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Dragon Maker

August 31, 2012

DragonCon Release

While the team's away, you guys can play!

It usually takes us at least 5 days to build each week's release... and this week was no different except that we only had THREE days! But we are leveling up our Chronomancy skills and got it everything done in time!*

*Except the female version of Dage's Paragon Plate. But because we promised the armor sets if you got his war meter to 100% by Friday, we wanted to get that to you as soon as possible!

Fight Dirty to Clean Up Lore!

For many moons, Lore's foremost Order of Clerics - the Sisterhood of Dishpan Hands - have waited patiently in the shadows, silently watching as Lore falls to pieces. They believe their Purification magic will help restore Order to Lore, righting wrongs and fixing what has been broken. Travel to /cleric and meet with Cleric Dawn to unlock the knowledge which may help cleanse the world! (And clean up your inventory!)

Side note: The way Samba animated this week's cutscenes is INCREDIBLE! The expressions are awesome, but it's how she did the bubbles flying that really makes the cutscenes shine for me! If you agree, show her some love on Twitter - Samba's Twitter - or let her know on the forum!

Quibble's NEW Dragon Gear!

Normally, the theme for Quibble's gear revolves around the current main storyline in the game. But since he was in town while WE were OUT of town, we thought he might be able to procure some dragon-themed gear in honor of Dragon*Con!

Talk to him this Friday to /equip the color-custom Prismatic Kahn of Dragons Set (for ACs) or the member-only non-CC Kahn of Dragons Set!

Dage's War Meter: 100%!

Dage may have lost the war for the Underworld, but his followers achieved a different kind of victory last night. We set you all a challenge - to get Dage's war meter to 100% by release time on Friday and you BEAT it! Pushing on after defeat in order to reach a goal takes determination, and you Legion members and Dage-mercenaries proved you've got it!

As promised, Dage is now offering the Paragon Set for Adventure Coins OR Legion Tokens! The prices are as follows:

  • Paragon Plate - 2,000 ACs
  • Paragon Helm - 125 ACs
  • Paragon Cape - 85 ACs
  • Paragon Plate - 400 Legion Tokens
  • Paragon Helm - 100 Legion Tokens
  • Paragon Cape - 75 Legion Tokens

NOTE: The female version of the Paragon Plate isn't ready yet. Dage will finish that after we get back to the Lab on Tuesday after Con. (We will be traveling all day Monday.)

NOTE 2: The Paragon Plate and the Legacy of Nulgath Armor will leave September 21st! All of the other war gear going rare leaves on September 4th. See what that list includes in this Design Notes post!

Reminder: Power Gem NOT in this week's newsletter

To combat confusion over why people are either not getting the newsletter or not getting their power gem, we've removed the Power Gem link in this week's newsletter. We will add a way to get more Power Gems into the game itself as soon as we're back from Con! To repeat: you should NOT see a Power Gem link in your Newsletter this week. We will get you a reliable way to receive Power Gems next week!

Double Rewards at Ballyhoo!

Now through September 16th, if you live in the United States, when you visit Ballyhoo and watch our How To Train Your Dragon ad, receive DOUBLE the usual rewards! As long as you see the HTTYD video and background skin, you'll receive 1,000 gold OR a chance to gain 7 Adventure Coins! Just /join battleontown to view Ballyhoo ads up to 10 times a day!

All good Heroes should know the basics of How to Train Your Dragon... and her new ad shows you a great resource to do that! View her ad, then open the Magic Treasure Chest for a chance to gain either 7 free AdventureCoins OR 1,000 gold!

* If you live outside the US, you can still watch Ballyhoo's regular ads for a chance to get either 500 gold or a few Adventure Coins!

Target and Matomy Promotion Reminders!

Remember: redeem the Artix Entertainment gamecard from Target stores before the end of August 31, 2012 (today) to unlock the Bullseye Spear! The 2,000 AC version of the spear Valencia is selling will also be removed at the end of the night.

Complete at least one offer through our Matomy AExtras promotion by September 2, 2012 to complete for a chance to win the grand prize: a combo pack of the black Artix and Sepulchure action figures! You can also win either 3,000 or 4,500 ACs!

Dragon*Con is CRAZY!

There is SO much to do, even more to see, and best of all, we get to meet some of YOU guys! I've talked to so many players already and can't wait to meet more at tomorrow's Panel!

If you're in the area tomorrow, we hope you'll stop by the Panel! It's at the Hilton Atlanta Holtel in "Grand Salon E" at 5:30PM. We'll have prizes, teasers of what's going to happen in our games, and SO much that we haven't planned!

Everyone who stops by the Panel and signs up will get an epic in-game souvenir of their visit! If you can't come, though, find a friend with the 2012 Dragon Con code and then talk to Valencia in /battleontown to get the FREE Chainfire Blade!

Enjoy the release! I'm going to go track down Cysero and Rolith. We need to make sure Artix doesn't slay ALL the zombies in Atlanta or there will be none left to make more epic TV shows.


Tags: Alina

 

Con Maker

August 29, 2012

DragonCon Quibble Friday

His new gear will make you ROAR with delight!

Quibble's third and final update releases THIS Friday while most of the AE team is at Dragon*Con! To celebrate all things draconic, Dage created a set of dragontastic new gear for you all!

This weekend you'll be able to /equip the color-custom Prismatic Kahn of Dragons Armor (for ACs) or the member-only non-CC Kahn of Dragons Armor! Along with the armor, you can also purchase either the color-custom or member-only (non-CC) Axe of Boneshattering!


And don't forget the Unleashed Dragon Set made by Solrac! Quibble will have 2 helms, a cape, daggers, a polearm, and the armor in stock this Friday!

Mysteries of the Cleric Sisterhood!

It doesn't matter whether you're Good or Evil this week, so long as you're committed to saving Lore! /join cleric and talk to Cleric Dawn to begin assisting the Sisterhood with their mysterious mission! What, you thought they just stood in the corner, giving directions and smiling? No way!


What did you DO to make Cleric Dawn look like this?!

As Lore's foremost Order of Clerics, they're committed to buffing their Purification Magic skills... and scouring the world for what anything out of place! They have a dirty job to do and they'll need YOU to pool your resources with theirs if they're going to successfully cleanse Lore of what ails it!

Dage's War Meter: 95%!

Come on, followers of Dage and members of the Undead Legion! You've got 1.25 million monsters left to slay by Friday before the Paragon Set is YOURS! Dage will sell the Paragon Armor for 2,000 ACs OR for an undisclosed amount of Legion Tokens IF you can get the meter to 100% before the end of the week! You've got a little over 45 hours to go... BATTLE ON!

Power Gem Link NOT in this week's newsletter

To combat confusion over why people are either not getting the newsletter or not getting their power gem, we've removed the Power Gem link in this week's newsletter. We will return a way to get more Power Gems into the game and newsletter as soon as we're back from Con! To repeat: you should NOT see a Power Gem link in your Newsletter this week. We will get you a reliable way to receive Power Gems next week!

Double Rewards at Ballyhoo!

Now through September 16th, if you live in the United States, when you visit Ballyhoo and watch our How To Train Your Dragon ad, receive DOUBLE the usual rewards! As long as you see the HTTYD video and background skin, you'll receive 1,000 gold OR a chance to gain 7 Adventure Coins! Just /join battleontown to view Ballyhoo ads up to 10 times a day!

Who is Ballyhoo?

If you haven't ment Ballyhoo yet, she's the blue-haired elf with the offers! Ballyhoo is our master of Promotions and Hoopla, and she's got a great one for you if you live in the United States!*

All good Heroes should know the basics of How to Train Your Dragon... and her new ad shows you a great resource to do that! View her ad, then open the Magic Treasure Chest for a chance to gain either 7 free AdventureCoins OR 1,000 gold!

* If you live outside the US, you can still watch Ballyhoo's regular ads for a chance to get either 500 gold or a few Adventure Coins!

Target and Matomy Promotion Reminders!

Don't forget: redeem the Artix Entertainment gamecard from Target stores before August 31, 2012 to unlock the Bullseye Spear! The 2,000 AC version of the spear Valencia is selling will also be removed on August 31st.

Complete at least one offer through our Matomy AExtras promotion by September 2, 2012 to complete for a chance to win the grand prize: a combo pack of the black Artix and Sepulchure action figures! You can also win either 3,000 or 4,500 ACs!

Dragon*Con or Bust (a move)! 

The release is ready to roll live from the Team Suite at Dragon*Con... but I'm not ready to go! While I go pack, why not read Cysero's Dragon*Con Survival Guide? We hope to see you there! And remember, if you want to get an in-game Con-summately epic DC souvenir (without flying to Con), find a friend** to get your very own souvenir-item code! Just give the code to Valencia in /battleontown to get the gear!

** Or check the official AQWorlds Wiki!


Tags: Alina

 

Gem Maker

August 29, 2012

Fixing Power Gems

Power Gems and Newsletters in the Future!

One of the easiest ways to get more AQW newsletters to you all is to send out our newsletter earlier in the week. (That way, we will get them out before so much of our total email allotment is usedup.) Newsletters only go out once a week, so if you don't get one after 2-3 days, you won't get it that week.

If your email address was confirmed, Yorumi and Captain Rhubarb are working on a way to get you your free Power Gem today if you didn't receive it yesterday.

If your email is confirmed and you DIDN'T get your free Power Gem yesterday, you should see it in your inventory now.

Here are some of the things we want to look into:

  • Creating a way to for to check whether or not you receive emails after you sign up for the newsletter. (ex - sending a test email to make sure your email is correct)
  • Allowing you to re-sign up to receive newsletters after unsubscribing. FIXED!
  • Seeing if there is a way to re-send individuals a newsletter if they signed up but didn't receive it. (Not sure how this would work, but we'll investigate it.)

To confirm or re-confirm your email (and to get the newsletter), please follow these steps:


  • Head to http://account.aqworlds.com/
  • Click on the Newsletter link on the right.
  • If your Status reads as "unconfirmed" please click on:
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  • In a little while, you should have an email in your inbox!

I wanted to get this info out to you all as soon as possible! Check back later today for Design Notes on more Quibble gear previews, news about the Cleric release, and more teasers about Dragon*Con!


Tags: Alina Power Gems Newsletters

 

Clean Maker

August 27, 2012

News You Want To Know

We've got so much to share, one DN post isn't enough!

You think we would take it EASY when we only have 3 days to build the release, but here at the Lab we look at every challenge as a new opportunity to go beyond our limits! So here's the scoop what we've got coming this Friday during our chaotic Dragon*Con release!*

  • Talk to Quibble to see his latest gear, Dragon-style in honor of Con!
  •  Learn the secret mission of the Sisterhood of Dishpan Hands, Lore's foremost Order of Clerics!
  • Epic Water-themed rewards will be yours if you help the Clerics! 
  • Get the war meter to 100% by Friday, August 31st to win Dage's Paragon Set!

* Of COURSE we're going to roll live from Dragon*Con! What better place to release than from 47 stories up, looking down at a crowd of 60,000 people?!

Quibble's not Draggin' His Heels - NEW Dragon Gear!

Dragons don't much like Quibble - they say he smells disagreeable, and they don't want him near their hoards. But he DID manage to retrieve some never-before-seen-slightly used dragon-themed items from a side-future just in time for Dragon*Con!

Talk to him this Friday to grab your own pieces of the Unleashed Dragon Set!

  • Unleashed Dragon Armor
  • Unleashed Dragon Mask
  • Unleashed Dragon Helmet
  • Rage Unleashed Polearm
  • Dual Dragonfang Daggers
  • Dragon Scale Cape

Don't miss Solrac's set, and keep an eye out for previews of Dage's Draconic Barbarian set, too!

Secrets of the Sisterhood: Get ready to Fight Dirty!

Watching, waiting, seeking information... The Clerics of the Sisterhood of Dishpan Hands are quiet, helpful, and inconspicuous.

If you asked, they would extoll the virtues of purity and Order, cleanliness and the life-giving power of Water. But their inconspicuous presence masks a more important mission than anyone on Lore suspects - until now!

This weekend, travel to /clerictemple and speak with Cleric Dawn. The Sisters need YOUR help to push forward on a quest vital to the safety and security of every creature on Lore! She won't tell you ALL their secrets right away, but once you've gained her trust, you'll also learn the truth!

A Tidal Wave of Epic Water Rewards!

Be prepared to travel all across Lore gathering the data and surveying the potential trouble sites the Sisters direct you tot. Help them gain the knowledge they need and you'll be rewarded with a deluge of Water-themed rewards!

  • HydraCaster Armor
  • Tidal Breaker Armor
  • Translucent Rose Cape
  • Cleric's Aura Cape
  • Seaworthy Scythes and Staves
  • And more!

New Ballyhoo Promotion Begins Today!

If you haven't ment Ballyhoo yet, head to /battleontown and talk to the elf with the offers! Ballyhoo is the master of Promotions and Hoopla, and she's got a new offer for you.

All good Heroes should know the basics of How to Train Your Dragon... and now Ballyhoo has a new ad viewable through September 16th which will help you learn how to do that!

View her ad, then open the Magic Treasure Chest for a chance to gain either free AdventureCoins or gold! Players in the United States can view this ad up to 10 times a day!

Get Dage's War Meter to 100% by Friday for Paragon Set!

Fans of Dage the Evil and members of his Undead Legion have waited long and worked hard to earn his Paragon armor, helm, and cape! You are so close to owning a set of unparalleled, Evil armor... you just need to raise Dage's war meter to 100% by this Friday, August 31st!

The Paragon Set prices:

  • Paragon Armor - 2,000 ACs
  • Paragon Helm - 125 ACs
  • Paragon Cape - 85 ACs

TRUE members of the Undead Legion can purchase the Paragon Set for Legion Tokens! Dage has not decided on the prices for the Legion Token version of the armor yet, but we'll announce them as soon as he has.

The 1000 AC price for Paragon Armor mentioned in previous Design Notes was only if Dage the Evil won the war. He did not win, but was convinced to release it if the meter hits 100% by Friday. The price is now 2,000 ACs. Sorry guys, that's the way the Evil cookie crumbles!

War Rewards: What Goes Rare and When!

We've mentioned this in previous Design Notes, but we get thousands of new players each month, and new news is better than old news, even if it's the same news. The war content going rare will be removed on September 4th, after the team returns from Dragon*Con.

The war rewards - Dage's Paragon and the Legacy of Nulgath sets - will be available until September 21st! You all battled so hard to earn them, we want to give you all extra time to squeeze in that last bit of farming before they're gone.

The following war content will STAY after the war ends:

  • The Underworld map
  • Underworld monsters
  • Monster drops
  • Underworld story-related cutscenes and cinematics
  • The War Merge shops
  • All of the items from the Token/Diamond shops will go rare except the Evolved Blademaster and Abyssal Priest of Nulgath armors!

The following war content will GO RARE after the war ends:

  • The Dage and Nulgath Rares shops
  • The Legion Token/Diamond farming quests
  • The quests to get Dage and Nulgath's rare weapons
  • All of the items from the Token/Diamond shops will go rare except the Evolved Blademaster and Abyssal Priest of Nulgath armors! 

 

Target and Matomy Promotion Reminders!

Don't forget: you need to redeem the Artix Entertainment gamecard from Target stores before August 31, 2012 to unlock the Bullseye Spear! The 2,000 AC version of the spear Valencia is selling will also be removed on August 31st.

You have until September 2, 2012 to complete at least one offer through our Matomy AExtras promotion. The grand prize is a combo pack of the black Artix and Sepulchure action figures! You can also win either 3,000 or 4,500 ACs!

Click here to begin participating in AExtras offers! (Make sure you have a separate email just for doing this.)

Retcons: changing the past to aid the future

Sometimes we have ideas in mind when writing the releases that make sense to us, but don't come across clearly to you guys. That happened with last week's Gravelyn release.

We'll be going back to it and changing some of the key details to indicate that it takes place AFTER the Doomwood II zone. This should clear up some confusion (and let us keep the easter egg in Drakath's opening scene).

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Tags: Alina Quibble Update Secrets of the Clerics The Sisterhood of Dishpan Hands Tidal Wave of Epic Rewards Ballyhoo Paragon Set War Rewards Going Rare Info Target Matomy Gravelyn Retcon

 

Panel Sock

August 27, 2012

DragonCon 2012

What Is DragonCon?

From talking over Twitter this weekend I found out that a ton of people don't know what DragonCon is, so allow me to drop some knowledge.

Since 1987 people have been coming to Atlanta, Georgia (roughly 8 hours drive from The Secret Underground Lab) for DragonCon which has become one of the largest Sci-Fi, Fantasy conventions in the world. They say that they get about 40,000-45,000 people every year but it's closer to 65,000 or 70,000.

There is so much to see that it can actually short out your brain. it happened to my on my first year.When I got back my friends asked me how it was and I actually needed a few days to process all that I had seen and done, heard and tasted, battled and escaped from before I could talk to them about it.

There are panels about everything from making your own functional steampunk R2-D2, to meet-and-greets with some of the biggest names in TVs, Movies, Gaming and Books. There are thousands of people dressed up as their favorite characters, movie marathons, a sea of tables for table top games like Dungeons and Dragons, card games like Pokémon, Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh, board games like Risk, Settlers of Catan and King of Tokyo. There are several WAREHOUSE sized rooms stocked to the gills with Naruto headbands, Lightsabers (like mine and Yorumi's), Steampunk Goggles, Nerdy T-shirts, Comic Books, Art and anything else you can imagine for sale. There are nightly raves, Firefly themed shindigs, vampire masquerade balls and a constant stream of Concerts featuring people like I Fight Dragons, One-Eyed Doll and Voltaire... and, of course, our own Artix Entertainment Fan Panel.

We are a small company with a small but loyal fan base who keep showing up no matter how awful the panel was the year before. In fact, they keep giving us bigger rooms  and better time-slots every single year.

At the panel we get to meet and hang out with some of our biggest fans, we talk about what is coming up, have a question and answer session, Artix usually shows some movies that he's made over the weekend and we usually have a Kick-The-Twilly contest. Last year we also had a Battleon Battle card game tourney which was a LOT of fun.

Every year we make a special item for those who have come from all over the globe just to hang out with us, but there is also an Artix Entertainment Flyer that we will be handing out that has a code for another DragonCon item for everyone. Just talk to one of your friends who goes to get the code.

This year the Artix Entertainment Panel:

  • The time will be Saturday at 5:30PM
  • The hotel will be the Hilton Atlanta
  • The room will be the "Grand Salon E"

We've also started a tradition of holding a pizza party in Artix's hotel suite every year. Last year we made too much noise and got kicked out of the room so there are small changes this year. There is free pizza, soda and we get the chance to sit down with you guys and just chill out and talk.

This year's AE Pizza Party:

  • The time will be Thursday at 7:30PM
  • The hotel will be the Marriott Marquis Atlanta
  • The location will be on the 10th Floor, in the Skyline meeting area.

We will also have a AE Fan Table in the Hayatt Recency Atlanta, on the lower level (we think). Members of the AE staff (and maybe some AE fans) will be manning the table all through the con. We have made special ribbons to attach to your Con Badges for all three days of the con. Make sure to stop by and grab your ribbons on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and keep us company! 

A LOT of the famous people at con will sign something for you if you pay them, but lucky for YOU we're NOT FAMOUS AT ALL! All you have to do is give us a marker. We will sign ANYTHING. I mean that. Artix and I signed a dude's neck last year.

NOTE: WE DO NOT RUN DRAGONCON! AE has nothing to do with the set-up or funding of the convention. We just attend like everyone else. It's an institution in Atlanta and has been held there for the last quarter century so asking us to have it in YOUR hometown next year impossible on every level.

If this is your first Con, then you should carefully read...

Cysero's Con Survival Guide! (revised 2012 edition)

DragonCon starts THIS WEEKEND and as has become tradition I am imparting my knowledge and experience to you all. This is Cysero's Con Survival Guide '12!

WHAT TO BRING

  • A Large Bag. You're going to to be carrying a LOT of stuff around with you and picking up a lot of stuff as you con so a large bag is necessary.
  • A Towel. Your hotel room will probably come equipped with these but I always prefer to bring a large, beach-sized towel with me wherever I go. Hitchikers listed most of the uses, but for a more practical example: I have fallen asleep in the hallways of more than one convention hotel and it's always nice to have a towel for a blanket or pillow.  
  • Energy Bars. Meals come unpredictably during con and staying alive can be hard. You never know when you'll be stuck at a table-top gaming session that lasts 14 hours straight... and if you leave the brutal GM will just kill you.
  • Bottle Of Water. See above. Also good for waking up wierdos who are sleeping in the hallways of your hotel.
  • Extra Strength Energy Shots (Optional). You know, those little bottles of energy booster that they sell everywhere. These things are not great for you, but caffeine and sugar have no effect on MY metabolism and you might be built the same way. Con goes day and night, all weekend long. And it's a holiday weekend. I consider them a necessity during Con.

  • Multi-Vitamins. There are thousands of people from all over the world at con and many of them have brought strange, exotic diseases with them. All these diseases mingle together and become some sort of super-flu affectionately called "Con Rot" that WILL infect you. Keeping your body's defenses up during con severely reduces the time and number of limbs you will lose to the Con Rot.

  • Hand Sanitizer. See above.
  • Cash (Well Hidden). As you explore the convention you WILL encounter some stuff you NEED to own. Swords, pithy shirts, novels, William Shattner selling autographs... and there is a 50% chance that the thing you want to buy, you can't buy with plastic. If you plan on falling asleep in a hall somewhere, be sure that your cash is in your sock or in the secret pocket in your boxers, or cloak... you don't want to wake up broke.
  • A Mobile Computing Device. Most modern cell phones will do, but you might not get a signal in the underground mazes that connect the convention hotels. Having a wireless card in a small laptop is priceless. A smartphone attached to a 3G network will do (con-tested my iPhone in 2009, worked like a dream). You might or might not Tweet. You might or might not need to check your Facebook and Twitter but your FRIENDS will NEED to contact you about something that you HAVE TO SEE RIGHT NOW!

    Additional: This year, DragonConhas perfected their free Con Schedule App!



    You will eventually lose your paper one but so does everyone else so there are an endless supply of them in every corner BUT this way you don't have to get your hands sticky and wonder why the last person ditched it.

    The App is for Ipnone and Android phones. It has maps, schedules for panels and speakers, concert times... everything you need to plan your Con experience. 

  • A Camera. Fully charged. Memory card empty. NEEDS a flash. Too many dark corners with Halo Spartans hiding in them. If you have newer generation smartphone with a decent flash, that will do fine.

  • Glow Sticks or a Dance Party App. in 2010 Alces and I accidentally found ourselves in a mobile rave. One guy was wearing the sound system and power supply on his back and his two friends were each wearing giant speakers converted into backpacks. The party never stopped moving. Alces and I took a chance, caught a cab, went to an all night market and bought $44 worth of glowsticks to give to share with our fellow mobile partiers. We were gone about 4 minutes, but when we returned to the street corner, they had moved on. We spent the next hour following the sound of those booming speakers until we caught up. If on'y we'd had the glow sticks on us!

  • Portable Gaming Device. Long lines. Really long lines. After last year this one was moved to the MUST catagory. Again, one of the newer generation smartphones will do.

  • A Good Friend. The buddy system is always a good idea. That's why I bring Alces. He's part Dr. Gonzo, part Chief Medical Officer and part Tech Support. He is all best friend and has been for more than half of my life. If you have a friend who has been before and can show you around the ever changing paths of the convention, bonus.
  • A Zorbak Plushy. It's the ultimate ice-breaker. "Can I get a picture of you holding this guy, please?" "Sure... what is he?"
  • Good Walking Shoes. Trust me. 

  • An Umbrella or Poncho (Optional). Last year the Venture Brothers panel line was long enough that it went outside the hotel and Alces and I found ourselves in the middle of a rain storm. With all of the weather coming from Tropical Storm Isaac headed toward Atlanta just in time for con, I suggest packing weather protection. A poncho will fit in your bag but an unmbrella makes you look swanky of you rock it right.
  • Duct Tape. This is just something you should have all the time anyway, BUT there are a LOT of people in a LOT of costumes and things start falling apart on day one. A well timed piece of duct tape can make you a lot of friends very quickly.

That should be, more or less, everything that you need to pack. Other options include: clean clothes, costumes, things you want autographed, video camera, your Battleon Battle Card deck (teach a stranger how to play!), a map of the con (some of us like getting lost), a pair of scissors (for a lock of Kevin Sorbo's hair while he's passed out in a fountain somewhere), a sketchbook (for ideas), a steampunk R2 unit, 8 channel progrmable remote control, Sonic Screwdriver, or grappling hook... just cause.

You're Doing A Release From Con?!

Yes. As always we will be running a release from our lap-tops using the hotel's internet. The team is scrambling like mad to get everything ready for the release so all we need to go is hit the GO button. Look for ALINA's Design Notes Post a little later on today for more details!


Tags: Cysero DragonCon

 

Duality Maker

August 24, 2012

Return to Shadowfall

The Empress Strikes Back!

Together, Good and Evil form the Alliance, but as Chaos continues its attack on Lore, it does not move fast enough for Empress Gravelyn! She has grown tired of waiting for King Alteon to order the attack on Chaos. Tonight, she summons you to Shadowfall to test your loyalty. Will you serve Evil and help the Empress save Lore from Chaos... and then rule it? Or will you remain steadfastly Good?

You'll need to adventure all over Lore, fulfilling the tasks General Tibias and General Cynari set you in Gravelyn's name. Journey all throughout Shadowfall and then to Yokai, Poisonforest, Lair, and Swordhaven!

Your Choice is Final!

At the end of the first cutscene, you will need to choose between Good and Evil... and you cannot change your mind once it has been made! The quests you go on, the cutscenes you watch, and the rewards shop you unlock are all based on the choice you make tonight. Think hard, Hero, because you are deciding how you will interact with Empress Gravelyn for the rest of this storyline!

Evil Allegiance Rewards:

  • Hand of Destruction Armor and Helm
  • The Obfuscated One Armor
  • Blades of Atrocity
  • Dark Stabbers
  • Red Gummi Pet
  • Pink Gummi Pet

Good Allegiance Rewards:

  • Hand of Destiny Armor and Helm
  • The Illuminated One Armor
  • Blades of Excellence
  • Golden Star
  • Green Gummi Pet
  • Blue Gummi Pet

New Time-Travel Gear in Quibble's Shop!

Talk to Quibble in Battleon to see his ALL-NEW Chrono Tripper Armor set and the swankiest, steampunkiest TopHats Lore has ever seen!

  • Chrono Tripper's Armor
  • Chrono Tripper's Helms: Mask, Respirator, Voice Chamber
  • Overclocked and Overgeared Tophat Helms
  • Punky Bowler and Intrepid Explorer
  • Googles and Locks Helm
  • Steamed Goggles Helm
  • Jaunty and Tilted Shorthats

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  4. If your Email Status is Unconfirmed, click on Resend Email
  5. You will then see: "Confirmation email has been successfully sent to your email address."
  6. Now, go check your email. Should only take a few minutes to reach your inbox. Once you receive the email message from AdventureQuest Worlds MMORPG with the subject =AQW= AdventureQuest Worlds Confirmation, follow the instructions in the email and click the link that confirms you are the owner of the account. Once your email address is confirmed, you will see the message: "Success! Congratulations your email address has been confirmed and your account is now activated. Check the homepage for news about the game. Notice: Email Confirmed Successfully!"

One more week for the Matomy AExtras Contest!

Our AExtras offer with Matomy is still running! You have until September 2nd to complete at least one offer. The grand prize is a combo pack of the black Artix and Sepulchure action figures! You can also win either 3,000 or 4,500 ACs!

Click here to begin participating in AExtras offers! (Make sure you have a separate email just for doing this.)

WHAT THE?!?!?! Story Questions!

It's already been asked by a lot of you guys, so here are some answers to your release questions:

  • This does NOT take place after Doomwood. Gravelyn has not learned what you do in Doomwood Part II. (So don't tell her!)
  • Stealing candy, betraying villagers, and undeadifying puppies is mean. But you're Evil, so it works out well.
  • To slay the Shadow Munchers, head down the hall to your left. They're in the room with the Shadowy Beings.
  • Join Poisonforest to slay the bandits.
  • ANY monster with Chaos or Chaorrupted in its name will drop the Chaos Gems to get the Chaos Slayer armor!
  • If you do not see the Chaos Slayer quest available, that will be fixed on Monday.
  • YES, your choice is final. IF you choose to ally with Empress Gravelyn, for the remainder of this storyline, you're Evil. It works the same way for Good/Alteon, too.

Meet the AQW Staff List

If you haven't checked out the Lorepedia recently, Beleen's added an AQW Staff List here so you can see the team that makes the game! Get to know the game developers, moderators, and support staff who make sure you have an AEsome time playing AQWorlds!

Coming Next Week: Dragon*Con and Clerics!

Most of the crew at the Lab and some of our off-site staff are all meeting up at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia! If you're in the area, come meet us!

  • Artix Entertainment ALL GAMES Panel:  Saturday @ 5:30pm at the Hilton in Grand Salon E! 
  • Fan Table: We are taking turns running it all weekend. Located... um... wherever all the cool fan tables are.

Because it's a SHOOOOOORT week, we'll be working on the Cleric release this weekend. What secrets does this squeaky-clean Order hide? You'll have to find out next Friday!


Tags: Alina Gravelyn Evil Good YOUR CHOICE IS FINAL DragonCon Coming Soon OMG so much to do No going back Bow to the Empress The Empress Strikes Back

 

August 23, 2012

Lorepedia Encyclopedia

Buff your INT stats IRL!

Everything you ever wanted to know about AQWorlds… and some stuff that you never knew existed… can be found in the Lorepedia!

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Lorepedia is the official AdventureQuest Worlds Encyclopedia teeming with invaluable information (and lots of pretty pictures!) about Classes, Enhancements, Character Page Badges, Membership Benefits, Moglins, and the Player Handbook. Lorepedia is not meant to replace the awesome AQW Wiki nor step on the toes of the wonderful Wiki team—Lorepedia is just another source of information to help you and your friends become the ultimate AQWorlds hero! So allow me explain each Lorepedia section a bit better!

Classes

With the new school year upon us, it’s time to attend your classes. But in AQWorlds, YOU get to choose what Classes to master! We’ve got over 50 awesome Classes to choose from, all of which are interchangeable whenever you want (ooohh I wish my school schedule was that lenient!). But with so many Classes with so many Stats and so many Skills, it can get pretty confusing trying to figure everything out. Let Lorepedia be your cheat-sheet instead! The Classes section of Lorepedia breaks apart every Class, explaining what the Class is, where to find it, what Enhancements work best, Base Stats (that is, without any applied Enhancements), and the Skills and Passive Abilities. If you wanna master any Class—and check out all of your available options—head to the Classes section of Lorepedia!

Classes 

Enhancements

Enhancements are magical! And I’m not just saying that because I’ve run out of synonyms for “awesome”—Enhancements really are magical things used to increase your Strength, Intellect, Endurance, Dexterity, Wisdom, and Luck Stats. There are 10 different types of Enhancements that can be applied to your Helms, Weapons, Capes, and Classes (even though they’re called “Armor Enhancements”...what the…?). The right Enhancement can make all the difference between victory and respawn—so read up before you Enhance up!

Enhancements

Moglins

OMGOMGOMG Moglins are sooo totally adorable! =D EEEP! But there’s a lot more to a Moglin than his cuddly fabric softener bear appearance. The Moglins section in Lorepedia briefly explains some of the most famous—and infamous—Moglins found in AQWorlds. More Moglin biographies will be added in the future… because it’s pretty hard to hold an interview when all I do is squeal with delight over the lovable, huggable, squishy Moglins that I cherish so much!

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Character Page Badges

Aside from showing off all your epic loot on your Character Page, there are tons of Badges you can earn throughout your travels in AQWorlds. The Badges section of Lorepedia lists every Badge and how you can earn it, from upgrading to a Member to equipping HeroMart items IRL to participating in live in-game events. New Badges are added all the time, so I will try my best to keep up!

Badges

Membership Benefits and Perks

There are SO MANY benefits of being a Member. Not only does your Membership keep the AQWorlds team adequately caffeinated, it also unlocks over 3,000 items, allows for Pets, and grants you access to exclusive areas and zones and quests and challenge boss battles, just to name a few =p The Membership Perks section of Lorepedia lists all of the awesome benefits of being a Member, so check this out if you want to support your favorite MMO. We couldn’t have made it this far without our Members, so thank you! <3

Membership Perks

The AQW Player Handbook

An ever-expanding World of Quest and Adventure unfolds as you explore AdventureQuest Worlds. The Player Handbook is your guide to all of the features found within the world of Lore, from Player vs Player battles to Interface Icons to different Emotes used in Chat. Since knowledge is power, everyone of every level can benefit from reading the Player Handbook!

Player Handbook

The AQW Staff List

I've also added an AQW Staff List here so you can see the team that makes the game! Get to know the game developers, moderators, and support staff who make sure you have an AEsome time playing AQWorlds!

Coming Soon

Believe it or not, this is only the beginning of Lorepedia. There are lots of new exciting sections in the works, from NPCs to Chaos Lords to an AQW Staff page that links our REAL Twitter and Facebook pages—so no more worrying about fakes and phonies. There is no set date as to when Lorepedia will receive new sections, but keep checking the Design Notes and my Twitter for new Lorepedia updates =D

What You Can Do for Me

I need YOUR help to make Lorepedia the best ever! Aside from being natural-born heroes, you guys and gals harbor amazing creative talent and always come up with the best ideas =D I would love to hear your thoughts as to what new Lorepedia sections should be added next!

But not just yet.

Our wonderful Forums Staff is currently working on creating a “Lorepedia” section on the Forums. Some of the ideas we are tossing around include fan art, screenshots, new chapter suggestions, and class tips & tricks. So start brainstorming with your friends today! And as soon as the Lorepedia Forums is up and running, you can post all of your great ideas and suggestions there.

Don’t worry—I will let you know when the Lorepedia Forums goes live in another glorious pink Design Notes post! ^o^


Tags: Beleen

 

August 21, 2012

Power Gem Problems?

Here are some simple solutions!

Power Gems came out a few days ago and everyone loves them! Yay! But no brand-new feature is safe from technical bugs and oopsies, so we are doing everything we can to make sure you receive the Power Gem that’s rightfully yours. 

PwrGem

Help us help you! Follow these simple steps if you haven’t received the weekly AQW newsletter with the free Power Gem link.  

Add us to your Contacts!

Sometimes emails get jealous and will send the AQW Newsletter to your Spam/Junk folder. To ensure that the Newsletter is sent to your inbox, add the following addresses to your email Contacts:

  • newsletter@battleon.com
  • noreply@aqworlds.com

Search your Email

Power Gems are brand new, and the only email so far with the Power Gem link is:

  • from the sender AQWorlds
  • from the email address newsletter@battleon.com
  • with the subject =AQW= The Span: Dragon of Time!

Run a search through your email account using any of the bolded terms above to see if you have the newsletter with the free Power Gem link.

Make sure you have a Confirmed Email

If you don’t have the AQW Newsletter, and cannot find it using the above methods, chances are your email is not confirmed! It’s really simple to Confirm your Email, just follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Account Manager 
  2. Login to the Account Management Login
  3. If your Email Status is Confirmed, then you are receiving the weekly AQW Newsletters! Yay!
  4. If your Email Status is Unconfirmed, click on Resend Email
  5. You will then see: "Confirmation email has been successfully sent to your email address."
  6. Now, go check your email. Should only take a few minutes to reach your inbox. Once you receive the email message from AdventureQuest Worlds MMORPG with the subject =AQW= AdventureQuest Worlds Confirmation, follow the instructions in the email and click the link that confirms you are the owner of the account. Once your email address is confirmed, you will see the message: "Success! Congratulations your email address has been confirmed and your account is now activated. Check the homepage for news about the game. Notice: Email Confirmed Successfully!"

If you have multiple accounts:

If you have multiple accounts on one confirmed email, all of those accounts will get the Power Gem when you click the link IF you've logged in on them in the last year. If you haven't, just log in, then back out, then back in again! You will get the Gem automatically. Hooray for simple fixes!

If you have a Confirmed Email but aren't receiving the newsletter:

Most likely your email provider blocked the individual message. Search your inbox for =AQW= The Span: Dragon of Time! You can also sign-up with a new email using the Account Manager and you'll start getting the newsletter again!

If you get the message “Game Database Server is unreachable”:

You may be clicking an old link, or your email might not be confirmed. This means the data you used was invalid. Make sure your email is confirmed and try again when the next newsletter reaches you.

If you get a newsletter that has code instead of a link:

DO NOT KNOW! We are still trying to figure this out. Please post a screenshot on the forums showing that error. Megalops is looking into what could be causing that.

If nothing else has worked…

Please make sure that you have attempted every solution above. Hopefully that will resolve any issue. You should also refer to the Help Pages if you need further assistance on Confirming or Changing your Email Address, because you must have a real Confirmed Email in order to receive the Power Gem link:

If that still doesn’t work, post an in-depth description of the error (and screenshot when applicable) here:

And if all else fails…

… dress up in all PINK! Yeah, okay, sure, that’s not going to solve the Power Gem problem… but it will make you look mighty snazzy nonetheless ^_____^


Tags: Beleen

 

Shadow Maker

August 20, 2012

Gravelyn Grows Impatient

Shadows are stirring inside the Empress' Fortress!

With Chaos on the move and the Alliance not advancing in their crusade to overcome it, Empress Gravelyn is growing impatient. She needs to move, and soon! This Friday, you will be summoned to her throne room in /Shadowfall.

She'll send you on quests into the heart of her Fortess AND through the rest of Lore to prove your allegiance! (... or to see why Good is ineffective! Will you remain true to your King?)

Rob strangers to finance your Empress, save strangers to prove to the Empress that a Good alignment is the right choice... and watch as Gravelyn begins the journey to reclaim her throne in the eyes of ALL Lore!

This week's rewards will come in three styles: Evil, Good, (and for those of you who just HAVE to be different) Chaos!

Quibble Update on Friday!

Time keeps on ticking into the future... and so do your rewards! Quibble's shop will be updated just in the nick of time this Friday with: Time Travel-themed gear! Look for more art previews later this week.

Power Gem Newsletter Info!

It sounds like a lot of you are looking forward to getting all of that shiny Power Gem gear that Twilly has in Battleon!

New features often come with bugs, and not all of them can be caught without a wide pool of testers. (That's you!) Here are some things to be aware of:

If you have a confirmed email but aren't receiving the newsletter:

The issue is most likely that your email provider blocked the individual message. (It might have been flagged as spam accidentally.) You can sign-up with new email and you'll start getting the newsletter again!

To make sure you DO get the newsletters, Captain Rhubarb is going to set up a "Send me a sample newsletter" link to make sure that you receive it. The next week, you'll get an actual newsletter with a Power Gem link!

If you get a message that the Game Database Server is unreachable:

You may be clicking an old link, or your email might not be confirmed. That just means the data you used was invalid. Make sure your email is confirmed and try again when the next newsletter reaches you.

If you get a newsletter which has code instead of a link:

Please post a screenshot on the forum showing that error. In the meantime, Megalops is going to look into what could be causing that.

Current Promotion Reminders!

Artix Gamecards are still in stock at US Target locations! Redeem your card before August 31st, 2012, to unlock the Bullseye Spear bonus item AND Artix Points! They can be used to purchase AQWorlds membership or Adventure Coins! 


Our AExtras offer with Matomy is still running! You have until September 2nd to complete at least one offer. The grand prize is a combo pack of the black Artix and Sepulchure action figures! You can also win either 3,000 or 4,500 ACs!

Click here to begin participating in AExtras offers! (Make sure you have a separate email just for doing this.)

Can you get to 100% for the Paragon Set?

Dage the Evil has been persuaded! If you can get his war meter to 100% before the release time on August 31st (while we're at Dragon*Con!), he will offer his Paragon Set for Adventure Coins once the goal is reached! How fast can you battle?!

He sees how hard his followers have battled through this war, and he wants to reward your valiant efforts! But don't think that because he's giving you a gift, that he is any less Evil...

Sword of the Legion Shop News!

The Sword of the Legion, a reward from The Stranger's quest in /evilwardage, will unlock a shop on Dage's NPC in the future! He's not sure what to put in there yet, so let him know on Twitter what you'd like to see!

Artix's Dragon*Con Update!

DragonCon takes place every year in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a weekend long convention (Recommended ages 15+) with 30,000+ attendees... most in amazing costumes. I guess it is really like a weekend long costume party with celebrity guests (walk of fame), panels featuring the casts of your favorite sci-fi/fantasy/etc TV shows, video games, art galleries, table top games, concerts, shopping and... well, check out the schedule on the DragonCon website. As mentioned in our previous post, the Artix Entertainment team will be attending in force again this year. We will be running a panel and a fan table!

Jemini in her FLCL cosplayOur artist Jemini (pictured above) has like 3 different costumes this year!

Come see us at DragonCon

  • Artix Entertainment ALL GAMES Panel:  Saturday @ 5:30pm at the Hilton in Grand Salon E! 
  • Fan Table: We are taking turns running it all weekend. Located... um... wherever all the cool fan tables are.

3rd Birthday Event almost over!

If you haven't played our 3rd birthday extravaganza with guest stars They Might Be Giants yet, then /join collection today! You will only be able to access this event until October 12th, 2012, when we launch our 4th birthday/wedding event!

Play through The Collector event to unlock:

  • TWO Character page and Book of Lore achievements!
  • Token merge shops!
  • Vindicator of They set!
  • Super-Fan Swag Merge Shop!
  • It Might Be A House Item Shop!
  • And TWO ALL-NEW TMBG song written JUST for AQWorlds!


Tags: Alina Gravelyn Power Gems Newsletters Target Matomy Paragon Set They Might Be Giants

 

?!?!?! Maker

August 17, 2012

Learn how AQW began

By Journeying to the Time Void in The Span!

Return to Chaos this week as Iadoa takes you on a journey across Time itself! If you wondered how AQWorlds was created from 3 divergent timelines, then this is the release for you! But can you trust Iadoa? A Chronomancer who has fallen - even in part - to Chaos? How do you know he is leading you onto your path of destiny?

Time Travel Fairies are dangerous! Don't blink or you'll miss their attack!

Your quest to seek out the Eternal Dragon of Time leads you to the Time Void, but knowledge comes at a cost. Prove yourself to Vaxt Ahas, the Unending, to gain access to the information you seek.

Do not taunt the Eternal Dragon of Time!

And don't miss the new rewards in The Span's rep shop! The Soul Banisher Armor, the Baconing Mace, Glaive of the Orb Staff, Beams of Celeritas Wings... there is new gear for both members and non-members!

And if you take on the Unending Avatar boss and win, there are even MORE rewards to earn!

VIDEO BONUS SPOILER*: Click here to see Samba narrate the final cutscene! Hysterical!

*Do NOT watch under after completing the release!

Quibble Coinbiter Returns to Battleon!

Quibble Coinbiter is BACK with never-before-seen-slightly-used items items** from your past, present, and future! 

 

Loco Costume with the Glaive of the Orb staff (in The Span Rep Shop)

  • Technomancer Armor
  • ChickenCow Suit set
  • Performing Ubear Suit set
  • Kathool Adept
  • Loki Mecha
  • Dravir Armor set
  • Prismatic Galactimech set

  • Twig's Fwish Pet
  • Gween Pet
  • SpaceCat Pet
  • Dragonhand Mace
  • Mega Dragonblade
  • Dew Dancer Wings
  • And more!

**Unless you've played AdventureQuest, DragonFable, and Mech

Dark Caster Class is live!

If you're one of the 4,000 people who held onto their Dark Caster armor from Dage's birthday shop a few years ago, then you'll want to /join Shadowfall to begin Dage's Dark Caster Class quest! Brave a terrifying dragon to acquire the priceless artifact Dage MUST have! Bring it to him and the Dark Caster Class will be yours!

You must have the original Dark Caster armor to go on the quest. Dark Caster X armor does not unlock the quest.

Convince Dage to give you a reward!

Dage the Evil has said his Paragon will not be released since his side lost the war. Get the Legion War Meter up to 100% and MAYBE he will change his mind! It couldn't hurt, right?

New Matomy Ad Offer on AExtras!

From August 17th until September 2nd, Matomy is running a special AExtras offer! ONE lucky player who completes an offer will win the grand prize: a combo pack of the black Artix and Sepulchure action figures! You can also win either 3,000 or 4,500 ACs!

Click here to begin participating in AExtras offers! (Make sure you have a separate email just for doing this.)


Tags: Alina Dragon of Time The Span Chaos Quibble Dark Caster Class Dage Legion Reward? Matomy

 

Dark CaSock

August 17, 2012

Dark Caster Class

A Little History

Many, many moons ago when Dage The Evil was still the loyal servant of The Archfiend, he created an armor called Dark Caster. At the time is was the pinnacle of his craftsmanship and many, many people desired it. Through the secret halls and corridors of the internet it was promised to those who obtained this item, that one day in the far-flung future the next evolution of this armor, Dark Caster X would be theirs.

Things happen and plans change. Through many discussions and much planning the idea of Dage's Dark Caster X eventually evolved into a class rather than an armor. But people were still howling for the Dark Caster X so the armor was created and released for all. But Dage had not forgotten his promise to those who bear the original Dark Caster. It would be no mere armor that they would inherit, but a full Dark Caster Class with it's own Legion based skills to better serve their master, Dage.

Nulgath's army proved too much for the mighty Undead Legion and Dage The Evil has failed in his attempt to overthrow Nulgath. A rift was opened to another world rich with possibility and ripe for corruption. Nulgath has tossed aside the war-torn scraps and left Lore to inhabit, spoil, shape and eventually conquer the rich world of Oversoul.

Dage is still nursing his wounded pride and the Underworld is not as enticing as it once was, being given to him a pitiful trophy... a reminder of his great defeat. But his eternal rage still burns a cold, blue flame in what remains of his soul and he has already begun rebuilding his army.

The Dark Caster Class finally arrives today and all those who posses the original Dark Caster armor are called to Dage's service once again. The skills will soon be yours to master.

As we've mentioned before... a lot... ONLY people the ORIGINAL DARK CASTER armor will be able to obtain the Dark Caster Class. There will be no AC version and no other way to get it.

For the most part with AC items like the original Dark Caster armor, you get what you pay for. However, on VERY rare occasions there is an item like this that will allow you to get more than you paid for. You may think it's unfair that you signed up after the original Dark Caster armor had been released or you didn't know at the time that it would unlock anything else but a promise was made and a promise will be kept.

Did you really expect fairness from Dage The Evil?

How Do I Get The Class

There are only about 4000 people left in AQW who still have the original Dark Caster Class. If you're not one of them, you don't need to read any further. If you are one of the very few people (4000 is a very, very small number of AQW players) who still own your Dark Caster then you probably want to know how you will get the class.

Dage tells me that there will be at least one quest and probably some Legion Tokens required to obtain the class from him in Shadowfall. The Dark Caster armor will need to be in your inventory in order to unlock the quest or quests that will grant you the class.

You will NOT be required to turn in the armor. You only need to have it in your inventory.

DARK CASTER CLASS SKILL SET

Dage and I spoke for a while about what he expected out of the class. Obviously it was to be a caster. Single target DPS with some survivability, but not a tank. He wanted some interactivity which requires his Legionnaires to do more than mash buttons to gt a kill BUT he wanted the skills to have fairly short cooldowns so you had to pay close attention and act quickly. He wanted people to use it in PvP so it needed a guaranteed stun but it had to be a stun for which you worked.

Since it is a caster type and all of the skills are magical you should slot this out with Wizard Enh.

I think I designed a class that matches all of his expectations. Here are the skills.

AUTO ATTACK

2 second cooldown

A basic attack, taught to all adventurers.

SOUL GRASP

20 mana, 4 second cooldown

Magically grip your enemy's soul tighter and tighter. Deals moderate damage, also applies Soul Crush which stacks up to 3 times. Each stack reduces your targets damage further. Soul Crush replaces any stacks of Soul Burn.

This class starts off with a moderate damage ability instead of a light one which will make ranking it up a little simpler. The debuff isn't super-powerful but just enough to give you an edge in battle. The real joy in this skill is the 4 second cooldown. The cherry on top comes in the final ability.

SHADOW BOLT

20 mana, 3 second cooldown

A blast of charged spirit hits your target for light damage. Also applies Soul Burn which stacks up to 5 times. Each stack causes your target to take more damage. Soul Burn replaces any stacks of Soul Crush.

Another damage skill with an even faster cooldown, but less damage than the first still. Another mild debuff but now that you have this skill you are forced to decide which debuff you like better. Again, the real value in this skill comes the last ability in the class.

DARK CONVERSION

20 second cooldown

Regain some mana over time at the cost of losing health over time. Also increases your damage output for a short time.

You Necromancers will recognize this skill. It makes sense considering the Dark Caster's close ties to the necromantic magic that keeps the Legion up and walking around. When you use this skill your life slowly drains away as your mana slowly refills. Once again, you need to watch your HP bar to make sure that you don't kill yourself but if you juggle this with the soon-to-be-revealed healing skill then you'll be OK.

SPEED OF DARKNESS & DARK PACT

Rank 4 passives

Increase HASTE by 10%

Increase DAMAGE OUTPUT by 10%

Do more damage more quickly.

LEGION STRIKE

35 mana, 15 second cooldown

A high damage attack with an additional effect. If your target has 3 stacks of Soul Crush applied, they will be stunned for 4 seconds. If your target has ANY stacks of Soul Burn applied, you will be healed over time. Amount healed increases with stacks of Soul Burn. This skill consumes all stacks of Soul Crush or Soul Burn.

Those of you who have gotten this far in Skyguard Grenadier will recognize the way this skill functions.

In addition to the nice high damage that you get from the skill itself, this skill also has additional properties depending on which of the first two skills you've used. If you have three stacks of the first skill then Legion Strike will stun your target for 4 seconds. You can USE those 4 seconds to get one more stack on them and try to stun lock your foe but you will eventually run out of mana.

If you have the second skill stacked then you get a heal which will be progressively larger depending on how many stacks you have of that light damage second skill. Using this skill will balance out dark conversion and you can try to bleed your opponent's life away with light damage (and the rare HIGH damage from this skill) but you lose out on the higher damage from the first skill, not to mention the stun.

Here are a few tips: I find that 4 stacks of Soul Burn is plenty to keep you alive through combat AND Dark Conversion. I won't wast time on the 5th stack unless you're planning something big.Don't be afraid to mix up which skills you use but remember that every time you use one it negates the stacks of the other so think ahead.

SPIRIT DEATH

Rank 10 passive

Rarely, you will focus all of your dark power into one MASSIVE damage attack, but it will consume all of your mana and half of your remaining life.

This is a VERY large attack but it's balanced out by the fact that it pretty much leaves you open to any incoming attacks. I would carry a few potions around if I were you.

That's it. It's pretty fun to play since it keeps you on your toes and it's a good boss class and can be a decent PvP class if you play it right but I don't think that anyone will be complaining that it's over powered.

Don't Forget...

We've got more than the class coming tonight. The next chapter of The Span is coming plus Quibble is on the way with a bunch of items pulled from the timestreams of our other games, and we have a new Matomy (AExtra) offer starting tonight which could win you several thousand ACS OR the grand prize of a set of the rare, collector's edition Black Artix and Sepulchure action figures!

Be sure to come back clear to the release and read Alina's Design Notes on tonight's release for more details!

125 days until Just Another Day


Tags: Cysero Dark Caster Class

 

Power to the Players!

August 16, 2012

Power Gems arrive Friday!

Ready to earn some awesome free items?

Did someone say FREE items? Oooh yes I did—and here is everything you need to know about Power Gems, what they do, how you get them, and the amazing free items you can get. Read on my friends!

Power Gem Preview

What are Power Gems?

A Power Gem is a time-sensitive special item that is awarded to you for checking the weekly AQW newsletter. Power Gems are stackable, meaning that each week you can get another Power Gem just by reading the AQW newsletter. Really, it's that simple! Furthermore, Power Gems are marked as an “AC Item,” so that means you can store them in your bank for free and forever (Inventory Bags rejoice!). When you have collected enough Power Gems, you can buy epic items from the Power Gem Shop that Twilly, the lovable red Moglin, is opening up in Battleon. The fun begins this Friday!

What are Power Gems used for?

Power Gems are the only currency accepted in Twilly’s Power Gem Shop, opening this Friday. The Power Gem Shop is loaded with FREE items that you are eager to equip and show off. Additionally, every item in the Power Gem shop is marked as an “AC Item,” so you can store it in your bank for free forever! There are currently 17 items—armors, helms, weapons, a cape, and a pet—that require Power Gems, and more items will be added to the Power Gem shop in the future. No one knows if these Power Gem items will go Rare, so make sure you get them all if you hope to be Lore’s greatest Power Gem hero! Or at least wanna look REALLY good ^___^

How do I get Power Gems?

Earning a Power Gem is as simple as reading the weekly AQW newsletter! A new section in the newsletter, cleverly titled “Power Gems,” includes a one-of-a-kind link that will give you 1 free Power Gem in AQWorlds. You can also follow the “Claim your free Power Gem now” link under the “Your Info” section of the newsletter. From here on out, a special Power Gem link will be included in every weekly newsletter, so as long as you have a Confirmed Email—your real email that you check everyday—you can get a free Power Gem every week. 

How do I know if I have a Confirmed Email?

If you’re receiving the weekly newsletters, then your email is confirmed! But if you’re still not sure, then follow these 3 simple steps to check:

  1. On the AQW homepage, scroll down until you see the “Account” section, and click on “Manage Account.”
    Manage Account
  2. On the Account Management page, enter your Username and Password, and then click Login.
    Login
  3. Here you will see your Account Info (or in this case, mine!), and the Email Status will determine if your email is confirmed or unconfirmed.
    confirmed email

How do I Confirm my Email?

If your email is not Confirmed, it’ll look something like this:

unconfirmed email

Easy fix! All you have to do to Confirm your Email is click the “Resend Email” button to have another confirmation email sent to your email address. When you click on the link provided in that email, you will have successfully Confirmed your Email! Gratz!

How do I Update my Email address?

If the Email on your account is not the email you check regularly, it’s time to update it so that you can start earning free Power Gems! After following the 3 steps above (Manage Account-->enter Username and Password-->Account Info), click on the “Change Email” link under the Account Management section on the left of the screen.

Change Email

After typing in your real email twice (and after checking for typos!), click Submit:

insert real email

Now, go check your email and look for a message from “AdventureQuest Worlds MMORPG” with the subject “=AQW= AdventureQuest Worlds Confirmation”. If you don’t see the email, check your Spam/Junk folder. We’re not Junk or Spam, we swears! So make sure you add these following addresses to your contacts so you can get your free Power Gem in the upcoming weekly newsletters: 

  • newsletter@battleon.com
  • noreply@aqworlds.com

One last important thing…

Remember how I said waaaaay up there that Power Gems are time-sensitive special items? The Power Gem link in your newsletter is only valid for a limited time! This means you have to read the weekly AQW newsletter as soon as you get it to insure that you receive the Power Gem that’s rightfully yours. The Power Gem link in the weekly newsletter is only good for 21 days. If you forget to check your email for awhile, you'll need to click the Power Gem link in the oldest newsletter first. If you click the Power Gem link in a newer email, the older Power Gem links won't work. Also, if the newsletter is too old—over 3 weeks old—the Power Gem link won’t work either. You will have to wait until the next week’s newsletter comes out with a new Power Gem link. This is why it is super important to have a real Confirmed Email so that you don’t miss out on getting your free Power Gem! And, of course, all of the epic Power Gem items that can be obtained!

Still need more help confirming your email?

Check out the Help Pages for even more in-depth directions… and no more pink text =p

Remember: If you have multiple accounts on one confirmed email, all of those accounts will get the Power Gem when you click the link IF you've logged in on them in the last year. If you haven't, just log in, then back out, then in again! You will get the Gem automatically.

Here are some things to be aware of:

If you have a confirmed email but aren't receiving the newsletter:

The issue is most likely that your email provider blocked the individual message. (It might have been flagged as spam accidentally.) You can sign-up with new email and you'll start getting the newsletter again!

To make sure you DO get the newsletters, Captain Rhubarb is going to set up a "Send me a sample newsletter" link to make sure that you receive it. The next week, you'll get an actual newsletter with a Power Gem link!

If you get a message that the Game Database Server is unreachable:

You may be clicking an old link, or your email might not be confirmed. That just means the data you used was invalid. Make sure your email is confirmed and try again when the next newsletter reaches you.

If you get a newsletter which has code instead of a link:

Please post a screenshot on the forum showing that error. In the meantime, Megalops is going to look into what could be causing that.

I think that's everything! Look for the Power Gem link in this week's upcoming AQW newsletter to get your first Power Gem. The fun begins this Friday…and every Friday that follows! =D   

Follow me to the Account Manager to Confirm or Update your Email Address!


Tags: Beleen

 

Happy Maker

August 15, 2012

Dage vs Nulgath War

The war is almost over... the rewards almost here!

In the biggest, EVILLEST war AQWorlds has ever seen... we're about to see a WINNER! Nulgath's Abyssal Army has the war meter at 91% while Dage's Undead Legion has reached 54%. The mercenaries fight for BOTH sides... and can switch at any time. Will the current front-runner remain in first place? YOU decide!

And your rewards will be...

Should he win, Nulgath offers the color-custom Legacy of Nulgath set to all those who have fought for him during this clash of Evil Commanders! To claim the entire set you will need: 50 Diamonds of Nulgath and 50,000 gold! The set is non-member, so all of Nulgath's loyal followers can show their allegiance.


Legacy of Nulgath Set

Should Dage win, he offers the legendary Paragon Set! For many years, his warriors have fought to possess this epic gear. What will become of it if he loses?! If you don't want to find out, then /join evilwardage and BATTLE ON! If he is victorious, the Paragon Set will sell for 1,000 Adventure Coins so that his most loyal followers can show their allegiance.


Dage's Paragon Set!

Dark Caster Class Requirements!

If you are one of the lucky few who held on to your Dark Caster armor, then you've got a fun time coming! To unlock the Class this Friday, you'll need to visit Dage and undertake a perilous quest! ONLY those who possess the original Dark Caster armor will be able to go on this VERY difficult adventure, but the reward will be the epic Dark Caster Class!

Face the Dragon of Time this Friday!

You cannot fight the Dragon of Time because his death allowed you - and your world - to live! But you CAN learn what he sacrificed to allow you to be! This week, gain the trust of Vaxt Ahas, the Unending, the universe-snake which inhabits the Time Void. Prove your worth and show that you have what it takes to walk amongst the Ages.

Eternal Dragon of Time

If you have what it takes, then you will see how Galanoth came to slay the Dragon of Time - what took place before the battle and how its death created the AQWorlds you know today! 

Quibble Coinbiter is almost here! 

Don't forget to stop by Quibble Coinbiter's shop in Battleon this Friday! His chest is chock-full of gear taken from your past, present, and future... all contained within our current Chaos zone, The Span! You'll be able to purchase these sweet member-only pets and much more!

Twig wif a Fwish and the Gween Pet!

Artix Cards at Target!

Head to your local Target store, because Artix Gamecards are in stock! Redeem your Artix Gamecard before August 31st, 2012, to unlock the Bullseye Spear bonus item AND Artix Points! They can be used to purchase AQWorlds membership or Adventure Coins!*

Ready... aim... SLAY!

If you don't have a Target store nearby, you can ALSO pick up the Bullseye Spear at Valencia's AC shop in /battleontown for 2,000 ACs! Valencia will only keep the Spear in stock while the promotional item is available at Target!

* Follow the steps listed here to unlock your Bullseye Spear. Just look for the Bullseye achievement in your Book of Lore instead of the Flamestop.

Coming Soon in AQWorlds!

  • Gravelyn takes control! With an entire army of Undead and Evil followers, no self-respecting Empress sits around and just... waits. Next Friday, return to Shadowfall to help Gravelyn use Evil to bring Order out of Chaos!
  • The Sisterhood of the Dishpan Hands has many secrets! Do YOU know why these helpful clerics are stationed around Lore? What are they waiting... and watching... for? Journey to their Temple to learn more!
  • J6's in-game wedding event! (Anyone like cake?)
  • Alina and Rolith's in-game wedding event/AQWorlds 4th birthday! (The power of Love!)
  • More Chaos! More Chaorruption! More... EVERYTHING!


Tags: Alina Dage vs Nulgath Rewards Dragon of Time Destiny Quibble Target SO MUCH COMING IN AQW Not enough TIME Time to train Chronomancy

 

Marvin Sock

August 14, 2012

What's Going On?

You know we've got to find a way...

Hey guys, it's been a while since I've done a Design Notes and I haven't even had a lot of time to read  the forums or Twitter. You know that we've had our hands full with the war but there's a lot of other stuff going on behind the scenes which is why I haven't been able to work on the Mid-Week Releases for what seems like forever to me.

First off, we have a tutorial in the works. A real one.

With very rare exceptions, every game SHOULD have a fun way that gets you into the game while seamlessly teaching you how to play. AQW has NEVER had a tutorial before and considering that we get several thousands of brand new players signing up every day, it's something that we have desperately needed for as long as the game has been active.

You need a subtle hand when developing a tutorial that gets you into the story and teaches you how to play without making it seem like school work. I've written three different plots for this tutorial and finally got one that I feel will do the trick. I've balanced out the sense of importance with the silly that is AQW's life's blood and I've got a short questline that will teach you everything you need to know to play AQW.

This is Serval and you know Twilly. You will meet Serval right after you fall off the mountain at the very start of the game and help this pair fight their way through Sepulchure's undead army (remember? He was invading Swordhaven when the game began) in order to get safely to Battleon where you will gear up before heading off to Swordhaven.

Warlic has already done some brand new music for this area and Samba is currently animating the cutscenes when she finds time between her work on AQW's animation needs and her work on the Legend of Lore monsters. Once that is done Yorumi and I will go through and code all the special one-time functions that you won't need anywhere else in the game.

All new characters will play through this and if existing characters would like the Character Page Badge and Book of Lore check-mark, you will be able to play through it too.

We have no deadline for when this will release because as much as we need this, it's a secondary project to the more important things going on like the weekly releases and Yorumi's ongoing war on lag.

But now that we will have a nice clean tutorial at the start of the game, we thought we would need a cleaner way to find your way through the story in the Book of Lore, and while we're at it how about a way to add quest areas dynamically to the book, and how about a better layout for badges. Maybe while we're at it we could add an alert to your Book of Lore every time you get a new badge that takes you directly to the badge as soon as you open the book...

So eventually that snowballed into another project that I've been working on which is the Book of Lore redesign.

It's getting a complete overhaul. I went through pages of sketches and hours of tweaking with Artix and Dumoose to find an efficient and user-friendly layout that will guide a new or even an old player thought large portions of the game in a simple graphic fashion.

The new Story area will actually feature all 13 Chaos Zones plus the Tutorial and the Swordhaven War.

Mouseovers will tell you how close you are to completing the main storyline in each area and even give you a level suggestion for that area (since you can do them in any order you like). As you complete each storyline your silver frame will turn into an ornate gold frame with a big check-mark to let you know that you've completed the main story in that area. Of course each portrait is a button that will take you where you need to go.

The new Quests section will feature things like the DoomWood, Etherstorm and Skyguard zones and all the mid-week releases. Pretty much everything that ISN'T a Chaos Zone will be in this section and we'll be able to update it dynamically from the database so we can add new stuff without literally re-writing the Book of Lore every time. Once again, each one of the listings will tell you how much of the questline that you've completed, if it is Member Only and serves as a button to take you there either way.

The new Badges Area will have a new cleaner layout. It is broken up into three sections: Achievement Badges for those you earn through gameplay, HeroMart for those you unlock by purchasing AE swag from HeroMart or other stores that carry out stuff and Other Badges for promotional items that you get from AE Upgrade Cards, Crossover achievements for DragonLords, Guardian and Star Captains and other misc. badges.

The new Badge Page will pull a lot from HeroSmash's badge layout. You will be able to scroll through the badges in each section, select one to see a larger version, read the description and either access the shop or find out how to.

The other two sections are the Upgrades and Lorepedia sections. The Upgrades will tell you when your membership expires and how many ACs you have currently and (hopefully, when we get this running) you will be able to purchase upgrades and ACs right from your Book of Lore.

The Lorepedia section explains a bit about classes and opens Itzachi's shop from anywhere in the game. The Lorepedia Button will link you to the Lorepdeia that Beleen has been fiendishly working on for months.

The new and improved Book of Lore is also a secondary project that will be released as soon as we can find time but it requires a lot of coding. Unfortunately Yorumi has been so diligently working on improving the game lag that even guilds have taken a back-seat for now. If I could get the clone-o-mat working then we could make copies of Yorumi and Samba and the rest of the team and get everything done all at once.

I've been working with the art team and Draven from the web team on projects like the Artix.com redesign and the AQW payment page changes (those buttons don't make or post themselves)and the redesign of AQW's landing page.

I've also been working with Mido on fliers, buttons and booth ribbons for DragonCon, and other projects. I've been working with Diozz trying to help him with his BILLION projects such as the AQW 2013 Calendar etc.

I've been trying to keep up with Faith and her constant stream of HeroMart merch to make sure that all of their in-game items have badges and shops set up correctly and securely in the Book of Lore.

And of course I've been working on AQW. Helping where I can with the new releases, making art, working with Dage on his concept for the Dark Caster class and testing that, animating monsters when Samba is too overloaded to breathe, staying here 12-16 hours beside Alina to help her fix the seemingly endless waterfall of bugs that we've gotten from each war release, doing database entries and trying to help a handful of players with in-game issues when I catch a second to look at Twitter.

These are only the projects that I can TELL you about. There are surprises and top secret stuff that I can't even discuss with you. All of this is not counting my out-of-work life AND the fact that I've gone and broken my right elbow a few weeks ago while trying to get a slice of pizza in the middle of the night. As you can see, I'm pretty busy but I feel that I should point out that EVERYONE AT AE is exactly as busy as I am except for Artix who is busier than any three of us.

Why not hire more team members? We can't. We're a moderately successful indie game web game company and almost all of the money that we get FROM the game is already going back INTO the game.

Why not take on skilled volunteers? Because while most people willing to volunteer are very passionate about helping out they simply don't have the necessary skill level to actually provide any of the help we need. For those who ARE able to help out on a volunteer basis... Aranx, Veneeria, Aegis, Hizu,  Mods, AQW Forum Staff, I'm talking to you guys... Thank you. Your skill and work are VERY appreciated.

So now you know what I've been working on. In light of all this I HOPE that those of you who are still on summer break go out and HAVE FUN. Enjoy every second of your relative freedom and tell Summer Vacation that I miss her so badly that it hurts.

Coming Soon

Looks like the war will be ending soon. Friday we've got more Span and Quibble is coming back.

128 days until Just Another Day.


Tags: Cysero Busy Busy Busy Busy Busy Busy Busy Busy Busy Book of Lore Tutorial Landing Page Welcome Screen HeroMart

 

Paradox Maker

August 13, 2012

The Dragon of Time

Return to The Span this Friday to learn more!

Very long ago but not so far away, Galanoth slew the Dragon of Time. Very little is known of this creature except that it is vital to your existence... and Lore's. Why did Galanoth slay it and what does its death mean for you? Battle through the TimeVoid across the back of the Vaxt Ahas, the Un-Ending, to find out this Friday!

J6's To-Do List: "Space Snake." Check!

But first, check out Dage the Evil's concept sketch for the Dragon's still art:

Battle-scarred and wise, the Dragon of Time would have taught you much.

Dragon of Time? Wait... what?!

Those of you who have battled with us for a few years may remember the Design Notes post from 2009 where Sepulchure teases you with not-quite-enough information about this timeless being:

The Prologue's Prologue
When Galanoth's blade struck true, he slew the Eternal Dragon of time and destroyed everything... creating the void. A vast empty wasteland of nothingness. Reality was literally, uncreated. They say mortals could not comprehend what happened next. I beg to differ.

I think if you looked inside that slain Eternal Dragon you would find an shattered Hour Glass where his heart should be. The Hour Glass would be bleeding out the sands of time on the floor... but before the last drop of sand fell, ending everything.

Someone (or more likely... someTHING) must have noticed that there was not one hourglass in that Dragon's chest... but three!

Quibble Coinbiter Returns to Battleon Friday!

Quibble has traveled many light-years and alternate-timelines to bring you this gear straight from your past, present, and future! You can see a partial list of what he'll be stocking in this Design Notes post! We'll have more previews of the rest of Quibble's inventory later this week.

Technomancer and Dravir Armors from DragonFable!

But if the above picture isn't enough, and we're sure it isn't, here's a list of what else to look forward to:

  • Tonbo-Giri polearm from AdventureQuest
  • The Baconing Mace from DragonFable
  • Antique Frying Pan from MechQuest
  • And more!

Dark Caster Class Release Planned for Friday!

Cysero and Yorumi have designed the skills for the incredibly offensive, single-target Dark Caster Class... and now Dage is working on its art. We WANT to release the Class this Friday. Barring unforeseen obstructions to that, we will.

Remember, you must have the ORIGINAL Dark Caster Armor to unlock the path you'll take to get to the Dark Caster Class. Dage's evil mind is feverishly working on the details of just what price you'll have to pay to get it! We'll announce more details once they're finalized.

The Lorelympics Shop Leaves Now!

Originally, we announced that the Lorelympics shop would be up for a week. In the spirit of fostering healthy competition, and because so many of you asked nicely, we left the shop up until the end of the Olympics. That was yesterday, and so down it comes today.

I hope you got all the gear you were after, because we're not sure when the shop will return! (Possibly in two years.)

Yorumi's Quest to Crush Bugs Continues!

The lag has been better recently - but BETTER isn't GOOD ENOUGH! Yorumi has a list of things to try which should hopefully help reduce lag... or show us what else might! He also fixed one very colorful chat bug over the weekend and another earlier today.

With your help in reporting the botters and cheaters who break the game, we will continue working hard to make AQWorlds the best game it can be! We are very, very lucky to have so many players who want to make the game safe and secure for ALL players. For that, we thank you.

Cyser-notes Tomorrow!

You might have noticed that you haven't heard much from Cysero recently. While the rest of the team and I have been hard at work creating your weekly releases, Cysero has been pushing on some MUCH needed updates to the game. These should hopefully improve your in-game experience.* He'll have more details about his projects tomorrow!

* But are not gameplay functionality. Guilds is still in progress, as are new tradeskills.

PS: More news about the war and rewards tomorrow!


Tags: Alina The Span TimeVoid Vaxt Ahas the UnEnding Quibble Coinbiter Dragon of Time Dark Caster Class Lorelympics Lag fixes

 

Bunker Maker

August 10, 2012

Chaos on the Horizon

SkyGuard Returns with MORE Chaos!

Bombs away! Hunker down in a bunker, Members! This week calls for a /disguise if you’re going to figure out the Master’s latest scheme. Be careful, though; after the Master infiltrated the SkyGuard High Command in his last plot, his thirst for Chaos has only increased! From what your intel officers say, Chaos is in the air, and things are looking Beastly!

Wait... WHAT?! Chaos Beast?! DUN DUN DUN!

Your Suggestions, AQW Creations!

They're new... and from YOU! This weekend we've released more items in the Player Suggestion Shop with new weapons and pets all suggested by players just like you!

  • Paper Plane Pet (member-only) - Schillie
  • Drake Worm Pet (member-only) - resident_evil5
  • Undead Wolf Pet (member-only) - faolan6224
  • Boost Ram Blade (ACs) - Boost Ram
  • Color Custom Tiger's Tail (ACs) -  fGodz 4 gs
  • Blade of Maliciousness (non-member gold) - Malicious Neos
  • Edge Blade 3000 (non-member gold) - lilchris3000

SUGGESTION SHOP UPDATE! 

We have removed the color-custom Barodragon Helm from Yulgar's Suggestion shop and refunded everyone who bought it their 85 AdventureCoins. If you bought it, the helm is no longer in your inventory and you have your ACs back.

PLEASE remember: We LOVE putting your suggestions into AQW, but they have to be YOUR ideas. Not something someone else created. That's illegal, and is called plagiarism.

Thank you to everyone who reported it! But I don't think the player suggested the helm maliciously. It's easy to see why he likes the helm's appearance; it's awesome art! Just too bad someone else made it first. We don't like it when our art is stolen, and we don't like using someone else's art without permission.

New War Items, Changes to War Announcements!

NEW news about war items!

  • Should the Nulgath Nation win the war, they will unlock the: Legacy of Nulgath Armor, Helm, and Cape! See this image for a partial preview.
  • The Key of Revontheus Blade was mistakenly released for gold when it should have been ACs. In the heat of the moment, we re-made it as Diamonds when it should have just been ACs. So NOW there is a non-color custom Diamond version of the Key of Revontheus AND the color-custom Key of Revontheus Blade!*
  • The shop unlocked by The Sword of the Legion will open in the ShadowFall map at some point in the future.
  • Please remember: NO tweets about items coming in the war are final until they appear in the Design Notes.
  • Both the Stranger's and Dilligas' merge shops will go rare when the rest of the war content does. We will re-announce this in Monday's Design Notes, as well. (Man, we have a LOT of shops in this war! Hard to keep track of them all!)**

* Errors happen and we fix them as fast as possible. Sometimes too fast. Hopefully you've got a version of the blade you can enjoy now!
** Thanks to Zukei for pointing out we didn't clarify this!

Now Available: 900 AC Package for $4.95 USD!

Head on over to our Upgrade Page to check out a NEW offer! The 900 AC package comes with the Platinum DragonAxe of Victory +15 for a limited time! (Does not buff in-game stats, but DOES make you 15x cooler in real life.)

Dage vs Nulgath Print at HeroMart!

Head to HeroMart.com NOW to get your limited edition, hand-signed Dage vs Nulgath print! This deluxe, limited edition print is available RIGHT NOW! Measuring 17" x 11" inches, the print features Dage the Evil as he takes on Nulgath for control of the Underworld.

Designed by Dage the Evil and Diozz, there are two editions of the poster for sale: a standard print and LIMITED autographed version! Each print includes two sets of armors, helms, and weapons to /equip in AQWorlds!

Dage vs Nulgath Deluxe Print

Both Dage the Evil and Nulgath will sign 500 prints, and once they are sold out, they’ll be real-life rares! Frame your print and then log into AQWorlds to help your favorite Evil Commander send his rival down in flames!

Each print comes with the following in-game items:

Dage The Evil's Rewards:

  • Proto-Paragon Armor
  • Proto-Paragon Helm
  • Soul Kris Blade

Nulgath's Rewards:

  • Dreadfiend of Nulgath Armor
  • Dreadfiend Face of Nulgath Helm
  • Dreadfiend Blade of Nulgath

/Flee

I've got family in town to do wedding things. The countdown ticks ever closer. I'm going to head home to take them out to enjoy this fine Florida night. Enjoy the release and all the epic gear!

71 days


Tags: Alina

 

List Maker

August 09, 2012

Dage vs Nulgath Rewards

This is what you're fighting for, heroes!

This war of Evil Commanders has been fueled by the argument of who is Eviller, but also who has the better rewards to entice warriors to join their ranks! (They're Evil and they embrace that. It's good to know who you really are.) So let's get right to showing off the newest gear they've got planned!

Dage's Legion War Reward!

If Dage's Undead Legion wins the war, you'll unlock the Paragon Armor Set! Come on, Legion, you can do it! /cheer

The following Dage gear will go RARE 2 weeks after the war ends:

  • ALL of the items in the Dage AC Rares shop
  • ALL of the items in the Legion Merge Shop EXCEPT Evolved BladeMaster Armor
  • ALL of the farming quests in the /evilwardage map

Coming to Dage's war merge (not Legion) shop this week:

Assassin of the Abyss Armor and Helm!

Nulgath Nation War Reward!

If Nulgath's Nation wins the war, you'll unlock the Larval Form of Nulgath armor! Come on, Nation, you're almost there! /cheer

Color-Custom Legacy of Nulgath Armor

The following Nulgath gear will go RARE 2 weeks after the war ends:

  • ALL of the items in the Nulgath AC Rares and House shop
  • ALL of the items in the Diamond Merge Shop EXCEPT Abyssal Priest of Nulgath
  • ALL of the farming quests in the /evilwarnul map

Coming for Nulgath's Nation this week:

 Worshipper Visage of Nulgath (Diamonds), Key of Revontheus Blade (Diamond or AC)!

What does it take to make a war? 

In this war between two of AQWorlds' greatest artists, the entire team pulled out all the stops! To showcase the war between Dage and Nulgath, we created:

  • 130+ reward items
  • An entirely new zone
  • 11 new monsters
  • 4 new cutscenes
  • 1 new cinematic
  • 3 new songs
  • 8 new farming quests

The more content we put in our releases, the happier you guys are! But that also means the room for errors raises exponentially. We correct glitches (like the infinite gold Unidentified 13 glitch) as soon as we find them. We prefer a working game to a broken one, and we think most of you do, too.

Player Feedback and Plans

AE is a company built on direct player feedback; we always want to know what you think of our plans and how we can make them even MORE awesome!  But sometimes things get so hectic that the ideas we throw out on Twitter, the forum, or Facebook never make it to the rest of the team. So, just a reminder:

For OFFICIAL announcements of what's coming in AQWorlds, read the Design Notes! (You've already found them, so you're one step ahead.) Anything not said here is NOT finalized for release. It's an idea, a thought, a "would this be cool?"

And even then, plans may change. Nothing is final until it's released.* As much as we may WANT to do something, sometimes we find out that it's just not possible. But to end on a positive note...

Yorumi has made excellent progress with Guilds: Phase 1! We are still looking at a release date for Phase 1 before Summer ends.**

* Note this for the following section on Guilds.
** See first asterisk.


Tags: Alina

 

Time Maker

August 08, 2012

Quibble Coming Soon!

Quibble returns NEXT Friday with new gear

Past, present, and future gear collide in Quibble Coinbiter's backpack! AQWorlds' very own time-traveling sales moglin arrives in Battleon next Friday, August 17th, but he won't be there long, so you'll want to dig through his chest of never-before-seen-slightly-used items and rares while you can!

Dravir Armor, helm, and wings with Technomancer Armor! - Dragonfable

Most of his items will cost AdventureCoins, but as the past few shops have, we will include gear for both members and non-members, as well! All of the equips are modeled on art from our current Chaos zone, The Span. Each of Quibble's newest items were inspired by gear from the original AdventureQuest, DragonFable, and MechQuest!

Kathool Adept and Chickencow Lord Armors! - DragonFable

Not exactly sure who Quibble Coinbiter is, or how he gets all that gear? Neither are we! But here's what he said last time I asked:

How do I get never-before-seen used items? Well, that's a trade secret. But just between us, I have a deal with a time travel fairy who brings me these things… even though they have not been built yet! They might show up later in the game or might be Rares that are never seen again!

Ubear Armor and Loco Costume - AdventureQuest

Inaddition to all of the armors pictured here, you can ALSO expect Quibble's shop to hold next Friday:

  • Twig and Fwish Pet
  • Gween Pet
  • Chief Duncan's Space Cat Pet
  • Sil Katar Daggers
  • Ice Katana
  • Color Custom Galacta Gun
  • Guilt and Innocence Scythes
  • And more!

Color-Custom Galactimech and Loki Mech Armors! - MechQuest

What happened the to The Sword of the Legion's shop?

The Sword of the Legion should have unlocked The Stranger's shop. Due to a miscommunication, that shop in the /evilwardage map is open to all players. To fix that error, Dage will create a special shop in Shadowfall just for those loyal Legion soldiers who kept their blades close by!

Chaos gets Beastly in SkyGuard!

That Master... something about him just ain't right. His growing paranoia - and a bit of help from a friend in the last release - make it easy for you to infiltrate his hidden bunker. Once inside, you'll need to find out just WHAT he's planning, but beware!

He hasn't given up his goal to embrace Chaos! Keep an eye on him, give him a hand, and maybe you'll find out just what his plans are! /Hone your blade and your wits, because the Master is a puzzle wrapped in an enigma locked inside a steampunk-prison!

Dage vs Nulgath War Update!

The Nation continues to crush the Legion, but Dage's undead soldiers are just DYING to even up the war meter! The Worshiper Visage of Revontheus and the Key of Revontheus will be added for Nulgath's followers. Dage's warriors will see a new armor and helm coming! Expect those later this week.

We will announce which Legion/Nation items will go rare as soon as Dage is back in the Lab. ALL of the AC items will go rare, but we need to determine which Legion Token/Diamond items will also go rare.*

Battle On, brave heroes! Victory is yours to take!

* Dage has been out of the Lab, sick for most of the week. Once he's battled that bug and back in the Lab, we'll add that new gear!

Dage vs Nulgath Print at HeroMart!

Head to HeroMart.com NOW to get your limited edition, hand-signed Dage vs Nulgath print! This illustration of Dage’s all-out invasion to control the Underworld pulls you straight into the battlefield… and our 11x17 limited-quantity print makes the BEST war-loot!

Dage vs Nulgath Deluxe Print

Both Dage the Evil and Nulgath will sign 500 prints, and once they are sold out, they’ll be real-life rares! Frame your print and then log into AQWorlds to help your favorite Evil Commander send his rival down in flames!

Each print comes with the following in-game items:

Dage The Evil's Rewards:

  • Proto-Paragon Armor
  • Proto-Paragon Helm
  • Soul Kris Blade

Nulgath's Rewards:

  • Dreadfiend of Nulgath Armor
  • Dreadfiend Face of Nulgath Helm
  • Dreadfiend Blade of Nulgath

NOTE: We are still waiting to receive the signed prints back from Nulgath, so there will be a small delay on shipping ONLY signed orders.

Coming the August in AQWorlds!

  • Return to The Span to see WHY Galanoth had to slay the Dragon of Time!
  • Journey to Shadowfall to aid Empress Gravelyn! The time for inaction is past!
  • Uncover the TRUE nature of Lore's Clerics! What IS the secret of the Sisterhood of Dishpan Hands?


Tags: Alina Quibble Coinbiter Dage vs Nulgath HeroMart SkyGuard Coming soon

 

Lympics Maker

August 06, 2012

Lorelympics 2012!

More sporty gear in the Lorelympics Shop!

Slash, dodge, and leap your way to Battleon because the Lorelympics shop has been updated! All-new gear celebrating Lore's oldest sports competition are now in-game and ready for equipping. Will you skewer skeletons with your javelin? Bash baddies with your brand-new discus?

Prismatic Chiton and member-only Javelin

New items in the Lorelympics shop:

  • Prismatic Chiton Armor (AC)
  • Discus (AC)
  • Javelin (member-only)
  • Chiton Armor

Dage vs Nulgath War Finale continues!

The clash between two of Lore's evillest commanders continues! Over the weekend, Nulgath's Nation pulled ahead on the war meter 38% to 14%! Undead Legion, are you going to stand for that? Nulgath Nation, will you let them regain control of the war meter?

The battle continues, and the rewards will keep coming! Later this week, both Nulgath and Dage will put 2 new items into their war shops AND each has decided on what they will offer to their followers if their side wins!

Remember: all of the war content going rare will still be available for TWO weeks once the war meter hits 100%! That will give everyone a chance to farm.

Coming this week to AQWorlds!

Members, grab your steampunkiest gear and /join skyguard because the Master has a NEW plan, and it involves many monsters, crazy Chaos, and he'll need the help of his most trusted recruit to pull it off! ... And that's YOU! Infiltrate his not-so-well hidden bunker and see just what he's planning... and what Drakath intends to let him do!


Tags: Alina

 

!!! Maker

August 03, 2012

Dage vs Nulgath War Finale

Disloyalty is NOT an option!

Evil vs Evil... which Commander is greater?! This weekend, your battling will decide whether Dage the Evil or Nulgath the Archfiend gains control of the Underworld! Choose to fight with the Undead Legion, the Nulgath Nation, or for yourself... no matter which side you choose, you'll get awesome loot! Will Dage rise as Nulgath’s shadow falls? That is up to you and your fellow warriors!

Dage's Rewards!

To bring you to his side, Dage the Evil offers:


 Corruption of Aranx

  • Evolved Paragon Bank Pet
  • Fenrir Legion Armor
  • Corruption of Aranx Armor
  • Lycan Flesh Destroyer Blade
  • Undead Warrior Judge Armor
  • And more!

Nulgath's Rewards!

To bring you to his side, Nulgath offers:

Neofiend of Revontheus

  • Vacation House of Nulgath
  • Grimlord of Nulgath Armor
  • Neofiend of Revontheus Armor
  • Carnage Void of Nulgath Armor
  • Oblivion Blade of Nulgath
  • Still more items!

Epic Duel's Mechachillid Bug Warriors Invade AQWorlds!

Get your very own Epic Duel Mechachillid Armor, helm, and the Epic Duel Stalagmite Pet! It lays eggs as it sits next to you! Let Rogarrk pass on a message from its Queen:

Nothing be to buggy for be EPIC! *chk* We say so, we Mechachillid warriors. From Delta V, we  think this, we know. Rogarrk here, on mission from Queen. Lore-speak  not easy. I talk small. You come, be new human warrior for Queen. No harm you, I promise. Is good food, good fight on Delta V. Queen love meet new warriors. Queen love give warriors EPIC new gear! *chkchk*

 

Talk to Rogarrk in Battleon to pick up the:

  • Mechachillid Armor
  • Mechachillid Helm
  • Epic Duel Stalagmite Pet

It's time to FIGHT! For your RIGHT! To SLAUGHTER! (Your opponents) /join Evilwar and get slayin' because both Dage and Nulgath say it's time to END this war!

Have an EVIL weekend, we'll see you all Monday!


Tags: Alina Dage Undead Legion Nulgath Nation Epic Duel Mechachillid

 

News Maker

August 01, 2012

Information on the Go

Here's what you need to know!

We've got a LOT going on behind-the-scenes and right in your faces (or monitors)! Here's a information breakdown of what we're working on, what we're planning, and what we've got lined up for the soon-to-be-present.

Artix Cards at Target!

Find your nearest Target store location and get moving, because Artix Gamecards are in stock! If you redeem your Artix Gamecard before August 31st, 2012, you'll unlock the Bullseye Spear bonus item in addition to the Artix Points! Those points can be used to purchase AQWorlds membership or Adventure Coins!*

Think you can hit the Target's Bullseye with this powerful polearm?

If you don't have a Target store nearby, you can ALSO pick up the Bullseye Spear at Valencia's AC shop in /battleontown for 2,000 ACs! Valencia will only keep the Spear in stock while the promotional item is available at Target!

* Follow the steps listed here to unlock your Bullseye Spear, but you'll look for the Bullseye achievement in your Book of Lore instead of the Flamestop.

Lorelympics Limited-Time Shop Opens Today!

Having a goal is important in life, whether it's to win a Gold Medal in a sports competition or to get that shiny gear before the shop leaves! To celebrate the competitive spirit and working hard to achieve your dreams, we're opening the Lorelympics Shop!

It will be stocked with sports-themed gear: color-customizable Track Suits (3 colors to choose. Why not use your country's flag colors?), Gymnastics outfits, a Lorelympics Flame Mace, the PvP Medals, and more!

Female Gymnast armors will sparkle.
The Male armor will not.

The Lorelympics Shop is in Battleon now, and will stay for a week! More gear will be added to the shop on Monday!

Dage vs Nulgath War Finale this Week!

Friday's release includes:

  • New area of the Underworld map
  • 1 new Legion monster, 1 new Archfiend monster
  • 1 new Legion miniboss, 1 new Archfiend miniboss
  • 1 new Legion farming quest, 1 new Archfiend farming quest
  • 1 new cutscene
  • All-new items in the Legion and Archfiend war shops

When the war ends, we'll release:

  • 100% cutscene
  • Gear in the Winner's Shop. Both Nulgath and Dage the Evil have promised epic items should their sides win. Do not let your commander down!

What stays after the war ends?

We've mentioned this in previous Design Notes, but we get thousands of new players each month, and new news is better than old news, even if it's the same news.

The following war content will stay after the war ends:

  • The Underworld map
  • Underworld monsters
  • Monster drops
  • Underworld story-related cutscenes and cinematics
  • The War Merge shops
  • A few items from the Legion and Diamond Shops will remain**

The following war content will NOT stay after the war ends:

  • The Dage and Nulgath Rares shops
  • The Legion Token/Diamond farming quests
  • The quests to get Dage and Nulgath's rare weapons
  • A few items from the Legion and Diamond shops will leave**

** These have not been decided yet. Let us know which you'd like to remain available!

AE will never offer mod-ship over Twitter/Facebook!

We have been getting a lot of reports recently about players being offered mod powers if they pay money/give account info/cluck like a chicken over Twitter and Facebook.

Please remember: We will NEVER ask you to pay us or give us your personal information to become an in-game moderator, developer, or admin. The ONLY people who have the power to offer those positions will email you using an @battleon.com email address, and we will never do it over Twitter or Facebook.

Note: We will also NEVER ask for your passwords, phone number, credit card infomation, etc. We don't need those things to help you or give you mod powers.

Dark Caster Class Reminder! 

The Dark Caster Class is in development and will release as soon as its ready. Please remember, the ONLY people who will be able to access this class are players who bought the Dark Caster Armor from Dage the Evil's 2011 Birthday shop.

The Dark Caster X armor (bought from the Dage War Preparation shop) does NOT give you access to the Dark Caster Class. The class was promised to those who bought the original Dark Caster Armor. 

Artix can't keep a secret! New swag coming! 

If you're keeping an eye on the Artix.com Design Notes, where Artix shares news about AE and the new AQ3D: Legends of Lore game we are developing, you might have noticed him spilling the beans about a few projects we've got going on. Some of you have been asking about them, so here's what's in the works.

  • 2013 AE Calendar! So epic we can't even BEGIN to describe what's going to fill it!
  • AQWorlds artbook! It's finally underway, and has moved into the Artix-Changes-Everything Polish stage. Mido has been going all-out on the book, and it's looking fantastic!

Who knows what news Artix will leak next? (He's SO BAD at keeping secrets!)

Happy Birthday, Reens! 

Reens, the Lead In-game Moderator for AQWorlds and HeroSmash, levels up today in real life! We wish her much cake, many presents, and a LOT of peace and quiet. If you want to give her a present, why not go in-game and help a new player battle that boss they're having trouble with?

Happy birthday from your Artix Entertainment family, Reens!

PS: Members: It's August 1st! Make sure to visit Twilly to get your two FREE treasure chest keys!


Tags: Alina Target Cards Lorelympics Shop War finale Never looking for mods on Facebook or Twitter Dark Caster Class reminder Happy birthday Reens

 
 


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