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July 27, 2015

Friday: Discover Cysero's Secrets

Discover the Truth behind the Goose of Terror!

When Cysero asks for your help to defend his fabled forge/bakery from some of the queen’s minions, you'll learn more about the origins of nature, life, and the horrors of the fearsome beast they call... the "Goose"!

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As you battle your way through Cysero's bakery-forge this Friday, you'll discover doorways to many places, see many strange and wond'rous things (my personal favorite is the probably the roasting pickle), and you'll also learn one of the greatest secrets of OUR WORLD! There is one thing you will NOT need to wait until Friday to learn, though, and that's how Cysero feels about geese:

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If you right click this link, you can open it in a new tab and save the image, then edit in a caption of your own. If you do, tweet it to me, cysero, and Artix!

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July 27, 2015

Delay in Help Team Reply Emails

Note from Nythera about Delayed Email Replies

Hello, Nythera here. If you emailed my Artix HelpTeam via the Help Pages last Friday evening 7/24/15 and you have not received a response...please email us again! We had some hungry server hamsters eat some of our emails.

I need to remind Zhoom to feed them more... But rest assured, we are working as fast as we can to get all the backlogged emails answered as quickly as possible!

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July 25, 2015

Unlock the Ancient Grovebreaker Blade

Unlock the exclusive weapon with any AC package!

Unlock the Ancient Grovebreaker Spellblade with ANY AdventureCoin package! The weapon will be added directly into your inventory, so you can /equip it and begin battling your way through all our awesome Summer 2015 "Return of the Living Dev" events right away!

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Then find the rest of the Ancient Spellblade gear (including an armor, helms, a floating sword pet, and more) in the Living Dungeon AC Rares shop inside your Game Menu!

In this week's rares shop, you'll find:

  • Eternal Groveborn Armor
  • Grovebreaker Armor
  • Cernunos’ Avatar Helm
  • Novice’s Shag Hair
  • Bright Elven Locks 
  • Shadowed Elven Locks
  • Nefarious Elven Locks
  • Horned Elven Locks
  • Rune of the Grove
  • Mystic Wrap of the Ancients
  • Cloak of the Groveborn
  • Grove Defender’s Reserve Gear
  • Eternal Groveborn’s Blade
  • Enchanted Grovebreaker’s Blade
  • Shadowfir Athame
  • Brightwind Athame
  • Groveborn Defender’s Companion
  • Groveborn Defender’s Battle Pet *

*Upgrade your account with a membership to unlock!

Summer Bonus AC Offer Ends August 7th!

Get 25% more free AdventureCoins when you buy a 12000 AdventureCoin package through August 7th! (That is 3000 more free ACs!) And get 500 more bonus ACs when you buy a 5000 AdventureCoin package! This offer will only be around for two more weeks... so if there are any rare items from our Summer 2015 "Return of the Living Devs" event you've been wanting to get your gauntlets on, now's the time to get the gear AND extra ACs! 

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July 23, 2015

Summer Madness AC Bonus Sale

Get Up to 25% MORE Free AdventureCoins Through July 24th!

Starting tonight, July 24th and ending August 7th, get 25% more free AdventureCoins when you buy a 12000 AdventureCoin package! (That is 3000 more free ACs!) And get 500 more bonus ACs when you buy a 5000 AdventureCoin package! This offer will only be around for two more weeks... so if there are any rare items from our Summer 2015 "Return of the Living Devs" event you've been wanting to get your gauntlets on, now's the time to get the gear AND extra ACs! 

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AC Bonus Offer for July 24 - August 7:

12000 AC package + 3000 bonus ACs  
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July 24, 2015

Tonight: Moonlight on the Grave

And an Old Enemy Considers a New Alliance!

This weekend's Hero Vacation checklist: powerful LunarMancer? You bet! Complex plot for revenge? Oh yeah! Unforeseen accident causing massive, moon-based shenanigans (and an old enemy's return)? Absolutely! Discover what happens after the LunarMancer’s spell goes awry and survive your journey to Terra Lacuna Island this week in AdventureQuest Worlds!

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This release was a bit smaller than some of our previous weeks have been - with Ghost on vacation, Arklen stepped up to the plate and knocked out FIVE cutscenes! /cheer and all the hats tipped off to him for his extra effort! Aaaaaand...

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Memet was doing triple overtime working on some REALLY crazy new art for Cysero's release next week (we've got a new rare mount armor coming, for those of you who like ridiculously-awesome things) before she heads off to help BioBeasts for a week!

BUT do not forget... NEW BEACH HANGOUT! Gather all your friends and /join the party in Coral Beach Save up the Moon Rocks you find in Luna Cove, then trade them to SunBeam for new Beach Gear from Aranx.

Summer Madness AC Bonus Offer Ends August 7th!

These are the last two weeks of our Summer Madness Bonus AdventureCoin offer! Get 25% more free ACs when you buy a 12000 AC packages or 500 more free ACs when you buy a 5000 AC package - with all the awesome events this summer, you'll want to stock up so you don't miss any of the epic reward gear... but both the offer and gear will be leaving soon, just like summer itself!

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Don't miss our other recent releases:

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July 22, 2015

Before the Full Moon Rises...

The LunarMancer Needs Your Help!

The LunarMancer (no, we don't know his real name, he won't tell us...) needs someone to help him very, very badly. The villagers on the island of Luna Cove won't do it. When I asked, they just shook their heads, crossed their eyes, and stuck out their tongues. But if a certain Hero were to take a vacation to Luna Cove this weekend, we might discover why... and he might complete the spell that would help him gain the rest and respite he so badly needs! If that's enough of a Wednesday teaser for you. Stop here. Otherwise, read on!

There's just ONE. Little. Problem! As the moon moves through its phases, passing towards the full moon, lunarmancy gets stronger. And if your focus is not ABSOLUTELY PERFECT, spells and rituals are... apt to go awry. 

If you haven't checked your lunar calendar (or the night sky) lately, then you may have missed that it is ALMOST the full moon! And THAT means that the LunarMancer's power is ALMOST at full strength! This is both a good thing and a BAD thing - we're not quite sure WHAT will happen when (or IF) he completes the ritual. THAT is going to be up to you, Hero! 

 

Friday: The Fantastic LORE Limited Time Shop Arrives!

Starting this Friday, July 24th, find the Fantastic Lore shop in your game menu for until August 7th! Get Nulgath's "The Fiending" armor, helms, and maces, based on everyone's favorite Fantastic Four character, The Thing!

 

Get Up to 30% More Free Bonus ACs until Friday!

This Friday at 6PM server time, the free bonus amount and select packages will change! If you want to get the most bonus ACs (so you don't miss any of our awesome summer rare rewards like The Collector Class or the Ancient Grovebreaker Blade), now's the best time to do it!

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Bug Fix update: The Dead Rewards Shop in /death. which had been erroneously removed, has been returned. The gear is now available again! Thanks to all those who reported it!

July 20, 2015

Friday: The LunarMancer Arrives!

And an Old Enemy Considers a New Alliance!

When a powerful (maybe slightly moon-dazed) LunarMancer seeks revenge on those who've wronged him, he requires YOUR help to complete a complex ritual that will set everything to right. If you ever want to leave the lovely Luna Cove, located on the shores of Terra Lacuna Island (also the setting for last week's Titan Hollow release), you'll need to help him... if you can!

BUT WAIT! It's almost the full moon, and you know what THAT means on Lore... unforeseen accidents, shenanigans, and - oh yes, you'll be lycan what comes next... moon-based mayhem! Help the Lunarmancer complete his ritual, save the villagers, and discover what is in store for old enemies and new... friends(!?) this weekend!

 

Coming Next Week: Cysero's Secret

As Reens and Arklen build Laken's LunarMancer release (/cheer for another Laken story!), Memet and J6 are hard at work creating the assets that will be used for Cysero's release next week - the final installment of our Summer 2015 "Return of the Living Devs" event!

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 If you know Cysero, then you know it WILL be crazy, you WILL get to take a gander at the unexpected, and you WILL be quack-ing up before he's through!

 

Last Chance to get up to 30% More Free AdventureCoins!

Get up to 30% more free Adventurecoins when you buy select packages until July 24th! With all the awesome events this summer, you'll want to stock up so you don't miss any of the epic reward gear - like the new Collector Class or the Ancient Groveborn gear! And when you buy any AC package, you'll unlock the exclusive Ancient Grovebreaker Blade!

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Also releasing this week in AQWorlds:

  • Coral Beach - the hottest new surf hangout - arrives with more summer gear!
  • The Fantastic Lore Limited Time Shop arrives Friday with The Fiending Set!

July 20, 2015

Redeem retail gift cards for ACs

PayGarden Lets You Redeem Other Store Gift Cards!

GREAT news - we've partnered with PayGarden to let you trade major brand gift cards (like Walmart, Macy's, Home Depot, and 100+ more) for AdventureCoins!

If you've got a gift card you'll never use, or that has at least $10 USD left on it, you can redeem them on our website and get ACs in return.

Important Information

  • No credit cards required
  • Gift card must have at least $10 USD left on it
  • Works with US stores only
  • Extra AC package bonus items not included when ACs purchased through PayGarden

Need help with PayGarden? See the PayGarden Help Page here.

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July 17, 2015

Prepare for Titan Hollow!

Take on the Living Dungeon Tonight!

Tonight! Friday night (est) is the opening of the living dungeon "Titan Hollow" in www.AQ.com I was really grateful to be able to work on this for you with J6, Reens, Ghost and the rest of the AQWorlds team! Like my previous adventure, Dreadspace, it is reasonably sized for casual gamers to enjoy, but has lots of end game and bonus content to do for ultra dedicated gamers who want more. If I only get to tell you one thing about this new mini-story... is that it is beautifully creepy with a really fun feel good ending. When you see the quality of J6's art and Ghost's amazing animated cutscenes... you will see why we needed those extra 3 days!

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Without spoiling anything... there is one particular view when you are standing inside of the standing Titan's mouth, looking out... and you can see everything! It is amazing. I think I stared at that scene for hours while I was writing the pun filled quest descriptions. We really need to turn that into a house.


A little backstory. Originally, I was designing this dungeon to be am ultra evil Grimskull puzzle-dungeon... with a "Surprise! It is Grimskull!" reveal at some point. (Which I *STILL* will do one day in the future!) But for this particular summer release we all wanted something that everyone would actually enjoy. Because, um, there is something about dying in terrible and horrible ways... in every room.. multiple times... over and over... that not everyone enjoys. <_< So I carefully placed my evil Grimskull notebook back on the shelf... where it can sit generating nightmares until it is time. Instead,in this release I wanted to focus on the "Parkour of Video Game travel." That is... making getting from point A to point B really interesting. A living dungeon is the perfect place to do that! What started as quick little 5 second cutscenes turned into a pretty full blown production. We came up with he idea for the the end of the adventure while we were still working on it... which I REALLY think you are going to enjoy.

There are two things we did differently in Titan Hollow. First, is how we introduce the villain. As weird and simple as it seems when you play it... it is the first time we have EVER done that. It gives a very clear goal and motivation to get to the end of the dungeon too. Second, you can "re-run" this dungeon. Normally, you beat a quest chain and then farm the boss monster for Drops. In this dungeon, you will re-run the quests to fight the main boss for a single epic prize. To get another epic prize, you re-run a simplier version of the quests again. Of course, there are also some bonus big monster baddies that are there to farm for stuff too.

Release Checklist! Make sure you find/complete/watch:

  • BOTH run-throughs! Do NOT just complete the release once!
  • The merge shop that unlocks after you complete the first round of story quests
  • All 10 monster drop rewards
  • The special, HIDDEN "release" boss with arguably the most "epic drop" in the game
  • All 8 story cutscenes
  • The Titan BATTLE fight to the finish!!!!

Again, I really hope you enjoy this adventure. Take lots of screenshots!

P.S. Sorry for writing you a novel! It is 2am... after working on a release like this, I get super hyperactive. I probably will not be able to sleep until you play it. Thankfully we are mostly done now... almost everything is assembled!

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July 15, 2015

Ancient Grovebreaker Blade Arrives Friday

Unlock the Ancient Grovebreaker Spellblade This Friday!

Starting this Friday at 6 PM Eastern, unlock the Ancient Grovebreaker Spellblade with ANY AdventureCoin package! The weapon will be added directly into your inventory, so you can /equip it and begin battling your way through Artix's Living Dungeon release right away!

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Then find the rest of the Ancient Spellblade gear (including an armor, helms, a floating sword pet, and more) in the Living Dungeon AC Rares shop inside your Game Menu!

The Wrath of Cerberus Axe Leaves July 17th!

Unlock the exclusive Wrath of Cerberus hammer with ANY AdventureCoin package through Friday, July 17th! The weapon will be added directly into your inventory, so no need to hunt through the Underworld (or your Book of Lore) to find it, but once this offer ends, it will never be available again. 

Once you've purchased your AdventureCoins, head in-game to find the rest of the set in the Blood of Cerberus Rares shop.

You'll be able to purchase any of the Blood of Cerberus armors, cape, helms, weapons (with a different hammer variant) or pet until July 17th!

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