13 Lords of Chaos
 

Design Notes

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Cider Maker

October 31, 2013

Happy Mogloween 2013!

Can YOU Survive the Frankenwerepire Challenge?

Meet Doctor Voltabolt. He's a GREAT guy... if you enjoy the sound of dentist drills and get your thrills from making heroes scream! Y'know, your all-around dentist-by-day, mad scientist by night. And THIS night, he's got his newest experiment ready to send at you: the Frankenwerepire!

You've got to be REALLY dead-icated to win!

There are TWO versions of this bad boy: a challenge fight for ALL players, and an ULTRA challenge fight for Legends! The Ultra Frankenwerepire drops some exclusive gear, but both versions drop rare and seasonal treats, including:

  • "Face Only a Doctor Could Love" helm 2013
  • Supercharged Powerpack cape 2013
  • Red Moglinster 2013 pet
  • Ghost Moglinster 2013 pet (only drop off ULTRA Frank!

Come back tomorrow for MORE Mogloween!

Trick or treating just isn't the same without glowsticks! We've got a ton of new glow-in-the-dark treats in our new Mog-GLOW-ween Merge shop (coming tomorrow), and after you equip them you can /join glowmap to play in the dark and watch yourself glow!

Get your glow on this Mogloween!

We'll also have a Mogloween 2013 Rares shop, which will include:

  • Collared Fiend Armor
  • Fiendish Befouler Armor
  • Witch Caster helms

  • Mogloween Morph Masks (click to transform!)
  • and more!

Don't forget: last chance for 5th Upholder!

October's almost over! If you want to become a 5th Upholder and gain access to all of our new StarSwords, be sure to upgrade your account before Friday night!

Shoot for the Star Swords!

Next week: Return to the Mirror Realm!

Mogloween is one of my personal favorite holidays! I love fall: burning leaves, cold air, and hot apple cider. (Not that we get those here in Florida...) But this year, we decided to release a super-charge challenge boss fight so we could push on ahead to the finale of the 13 Lords of Chaos Saga... and THAT means: Xing and Xang are BACK! (You CAN'T just leave those two running around, you know?)

We've got a lot of other great stuff going on, too:


Tags: Alina Happy Mogloween Frankenwerepire 5th Upholder Glow in the dark

 

October 29, 2013

Plasma Pyro: Too Hot For This World

Plasma Pyro should totally be rare, right?

Yep. It should. It's an awesome set! Each piece of it is made of beautifully rendered flames that flicker and dance across your character's body. And, apparently, cause a lot of lag for a significant portion of our players. Wouldn't be a big deal if this was a rarely-seen set, but when an armor looks this good, of course everyone is going to want it:

Freakin' gorgeous.

Obviously it's freakin' gorgeous, so we don't want to remove it from the game entirely. And we definitely want to give those of you who might have used a slightly-delayed payment method a chance to get this great set. However, we do need to limit the number of people who have it, for lag-management reasons. So the set will remain in game until Friday, at which point it will go rare.

And on the bright side (heh, bright), all of you Arklen fans who bought it will be the proud owners of a very limited, very prestigious set. Good compromise?

PS: the Chaos War rare gear leaves this Friday! Don't miss out on some of this great gear. /join chaoswar to battle the Chaorrupted creatures of Lore!


Tags: Memet Arklen Plasma Pyro

 

Arklen's Hot. REALLY HOT. Like, on FIRE!

October 29, 2013

Arklen’s Artist Showcase Shop

Animation Wizard turned Featured Artist

Just when you thought your favorite day was Friday Release Day… here comes Tuesday taking the spotlight with the Featured Artist Showcase Shop!

Artist Showcase Shop online adventure games

Special Tuesdays throughout the year are dedicated to an AdventureQuest Worlds artist who gets to express his or her creativity by creating unique items for YOU! We have been blessed with the artistic talents of… *a really big deep breath*… Zoshi, Diozz, Tyronius, Aegis, Jemini, Ven, J6, Dage, Mido, Hizu, Nuglath, and myself, *another big breath* aaaand now it’s time for Arklen to ignite the stage.

Give me the Goodies

As much as you’d love to learn more about Arklen as a person, you’re probably a bit more excited about the items in his shop. And for good reason, too—Arklen conjured up some of the HOTTEST items we have ever seen!

Plasma Pyro Armor and Helm

Plasma Pyro Armor and Helm

Plasma Pyro items

Plasma Pyro Cape, Plasma Pyro Blade, and Battle Pet Pyro

Arklen Banana Blade

B’Naner Blade… because you’ve always wanted a delicious concealed weapon… some might even call it a conpeeled weapon...

Starting at 5pm Sever Time, open your Game Menu and claim your favorite Arklen items from the Featured Artist Shop! You can also speak with Arklen in Battlecon to access his hot stuff.

Pyro Pricing

Due to insane inferno animations, the items in Arklen’s Shop will be Legend-Only, OR you can use AdventureCoins instead! If you haven’t already become an Upgraded Legend, then this is the PERFECT time to Upgrade your Membership because the LAST day for 5th Upholders is Thursday, October 31.

5th Upholder badge and star swords

Click here to become a Legend now!

Additionally, we are running a special on AdventureCoins: 10% More AdventureCoins when you buy with a Credit Card.

Earn 10 percent more ACs when you buy with your Credit Card

Click here to order your AdventureCoins bundle and receive 10% more ACs!

So if you wanna be the hottest thing in AQWorlds—literally—then help support your favorite online adventure game and show off your smokin’ hotness =D

Hark Arklen’s Story

Arklen’s adventures began 10 years ago when he started playing the original AdventureQuest—it was the only Flash RPG back then! After scoring some animation software, Arklen created a magical floating turtle that shot a blue water blob at its enemies. When Captain Rhubarb and Galanoth caught sight of this reptilian rascal, they invited the intrepid animator to join the Artix Entertainment family.

Arklen first animation in AdventureQuest game 

For as long as he can remember, Arklen always liked drawing. Japanese TV shows made drawing seem a little more accessible, and his immensely more talented friend kept him motivated. Arklen calls himself an Animator first and an Artist second. He’s been focusing on effects animation (hence the Plasma Pyro armor set), but character animation is close behind. To this day, Arklen continues to animate and is leveling up his artist abilities with the help of the AE community!

Arklen Featured Artist

Not only has Arklen traveled across AdventureQuest Worlds, but also all across the real-world; he’s found artistic inspiration in Poland, London, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. Arklen also loves raviolis, sweet chili, and spaghetti squash. Douse that with red sauce, and he’s in love. Wash it all down with an almond milkshake and Arklen is in heaven! 

Wowie! Arklen sure is a fascinating fellow. And come later this afternoon, you too will be fascinated by Arklen’s fiery items as you Battle On to victory!

xoxo Beleen


Tags: Beleen Arklen Featured Artist Showcase Shop Pyro

 

October 28, 2013

Who’s that Challenge Boss?

It’s a Mogloween Monster Mash-Up!

Tricks and treats are headed your way! On October 31, boys and ghouls around the world are dressing up in spooktacular costumes … including a challenge boss monster inside AQWorlds!

Mogloween Challenge Boss Fight

Who’s that Challenge Boss?

Oh. My. GoodBadness. Wha…what IS that thing?! And YOU seriously think YOU can defeat that MONSTROSITY?! …AND survive?

…better buff those stats and Level Up your Class, because this Mogloween Challenge Boss Fight will be the spookiest one yet!

xoxo Beleen


Tags: Mogloween Challenge Boss Beleen

 

Story-adin

October 26, 2013

The Legend of King Alteon

Once upon a time, there was a simple farm boy named Alden. In a land terrorized by an evil King, Alden did the impossible. He raised a sword against the evil King's monsters... then he raised an army... then he united all of the Kingdoms... then he saved the land and freed all the people from the evil King once and for all! (Story begins in the game Bladehaven) They hailed him the good King Alteon. Justly so! He was caring, honest, wise and true good. He loved the people of his Kingdom.  To so many heroes of Lore, he was a father figure... a shining beacon of hope.

The Legend of King Alteon

Five years ago (Story of the game DragonFable) King Alteon battled the evil forces of the DoomKnight Sepulchure. But he did not do this alone. He saw great potential in a new hero of the land. King Alteon has always had a good eye for seeing someone's true potential. So it comes as no surprise... he saw your potential the moment you first met him.

During the final battle between good and evil (the opening story of AdventureQuest Worlds) King Alteon and Sepulchure squared off to personally finish their battle once and for all. But the fight was inturrupted by two very unusual people; The ChaosLord Drakath... and you. We did not understand at the time what Chaos was, but Drakath had obtained godlike powers. He slew Sepulchure and mortally wounded King Alteon.... leaving him infected with the chaos. It was truely a Kingdom in Chaos. But King Alteon was no ordinary man, he did not succumb to the infection and wisely knew there was only one way to save the land from Drakath. The land needed to be united... a truce must be forged between the forces of Good and Evil.

So he choose you, to travel to the fallen undead flying castle of Shadowfall and convince Gravelyn, the leader of the evil foces to take part in the truce. A bold move considering Gravelyn is the daughter of his former arch-enemy, Sepulchure. You did the impossible and the truce was losely formed. So, just as King Alteon had united the land against that evil King a long time ago, you had now united the land against the ChaosLord Drakath. (I told you King Alteon had a good eye for heroes.) In the great adventures that followed, King Alteon always had the answers. He always knew the right thing to do. Alas, it was only a matter of time before the Chaos finally overtook him. King Alteon knew this day would inevitably come. That is why he selected you... he selected you to do what is right, and save the world from what is coming next. You are now our only hope. We must defeat the second lord of chaos "The Twins" and then face Drakath himself!

In absolute darkness, even the flicker of a candle is a blinding beacon of hope.


Tags: Artix King Alteon

 

October 25, 2013

Swordhaven Falls: Saga Finale

Face the Chaos Beast AND Chaos King Alteon!

Take on the 3-headed Chaos Dragon AND confront Chaos King Alteon TONIGHT in the 12th Chaos Saga finale! Will you slay Chaos King Alteon... or spare him? And what will be the cost of your decision? As Swordhaven falls, Chaos flames rise high; life in Swordhaven will NEVER be the same!

Chaos rises and Swordhaven falls!

Your battle will begin on top of Swordhaven's castle as you tackle the Chaos Beast while Lady Celestia watches. Then, race through a burning Swordhaven  while Choas King Alteon flees his fate... and more destruction of the home he once loved.

Swordhaven will change... FOREVER!

Investment Trinkets Now Available!

Investment Trinkets are items which sell back for MORE AdventureCoins than the 1000 ACs you bought them for! There are two versions: Legend AC and and regular AC Investment Trinket. After the shop leaves, the trinket's sell-back price will change to 1500 ACs for the Legend Trinket and 1250 for the regular Trinket. Do NOT sell the trinket before we announce it's time or you will not get the new sell-back price.

Oracle Class for 1 Million Facebook Likes is LIVE!

We promised you a special class if AQWorlds reached 1 million likes on Facebook, and it's finally happened! After much thought and extensive testing, we are ready to unleash our gift to you upon our servers. Are you ready for it?

I see all - everything you post on your wall.

Find Memet's Oracle Class skills writeup here, and make sure to get yours this weekend! The Class is 0 ACs and will be permanently available as our thanks to you for helping us reach our goal!

Don't Forget!

Luck of the Draw Event in the Carnival of Fortune!

Fate and Fortune wait for you at the Carnival as we begin our Luck of the Draw event! Click on the Wheel of Destiny in Battleon to head to the Carnival of Fortune.

What rewards do the wheels have for you?

1st prize is Dage the Evil's Fallen Warlord armor set (only one copy ever made, concept sketch below), with 1000 additional prizes available! Read the Design Notes for details! 

Coming Soon!

  • Frankenwerepire Mogloween Challenge Fight!
  • The Livestream shop in BattleCon leaves Friday, 11/1!
  • Confront Xing and Xang's Chaos Beast... and the 2nd Lord of Chaos!
  • Enter the Realm of Chaos and begin your journey to confront Drakath!

My vacation starts tonight. See you all on Thursday for the Frenkenwerepire Challenge! Be nice to Memet, she's in charge. How much harm could one Nightmare Moglin do?


Tags: Alina Swordhaven Chaos Saga Finale King Alteon Investment Trinket Oracle Class Luck of the Draw

 

Social Media Moglin

October 24, 2013

Oracle Class Skills Breakdown

YOU LIKE US! YOU REALLY LIKE US!

We promised you a special class if AQWorlds reached 1 million likes on Facebook, and it's finally happened! After much thought and extensive testing, we are ready to unleash our gift to you upon our servers. Are you ready for it?


I see all - everything you post on your wall.

Our way of thanking you for showing us so much love, Oracle class will be available to ALL players for 0ACs - so you can even store it in your bank without having to worry about space. You'll be able to get it tonight from the Oracle Class shop in Battleon.

Ready to see what this thing can do?

Oracle Skills Breakdown

As an Oracle, you're a strong (and clairvoyant!) healer who can gaze into the past, present and future of all of your friends. You're excellent at maintaining the health and status of your friends with your supportive wall posts skills. And of course, you can notify your friends of your enemy's strengths and weaknesses, because you've read everyone's timelines.

Oracles regain mana from all hits landed in combat, more if it's a critical strike. The amount of mana regained is based on the amount of damage done relative to their own HP total. The stats you'll want to favor as an Oracle are Intellect, Endurance and Wisdom.

AUTO ATTACK

2 second cooldown

A basic attack, taught to all adventurers.

FORESIGHT

5 mana, 8 second cooldown. Magical. Requires rank 1.

Your next auto-attack will be a critical strike. Has a chance to apply Prophet's Vision, increasing Intellect and critical strike damage by 30% for 15 seconds.

Your main damage ability. I feel like I should point out that Prophet's Vision lasts for longer than the cooldown, so if you see this pop up, you can hit Foresight again for an extra strong crit.

GROUP DIVINATION

30 mana, 8 second cooldown. Magical. Requires rank 2.

Heals a friend and up to 3 others by placing a random judgment on each based upon their relationship with the Divine.
Tags Allies with one of the following effects:

  • Close Friends: Increases Strength & Intellect by 20% for 20 seconds.
  • Befriended: Strong heal over time for 15 seconds.
  • Divine Acquaintances: Moderate heal over time for 15 seconds.
  • It's Complicated: Reduces damage taken and Luck by 10% for 10 seconds.
  • Unfriended: Increases mana costs by 10% and reduces Endurance by 10% for 10 seconds.

Of course "The Divine" is capricious, making the effect you receive completely random. Better hope you don't get Unfriended.

FORETELL

20 mana, 14 second cooldown. Magical. Requires rank 3.

Share photographic imagery with a friend of your opponent's next movement. Applies Shared Link, increasing your or your ally's chance to dodge and critically strike significantly for a short duration.

If Prophet's Vision is up, and you're the one who gets the buff, this can be especially cool.

HIDDEN FROM ENEMIES

Passive. Requires rank 4.

Wisdom is increased by 20%.


AVILABLE TO ALLIES

Passive. Requires rank 4.

All healing is ncreased by 15%.

EDITED TIMELINE

19 mana, 12 second cooldown. Magical. Requires rank 5.

Advanced precognition allows you to read your opponent's timeline and notify allies of his weaknesses. You will either block most of your opponent's Attack Power, or ignore most of your opponent's Spell Power for a short duration.

Note that this is also a random effect. You have an equal chance of getting either one regardless of what monster you are fighting.

TWIST OF FATE

Passive. Requires Rank 10.

On rare occasions, the Oracle and his entire group are granted Divine Recovery, fully healing them and granting temporary invisibility.

 

As you have probably noticed, this class has a lot of random effects. But they should all be pretty useful no matter what you get (except for Unfriended, hehe), so your ability to be effective doesn't have to depend on getting the right die rolls.

On rare occasions the oracle and his entire group are granted Divine Recovery fully healing them and granted temporary invulnerability.


Tags: Memet Class Breakdown Oracle Procrstinating on Facebook

 

Luck Maker

October 23, 2013

Luck of the Draw Event

Spin the Wheel of Doom or Destiny for Incredible Gear!

Fate and Fortune wait for you at the Carnival! /Join Wheel to head to the Wheel of Doom or the Wheel of Destiny and take part in our new Luck of the Draw event begins!

What rewards do the wheels have for you?

/Join Doom to talk to Swaggy and spin the Wheel of Doom or /join Destiny to see Shiny and spin the Wheel of Destiny! Pull the lever to spin, see your reward, and get a chance to win!

Luck of the Draw Participation Details

Every time you spin the Wheel between 12 AM October 23, 2013* and 12 AM November 11, 2013 (10/23 - 11/11, midnight server time), you will be entered into the Luck of the Draw prize pool one time.** Winners will be announced on November 13th, 2013.

We keep track of your spins on the Wheels of Doom and Destiny, so once the event ends, we will put together a list of the winners and put their prizes directly into their inventories!

* That means every spin you've made since midnight this past Wednesday has already entered you into the contest!
* This means EVERYONE gets at least one free entry with the free monthly Wheel spin, and Legends get 1 free spin every day!

Enough words, what are the prizes?!

Good question! There will be 1001 winners, and that means 1001 prizes! First prize is a full armor set by Dage the Evil: the Fallen Warlord set. There will only ever be ONE of these in existence! 

Fallen Warlord concept sketch by Dage the Evil

The full prize list is:

  • 1st prize: 1 winner - Exclusive armor set by Dage the Evil!
  • 2nd prize: 25 winners - Exclusive armor by one of the AQW artists!***
  • 3rd prize: 50 winners - Exclusive weapon by one of the AQW artists!
  • 4th prize: 75 winners - Exclusive weapon by one of the AQW artists!
  • 5th prize: 100 winners - Exclusive weapon by one of the AQW artists!
  • 6th prize: 250 winners - Exclusive weapon by one of the AQW artists!
  • 7th prize: 500 winners - Exclusive weapon by one of the AQW artists!

*** All winners of a tier win the same item, but that will be the ONLY way to ever get that item in AQW! Each artist in AQW will contribute one item (that's Dage, Memet, Zoshi, Roroth, Tyronius, Aegis,and Aranx!)

Wait... What are the Wheels of Doom and Destiny?

Talk to Swaggy or Shiny when you /join wheel. There, you can buy a Fortune Ticket for 200 AdventureCoins or a Stack of 10 Fortune Tickets for 1500 AdventureCoins to spin the wheel. If you're a Legend, you can access the Legendary Wheel of Doom (or Destiny) quests, which give you one FREE spin every day your account upgrade is active! (You can earn free ACs by watching ads from Ballyhoo or doing AExtras offers, too.)

 

EVERY time you spin, you get at least THREE prizes - 10,000 gold, a 1 hour XP Boost, and a Fortune Potion - plus a chance for a very special extra prizes!

Notes on using the Wheels of Doom and Destiny

  • You must be at least Level 5 to spin the wheel.
  • All players get one free spin a month.
  • Legends get one free extra spin a day.
  • One spin can be purchased using a Fortune Ticket.
  • Ten spins can be purchased using a Stack of Fortune Tickets.
  • If you win an item, what you have won will be announced to you only, unless you have won a 1% reward.
  • If an individual on your server has won a 1% (or lower) reward, it will be announced to the whole server what they have won.

You can use the Fortune Potion and 1 hr XP Boost in the Wheel Merge Shop to get even more gear, too. New gear arrives in both wheels AND the merge shop tonight!


Tags: Alina Luck of the Draw Wheel of Doom Wheel of Destiny 1001 Rewards

 

October 23, 2013

Special Limited Time Offer

10% More AdventureCoins = 100 Times Better!

Gold is good… AdventureCoins are better… and 10% more FREE AdventureCoins is the best!

AdventureCoins promo

When you buy any AdventureCoins bundle with your Credit Card either in-game or on our website,* you’ll receive 10% more ACs—because we love you that much!

  • 900 AdventureCoins = 990 ACs
  • 2,000 AdventureCoins = 2,200 ACs
  • 5,000 AdventureCoins = 5,500 ACs
  • 12,000 AdventureCoins = 13,200 ACs

AdventureCoins

Hurry! This sweet offer ends November 2, 2013, so get your AdventureCoins now!

* If you buy Artix Points on the Portal, you will get 10% more Artix Points, but will not get 10% more ACs if you buy them with Artix Points.


Tags: AdventureCoins Special Promo Beleen

 

5th Upholderp

October 22, 2013

Uphold the Status

and Hold Up your Star Swords, 5th Upholders!

What a wonderful 5th Birthday this has been! The AQWorlds team got to meet all of you at BattleCon, we reached 1 Million Likes on our Facebook Page, we triumphed over BrutalCorn, and thanks to our Legendary 5th Upholders, we can continue to celebrate all month long… and beyond!

Luna Soulfire and friends in online video game AdventureQuest Worlds

If you still haven’t become a 5th Upholder… now is your last chance! As the clock strikes Midnight on October 31, 2013, you will no longer be able to become a 5th Upholder, forever losing your chance at owning 5 Rare Star Swords. Don’t delay… become a 5th Upholder Legend today!

What Does a 5th Upholder Get?

When you become a 5th Upholder, you get FIVE Rare Star Swords (marked 0 AdventureCoins so you can store it for free and forever…because we love you that much), a Character Page Achievement Badge, and some serious bragging rights.


How Do I Become a 5th Upholder?

Super simple: Upgrade your account to become a Legend

  1. If you are ALREADY a Legend and your membership expires ON or AFTER November 1st, 2013, then you're are ALREADY a 5th Upholder. Grats and thanks!
  2. If you help support AQW by buying ANY membership ANY TIME during the month of October (from October 1st to October 31stas long as it expires on or after November 1st) then you become a 5th Upholder!

5th Upholder Badge

Does My Membership Already Make Me A 5th Upholder? How Can I Check?

Easy! Just click the Manage Account link on the left under the ACCOUNT section.

As soon as you sign in you'll see when your membership expires. Here's mine:

How Do I Get My Super Sweet 5th Upholder Swords and Badge?

You will find your 5th Upholder Badge in your Book of Lore in the Badges tab. Click on this badge and you will see that it comes with a shop. You will be able to grab your swords from that shop and start showing them off as well as your Character Page Badge. 

Only Upgraded Memberships Count!

You can use Artix Points on the Portal site or any method in AQW to upgrade, but it MUST be an AQW Membership. AdventureCoins DO NOT COUNT TOWARD 5th Upholder.

Anything Else I Should Know?

Absolutely! We couldn't keep AQWorlds running without every single upgrade and AC that you buy. Nearly every penny you spend goes back into the game. Though some people prefer buying AdventureCoins and others prefer upgrading, anyone who spends real money on this game deserves to get as much as we can give them, because without their support... there wouldn't BE an AQWorlds for everyone to play!

5th Upholder Star Swords in online video game AdventureQuest Worlds

You may not know this but AQW (like all AE games) is ENTIRELY supported by the players. We have no financial backers and nobody owns stock in the company. Clicking on ads and doing AExtras offers does bring in some money, but not nearly enough to keep AQWorlds free for everyone to enjoy. 

Without everyone who has supported AQWorlds over the years, we wouldn't be able to make these amazing games, or allow anyone on the internet to create an account and begin battling through AQW! I can't imagine having a better job, or better bosses (that's YOU)!

PkerSlayer and video game friends with Star Swords

Thank you for battling alongside us, and for sharing your ideas and love of AQWorlds with us. You truly are the best gaming community on the internet! Thank you for the first 5 years of AQWorlds, and here's to another 5 years, 10 years, and beyond!


Tags: 5th Upholder How to Beleen

 

The Report Reporter

October 22, 2013

Reporting Players

How and When to Report Bad Players and Big Meanies

Why hello! You know that the AQWorlds team does everything we can to keep your favorite online adventure game safe and fun for everyone—but just like Chaos Lords, there are bad people out there who want to ruin the experience.

Chaos Lord Wolfwing and Crew in online adventure game AdventureQuest Worlds

Fear not, my dear heroes and dastardly villains! We have an in-game Reporting System that’s easier to use than the Default Sword. With your help, we can keep AQWorlds safe, fun, and jerk-free for years to come =D  

When to Report a Player

You should totally Report a player:

  • If someone asks for your Game Password
  • If someone asks for your Personal Information
  • If someone is Harassing you
  • If someone is Spamming the Chat
  • If someone is using Bad or Inappropriate Language
  • If someone is telling you to use bots

How To Report a Player in AdventureQuest Worlds

How to Report a Player

Reporting is easy! In the game chat field:

  • Type /ignore player name to ignore the player
    • Example: /ignore beleen
  • Type /report player name to report the player
    • Example: /report beleen

You can also Report a player by:

  • Clicking the player in-game
  • Click on the player’s Character Portrait (the circle with their face on the top of the screen) which will produce a drop-down menu
  • Select Report to report the player, or
  • Select Ignore to ignore the player

What NOT to do when Reporting a Player

  • Do not use the report system to report players you think are botting (we are working on a system that will do it for you!)
  • Do not report players who are being annoying, but not harassing you (then you just need to use the /ignore option)
  • Do not submit multiple reports about the same person on different servers (that just makes our mods' job harder)
  • Do not swear or flame people when you are explaining why you're reporting someone
  • Do not send us Facebook messages
  • Do not send us Twitter tweets
  • Do not directly email a staff member
  • Do not mail us a letter via the postal service… instead, send cookies and love!!

AQW cookies by Chico Norris

And there you have it! You now know everything about the AdventureQuest Worlds Reporting a Player System. Feel free to buff your INTELLECT Stats further by reading the Player Safety & Account Security here.

Knowledge is power! /flex

xoxo Beleen!


Tags: Beleen Report player How to

 

News Maker

October 21, 2013

Good Luck, Solrac

Sad News for AQW's Art-Lovers!

We've got some sad news today, guys. Solrac's contract ended and is not being renewed at this time. (He was not fired, because he did not do anything wrong.) He's an amazing artist and has produced some really incredible gear for AQWorlds!*

We wish him the very best in the future, and it's very possible that we may work with him again. Both Solrac and the AQWorlds team know that the door is always open for him to return at some point. We know that he will rock out wherever he goes, and whatever project he takes on next!

We hate to see him go, and gave him a thank you gift to show our appreciation. What the future holds for AQW's cybernetic artist, we don't know at this time, but we do know that everything happens for a reason, and that he'll bring all of his sweet art skills AND his love for candy with him.

* We have another artist moving to full-time to take over those responsibilities, so you will not see a drop in the number or quality of release content.


Tags: Alina Solrac

 

Chaos Maker

October 21, 2013

Swordhaven Falls this Friday

Face the Chaos Beast AND Chaos King Alteon!

Log in Friday to take on the 3-headed Chaos Dragon AND confront Chaos King Alteon in the 12th Chaos Saga finale! Will you slay Chaos King Alteon... or spare him? And what will be the cost of your decision? As Swordhaven falls, Chaos flames rise high; life in Swordhaven will NEVER be the same!

Chaos rises and Swordhaven falls!

Your battle will begin on top of Swordhaven's castle as you tackle the Chaos Beast while Lady Celestia watches. Then, race through a burning Swordhaven  while Choas King Alteon flees his fate... and more destruction of the home he once loved.

Swordhaven will change... FOREVER!

After that, the final confrontation will begin. Will you save Chaos King Alteon, or will you slay him? And can you live with yourself once that choice is made?

This week is the beginning of the end of the 13 Lords of Chaos Saga! From here, we move into Xing and Xang's Chaos Beast and Chaos Lord battles, then... into the heart of the Chaos Realm itself!

AQWorlds 5th Birthday Gift: 200 Free ACs!

All players active in the last 6 months with an account at level 15 or higher will get 200 ACs for free when they log in! (To get the prize, your account must have been level 15+ before October 21, 2013)

Thank you for playing AQWorlds!

Guilds Phase II PTR badge arrives tomorrow!

Now that Yorumi is back from vacation AND healthy, we're moving onto some delayed projects. The Guilds Phase II PTR badge (and the Guild City Founder Statue) will be awarded to ALL players in a Guild created during the PTR at midnight tonight. (They will appear in the Book of Lore immediately, then on character pages tomorrow.) The servers should only need to shut down for 5-10 minutes. Cross your fingers!

Thank you for founding your Guild City during PTR!

Updates, Updates, Updates!

Work on the Oracle Class, the reward for getting 1 million Likes on Facebook, is almost complete! We've got art, now we just need to finalize the skills, then we'll get that out to you all! Stay tuned for more news on later this week.

Oracle Class: 0ACs for ALL players!

Last week, Dage made some amazing, technicolor Dragon Ninja Katanas for the Wheel of Doom and Destiny! These blades will drop from 1 of the Wheels for a limited time (1 full month) starting this Friday!


Let the glow move you... into battle!

  • Tomix's SoulWeaver armor is coming to AQW as soon as he has time to make the female armor.
  • The female BrutalCorn armor will arrive as soon as Memet finishes making the art for the ChronoCommander Calendar Class!
  • The earnable version of the Dragon Shinobi armor will arrive today.
  • Yorumi and I will meet tomorrow to finalize our plan for the new anti-botting system.


Tags: Chaos Saga King Alteon Chaos Beast Guilds Phase II PTR Oracle Class Facebook 1 Million Likes 200 Free ACs Alina

 

Looking for Help

October 21, 2013

In-game Mod Applications Closed

STATUS: Not ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS 

Then read this letter from Reens, the lead in-game moderator!

Hi guys! We are looking for new mods for AQWorlds, and now is your chance to apply!  One thing I have to stress - you MUST be over 18.  If you are under 18, if you don't include your age, or if you start with "I'm not 18 yet, but..." the application will not be considered.*

We are most in need of moderators who are bilingual (or more) in English and one of the following languages: Tagalog, Portuguese, Spanish. We will consider applications from people who only speak English, though!

We will need the following in an email:

1. Your real name, age, country of residence.

2. AQW Game account name and email

3. Artix Entertainment Master Account name

4. Forum account name and email (not required to have one)

5. Languages you speak

6. Twitter account name (not required to have one)

7. A cover letter describing yourself, and what you think being a mod will mean.

Please send your COMPLETE application to beamod@battleon.com by Friday, October 25, 2013.  If the application is not complete, we won't consider it.  And please, one application per person. We will read all the applications. If you are chosen to go through a further interview, we will contact you. Unfortunately, we cannot reply to everyone.

Battle on!

* Note: please do not email applications to join Player Support, become an Artist or Dev. We are only looking for new in-game moderators, but we love how eager you are to help us and your fellow players!

Post-script from Alina: Not sure what the difference between a Mod, Dev, and Tester is? Check out Cysero's handy breakdown of the different tasks each role performs.


Tags: Reens Mod Applications Need to be 18 Battle On

 

Ninja Maker

October 18, 2013

AE Ninjas vs Ultra BrutalCorn!

Dragon Ninjas vs Ultra BrutalCorn!

Login NOW to save the Underground Lab from a beatdown by ULTRA BRUTALCORN! The continuation of BattleCon 2013: an in-game convention continues this Friday with an expansion to the Secret Underground Lab map. Normally the SUL is invaded by ninjas or zombies roughly every couple weeks. We know how to handle those attacks.

Emergency Invasion Chainsaws!

NOT THIS WEEK! Something is hiding in the shadows of the Room of Gloom, racing through the Soundbooth of Horrors, shattering windows and dreams with well-placed blows of his hind hooves.

This is Beleen's "oh no BrutalCorn" face.

Here and there and everywhere... wreaking chaos in the Lab. It's up to YOU to stop ULTRA Brutalcorn, Hero! (You didn't think he was done with you after last Friday's battle, did you?!)

Tonight, get ready to:

  • Avoid ambushes by BrutalCorn and the Invisible Imposter Guard Ninjas!
  • Help Artix the WindowSlayer take out all of the OTHER windows!
  • Knock out the Green Screamers in the Green Room!
  • Battle through the Soundbooth of Horrors!
  • Clean out the Skeletons in our Server Closet!
  • Take on Ultra BrutalCorn in the Room of Gloom!
    (What is back there? NO ONE KNOWS!) 

5th Birthday Class: Dragon Shinobi!

You can buy the Dragon Shinobi class from Ragnar in Battleon for 2,000 AdventureCoins until the class goes rare around our NEXT Birthday. However, until the birthday event rares leave, you will be able to EARN the class and all the extras completely free and all you have to do is help clear all these monsters out of the Lab and BattleCon!

Summon the Dragon Ninjas!

Alina will give you the quests you need to earn the class and also has the merge shop where you can buy them. Legends can access a daily quest which will let them earn triple the number of tokens, but with a little effort, everyone can earn the class before it leaves! 

Who's our favorite Dragon Shinobi? YOU ARE!

Just REMEMBER, the chance to earn the class is a special bonus for those of you who were here to help celebrate AQW's 5th birthday and AE's 11th anniversary! Once the birthday event rare gear leaves on November 18th, you will no longer be able to earn the class. But 1 month should be PLENTY of time for anyone to earn it.

You will need to turn in the quests and re-accept them every time. We've been forced to take this measure to help combat botters so you can thank those people if you find that a little annoying.

5th Birthday Presents!

It wouldn't be a party without presents! The monsters in the Lab will be dropping permanently-available gear, and you'll find the Birthday Present rares shop when you talk to Artix!

Five Rings Fire Warrior and Dragon Shinobi

Much of this year's birthday gear is based on the Shinobi and Ninja culture to celebrate Artix's appearance on America Ninja Warrior, and because so many of us have read The Book of War andThe Book of Five Rings.

5th Birthday gear includes:

  • Five Rings Fire Warrior set
  • Five Rings Water Warrior set
  • Five Rings Air Warrior set
  • Five Rings Earth Warrior set
  • Five Rings Light Warrior helm
  • Five Rings Void Warrior helm
  • Invisible Ninja Armor (AC w/ xp bonus) (drops from the Invisible Ninja)
  • Invisible Ninja Armor (Legend w/ rep bonus)
  • Green Screamer set (drops from the Green Screamer)
  • Bearded BrutalCorn helm
  • and more!

BattleCon 2013 and other updates!

We haven't forgotten BattleCon 2013: an in-game convention... or that today is Canada's Thanksgiving! Happy Turkey-day, Canadians! The Canada Thanksgiving Day shop will remain in-game until next Monday, October 21st.

Happy Thanksgiving!

  • The shops for Beleen, Memet, and BattleGems have all been updated. 
  • Veneeria's shop will be added once we know the release is bug-free. 
  • The Livestream shop will leave Friday, November 1st.
  • More details on HeroMart gear will be added.
  • The "pet of the random month" is in production!
  • Tomix's armor will come soon. He did not have time to create a female version this week due to the AWESOME DragonFable release!
  • The BrutalCorn Character Page badge will be added to all those who should have it on Monday.
  • Starsword hilt recolors are live! Find them in the shops attached to your Upholder badge.
  • Dumoose is still working on the design for the Oracle Class.
  • Stay tuned for more details on the Mogloween challenge fight and rewards!
  • Guild PTR badges will be awarded once Yorumi returns from being sick.


Tags: Alina 5th birthday Dragon Shinobi BrutalCorn

 

Grats Maker

October 17, 2013

J6 is going to Space Academy!

You guys made it happen! THANKS!

Thanks to ALL of you who voted for J6, he won the Axe Apollo contest for a chance to go into space! Through working together, you've all helped to send our Bountyhunter on the first step of his greatest journey yet: up where he belongs, among the stars!

1st Artist in SPAAAAAAAAAACE!

J6 says: A big thanks to everyone who voted to help send me to space. I got word that I made it to the finals, which means I'm heading off to Orlando in December to fly a fighter jet, throw up in zero G training and pass out in a centrifuge. Science!

Why does he want to go into space?

"Art is all about breaking boundaries; traveling into space would let me create and inspire a new generation with a first-person view of the universe!" 

Galaxy-sized Gifts

If J6 takes that big step for J6-kind up into space, when he returns, we'll have the astronomically-awesome thank you shop EVER!

  • J6 Astronaut Armor set
  • Spaceship house
  • Space background
  • And, of course, SQUIGGLES


Tags: Alina J6 Won 1st step of space trip Thank you so much SCIENCE

 

Post Maker

October 17, 2013

Mistakes: Only Make Them Once

Using Bots in AQW is Illegal

For many of our players, AQWorlds is the first online game they've ever played. A lot of them don't know what a "bot" or "trainer" is, and don't understand that using quest, shop, or badge loaders is wrong. It is, and you shouldn't do that. We explain what a bot is and why using it is bad in this Design Notes post

Do not tell a bot to play for you.

All done reading? Great! Then we all know that using a 3rd party program is against the rules, it can and will do some serious harm to your account, and that we've got a plan to improve our anti-botting procedures.*

Recently, some players have illegally given themselves the BrutalCorn badge from tomorrow's release. Because we have not yet been able to implement some of the ideas listed above, those players have received a 24 hour ban. 

* That's why, if you're currently using a bot, trainer, or any other 3rd party program, this is a GREAT time to stop!

Second Chances and Forgiveness

We all make mistakes; I have, and so has everyone I know. But that's part of life. Most people are able to move beyond them. They grow and change over time, and part of that growing is realizing when you're doing something dumb. Sometimes, though, people need a little help seeing that.

At Artix Entertainment, we believe that people are basically good and, given the chance, most will do what's right. Or, at the very least, stop doing what's wrong. We want you guys to enjoy AQW. Play right and play fair. Have a good time in the game, and don't keep others from doing the same.

We've gotten a lot of messages about NOT giving botters - or anyone who breaks ANY rules - a second chance. Permanent ban first time out. For anything. We could do that, but we would run out of players pretty quickly. We understand that you guys LOVE this game, and want to see people following the rules. We want that, too!

But we believe in second chances. If you assume someone is going to fail, they're much more likely to do just that. I would rather give someone a chance to succeed than prevent them from trying to become better. We've got a plan in place to do that; now we just need to build it!


Tags: Alina

 

Derp.

October 17, 2013

Durpa Hurrn, IMMA DurpaCorn!

Derp, Derp, Derpa de durp, hurp. Derp.

Ohai there! All my friends on Twitter have been BEGGING me to take BrutalCorn to the Derp Side.

BrutalCorn

Well, well, well, what do we have huuurrr?

BrutalCorn Unicorn pets

AHMAHGOSH! DerpaCorns! Super derrrpaadorable!

And even more Derp pets are arriving tomorrow night. Yesterday I did a live draw of a Derp Penguin, which can be seen here:

Beleen Live Draw Derp

Okay I gatta go back to the derp drawing board =D

Derpa Hurpa on!

xoxo Belen


Tags: Beleen Derp DerpaCorn BrutalCorn

 

Way of the Moglin

October 17, 2013

Dragon Shinobi Class Skills Breakdown

READY FOR YOUR REWARD?

You've battled Brutalcorn, fought off con rot at BattleCon, and saved the convention guests and Artix Entertainment staff from certain doom at the hands of marauding undead ravers! Now, Artix needs your help again! Find him in the Underground Lab to unlock AQWorlds' 5th Anniversary class, which is... (drumroll, please)



What's better than ninjas? Dragon ninjas.

Dragon Shinobi! During our 5th Birthday event, you'll be able to earn this class by helping Artix save BattleCon (and the Underground Lab!) from a monster invsion. After the event ends, you'll still be able to buy it from Ragnar in Battleon. The class will be in game until our 6th birthday, at which point it will go rare.

To earn Dragon Shinobi, find Artix at the underground lab. Complete quests for him to earn Dragon Shinobi tokens, and then merge the tokens into class set items at his Dragon Shinobi merge shop. Just like last year, you'll have a month to earn the tokens you need. After that time, the only way to get these items will be to buy them. You should be able to earn enough tokens pretty easily though, since the quests can be repeated as often as you want. Plus there's an extra quest for Legends, so if you have a membership it will go even faster.

Anyway, on to the class itself...

Dragon Shinobi Skills Breakdown

Ninjas are hailed for their dexterity. Dragons are praised for their strength. And when the Ninja trains in the way of the Dragon, they shall become the Dragon Shinobi, master of brutal warfare! Dragon Shinobi have mastered the most effective ways of disabling their opponents while enduring their strikes.

Dragon Shinobi was designed as the evolved version of last year's Chunin class. Unlike Chunin, which was a brute force, multi-target sort of ninja, Dragon Shinobi focuses all of its damage onto a single target. Its damage is based on stackable DoTs, so it starts out slow and then ramps up the damage as the fight continues. And for a little something extra: you'll regen mana whenever you hit an enemy, and you'll regen both mana and HP whenever you dodge an attack.

Here's what I caught our playtesters saying about Dragon Shinobi:

"It's all about strategy with this class."
"It's a pretty powerful and tactical class."
"I soloed Desoloth with it, the one from the war... [though it] required patience."

Excited yet? Well, then you must be ready for a detailed skills breakdown!

AUTO ATTACK

2 second cooldown

A basic attack, taught to all adventurers.

SHADOW KUNAI

10 mana, 3 second cooldown. Requires rank 1.

Throw a deadly shadow poison tipped shuriken at your target. Shadow Shuriken will continually damage your opponent from afar. Each throw not only increases the shadow poison's damage but also has a small chance to apply Spinning Dragon to reduce your target's next hit to 0 damage.

Single-target DoT. Since the damage effect stacks, go ahead and use this skill whenever the cooldown comes up. The chance for Spinning Dragon is even more of a reason to use this skill as often as possible.

CHI HEAL

90 mana, 2 second cooldown. Requires rank 2.

Focus all your chi into restoring your life force.

Since this uses almost all of your mana, you'll have to be strategic with this ability despite its short cooldown. However, it is a FULL heal.

SHADOW SOUL

15 mana, 52 second cooldown. Requires rank 3.

Meditate, transferring yourself into the shadow realm to restore your mana. While meditating, you cannot attack for 7 seconds, and all attacks against you will deal greatly reduced damage.

This basically stuns you for 7 seconds (during which time you take a lot less damage), but it heals a large chunk of your mana. A cunning player could use this in conjunction with Chi Heal quite effectively. Note that using this ability will clear out your Shadow Shuriken damage stacks.

MIND OVER MATTER

Passive. Requires rank 4.

Increases Endurance by 18%.


SHADOW MASTER

Passive. Requires rank 4.

Increases haste by 10%, and Damage Over Time effects are 30% stronger.

FLAMING DRAGON

30 mana, 8 second cooldown. Requires rank 5.

Hit your opponent with a flaming strike for moderate damage to burn your target over time. This attack has a chance to apply Spinning Dragon to reduce your target's next hit to 0 damage.

This one isn't stackable, but it is a stronger attack than Shadow Shuriken, so it's a good supplement for it.

SHADOW DRAGON

Passive. Requires Rank 10.


Gives a small chance per attack to gain the power of the Shadow Dragon increasing the power of all Damage Over Time effects by 400% for 20 seconds.

This sounds more OP than it actually is. But it's still a really nice bonus for those longer fights.

So, there you have it! The perfect single-target complement to Chunin's multi-target awesomeness. Strength and dexterity are definitely your friends with this class, so be sure to choose your enhancements wisely . Have fun!

 

Edit: Shadow Soul no longer heals all of your mana; it brings it up to 65. Breakdown edited accordingly.


Tags: Memet Ninja Dragon Shinobi Class Breakdown 5th birthday Not OP I swear

 

October 16, 2013

Artix Game Cards

Use Artix Cards to Buy Points and Upgrade!

You can purchase Artix game upgrades using physical retail store scratch-off PIN cards. Buy a card at a store near you, and then use the PIN number on that card to get ARTIX POINTS. These points are special universal currency that you can then use to get any Artix game upgrade!

What Are Artix Points?

Artix Points are a special currency which you can purchase and spend to upgrade in any of our games! We offer multiple payment methods for purchasing Artix Points, or redeem either Artix Upgrade Cards or UltimateGameCards to receive them.  Artix Points Gift Certificates are also available via our online store, HeroMart , if you would like to purchase an upgrade for someone else.

Where to Buy Cards

Artix Upgrade Cards are currently available in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. 

In the United States: GameStop, ToysRUs, CVS Pharmacy and AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service)
In Canada: Available at Mac's,  Sobeys,  Needs,  Safeway  and  Esso 
In New Zealand: New Zealand Post, WoolWorths in Mount Maunganui's Bayfair Shopping Centre 
In Australia: Drake Supermarkets, Big W, WoolWorths and Dick Smith

To purchase Game Cards in other countries, the following options exist:

• UltimateGameCards available worldwide
• PaySafeCard in Europe
• CherryCredits in Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, and Australia
• Other PlaySpan cash methods available worldwide

How to Redeem Artix Cards

  1. Log in to your Artix Account, or create a new free account
  2. Click Get Points and click Upgrade Cards
  3. Enter the PIN Code and follow the instructions.
  4. You can redeem more than one card to collect enough Artix Points to get the biggest upgrade you want!

How to Redeem Other Cards

  1. Log in to your Artix Account, or create a new free account
  2. Click Get Points and select the amount of Artix Points you want.
  3. Choose the payment method, or type of card you wish to use.
  4. Click Buy Now and follow the instructions.

How to Use Artix Points

  1. Log in to your Artix Account
  2. Click on My Games
  3. Scroll down to see a list of game accounts linked to your Artix Account.
    If you do not see the game account listed there, click Link Account
  4. Click on the yellow button under Account Info and Upgrades.
  5. Select a game account, character or game upgrade package.
  6. Confirm your purchase using Artix Points and you're done!

NOTE: It is much faster and easier to purchase Artix Points online using PayPal or Credit Card. Our websites are secure and it makes the moglins happy. But if you are unable to do online purchases or feel safer buying Artix Game Cards in person, they are available at many retail stores.

New to AQWorlds?

Before you can spend your Artix Points, you must already have an AQWorlds game account.
Create a New Game Account

Return to Lorepedia


Tags: Artix Game Cards

 

Reminder Maker

October 15, 2013

Need Help with your Account?

Make Sure to Use the Help Pages!

Player Support is the first line of defense whenever you have ANY issue, be it payment, account, technical, or game-related, and we personally read EVERY email sent to us. We’re a small team, but we are MIGHTY in our power to help solve your problems and make sure you enjoy our games as much as possible!

The Player Support team is made up of:

  • Nythera, head of Player Support
  • Zazul
  • Neveya
  • and Lady Tomo
  • (Stratos helps too, when he has time)

Where Else to Get Help?

You should only email the Help Pages! For us to help you in the best and fastest way possible, we NEED you to use them, not Twitter, Facebook, or the forum!

If you post on Twitter, Facebook, or the forum, that just means our team members need to redirect you to the Help Pages anyways! (It's also very easy for our team members to miss your important posts on social networking sites, because sometimes they need to sleep.)

 Using the Help Pages right from the start means we can start helping you confidentially and directly as soon as we read your email. (Remember, because real people read each email we get, it may take between 1-3 business days to respond!)

Where ARE the Help Pages?

You can find them linked on each of our game websites!

Account Safety Tips

There’s nothing I enjoy less than a stolen account. I’m sure you feel the same way - who wouldn’t?! So here are some tips to help keep your account safe and out of the hands of thieves.

  • Never share your account with anyone! Not even a friend. Every person who knows your password makes your account less secure.
  • Use a secure password! Use oth letters AND numbers, use both upper and lower case, and make sure your password is at least 8 characters long.
  • Confirm your email with us! This makes sure your email can’t be changed without your permission.
  • Never enter your account name and/or password into any site or email that isn’t owned by Artix Entertainment!

We Don't Want to Ban or Mute You!

We have rules in place to help keep ALL our players safe and having fun in AQWorlds! Make sure you follow the rules so you don't have your account muted, banned, or disabled! Not sure if something's ok to do? Review the rules!


Tags: Alina nythera Player Support

 

Schedule Maker

October 15, 2013

BattleCon 2013 Events

Event Schedule for BattleCon 2013: an in-game convention!

Get your BattleCon on! Have you visited BattleCon yet? If not, /join battlecon to experience the first-ever in-game convention: meet your fellow heroes and the AE team members, learn about all of our games, and get epic cosplay-themed gear!

The following is our schedule of events, which you can watch when you /join constream. You can find it posted on the in-game announcement board outside the convention, too! In between scheduled events, we'll be playing random videos. As always: BEWARE OF BRUTALCORN!*

*event schedule subject to random attacks by BrutalCorn.

Tuesday

1 PM: Zoshi's livedraw

3 PM: 2 hour Virtual Panel with members of the AE team! 

8 PM: Zoshi livedraw replay

Wednesday

12 AM: 2 hour Virtual Panel with members of the AE team!

2 PM: How to Draw Derp with Beleen!

4 PM: 2 hour Virtual Panel with members of the AE team! 

8 PM: Drawing with Thyton

10 PM: 2 hour Virtual Panel with members of the AE team! 

Thursday

12 AM: 2 hour Virtual Panel with members of the AE team!

3 PM: J6's livedraw

4 PM: 2 hour Virtual Panel with members of the AE team! 

8 PM: J6 livedraw replay

10 PM: 2 hour Virtual Panel with members of the AE team! 

Friday

12 AM: 2 hour Virtual Panel with members of the AE team!

1 PM: Dage's livedraw

3 PM: 2 hour Virtual Panel with members of the AE team! 

7 PM: 5th birthday event: Dragon Ninjas vs BrutalCorn!

9 PM: Dage livedraw replay

11 PM: 2 hour Virtual Panel with members of the AE team! 


Tags: Alina BattleCon Event Schedule Livedraws Virtual Panel BrutalCorn

 

Rage Maker

October 14, 2013

AQWorlds 5th Birthday

Dragon Ninjas vs Ultra BrutalCorn!

BattleCon 2013: an in-game convention continues this Friday with an expansion to the Secret Underground Lab map! Normally the SUL (secret underground lab) where Artix Entertainment games are made are invaded by ninjas or zombies roughly every couple weeks. We know how to handle those attacks.

Emergency Invasion Chainsaws!

NOT THIS WEEK! Something is hiding in the shadows of the Room of Gloom, racing through the Soundbooth of Horrors, shattering windows and dreams with well-placed blows of his hind hooves.

This is not the Ultra BrutalCorn you will face.

Here and there and everywhere... wreaking chaos in the Lab. It's up to YOU to stop ULTRA Brutalcorn, Hero! (You didn't think he was done with you after last Friday's battle, did you?!)

This Friday, prepare to:

  • Avoid ambushes by BrutalCorn and the Invisible Imposter Guard Ninjas!
  • Help Artix the WindowSlayer take out all of the OTHER windows!
  • Knock out the Green Screamers in the Green Room!
  • Battle through the Soundbooth of Horrors!
  • Clean out the Skeletons in our Server Closet!
  • Take on Ultra BrutalCorn in the Room of Gloom!
    (What is back there? NO ONE KNOWS!) 

5th Birthday Class: Dragon Shinobi!

You can buy the Dragon Shinobi class from Ragnar in Battleon for 2,000 AdventureCoins until the class goes rare around our NEXT Birthday. However, until the birthday event rares leave, you will be able to EARN the class and all the extras completely free and all you have to do is help clear all these monsters out of the Lab and BattleCon!

Summon the Dragon Ninjas!

Artix will give you the quests you need to earn the class and also has the merge shop where you can buy them. Legends can access a daily quest which will let them earn triple the number of tokens, but with a little effort, everyone can earn the class before it leaves! 

Who's our favorite Dragon Shinobi? YOU ARE!

Just REMEMBER, the chance to earn the class is a special bonus for those of you who were here to help celebrate AQW's 5th birthday and AE's 11th anniversary! Once the birthday event rare gear leaves on November 18th, you will no longer be able to earn the class. But 1 month should be PLENTY of time for anyone to earn it.

You will need to turn in the quests and re-accept them every time. We've been forced to take this measure to help combat botters so you can thank those people if you find that a little annoying.

5th Birthday Presents!

It wouldn't be a party without presents! The monsters in the Lab will be dropping permanently-available gear, and you'll find the Birthday Present rares shop when you talk to Artix!

Five Rings Fire Warrior and Dragon Shinobi

Much of this year's birthday gear is based on the Shinobi and Ninja culture to celebrate Artix's appearance on America Ninja Warrior, and because so many of us have read The Book of War and The Book of Five Rings.

5th Birthday gear includes:

  • Five Rings Fire Warrior set
  • Five Rings Water Warrior set
  • Five Rings Air Warrior set
  • Five Rings Earth Warrior set
  • Five Rings Light Warrior helm
  • Five Rings Void Warrior helm
  • Invisible Ninja Armor (AC w/ xp bonus)
  • Invisible Ninja Armor (Legend w/ rep bonus)
  • Green Screamer set
  • Bearded BrutalCorn helm
  • and more!

BattleCon 2013 and other updates!

We haven't forgotten BattleCon 2013: an in-game convention... or that today is Canada's Thanksgiving! Happy Turkey-day, Canadians! The Canada Thanksgiving Day shop will remain in-game until next Monday, October 21st.

Happy Thanksgiving!

  • The shops for Dage, Beleen, Memet, and BattleGems will all get updates. 
  • Veneeria's shop will be added. 
  • More details on HeroMart gear will be added.
  • The "pet of the random month" is in production!
  • Starsword hilt recolors are coming soon.
  • Dumoose is still working on the design for the Oracle Class.
  • Stay tuned for more details on the Mogloween challenge fight and rewards!
  • We have removed the BrutalCorn badge from character pages. We will look more into this issue when Yorumi returns from vacation later this week.
  • We are in final testing of the item deletion/stack bug. That should roll later this week.
  • Guild PTR badges will be awarded once Yorumi returns.


Tags: Alina 5th birthday Dragon Shinobi Class BrutalCorn WindowSlayer BattleCon 2013

 

List Maker

October 12, 2013

BattleCon Swag

BattleCon-sider Grabbing This Gear!

One of the best parts about hanging out at Con with your friends is picking up souvenirs and awesome items that just look, well, really COOL! And BattleCon 2013, our in-game convention, is no different: we've got a TON of gear for you to check out. Some of it will go rare once the event ends, but much of it will stay in-game (along with the maps, monsters, and cutscenes) forever!

/Cheer for gear from your favorite AE games!

BattleCon Cosplay Rare Gear

Get your BattleCon on with epic cosplay gear! Play the part as you battle BrutalCorn, conrot, and Cosplay Zombies!

Rare

  • Pony Trooper Rainbow
  • Pony Trooper Rainbow Helm
  • Pony Fett
  • Pony Fett Helm
  • Pony Wan Kenobi
  • Pony Wan Kenobi Helm
  • Pony Maul
  • Pony Maul Helm
  • Pony Vader
  • Pony Vader Helm
  • Doctor What
  • Doctor What’s Hair
  • Ms. What’s Hair

Two of our (not-quite-over-9000) items!

  • Kakarotting Zombie
  • Kakarotting Zombie Halo
  • Kakarotting Zombie Hair
  • Zombie Balls D
  • Kakarotting Staff
  • V for Vampire
  • V for Vampire Mask
  • V for Vampire Fangs
  • V for Vampire Red Fangs
  • Vendetta Wings
  • Vendetta Daggers
  • Poisonous Jester
  • Mr. J
  • Jester Pigtails
  • Super Kathool Morph
  • Super Kathool  Wings
  • Super Kathool Spear
  • Super Kathool Face
  • Dagek

Note, Green Screamer set returns next week in Birthday Shop, not rare

AQWorlds Birthday Gear

Created by the AQWorlds' artists for our favorite hero: you!

Rare

  • Items coming next week

Birthday theme: Artix Entertainment Ninjas!

Perm

  • Legend Shirt
  • Chaos Shirt

AdventureQuest Gear

Selected by Hollow, head of AdventureQuest, to showcase the awesome gear found throughout the original AQ!

Rare

  • Hollow Point Special
  • Onyx Wartexx
  • Omelyhi’s Rule
  • Ninemares +3
  • Dainashini
  • Agony Chains

Perm

  • WarpForce Shirt
  • AdventureQuest Shirt
  • Radiant Lucian Spear
  • Blazing Igneus Sickle
  • Iconoclast
  • Horn of Terra Suul
  • Arctic Glacius Hammer
  • Quaking Geoto Sceptre
  • Voltaic Dynami Spear
  • Torrential Nautica Axe
  • Spirit Hunter Scythe
  • Paramount Edge
  • Cloaked Nocturu Dagger
  • Dark Comedy
  • Cyclone Aerodu Shortbow
  • Arcane Curve

DragonFable Gear

Rock your AQWorld with gear from DragonFable, selected by Tomix the SoulWeaver! 

Rare

  • Midnight Wish
  • Paragon Bearclaw
  • Obsidian Dragon Blade
  • Mjolnir Staff
  • Dragon’s Plume
  • Gloom Glaive

Gloom Glaive, handpicked by Tomix for DF's shop!

Perm

  • DragonFable Shirt
  • Cordemi Codex
  • Cordemi Sword
  • Cordemi Daggers
  • Escelense Defender Blade
  • Cordemi Staff
  • Revolving Ridfleblade
  • Celestia’s Blade
  • Midsummer Wizard Wand
  • Death’s August Scythe
  • Garden’s Sphere
  • Amber Axe of the Harvest
  • Tomix's armor coming next week!

MechQuest Gear

Handpicked by Maegwyn, head of MechQuest, this galactic gear includes art by Minar and Bladebrawl!

Rare

  • Energy Scalpel
  • Bright Blade
  • Tech Blade
  • Orange Tech Blade
  • Dark Tech Blade
  • Purple Tech Blade
  • Gleaming Pan

Perm

  • Solar Spike
  • Soul  Sapper
  • Shadowfoil
  • Red Tech Blade
  • Green Tech Blade
  • Grimy Pipe
  • Laser Pistol
  • Ultraviolet
  • Wolfblade Shirt
  • Runehawk Shirt
  • MystRaven Shirt

EpicDuel Gear

NightWraith, creative lead of EpicDuel, knows that /equipping any of this gear will make you a much cooler Dueler in AQW!

Rare

  • Wraith Warder 
  • Wraith Baton 
  • Wraith Axe 
  • Charfade’s Club
  • Charfade’s Claws
  • Dual Wraith Revolvers
  • Dual Wraith Repeaters
  • Dual Char Blasters

PvP to the Vth power!

Perm

  • Charfade’s Staff
  • Charfade’s Blade
  • Charfade’s Blaster
  • Wraith Reapers
  • Wraith’s Pike
  • Wraith Revolver
  • Wraith Repeater
  • Wraith Elite
  • EpicDuel Shirt

HeroSmash Gear

Calling all heroes AND villains! Smash your way through battle with gear straight from Randor's computer to YOUR backpack!

Rare

  • Lion Mask
  • Shark Bite Helm
  • Dual Cyan Zappers
  • Dual Red Zappers
  • The Anchor

Perm

  • HeroSmash Shirt
  • Monkey on your back Cape
  • Red Zapper
  • Cyan Zapper
  • Anchor
  • Pole-lamp

OverSoul Gear

You won't get over how awesome this gear is anytime soon! Created by Nulgath and his artistic apprentice, Revontheus, you'll be soul'd on every item they've got!

Rare

  • Energy Mace of Souls
  • Iron Maiden Face
  • Bladed Daggers of Souls
  • Soul Searcher Rune
  • Dual Emerald Axes of Falguard
  • Dual Not so nICE Axes
  • Oversoul Minion

Perm

  • Ice Witch Face
  • Jack Frost Face
  • Oversoul Shirt
  • Blade of Souls
  • Blue Oversoul Cape
  • Black Oversoul Cape
  • Gusty Gray Cloak
  • Oversoul MerMan
  • Oversoul MerMan Face
  • Soul Seeker's Runed Cloth Cape
  • OverSoul's Royalty Cape
  • Shining Light Royalty Cloak
  • Shining Light Frame
  • Fight of the Light
  • Soul Ripper Scythe
  • Not so nICE Axe
  • Emerald Axe of Falguard

EbilCorp Gear

Chairman Platinum says you'll take what he's got to give and love it. What the Chairman says goes, right?

Perm

  • EbilCorp Shirt

BattleGems Gear

Artix, Cysero, Yergen, and the crew have been hard at work prepping BattleGems for launch. We have a full BattleGems shop planned for release soon. Until then, keep an eye out for a new staff (and maybe some other gear) this coming week!

Rare

  • Items coming next week

Perm

  • BattleGems Shirt
  • Items coming next week

Bladehaven: Dragon's Bane Gear

Kraken, head of the Dragon's Bane team, knows that once you see what his team has in store for your tablet and cellphone, you'll be ready pick up the blade and head off into the 3rd dimension!

Perm

  • Rise of a DragonSlayer Armor
  • Bladehaven Ice Sword
  • Galanoth's Bladehaven Blade
  • Bladehaven Dragon Helm

HeroMart Gear

Perm

  • HeroMart Shirt

Food Court

Perm

  • Anti-Con Rot Cookies
  • Speed Bracer Bites
  • DAMAGE Donuts
  • AE Energy Drink
  • AE STR Boost

Featured Artist Alley Shops

The shops in our Featured Artist Alley contain gear by individual AQW artists. When we began the Featured Artist shop series, we planned to have them cycle in and out of availability, bringing the returning items AND new rare gear each time they appeared.

Our artists LOVE creating gear for you!

Now that they have a permanent home in BattleCon 2013: an in-game convention, the Featured Artist Shops will remain there with each shops' permanent gear. As we cycle the shops in and out over the coming months and years, the new gear they create will be a mix of rare and permanent content, with the non-rare items going into the Artist Alley shops.

DragonFiend Rider in Nulgath's Shop

The Dage and Nulgath Artist Alley shops WILL get permanently-available items in them; however, the gear currently in each shop WILL go rare once this event ends in a few weeks.


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Battle Maker

October 12, 2013

BattleCon 2013

11th AE Anniversary / 5th AQW Birthday!

This weekend, get your /party on at BattleCon 2013: an In-Game Convention, as we begin two weeks of the most brutal and battle-tastic double-celebration ever! The only way we can meet ALL of the heroes who make our games possible is inside AQWorlds, so we’ve pulled in team members from ALL our games to create the most EPIC in-game convention EVER!

BattleCon 2013: An In-Game Convention

If you can't come meet the AE team in person at the conventions we attend in real life, join us in AQWorlds for BattleCon: the all-staff, all-player in-game convention... and all the con-swag you can handle!

Super Kathool and Doctor What armor sets!

Once BattleCon begins, get ready to:

  • Quest for your Con badge 
  • Slay Con crashers for your Con Kit (every hoopy frood needs a Con towerl) 
  • Defeat the Brutal BattleCon Gate Guardian, as he stalks the grounds of the Coliseum

BRUTALCORN IS WAITING

  • Meet members of the AE team!
  • Get your badge signed by all the AE team members!
  • Sneak through the Hall of NPZZZzzz's
  • Get your Rave, Rave, Rave on in the Timezard's Ballroom!
  • Get sweet cosplay and AE game-themed gear 
  • Rock out at the first virtual Con Artix Entertainment's ever held!

BattleCon-vention Highlights!

There's always a TON of things to do at conventions, so make sure you hit ALL the booths AND the artist tables AND the rave AND the Cosplay Zombie Parade!

Vendetta Vampire and Kakarotting armor sets! 

And don't miss:

  • Lore's most brutal boss battle! 
  • Live-action tournament of Cosplay Champions!
  • Live-draws and video tutorials from AE artists!
  • Q&A session with Beleen and Kityana!

/dance the night away!

  • Our favorite videos play throughout the day all week long!
  • Vendor booths with gear from other AE games!
  • Artist Alley - shops from your favorite AQW artists!
  • Return of the Secret Underground Lab!
  • Rave about the epic /dance party!

Anniversary? Awesome! What about the Birthday?

October is the month of OMG-SO-MANY-PARTIES! With AE's anniversary and AQW's birthday falling so close together, we're combining the events into one ginormous celebration... but with double (or triple?!?!) the number of rewards and quests!

5 Rings Warrior and AE Dragon Ninja sets!

After you've explored the Coliseum, head down the elevator into the Secret Underground Lab! This map, which we released last year, is returning and will become a permanent part of the game (but without the rare gear from last year). Explore a (mostly) true-to-life version of the Lab this week, then return NEXT Friday to battle through the expanded version with all NEW birthday rares!

Overcoming Con-tastrophe!

We usually try to release between 6 and 7 pm each Friday, but this with as much as we packed into this event, there were bound to be some unforeseen issues, like:

  • Art randomly being deleted from the file
  • Flash player dying... then mysteriously being resurrected mid-death
  • Flash's memory refusing to cooperate as we prepared to go live.
Not pictured: Luna Vader (Luna NEIGH-der?!)

This event is BIG. We've got a LOT of games and a LOT of fun stuff, and we didn't want to leave anyone out. But it got to be SO big that Flash said "nuh uh. I don't care HOW much you want to enjoy the event. Not gonna do it." So we sat down and made some modifications to how it handled its memory and voila! We were able to compile the file and get back to getting our party on!

SO Much Con Swag and Merch!

One of our favorite parts about going to Con is seeing all the Vendors, the merch they sell, and the artist's alley full of amazing artwork. So of course OUR Con had to have the same! 

FIVE StarPony sets to help you "use the horse"! 

That's why we've got gear from ALL our games in the convention, and most of this gear - and the event itself, will NOT go rare!

  • AQW Cosplay gear
  • AdventureQuest gear
  • DragonFable gear
  • MechQuest gear
  • EpicDuel gear
  • HeroSmash gear
  • Oversoul gear
  • BattleGems gear
  • Bladehaven gear
  • Heromart gear
  • EbilCorp gear
  • Beleen's Balloons
  • Food Court Potions 
  • Birthday Rare gear
  • Returning Gear from Featured Artist shops 

Void Dragon Rider Armor at Nulgath's Table!

Each of the game shops will feature staff and player favorite art straight from our other games! For the Cosplay gear in the AQW shop, we've created mashups of our favorite pop-culture phenomenons and turned them into armors just for you! 

Thank you all!

We call our players the “friends we have never met” for a good reason: because you are awesome! We would genuinely love to meet and hang out with all of you in real life, because we were all just like you guys at one point: we loved videogames, art, stories, and all of the crazy things that make everyone a hero in their own dreams.

That's right. This is all thanks to YOU! :)

It's thanks to YOU that Artix Entertainment has been able to keep making games for the last 11 years, and that AQWorlds has been online for 5. We aren't going ANYWHERE, and we hope you'll battle alongside us as we adventure across new in-game continents and into new real-life platforms and dimensions!

Our games are really YOUR games!

And if YOU have a passion for art, writing, or programming like the members of the AE team do, do what you love as often as you can! Maybe someday you'll be standing alongside us at BattleCon, too!


Tags: Alina BattleCon In game convention 11th anniversary 5th birthday

 

Like Maker

October 09, 2013

1 Million Likes on Facebook

You DID IT! Thank you to everyone who helped!

WOW! 1 million Likes on the AQWorlds Facebook page! You guys are AMAZING, and this is absolutely YOUR victory! When we work together, there is nothing we can't do!

 

AQWorlds likes YOU x 1,000,000!

Stay tuned to the Design Notes early next week for more details about the Oracle Class, which ALL players will get for FREE (with 0 ACs for permanent storage) as soon as we finish testing it!


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Change Maker

October 09, 2013

Ambassador Program Changes

Lothalis, head of the Ambassador program, writes:

Back in late February, an idea was presented to me to start the AQW Ambassador Brigade, an official guild of AQWorlds full of dedicated players who would assist new players as well as offer in game advice to those who asked. However due to issues that we have faced from day one (time constraints, availability, etc) the official guild is disbanding... and expanding in an unofficial capacity. 

The idea of a guild dedicated to helping players inspired many other to create their own “Helper Guilds” and they worked along side the Ambassadors, waiting in the /guide map to offer help to any players needing it.  Where before there were a few hundred Ambassadors, now we want to encourage ALL players to ACT like Ambassadors: helping their fellow players enjoy AQWorlds as much as possible.

The idea of Ambassadors was the first step in a much larger role in AQWorlds, one of helpfulness and guiding. In our eyes the Ambassador Project has been a huge success, it made players see that there are other out there willing to help and inspired helper guild to step forward as well as gave players looking for help and looking for help a place to go and meet. 

The Ambassador cape has been a symbol to players that anyone wearing it was there to help other players. Soon, all players will be able to obtain their own Cape of Guiding to proudly display it when they are willing to help others.

What does this mean for the Ambassadors?

We did not decide on this change because Ambassadors were not helping, but because we need to change some functionality in AQWorlds to do it RIGHT. We are incredibly grateful to EVERYONE who has worked to help other players, but especially the Ambassadors who have devoted much of their in-game time to guiding other players. As we evolve AQWorlds, we'll revisit idea of the program.

All the current Ambassadors will get to keep their Ambassador cape, and the Cape of Guiding that will become available to all players will have modified art. This is a special thank you for making such an amazing impact in AQWorlds! 

I thank each and every one of you out there who have helped, and continue to help players and grow our amazing community here in AQWorlds, BATTLE ON!


Tags: Alina

 

Battle Buddies Forever!

October 09, 2013

Bring Your Buddies to BattleCon!

Invite your friends to battle alongside you!

It’s a privilege being in the presence of Lore’s greatest hero: YOU! But every adventurer needs a good battle buddy, a trusted companion, a warrior to watch their back (and all that Gold in your inventory)... so why not invite your friends to try your favorite online adventure game AQWorlds! Battle alongside your best friends and get great rewards while racking up victories!

Friends plays games online with their friends2Rocket battles alongside his faithful friends!

When you Refer a Friend, you will get bonus Gold and Experience, a free Friend Gem, and 250 AdventureCoins for FREE when your friend becomes an upgraded Member!

Of course... you gotta help your friend defeat all those tough monsters in return!

How do I Refer a Friend?

  1. Click on the Manage AQW Account link.
  2. Login with your AQW game Username and Password.
  3. Select 'Referred Friends' from the menu on the left.
  4. To invite a friend, enter their email in the textbox labeled "Friend's Email" and then Submit! Or you can copy and paste your exclusive Referral Link on your blog, on your status, on Twitter… anything you want!
  5. You can also Refer your Friend from in-game! Speak to Twilly in Battleon to send your friends Referral emails directly from AQWorlds.

Battle On with your friendsShadow180000 and friends battle on together!

What about those sweet rewards?

Friends give the best presents! For every Friend you Refer, you will receive:

  • Gold and Experience based on the amount of Gold and Experience that your friend earns each day—the more they play, the stronger AND richer YOU become!
  • 1 Friend Gem for each Referred Friend once they reach Level 5—Friend Gems buy all sorts of awesome items from Twilly’s Referral Shop in Battleon.
  • 250 Free AdventureCoins when your referred friend becomes a Member—Upgraded Members always have the most fun, and you can get 250 ACs just for recruiting AQWorlds’ newest Member!

How do I keep track of my Referred Friends?

Keeping track of your Referred Friends is easy with the Account Manager. After logging in with your Username and Password, click the “Referred Friends” link on the left side of the screen. You will see a list of all the Friends you Referred and whether or not they have Upgraded to a Member!

So start Referring your Friends now!

And Like the AdventureQuest Worlds Facebook Page too!


Tags: Refer Friends Battle Buddies Beleen

 

Plan Maker

October 08, 2013

A Better Botting Solution

We're Taking Action Against Botters in AQWorlds!

We make AQWorlds for and with our players, and we love that so many of you love the game! That enjoyment makes a lot of you - and us - upset when we see other players using bot/cheat programs to play for them. (When you play a game with other people, giving yourself an unfair advantage directly impacts other players.)

Rage no more, Hero! We've got a plan.

We have always tried to reduce the ways that botters can exploit the game, and take action against the players who choose to use 3rd party programs (bots, shop/quest loaders, auto-kills).

What is a "Bot"?

Thousands of players are banned every week for botting, which tells us a couple things.

Many players don't know what a bot IS.

  • bot or "autoer" is a program built by someone else that plays the game for you. 
  • ALL massively multiplayer games have a problem with them, and they are, and always have been against the rules. 
  • It is easy to understand why  - it is unfair to legit players who put the time and effort into the game, it takes time away from building the game to deal with botting/cheating/hacking issues, and... these programs are dangerous! 

Many players don't know that botting is not allowed.
It absolutely is NOT allowed! It hurts the game and other players. We want all our players to enjoy AQW the way it is meant to be.

Players who bot don't know the problems it causes.
Problems caused by bots, and the fixes we've implemented because of them, have delayed, for example:

  • Development of new functionality like Guilds 
  • An overhaul of the PvP system 
  • Cause virtually ALL of the server-side lag 

H.A.L. knows the problem bots cause.

 Players who bot don't know the risks involved.
Many stolen accounts are the result of people entering their login information into these programs or the websites claiming to provide them. If you download and use these programs, they can execute malicious code that can do ANYTHING a virus or trojan can do, harming YOUR computer... including stealing your personal data.

Do not use bots. In addition to the dangers above, using them will get your account banned from AQWorlds!

What Do You Do About Botting?

Right now, we have a number of ways to detect botters - and different types of botting. These automatic bans test to see if people are hacking achievements, using combat hacks, or shop/quest loading. We also have in-game moderators who can take action against botters if players admit to botting.

Because screenshots can be edited, we do not accept emailed reports of botting with screenshot evidence. If someone is NOT botting, we do not want to ban them!

What Are You Going to Do Next?

Artix, Nythera, Zazul, and I met earlier today to put together a plan of attack. It will require a lot of new functionality, but once it's ready, it will be a great day to be a good player! Here are some of the things we are looking at: 

  • Restrict botters to certain maps and disable combat while "banned" (though they will still be able to log in)
  • Implement warning points and cooldown system to allow players to earn back goodwill
  • If players continue to bot, we will give longer and longer bans, up to permanently banning accounts. (We do not want to do this, but we need to protect our players!)
  • Remove levels, gold, non-AC items, rep, rank from serial botters

All of those are ideas right now. I'll sit down with Yorumi tomorrow to see what we CAN do and how FAST it can get implemented. But we ARE going to take action against botters. We love our players - and our game - too much to let the problem grow!

Recently, some players have illegally given themselves the BrutalCorn badge from tomorrow's release. Because we have not yet been able to implement some of the ideas listed above, those players have received a 24 hour ban. 

Artix says:

As you know, our goal is to keep our game fair, safe and fun. NOT to ban players. We are all human, we all make mistakes.

Apologetic robots are the saddest thing ever.

From this moment on, we hope and encourage EVERYONE, whether you have used bots in the past or not, to help us keep the servers fair, safe and fun. Thank you to all of the players who have always been doing this.... Battle on!


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October 04, 2013

Dragon Rises Triumphant

The Royal Wedding's Chaotic Conclusion!

Good King Alteon has been fighting Chaorruption since AQWorlds began, and THIS week, you will see how much of an effect Chaos has had on him! Log in now to play the conclusion of the Royal Wedding event, the rise of Swordhaven's Chaos Beast... and the beginning of the most Chaotic chapter in AQWorlds' history!

Chaotic DragonFORCE!

We had planned to finish the wedding release in one week last week. This week's storyline release IS a bit shorter than usual, but had we not split last week's release into two parts, we would not have been able to put nearly as much effort into this week's cutscenes as we did. I'd rather do them right than do them quickly! (Especially when the reactions to the release have been so emotional!)

Ghost, our lead animator, drew his reaction to what he did this week:

Sad Ghost felt ALL the feels!

Make sure to tweet your reactions to the storyline to @ArtixKrieger and @Alina_AE so we can keep track of how many feels you have felt! You can also share your reactions on the AQW Facebook page or our forum!

The new loading screen is live, too!

In addition to finishing LAST week's release THIS week, we also released:

Enjoy the beginning of the REAL Chaos in Swordhaven... and the rest of Lore! 


Tags: Alina Swordhaven Chaos OMG WHAT HAPPENED Mogloween Battlemage 5th Upholder Treasure Map Bloodcaster package

 

Feels Maker

October 04, 2013

Scream for Mogloween

The Friday of Feels starts with Mogloween!

We've just released the Moglween hub town! If you haven't joined us for this event before, Mogloween is the fall seasonal event where you Trick or BEAT your way through the spookiest, creepiest releases we've put out over the last five years! Just /join mogloween and get ready for bats, brawls, and LOTS of hallow-SCREAMS!

Creeeeeeeepy MogloweenThat's his FRIENDLY smile.

Begin Mogloween Adventures in MystCroft!

It is a dark and stormy night, fog creeps through the trees and into the houses of Battleon. When you step outside, a beacon pulses in the darkness. As you walk towards it, ghostly moans grow louder. When you enter a clearing you KNOW wasn't there before, you see a portal that takes you to... MystCroft, realm of spookily-delicious Mogloween adventures!

The Cauldron Sisters are SO GLAD to see you!

Meet the Cauldron sisters, Bubble, Toil, and Trouble, and help them play their tricks to save Mogloween... and all the delicious treats that come with it!

Guide to Mogloween!

So, after FOUR years worth of Mogloween events, we released... we've done a LOT! (Zoom in to see HOW much!) That's why we created the new Mogloween Event Guide in the Lorepedia! On Monday, we'll add the Committed event, too.

BattleMage Class is LIVE!

What do you do when your entire city has become chaorrupted, and your spellcasters just aren't sturdy enough to handle the fight? You train them to cast spells while encased in solid steel, of course!

Take a look at Memet's skills breakdown in yesterday's Design Notes, then grab the Class for yourself! The Class has 3 new spell aniimations, 2 new icons, and 7 total abilities. (Because of all that awesomeness, we did not add a rank 10 passive.) The auto attack damage range you see is correct because when you use Enchanted Blade, it does 100% damage.

  • Talk to Sir Vival in Swordhaven Castle to buy the Class and accessories from the Rep Shop!
    You will need Rank 10 in Swordhaven rep to buy the gear! 
  • Talk to Ragnar in Battleon to buy the Class and accessories for AdventureCoins! (If you don't have the time to play often enough to rep up to rank 10, this is the option for you.)
  • Find the BattleMage Class shop in your game menu with BOTH versions of the sets!

Shops Leaving, Releases Arriving!

There's a LOT of OTHER things happening today too:

  • Check out the Treasure Map update that went live Wednesday! Read the clue in the maps' description, then hunt down the Treasure! You can get your own map from Cleric Joy in Battleon!
  • Talk Like a Pirate Day rare shops 
  • Friday the 13th rare shops gone for good, seasonal shops gone til the next event
  • Chika's Birthday Shop leaves
  • Quibble's shop and the Chaos rares shop leave tonight 

Still to come, the conclusion to the Royal Wedding event!

OH MAN YOU GUYS! If you haven't played last week's "Royal Wedding" release in the Swordhaven Chaos storyline, then you'd better hurry and catch up! You've got a few releases to play first:

  • Head to Swordhaven Castle and talk to Sir Vival in the courtyard to see what's going on.
  • Then /join Archives and talk to Denara to begin the storyline! (Note: You'll want to be at least level 20 to do these releases!)
  • After that, /join armory to battle the Chaos invasion in Swordhaven!
  • Next up: time for the wedding of Princess Brittany's dreams! Help make sure everything goes well!
  • And NOW you're all caught up!: Continue the Royal Wedding event in Swordhaven's Chaos Saga!

Ghost just finished animating the last cutscene for the release, and wants you all to see his reaction:

More Design Notes coming on the Royal Wedding once release is live! 


Tags: Alina

 

Caster Maker

October 04, 2013

Become a Blood ShadowCaster

Unlock Blood ShadowCaster with a 3 Month Membership!

Become a Blood ShadowCaster to command the darkest of the magical arts: Blood magic! Will you sacrifice the blood of your friends and enemies to become more powerful? Will you do what must be done to ensure that you CAN control your own destiny?

Starting today, October 4th, at 12 PM server time (Noon), upgrade with a 3 month membership package to unlock the Blood ShadowCaster set

Much the same way we did versions of the Lightcaster for ACs and membership, we've done the same for the Shadow Sorcerer / ShadowCaster, but with a different color palette for the separate sets. Find details on the Shadow Sorcerer 5k AC package here!

Where Can I Get It?

You can upgrade your account in any of the following places:

  • Through your game menu, using the in-game payment system. Click on the Treasure Chest at the bottom of your screen to bring the menu up!
  • Using the payment page at AQ.com!
  • On our Portal Site, under the AQWorlds game packages section. 

Get ALL the gear: ! armor, 5 wings, 5 helms, and 2 staffs  when you purchase the 3 month membership.  Each item is 0 ACs for free storage and the package come with a character page badge!

To find the gear:

  • Open your Book of Lore
  • Click the Badges section
  • Go into the "Other Badges" section
  • Scroll until you see the BloodCaster badge


Tags: Alina Blood Shadowcaster Battlemage Shops Rare Mogloween Swordhaven Chaos

 

Map Maker

October 02, 2013

More Gear in the Treasure Map

Decipher the Clue to Find the Shop!

TreasureHunters, assemble! We've been including new ways for you to explore the game, hunts and wars to get you back to maps you have never seen, or haven't been to in a long time. Tonight we are releasing an all-new way to do just that: the Treasure Map!

Talk to Cleric Joy in Battleon or Valencia in BattleonTown to buy the Treasure Map for a one-time cost of 2000 AventureCoins, then use the clue it gives in the item description to find a shop hidden in-game full of 0 AC gear only YOU can access!

Defend the Dragon Throne!

Full list of gear accessible in the Treasure Map is:

  • Royal Dragoon Armor NEW!
  • Dragoon's Armet Helm NEW!
  • Dragoon's Sheathed Blades Cape NEW!
  • Nameless Warrior Armor
  • Anonymous Drone Helm
  • Terror of the Undead Sword
  • Slasher of the Undead Mace
  • Dragonfire Katana
  • Solar Protector Wings
  • Solar Protector Beak
  • Solar Protector Armor
  • Dual Flaming Katanas
  • BrightBlade Warrior Armor
  • Brightblade Shoulder Cloth Cape
  • Brightblade Helm
  • Bright Blade
  • Dual Bright Blades
  • Blood Terror ArmorBlood Terror Helm

New in the Treasure Map shop: Royal Dragoon!

Once you have the Treasure Map item, read the clue in its item description, then locate the map and start clicking around! You'll see your cursor change (like when it hovers over a button), and that's the sign you've found the shop!

Brightblade Warrior set !

Treasure Map: Info to Know!

We've been getting many questions about this new feature, so read on to get the news on what you really need to know!

  • You cannot open the Treasure Map Shop unless you have purchased the Treasure Map.
  • Purchasing the Treasure Map unlocks the shop forever (as long as you have it in your inventory), and the shop will be updated regularly!
  • The gear in the shop costs 0 AdventureCoins so you can take advantage of the free storage!
  • You only need to buy the map once (and then keep it) to access all future shop updates!
  • The clue will change each time the shop updates! (It wouldn't be a very good treasure hunt if it didn't!)

Shadow Commander and Unidentified Warrior!

With the Treasure Map, you're buying access to the shop full of exclusive gear AND access to any of the FUTURE gear that gets put into it! 


Tags: Alina Treasure Map Royal Dragoon

 

Battlemoglin

October 02, 2013

Battlemage Breakdown

Mages! Swordhaven Needs Your Help!

What do you do when your entire city has become chaorrupted, and your spellcasters just aren't sturdy enough to handle the fight? You train them to cast spells while encased in solid steel, of course!

How to Become a Battlemage

Only the most loyal defenders of Swordhaven can train to be Battlemages! Once you have reached rank 10 in Swordhaven rep, you'll be able to buy this class from the Swordhaven rep shop - talk to Sir Vival in /castle or Roald in /ceremony. You can also buy this class by talking to Ragnar in Battleon for 2000 ACs. This is not a member-only class.

Built like a tank, but mana-friendly!

Battlemage Skills Breakdown

The Battlemage focuses on taking down his opponents as quickly as possible. He is capable of focusing greater amounts of mana into each spell for the maximum effect. He specializes in wearing heavy armor for defense in order to spend all of his mana on offensive spells.

Battlemages excel at taking down multiple enemies at once with their devastating AOE attacks, but can also focus their damage on a single target when fighting tougher enemies.

ARCANE STRIKE

2 second cooldown

Battlemages are rejuvenated by their Arcane Strike granting them bonus mana with every successful blow.

This ability replaces auto-attack. It functions similarly, except that as a Battlemage it also restores some of your mana.

ENCHANTED BLADE

15 mana, 12 second cooldown. Requires rank 1.

Removes the explosion (AOE) effect from the Battlemage's attacks but increases all spell damage and accuracy by 50% for 12 seconds.

Use this whenever you want to focus on one enemy at a time. Awesome for boss fights due to its damage and accuracy increases, and imperative for those times when you want to avoid pulling more than one enemy.

ARCANE FIRE

45 mana, 15 second cooldown. Requires rank 2.

Summon an explosive fire ball burning with arcane energies on up to 3 targets.

Just a nice boost of extra damage. Unless you have Enchanted Blade up, this will aggro enemies that you're not currently fighting if you're standing next to them.

EXPLOSIVE SHIELD

29 mana, 45 second cooldown. Requires rank 3.

Break apart surrounding raw mana and form it into an Arcane Shield transfering most incoming damage to the Battlemage's MP instead of HP, as well as reducing mana costs for 10 seconds. The initial break explodes damaging up to 3 enemies.

This is a pretty sweet shield. While it's up, you'll mostly take damage to your mana pool instead of your health. And to make up for it, your spells will cost less mana. As a bonus, you'll do a burst of AOE damage when you first cast it. Again, you will aggro nearby enemies with this unless you're using Enchanted Blade.

HEAVY ARMOR EXPERTISE

Passive. Requires rank 4.

Physical Damage received reduced by 30%.


BATTLE HARDENED MAGE

Passive. Requires rank 4.

Wisdom increased by 20%.

ARCANE DEVASTATION

62 mana, 18 second cooldown. Requires rank 5.

Conjure a powerful, explosive, arcane blast damaging up to 3 targets. If Enchanted Blade is active, your target will be weakened and take 30% more damage from all sources.

When you're fighting multiple enemies, this serves up a nasty chunk of AOE damage. In a boss fight, this attack is even stronger, as it will cause your target to take extra damage from anything and anyone that hits it while the effect is up. The effect lasts slightly past the cooldown, so if you use this ability every time it becomes available you'll be doing 30% more damage for the entire fight.
 

Oh, and once more: you will aggro nearby enemies with this unless you're using Enchanted Blade.

 

In summary: This is a great class for boss fights, just make sure you use both Enchanted Blade and Arcane Devastation every time they cool down if you want to be at your most effective. It's also a strong class for farming/questing, since you can use your AOE abilities to smash several enemies at once.

 

EDIT: The following changes have been made to this class!

  • Arcane Fire mana cost increased from 40 to 45
  • Explosive Shield mana cost increased from 23 to 29
  • Arcane Devastation mana cost decreased from 65 to 62
  • Arcane Devastation's Enchanted Blade buff now lasts past its cooldown. This means subsequent uses of Arcane Devastation can do 30% more damage if you time it right.
  • To make up for increased mana costs, Arcane strike returns more mana per hit.


Tags: Memet Battlemage classes Big Chunk Of Metal

 

Calling all Heroes

October 02, 2013

Found Bugs? Help Crush Them!

The Bug Tracker Needs YOUR Reports!

Stratos, the BugMaster General, writes: Bug Hunters... we need your help! We need to track down every bug, mistake, glitch, hack, typo, and error in AQWorlds, then report them to www.Artix.com/Bugs!

NOTE: The Bug Tracker tracks bugs... it is not for player support! Please do not report bugs to your characters, accounts, or for upgrades.

"The bigger the bug, the more satisfying the squish!"

If the line up there makes your fingers itch to grab a mallet and squash something, then keep reading, because you're just what Stratos is looking for! Read on for more details:

Please post your bug reports on the Bug Tracker at Artix.com!

1. Head to the page at http://www.artix.com/bugs

2. Select AdventureQuest Worlds from the drop-down menu and click "go"

3. Choose the category that best applies to your bug from the drop-down menu and click "go"

4. Fill in any information in the form that appears. (The form will change based on the nature of your issue.) Give us as MUCH information about the bug as you can. The more we know, the easier a problem is to fix!

5. Review your information, then click "Submit Bug Report"

We do not reply directly to bug reports. Once you've submitted the report, Bug Hunters will confirm it, then send the information on to the team, who will fix it as soon as possible. (Bugs are prioritized in order of how game-breaking they are.)

We can't fix AQWorlds unless we know there are bugs... and that's where YOU come in!


Tags: Alina Bug Hunters Unite Get Your Smashing Mallets Ready SQUIIIIIIIIISH Splat Ew

 

October 01, 2013

5th Upholders

What is an Upholder?

AQW is coming up on another birthday! That's means that we are once again offering the chance to become an AQW Upholder (The same way that the Founders got their chance at the birth of the game and the way 1st Upholders got their chance four years ago, 2nd Upholders got the chance three years ago, 3rd Upholders got their chance two years ago, and 4th Upholders got theirs last year at this time).

Luna Soulfire and friends in online video game AdventureQuest Worlds

What Does a 5th Upholder Get?!

Normally, an Upholder gets a Character Page Badge and a rare Star Sword. This year, when you become a 5th Upholder you get FIVE rare Star Swords, (both are non-member so you can swing that sword forever, and 0 ACs so you can store it for free), an achievement badge on your character page and some CRAZY bragging rights.

Why Five Star Swords?

We always try to listen to your ideas... especially when you have SO MANY good ones! Last year, you wanted two versions of the Chaos Star Sword, and that worked out pretty well. This year, the theme is "Time and Space," so that's two star swords right there. Then we had a 3rd Naval Commander - the Legion Naval Commander - so we added a 3rd Star Sword due to popular demand. Then, because of those who LOVE the old look, we made some different versions. Now you've got LOTS! Five star swords for the 5th upholder!


Both of these relate back to the main storyline - the 13 Lords of Chaos Saga. You WILL face Drakath this year, but the outcome of that is up to you! Will you be wielding a star sword when the battle begins?

This is YOUR chance to grab some - or more - of the spotlight for yourself (even if you're already a Founder or a 1st Upholder, 2nd Upholder, 3rd Upholder, 4th Upholder, or ALL FIVE!)

Return of the Star Swords!

I'm sure you've also seen somebody with the 1st Upholder Golden Star Sword, 2nd Upholder Onyx Star Sword, 3rd Upholder Platinum Star Sword, or last year's Chaos Star Swords and said to yourself... "DANG! WHY did I have to miss out on that?!" You might have also said "MAN! Why did I delete MY Star Sword... and how can I get it back?!"

I've got good news for you, omni-Hero! This month, if you have a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th Upholder, you'll be able to go into your Book of Lore, click on your badge, and access a shop containing your Upholder rewards! As we have time, we'll also add "normal hilt" recolors of the older star swords for those of you who love the classic look.

Sounds Great! How Do I Become a 5th Upholder?

It couldn't be simpler. Upgrade your account to become a Legend! 

  1. If you are ALREADY a Legend and your membership expires ON or AFTER November 1st, 2013, then you're are ALREADY a 5th Upholder. Grats and thanks!
  2. If you help support AQW by buying ANY membership ANY TIME during the month of October (from October 1st to October 31stas long as it expires on or after November 1st) then you become a 5th Upholder!

I Think My Membership Already Makes Me A 5th Upholder. How Can I Check?

Also, easy. Just click the Manage Account link on the left under the ACCOUNT section.

As soon as you sign in you'll see when your membership expires. Here's mine:

Cool! When Do I Get My Super Sweet 5th Upholder Swords and Badge?

Badges and star swords will be awarded as you log in, starting today! You will find your 5th Upholder Badge in your Book of Lore in the Badges tab. Click on this badge and you will see that it comes with a shop. You will be able to grab your swords from that shop and start showing them off as well as your Character Page Badge. 

Only Memberships Count?

Yes. You can use Artix Points on the Portal site or any method in AQW to upgrade, but it MUST be an AQW Membership. AdventureCoins DO NOT COUNT TOWARD 5th Upholder.

5th Upholder Star Swords in online video game AdventureQuest Worlds

Anything Else I Should Know?

Absolutely! We couldn't keep AQWorlds running without every single upgrade and AC that you buy. Nearly every penny you spend goes back into the game. Though some people prefer buying AdventureCoins and others prefer upgrading, anyone who spends real money on this game deserves to get as much as we can give them, because without their support... there wouldn't BE an AQWorlds for everyone to play!

You may not know this but AQW (like all AE games) is ENTIRELY supported by the players. We have no financial backers and nobody owns stock in the company. Clicking on ads and doing AExtras offers does bring in some money, but not nearly enough to keep AQWorlds free for everyone to enjoy. 

That's why we continue to reward the AQWorlds' Founders, who supported us in the very beginning. To make sure they know how much we appreciate that, we are continuing to give them free gear each year! And because we can attach shops to badges, for all those with us since Beta, we're going to add the gear from the Beta Rares shop to the Beta badge shop later this week!

I Love AQW! It's The Best Game EVER!

Without everyone who has supported AQWorlds over the years, we wouldn't be able to make these amazing games, or allow anyone on the internet to create an account and begin battling through AQW! I can't imagine having a better job, or better bosses (that's YOU)!

PkerSlayer and video game friends with Star Swords

Thank you for battling alongside us, and for sharing your ideas and love of AQWorlds with us. You truly are the best gaming community on the internet! Thank you for the first 5 years of AQWorlds, and here's to another 5 years, 10 years, and beyond! 


Tags: Alina 5th Upholder

 
 


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