as well as a bunch of great member-only Dragon themed items. This will be the last Mid-week release of 2011 but you can expect more in in January of 2012, the Year of Chaos!
We're happy to announce that, as of this Wednesday, you will be able to expand your backpack to a maximum of 120 Inventory Spaces! That's 20 more spaces for all your favorite gear! Artix and Zhoom have been moving things in the game engine around and found a way to make the impossible possible.
As usual, you will be able to purchase these new inventory spaces from Valencia in Battleon or by hitting the Add Spaces button at the bottom of your backpack!
Zhoom says that this is the very limits of how far we can expand the inventory right now due to the limits of technology so this will be IT, but we make a habit of making the impossible possible around here so you never know...
Finally, Wednesday is Beleen's Birthday and she will be returning to Battleon with her OWN sack full of goodies as well as a new scavenger hunt all over Lore for some of Beleen's favorite things!
Even More Holiday Fun!
December is a VERY busy month for AQW. Later this month you can expect Part 2 of our new Frostval Event, Quibble will be getting even more new items, An Expanded New Year's event and on the 30th, back by popular demand, we're planning the last Limited Quantity Shop of 2011!
The new I CAN HAS MOD contest is now running and we will be picking a winner first thing next year on January 3rd! If you don't already have it, better go get your Cysero's Golden Cheezburger from Cleric Joy in Battleon! Don't forget that every month left on your Membership and every AEXtra that you complete gives you one more chance in the drawing! Good luck!
This year's annual AE Creative Cookie Contest is in full swing, so bake yourself a tasty entry, take a sweet pic and drop it HERE!
AQW will hit the ground running, full steam into the Year of Chaos! We've got a LOT of great surprises, stories, toys, rare items, classes, and new gameplay expansions in store but we don't want to ruin the new year's surpises! Let's just say you ain't seen nothin' yet!
Come back to the Design Notes TOMORROW for some pretty big news that we think everyone will be excited about!
In Bloodtusk Ravine, two races live in one place, separated only by a narrow gorge... and centuries of distrust. Enter a land of deceptive beauty and imminent violence, the air thick with tension and the smell of unshed blood.
Your services are sorely needed, Hero, by both the Horcs and the Trolls... because Chaos is rising, and will soon consume this shared land!
Superior warriors, steadfast and stalwart, do not underestimate the Horcs: their speech may be simple, but their minds are quick and their hearts are true, both to their tribe and the earth which sustains them.
Discover the Horcs of K'thurr; get to know them and you will soon begin to appreciate both their skill at war and their loyal natures.
Kagg - Horc LoreKeeper, Rep Vendor
Zot - Horc Spirit Master, Musician
Tlax - Horc War Chief
Ghaz - Horc Weaponsmith
Sput - Horc Butch... Pet Vendor
Life is an Art, and the Trolls of Bloodtusk Ravine are adept performers! Brilliant and creative, the Trolls value learning, history, and cultural pursuits above all else. Except maybe a good story or two!
Meet the Trolls of Bloodtusk Ravine; they are quick to welcome strangers, as long as you aren't a Horc. They have tried to forget the unpleasant violence which happened so long ago. They are focused on living a bright future, and a joyous present.
Remember, the LQS goes live at 3 AM Eastern US time on SATURDAY! You can find a timezone converter here. We hope to see you there for this EPIC Omega shop! With six armors, FOURTEEN helms, and a variety of guns, daggers, and a cape, this is one of the most well-stocked Limited Quantity Shops we've ever offered!
Life feeling a bit too routine? Feel the need to look at the world through from a fresh perspective? Then Yulgar has just what you need! Go on a life-long vacation, by getting a gender modification!
Gender changes will cost 1,000 ACs every time you switch
That's right, you can now get a gender change in Yulgar's changing room. But be SURE you know what you want, because it will cost 1,000 ACs EVERY time you switch!
Introducing EIGHT all-new MEMBER-ONLY emotes! /cheer for /spar with your friends when they get a Crit or /Headbang through our next musical event!
Cysero enjoying /stepdance while Bachius watches
The /samba emote that some of you saw previewed earlier today will be unlocked later on in the Bloodtusk Ravine. You won't be able to /samba until Samba starts giving dance lessons!
For our Brazillian players, we are now accepting Paymentez Credits on the master account page! Over 120,000 retail stores and 25,000 internet cafes in Latin America offer Paymentez Credits making it VERY easy to purchase Memberships or ACs!
I don't always roll a Mercenary character, but when I do, it's an Omega! And now you, too, can join the Omega Mercenary Group, designed entirely by Mennace. With six armors, FOURTEEN helms, and a variety of guns, daggers, and a cape, this is one of the most well-stocked Limited Quantity Shops we've ever offered!
And don't forget, you'll still have a chance to pick up all of the past LQS items that haven't sold out yet! So if you were asleep, or at the dentist, or in the middle of ballet practice, now's the time to pick up those prized equips that you missed last time!
Remember, the LQS goes live at 3 AM Eastern US time on SATURDAY (that means that we won't be sleeping Friday night or we'll miss the release)! You can find a timezone converter here. We hope to see you there for this EPIC Omega shop!
And check back later tonight for a sneak peek at the Troll and Horc NPCs from Bloodtusk Ravine!
Artix's Memories of Game Development
It's a blast from Artix Entertainment's past as Artix shares on the DragonFable Design Notes his memories and stories about the last 10 years of the team's fun and frenzied time bringing all our games to life!
AEXtras is still a great way to get FREE ADVENTURECOINS and even FREE BATTLEON POINTS, and with new Inventory, Bank slots and Premiere Event rares to buy there's never been a better time!
"Blood for GOLD!" That is the cry of the Omega Mercenary Group, a posse dedicated to filling their purses while pursuing their prey across Lore and the Galaxy! And now YOU can join their crew when you access this Saturday at 3AM EST! Make sure you check your time zone and set your alarm (or more than one, to be safe!), because you won't want to miss this gear designed exclusively by Mennace.
If you're a soldier of fortune, or just enjoy dressing as one, you too could own these cutthroat equips! IF you've got the ACs. Prices will come as soon as we sit down and figure them out. Most likely tomorrow during the day.
Male versions of the Assault Gear, Death Dealer, and Infiltrator Armors!
Female versions of the Mecha Defender, Omega Alchemist, and Omega Hunter!
Covet these crazy-awesome Omega equips!
Bloodtusk Ravine: Two races a world apart
Bloodtusk Ravine is an unforgiving plateau surrounded on all sides by jungle. Lending its name to the area, a narrow ravine splits the plateau in half... and separates two races which have raged at each other for generations! You've already met (or battled) members of both species, but this week you'll get to know them much, much better:
The Horcs: Primal, savage, the ultimate warriors defending their home and their people from a threat others would dismiss out of hand. Tribal and untamed, wilderness lives inside each Horc, a fact which threatens their unwilling neighbors.
Possessing strength and endurance beyond any race in their lands, 200 years ago the Horcs were used by the Trolls for manual labor, treated by them as second class citizens, until they rose up and claimed the other side of the ravine.
The Trolls: Brilliant thinkers and philosophers, patrons of the arts in all their many forms, and strategists beyond compare. Using their superior knowledge and cunning, the trolls managed to dominate the fiercer Horcs for centuries.
They revel in pleasure now, focusing on the glory of Art and Culture, but a movement among them longs to return to the days when they had conquered the whole of the plateau through the might of their intellect.
The uneasy peace between the two camps is about to come to an end. Something - or someone- is setting fires of discontent and fear among both the Horcs and the Trolls, and is eager to dance in the flames as Chaos consumes their country! The next Lord of Chaos is rising.
AEXtras is still a great way to get FREE ADVENTURECOINS and even FREE BATTLEON POINTS, and with new Inventory, Bank slots and Preimere Event rares to buy there's never been a better time!
WHAT: A Limited Quantity Shop is a shop that has a fixed number of items. If an items has a Quanitity of 500, once 500 people buy it... that's it. There are no more. If you see somthing you like, be sure to arrive when the shop opens for your best chance to get one of the limited rare items.
SteamGear Armor - 900 AC - 7,000 qty
SteamGear Helm - 300 AC - 7,000 qty
SteamGear Bow - 200 AC - 3,500 qty
SteamGear Moglin Member pet - 25,000 gold -7,000 qty
Gilded Coffin Cape - 150 AC - 7,000 qty
Dire Daggers -300 AC - 3,500 qty
Soul Harvester Armor - 700 AC - 9,000 qty
Soul Harvester Hood - 300 AC - 9,000 qty
Soul Harvester Spear - 200 AC - 9,000 qty
Ultima Thermos non-Member sword -25,000 gold - 30,000 qty
Ultima Frigia sword -250 AC - 3,000 qty
Ultima Aquus sword -250 AC - 3,000 qty
Ultima Geoda battleaxe - 250 AC - 3,000 qty
Ultima Electrix spear -250 AC - 3,000 qty
Below are pictures of: Tomix's SteamGear set (minus the daggers), Dage's Soul Harvester full set and the five elemental Ultima Elemental Weapons (inclusing the non-member Ultima Thermos sword).
Tomix's SteamGear set (minus the daggers)...
Dage's Soul Harvester full set...
and the five Ultima Elemental Weapons (including the non-member Ultima Thermos sword).
Prepare yourselves for theboss fight against Noxus and some of the best story driven cutscenes that we;ve had in AQW history, PLUS all new items in the war merge shop, all new war drops and a member-only EXTREME NOXUS BATTLE with special member-only drops!
Next Friday: The ArcAttack Musical Event!
Don't forget to come back next week for our next in-game musical event
Our special musical guest, ArcAttack will be here to help us make our way toward the end of the DoomWood Saga. There will be an event rare item shop, voice-acted cutscenes and, of course, the coursing science-driven music of ArcAttack!
Click HERE to read more about the event and see some live ArcAttack videos!
This Friday the showdown in Shadowfall BEGINS! There's something rotten in Doomwood, and all noses point towards Noxus' rotting corpse! If you want to save Gravelyn, the Alliance, and Artix, you'll need to break through the massive battalions of undead and take Noxus DOWN!
We're also stocking some NEW awesome additions to the War Merge shop and epic rare items for monster drops, so get in there and BATTLE ON!
ArcAttack is Electrifying!
Next Friday at sundown AQWorlds will team up with the epicly electric musical guest star, ArcAttack! These mad scientists will fuse music and energy in an experiment that will ROCK THE WORLD! That much power would make Vordred COMPLETELY unstoppable! You've got to save the scientists and stop Vordred's super-charged takeover attempt, so get ready to grab a guitar and turn the amps up to 900,000 in this special musical event!
Here is some video of Arc Attack Performing... it is really something that needs to be seen to be believed!
You may have seen Arc Attack perform on Amercia's Got Talent. Here is a snippet from the show giving you a a little more information on the band.
Meet and play with ArcAttack in-game in ONE WEEK during AdventureQuest World's most SHOCKING musical event!
DoomWood's Finale - The Nature of Darkness!
On July 29th, the ultimate battle between Light and Dark will come to an end! Face death, destruction, and Darkness... and its Champion! Artix's story will not be complete until YOU finish telling it, Hero!
SATURDAY at 10 AM EST - LQS!
Set your alarms for 10 AM server time, because the Limited Quantity Shop is BACK! It's stocked with gear that's sure to get grabbed up FAST, so if you want a chance to equip the coolest in Tomix-designed steampunk wear or rock the Soul Harvester set that Dage has made, you'll need to move quick!
One Friday when the 3 and 15 month member bonus items went live there was an exploit that allowed hackers to access the shop for about five minutes before we fixed it. In that very small window 138 cheaters grabbed the Chaos Shaper class or some of the other member rewards without having supported the game like the rest of you guys.
We catch and ban hackers, cheaters and scammers every day to try and keep the game as safe and fun as possible for the rest of our real players, and sometimes it takes us a long time to gather enough evidence to ban someone but when it's something like THIS, where we can very clearly and eaisly see that they have something cheated to get... well, they're just asking for it.
So those 138 people had their stolen items taken from them.
They also all ALL of their other items taken from them, as well as all of their gold.
The next time they log in they will see that they have No Class & the Default Sword equipped, and they will find a note in the backpack letting them know that stealing is wrong and that there are consequences to their actions.
ARC ATTACK Is On The Way!
AQW's next Musical Event is coming closer and we're happy to announce that the high-tech, high-energy ARC ATTACK has agreed to make a special appearance in a musical event leading up to the DoomWood Finale!
If you've never heard of Arc Attack, they (cut paste from thei website) "use their high tech wizardry to generate a truly 'electrifying' performance.
Two custom engineered hand built Tesla Coils throw out electrical arcs up to twelve feet long, each one acting as an instrument with a sound reminiscent of the early days of the synthesizer. A robotic drum set accompanies the spectacle, it's high power LED's flashing bright colors with the stroke of each mechanically actuated stick, while ArcAttack's six members churn out rhythmic instrumental melodies.
Yeah, this guys is getting hit in the face with 12 million volts! For real.
Live instruments meet drum loops and samples to produce rock, electronica and indie with a splash of punk and a dash of metal served with a side of pop."
The first time that we met Kimberly of One-Eyed Doll, she was opening for Arc Attack at DragonCon. Since then, they have gone on to appear on America's Got Talent as one of the finalists and Kimberly bravely volunteered to play the Bride of Frankenstein in their Faraday Cage as Arc Attack astounded millions of viewers with their magi-science!
Like all of our live musical events, this one will have a Pre-Show Merch Shop filled with shocking AC Rares which will leave when the event closes, but THIS event is staying a permanent part of AQWorlds and the DoomWood Storyline!
If all goes according to plan the live Musical Event will arrive Friday, July 22nd (NOT this friday)! Prepare yourselves to harness two of the most powerful forces in nature. Electricity and Music!
Limited Quantity Shop, This Saturday at 10:00 AM EST.
The time has come for guest Artist Tomix (of DragonFable Fame) to visit AQW. He has kindly agreed to take time from his busy schedule over there to make a few items for us. SO far he's got a helm, cape, armor and a bow and Dage has a few items that he would also like to add to this LQS.
I will give you guys some images, exact quantities and exact prices as soon as we are sure about the final item list. I don't want any surprises popping up, but one thing that we know for sure... THIS SATURDAY MORNING AT 10:00 AM EST, the Tomix LQS opens!
Mark it on your calendars and set your alarms.
The Noxus War!
This weekend, it looks like you guys are right on track for a Friday War Boss. There will be a few cutscenes and a LOT more items added to the war merge shop and more rare drops added top the war monsters!
It looks like Mennace might be feeling better so he plans on completing his hard work that he began last week, adding at LEAST 2 new armors to the Player Suggestion shop!
Zhoom and I are working on a final version for the AQW Color Picker, which should not only allow you a much wider range of set colors from the grid list like we have now, but also allow you to make your OWN color with a freestyle color picker (which may be reallllllllllllllly buggy, fingers crossed!).
We were also talking about some localization options for canned chat that will detect your language and present you with canned chat for your own language (we will be starting, of course, with English and Portuguese) but what's even better is that it should also translate channed chat from one language into another based on your language settings.
If you select "Obrigado!" from your canned chat list, I will see "Thanks!" on my screen!
We are also working on adding a few new Member perks to AQW, such as the option for members to set your background on your CHARACTER PAGE (behind your character in the view-window) and a few other small perks like member only emotes (a few more dances, shadowboxing, a Power-up, Jump & Cheer, a few new battle animations to which non-members don't get access).
FORUM QUESTION: What kind of member-only emotes would you like?
We are ALSO doing a complete overhaul on the Book of Lore. It's really become quite messy and more than a little out-of-date.
Most of these innovations are ongoing projects that will NOT be released this Friday but most of them are small changes and shouldn't take too long before you see them in AQW!
Someone has poisoned King Alteon and it look like our own Alina might be the culprit.
Just click the Alina's Tale button in Battleon to help her prove that she is innocent of this crime against the throne!
This is the first part of a continuing storyline for Alina. Just our way of saying Welcome to the game! She wrote the story and Samba got to really earn her stripes as an AE animator, with pumping out 2 cutscenes and a brand new monster in less than 3 days!
Just because you guys get to miss all the fun errors that we fix BEFORE we release the event I thought I would show you a little picture of Alina from earler this week. We call her DERPlina.
This adventure features a TON of new drops and shop items available from Alina, including Mennace's Opalescent Blades!
That's me wearing the Stained Aurus Wings (CC) and Alina is also modeling the Aurus Via armor from tomorrow's Limited Quantity Shop.
Limited Quantity Shop, Tomorrow 10 AM Server Time (EST)
Tomorrow at 10 AM the next LQS goes live. Here is a full list of items that can be found there.
Aurus Via Armor (Qty 6000) - 900 AC
Aurus Via Accoutrements (Qty 6000) - 400 AC
Aurus Via Helm (Qty 6000) - 300 AC
Stained Aurus Wings (Qty 6000) - 400 AC
Dirge Armor (Qty 3000) - 900 AC
Dirge Demon Helm (Qty 3000) - 300 AC
Male Dirge Helm (Qty 1000) - 300 AC
Female Dirge Helm (Qty 1000) - 300 AC
Sword Of Sorrow (Qty 3000) - 200 AC
Energy Disc (Qty 3000) - 150 AC
Earth Piercer (Qty 20000) - 20,000 G
Electric Thunder (Qty 9000) - 15,000 G
Plus all of the stuff left over from previous LQS runs.
REMEMBER: This still goes live TOMORROW at 10 AM SERVER TIME (EST). These LQS's items have been going faster and faster so i highly recommend that you be there early and warm up your clicking finger if you want to get any of these.
So long, Farewell... To A Bunch Of Stuff.
Fear Chaser is now GONE, the rare items from the event shop are now rare. The rest of the event is now member only. Grenwog is gone for another year. The HeroSmash Launch shop is gone. Those items are now rare. The Panda Launcher has been moved to a random monster in AQW.
Tomorrow when the LQS goes live, MOTHER'S DAY also goes live (I hope you guys have done something nice for your mom's. I got my mom a tree). Randor's Birthday shop and the Cinco De Mayo shop will also be gone.
NEXT WEEK IS FRIDAY THE 13th!
Voltaire and Deady return to AQWorlds for another musical event. He was out 1st Musical Gurst Star and continues to be a very good friend to AQW. He co-wrote this event with me and hopefully you will have a LOT of fun!
We get to reveal Deady's TRUE terrifying extra-terrestrial form! Should be a lot of fun.
There WILL, as usual, be an event rare shop filled with lots of Deady, Voltaire and unlucky items and the event will give the Friday the 13th Bdage if you have somehow failed to get it so far.
ATTENTION EPICDUAL FANS!
HeroMart has JUST gotten the first round of EpicDuel posters in!
In addition to getthing this awesome wall poster you also get a HUGE load of credits, and as if that wasn't enough you ALSO get the Bionic Bear Bike which increases your move speed by 50% and increases your bearitude by 100%. That's assuming you're not a bear.
Anyway, head over to HEROMART and grab one OR if you're an extra special kind of person, get the extra special SIGNED poster. (They let me hide my signature on one of the posters randomly. It's tiny and hard to find but if you get that one, let me know!)
I Tried For 20 Minutes To Come Up With A Better Title
We have a LOT of stuff going on again, so I'm going to tell YOU guys about some of the things you might care about. Keep in mind that for everything we TELL you that we are working on there are abiut 5 other things that can't tell you about.
A Call For Moderators!
Want to be a mod? Want to spend hours a day not getting paid while helping your fellow players, catching cheaters, hackers, scammers and muting people who use abusive language?
If you answered YES to either of these questions, then you should probably check yourself into the nearest psychiatric hospital as soon as you can, but I also have exciting news for you.
Reens and Stratos (the Lead Moderator and her Moderater Majordomo) are looking for new mods for AQWorlds (and HeroSmash), and now is your chance to apply! One thing Reens needs to stress - you MUST be over 18 year old. If you are under 18, if you don't include your age, or if you start with "I'm not 18 yet, but..." the application will not be considered.
What they need you to included in your email is:
1. Your real name, age, and country of residence. 2. AQW Game account name and email address 3. Master Account name and email address 4. Forum account name and email address if one is entered. (not required to have one) 5. Languages you speak/read 6. C.V. (Resume) *please note we'd like the CV in English.
Please send your COMPLETE application to firstname.lastname@example.org . If the application is not complete, they toss it out. And please - one application per person. Reens and Stratos will read all the applications. If you are chosen to go through a further interview, they will contact you. Unfortunately, they cannot reply to everyone. If you do not hear from us, sorry.
The Next Limited Quantity Shop
Announcing the NEXT Limited Quantity Shop featuring Dage's Prometheus Set!
The next LQS opens at 1:00 PM EST (GMT -4 now thanks to Daylight Savings Time) on April 1st (As much as I love messing with people, this is not an April Fools Joke). The Shop Will Include 5000 of the Prometheus Armor, 5000 of the Prometheus Helm, 5000 of the Prometheus Back Item, 5000 of the Prometheus Sword (shown above). Each of the items listed above will cost AdventureCoins. It will also include a few extra items of various prices and quantities (some AC some not) and the rest of the unsold Scythes from the last LQS.
There will be a female version of the armor. It is NOT color custom. Prices will be higher than Quibble's (as one would expect from a Black Market vendor) but may or may not be announced ahead of time.
You may be asking yourself why we're opening the shop at 1:00 PM when a lot of you are still in school or work or doing something else. I told you that I would roll a random time EACH TIME we opened the LQS to give everyone a fair shot of being first to get the items.
I rolled my dice and the dice do not lie.
I rolled a 13 on my beloved D20. That means 13:00 hours or 1:00 EST. If I rolled a 20 (CRIT) I would roll my D4, if I get a 4, we stick with 20:00 hours. If i get a 1-3 it means I roll again and add the D4 to the D20 for 21:00 - 00:00 (that's 24) hours.
I could have just written a random number generator to pick the hour but dice are more fun. There is a reason I wanted to be the Luck enhancement vendor.
with 5000 rather pricey AC items they will probably last more than 24 hours, but if they do not... maybe next time I will randomly roll the perfect for YOU!
Quibble Is Staying
For another week after this Friday. Little guy has to rest his feet.
HeroSmash Alpha Phase 3 TONIGHT!
If you haven't been following Artix's Play-By-Play on over at HeroSmash, tonight we open our newest game to anyone who has EVER upgraded in any of our games (even EXPIRED AQw upgrades), Anyone who has ever purcahsed AdventureCoins (AExtras are not purchases), anyone who has ever purchased Battleon Points for their Master Account, or anyone who has ever purchased Varium for EpicDuel.
If you meet these requirements then you WILL be able to play HeroSmash Alpha Phase 3 starting tonight at 6:30 EST and experience level 10, try out the new mix-n-match powers system that lets you pick and equip your own powers to customize your hero (or villain's) abilities!
Come log in and help us try and smash our HeroSmash servers!
Sandsea Finale Coming Friday!
After thousands of years, Tibicenas the Chaos Djinn is FREE and seeking revenge for his millenia spent as an outcast.
Follow Zhoom to the Djinn World, Pit your friendly Djinn, Saahir against Tibicenas to save The Efreet... and all of Lore from the insane corruption of Chaos.
There will be FOUR new armors in this release including a Chaos Lord Tibicenas Armor and Zhoom's Sandsea Ranger outfit! Remember that if you haven't completed all of the Sandsea Quests then you WON'T BE ABLE TO BATTLE THE CHAOS LORD!
Due to a few technical bugs the Sandsea release will be coming a little later tonight, along with a few player suggestion items and a fix to the Password Recovery Page.
But NOW, the Limited Quantity Shop is LIVE in Battleon, and we've also added the Accessory colors to the base and Trim color selections for Armor/Weapons etc.
Here's a little info about the Limited Quantity Items...
The Plague Scythe: There will only be 9000 of this weapon (with color custom trim). They are non-member but will cost 900 ACs each.
Wings of the Pharaoh: 5000 of these bad boys. They are also non-member but will NOT sell for ACs. They will go for 11,000 Gold. (SOLD OUT!)
Cursed Pharaoh's Blades: These Dual Swords are member ONLY weapons and will sell for 15,000 gold. There are also 9000 of these.
Remember, once the numbers drop to 0, they are GONE. Close and re-open the shop to refresh the number of items left.
WOW! You guys are ANIMALS! All 5000 non-member wings were gone within TWO MINUTES of the Limited Quantity Shop opening. Grats to the lucky 5000 players who were able to grab a pair. Let this be a lesson to us... Next time add at least 10,000 non-member items (so they can last a whole 4 minutes).
As I write this, there are less than half of the member dual blades left and the AC Scythe is selling better than we expected. There are still a few left.
If you miss out this time, be sure to keep your eyes on the Design Notes to see when the next shop will be released. We WILL announce it at least a few days in advance but remember... it could open at ANY HOUR so you might need to stay up late.
The Search For Sek-Duat!
In DragonFable, Zhoom helped heroes free The Sandsea from Sek-Duat's tyrannical rule, but his power is undeniable. In the centuries he has lived, his knowledge of The Sandsea and his understanding of its magics have grown very deep.
If anyone knows how to fight Zahart and his Djinn, Tibicenas it's the immortal mummy, Sek-Duat... But he vanished when Zahart began to display his power. Zhoom suspects that the mummy-lord is still hiding within his dynasty pyramids.
Can you find him amongst the monsters roaming the halls?
We have also added three items to the Player Suggestion Shop in Yulgar's Inn, and Dage has added the much anticipated Blade Master armor to his Undead Legion shop! Have fun farming for that one!
After the Limited Quantity Shop had opened we had a small issue with the bank, that has been fixed and the bank is usable once again. We have also fixed the broken password Recovery page. Sorry for any trouble this has caused any of you.
If you're a fan of EpicDuel then you already know what about Limited Quantity Shops. Some people love them, some people (the ones who forget to set their alarms) hate them but it has added an interesting new element to ED for Rare Hunters and it's about to come to AQW!
If you have ever lined up to buy a limited edition of some video game, stood in line for concert tickets, tried to win a prize by calling into a radio station or tried to get into a popular movie on opening night then you know what to expect.
What Is the LQS?
The Limited Quantity Shop is just what is sounds like... it will have a certain number of items in it and once that number has sold out then that's it. The total number of items is the same across all servers so if you see 300 items left on the Galanothserver, everyone on all the other servers will see 300 left also.
The LQS will look a bit like this (NOTE: The amounts of items are only sample quantities) ...
Will There Be Enough Items For Everyone?
No, of course not. The number of items will vary depending on the item (the lowest quantity items being the most rare). The point of a Limited Quantity Shop is that the there is a limited number of them to sell. If we made enough for everyone it would defeat the purpose.
However, we are looking into some of our other Limited Time Items, AC items and Seasonal Rares, seeing how many were purchased, balancing that against server traffic at the time and coming up with what we believe to be a reasonable quantity for the LQS items in most cases.
How Will You Make It Fair For Everyone In Every Time Zone?
After discussing this idea with a lot of you over Twitter you have helped us come with a way to make the LQS as fair as possible for everyone.
1) SOME LQS items will return. We might have a small number of items that will appear once a month so that only a few people each month can get the item but you know it will return next month.
2) We will announce the release times of most Limited Quantity Shops at least a few days in advance of the shops arrival in-game so everyone who reads the DNs will know exactly when to line up.
3) We will randomize each LQS's release time. For example: The first one might open at 7:00 PM Server time, the second one might be released at 5:00 AM Server time, the third at 1:00 PM Server time and so on.
This last step will ensure that, at some point, EVERY rare hunter has to set their alarm for some unreasonable hour to make sure they get one of the items.
Will The Items Be Member, Non-Member or AC?
Generally most of the LQS items will be sold for AdventureCoins, but there will be some Member items and a few Non-Member items from time to time. For the FIRST LQS we plan on having one of each.
Will I See Quantities Dropping Before My Eyes?
No, however every time you purchase an item from the shop or re-open the shop you will see the updated amounts of remaining items. If you see only a few left, click quickly... the LQS might already be sold out!
When Will The First LQS Be Launched?
This Friday at 6:30 PM Server Time (Eastern Standard Time or GMT-5) Khuddar Khamundi, the Black Market Vendor, will return to Battleon with the first Limited Quantity Shop. This week's Sandsea release might arrive before or after that.