Design Notes

July 05, 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 guidelines 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 AEcontests@battleon.com

Release Entry Requests from the Dev Team

  • 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

 

Contest FAQ 

Will the release REALLY affect the story?
Winning entries will become canon, and an official part of the Queen of Monsters' lore.

Could we design a war? Could we design a quest chain to bring back an NPC?
Yes and no, respectively.

Can I have pets in my merge shop?
Sure!

Can I put a rares shop in my event?
Yep!

Will every rep class in Ancient Evils be tier 2?
Possibly.

Do we need to draw everything ourselves?
Not at all! As long as you describe what you want or send in reference pictures (from anywhere on the 'net) you'll be fine.

If I'd like my character to be an NPC, should i attach a character page picture?
That would be fantastically helpful!

Are there any other rewards for the winning content? Like maybe an exclusive version of an item made for the release?
An AC prize for each person who contributed.

Will you make art for NPCs we design? What about monsters we design?
Yes to both.

Will you make art for NPCs we design? What about monsters we design?

NPC amounts:

We've found it easier if there's one main NPC (for quest giving) but if you're going to include more in cutscenes or as background NPCs, that is ok. Typically, what we do for those is build the art out of existing armors (whatever matches closest, with some edits). 

Cutscene amounts and sizes:

For cutscenes the reason we ask that you keep it to 3 regular-size cutscenes (to make sure we have time to create them up to Ghost's usual quality-standard (which is VERY high), and is the normal number we have in a release). However, if you wanted four cutscenes for example, then you would do the following: 

  • 2 regular size 
  • 2 small size (which would add up to the size of one regular) 

    So if you wanted six cutscenes, you'd have: 

  • 1 regular size 
  • 4 small size 
  •  

    Important: these are guidelines, based on what the dev team can build in a week's time. Entries designed with these in mind have the best chance of being selected. But If you have something you think would make your release absolutely, amazingly stellar (aside from the dev team requests) - do it!  If you have already submitted an entry and wish to change it with that in mind, or submit another one, feel free!

    Tags: Alina,

    July 03, 2015

    Freedom Day Weekend Server Boost

    Let Freedom Ring... and Server Boosts Double!

    Log on all weekend long at www.AQ.com to celebrate freedom, chaos, pink (...maybe!), fireworks, and DOUBLE server boosts!

    The Canada Day gear is already in the July Holiday Shop in your game menu. Tomorrow is Independence Day for the United States, and we'll be adding even more celebratory gear then!

    July 03, 2015

    This Weekend: Beleen's Chaos Incarnate

    Save AQWorlds from 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!

    Starting tonight, /join Drearia and battle your way through Beleen's re-envisioning of AQWorlds... cuter, pinker, and with MUCH more Chaos! If you don't want to battle through a pink world, we need YOU to stop her! 

    Find the rare gear shop in your game menu, with new (unpink) items from Nulgath!* Then head into Beleen's adventure and begin the battle (plus, get some super-sweet monster drops, if you're lucky)!

    * If you follow my Twitter feed, you know that I am absolutely crazy about the chibi nulgath! I could not stop turning it into more and more gear. Real Fiends go Chibi!

    A Message from Beleen

    Weeeeee! I just know you are going to love-love-LOVE this special… albeit CRAZY!... release that me and the AQWorlds team have spent 3 weeks developing. It was A LOT of work (requiring A LOT of caffeine), but it was totally worth the long hours and coffee-stained smile because I really wanted to make my Chaos Beleen storyline the most fun and memorable release in the game’s history.

    …aaaand not to mention, I kinda wanted MY release to totally PWN Cysero’s and Artix’s events. Teehehhehee >:D

    Artix scream pink paladin chaos queen beleen funnyBut! In order for that dream to come to fruition, I am going to need your help. I need YOU to join the #BeleenTeam and help spread the word of this weekend's Chaos Queen Beleen event!

    Invite all your friends to come play AQ.com tomorrow night with us, and if you happen to know someone who used to play AQWorlds, let them know that I designed this new release and I would love it if they came back and played AQW with me! Woohoo!!

    Thanks so much for making my fantasy (…of forcing Artix to wear pink, LOL!) into reality, and I really hope you enjoy playing tomorrow’s Chaos Queen Beleen release alongside me, Artix, Nulgath, and 30000 of our closest friends!

    Pink On and Battle On!

    xoxo Beleen =D

     

    Summer 2015: Return of the Living Devs Continues

    So far, we've seen one release from each of our three returning devs - Artix, Cysero, and Beleen! 

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    Make sure you've played through all three stories before next week, when Artix re-returns with his Living dungeon release! He, Dage, J6, and the rest of the team have a titan-sized adventure planned for you... next week!

    July 03, 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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    July 02, 2015

    This Friday: Chaos Queen Beleen Release!

    AQWorlds Weekly News for July 3, 2015

    Hiya hero! I am SUPER excited to announce this week’s newest release:

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    Chaos Queen Beleen Art Print Now in HeroMart!

    Make your way to HeroMart.com, 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!

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    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. 

    Headbutt

    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. 

    Passives

    • 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

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

    …also, I am NOT a paid artist…

    =D

    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 HeroMart.com, 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...
    ...really...
    ... 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?)...

    MY PERSONAL GEAR! 

    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. 

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