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July 22, 2016

The Summer Madness Offer Continues

Get Up to 40% More AdventureCoins With Any AC Package!

Starting tonight and through this Thursday, August 11th, get more AdventureCoins with each AC package! The larger the AC package you buy, the more bonus ACs you'll have to spend as we battle our way through the final villains in the fan-favorite “Throne of Darkness Saga”! 

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Starting today, you'll get the following bonus AdventureCoins:

  • 12000 AC package: 4800 bonus ACs
  • 5000 AC package: 1500 bonus ACs
  • 2000 AC package: 300 bonus ACs
  • 900 AC package: 50 bonus ACs

So many of you emailed, Tweeted, Facebooked, and messaged us in-game thanking us for the bonus ACs last year that we wanted to keep that love and excitement flowing for the rest of the summer!

Note: this offer does not apply to AdventureCoin purchases bought on Amazon.com, or the bonus ACs that come with membership packages. 

Unlock the July upgrade bonus gear!

This month, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive July upgrade bonus items! These packages replace the Galactic Commander June bonus gear, and will be available until August 5th.

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: 12 items + Boosts

Get more gear and save more of your real-world gold with our largest upgrade packages! Unlock the following gear with our 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership packages:

  • 2 armors
  • 2 helms
  • 2 weapons
  • 4 capes 
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

2000 and 5000 AC or 3 and 6 month membership package: 6 items + Boosts

  • 1 Armor
  • 1 Helm
  • 2 Capes
  • 1 Staff
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

And all packages will also come with the Falcon Commander character page badge, so you can show all your friends that YOU are the master of time and space! 

* You can see what time it is on the server clock in your options menu)

Tags: Alina,
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July 22, 2016

The Darkovian Catacombs await...

This weekend, battle to recover... the Sanguine Garnet!

Every TreasureHunter knows the name of Scarletta the Sorceress, a leading expert on ancient artifacts and enchanted objects. After Stryche the Merchant uncovers a page stolen from one of her tomes, you’ll need to stock up on stakes and equip your sturdiest neckguard. 

This Friday, your adventures will take you deep into the heart of the Darkovia’s deadliest catacombs to recover and ancient artifact lost during the Chaos War known as… the Sanguine Garnet!

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July 22, 2016

NEW Gear in the Suggestion Shop

The ArchFiend DoomKnight set and MORE!

This weekend, head to Yulgar's Inn and check out the Suggestion Shop to find all-new gear suggested by heroes like you! 

In the Player Suggestion shop tonight, you'll find:

  • Dark Blade Katana by Mateus 1002
  • Deax Goldwing Blade by Deax
  • Jorin's Fear of Death blade by Jorin900000
  • Zayark's Shadowwalker armor
  • Ichneumon Dragonslayer set by Shadowslayer Rei
  • Timekeeper's Presence Staff by Neoslasher
  • Fiendish DoomKnight set by HeroViolaterFer (going rare on August 5th!)

You'll be able to get the rare, non-color customizable Fiendish DoomKnight set from the Player Suggestion Shop until August 5th for AdventureCoins OR you can quest to unlock the full, color-customizable set! (The quest version will be a permenant in-game item, so you have as much time as you need to farm!)

ArchFiend DoomLord quests and gear!

For the first time ever, we're also offering a variant of one of the suggestion sets as a quest reward from Nulgath! Starting tonight, talk to Oblivion in the Tercessuinotlim zone to begin gathering the resources necessary to unlock the gear! 

Note: this is a long, HARD end-game quest. If you've ranked up all your classes, completed all the storylines, and are looking for something new to do, this is the challenge for you!

Want to get in on this?

We've received a ton of AWESOME ideas from heroes like you in our Suggestion forum! Our artists pick designs suggested by you, then recreate them in Flash and get them ready to release in-game.* Players who suggest an item also get that item for free! (/cheer!)

* We get more suggestions than we could ever have time to create, and we regret that we can't implement all the suggestions and ideas, but we DO love seeing what you send! 

PS: the DoomCaster set pictured earlier in the week will arrive in next week's EVIL Quibble shop... because the Mysterious Stranger is coming... soon... very soon.

Tags: Alina,
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July 20, 2016

Coming Soon: Pockey Mogs, WHOA!

Next Friday, the hunt begins! Are. You. READY?

On Friday, July 29th, prepare to battle through a world filled with NEW creatures and a new craze: Pockey Mogs!

One experiment gone awry. 

Two mad crafters seeking to undo the unexpected.

Tens of thousands of hybrid creatures hiding across the world.

Millions of people captivated by a shared goal: owning the ultimate pockey mog and becoming...

the VERY BEST!


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July 20, 2016

Congrats, Custom Surfboard Winners

Our Enchanted Surfboard Contest Winners are In!

Earlier this month, we held a custom surfboard raffle - heroes bought the Enchanted Surfboard for a chance to win 1 of 10 exclusive, custom surfboards or one of 1600 other limited edition surfboards... and now the list of winners is IN!

  1. ILuvWaffle
  2. Kawaii Unicorn
  3. Kroboros
  4. Wheyz
  5. Zoxi
  6. Instar
  7. Zeref15Vermillion
  8. monster2516
  9. Tuncer
  10. Darius43

We will check the character pages of each of the ten winners above tomorrow evening to get the "hero look" that will be put on their custom surfboards. The 1600 other winners will receive their surfboards later this week!

  • 100 winners: Exclusive Mystery Surfboard of Good
  • 500 winners: Exclusive Mystery Surfboard of Evil
  • 1000 winners: Exclusive Mystery Surfboard of Shadows

Thanks to everyone who participated! If you like these kinds of of fun raffles, let me know on Twitter!

And find ALL the new 2016 surfboards (along with all our other returning seasonal gear!) in the Summer Shop in your game news screen!

 

Tags: Aethai,
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July 18, 2016

Friday: Valencia and the Sanguine Garnet

This weekend, quest to recover an ancient artifact!

Every TreasureHunter knows the name of Scarletta the Sorceress, a leading expert on ancient artifacts and enchanted objects. After Stryche the Merchant uncovers a page stolen from one of her tomes, you’ll need to stock up on stakes and equip your sturdiest neckguard. 

This Friday, your adventures will take you deep into the heart of the Darkovia’s deadliest catacombs to recover and ancient artifact lost during the Chaos War known as… the Sanguine Garnet!

Tags: Alina,
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July 15, 2016

Unlock the Secrets of Yasaris

Unlock the Secrets of Sekt's 4th Dimensional Pyramid

This weekend, accept the quest to unlock the secrets of Sekt the Eternal's pyramid and battle to recover the artifacts of an ancient god... Wielding them will give you enough power to restore... or extinguish... the sun's energy! 

  • Complete Serepthys the Guardian's quests!
  • Solve the puzzles blocking you from reaching the artifacts!
  • Defy your fate and save the sun! 

Tthe Eternal Inversionist Class is HERE!

Each of the Throne of Darkness stories has had a class variant attached to it, and Sekt the Eternal's is no different... EXCEPT that THIS week's class can be bought for gold and rep by ALL players! If you don't have the time or inclination to farm, you can also buy the class for 2000 AdventureCoins!

Check out the Class Skills breakdown here!

Tags: Alina,
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July 15, 2016

Friday: Black Dragon's Pearl Treasure Chest

Unlock all 12 Surfboards when you buy the Black Dragon's Pearl!

This Friday, when you buy the Black Dragon's Pearl from the July Rares Shop for 1000 AdventureCoins, you'll be able to unlock... the Black Dragon's Pearl Treasure Chest filled with all 12 0 AC surfboards from the July Rares Shop!

4 of the 12 dragon surfboards

Recently, I put out a Twitter poll recently to see what kinds of themes you guys would like on the 2016 surfboards, and dragons were a really popular answer. Last year, we launched our AdventureQuest:Dragons idle, mobile game, and it had some of the prettiest art we've ever created. Combining the two made a lot of sense, and so... starting this Friday, if you have a Black Dragon's Pearl, the treasure will be yours!

Tags: Alina,
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July 15, 2016

Grand Opening: HeroMart Store... in AQW

Unlock more In-Game Rewards with HeroPoints!

Stop by HeroMart in Battleon! Talk to Stryche to see all of the rockin’ rewards that come with any real-world HeroMart purchase, and learn about our new points system, HeroMart’s HeroPoints! The in-game location opens THIS week for you to explore. The HeroPoints in-game currency will go live later this month!

Heromart is about to ramp up production, with many new posters, shirts, and other gear coming in the near future! All those items will come with HeroPoints, so keep an eye out for new merch!

How to find HeroMart's New Store

  • /join heromart
  • Talk to Stryche to learn all about HeroMart and its merch
  • Browse the store to see his big-ticket items and their in-game rewards
  • Click on items that interest you to get more information or go straight to HeroMart to buy them

HeroPoints: A New Way to Get In-Game Rewards

HeroPoints are a new way for you to get even more rewards when you get merchandise from HeroMart! Existing store items will keep the codes they currently use, but from here on out, all HeroMart merchandise will come with a quantity of HeroPoints that you can spend in Stryche's in-game merge shop.

  • 1 HeroPoint is roughly equal to $5 USD
  • For every $5 dollars you spend at HeroMart, you'll get 1 HP

And because shipping can be costly, the HeroMart team may add a few extra HeroPoints to your order as a way of saying "thanks!"

So, for example, a t-shirt that costs $19.95 would be worth 4 HeroPoints. If the HeroMart team adds in a few extra points, you could get even more! That means, you'd get at least 4 (and maybe up to 10 or more!) HeroPoints for a single order.

The final HeroPoint quantity will be determined based on the final order amount, including shipping.

Special merchandise like our yearly calendar classes will include exclusive in-game items PLUS HeroPoints!

Examples of special merchandise include:

  • Armor T-Shirts
  • Calendars
  • Card Games
  • Action Figures

We are currently planning to introduce new in-game items in the HeroMart Crystals shop each year, and retire old items. 

  • A new HeroMart CLASS and armor set
  • Showcase Villa HOUSE
  • Sneevil Bank Pet
  • Zard Bank Pet
  • Skeleton Bank Pet
  • Slime Bank Pet
  • Mystic Dragon Conqueror
  • Mystic Dragon Conqueror Helm
  • Drow Illusionist
  • Drow's Wings of Illusion
  • Enchanted Thorn Staff
  • Hood of Visions
  • Dage's Desolation G
  • Dreaded Axe of Evil
  • Blinding Edge of the Good
  • Twisted Crystal Staff
  • Heromart Gem Pet
  • Time-Travel Bot
  • Edge of Infinity
  • Bow of Galactic Conquest
  • Undead Artix Toy house item
  • Infinity Knight statue house item
  • Legion Paladin statue house item
  • And more to come in the future!

More In-Game Reward Details

  • You'll see variants of many existing HeroMart in-game rewards in the merge shop. If you bought a HeroMart item that unlocked the original versions of these itms, you will also get the variants for free in your badge shop.
  • We will not be recoloring versions of gear that has gone permanently rare, or of gear we've said can only be obtained exclusively by getting specific merchandise. (Example: the Not a Mod Class)
  • HeroPoints will only come with future merchandise, as all current merchandise already comes with exclusive gear!
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July 12, 2016

Server Disruption Update

Update on the recent server outages, and what we're doing to fix them

Hello everyone! Over the last several days, we've been experiencing an unusual amount of server disruption. We're working as fast as we can to get them all back and stable, and have been talking with our server host company since this began. 

Right now, we are: 

  1. Working with the server host company to mitigate the effect on your gameplay
  2. Investigating switching over our server to incorporate WebSockets, which will give us even more protection options
  3. Adding server boosts onto the less populated servers to spread out the playerbase  

Additional steps on the backend to help optimize and protect the server addresses, information, etc.

Common signs of a server having issues are:

  • Attacks not hitting the monster
  • Trouble opening shops
  • Quests not turning in
  • Items not loading properly

If you are experiencing issues with your gameplay during this time, please try a different server. Safiria and Artix servers have been hidden while this issue continues, but will return in the future. Zhoom server has been retired for the foreseeable future, as we are using it for multiple sites/functions.

Server Boosts Now Active on ALL Servers!

As our way of saying "sorry for the interruptions" and to help sweeten your time on our servers, we've added: 

20% boost to Class Points, Rep, Gold, and XP are now on all regular servers, with a 30% boost on the member server!

Note: the Server Hamsters are very, very sad, at how out of shape they are. They've started going to the gym to get trained by this Master Server Trainer! We should make them play Hamstermon GO! -- then get them all hamster balls to help them get fit!

Tags: Alina,
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