Design Notes

August 28, 2015

Journey to the Surface of the Sun

You Might as Well Be Battling on the Sun!

When a mysterious force begins to steal light from Lore’s sun, Warlic and Cysero know there is only one Hero to call upon - you! This Friday, gear up and get ready to go out of this world (and out of your body!) to keep our world from being plunged into eternal darkness!

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This week's release was written by one of our newest team members, Ergotth... and was also a winning entry in the Release Design contest! After I saw his entry and read his posts on the forum about where the next storyliens should go, I knew this was someone we had to bring on board to help us with future sagas!

The humor and exchanges between Cysero and Warlic really take me back to the days of classic DragonFable humor; it's been too long since we've seen those two characters really get you into trouble... but that all changes tonight!

After you save the world (and the sun!) farm tokens to get some of this week's hottest gear from the merge shop! The Solar Elemental battle and regular pets both drop off the monster, and if you don't have time to farm, you can grab the Solar Entity using AdventureCoins.

Which leads me to remind you all about the new...

GreyWolf Commander AdventureCoin Package is live!

Unlock our newest, most rugged gear yet - the Greywolf Commander - when you buy either a 2000, 5000, or 12000 AdventureCoin package! 

This exclusive set was handcrafted by by one of AQWorlds' newest artists, Lily, and includes:

  • 1 Armor
  • 4 Helms
  • 2 Weapons
  • 1 Cape
  • a Character Page Badge

More August Birthday Items!

Wish Neveya (from the Player Support team) and Cemaros (head of the AQWorlds Bug Hunters) happy birthdays! They're also celebrating this month, and wanted all of YOU to get to celebrate with them! These items and Gjappy's birthday gear will be available in the August birthday shop until next Friday, September 4th!*

* At that time, the Twig Battle Pet will move into Aria's Pet Shop

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August 26, 2015

Friday: Become a Greywolf Commander

Buy a 2000, 5000, or 12000 AdventureCoin package to unlock the gear!

Starting this Friday at 6 PM server, unlock our newest, most rugged set yet - the Greywolf Commander - when you buy either a 2000, 5000, or 12000 AdventureCoin package! This exclusive set was handcrafted by by one of AQWorlds' newest artists, Lily, and includes an armor, 4 helms, a cape, 2 weapons, plus a character page badge!

Back to School Bonus

Get 25% more free AdventureCoins when you buy a 12000 AdventureCoin package during our Back to School Bonus AdventureCoin offer! (That is 3000 more free ACs!)With our Mirror Realm release, all the new reward gear coming this Friday*, and the new main storyline saga in Brightoak Grove starting next week, this is the perfect time to stock up!

Buy now and get up to 25% more free AdventureCoins when you buy any AC package PLUS unlock the exclusive GreyWolf Commander when you get the 2000, 5000, or 12000 AC packages!

Buy the following AdventureCoin packages to get:

  • 12000 AC package:  3000 bonus AdventureCoins (best deal!)
  • 5000 AC package: 1000 bonus AdventureCoins 
  • 2000 AC package: 300 bonus AdventureCoins 
  • 900 AC package: 100 bonus AdventureCoins

Last Chance to get the Ancient GroveBreaker Blade 

The Ancient Grovebreaker AC Bonus Weapon leaves this Friday, August 28th! But until then, if you buy any AdventureCoin package, the weapons will be added straight into your inventory!

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August 26, 2015

Guide to AE Team Members

Know The Difference

For a long time, everyone with a gold name has been called a Mod (short for Moderator) but there are actually 6 kinds of people walking around - Mods, Game Testers, Help Team, and Devs (short for Developer), White Hats, and members of the AE team who are not part of any of those other groups (like our forum moderators).

To make it easier to know who's who, we are giving each of these groups a distinct name color - that way, you'll know who can take action against a botter you've found (mods) or who might ask you to help them confirm a bug in-game (testers).

Colored Names: What They Mean

If you see someone with a colored name inside AQWorlds, that means they are a member of the AE team or work directly on the game in some capacity: devs, mods, testers, white hats, Player Support. Although we all have colored names, we have very different responsibilities, and the criteria we use to finds Mods is very different from what we look for in potential Devs or Testers.

Developers have purple names. They're the ones who make AQWorlds - creating art, coding, writing stories, designing classes, etc.

Testers have green names. There are two types of game-related testers - release and bug - but both of them have green names inside AQW. Game testers test releases, while Bug testers focus on post-release issues. 

Moderators have gold names. They are your cheerful, helpful team members and read your reports and make sure AQW is a safe, fun, friendly game to play!

Player Support team members also have gold names - they are the ones who read your emails and are the only ones who can access your account information - they use that to help you fix problems!

AE Team Members have teal namesThey are staff members who do not help in any of the other groups (wiki and forum mods, website testers, etc) but do so many things for our other games or community sites! They are official members of the AE team, so if you see them in-game, /wave hi!

White Hats have dark red names. These team members are one of our newest staff groups, and are former hackers who have proven we can trust them and vowed to use their very specific set of skills and knowledge of programming and/or web development to help keep AQWorlds safe.

For several years before they joined the team, each of the white-hats proved they were trustworthy by sending us details of in-game exploits and how they could be fixed. To become a white hat, you need to be invited, and the team is not currently looking for more members. If you see the White Hats in-game, do not worry if they don't respond or decline offers to /party - they are focused on the task at hand - keeping the game and your accounts safe!*

* They cannot access any information or take action against your accounts. They let us know when problems arise -- they are our guardians, and have vowed to use their programming super-powers for Good and Justice!

See a list of the AE Team Members here

How to become a Mod/Tester/Dev

As we need help moderating, making, and testing AQW, we bring on more people to help. Moderators and Testers are usually loyal fans and supports of the game who are helpful and patient with new players, fun, friendly yet responsible with the other experienced players. Many Developers are also loyal fans who have the art or writing skill we need to make AQWorlds.

For the most part being a Mod or Tester or Dev is a volunteer position, although they do enjoy other rewards like free memberships, free ACs and access to pretty much any item they would like. Some volunteer dev positions may turn into full-time gigs on the AQW team. The Help Team does not use volunteer help because account information is sensitive, and we do EVERYTHING we can to protect your info.

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August 25, 2015

This Weekend: Third Spell from the Sun

You Might as Well Be Battling on the Sun!

When a mysterious force begins to steal light from Lore’s sun, Warlic and Cysero know there is only one Hero to call upon - you! This Friday, gear up and get ready to go out of this world (and out of your body!) to keep our world from being plunged into eternal darkness!

Last week, we said this week's release would be the introduction to the Brightoak Grove Saga, and up until about six hours ago, that was true. But when J6 sent a message saying he wanted to do a really amazing job on the hub town's map, of course I said -- we can swap this week's release with next week's... because we have more of the Round 1 Stars from the Release Design Contest!

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You can tell Cysero's just chillin' with the sun because he's giving a thumbs up.

So this week we will be releasing Ergotth's "Third Spell from the Sun" story - and man, is the ending hysterical! It's not something we've ever done before... and probably will never do again! 

Introducing New AQWorlds Team Members

Ergotth, Plank, and Venthos are three of the newest members of the AQWorlds team! They are bringing fresh eyes, voices, and ideas to the AQW dev team. Starting this week, Plank and Venthos will begin their journey towards mastering the art (and madness) of quest design, while Ergotth is going to join the writing team as an all-around awesome-idea-and-continuity guy!

We are really excited to have them with us, but that is not all! Boxer502 is ALSO joining the team as a release tester. I am going back over the applications from our last tester hunt and contacting more people, so if you applied, keep an eye on your inbox - all email invitations will be sent by next Monday!

Shops Leaving this Friday

This is your last chance to get the Anseri Destroyer gear from the Cysero's Secret release Rares shop!

And don't miss the Eternal Groveborn and Grovebreaker armor sets and items. They leave Friday, too. You can find both shops in your game menu!

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August 22, 2015

“Return of the Living Devs” Art Contest Winners Announced

Our players are true heroes AND true artists!

The 2015 Summer “Return of the Living Devs” Fan Art Contest landed a critical hit! Nearly 300 of our fellow players submitted fan art from their favorite summer events:

  • Artix’s Ebil Dreadspace
  • Cysero’s Deadmoor Spirit
  • Beleen’s Chaos Queen
  • Artix’s Living Dungeon: Titan Hollow
  • Cysero's Secrets: Goose of Terror

It was a difficult task narrowing down our favorites, but this was a contest after all, and as such, we had to pick the ones we liked the best. Allow us to introduce you to the winners of the 2015 Summer Fan Art Contest!

Grand Prize Winner: Ebil Dradspace

Congratulations, Kanshi! Your artwork is out-of-this-world, and you have won the Grand Prize for Artix’s event!

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Grand Prize Winner: Deadmoor Spirit

Hauntingly beautiful work, Thunder8080! You won the grand prize for Cysero’s event!

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Grand Prize Winner: Chaos Queen Beleen

OMG I love-love-love it sooooo much, Flaw! You totally win the grand prize for Beleen’s event! Eeeee! :D

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Grand Prize Winner: Titan Hollow Living Dungeon

WOAH!! This is AMAZING. Axer0s wins the grand prize for Artix’s event!

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Grand Prize Winner: Goose of Terror

Cysero approves this masterpiece. Thumbs up, Mikomaru!

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Grand Prize Winner: Return of the Living Devs

Ergoth went above and beyond to create this legendary piece that should be featured on a cathedral ceiling or something. It’s amazing. Great work, Ergoth

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All Other Winners

To save precious Design Notes real estate space, we have placed all other winners in a new Lorepedia section:

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Click that button to view even more winners from our 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and Runner Up categories.

All of the Prizes

We will begin distributing the AdventureCoin winnings and Character Page badges on Monday, August 24. We have to personally deliver the prizes one by one, so we greatly appreciate your patience as we have A LOT of winners. A total of 43,800 AdventureCoins will be given out! WOW!!

Super Special Thank You

Our wonderful Mods & Volunteers helped collect EVERY single Summer Fan Art Entry! So when you see them in-game, be sure to /cheer them on for a job well done =)

  • Tendou no mazo
  • Gjappy
  • Eonaleth
  • Amduscia
  • Kingslayer
  • Occavatra
  • RelaxBleu
  • Rysoxes
  • Soki
  • And Sora to Hoshi for awarding the prizes!

And a super Thank You to you too!

Thank you everyone who evented the Return of the Living Devs Summer Fan Art Contest! Congratz to all our amazing winners—you are truly shaping up to be renowned artists! And even if you didn’t win this particular contest, we are looking forward to seeing your submissions in future ones =D

On behalf of the entire Artix Entertainment Team, we are honored to have YOU as a friend, and cannot wait to see what new art you conjure up in our next contest.

Battle on, my heroes!

xoxo Beleen

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August 21, 2015

Invade the Mirror Realm This Weekend

Dage the Evil Invades the Mirror Realm!

Return to the Mirror Realm this weekend as the Queen of Monsters uses the battle between Good and Evil to bring chaos to a whole new world! Which side will YOU fight for: Dage Good or Dage the Evil? 

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/join Brightfortress to begin the adventure... and save the Mirror Realm and OUR world, too!

SO MUCH GOOD and EVIL GEAR!

Seriously, a lot of you have been asking for more Good-themed gear, so now's your chance to get it! You can find gear in several places. The rares shop in your game menu has the ArchAngel Nulgath armor sets (AC and member versions) plus the Dark Sorcerer armor set (for all players).

But the REAL treasures are going to be found in the release map merge shop. You'll find:

  • Cryomancer Drakonnan armor set
  • Reavers of Good armor
  • Brightscythe Shinobi armor
  • Golden Brightscythe Warrior armor
  • Revontheus the Good armor
  • Granola Twig pet
  • The Blade of Revontheus pet*
  • And much more!

* The Floating Revontheus the Good pet flew away; once we track it down, we'll add that to the merge shop, too.

On monsters, you'll find even MORE gear - Alteon the Imbalanced drops his full set, and the mini-bosses each drop house items! Plus MEMBERS have a bonus fight all to themselves - the Paragon of Light - that drops the Blinding Caladbolg Sword and Dual Blinding Caladbolg Swords!

Time to get Farming!

Mirror Realm Limited Quantity Packages

Don't miss the Limited Quantity Packages, on sale now at http://lqs.aq.com/

Limited Quantity Package Restock Schedule

Package quantities restock throughout the weekend to give everyone a chance to get the gear they want, no matter what timezone or country they live in. Restock times for the Dragon LQP are:

  1. 3:00 PM Friday, 8/21 (initial stock)
  2. 1:00 AM Saturday, 8/22
  3. 11:00 AM Saturday, 8/22
  4. 9:00 PM Saturday, 8/22
  5. 7:00 AM Sunday, 8/23
  6. 5:00 PM Sunday, 8/23

 

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August 21, 2015

Limited Quantity Packages are LIVE

Mirror Realm LQS Packages Are On Sale NOW!

Head to our Limited Quantity Package page to grab one of these blindingly-brilliant, limited-edition sets!

Only a few heroes in AQWorlds will ever be able to equip them, so if you like rare gear - or like Good-themed items, then these are the limited quantity items for you! Each package also comes with a unique badge in your Book of Lore! 

Paragon of Light Armor Set

Price: 2000 ACs 
Total Quantity: 4000 (Initial stock: 2000, 400 per restock)
Package includes armor, helm, two capes, and two weapons.

 

Bright Fortress House (AC version)

Price: 1000 AdventureCoins 
Total Quantity: 4000 (Initial stock: 2000, 400 per restock)
Package includes in-game house.

 

Bright Fortress House (Member version)

Price: 150000 gold
Total Quantity: 8000 (Initial stock: 4000, 800 per restock)
Package includes in-game house.

Note: AC and member-only versions of the Bright Fortress house packages have the same art.


Data Elemental Pet and Weapon (Available for all players)

Price: 50000 gold
Total Quantity: 100000 (Initial stock: 25000, 15000 per restock)
Package includes a 0 AC pet and axe for all players, plus a member-only battle pet 

What are Limited Quantity Packages?

A Limited Quantity Package is a group of items sold together which has a set quantity. Once the gear has sold out, that's it. The total number of packages is the same for everyone, everwhere, so if you see 300 packages left on the web page counter, that's what we've got left in stock. These items are non-refundable, so once you click the "confirm purchase" button, that set is yours to keep!

How Do They Work?

Excellent question! Starting this Friday, August 21st, at 3:00 PM server time, the intial stock of our Limited Quantity Packages will be released. Once they are, you'll need to:

  1. Head to the Limited Quantity Package page* 
  2. Select the package you want to buy
  3. Confirm your purchase
  4. Log into your AQWorlds account
  5. Open your Book of Lore and go to the Other Achievements tab
  6. Find the Package Badge and open the shop to get your gear!

Limited Quantity Package Restock Schedule

Package quantities restock throughout the weekend to give everyone a chance to get the gear they want, no matter what timezone or country they live in. Restock times for the Dragon LQP are:

  1. 3:00 PM Friday, 8/21 (initial stock)
  2. 1:00 AM Saturday, 8/22
  3. 11:00 AM Saturday, 8/22
  4. 9:00 PM Saturday, 8/22
  5. 7:00 AM Sunday, 8/23
  6. 5:00 PM Sunday, 8/23

If you've got more questions about Limited Quantity Packages, check out our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

* Link to webpage coming once the release date gets closer.

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August 20, 2015

Happy Birthday, Gjappy!

Wish Gjappy a Happy Birthday /Cheer!

Gjappy, lead AQ3D tester/AQW Class balance tester/so-many-more-things-because-he-is-awesome, leveled up in real life today! Tweet him happy birthday wishes here, then find his shop in your game menu tomorrow! He's hand-crafted some really nifty items as his way of saying "thanks!" for playing AQWorlds.

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August 20, 2015

Chat System Change: Confirmation Prompt

Confirm Your Email To Keep Your Account Safe and Remove Reminder

It's really important to confirm your email in AQWorlds for a couple of key reasons, and keeping your account safe is the most important one. If you ever lose access to your account for any reason, having a confirmed email means Player Support can help you recover it so you don't miss any of the releases, events, or shops in-game!

That's why, starting today, if you don't have a confirmed email and start chatting in-game, you'll see a message that looks like this if you are not an upgraded member: 

And this if you are an upgraded member:

To remove that message, all you need to do is confirm your email address! 

That's really all there is to it. We get so many messages from players who have issues with an account, but who cannot prove that they own it. We want to make sure we're helping the right person, so confirming your email will help prove your identity, too.

If you already confirmed your email, then congratulations! You are wise, and you don't need to worry about any of this, because you already took steps to protect your account.

Update your AQW Account with an active email address

  1. Head to http://account.aqworlds.com/
  2. Enter your Username and Password or click on the Facebook Connect button, then Login
  3. Click on the Resend Confirmation button

     
  4. Log in to the email address you have linked to your AQWorlds account and watch for an email in your from: AdventureQuest Worlds MMORPG with a subject line of: =AQW= AdventureQuest Worlds Confirmation
  5. Click the link inside that email address and your email will be confirmed!
  6. Once you re-log into the game, the chat reminder message will disappear!

If you don't have access to your email address anymore, Player Support can help!

Head to the How do I update my signup email? Help Page.

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August 18, 2015

Get up to 25% More Free ACs

Our Back to School AdventureCoin Bonus Starts NOW!

Get 25% more free AdventureCoins when you buy a 12000 AdventureCoin package during our Back to School Bonus AdventureCoin offer! (That is 3000 more free ACs!) With our Mirror Realm release, all the new reward gear coming this Friday*, and the new main storyline saga in Brightoak Grove starting next week, this is the perfect time to stock up!

Buy the following AdventureCoin packages to get:

  • 12000 AC package:  3000 bonus AdventureCoins (best deal!)
  • 5000 AC package: 1000 bonus AdventureCoins 
  • 2000 AC package: 300 bonus AdventureCoins 
  • 900 AC package: 100 bonus AdventureCoins

* Dage's Paragon of Light blindingly-brilliant, and is a sneak-preview of what's to come in this Friday's Limited Quantity Set sale! More details coming tomorrow!

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