December 31, 2011
The year of CHAOS!
Robina: Wait, the year of Chaos?
Artix: Yeah! Chaos!
Robina: I thought 2012 was year of the Dragon.
Galanoth: Maybe it is year of the Chaos Dragon!
Artix & Robina: ...
Robina (whispering to Artix): *sigh* Dragonslayers....
Artix: Yeah! Maybe it is an UNDEAD CHAOS DRAGON!
Artix & Galanoth: YEAH!!!!!!|
Thank you so much for an amazing year! I wrote you a SUPER LONG New Years post that was sooooooo big that it would obliterate the design notes if we tried to post it on here.Includes the brand new AQWorlds commercial video and more. Read on and BATTLE ON!
Read your super bonus lengthy
December 31, 2011
LAST Limited Quantity Shop of 2011!
The Limited Quantity Shop is live! We've got a whole holiday haul for you to have at, including 4 armors, 2 capes, 7 helms, 6 swords, 1 dagger, 1 dual-wield and 1 regular-wield gun, and 1 mace... PLUS all of the things that are still leftover from the LAST Limited Quantity Shop!
TitanSlayer Armor, Cape, Helm, and Armaments
Sky Frost Armor - 850 AC - 9,000 qty
Crimson Wrath - 700 AC - 7,000 qty
TitanSlayer Armor - 725 AC - 6,000 qty
Malachite Merc - 45,000 member - 10,000 qty
Sky Frost Cape - 100 AC - 9,000 qty
TitanSlayer Cape - 31,500 free - 12,000 qty
Dark Face Eater - 120 AC - 6,500 qty
Sky Frost Helm - 90 AC - 9,000 qty
Crimson Mask - 85 AC - 7,000 qty
TitanSlayer's Flaming Faceguard - 85 AC - 5,000 qty
TitanSlayer's Spiked Mask - 95 AC - 6,000 qty
Malachite Mask - 15000 mem - 10,000 qty
North Wind's Memory - 200 AC - 5,000 qty
Wooden Doomblade - 200 AC - 5,000 qty
Soul's Bane - 200 AC - 3,000 qty
Deathly Flurry - 175 AC - 3,000 qty
Blight Blade - 175 AC - 4,000 qty
Frozen Blizzard Blade - 20,000 member - 10,000 qty
Sky Frost Daggers - 200 AC - 5,000 qty
TitanSlayer's Armaments - 200 AC - 3,500 qty
Sky Frost Rifle - 25,000 member - 7,000 qty
KneeCapper - 30,000 free - 30,000 qty
Sky Frost Armor, Cape, Helm, and Rifle
Crimson Wrath and Malachite Merc Armors and Masks
Click to change helm's appearance
Deathly Flurry, Blight Blade, North Wind's Memory, Gravelyn's Practice Doomblade
And if you haven't been with us for a Limited Quantity Shop before, here's what's going to happen:
At 10 AM server time on Saturday, December 31st (that's THIS Saturday!), we will open up a Limited Quantity Shop in Battleon. The items listed above will all be in the shop with the stated prices and quantities.
Once that item is sold out, it is never coming back. Ever. If you see something you like, then you're going to want to make sure you're awake and have the gold or ACs in hand to buy your chosen equips!
Here's a handy online time zone converter to make logging in at just the right moment a little easier!
And once you're done browsing Khuddar's inventory, why not /join newyearlab and see what happens when Chaos and Chronomancy combine in our newest New Year's Eve-nt!
December 30, 2011
Chronomancy and Chaos!
Time is so predictable. It always goes from past to present to future. But when Drakath converts a Chronomancer to his cause, Chaos is going to disrupt the TimeStream!
Professor Iadoa - a renowned Chronomancer who has been flitting from between lines in the TimeStream for decades - has returned to his home era and is ready to turn Time upside-down and inside-out! To do that, he's got to stop it first, and the countdown ends this New Year's!
His SHUTDOWN sequence has been initiated. If you can't halt it and defeat Iadoa before the last seconds of the apparatus' countdown run out, Time as we know it will be destroyed!
And check out the totally timely rares in Lim's New Year's Shop and the New Year's House Shop for sweet seasonal and permanent rares which will show all your friends what an epic time you had!
Last Limited Quantity Shop of 2011 - 10AM Saturday!
Get your rear in gear, because Khuddar is here! That's right, it's the last LQS of 2011 and the goods he's got in store are going to go FAST! Featuring some of the most excellent equips and amazing accessories that we've produced yet, Khuddar's got items for every adventurer sold for gold or ACs.
We've got all the vital stats and critical info outlined in THIS post! And to make doubly, triply sure that you don't miss this super shop, here's a timezone converter so you know when YOUR time is OUR time!
Notes to Know!
Shift your eyeballs up a few lines and make sure you know what time the last Limited Quantity Shop of 2011 is. Frostvale, the Song of the Frozen Heart event, Beleen and Quibble are leaving NEXT Friday! We've also got the first Etherstorm Wastes release (they're going to be HOT!), the first new mid-week release of the Yaaaaarrr!, Frostval gifts will open and a not-so-surprise announcement all arriving at various points throughout next week!
December 28, 2011
It's almost 2012 - Are you ready?!
2012 is the Year of Chaos, and we're starting the year off with a BANG! Literally! This Friday you'll meet Professor Iadoa (Professor Yana, anyone?), a famous Chronomancer who has been missing for decades. He should have stayed gone, though, because now that he's back... it's time for Chaos!
The New Year's ball frozen in place. All clocks have stopped.
If this were a normal New Year's release against a normal New Year's villain, we'd make jokes about the clock ticking down until the big boss battle, races against time, etc etc. But it's not a normal year, nor is the clock ticking down! The diabolical Professor Iadoa plans to stop Time to prevent the New Year from arriving.
Ok, so maybe it's got a FEW support beams left.
And if he manages to charge his SHUTDOWN* apparatus, you won't have a future as the savior of Lore - because the future will never come! With epic, temporally-relevant seasonal rares (previews later this week) in the shop and as drops, this Friday's event is sure to stop you - and Time?! - in your tracks!
* Steamfed Hourglass Unit: Temporal Device Originally Wall-mounted, Now freestanding. Acronyms FTW.
What Time is the Release?
Every Friday, we get dozens (or more!) of people asking "When it the release?!" and we always give the same answer: "As soon as it's ready!" You can see this illustrated on Cysero's Twitter profile, which tells players to expect it at "As Soon As It's Ready O'Clock!"
So to remind us that the clock is always ticking, but that the release will only ever be ready when it's done, the AQW room now proudly displays a clock that says exactly when the deadline is:
What time is the release, you ask? Now you know! /grin
Almost Time for the LQS!
And you'll want to make sure YOUR real-life clock hasn't stopped, because the last Limited Quanity Shop of 2011 starts this Saturday at 10am EST! (That's 10am server time.) For previews, prices, and quantities of all the rockin' rares coming to the shop, check out the LQS Design Notes post from yesterday!
And it's time for me to be heading out, too! Time to go make chocolate-dipped peanut brittle and wrap presents for Frostval #2, celebrated with family we didn't see over the weekend. Have a good night! And a note to remember for the future (if it comes!): Those who force time are pushed back by time; those who yield to time find time on their side.
December 23, 2011
Ice Zombie Frost-pocalypse!
Jagged ice, frostbitten souls, and frozen hearts – everything Dead Morice planned has come to pass! The people of Lore can feel nothing – not love, joy, or Frostval cheer – except the icy venom coursing through their veins! Coldhearted ice sorcerer Dead Morice has turned all of your friends into frost-brained golems, slaves to his bitterly cold heart and motives.
And when he sends them out to capture the moglins of Frostvale – the last pocket of Lore unaffected by his icy touch – you’ll have to save them AND the rest of Lore before Dead Morice’s eternal winter freezes their hearts… FOREVER!
Frostval's Finale will come with some frigidly cool quest rewards and monster drops, too:
- Frost and Steel
- Ice Storm Blade
- Joyful Resolve
- Sugary Sword
- Aura of the SnowGlobe
- Star of the North Pole
- Symbiote Growths
- Symbiote Infection
- Frostval on a Steek
- Cold Bones Armor
- Snowy Axe
And Members can use the /icecavern map to farm level 40 and 45 monsters for extra-high EXP!
A Happy Holiday Quibble Haul!
Quibble Coinbiter also has a backpack full of festive new Frostval booty, so make sure to stop by BattleOn to buy out his gift-stock, including a Quibble Bank pet!
- Quibble Bank
- Hyperborean Bite
- Iced Foule-Bordeau
- Glare of the Permafrost
- Spikes of Permafrost
- PermFost Legionaire's Visage
- Iced Jester
- PermaFrost Sapiens
- PermaFrost Legionaire
- Glacial Wand
- Glacial Bow
- Silver and Gold
Cookie Contest Winners Announced!
The tastiest contest yet has ended, and the winners of the Holiday Cookie Contest are here! Get your nom on when you feast your eyes on these sweet treats!
Congratulations to everyone who entered and ALL the winners! You guys did a GREAT job!
December Pet 'o the Month - Reinderp!
And don't forget about this amazingly cherry little guy! Reinderp just wants to fill your backpack with holiday happiness! YMembers can find him in Aria's pet shop!
We Wish You a Merry Frostval!
The holidays are a time of giving, sharing, and joy. It's also the season for spending time with family and friends; even though we talk to you guys all year 'round, this is the perfect time of year to say that we look at all of YOU as our friends - just those we haven't met yet!
Enjoy the Frostval finale and all of the epically cool gifts that come with it! Look for the New Year's release to come next week, along with the final Limited Quantity Shop of the year! We're going to go spend time with our family and friends, and hope that you'll do the same!
From all of us on the AQWorlds team and everyone at Artix Entertainment, we wish you the merriest of Frostvals and happiest of holidays!
December 21, 2011
2011 Cookie Contest Song
The Cookie Hork returns to show off delicious cookie contest entries! Congratulations to everyone who participated. You guys are AMAZING! Winners to be announced Friday just before the new release!
Song of the Frozen Heart Finale!
This Friday, you'll see all of your friends entirely consumed by the ice venom coursing through their veins! Dead Morice's plan has come to its chilling conclusion... almost! With all the humans on Lore (except you?!) frozen into cold-hearted ice golems, Dead Morice has turned his attention to the last pocket of resistance to this frosty finish - the moglins of Frostvale!
There's SNOW where to run, little Moglin!
Now the fate of the Frostvale moglins as well as all of your friends rests on your armor-plated shoulders! Head deep into Dead Morice's iced-over volcano fortress and start heating things up! Now that you have the Flame of Frostval (thanks, Gravelyn!), you'll need to rescue your friends (who are visibly trapped inside a really cool-looking ice golem exterior) AND save the moglins... before they get put on ice. Permanently!
What's even worse is that you can still see Frosty the Moglin blinking.
With another cameo appearance by Empress Gravelyn, moglin expressions that will tug at your heartstrings, and a stonecold boss battle, this is one Frostval Finale we just couldn't keep under wraps! (Note: finish wrapping Frostval presents...)
Quibble Coinbiter's Holiday Haul - Part 2!
Check out Cysero's Design Notes from Monday to see previews of what's coming in the Quibble Coinbiter shop update! Look for more armors, more helms, more weapons, and the Frostval Quibble Bank Pet!
Bank to Basics with Moglin Pets
The Zorbak and Twilly Bank Pets will be available in Valencia's AC shop and Aria's pet shop! And speaking of Aria's pet shop...
December Pet 'o the Month - Reinderp!
We are in love with this cheery little guy, and hope you'll find a place in your backpacks and in your hearts for him this Christmas! Meet Reinderp!
Derp, derp, derping all the way!
He is the happiest Reinderp in the herd! (Even if all the other reindeer DO call him names.) This member-only pet will be in Aria's pet shop for the rest of December, and will be sold for 1234 gold! And that means that the Harvest Dragon and Yergen pets are on their way out... so get them while you can!
Frostval Character Page!
Members have been asking for more character page backgrounds, and Frostval is the perfect time to add one! Now you can proudly pose in the middle of Frostvale... all year long!
Stop! New Year's Time!
NEXT Friday we will be releasing our New Year's celebration with an all-new story and truly temporal rares to usher in the Year of Chaos with a heart - and time - stopping BANG! When a Chaorrupted ChronoMancer decides to prevent the arrival of the New Year altogether, you and Lim will have to work together before time runs out!
Frostval Gifts open after next week!
If you haven't looted that conspicuously full bag of gifts in Battleon, then you're missing out on one of the best parts of AQW's Frostval - the PRESENTS! Everyone will be back in the Lab on January 3rd, so the gifts will open sometime that week! And ALSO happening that week...
A VERY special announcement!
Throughout 2011, you guys have been asking us to focus on introducing new forms of gameplay.* In the first few months of 2012, we're going to take steps to do just that! We'll be releasing the first part of an exciting addition to AQW... but we're going to need your help to do it!
Once we release the first part of this, we'll need your feedback to see what direction you'd like us to take it in. This addition is pretty common in other MMOs, but we're going to put an AQW-twist on it! Look for more details after the New Year's!**
* And we're not talking new stories or items, as some of you have worried.
** This new gameplay addition is NOT guilds. We also hope to release THOSE in 2012, too. Cross your fingers!
Etherstorm Wastes is coming in January!
Earth. Fire. Water. Air. You'll need a brave Heart to enter Etherstorm Wastes this January, because the elements have gone INSANE! Fire should burn, Water should flow, Air should move, and the Earth stay steady. But when that balance goes out of whack thanks to Desoloth, lately of the Dragon Plane, the elements you know - and the Great Dragons that control them - may never be the same! (And where there are dragons... there's Galanoth!)
More Mid-week Member-only Updates!
As promised, we'll be continuing to roll out mid-week member-only updates in 2012! These updates are smaller than Friday releases; the team making them is only 2-3 people: Cysero, Yorumi, and sometimes an extra artist. The rest of the time, and the team, is devoted to preparing the Friday releases. But continuing to produce more and better content for our members is high on our priority list, so make sure to let Cysero know what older zones you'd like to see expanded!
And so much more in 2012!
With THREE Friday the 13ths, MORE Chaos and Chaos Lords, a Summer Blockbuster event, the conclusion of the DoomWood storyline, the continuation of the SkyGuard storyline, the member-only SkyGuard class, the Alina/Rolith AQW/DF crossover wedding event, and SO MUCH MORE... we don't even have time to worry about the end of the world coming next December!
It really WILL be the Year of Chaos, and we are all SO excited about what's coming! We hope you all are, too!
Everyone else has left to begin their holiday celebrations, so I'm going to head home and finish wrapping Frostval presents for friends and family. We'll see you all this Friday as we release all that awesome stuff I typed a few paragraphs up!
December 19, 2011
Frostval Continues Friday!
The second part of this year's epic Frostval storyline, Song of the Frozen Heart, continues on Friday when you find out who is behind the insidious ice infection that has frozen the hearts and veins of many across the snow-covered lands of Lore.
Don't forget that QUIBBLE will also be getting in a new shipment of holiday rares and items that he will be adding to his current stock!
Quibble Gets A Buff!
As we promised, Quibble Coinbiter's shop will be expanded with a second round of Frostval themed items and armors just for you.
We will be adding the rest of Tomix's amazing frost items...
Along with some highly anticipated armors, like Aegis's Frost Jester and Dage's PermaFrost Legionaire and PermaFrost Sapiens sets and lots of other cool items!
If you're worried about missing any of these Quibble items for any of Beleen's Birthday merge items... Relax and enjoy the holidays. You've got plenty of time! Frostval, Quibble and Beleen's Birthday Shop will stay up until the beginning of next year!
Non-Member Bank Pets!
This Friday we will also introduce a new type of pet to the game: Bank Pets!
As the name would suggest, just click on any of these three new pets and it will open your bank from anywhere in the game!
They are NON-Member pets, they will ONLY work for the ower of the pet and they will cost 2000 ACs each. Twilly and Zorbak will be found in Aria's Pet shop and Valencia's AC shop from Friday onward, but the Frostval Quibble Bank Pet is a Guarenteed Rare that will leave the game when Quibble leaves battleon and will never be back again.
This has been an item that we've had in our heads since before AQW went into beta testing, and also a suggestion that we see quite regularly on the forums so we're happy that it's finally arrived.
On a side note, I really had a lot of fun talking to you guys that day. I would like to thank every one of you who participated that day for being patient with me as I tried to answer your questions. There is SO MUCH that goes on behind the scenes of AQW that nobody really knows about (but many THINK that they do). It's nice to be able to open the door a crack and let you peek in from time to time to see what's REALLY going on. It really made me happy to know that the forums can still be a supportive and interesting place for curious and players with smart questions and comments.
That whole thread is a pretty great example of what the AE Forums should be (and once was) and I hope to see things moving back that direction in the future! I will definitely be back more often as time permits.
December 16, 2011
MERRY FROSTVAL to all!
Ice venom freezing the blood in your veins, turning your heart bitter and your soul selfish? Shards of ice erupting from your body, turning you into a chilling golem? That does NOT make for a very Merry Frostval! You'll need to find the Flame of Frostval if you're going to serve Dead Morice - an Elemental Ice Mage - the ULTIMATE burn while making sure you're friends aren't cold as corpses... forever!
But where could such a Flame be burning if all of Lore is in the icy grasp of a coldhearted Mage? In the past, of course, as yet unkindled in the heart of a powerful child! Journey with Blizzy into a time when ShadowFall still flew, Sepulchure still plotted, and Gravelyn was the EVILLEST Undead Princess of the ShadowScythe EVER! When SHE discovers what Frostval is, YOU will find the Flame you're looking for!
But growing up Undead (what?!), Gravelyn does not know much about warmth or joy, and she doesn't know ANYTHING about Frostval! What she DOES know is that she wants to help her Daddy, and YOU are going to assist her! Battle through an icy alpine forest aiding this imperiously Evil Princess until the time comes to introduce her to the magic of Frostval!
Quibble Coinbiter - Awesomely Icy Edition!
You'll get shivers down your spine when you see the excellent equips Quibble's stocking this time around! And this is just week one of his visit! Next week, there will be even MORE rockin' Frostval rares!
- Holiday Enforcer
- Iced Jester
- PermaFrost Legionaire and Sapiens
- Hyperborean Bite Gun
- Frozen Blizzard Blade
- And MUCH more! If you don't see what you're looking for THIS week, check Quibble's backpack NEXT Friday!
200 Free ACs on Friday, 20+ more bag spaces to buy!
That's right, EVERY account in AQWorlds just received 200 FREE ACs for their first Frostval gift! They're great to use if you need to buy more inventory space, or just get some sweet new equips. So if you're running out of room for your rares and gear, head on over to Valencia and level up your inventory space!
EPIC Frystland DUEL!
If you're looking for an awesome (and EPIC) duel this Frostval, why not head over to Epic Duel's Frysteland War! They've been slowly introducing players to Delta V’s Frozen Northlands- Frysteland- and its inhabitants, the Krampus. Now, you’ll recall that the Krampus have a long tradition of Beast Riding, making them uniquely able to harness the power of the corrupted Yetis threatening Legion and Exile targets alike. If only you could get them on your side!
I Can Has Mod - Cysero's Turn!
The new I CAN HAS MOD contest is now running and we will be picking a winner first thing next year on January 3rd! If you don't already have it, better go get your Cysero's Golden Cheezburger from Cleric Joy in Battleon! Don't forget that every month left on your Membership and every AEXtra that you complete gives you one more chance in the drawing! Good luck!
Bloodtusk Chaos Battle for Free Players!
Now open to ALL players, watch as Bloodtusk's Chaos Lord faces Drakath head on and tries to take him down! But Chaos IS Chaotic, so things do not go quite as planned. That's where YOU come in... you can't let a rogue Chaos Lord roam free, can you?
Have a great weekend and we hope you enjoy part 1 of this year's Frostval release! We're all going to go home and wrap presents, cook up delicious food for the Lab's Frostval party, and enjoy time with friends and family. See you Monday!
PS: The /samba emote should be visible to ALL players when you use it now. Get your Dance On!
December 14, 2011
Song of the Frozen Heart
Magic, joy, and music - all are a part of Frostval! But this year, when you join us for the Song of the Frozen Heart, the melody of the SCREAMS will chill you and thrill you as you battle your way through icy foes and bitter snows! Watch as the citizens of Lore succumb to the ice venom running through their veins... until it encases them entirely, freezing their hearts, minds, and souls!
Venom in their veeeeeeins, in their veeeeeeins, Ice Zombies! Zombies!
If you are going to melt their hearts and serve Dead Morice - a cold-hearted Elemental Ice Mage - the ULTIMATE burn, you're going to have to search for the Flame of Frostval - in a MOST unlikely place: the memories of the Evillest Empress Lore has ever seen!
Dead Morice is going to give everyone the cold shoulder... and heart... and blood!
This Frostval, things are going to get heated when you battle through snow-covered alpine forests, help Gravelyn assist her father in causing trouble, and venture deep into a frozen volcano! Restore the spirit of Frostval and melt the ice in your friends hearts or they'll be as cold as corpses... forever!
Friends don't let friends turn into Ice Symbiotes.
Quibble Coinbiter Returns for Frostval!
Who can resist Quibble's epic equips? Not THIS Alchemist! And the AQW artists have been freezing their fingers to the bone to bring you some ice-cold accessories and armor!
Thursday will bring more Quibble previews, but until then, just keep an eye on our Twitter accounts!
Mid-Week Member-Only Release - Live!
Have your adventures been drag-on on? Then you'll want to head to Vasalkar's Lair for an epic member-only expansion to the /Lair map! Meet Duncan the DragonHunter and learn of his dragon-hunting hobby! Your alignment's going to come into play today, so look deep inside yourself and decide - Are you Good? Or ... Evil?
Do NOT taunt the unhappy Dadragon.
- Onyx Dragon Armor
- Dragon's Envy Armor
- Wings of Envy
- Draconic Pulse
- Dragon's Song of War
- And more!
Buy up to 20 More Inventory Spaces!
Talk to Valencia to get MORE inventory space! We'll be adding another 20 slots to the total number you can purchase! We didn't think we could DO this, but that's just how we work here. Artix Entertainment - making the impossible possible.
Beleen's Birthday Bonanza!
Also coming with tonight's release is the Beleen Birthday merge shop! If YOU want to view the world through pink-colored glasses, then get a move on her quests! You'll really be thinking PINK once you fill your backpack with the peppiest color in the crayon box! You'll be able to find her in the Frostvale hub town once the release goes live tonight!
See Beleen's Design Notes for more info on her shop!
- Helm of Holiday Cheer
- Adorable Pink Blade of Cuteness
- Magenta's Costume
- Amaranth Reavers
- And much, much more pink paraphrenalia!
Happy Birthday, Beleen!May you have MANY years of light-red revelry ahead of you.
2012 AE Calendars at Toys R Us NOW!
Chaos is COMING in 2012! And, just in time to track all of the changes that will take place in Lore, the 2012 Calendars are on shelves at Toys R Us!
Make sure you're heading to one of Toys R Us' main branches; Toys R Us outlets may not stock them. Having trouble finding one near you? Then check out this helpful Toys R Us branch locator!
Make sure you check the aisles where the card games and mod packs are kept; you should find your calendar there!
200 ACs to ALL Players - This Friday!
If you haven't heard the happy holiday news, for our FIRST Frostval gift to you, we're giving ALL account in AQW 200 FREE ACs this Friday! If you've been hungering for one of Quibble's fantastically freezing Frostval rares, then make sure to claim your free ACs! Happy Frostval!
December 13, 2011
Pink Shenanigans, +20 Inventory Bag Increase, and Expansion of Vasalkar’s Lair. Yup. Wednesday is looking pretty sweet!
Another year has just flown on by! Like, seriously—where did the time go?! I think someone activated the African Swallow speed setting. /shakes fist! Turn it back to Llama speed!
…did anyone get that joke? Bonus points if you get the reference—and if you don’t, then I have really aged myself just now =p
Right! Moving onwards from my old-lady rant… tomorrow is my birthday, so naturally I would have a Birthday Shop full of pink goodies.
But there’s more to it! My shop has got some of my favorite items found throughout the game dyed hot pink! Get your pink mits on the Pinkest Platinum Wings, Pink Strike Scythe, Baby Pink Dragon Pet, Amaranth Reavers (the Undead Legion is going to KILL me!), Astralnomically Pink Wings, Carmine Cutter, Shocking Pink Caster Staff, Magenta’s Costume, and the Adorable Pink Blade of Cuteness!
All the items in my shop cannot be bought with gold. They cannot be bought with ACs either. Some items are Member Only, and others are available for everyone. My birthday shop is a Merge Shop, meaning that you have to trade things in in order to get those pink-a-licious items!
You’re going to need the original Weapon, Cape, Pet, or Armor (currently found somewhere within the game) in addition to stacks of Fuchsia Dye and/or Magenta Dye that can be earned from completing my challenging Scavenger Hunt Quests.
It’s like a Scavenger Hunt on top of 5 different Scavenger Hunt Quests!
I don’t think that’s ever been done before. Ever. Until now. Tehehe, this is going to be so much fun!
Real Life Birthday Presents
The other day, I received two presents in the mail from our friend and fellow player SUBMEOBI: the +4 Helm of Holiday Cheer and the Pink Bunny Slippers of DOOM. Because of SUBMEOBI’s kindness, thoughtfulness, and ability to make me smile every single day, the Helm of Holiday Cheer and the DoomKnightgown armor were created by Dage the (not so) Evil so that everyone who plays and supports AQWorlds could enjoy SUBMEOBI’s gift! =D
Thank you SUBMEOBI! The DoomKnightgown and the Helm of Holiday Cheer will be available in my Birthday Merge Shop for a handful of Magenta and Fuchsia Dye. I hope you all enjoy these gifts as much as I do!!!!
What’s better than getting a bunch of presents for my birthday? Why, how about… getting an inventory bag increase to store all my presents in! YEEEAAAH!
Come tomorrow, you can purchase an additional 20 Inventory Spaces for you Bag, for a maximum total of 120 Slots. That’s A LOT. It’s a good thing you’ve been working out, because lugging around 120 weapons, armors, & pets could prove quite challenging for those without adequate upper body strength! /flex
Vasalkar’s Lair Expansion
Get ready, Members! The expansion of Vasalkar’s Lair arrives tomorrow!
Journey to the heart of the volcano and meet Duncan the Dragonhunter. Once a former Dragonslayer who fought side-by-side with Galanoth, Duncan will send you into the dragon’s lair to see if you’re worthy of the great hunt. You will have to make a choice that will determine the outcome of the story… and will determine which rewards you receive!
You don’t want to miss it! You don’t want to miss ANY of this! So make sure your Membership is up to date, get your Anti-Pink Protective Eyeglasses ready, and prepare yourself for the best Wednesday of the entire year! ^___^
December 13, 2011
Here at Artix Entertainment we are getting into the spirit of the holiday season! It's a time for coming together with friends and family, sharing a bit of warmth, for selflessly remembering other people and giving a hand where you can .... and it's a season of giving. So we want to give you one of your Frostval presents early this year.
An early Frostval Present... coming Friday
So, this year we are kicking off Frostval with the biggest present in Artix Entertainment history. Futhermore, we are giving the gift this Friday to EVERY PERSON who comes with us on our weekly adventures and plays through the world of Lore as it grows.
If you shake the box... it sounds like 5.6 Billion AdventureCoins
This Friday, December 16th, we will be gifting every single AdventureQuest Worlds account 200 free AdventureCoins (ACs)! For no reason other than we want you to to kick off your holidays with a smile. 200 FREE ACs isn't a fortune but when you add up ALL the ACs that we will be giving away, it adds up to about 5.6 Billion (roughly 27.8 MILLION DOLLARS worth) of FREE ACs! It will definately allow you to get one of the awesome rare items being released in this weeks new "Frostvale: Song of the Frozen Heart" storyline.
We would like to thank you and all of the other players for adventuring with us this holiday season. If you wanted to get us something, you can always support the game and our weekly releases by getting more ACs through AExtras or purchasing them. But for THESE 200 ACs there are no strings attached. All you need is an account on AQW! As soon as we bring the servers back up for our Friday release, everyone will be 200 ACs richer!
It's just a little gift to all of you from all of your friends here at Artix Entertainment! Happy Holidays!
December 12, 2011
Frostvall 2011: Part 1
This Friday we will be releasing PART 1 of our new Frostval adventure: Song Of The Frozen Heart, Quibble will be arriving with his first week of Frostval Items and Rares and next week he will be getting a buff, and selling even MORE great Frostval themed items!
Coming on Wednesday: We will be releasing the second mid-week member mini-adventure! This week we will be buffing the LAIR area, adding a new Dragonhunter (A fallen Dragonslayer) NPC as well as a bunch of great member-only Dragon themed items. This will be the last Mid-week release of 2011 but you can expect more in in January of 2012, the Year of Chaos!
We're happy to announce that, as of this Wednesday, you will be able to expand your backpack to a maximum of 120 Inventory Spaces! That's 20 more spaces for all your favorite gear! Artix and Zhoom have been moving things in the game engine around and found a way to make the impossible possible.
As usual, you will be able to purchase these new inventory spaces from Valencia in Battleon or by hitting the Add Spaces button at the bottom of your backpack!
Zhoom says that this is the very limits of how far we can expand the inventory right now due to the limits of technology so this will be IT, but we make a habit of making the impossible possible around here so you never know...
Finally, Wednesday is Beleen's Birthday and she will be returning to Battleon with her OWN sack full of goodies as well as a new scavenger hunt all over Lore for some of Beleen's favorite things!
Even More Holiday Fun!
December is a VERY busy month for AQW. Later this month you can expect Part 2 of our new Frostval Event, Quibble will be getting even more new items, An Expanded New Year's event and on the 30th, back by popular demand, we're planning the last Limited Quantity Shop of 2011!
The new I CAN HAS MOD contest is now running and we will be picking a winner first thing next year on January 3rd! If you don't already have it, better go get your Cysero's Golden Cheezburger from Cleric Joy in Battleon! Don't forget that every month left on your Membership and every AEXtra that you complete gives you one more chance in the drawing! Good luck!
This year's annual AE Creative Cookie Contest is in full swing, so bake yourself a tasty entry, take a sweet pic and drop it HERE!
AQW will hit the ground running, full steam into the Year of Chaos! We've got a LOT of great surprises, stories, toys, rare items, classes, and new gameplay expansions in store but we don't want to ruin the new year's surpises! Let's just say you ain't seen nothin' yet!
Come back to the Design Notes TOMORROW for some pretty big news that we think everyone will be excited about!
December 09, 2011
Chaos Lord takes on the Chaos Champion
Lore has no fury like a Prophetess Chaorrupted! Members can watch as Bloodtusk's Chaos Lord faces Drakath head on and tries to take him down!* But Chaos IS Chaotic, so things do not go quite as planned. That's where YOU come in... you can't let a rogue Chaos Lord roam free, can you? A Chaos confrontation awaits you in the /dreamnexus!
Epically Chaotic rewards await you!
- Bloodtusk Chaos Lord Armor!
- Chaos Lord Human Armor!
- Chaos Eruption Blade!
- Solar Phoenix Pet!
- And more!
All rewards drop either from monsters in the map or from the Chaos Lord!
It has been a long road through the Ravine; you've watched the Trolls and Horcs ripped apart by distrust, torn apart by war, occupied by an Alliance army and forced to face the fact that one of their own was behind ALL of it! In a story full of twists, turns, death and betrayal, Chaos still keeps you guessing in this last installment of the Bloodtusk Ravine Saga!
TIP: Do NOT underestimate how angry Khasaanda is.
* Chaos Lord battle unlocks for Free Players NEXT Friday!
/Samba Dance Disco Game!
Are you ready to dance the night away? If YOU want to be able to /samba in-game, then you'd better head over to Samba's disco in Bloodtusk Ravine and get ready to get your fingers movin' to the groove. It's the ONLY way to unlock the member-only /samba emote! You can read Samba's Design Notes about the minigame here!
It's a Frostval Miracle!
We told you guys we didn't think Frostval would make it in this week but.... SURPRISE! We knew all along it'd go in. Frostval Fools! (You're a mean one, Mr. Cysero! You're a devious, prankful soul! /sing)
It's amazing how many of you displayed incredible Frostval Spirit cheering us on or saying you'd understand if we couldn't get the Frostval release out. For all of YOU, we bring the release of Frostvals Past. We'd give everyone else coal, but we're too full of cheer at getting the release out! So, Frostval release present for EVERYONE!
And speaking of PRESENTS: New member-only presents have been stored in the sack behind Cleric Joy in Battleon! Get your gifts now, but remember, they won't open until January 1st!
We've got a TON of super-snowy fun waiting for you when you /join frostvale! So if you haven't joined us for Frostval before, get ready to save the Spirit of Frostval, defeat the frigid twin perils of Ice and Snow Golems, and help your friends celebrate!
NEW Frostval content will be released NEXT Friday! You're going to be up against a chillingly cold-hearted villain this year, vile and dripping with icy venom, so bring your warmest ear-flap hat (Wikipedia tells me it's called an "ushanka"), bundle up and get ready to battle on!
I Can Has Mod: Cysero!
You cannot win Cysero himself, but you CAN win 2 hours with him in-game AND a super-awesome wish! If you haven't heard about this crazy contest before, then you'll want to make sure to read Cysero's deliciously golden, cheezburger-laden Design Notes post!
December 08, 2011
Don't stop till you groove enough!
Howdy hey players, the time has finally come! The /Dance Evolution minigame is coming tonight to play at my disco in the troll village of Bloodtusk Ravine. Now in an Ordinary World, you’d have to spend YEARS to achieve amazing samba skills, but here in AQW, you just have to tap your foot and match some arrows to unlock the /samba dancing emote. So get busy like a Bumble Bee and dance to the MAX!
Now you’ll notice a lovely blond troll dancing with me. This is actually one of my best friends from real life, Tango. In high school, many, many, MANY weekends were spent stomping on arrows, snarfing down sushi and then settling in for a Cowboy Bebop sleepover marathon. So it’s only appropriate that Tango and I are dancing side by side in a game that we cared so much about and that helped make our friendship that much groovier.
Sadly, life isn’t always BRILLIANT 2U. Last month, Tango was struck by a drunk driver and has been hospitalized ever since with extensive damage. But, being the MIRACLE that she is Tango pulled through a 2 week coma, and is now stable. As Days Go By she is regaining more and more mobility, memory and cheer.
This weekend Tango got to leave the hospital and to welcome her home, I’m very happy to introduce her to you, Heroes. No more shall we be Dancing All Alone!
Please keep Tango in your thoughts as you adventure. The road to recovery will be a Long Train Runnin’. And if you ever, ever, EVER are in the situation where someone is about to drive drunk, Make A Difference and blow the Whistle Song! Report them to a responsible adult and you may very well be saving a life!
So here’s the BRE∀K DOWN! of the update to my disco:
- /Dance Evolution minigame!
- Winning unlocks the /samba emote!
- 4 female versions of Tango’s hairstyle and 2 male versions in Samba’s shop w/ CC stripe!
- New quest, "Tango! Tango! Tango!" with Tango’s red, silver and black dancing armor reward!
December 08, 2011
I Can Make Your (Limited) Wishes Come True (Within Reason).
Round two of the I CAN HAS MOD contest is now running and this time I'm the... prize.
Sorry about that.
If you've been asleep for the last month, then you don't know what I'm talking about and you probably don't smell too great. Take a shower then I'll explain.
It's ok. I'll wait here.
All clean? Cool.
The I CAN HAS MOD contest gives you the chance to hang out for a few hours, 1 on 1, with one of the Artix Entertainment Staff and allows you to make a wish, limited only by the 10 rules which only get unlocked as people encounter them.
Sound like fun?
How Do I Enter?
Easy. All you need to do is have Cysero's Golden Cheezburger in your character’s inventory at the time the winner is being selected (Winners will be selected on Jan 3rd 2012). You can get Cysero's Golden Cheezburger from Cleric Joy (the girl in the white robe when you first log in) in-game for 100g (It is a non-member item.). You want to keep it, as the description says. It will probably turn into something oncer the winner has made their wish. The Cysero's Golden Cheezburger gives you 1 chance to win.
You can INCREASE your chances of winning two ways. You get 1 extra chance for every month of AQW Membership left on your account at the time of the drawing. You also get 1 extra chance for every AEXtra that you complete.
Two winners were selected the first time but this round we will probably be selecting only ONE winner! Make sure that the e-mail address attached to your AQW Account is a real one that you check often, Otherwise you will never know that you won, and we'll be forced to select a new winner!
Once again, the drawing will be held on January 3rd, 2012.
We're Not Ignoring You!
Artix Entertainment tries to set it self apart from other game companies in a lot of ways but one of the most important is how much we interact with you guys. Any of you who follow my Twitter or like our AQW Facebook Fan Page know this to be true.
We love talking to you and even when we don't love what we hear, we love that you care enough to tell us what you don't like and we try and fix it. Unfortunately, we are not always logged in to Twitter (we do sleep on occasion) and when we are, we all have a LOT of people talking to us (at this time I have 23,292 Twitter follwers and Artix has nearly 37,000!) so If we don't reply to you it's probably because we either missed your Tweet or because we can't reply to every single Tweet but we are never simply ignoring you.
Another thing to mention is that it is mostly the Devs who are on Twitter. Devs (or Game Developers) are the people who spend all week building each new release for you to play. Each release takes up our entire week (which is why some releases come to you a little later than others) and our jobs don't leave time for much else. That's why we have Mods to help you and protect you in-game and Player Support to help you outside the game with account and payment issues.
Nythera, Zazul, Memet, Neveya & Lady Tomo make up the Player Support team. Their primary job is taking care of you and your account issues. They do a fantastic job and are often overlooked for all the effort that they put into making AE function.
They get THOUSANDS of e-mails a DAY and they read every single one of them, but with so much to do, they can get a little behind sometimes and can't reply to you instantly so if you have a problem, please be patient.
- A Dev's Job is making the games.
- Player Support's job is taking care of account and payment issues.
Each team has their hands full. That is why we Dev's can't help you with your account or payment issues when you ask for help over Twitter. It's not becaue we don't want to, it's because it's not what we do and we literally CAN'T help you in most cases.
It's the same reason that Doctors don't put out fires, Firefighters don't pick up your garbage and Waste Workers don't do open heart surgery. They each have their own job that keeps them pretty busy.
If you are having account or payment issues the best thing you can do is head to the HELP PAGE and if you ask us for help over Twitter, that is why we direct you there instead of fixing your account.
Please understand that we really do want to help you (of COURSE we do... we WANT you to play AQW!) and we all do our very best to point you in the right direction to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. :)
December 07, 2011
The Blue Undead Legend Armor is LIVE!
You have probably already read about FallenPaladin's wish to make a blue variant of Dage's Undead Legend armor.
Well, it went live at 6:00 PM Server time (check your options to see server time) and it will remain in the shop for exactly 24 hours, as per FallenPaladin's wish! Once this armor is gone it will NOT be back (unless someone ELSE wishes it back into existence... can you do that?)
Very much like the creator of the original Undead Legend, Dage The Evil, you can also find FallenPaladin's NPC selling the Blue Undead Legend in Dage's chambers.
Remember... only 24 hours, then the wish expires.
It looks like I'M next on the chopping block so if you feel like hanging out with me for a few hours and getting a wish of your own, all you need to do is buy Cysero's Golden Cheezburger from Cleric Joy or Warlic in Battleon.
Remember that you get 1 chance at winning if you have that item but you get one extra chance for every AExtra you complete and every month of Membership that remains on your account on the day of the drawing!
This round of the CAN I HAS MOD contest ends on January 2nd, 2012.
Mid-Week Member Release
We've also snuck in a mid-week mini-release! We first learned about Mudluks (the frog-like people) back in Arcangrove. There is a New Mudluk named Molgulp who has set up camp in Marsh2.
He is an archaeologist and blacksmith who is trying to rediscover a fragment of ancient Mudluck crafting skills that were lost ages ago. He has followed the rumors of an ancient Mudluk weapon to the marsh2 area and is hoping you can help him find it.
He has a few items for sale of his own modern Mudluk design, but if you are able to help him, he might let you use the forge in his hut to craft your own Mudluk weapons!
This release is for AQW MEMBERS ONLY. We hope to keep adding lots more mid-week releases bringing you back to older areas and adding mini-storylines, adding new NPC, continuing older storylines and adding lots of new items for Members to enjoy.
FRIDAY: BLOODTUSK CHAOS LORD!
Don't forget: even thought we have a mid-week release we still have our regular FRIDAY release coming in just 2 days.
Prepare yourselves to face down the most driven Chaos Lord yet. I won't spoil the story for anyone who is not up to date but this area has had one of our best storylines yet and you don't want to miss out of the finale!
December 06, 2011
The Chaos Lord's fate is in your hands!
Revenge, loss, and defiance. All have a long history in Bloodtusk Ravine, and this Friday is no different! The NEW Chaos Lord is demanding a meeting with Drakath, and they're NOT planning to discuss which shade of purple is most flattering.
Members will be able to battle the Chaos Lord THIS Friday! The Chaos Lord battle will be open to ALL players NEXT Friday!
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Journey to a place between Here and Everywhere, found inside your mind but outside Time - where nightmares walk, dreams go to die, and that Bloodtusk Ravine's Chaos Lord knows they can control! A realm fading in and out of existence, where Chaos will confront Chaos head on... and the outcome is up to you!
Members: Meet Molgulp the Mudluk!
This Wednesday (oh, hey, that's TOMORROW!), Members will get an all new mini-storyline! You'll want to speak to Molgulp to learn the ancient secrets of Mudluk weapons-crafting! In the process, you'll gain access to a whole shop's worth of swanky swamp swag to equip and enhance!
When You Wish Upon A MOD!
FallenPaladin, Winner #2 of the I Can Has MOD! Contest, wished that a blue version of Dage's Undead Legend armor would be available for ALL players for FREE! Tomorrow, that shop and FallenPaladin's NPC will appear in ShadowFall next to Dage the Evil! (Where else would you expect a new Ambassador of Evil to be?)
Do Undead Legends sing the Blues?
Frostval Begins Friday!
This Friday we'll re-release all of the past years of Frostval events! Re-visit the FrostMoglins in Frostvale, spread cheer and fight your fear of King Coal's cold as you battle ice monsters, save the Spirit of Frostval, and generally join in the joyous Frostval fun!
NEXT week we will begin the NEW Frostval releases! When all of Frostval is under seige by an Ice Elemental who revels in selfishness and aggresssion, you'll need to save all of Lore from becoming as cold-hearted (literally, hearts are turning to ICE) as he is! What I'm sayin' is... he's not a very n-ICE guy! Heh.* The dark side of the Alliance isn't that nice either, but you're going to need the help of the most Evil person you know if you're going to save Frostval... and Lore!
* Rolith just hurled an orange at me as pun-ishment. He needs to put points in Pun Tolerance.
Have a great night, everyone! See you for the release tomorrow!
December 05, 2011
Tales of adventure, pinky fingers, and wishes
Congratulations once again to Akidz and FallenPaladin, the winners of the 1st round of the CAN I HAS MOD contest! This weekend, I had the honor of adventuring with both of these awesome players. I was very proud of both of them for making selfless wishes that benefited all of you, and not just themselves. Therefore, I did something very special for each of them. I hope future winners of the contest are as cool, fun and awesome as these two players are!
Akidz, Winner #1
As a long time player... Akidz was completely shocked to find out he had won the contest. Mostly because, he did not think he had entered! His little sister was playing his account and got the Golden Cheezburger.
Played AE Games since - The original AdventureQuest
Logins - 3,884
Wish - A non-member pet themed after billy the Kid (The golden Cheezburger magically transformed into this item.)
From us: For his selfless wish that made so many players happy, and because he is the 1st ever winner... We bought him 1 Million AdventureCoins. He is now the first, and to my knowledge, only "AdventureCoin-ion-aire" with a total of 1,000,366 ACs.
Our adventure: He is undead.... so, um, as his sworn assistant he took me around the game making a special photo album for all of the other undead players out there to.. um... enjoy!
First we visited undead battlefields.
Then, in anticipation of Frostvale, he fed the Ice Dragons.
Then, he helped me identify all of my weaknesses and allergies to specific colors.
Then we played a very special version of Punt Twilly. (Hey, I can see my house from here!)
... it went on for hours. And hours. O_O. (Any healers in the house?)
FallenPaladin, Winner #2
When it came time for FallenPaladin to make his wish... he asked you for help on the forums. He made a very bold and controversial wish that revealed Wish List: How to use #2!
Wish List: How to use #2
In the event that a wish will break fundamental game play, upset a player or group of players, or in any way result in problems or complications for the staff or game... a Genie Lawyer will be summoned from the forbidden plane of litigious wishes. If the wish was made with good intentions, the Genie will begin to negotiate a wish that will benefit the wish maker. If the wish was made out of spite, hate, greed or bad intentions, the Genie is allowed to use their powers of “wish legalese” to re-interpret the wish. If the genie is “unclear” on a certain part of the wish… even if it makes perfect sense to everyone else, the Genie is allowed to ask random players online questions and replace parts of the original wish with their answer.
Wish Result: SPECIAL SHOP THIS WEDNESDAY!
The armor he wished for is one of the most challenging items in the game to obtain. The Wish Genie felt it would be unfair to the players who worked so hard for it if it was given away. Also, the detail and animation on the original armor creates a great amount of graphics lag. So instead, a new, different version of the armor will be created in FallenPaladin's honor. It will be available for 24 hours only starting this Wednesday.
Played AE Games since - The original AdventureQuest
ID#: 89,145 (Woah! Super low! He was a Beta tester)
Wish - A special re-crafted and different "wish" variant of Dage's Undead Legend armor will be released on Wednesday, non-member, 0g, for all players. This will be available through an NPC version of FallenPaladin which will be located in Dage's room in ShadowFall for 24 hours only starting Wednesday.
From us: For making a selfess wish that benefits all players, FallenPaladin is granted the title of Ambassador of Evil and will be giving you the item personally from Dage's room in ShadowFall on Wednesday. As Ambassador, he gets full access to Dage's arsenal. (Note: The bonus from us, if we give it, will be different for each player.)
Our adventure: We battled monsters across the world with other players and mods! ...and I got to battle my mirror image, Super Undead Artix!
The band is currently on tour. This weekend, former special musical guest, One-Eyed Doll, had a concert not too far from the Secret Underground Lab. They stopped by to visit. Kimberly signed 25 of our "The NPC's: Critical Hits" CDs (One Eyed Doll sang the 1st track on the CD "Battle on!") 2 of them are being mailed to the winners of the contest and 20 are being put up for sale on www.HeroMart.com . We gave the band a bunch of goodies including the new Artix Entertainment T-shirt. So.......... later that night we went to the show and were SHOCKED when Kimberly came out on stage wearing the T-shirt we gave her. She had rock-ripped-shredded-awesome-a-fied it into a heavy metal stage dress. She dedicated a song to us and actually played "Battle On!" in front of the 1,500 person St. Petersburgh State Theater audience! There is something... unforgettable.... about witnessing an out of control mosh pit rage on to our all-age's game community's theme song... O_O
"Screenshot or it did not happen!"
If you want one of the 20 signed copies of NPC's Critical Hits CDs that Kimberly from One-Eyed Doll signed or the new Artix Entertainment T-shirt, hurry to www.HeroMart.com before we run out.
THIS FRIDAY! New Contest, Frostvale, and CHAOS LORD
The next 13 months of AQWorlds are going to be crazy!!! Starting with this weekend... when we at long last go up against the Bloodtusk Ravin's Chaos Lord! Also, our wintery, holiday Frostvale event returns, giving everyone a chance to catch up before we expand it this year. Meanwhile, Cysero has been working on new mid-week releases. Talking about Cysero, he is up NEXT as the prize for the I CAN HAS MOD contest. A brand new golden cheezburger will appear in shops on Friday with the release.
December 02, 2011
Can YOU face down the Gruaige Baas?
Stare into the eyes of a Medusa-beast straight out of legend and larger than any creature Bloodtusk has seen before!
f you don't take it on - and WIN - then the Alliance's generals will become the first sacrifices in a world ruled by Krellenos and Chaos! Another rune on Drakath's Portal has been unlocked
Save the Alliance Generals, take on the Chaos Beast and prepare yourself for the ending NO ONE expected!* With a Chaos Lord this furious, ask yourself: What will this mean for Bloodtusk, for Lore... and for Drakath?
To do the new release: /join orecavern
And until you get the answer**, enjoy these epically Chaorrupted rewards:
- Madness of Chaos Armor
- Chaos Executioner Armor
- Gruaige Baas Chaos Beast Pet
- Chaotic Halberd
- Chaotic Axeperity
- And more!
* Really! We've been reading your predictions since the first Bloodtusk release to see who'd guess.
** Chaos Lord battle coming next week!
TWO new Bloodtusk Classes!
Horcs and Trolls have very defined battle techniques,and as a show of gratitude for ALL the help you've given them against the threat of Chaos, they are teaching you their war lore! From the Trolls, learn the mystical battleskills of a SpellSmith! And from the Horcs, capitalize on the aid of a battle pet and epic evasion skills!
Horc Evader Class:
Use this evasion and dodge heavy rogue-type class with your BATTLE PET to show your foes that Horc Warriors aren't just brutes - they're quick on their feet and can kill you before you blink! Smell their fear, smell their blood, and use your pet to take down ANY opponent!
- Shadow Strike
- Smell Fear
- Night Hunter and Shadow Wise
- Hunter's Call
- Smell Blood
Troll SpellSmith Class:
As a SpellSmith, you'll have a wide range of options open to you in battle! Feel like attacking with an AOE and take down multiple enemies at once? DO IT! Want to do a decent amount of damage to single enemies? You can do THAT too! Solo bosses AND self-heal AND buff your friends! So MANY CHOICES!
- Energy Arc
- Frost Flame
- Focus Energy
- Empower and Shift Fate
- Weakness Sigil
- Troll Control
See Cysero's Bloodtusk Class Skills writeup for many more details! You can get your very own Evader and SpellSmith classes by gaining Rank 10 in Horc or Troll Rep respectively OR talking to Itzachi in Battleon and buying them for 2,000 ACs!
Changes in the Bloodtusk Ravine Map!
We've made some changes in the Bloodtusk Ravine hub town map! As you play through the storyfrom here on out, the NPCs in the town will change according to what is happening to them in the releases! (So when the Chaos Lord is discovered, they will disappear from their spot in the town, etc.) This gives the area a more dynamic feel, making the zone seem more fully a part of the action!
Khasaanda has also gotten some new quests that you will be able to do in this week's map OR from the very start of the storyline. They'll give some background information on important things like the Arashtite Ore.
Update to the Treasure Chests!
When things get heated in battle, make sure you have the Heavy Blader armor equipped to keep your HP high! This is the newest addition to the Treasure Chest loot pool! With Treasure Chest rewards dropping from every monster in the game, you're sure to get enough oppotunities to with this armor or any of your other favorites!
And remember, members get TWO FREE Keys at the start of each month! If you've run out of Keys, you can always buy more by talking to Twilly in BattleOn! The Chests will always contain some of our most epic gear, so make sure you treasure those Chest drops when you get 'em!
HeroMart: Get your Gift On!
The shop is still stocked with crazycool real life rares for the holidays at HeroMart! If you haven't gotten a 2012 AQWorlds Calendar, the Doomwood or Chaos Mod Packs, the Artix Logo shirt, or our other awesome swag yet, now's the perfect time! And all our swag makes GREAT gifts for friends and family!
Coming Next Week!
CHAOS is on the move! If you haven't played the release yet (and if you're reading this, we're assuming you haven't), then you have NO idea what's in store for next week's Chaos Lord battle! And if you HAVE played the release... then you STILL have no idea what's coming next! Make sure to log in next week for:
- Chaos Lord Battle!
- Release of past Frostval content!
- Mudluk Update!
- Quibble Coinbiter leaves Monday!
Have a great weekend guys, and enjoy the release!
December 01, 2011
Double Class Weekend!
As promised, we are giving you TWO classes for the Bloodtusk Ravine area and BOTH of them are coming out tomorrow.
As promised both classes will require a reputation rank of 10 for each of the respective ranks to purchase, but after the recent fashion we will be offering a 2000 AC version of each of the classes for those who feel like they'd rather save the time and effort.
As promised each of the classes have human versions of the art for the class and a Horc or Troll version of the art as armor which is also Rank 10 Rep.
Since we have a lot to go through, let's get down to business. Here are the skill breakdowns for each of these classes.
HORC EVADER SKILL SET
There are two interesting things about this class at first glance. First is that this is our SECOND PET CLASS, meaning that you need a Battle Pet in order to use any of it's skills.
You'll be happy to know that the class comes with a Battle Boar which you can summon using the Whistle Skill as long as you don't have any other pets equipped. Just make sure that pets are visible in your options screen.
The second thing that you might notice is that, even though most people think that the Horcs are all about brute force, this is a class with light armor which focuses heavily on stacking a lot of Dodge. That is because the Evader is a master of a different school of Horc thought which thinks that being able to take a hit is necessary but to develop the skill to easily side-step your opponents clumsy attacks while developing the ability to command a pet to attack them with bestial fury at the same time is a show of ultimate focus and skill.
This class benefits from DEX more than anything else so I suggest Thief Enh for this class.
2 second cooldown.
A basic attack taught to all adventurers.
45 mana, 16 second cooldown.
Calls a pet to your side or sends it into a rage causing more damage but making you take more damage too.
If you don't have a Battle Pet equipped, this will summon the Battle Boar to your side and once its there this skill will increase your damage output but will also leave you vulnerable to attacks, making you take more... if they can hit you. Once you have a good Dodge stack you shouldn't be afraid of using this skill but keep an eye on your life bar.
10 mana, 3 second cooldown.
Your pet attack your target causing Damage Over Time while also increasing your Dodge for a short time. Effect stacks up to 3 times.
This is your go-to skill. it should be the first thing you do after summoning your pet. Once you have three stacks of Shadow Strike applied, you will have a weak-ish DoT eating away at your foe's life AND you will receive the benefit of having a very hefty Dodge stacked up.
Remember that you need to keep three stacks of this skill up at all time but that DoT won't kill your enemy so you need to balance it with the other damage dealing skills. Since it's built on the Warrior mana-regen model you will be getting mana every time you hit, or get hit but you won't be getting hit a lot so keep an eye on your mana.
15 mana, 5 second cooldown.
Your pet sniffs out your foe's weak spot greatly increasing you Dodge and Crit but slowing your attack speed for a short time.
I'll leave it to you to decide when you use this skill. The Dodge and Crit are VERY nice to have, especially on top of the Dodge buff from Shadow Strike but slowing your attack speed means even LESS mana coming in. It's a question of what you need at the time.
NIGHT HUNTER & SHADOW WISE
Rank 4 Passive
Increase Critical Chance by 10%
Increase Dodge by 10%
Ranking up the class unlocks the ability to get critical hits more often, plus EVEN MORE DODGE... They don't call it the Evader Class for nothing.
20 mana, 6 second cooldown.
You decide to put an end to this fight quickly. You call out to your pet increasing you AND your foe's Haste for a short amount of time.
There are various uses for this skill. If you just activate it without using any other skills you should get a lot of mana rather quickly for a short amount of time.
Or you CAN use it counter the slowing effect of smell fear but the price is nearly doubling your foe's attack speed for a while. It app depends on how much Dodge you have stacked up.
Rank 10 Passive
You sense that your foe is near defeat which causes a burst of incredible speed for a few moments.
From time to time you will see yourself suddenly start attacking at Fast Forward speed, increasing your damage output AND your mana regen for a while.
You will notice that THIS class is the first class in a while that has no healing skill. The idea is to use your skill as a player to keep your Dodge so high that you don't NEED to heal yourself, but you can always use your potion slot for that if you want.
TROLL SPELLSMITH SKILL SET
This is a warrior/caster who is very multi-talented. You have an AOE that can attack many foes at once, a decent amount of single target damage and chance of stun which is great for solo-ing or taking on bosses and a self-heal which is ALSO a HUGE buff to ALL of your skills.
This class is all about representing the Trolls academic interests as well as their mastery of the magical arts. It's an elegant class more like a razor than a broadsword. You need to know which skills to use and when and there is a low of room for creativity with how you use them.
This class benefits from INT more than anything else so I suggest Wizard Enh for this class.
2 second cooldown.
A basic attack taught to all adventurers.
35 mana, 10 second cooldown.
Calls on the power of electricity to arc from one foe to the next, slowing all of their attack speeds.
This is a really nice first skill for a few reasons. First off, unlike Shaman, this lighting attack doesn't weaken as it arcs from one to the next. Each enemy receives the same damage. Similarly they are all slowed the same amount. Of course, if you're not careful you will have an entire room of monsters on you and then it won't matter HOW slow they attack.
25 mana, 5 second cooldown.
A freezing fire that will cause moderate ice damage and slow your enemies with a chance to stun them.
This is a GREAT skill. The damage is moderate but at a 5 second cooldown you end up causing a LOT of damage. The stun is always a nice treat but the slow stacks with the slow from the first power causing your foes to attack you at a crawl.
16 second cooldown.
Convert your own energy into mana but slows your attack and lowers your damage for a while.
Like the Necromancers of DoomWood, trolls have learned to consume their own life-force and convert it into much needed mana, which is dangerous enough, but the speed and damage debuff will make you think twice before using this skill. It can be a life-saver but only if you have the skill to see when its needed.
EMPOWER & SHIFT FATE
Rank 4 Passive
Increase Damage Output by 10%
Increase Critical Chance by 10%
Ranking up the class unlocks the ability to get critical hits more often, while also doing more damage overall. In short, this is a massive buff to the entire class.
20 mana, 5 second cooldown.
Stacks up to 5 times. Heals you for a little bit, increases the effectiveness of all other skills and increases your chance to crit on your foe with each stack.
This skill is flat out AMAZING. It speaks for itself but in case you missed it... it is a SELF-HEAL with a 5 second cool-down that makes ALL of you other skills stronger with each stack AND raises your chance to crit on a single target. it keeps you alive and seals your foe's fate at the same time. It's the best reason to rank up that I've ever seen.
Rank 10 Passive
Random chance to double your attack speed for 10 seconds.
Like the Evader, this rank 10 passive will also have you breaking into frenzied spell-casting giving you the chance to burn your fow down before they know what happened and since you can make your own mana, feel free to go nuts!
So there you have it. People have been asking me which is better against the other one in PvP. Dumoose and I spent some serious 1v1 arena time trying to figure out the answer to that question and we STILL DON'T KNOW! It was really about 50/50 with neither being clearly superior to the other one so if you were hoping to run into the arena against the faction you're against and wipe the floor you might want some practice first just to give you that edge.
Each class will be in the Rep Shop for its own faction in Bloodtusk and you will be able to find the AC versions there as well as Itzachi's Class Shop in Battleon. If you're in a hurry to Rank your new class up, don't forget that Itzachi also sells the CLASS POINT BOOST in her shop as well.
The Black Friday Shop and the Harvest event will be closing tomorrow and Quibble will be leaving on next Monday but don't worry, he always returns near Frostval with a bunch of great Frostval Items! if your family is the gist giving kind, you might want to be prepared and ask for an Artix Points card for the holidays.
December 01, 2011
Congratulations Akidz, our 1st winner
This is so exciting! Our very first winner of the I CAN HAS MOD contest is Akidz. Check out Akidz' character page. A long time player of AQWorlds who has played since 2009 with 3,858 logins. He is a HUGE fan of the legendary outlaw, Billy the Kid. So his selfless wish was for a non-member pet themed after his gun-twirling idol. This is where things get interesting... because now you will learn rules #3 and #5 from the Wish List: How to use. (Sorta like the DeathNote, but more... wishy!)
Wish List Rules
#3: Any wish for an item will turn ALL Golden Cheezburgers in the game into the item that was wished for.
#5: If a wish is made for something that does not exist, it will be created as long as it is original. If it is a selfless wish, it will be created with love and care. If it is a greedy or hurtful wish, another randomly selected player will be chosen to make a counter wish, which may produce unexpected and unfortunately results upon the original wisher.
#10: Unknown, and oh man, this one is 100% insane. Please never unlock it.
Akidz the Kid
Wish granted! All Golden Cheezburgers in the game have been converted to the non-member pet, Akidz the Kid, worth 100,000 gold (Sell back value of 9,900 gold) . It is really cool that Akidz has a part of himself immortalized in the game now. But honestly, I am both impressed and surprised that his 1st wish was not something that would have revealed rule #1.... it will be exciting to see what future winners of this contest wish for. What will you wish for? (Of course, if you posted on Twitter, I already know.) I am looking forward to adventuring with Akidz this week! Be sure to tell him congratulations. I will post screenshots. But oh yes.... we had 2 winners.
Winner #2 is: FallenPaladin!
Check out Fallen Paladin's character page. Wow, both of these winners are really in the spirit of Black Friday. FallenPaladin, please check your email for a message from me! I am looking forward to meeting you in game and hearing what your wish is. Perhaps your fellow players can help you come up with an interesting idea!
New Contest and your chance to be next.... starts soon!
The next contest will begin shortly. Our burger moglins are currently cooking up a whole new batch of Golden Cheezburgers which will be released at the start of the next contest. Hope you are the next winner!
December 01, 2011
Let Nythera help you directly - TODAY!
Dear AQWorlds players,
Nythera here. As you all know, I'm a half-dragon Void Mage, married to Ryuuji... but did you also know that I am Head of Player Support for AE? If you didn't, now you do!
Today, December 1st, is a special day. It's not just the first day of the last month of the year, but it's also a special day called "Save the Players!"
Today, from 3-5PM EST, I welcome all those players who have lost their account or did not know how to get it back to contact me directly! I will be helping players live via Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/savetheplayers and the AQWorlds Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/AQWorldsMMO in getting their accounts back.
If you can't login to Twitter or facebook or I am unable to fix your account during the event, do not fret! You can always email the AE HelpTeam via our Account Recovery Help Page! You will receive a response the same day or the next business day unless we are very busy or it is a U.S. holiday.
AE Player Support consists of the "AE HelpTeam" which includes only 5 people - myself, Zazul, Memet, Lady Tomo and Neveya. We are a small indie gaming company and DO NOT have automatic email responses! Each email is read and answered manually by someone of the AE HelpTeam.
Thank you so much and BATTLE ON!
PLEASE NOTE: This event is for those players who legitimately lost their account and did not know how to get it back. We understand some people may had been confused and did not know how to contact us via our Help Pages. This event is not for those who lost their accounts due to an account or payment issue. If you have an account or payment issue such as a ban or dispute, please email us via our help pages instead!