Design Notes

March 27, 2017

Elemental Planes: Into the Ice

This is a pretty cool adventure (ice puns give me the chills)

The Elemental Avatars control the hidden forces of Lore. But sometimes, to truly change the world, an Elemental Avatar needs more than their Champion, Dragon, and Titan. Next weekend, help a young hero discover his identity… and destiny!


This weekend, /join iceplane and battle alongside Abel (who many of you will remember from the Cryostorm zone) as he discovers his TRUE destiny... and becomes the very cool dude he was always fated to be!

Unlock the icy armor on the left from the story release, and chill out after battle with the BitterCrystal Mage Robes, available from the March Featured Rares shop!

Tags: Alina,
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March 25, 2017

Battle on, Daimyo!

Tribute to the immortal battle puppy

It is with deep sadness that I write to tell you that during the night, the real life Daimyo, my faithful companion of over 15 years, has left our world. The veterinarian said that his heart was just too big… which was true both figuratively and literally. If you did not know, he was with me when I wrote the first line of code for the original AdventureQuest. He was the inspiration for Daimyo, the Undead Slaying Pomeranian, who appears in many of our video games-- where he will live on forever, as an iconic symbol of hope, loyalty, and cuteness.

Daimyo’s Birthday

 It is our tradition, that every year on Daimyo’s birthday, we release a different version of him as an in-game pet. This year, on his birthday of June 1st, we will do something special. If you would like to show your respect to the real life version of this legendary video gaming puppy, you can like this Facebook post, or favorite this Twitter post. If you would like to share any fan art of Daimyo, please post it to those links. 


This is the only time I have ever cried writing a design notes post. Much love to you all.

Tags: Artix,
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March 24, 2017

This Weekend: Return to Crownsreach

Will YOU ally with Chaos?

It is said that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" -- and in this case, that is VERY true! On Friday, March 24th, journey to Crownsreach and talk to Drakath - the former Champion of Chaos. He is plotting his return to power after the Queen of Monsters stripped it from him... and humiliated him in front of the entire world.

Will you ally with him to take down the Queen of Monsters? If your answer is YES (or if you just want to check out what this long-time enemy is getting up to) /join Crownsreach to find...

  • 15 new quests and 5 new shops from...
  • 5 new NPCs, each with quests and/or a shop of their own
  • A NEW reputation to rank up: Chaos Militia and 17 new items for it
  • 10 new items for the existing Chaos faction rep shop
  • 8 new pets to buy (including 2 for AdventureCoins, no membership required!)
  • 4 tasty potions to enhance your gameplay
  • The Chaos Contract for those brave (or rebellious) enough to ally with Chaos

Meet the Residents of CrownsReach

When plotting to re-take over the world, it's important to surround yourself with people you trust. Drakath, having been betrayed once, has taken pains to vet his new companions. Meet the crew:

  • Cemaros the Chaotic: Chaos Reputation Vendor
  • Gesar, the Chaorrupted Blacksmith: Gear shop NPC
  • Skoa, the Cryptozoologist: Pet shop NPC
  • Dr. Havelock, the Mad Chemist: Food & Drink shop NPC
  • Iaste, the Militia Leader: Militia leader NPC

Rank up your Chaos Faction rep to unlock new gear from Cemaros, check out Gesar's gear shop, and do NOT poke your fingers into the cages in Skoa's Chaotic Critter cave. 

For the Dedicated: Chaos Awaits

Since AQWorlds began, we've had heroes asking for the ability to choose a Chaos Alignment, just like you can choose Good or Evil. Chaotic Good, Neutral, and Evil heroes... your TIME is almost here!

Talk to Cemaros to choose a Chaos Alignment. You'll need the Chaos Contract (sold for 100,000 gold). Once you choose this, your character page will change to show the Chaos Hero alignment.

If you are TRULY dedicated - and have rank 10 Chaos rep - YOU can begin Iaste's quests to rank up your Crownsreach Militia faction. Those who do will become Drakath's MOST dedicated, and trusted, battle companions.

Tags: Alina,
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March 24, 2017

March Upgrade Bonus Gear Leaves April 7th

March Bonus Gear: The ProtoParagon 3017 Set!

Unlock the ProtoParagon 3017 set when you buy any membership or AdventureCoin package worth $10 USD or more starting until Friday, April 7th, at 6 PM EST. Upgrade with a 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership to get the ProtoParagon Mk 3 set, too! 

Tier 1: ProtoParagon 3017

The Undead Legion 3017 demands everything of its soldiers... and any hero skilled enough to equip the ProtoParagon 3017 becomes one of its deadliest weapons.

Get the Gear with a

  • 3 month membership 
  • 6 month membership
  • 12 month membership 
  • 2000 AC pack
  • 5000 AC pack
  • 12000 AC pack
 


Unlock the rewards

  • ProtoParagon 3017 armor
  • 1 helm
  • 2 capes 
  • 2 weapons
  • 5 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Points boosts
  • ProtoParagon 3017 Character page badge


Tier 2: ProtoParagon Mk 3

Only one team is fit to fight alongside the elite ProtoParagon 3017 unit - the members of ProtoParagon Mk 3, a unit so fierce, so dedicate, and so deadly that the galaxy trembles when they approach!


Get the gear with a

  • 12 month membership
  • 12000 AC pack

 

 

 

Unlock the rewards

  • ProtoParagon 3017 Armor
  • ProtoParagon Mk 3 Armor
  • 2 helms
  • 4 weapons
  • 4 capes 
  • 7 Rep, XP, Gold, and Class Point boosts
  • ProtoParagon 3017 Character page badge
Tags: Alina,
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March 23, 2017

BR/Portuguese Help on Forums

English

New Forums Help For Portuguese Speakers!

Greetings!  Starting today, we are launching a new program for Portuguese speaking players to get basic help on the AQW Forums.

No more hoping Google Translate got it right!  Now you can ask and be answered in Portuguese.

Anything that cannot be resolved on the forums will still be directed to file a bug report with the Bug Tracker

Portuguese

Nova ajuda nos Forums para fluentes em Português!

Saudações! Começando hoje, nós estamos lançando um novo programa para jogadores que falam Português para obterem ajuda no AQW Forums.

Sem mais esperanças que o Google Tradutor tenha pego de forma correta! De agora em diante, você pode perguntar e ser respondido em Português.

Qualquer coisa que não possa ser resolvido nos Forums, será direcionado a mandar um bug report com o Bug Tracker

Tags: Alina,
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March 17, 2017

Last Chance for iOS Founders

Unlocks the exclusive DragonKnight set inside AQWorlds!

The new BattleGems update on iOS rolls out Monday (Apple app store approval is IN)! This is the very last chance for iOS players to get Founder in BattleGems, our mobile RPG Puzzle Game.* Considering that you had.. oh wow, almost two and a half years, it is finally time to make BattleGems Founder go perma rare! For REAL!

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Rolith and his team have finished upgrading BattleGems to the newest version of Unity, improving the game's speed and giving it 64 bit support. He will roll out the new version to the iOS app store on Monday, March 20th. (Hey... that is also Galanoth's birthday. Thematically appropriate!)


Along with this release, we will be removing the Founder package which basically gives you ulimited turns, unlimited keys, special in game armor set, special AQWorlds armor set, well... EVERYTHING for a single in-app purchase of $10. Founders will be pretty proud of that they got it, because after the new patch goes live, the armor will be permanent!

Replacing Founder is... the Ultimate DragonSlayer Set!

If you have been wanting the DragonKnight armor from BattleGems in AQWorlds and BattleGems... this is your final chance to get it on the Apple iOS or Android versions of the mobile game! If you've already gotten that set, or decide to upgrade your BattleGems account after the new patch rolls, you will unlock the...

BattleGems Founders automatically unlock the Ultimate DragonSlayer gear!

Tags: Alina,
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March 17, 2017

Lucky Day 2017 Returns Friday

Do ya feel lucky, Hero?

The luckiest day of the year is rapidly approaching, and so is Galanoth’s birthday! This Friday, log in to play through the Lucky Day Carnival and talk to Potsy McNobbin to complete his all-new Potchapon reward quests! 

The Lucky Day Shamrock Fair rolls back into town, too, with all your favorite seasonal gear. Get your Golden Tickets and test your luck with our mini-games, then /join luckdragon to help Galanoth get ALL the luck during his birthday Dragon Hunt!

Potsy's Potchapon Quests

Talk to Potsy in /luck. Battle his Pot o' Gold for a chance to get Bronze, Gold, Platinum, or Rainbow coins. Turn those coins in for a chance to get ALL the 0AC rewards below! 

The Dark Mime and Clovercraft Bank Pet are also in the Featured March Gear shop until April 7th!

Your Guide to the Shamrock Fair

Once a year the Shamrock Fair comes to town with it's games of chance.  Here's hoping the luck of the Mog-lish bring you treasures of chance.  Also Roy G. Biv needs help saving the colors, so /equip your rainbow and fight Monochrome!

End of the Rainbow

Where to go: join /rainbow
Who to talk to: Woodland Faeries, Roy G Biv
What do to: Monochrome has blasted the Rainbow, help the Faeries make everything right.

Shamrock Fair

Where to go: Join /luck or button in Rainbow
Who to talk to: Mog O'Rahilly and Carnie Sneevils
What to do: Play games and earn Golden Tickets for prizes!

Shamrock Fair Shops

Hedge Maze 

A-MAZE-ing Race: Find the Small Pot O’ Gold in the Hedge Maze and get the Pot O’ Gold Polish from Monochrome.

Mini-Games

Clover Fields: How’s your memory?  Pretty good?  Well click the clover pattern for Golden Tickets.  You have 3 chances to get the highest score. (Legend Only)
Jackpot o' Gold: Step up and test your strength! When the pointer is in the red zone click the button for a strong smash and earn Golden Tickets.
Rainbow Run: Grab that gold! Collect as many coins as you can without falling or tripping.  Speed the Sneevil up by moving your mouse to the right.  Slow down by moving your mouse to the left.  Jump over holes and obstacles by clicking the left mouse button.
Ring Toss:  Ring ring! Want Golden Tickets?  Just get as many rings onto the bottles with 10 chances.  Choose which bottle you want the ring to be on with the pointer then hold down the mouse button.  The higher the red in the bar gets the farther the ring goes.
Smack A Sneevil:  Frustrated at Sneevil’s for taking your boxes? Well let it out by using the mallet to whack as many as you can in the time allowed.
Shamrock Smash: It’s your Luckee day!  Use the LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys to control Luckee and bounce       

Tags: Alina,
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March 15, 2017

March Calendar of Events

Dark, Chaotic, and COOL releases ahead!

It's your lucky month, Heroes! Get ready to March into battle this month, because  war, Chaos, and a very cool adventure are coming your way. Read on and mark your calendars so you don't miss a thing.

  • Thursday, Mar 2nd: Dage's seasonal birthday map + gear arrive
  • Friday, Mar 3rd: Undead Legion 3017 event + March Upgrade Bonus Gear
  • March 3  - 5th: Dark Birthday Server Boosts! Get 15% more CP and Gold!
  • Friday, Mar 10th: The Undead Legion 3017 WAR begins... how will you end it?
  • Friday, Mar 17th: Lucky Day returns with your favorite minigames + new gear!
  • Friday, Mar 24th: Journey to Crownsreach and learn more about Drakath's plans
  • Mar 24 - 26th: Weekend of Chaos! Get 15% more Rep and XP!
  • Friday, Mar 31st: Battle through the Plane of Ice with Abel!

 

On Friday, April 7th, say goodbye to...

  • Dage's seasonal birthday gear and zones
  • Lucky Day map and seasonal gear
  • Galanoth's Birthday gear/shop
  • March Featured Gear Shop
  • March Upgrade Bonus set: ProtoParagon 3017
Tags: Alina,
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March 10, 2017

Tonight: Undead Legion 3017 War

Dage's birthday event continues as we head to WAR!

The battle to control the future rages on as Dage the Evil fights his most dangerous enemy! Help him survive the war as we battle aboard the Dreadnaut! Get previews and discuss the event with your friends on its Facebook page!


Even MORE Birthday Rewards

We released a TON of gear last but, but the birthday fun continues this Friday with new gear, including...

Seasonal rare gear

  • A NEW (and final) Dark Caster set
  • the Dreadnaut House (available for AdventureCoins and Legion Tokens!)
  • Shogun Paragon Quest Pet (available for AdventureCoins and Legion Tokens!)

Find the Shogun Paragon Pet for AdventureCoins or Legion Tokens! Get a quest to farm for Legion Tokens and the Eternal Legion Blade (shown above)

Farmable War Chest Rewards

  • Proto Ragnarok Blade
  • Evolved Painsaw Blade
  • And more when the war meter hits 100%

Rare Set

  • Spoilers! Every birthday needs to have a bit of mystery! Find the mysterious rare set for AdventureCoins once the war boss is unlocked!

Farming rewards

  • UW3017 Blaster set
  • SF 3017 Shogun set (only available for Legion Tokens!)

Note: the quest from the Shogun Paragon pet will be reviewed once we have enough feedback from you guys. If necessary, changes will be made next week.

Tags: Alina,
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March 08, 2017

February Custom Weapon Winner

Congratulations, Zay_M8!

"Wait... what just happened?" you ask? I'll tell you! We've been planning a fun surprise for heroes who upgrade in AQWorlds and managed to keep it a secret! This morning, we gathered up a list of everyone who bought an upgrade in February -- both AdventureCoins and Memberships -- and chose one lucky person from among them to win a custom weapon. That winner is... Zay_M8!

We had big plans to put together a video letting him know, and posting it on the Design Notes, but when I went to check out his account, I saw he was online. It is always more fun to give people good news "in person,"  so I hopped on and talked with him then and there. 

After being pretty surprised, he got down to business, and described his new custom weapon... and told me the name of two friends he'd like to share his prize with. 

One of the AQW artists will build that blade on Monday, and Zay_M8 and his friends will get it with Friday's release!

Will You Do This Again?

Good question! Short answer, yes! During the first week of April, we'll choose one person from among a list of people who upgrade in March to get their very own custom weapon (with the option of sharing it with up to 10 friends). Keep an eye on the Design Notes to see if this fun surprise will continue after that!

Some of you are asking: "why didn't you announce this before?" Answer: because it's more fun to announce new ways to get rewards when we already have the name of the first winner.

I love happy surprises where you guys get cool stuff! SURPRISE!

Tags: Alina,
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