Design Notes

April 26, 2015

AQW Release Feedback Poll

Give us your feedback on what's most important to you!

We want to make the games and releases that you want to play, and getting your thoughts, ideas, and opinions is how we do that! Click on the image below or follow this link to vote in our poll! Then share more feedback with me on Twitter, Faceebook, Reddit, or the forum!free rpg mmo release poll

April 25, 2015

Don't Miss This Gear

Mark Your Calendars So You Don't Miss Out!

We've released a lot of amazing package sets over the last couple months, but it's time to swap them out for NEW gear!

April 24, 2015

Save the Seraphic Order

Root out Treason as the Undead Legion Advances!

Dage the Evil, Lord of the Undead Legion and ruler of the Underworld has many plans for this world... and one order of warriors - the Seraphic Paladins - is dedicated to stopping him! This weekend, continue your adventures in the "Dage's Betrayal" storyline when you /join seraph! 

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Help Darkon root out Dage's spies, defeat the Darkness infecting the Order, and discover just how deep betrayal can cut! 

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Battle the boss for a chance to get his weapons or a lost little draglin pet*

Dage the Evil: The First Betrayal

If you're just joining us, you'll want to /join darkfortress to begin Dage's storyline. Battle through Nulgath’s Shifting Planes cavern as Dage the Evil in the final tests to earn his Mark of Mastery and became one of Lore’s most feared Necromancers./Join darkfortress to take down Nulgath’s most loyal minions to prove that you are worthy of leading the Undead Legion… but be wary, because Nulgath the ArchFiend is deadly, and he will exploit any angle in order to stop his apprentice from ascending!

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Play as Dage the Evil and begin the quest for your Mark of Mastery.... if you survive, NOTHING will be able to stop you from rising to rule the Underworld!

Unlock the Seraphic Paladin Gear

Created by Laken (the staff member), once you raise your personal victory meter to 100 and unlock the final boss fight, you'll also gain access to a shop full of reward gear! The Laken's Adherent Armor and helm drop from the release boss and will be available until May 25th!

Laken's Adherent, Bright Draglin, Cybernetic Assassin, and Cybernetic Acolyte

*Crafted by our own Eonaleth as a birthday gift from her to all of you! (There is a 2nd pet dropping off one of the most sluggish monsters in the entire game. Happy hunting!)

April 24, 2015

Obsidia Necromancer is Here!

Unlock the Obsidia Necromancer Set with a 12k AC Package

Starting at 6PM, become a bone-ified ruler of the underworld! Unlock the entire Obsidia Necromancer set plus a color-customizable version of the armor and helm with a 12000 AdventureCoin package. 

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And for a limited time, the Obsidia Necromancer set will also be available for individual purchase from your game menu. 

The 12000 AC package comes with the full regular set plus a color-customizable version of each item:

  • 2 armors
  • 4 helms
  • 2 capes
  • 4 staves

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The in-game Obsidia Necromancer Rares shop leaves May 29th, and includes:

  • Obsidia Necromancer Armor
  • Obsidia Hood
  • Obsidia Skull
  • Obsidia Necromancer Wrap
  • Cernunecros Skull Staff

Origins of the Obsidia Necromancer

The name of the Obsidia Necromancer is an homage to the very first Necromancer in AE's games - Kaley Obsidia, from the original AdventureQuest! A powerful sorceress who can raise and control the dead, she seeks the answers that lie hidden behind the ordinary, everyday lives we live. The NPC is based on a real staff member, one of the first Artix Entertainment team members from 2003, but who fortunately does NOT go around raising the dead!

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Dage, being the Evil-appreciating artist he is, has always enjoyed Necromancer classes, and was inspired by the art of the original AdventureQuest when he created this set. You'll also be able to find variants of it coming in two of our future games: AdventureQuest: Battleon (for mobile) and AdventureQuest 3D! 

 

April 24, 2015

Good Vs Evil Weapon Poll

Update: The Gilded Champion's Blade WINS!

Earlier this week, we asked you to head over to the AQWorlds Facebook page now and share the picture of the weapon YOU like best! The picture with the most shares by tonight at 6 PM would release in-game this weekend for 0 ACs! With a 300-share difference (1644 > 1347) between the two, I present to you...

The Winner: Gilded Champion's Blade

Find this beautiiful blade by Memet in Cleric Joy's Battleon Assorted Shop for 0 ACs this weekend!

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NOT The Winner: Crimson Shadow's Edge

Never fear, we won't throw this awesomely-dark art from Memet away. It'll just head into the Rainy Day reward pile... and will release at some point in the future.

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The next time we do a weapon poll, if you don't want to see your favorite head into the reward limbo, better get out there and vote!

April 24, 2015

We Need Your Screenshots

Submit your best screenshot and we'll put it on AQ.com!

If you've visited the homepage recently, you've seen the cool, super-clean new look it's got. But now we need new screenshots of the AQWorlds, to make sure they're as shiny as the site is! Send us your best screenshots of you and/or your friends battling, taking down bosses, looking awesome in cutscenes, chatting, and playing the game on Facebook or Twitter. We'll choose the most engaging shots and upload them to the screenshots page on AQ.com!

 

Tips:

  • Screenshots should not be edited, just a straight, unaltered picture from the game. 
  • Minimize your in-game chat. 
  • Do not crop your screenshot; we'll do that if it's needed
  • In battlescenes, try to show class skills or monster attacks going off. 
  • If you're taking a cutscene screenshot, appearance counts (so equip your best gear!)

Cysero's Secrets Of The Screenshotting Masters!

Taking a screenshot may seem like pretty simple stuff once you learn how to do it but we all hard to learn sometime. 

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Earlier this week Artix and I decided to spend a little time in AQW talking to you guys and it seemed to both of us that a lot of you had no idea how to take a screenshot and capture the moment you met your all-time very, very, VERY favorite AE Dev...

...Or Artix.

We decided to make a quick video explaining some fairly fast and easy methods, namely LightShot and the Snipping Tool. You can watch the video here

We were amazed by how many people started using our methods and thaking us for teaching them how to do this, so we're putting it here for anyone else who might want to learn how to take screenies of their favorite gaming moments.  

There are other methods, like just hitting the PRT SC (Print Screen) key on your keyboard which captures your whole display and Pasting into a new file in a basic art program like Paint, but using the Snipping tool is faster and using Lightshot is even faster still and also great for storing and sharing your files with your friends. And it's all FREE!

Happy Screenshotting! 

April 23, 2015

Congratulations, J6!

Today is J6's 10 Year Anniversary with Artix Entertainment!

J6, aka The BountyHunter, has been creating art with Artix Krieger and the rest of the AE team for the last TEN years! In that amount of time, he could have traveled 58,784,998,170 miles away if he were moving at the speed of light... but we are glad he isn't, because he wouldn't have been here creating the amazing backgrounds, items, and character art we love so much.

Help us celebrate J6's anniversary with the free J6 Anniversary Helm, now available in the Hyperium shop! If you want to give him a shout-out directly, find him on Twitter!

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April 22, 2015

Yulgar's Inn Evolution?

Simple yet awesome ideas

Yulgar's Inn is the most fun place to hang out and talk to other players in AdventureQuest Worlds. When designing the 3D version of the Inn, we brainstormed a few ideas. They were good. Really good. So... why not do them in AQWorlds right now?

 

BANDS

Add a stage in Yulgar's Inn and add a live band! But not just one band... bring in musical guests to perform at the Inn on a regular schedule. We could listen to and discover new bands there... and it would be cool to get bands to "come to Battleon" as part of their tours. In between special guest bands, we could have a regular house band "The NPCS." They could have quests to go out and find sheets of music across that game that would unlock songs. So you could manag eyoru music selection... or maybe, we could let you access that music no matter where you were in the game.

ROTATING NPCS & QUESTS

The cast of characters in Yulgar's Inn could change daily. For example: Galanoth shows up with a new list of DragonSlaying quests. The next day a cursed weapon merchant appears with a shop of items and odd enhancements. Then the next day, a DragonLord shows up offering to teach you how to fly a Dragon. We would build a huge number of possibilities, and then the game would randomly choose one each day. If there was an overaching quest which required doing a part of each one it would reward players who checked in every day.

INN ACHIEVEMENTS

One of my favorite parts of the game is the Museum. It starts off empty and you fill it up as you quest. We could have a few "Save Battleon" themed quests that would result in the Inn's appearance changing based on how yo udo the quests. Example: Slay the evil dragon and the Dragon's head gets mounted about the fireplace.

IDLE INN GAMES

I love the dart board, but how about we take it to the next level? What if we added an idle game right into Yulgar's Inn. That is a game that runs automatically as long as you are in the Inn... it sorta plays for you, you just make decisions periodically. It would be the ultimate "other thing" to do while you hang out in the Inn. Think Cookie Clicker or our mobile game "AdventureQuest Dragons". I am completely open to game concept ideas... like sending moglins off to collect things for you. The concept should be ultra simple and get completely insano bonkers crazy as you get in the upper limits of it. (While we are at it, we should make a tamagotchi pet game for Aria's petshop.)

What do you think? Let me know on my Twitter of Facebook.

P.S. You know that star creature that fell from the sky crashing into the Inn? I think it was a scout for a larger force. Be careful.

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April 21, 2015

This Friday: Undead Legion Treason

Battle to Save the Seraphic Paladins from the Undead Legion!

The Saga of Dage's Betrayl continues this Friday with the "Laken's Rise: Undead Legion Infiltration" story release! Battle to save the Seraphic Paladins from the treason, betrayal, and murder lurking in the shadows of their Fortress! Aid Darkon, commander of the Order, as you seek out spies sent by the Undead Legion, then help purge the Order of Dage’s dark influence.

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The Order of Seraphic Paladins are charged with keeping Lore safe from Evil... specifically the kind Dage and Nulgath spread thoughout our world! But something is amiss... 

Betrayal.

Treason.

Murder.

Talk to Darkon when you /join Seraph this weekend and answer the call of the Seraphic Paladins as they seek out the spies sent by the Undead Legion! Then use your personal victory tracker to make sure you've purged every member of the Legion... or Dage's dark influence will continue to grow!

Make sure you're up to date!

Battle through Nulgath’s Shifting Planes cavern as Dage the Evil in the final tests to earn his Mark of Mastery and became one of Lore’s most feared Necromancers./Join darkfortress to take down Nulgath’s most loyal minions to prove that you are worthy of leading the Undead Legion… but be wary, because Nulgath the ArchFiend is deadly, and he will exploit any angle in order to stop his apprentice from ascending! 

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Play AS Dage the Evil and begin the quest for your Mark of Mastery. Once you have that, your time as Nulgath's apprentice will be over! But beware: the Shifting Planes caverns are NOT for the unwary. You never know from one step to another where you'll end up. Oh.

There are only two rules in the Caverns:

  1. DON'T touch the skull with red glowing eyes.
  2. Sometimes, to survive, you have to break the rules.

April 20, 2015

Player Choice Weapon Poll

Vote on Facebook to decide which weapon we release!

Starting this Wednesday, April 22nd, vote to decide which of the two weapons below we'll release this week! We'll reveal the final weapon art on Facebook, then YOU get to vote for which we'll release by sharing the picture of your favorite!

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This Friday, the 0 AC weapon will be release in-game!

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