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August 29, 2014

13 Lords of Chaos Saga Finale

The Queen of Monsters Rises!

Journey into the Realm of Chaos to confront the Queen of Monsters and face all 13 Lords of Chaos one last time… as the world begins to shatter around you! There is only one thing you can do to save your home and the people who depend on you: defeat Drakath and confine the Queen of Monsters to the Chaos Realm for another millenium! The fate of the world rests on the single, most important choice you will EVER make, Hero!

What will YOU Do When the Queen Rises?!

LQS Sale Begins at 10:30 AM Today!

Starting this Friday, August 29th, at 10:30 AM server time, head to our Limited Quantity Set page to grab one of these insur-MOUNT-ably awesome sets! Each set also comes with a unique badge in your Book of Lore! Watch for more preview art of the weapons, helms, and female armors tomorrow (and maybe a movie showing the flying!)

7 full sets go live today!

Limited Quantity Set Restock Schedule

The Gryphon LQS opens at 10:30 AM this Friday, August 29th! (That is mid-morning, server time.) Not sure when that is in your part of the world? Here's a timezone converter to make setting your alarm easier!

  1. 10:30 AM Friday
  2. 8:30 PM Friday
  3. 6:30 AM Saturday
  4. 4:30 PM Saturday
  5. 2:30 AM Sunday
  6. 12:30 PM Sunday

Find out more information on our Design Notes!

Double Boost Weekend!

Oh MAN, you guys! This has been one of the CRAZIEST summers in AE history... all thanks to Chaos! And to thank you guys for battling alongside us as we take down the Champion of Chaos and begin the trek towards the next main storyline, we have a DOUBLE Rep, XP, CP, and Gold boost going on all weekend long!*

* Server boost suggested by your fellow hero Zoraith! (What a generous guy! /cheer)


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August 27, 2014

Free to Play Games

The real life scoop on how “free to play games” make money 

Ever since Artix Entertainment was founded in 2002, we have embraced the Free to Play Games model. Artix always dreamed of making fun games that everyone could enjoy, and all our games are free to download and free to play.

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But… how does a video game company make enough money to support their team of dedicated programmers, artists, writers, game designers, and coffee-deliverers, while at the same time paying for bandwidth, advertising, traffic, web domains, and ninjas?

The answer: Artix has to rely on YOU.

Memberships and Microcurrency bundles (in AQW’s case, Legend upgrades and AdventureCoins, respectively) are how Artix Entertainment stays afloat. Some players might think we’re just money-grubbing individuals, spending their hard-earned cash on expensive cars, fancy dinners, and lavish parties...

In addition to his clever Vine, Cysero also wrote this AMAZING Facebook post about where all the money goes from Membership and AC sales:

real cysero facebook post free to play games money

Please take a few moments and read that over—it’s well worth it. Here’s the TL;DR version:

“Making a game and keeping it alive is very expensive, and all the money that you pay AE goes back into the games. We're not getting rich off you guys—we're just making ends meet THANKS to you guys. AE is YOUR company; you built it and you keep it alive. Thank you. 

With all that being said, everyone here at Artix Entertainment hopes you continue playing and enjoying all our games! And, should you wish to see Artix thrive for years to come, won’t you please consider supporting us by upgrading to a Legend and/or buying AdventureCoins?

How to Support AdventureQuest Worlds

There are a lot of ways to get an upgraded Legend Membership and AdventureCoins that will support the AQWorlds team and Artix family!

Artix gift certificate

Worldwide:

USA:

  • Openbucks (Burger King “Crown Card”, SUBWAY, Circle K, Sports Authority,
    CVS, Shell, and Dollar General cards) 
  • Rixty/Coinstar
  • Zeevex  
  • Visa Gift Card 
  • Amazon Cards  

Canada:

Brazil:

  • Rixty Card

Europe:

  • PaysafeCard  
  • Ukash 
  • Visa Gift Card 

Middle East/North Africa:

  • OneCard / Smart2Pay
  • CashU

Asia:

  • Cherry Credits (Singapore, Philippines)
  • MOLpoints
  • Gudang Voucher (Indonesia)

Big hugs for everyone!

Thank you so much for being a part of the MMO AdventureQuest Worlds. You know, you are so much more than just a player—you’re family! In fact, everyone who plays Artix games and/or who are Artix team members are my family too.

You guys and gals make the BEST family ever!

And when you give back to AQWorlds by Upgrading and buying AdventureCoins, you are helping your Artix family support each other—staff members and players alike! 

The entire Artix team looks forward to continuing our video game adventures alongside you. Thank you so much for everything thus far, and please contribute if you can, so that everyone who stumbles upon an Artix Entertainment game can forever heed the call of

Battle On!

xoxo Beleen! =D


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August 27, 2014

Voting Ends This Week!

AQWorlds, Artix Entertainment, and Beleen nominated in the 2014 Dragon Slayer Awards

Thanks to you and all our wonderful heroes,

  • AdventureQuest Worlds is nominated for Most Passionate Fan Base
  • Beleen is nominated for Community Manager of the Year
  • Artix Entertainment is nominated for Best Community Management Team
  • and AdventureQuest Worlds is nominated for the Most Engaged Design or Dev Team

in the 3rd Annual Dragon Slayer Awards presented by Guild Launch!

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Voting ends THIS WEEK, so please tell your friends, your family, Facebook connections, Twitter followers, Instagram buddies, and anyone else with an internet connection to vote for US so WE all can win the Dragon Slayer Awards!

Vote on!

xoxo Beleen =D


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August 27, 2014

Limited Quantity Mount Sets

Rare Collectors... It's Time To FLY!

For the first time EVER in AQW's history, we're able to release 4-legged mount armors, and we're giving those who like collecting rare gear the first crack* at grabbing one of these one-of-kind shining trophies that only a select few will possess!

Starting this Friday, August 29th, at 10:30 AM server time, head to our Limited Quantity Set page to grab one of these insur-MOUNT-ably awesome sets! Each set also comes with a unique badge in your Book of Lore! Watch for more preview art of the weapons, helms, and female armors tomorrow (and maybe a movie showing the flying!)

Introducing: The GryphonRiders!

This elite mounted legion of the Dragon Khan's army will reach our area this Friday, August 29th! You'll be able to find out more information on them in Battleon, as well as a link to the Limited Quantity Set website where you can purchase the set!

Walking and flying versions sold separately.

Shadowscythe Gryphon 

  • Price: 1,500 ACs
  • Quantity: 7,500 sets
  • Initial stock: 3,500 sets
  • Restock amount: 800 sets (per restock)
  • Includes 2 armors*, 2 helms, 1 weapon, 1 cape, which do 10% more damage against dragons and gives extra XP!
  • Set comes with 1 flying mount armor and 1 regular human armor.

Shadowscythe GryphonRider 

  • Price: 150,000 gold 
  • Quantity: 15,000 sets
  • Initial stock: 10,000 sets
  • Restock amount: 1,000 sets (per restock)
  • Includes 2 armors, 2 helms, 1 weapon, 1 cape which do 10% more damage against dragons and gives extra XP!
  • Set comes with 1 walking mount armor and 1 regular human armor.
  • If you have EVER purchased a membership for your AQW account, you will be able to unlock this shop for gold.


Walking and flying versions sold separately.

Dread Leopard Gryphon 

  • Price: 1,000 ACs
  • Quantity: 5,000 sets
  • Initial stock: 3,500 sets
  • Restock amount: 300 sets (per restock)
  • Includes 2 armors, 2 helms, 1 weapon, 1 cape which do 10% more damage against dragons and gives extra Rep!
  • Set comes with 1 flying mount armor and 1 regular human armor.

Dread Leopard GryphonRider 

  • Price: 150,000 gold 
  • Quantity: 15,000 sets
  • Initial stock: 10,000 sets
  • Restock amount: 1,000 sets (per restock)
  • Includes 2 armors, 2 helms, 1 weapon, 1 cape which do 10% more damage against dragons and gives extra Rep!
  • Set comes with 1 walking mount armor and 1 regular human armor.
  • If you have EVER purchased a membership for your AQW account, you will be able to unlock this shop for gold!

Bright Gryphon (Flying)

  • Price: 1,500 ACs
  • Quantity: 7,500 sets
  • Initial stock: 3,500 sets
  • Restock amount: 800 sets (per restock)
  • Includes 1 armor, 2 helms and 2 capes, which do 10% more damage against Undead monsters and gives extra Gold!
  • This gryphon is a flying mount.

Walking and flying versions sold separately.

Bright GryphonRider 

  • Price: 150,000 gold 
  • Quantity: 15,000 sets
  • Initial stock: 10,000 sets
  • Restock amount: 1,000 sets (per restock)
  • Includes 1 armor, 2 helms, and 2 capes, which do 10% more damage against Undead monsters and gives extra Gold!
  • This gryphon is a walking mount.
  • If you have EVER purchased a membership for your AQW account, you will be able to unlock this shop for gold!

GryphonRider Guards

  • Price: 150,000 gold 
  • Quantity: 30,000 sets
  • Initial stock: 15,000 sets
  • Restock amount: 3,000 sets (per restock)

  • Includes two armors and helms: Dread and Shadowscythe GryphonRiders, which do 10% more damage against Human monsters and give extra Class Points!
  • This set is available for EVERYONE to purchase!

Limited Quantity Set Restock Schedule

The Gryphon LQS opens at 10:30 AM this Friday, August 29th! (That is mid-morning, server time.) Not sure when that is in your part of the world? Here's a timezone converter to make setting your alarm easier!

  1. 10:30 AM Friday
  2. 8:30 PM Friday
  3. 6:30 AM Saturday
  4. 4:30 PM Saturday
  5. 2:30 AM Sunday
  6. 12:30 PM Sunday

How Do Limited Quantity Sets Work?

  1. Log into a special LQS webpage on AQ.com 
  2. Purchase the set using either ACs or gold (if you have EVER upgraded your account, you can purchase the Legend sets for gold!)
  3. Log into AQW and find your set badge in the Book of Lore (no character page badge attached.)

Note: Item quantities will restock throughout the weekend so that everyone gets a fair chance at the gear. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Will there be enough items for everyone? No, but with multiple restocks your changes of getting an item are pretty good... as long as you keep an eye on your clock and don't miss the restock!
  • Will item quantities update automatically? No, but once you purchase an item from the shop or revisit the page, you'll see an updated amount. 
  • If a set doesn't sell out right away, will the restock amount roll over? Yes. The next restock amount will always be added to the previous amount of gear. Gear not sold before a restock will remain in the shop.
  • Will the items be 0 ACs? All items sold in the LQSets will be 0 ACs, so you can keep them in your bank for free, forever!
  • Do I have to be a Legend to buy the Legend-only sets? You do not need to have an active upgrade to purchase the Legend sets, as long as you have upgraded your account at any time in the past!

Find examples of the web page's layout on our Limited Quantity Set FAQ page

*We WILL do more mount armors in the future, so do not worry if you miss out on these for some reason!
** Price and quantity adjustments were added at 10AM on August 26, 2014 


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August 26, 2014

Friday: 13 Lords of Chaos Finale

The Queen of Monsters Rises!

Journey into the Realm of Chaos to confront the Queen of Monsters and face all 13 Lords of Chaos one last time… as the world begins to shatter around you! There is only one thing you can do to save your home and the people who depend on you: defeat Drakath and confine the Queen of Monsters to the Chaos Realm for another millenium! The fate of the world rests on the single, most important choice you will EVER make, Hero!

What will YOU Do When the Queen Rises?!

Friday: GryphonRider Limited Quantity Sets!

For the first time EVER in AQW's history, we're able to release 4-legged mount armors! Starting this Friday, August 29th, at 10:30 AM server time, head to our Limited Quantity Set page to grab one of these insur-MOUNT-ably awesome sets! Each set also comes with a unique badge in your Book of Lore! Watch for more preview art of the weapons, helms, and female armors tomorrow (and maybe a movie showing the flying!)

Get all the details and the most up-to-date quantities and prices in this Design Notes!

DOUBLE Rep, Class Points, XP, and Gold This Weekend!

This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we want to make sure that since you're here for it, you get the MOST we can give you! So, beginning this Friday at 10:30 AM (same time as the LQS starts!), all servers will get double the rep, gold, XP, and Class Points... ALL WEEKEND!


Tags: Alina

 

August 26, 2014

New HeroMart Loot: Dragon Plushie

Stuffed Animal Dragon ‘Drellie’ Available Now!

Move over Moglins—there’s a new mascot in town!

Beleen in real life orange drellie plushie

Behold the Orange Drellie Plushie at www.HeroMart.com!

What is a Drellie?

Who’s that Plushie, mon?

Orange drellie whos that pokemon spoof

Despite Cysero calling it a carrot pig… it’s actually an adorable little dragon plushie called an Orange Drellie!

spoof whos that pokemon revealed orange drellie

Orange Drellie @ HeroMart

This plump, soft, and squishy bundle of joy is over 9” tall and has a heart that’s over 9000. This Drellie sailed all the way from Peach Seas, and comes with exclusive in-game items for your favorite video games, too!

Peach Seas?

Story mode activated! Peach Seas is an online boutique created from the imagination of Arielle Hill with the support of her family and friends. Peach Seas designs irresistibly unique and expressive characters, hoping to inspire creativity by sharing memorable content and charming merchandise with their fans. 

Peach seas arielle hill girl

“What began in 2013 as a labor of love for myself and my hard-working macro team (consisting of my mother, Julie Hill, and dear friend, Jocyne Smith) has now begun to develop into a profoundly rewarding experience,” says Arielle Hill, founder of Peach Seas and creator of the Orange Drellie Plushie. “We continue to meet spirited individuals who truly appreciate and adore our characters. This small yet devoted fan base has been tremendously motivating and supportive. Although we are currently limited on time and resources, we have exciting new releases planned to bring all the whimsical creatures from the Peach Seas universe to life!” 

Hooray! Who doesn’t love whimsical creatures? Thanks Arielle for sharing your story AND your Drellies with us! <3

Now, what did you say about In-Game items?!

Oh yes, your Orange Drellie plushie unlocks a harvest of in-game items!

Drellie promo items

MMO AdventureQuest Worlds

  • Orange Drellie (Pet)
  • Orange Battle Drellie (Battle Pet)
  • Orange You Glad (Helm)
  • Orange You Sad (Helm)
  • Orange Drellie Hat

DragonFable RPG 

  • Orange Drellie Pet
    Damage: 5-13 Nature, Rarity: 77,
Bonuses: Crit+1, Bonus+1

Original RPG AdventureQuest

  • Drellie Spell: Drellie Blaze

MechQuest RPG

  • Drellie Front Shoulder Weapon
    Damage: 4-8 Explosive,
Energy: 2, Cooldown: 2

zorbak drellie promo

Limited Rare: Zorbak Bundle ONLY

  • Zorbak Drellie-Rider (Pet in AQWorlds)
  • Zorbak Drellie-Rider (Battle Pet in AQWorlds)
    All your guidmates will be jelly when you’re battling with a Drellie!
  • Collector’s Rare Rarity 
  • PLUS all the other in-game items listed above wooohooo!

Orange you glad this Drellie is available, adorable, and affordable?! Claim your Dragon plushie now at www.HeroMart.com!

Click here to Claim Your Dragon Drellie Plushie!


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August 25, 2014

Bring on the DragonCon

2014 DragonCon Information


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Artix Panel Date & Time
 

WHEN: Saturday, Aug 30th @ 2:30 PM 
WHERE: DragonCon : Grand Salon D room @ the Hilton Atlanta hotel
WHY: To launch the 13 Lords of Chaos poster, to talk about our new Mobile game AQ Dragons, to showcase a new secret Mobile game, and to meet and greet our biggest fans—like you!

Launching: 13 Lords of Chaos Poster!


chaos lords poster

To commemorate the epic finale of the current AdventureQuest Worlds storyline, we are releasing this AMAZING 13 Lords of Chaos Poster, featuring all 13 Chaos Lords drawn & painted by Diozz and Dage the Evil. The entire Artix team will sign these posters at the lab before they are taken to DragonCon. Anyone attending our panel on Saturday, August 30 at DragonCon will be able to buy these posters before ANYONE ELSE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!  

New Mobile Game: AQ Dragons


AQ dragons preview

So you want to know more about AQ Dragons? So OF COURSE DragonCon is the best place to do so! The Artix team will reveal everything we know about the upcoming mobile game, AQ Dragons, at our panel. This is so much better than piecing together tidbits of information via our Twitters =)

Spoiler Alert: Secret Mobile Game Project


Ah yes, a new secret mobile game. Well… it won’t be much of a secret for those who attend our DragonCon panel! And I cannot say much more about it… because it’s been kept a secret from me, too! >…..< 

How to Survive DragonCon


dragoncon survival guide

Cysero is your best bet for surviving DragonCon. And he’s posted a full length survival guide here.

On behalf of the entire Artix Entertainment team, we hope to see you at the Artix Panel @ DragonCon this Saturday, August 30th, in the Hilton’s Grand Salon D room!

DragonCon shirt artix panel

xoxo Beleen =D

Ps... IDK what that drawing up there is for. Cysero drew it... so maybe you can ask him about it on his Twitter


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Update Maker

August 23, 2014

Finale Release Part 1 Update

Chaos Takes Control, Part 2 This Coming Week

Last night, we released the first part of the Chaos Saga Finale... and Chaos has reigned since then!* This release was one of the biggest we had EVER worked on, with 17 cutscenes in 23 places over 6 maps (that is over a month's worth of normal release content)!

Though we worked on this for a full 2 weeks, and a number of you guys were able to finish the release, many more were not due to a quest complete timing issue.** This issue looked to be fixed in testing, but upon hitting the servers under load, we saw it reappear... and for that I apologize.

We have added in new code that should fix the issue. Testers are confirming that this weekend, and Monday we will add it to Sir Ver so that Legends can help us confirm it under heavier server load. If all goes well, we will add it to all other servers next.

Until then, this weekend, you can play through the first of four Chaos endings in the /dragonbattle map if:

  • You've chosen your Chaos Lord form in Mount DoomSkull
  • Watched the first cutscene in the /shadowattack map
  • You've watched the first cutscene when you /join confrontation

Those who did finish the release will be able to quest for Drakath's Armor later tonight, when we remove the Wheels of Doom and Destiny.

Drakath's Armor Quest

This is hands-down the HARDEST quest in-game, and word is starting to spread about what it requires! It will only take you 13 days to complete IF you already have some of the most valuable items in-game. This is absolutely end-game content, for those people who have finished all of the storylines and want a new, more challenging goal to complete.

Wheels of Doom and Destiny Leave Tonight

Shortly before midnight server time, the Wheels of Doom and Destiny will be removed from the game. The merge shops will remain, as previously announced.

* When we called this the Summer of Chaos, I did not think we were literally predicting it!
** This is the same type of problem that makes it difficult for some people to complete the Voltaire quests in the /saloon map, and can quickly become a complex one to fix.


Tags: Alina

 

Rare Maker

August 22, 2014

Chaos Champion Prime Set

Live in the Finale Rares Shop Tonight!

Announcing the Chaos Champion Prime set! We want this to be one of the BIGGEST, BEST releases ever, and that means souvenirs that will make you really stand out as you conquer Mount Doomskull!

Tonight, grab the limited-time rare Prime Chaos Orb in the Rares shop for 5000 AdventureCoins to unlock a shop with:

  • Chaos Champion Prime Armor
  • Chaos Champion Prime Class (Chaos Slayer Skills with Chaos Prime art)
  • Chaos Champion Prime Wings 
  • Chaos Champion Prime Furled Wings
  • Chaos Champion Prime Blade
  • Chaos Champion Prime Helm 
  • Original Drakath Wings* 
  • Original Drakath Blade* 
  • Original Drakath Helm* 
  • All 4 (0 AC) 13th Lord of Chaos pets**

* These items will also be available from the boss fights as low item drops, or you can get them in the Chaos Champion Prime set.
** These items (with animations) will also be available from the Rares shop as Legend-only versions, or you can get the non-animated ones from the Chaos Champion Prime set.

Note: The Chaos Champion Prime Orb cannot be sold back until mid-September, when the other Chaos Finale Rares leave. Once the rares leave, it will turn into a floating, glowing Chaos Orb cape.


Tags: Alina

 

Chaos Maker

August 21, 2014

Countdown to Chaos

Chaos Saga Pre-Finale Play-by-Play!

It's the morning we've been waiting for for over 5 years: the Final Battle against Drakath! We will be updating these Design Notes until the relese is live so you can live the hours leading up to the release alongside us. We are pushing to make sure that this release is as INSANELY AWESOME as we have been planning!

2:00 AM Release Update

This weekend, the finale hub and the first of four finale maps releases! Fight your way through /dragonbattle, taking on Drakath and his chaos minions! We will be reviewing the other three maps to see what is causing issues for people.

1:30 AM: Bug hunting continues after sleep.
There is a pretty big issue that we cannot reproduce on test or player accounts. The team is heading to bed. We will resume investigating the bug after some sleep. I will post Design Notes in the morning with more updates.

8:08 PM: MASSIVE Chaos Coming at you!
We are still running through the release and story order. With 6 maps and 17 cutscenes in 23 places, this is a pretty big puzzle, but Chaos will NOT triumph! We've got lists and google docs and determination... and you guys by our side!

7:16 PM: Cutscenes are DONE!
Ghost has done more in the last two weeks that in over 2 MONTHS of releases! He worked his ectoplassm off, and now he's ready to fade into the aether for a while to recharge his batteries! That means the designers are making sure everything's in order and testers are trying their hardest to break things (and succeeding!). We are making progress, but it may be a late one!
 

6:20 PM: Chaos Champion Prime Set is live!

While you wait for the finale to release, we've rolled out the Chaos Champion Prime set! Purchase the Chaos Prime Orb in the Chaos Rares shop to open the Chaos Champion Prime set in your game menu! 

ALL OF THE TESTING AND BUGS AND FIXES ARE HAPPENING NOW!!! OH MY GRAVELYN!

3:48 PM - Chaos Conquers One More
Zoshi just messaged: "So, Flash had an unexpected exception error. My Chaos weapon's gone. And the temp file was saved over. So... Back to the BeastMaster Class armor?"
Drakath: I am calling you out! You will NOT get away with this!!! 

3:45 PM - Drakath Attacks Arklen HARDER!
There is ALWAYS some unplanned catastrophe when we do these big events... and this time, Chaos is having a ton of fun! Arklen just messaged: "Ok, maybe it wasn't the battery. Now the keyboard doesn't respond at all." Time for backup plans!

3:22 PM - Drakath Attacks Arklen!
I just got a message from Arklen: "My keyboard battery just died. BRB. (Yay for mobile Skype!)
/Fistshake at Drakath! 

3:15 PM - Cutscene Progress Check!
Ghost and I just went over the last, BIGGEST cutscene of the release, seeing how much time all the animations would take. We changed some of the script, or it would have taken until Monday but... I think we just made it MORE awesome!

2:30 PM - New Art Arrives!
Blade turned in his contribution. The filename is "ChunkiesAndSmear." Reactions around the Lab are:
Cysero: Ew.
Geopetal: That. Is. AMAZING!  
Alina: There is no emoticon for the things I am feeling right now.
Galanoth: Oh no, LOL!  

1:30 PM - GIANT Bug-fixing!
We found a bug... time to go make a shrinking potion! And Blade is contributing to the release in his own, VERY special way!

1:00 PM - Testing the UltraDrakath Battle!
Gjappy, Tenzan, Asuka and I need more help! Good thing Stratos has been reading through the new tester applications! 

Your Chaorrupter Unlocked Blade is morphing... to target Drakath! It seeks the blood of the Chaos Champion!

12:15 PM - Ghost Rocking The Cutscenes!!
Ghost: 
So the player (spoiler) while (spoiler) is probably the coolest scene I've animated.
Alina: You made the player do WHAT?!?!!

12:00 PM - Bugs... BE GONE!
Yorumi tagged in on the bug fixing while Arklen gets some more sleep. He's knocked out the biggest bugs and is working on cutscene and sound issues now!

Across the hall, I can see Artix imitating a fish while planking on his desk. I am not sure what is going on there. I do not think I want to know! This. Is. CHAOS!

11:00 AM - Artix Arrives!
And is immediately hauled off by Cysero, Zhoom, Rolith, and Yergen to give input on the secret project. From down the hall, we hear:
Artix: Drakath! I am coming for YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!

10:30 AM
Memet, J6, Sora, Zoshi, Laken, Vokun, and Wonderp all signed on and checked in! (They are our offsite devs). 
J6: The time has come. 
Memet:
 
We are ready to SLAY this bad boy! I'll be the last nightmare he ever sees!
Wonderpbread: I made you some toast to give energy... but I eated it. How do cookies sound?

10:20 AM
We are AWAKE, ALIVE, and WAY overcaffienated! That means it's time to get. This. STARTED! More and more members of the AQW team are starting to report in.
Alina: Let's DO THIS THING! /cheer
Artix:
 
I am drawing a bath for my baby! I will be with you in spirit... until I am there in person to help!!! 
Yorumi: 'Mornin'. So... we live yet? No. Alright then. Time to rock this out!

8:00 AM
Reens checking in! 
Reens:
 
Cappucino Overdrive... ENGAGED!

7:00 AM
Ghost is online and crossing the streams to get ALL the energy!
Ghost: 
Got so much coffee in me everything is moving slow. I am pretty sure this is how Neo sees the matrix.
Check out the soundtrack Ghost made for you to play while we work today!

3:15 AM
The kiwibird burned down the bush. The otter's in the well. And I am off to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX - Arklen 

(Those were probably supposed to be Z's. - Alina)

2:20 AM
The event hub map is 80% ready to go. The Final Battle map is go. Arklen's booking on the rest of the battle maps. (Gotta love templates!)

Chaos does not know the meaning of sleep!

Time to pass the baton over to Arklen and the testers and get some sleep before tomorrow! Those of us who work at the Lab need to be awake and back there again in OH NO SO LITTLE TIME to go to - ZZZZZZZ

2:00 AM
Arklen's resolved a bug with the Drakath boss health. I've entered a hyperaware map-building state where the bugs are betraying each other and fixing themselves. #CHAOSreigns

1:45 AM
Time to reveal the one of the 7 items you'll need to turn-in for the Drakath's Armor quest! (You will not find out all of them until you've completed the ENTIRE release!) The first item is... some number of Treasure Chests! These have a chance to drop when you kill ANY monster in-game! If you haven't been collecting them, now's the time to start!

1:30 AM 
Testers say that the first of 5 battle maps is READY TO GO! Arklen (the map coder) looked up and said "kiwipants" which I am interpretting as "Burning that night oil, gona be a doosy," or "GIVE ME MORE COFFEEEEEEEE!!!!"

Preview of the event menu

12:00 AM 
Testing of the /FinalBattle and /Confrontation maps is well underway. Current bug count: 1 (massive dracolich monsters)

 

Keep an eye on this post for more details about tonight's release! Right now, I've got to go help the testers!

Chaos Champion Prime Set!

Find out how to get all 12 items in this once-in-a-lifetime set tonight in Chaos Champion Prime Design Notes post below!


Tags: Alina

 

August 21, 2014

Chaos Art Contest Update

…it’s Chaos. What did you expect?

The Chaos Fan Art Contest was a HUGE success—over 400 heroes placed in the Grand Prize, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Runner Ups, and Above and Beyond categories!

 fan art

And since we’re just a small indie game development company, we don’t have fancy robots to award all the winners at once. Our lovely Chronomancer Sora to Hoshi is awarding each winner one by one, so we thank you for your patience =)

Badges, Badges, Badges?!!?!

A lot of you on my Twitter have been asking about the Art of Chaos badge. Everyone who placed in a category will receive said badge. 

But… there was a slight mix up at the Derp Pony Express facility…

Derp Pony express

…and we received Girl Scout Badges instead of the Art of Chaos badge! Deeerrrp!

This morning we received a partial order of our Art of Chaos badges, and Sora to Hoshi has been handing them out as quickly as she can as a new shipment is on its way.

So please, give Sora much love and encouragement on her Twitter because without her, we could have NEVER accomplished all of THIS!

Thanks again for understanding, and Battle On!

xoxo Beleen


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Question Maker

August 20, 2014

Cast of Chaos Characters

Many will stand with you. More will stand against you!

This Friday, learn who your true allies are in the battle against chaos! And remember, what has been Chaorrupted is not always lost...

When you ressurect this weekend, the first thing you'll do is select the who your guide out of the Underworld will be.

And that choice will determine how the coming battles play out! Each of four endings is based on the choice you make at the very start of your adventure. AND determines who lives... and who dies. All the endings have pre-requisites, so make sure you have completed as much of the core (and side storylines, like Doomwood), as possible!

Also happening this weekend:

  • The Chaos Champion Prime armor set arrives in the Chaos Rares shop!
  • Nulgath's Rares and Diamond Merge shops get updated with the Time Lady/Gentleman set, the Dire Monk, and more!
  • The Wheels of Doom and Destiny leave THIS SATURDAY! This is your LAST CHANCE to use your Fortune Tickets to get item drops!

PS: The hunt for Gjappy's birthday weapons is ON! (Wish him a happy birthday on Twitter, then battle the DoomKitten and Frankenwerepyre for a chance to get his birthday gifts to you!)


Tags: Alina

 

Panda Hoodie is 87% water resistant!

August 20, 2014

#IceBucketChallenge Update

Gamers doing nIce things for the greater good

Everyone here at Artix Entertainment strives to help the community in every way we can. Yesterday afternoon, the entire team at the Secret Underground Lab banded together to help #StrikeOutALS with the #IceBucketChallenge!

After rusting Artix’s real-life Paladin Armor, Artix Entertainment made a donation to the ALS Association to help raise funds for the fatal neurological disorder otherwise known as Lou Gherig’s Disease. This is just one of the many reasons Artix Entertainment is nominated in the Dragon Slayer Awards for Best Community Management Team of the year.

But this is only the tip of the ice(bucket)berg—Artix also called out three other video game studios to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:

  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Rockstar Games
  • and Zynga  

Let’s hope they don’t get cold feet. Or wait… maybe they will after accepting the #IceBucketChallange!

What YOU can do to help!

Even if you cannot donate to the ALS Association, you can still help the cause by:

  • spreading the word of ALS on Twitter and Facebook
  • sharing our featured GameSkinny article with family and friends
  • coordinating your classmates to take the #IceBucketChallenge
  • reaching out to Blizzard, Rockstar Games, and Zynga and encouraging them to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  • accepting the ALS #IceBucketChallenge and Tweeting your video to @BeleenAE, @Alina_AE, and @ArtixKrieger  

It looks like @LakenAQW already heeded the call!

And forget buckets... @BladeOfAE improvised with a ice bath! 

Glow with the flow with @GiannaGlow's all-ice #IceBucketChallenge!

And Lothalis took on the bitter cold challenge, too!

Thank you everyone for completing the ALS #IceBucketChallenge, and I'll continute to add more as they arrive!

For additional information about Lou Gherig’s Disease and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, go to www.ALSA.org and discover how you can be a real-life hero. Together we can #StrikeOutALS with the #IceBucketChallange and our donations! 

Battle on for the greater good!

xoxo Beleen =D


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Speculation Maker

August 19, 2014

Days Before The Final Attack...

The World Waits to For Its Destruction... Or Salvation!

As the warriors of Chaos clash with the gathered army led by Empress Gravelyn, the rest of the world battles to stay alive as Chaos ravages their homelands. Mountains shake and seas begin to boil as the Chosen One prepares to return.

While miles above the pits of brimstone and fire surrounding your Hero, Empress Gravelyn's life hangs in the Balance. Literally!

YOU are the only person who can save her! This is a battle only you can win. EVERYTHING depends on the fights you survive and the choices you make. Drakath, the Champion of Chaos, has a message for you, Hero:

There is no end... ONLY CHAOS!

Will you prove him wrong?


Tags: Alina

 

Ice Bucket Challenge Maker

August 19, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

AE takes the plunge for a good cause

If you have been on the internet lately, you've probably seen the explosion of Ice Bucket Challenge videos popping up. Maybe you've been challenged, too! A few days ago, Artix was was called out by Short Sleeve Sampson (from WWE and Micro-Championship Wrestling), as well as several of our friends and players on social media, to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But you know us... when ONE member of the AE team is challenged, we ALL are!

Cyser(OH NO!) challenges you!

So, in the name of an excellent cause, we joined the effort to raise awareness for ALS (aka Lou Gherig's disease) by gathering the bravest, most water-resistant team members to take the plunge. We are also making a donation at www.ALSA.org! AND to keep the word of mouth spreading, we challenged three MORE game companies... but to find out who, you'll need to watch the video!

What is Lou Gherig's Disease?

ALS is otherwise known as Lou Gherig’s Disease and this challenge is all about increasing awareness of this disease. You've seen this a lot online lately and some people are saying that it's just a viral publicity stunt and they are RIGHT!

Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, more people than ever before are aware of ALS and the ALS Association has blown fundraising goals out of the water...

ICE WATER!!!!

But seriously. Go Google "ALS" or head to www.ALSA.org to find out more information or additional ways you can help.


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August 19, 2014

New Payment Solution: Openbucks

Become a Legend and get AdventureCoins with Openbucks!

Howdy heroes! Do you live in the USA or Canada? Well if you do, we’ve got great news for you!

openbucks adventurecoins

We just teamed up with Openbucks, unlocking multiple ways for you to upgrade in your favorite MMO AdventureQuest Worlds!

What is Openbucks?

Openbucks is a payment method that lets you use a store gift card to pay for an AQWorlds account upgrade or AdventureCoins bundle! Openbucks accepts store gift cards from:

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  • Subway (accepted in both USA and Canada)
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Burger King “Crown Card”
  • Circle K
  • Shell
  • Dollar General
  • Sports Authority

Openbucks has NO reload fees, NO usage fees, and NO extra charges. Openbucks is currently available in the USA and Canada only.  

Where is Openbucks?

You can purchase or reload a gift card from an Openbucks retailer in over 100,000 locations! Search on Openbucks' Map to find out where a store is near you.

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So many locations near me—so where will you find your Openbucks retailer?

For more information, you can also go to our Openbucks Page or the Openbucks site.

How to Upgrade with Openbucks

After obtaining your gift card, here are the basic steps to upgrade with Openbucks:

  1. Go to https://www.aq.com/order-now/direct/
  2. Choose which upgrade you would like to purchase
  3. Login to your AQWorlds account
  4. Click the Subway/CVS/Burger King icon to use Openbucks
  5. Select which Store Gift Card you have that you would like to redeem
  6. Follow the instructions to purchase an Artix Certificate and to redeem the Artix Certificate for an AQWorlds upgrade
  7. As soon as your payment is approved, you will receive payment confirmation emails that act as your receipt

Having Problems with Openbucks?

If you have an issue with Openbucks, please contact Openbucks via their Contact Us Page. No one here at Artix Entertainment has access to Openbucks’ system, so if you do have a payment issue, we will be unable to see what happened.

Additionally, please note that Openbucks is different from PayGarden, which are trading in store brand gift cards for AdventureCoins only. If you need help with PayGarden, please visit our Help Page here! 

Battle on!

xoxo Beleen =D


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August 18, 2014

Friday: The Final Battle

Defeat the Champion of Chaos to Save the World!

This weekend, the Final Battle against Drakath BEGINS! The time has come to face Drakath… and END Chaos’ reign upon Lore once and for all. Face Drakath and his minions in a multi-stage boss fight which will leave your world scarred but, if you succeed, FREE from the Champion of Chaos and the Queen of Monsters!

The Champion of Chaos is waiting... for YOU!*

* Pictured above is the Chaos Champion Prime armor, available in the Rares shop.

Prepare to face Drakath: Make Sure You're Caught Up!

And the best way to do THAT is having played through this summer's Chaos finale (guide here)! If you don't have time for that this week, there are a couple things you MUST do before being allowed entry into the Confrontation map.

Spoilers ahead!!! 

  1. Battle to the top of Mount DoomSkull (or use the skip if you're a Legend)
  2. Select a Chaos Lord form 
  3. Face the Champion of Chaos when you /join Drakathfight
  4. Help Gravelyn raise Shadowfall when you /join shadowrise and 
  5. /Join Shadowattack and watch the opening cutscene 

Then, and ONLY then will you be ready to begin the final battle! And here's a sneak peek at what it entails:

  • Multi-stage boss fight against Drakath and his minions in a solo map
  • 5 maps to battle through, each with its own ending
  • 17 total cutscenes 
  • Long-unanswered questions and the fate of several Chaos Lords will be revealed
  • An ultra map against Drakath balanced for your whole guild or party
  • The HARDEST QUEST EVER... which will reward you with Drakath's armor (you will also be able to get the other Drakath gear, but not in THIS quest.)

NEXT week, you'll play through the conclusion to the 13 Lords of Chaos Saga... and THEN we will begin preparing for the NEXT main saga. But first you've got to take down the Champion of Chaos! /cheer

Reminder: AQWorlds is NOT ending after the 13 Lords of Chaos storyline! Geopetal has already written the first 4 weeks of the NEXT storyline which we are calling

NO SPOILERS! You're getting as bad as Artix! - geopetal

This is the Battle of a Lifetime!

The story of AQW's 13 Lords of Chaos finale is one Artix has written over and over in his head for the last SIX YEARS! The ideas for it have been in his head and in his heart since before the game began. This is the story of his lifetime, and ours, and hopefully... yours!

I still remember the day I was driving home, and he called to tell me the TRUE identity of the 13th Lord of Chaos. I was so excited to start building the finale that I almost turned right back around (and would have, if two semi-trucks did not have my little blue Fiesta blocked in).

Many of you know by now what that identity is, but some of you don't. I hope you are as excited as I was when you /join Drakathfight and learn who you have been, are, and will be in the world of Lore!Because what you've learned about your hero character - and what they have done during their lifetimes - is something that NONE of our other games have revealed.

The actions you take in this upcoming release will show that you are truly worthy of the powers you have come to wield. But just what those actions are... ah, now THAT is a reason to log in this Friday!


Tags: Alina

 

Reminder Maker

August 18, 2014

Wheel of Doom Leaves Saturday

Wheels of Doom and Destiny Leave in 5 Days!

After a year of taking chances, daring fate, and risking DOOM... the Carnival of Fortune is closing its gates this Saturday, August 23rd! This is your last chance to use your Fortune Tickets to get drops from the Wheels of Doom and Destiny. 


Why are we closing them now, you ask? Good question. The Wheels were always controversial, but many of you guys enjoyed taking a chance to get exclusive items, and hunting for that elusive Ultimate Item of Donated Awesomeness. We thought that was a pretty cool idea, too! 


Dark ExoSuit Binsuko

Once the Wheels leave, we plan to have the new Daily Login system give mega-extra bonuses to Legends, but will also give free players a more reliable means of getting in-game rewards. 

Important Details

  • Once the Wheels leave, you will NOT be able to turn in your free Spin Tickets. Use them BEFORE the Wheels leave Saturday night.
  • If you receive the UIoDA before the Wheels leave, you WILL still get your item, even if it is awarded after Saturday.
  • The Doom and Destiny merge shops will remain in-game and available for those who still have Fortune Potions to spend in them. 
  • Fortune Potions (under that name or a new one) will be availble in the near future so people can get gear from the merge shops.
  • The Dark ExoSuit Binsuko leave Saturday. The Infernal Warrior gear will leave when the Infernal Caladbolg does, next month.


Tags: Alina

 

August 15, 2014

Defeat Dreadmaw the Defiler

Dragon Combat, Nulgath Rares Shop and Quests!

Galanoth the DragonSlayer has created a training ground inside the Coliseum stocked with draconic constructs - perfect for honing your skills in battle and gaining the glory all heroes seek! Take on Lore's most famous dragons and pit your strength against the ferocious Dreadmaw the Defiler!

Victory waits for you in the Coliseum!

Gather DragonSlayer Treasures to unlock the gear in Dreadmaw's Merge shop! You'll find items like the:

  • Draconic Warlock set
  • Dark and Dragon Samurai sets
  • Stalagbite Battle Pet
  • Pink Undead Dracolich Battle Pet
  • Green Dragon Battle Pet
  • and the Potato Dragon (O_O?!?!!)

Draconic Warlock gear

NEW Nulgath Rares Shop and Quests are Here!

Holy VOID BALLS! We have over 50 new Nulgath items in tonight's release, so if you are a member of the Nulgath Nation, this is YOUR weekend to get in there and get your gear on! Talk to Nulgath in Battleon to browser all his new Void rares, then /join Tercessuinotlim and talk to him to begin "The Perfect Pet" and "Kiss the Void" quests! You have a chance to get the Legend-only Shadow Mazumi pet and 1 of 7 Betrayal Blades of Nulgath!

Void ArchMage set

Void Warlord of Nulgath

Legend-only Beastmaster of Nulgath

Crystallis Weapons of Revontheus

Note: the Time Lord of 2014 armor set and a number of Nulgath's other creations are NOT releasing tonight... but they WILL release next Friday. 50+ items were more than enough to pack into one weekend!

Note the 2nd: I am grabbing some grub with the team, then will add in gear to the Nulgath Merge shop in Battleon. (Requires Diamonds, Gems, and more)


Tags: Alina

 

Father-adin

August 15, 2014

IT'S A BOY! ...erm... GAMER!

Artix is officially a Father-adin O_O 

Introducing the newest member of our video gaming community... Ash! ...Aidan! ...maybe Valen? We have not officially chosen his name yet. He was born in the bathroom tub of Castle Krieger at 5:39am on August 14, 2014. (For those of you doing the math- exactly 9 months and 2 weeks after the wedding.) The cute little undead slayer weighs in at 6 pounds 9 ounces and has WAY awesome hair. So. Much. Hair. He is healthy so we suspect all crying is due to his confusion over why he has been in this world several hours but not played any video games yet. I had the honor of catching the baby. Bringing it above water and watching him immediately take his first breath and spring into full life was a moment none of my words can explain. The midwife was amazing and the entire home birth went off without a hitch. Trinni and I are both anxious for the day you get to battle the evil undead alongside this little guy! --and grateful that he is going to be raised with you in his world.

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  • Warlic & Rika knitted the little guy a Artix Entertainment Logo blanket
  • Drew Drechsel sent a text message: "Let the ninja training begin! <3" (READY!)
  • Stryche reported that lightning struck exploding a power box down the street at roughly the time the child was born.
  • Cysero sent me this photo of a rainbow that he took with his phone - it was over Castle Krieger after the storm had ended and the baby was born.
  • Rorath drew baby fan art! OMG! ADORABLE!!!
  • Zazul says, "Now this release is live and kicking! ...and a real scream."
  • Castle Krieger (what everyone jokingly call my home because it is full of armor and swords and has a moat) is now full of baby things.
  • Daimyo now sits outside the baby's room, vigilantly standing guard.

P.S. I was shocked to find out that whole Stork thing was a lie... the baby was actually in Trinni's belly the whole time! ...and here I thought it was just all that ice cream she had been eating during the 9 months since the battle wedding.
P.P.S. Thank you for allowing me to share the most important moment in my life with you.


Tags: Alina

 

August 14, 2014

Chaos Fan Art Winners: Champion of Chaos

The final Chaos Fan Art winners announced!

We have all witnessed the impressive power of Chaos. Hundreds and hundreds of heroes embraced the Chaos within, unleashing their artistic abilities in the Summer of Chaos Fan Art Contest.

Fan art

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for… is finally here….

It’s time to announce the Champion of Chaos Drakath Fan Art Winners! 

Grand Prize Winner: Champion of Chaos

Drakath fan art winner

Trizzzcentrino

Even though I am an English major, no words in my vocabulary can describe the awesomeness that this Drakath masterpiece represents. Fellow player Trizzzcentrino must have signed a deal with Drakath himself for being able to create such a chaotic work of art (a necessary sacrifice for sure!). They shall be awarded with: 1,000 AdventureCoins, the exclusive color-custom Chaos Paintbrush + Chaos Artist Palette dual weapon set, the Art of Chaos character page badge, and his art as an in-game House Item (to be released at a future date)! 

All Other Winners

Click here to see all the Champion of Chaos winners in the 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Runner Ups, and the Above and Beyond categories. Fantastic work everyone!!

Battle On!

xoxo Beleen =D


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Preview Maker

August 14, 2014

Coming Soon Class Lineup

So much planned for the rest of 2014!

The battles and events won't stop once the 13 Lords of Chaos Saga ends... we'll be moving onto the next major saga and preparing for all-new releases and classes! Here's a first look at our "Coming Soon Class Lineup" - Legend-only BeastMaster, seasonal rare Naval Commander, and Evolved DragonSlayer!

Coming soon to AQWorlds!

More details:

  • The Legend-only BeastMaster class will be a battle-pet Class
  • The Naval Commander Class will be a seasonal rare, and will return each year with art that matches that year's NC themes
  • The DragonSlayer General Class will require rank 10 DragonSlayer Class

What else would YOU like to see us add to the "coming soon" classes list? We've got votes for Evo DragonLord, Lycan Class, ArchFiend class, and many more!


Tags: Alina

 

Preview Maker

August 13, 2014

Friday: NEW Nulgath Gear

Coming this Friday to Nulgath's Shop and Zone!

The first look at some of the newest gear coming to Nulgath's Rares shop and to the quests and merge shops in his Tercessuinotlim zone are here! More details about what gear will be available in each shop and quest will be announced tomorrow, along with more previews!

Void Warlord of Nulgath

Void Beastmaster of Nulgath

Crystallis Weapons of Revontheus


Tags: Alina

 

Excerpt Maker

August 13, 2014

Idle Games and Dragons

Newest Game Announced on Artix.com!

If you aren't following the newest AE news over on Artix.com, you are missing the coolest, craziest posts from the Paladin himself... filled with spoilers, previews, and ALL the insanity we can pack into one website! Below is an excerpt from Artix's post.

AQ:Dragons Coming Soon!

I woke up so excited to write this post for you that I was literally singing about it in the car. Out of tune.... and an awkward attempt at a high note resulted in the spilling of my coffee. It is ok, I was parked. Never sing about idle games and drive-- it is the law! BEHOLD.... A MONOCHROME TEASER POSTER ANNOUNCING WHAT WE ARE BUILDING WITH CRAZY AWESOME WEIRD COOKIE CLICKER RELATED BACKSTORY! Read More Here O_O

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Tags: Alina

 

OMG-adin

August 13, 2014

DragonCon 2014

Artix Panel Date & Time

WHEN: Saturday, Aug 30th @ 2:30 PM 
WHERE: DragonCon : Grand Salon D (Hilton)
WHO: Cysero, Miko, Diozz, Zazul, Stryche... possibly Brutalcorn.

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Artix Entertainment Panel & Poster Release

It is that time of the year again. It's time for DragonCon, the largest multi-media, pop culture, science fiction & fantasy convention on the East Coast. This will be our 9th year at DragonCon! Well, it will be for some of us... due to circumstances out of our control several members of the team, including myself, will not be able to attend. We have really good reasons... promise! What do you mean, "How could anything be more important than DragonCon!?" This is not some sort of "My dog ate my homework excuse". This one is legit! Huh? You REALLY need to know why I am unable to go... right now? This very second? For the record, this is not the right place for this. I was planning on making a seperate post. But, alright... well, it has officially been about 9 Months since Trinni and I were married.

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*dramatic pause* 9 months... *coughs* We are, um, expecting an epic loot drop. It will be level one, and it is up the server roll to determine if it is a boy or a girl. But one thing is for certain... if the little fella is born during DragonCon, he/she is being named Dragon. O_O. Now THAT is a good excuse :-) So, Cysero, the funniest AE staff member will be running the panel to talk to you about new and existing video game projects!

(Cysero's note: What's this, now? What am I doing when?)

(Alina note: you can reply to this same post on Artix.com! /cheer for Artix and Trini!) 

13 Lords of Chaos Poster Launch!

We are commemorating the epic finale of the "current" AdventureQuest Worlds storyline with this freaking incredible 13 Lords of Chaos Poster. Drawn and painted by the collaboration of Diozz and Dage the Evil. It features all 13 Lords of Chaos AND they will be available for sale during our panel in the back of the room for $12.

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The entire team will sign these posters here at the lab before they are taken to DragonCon. This is means that anyone attending our panel at DragonCon will be able to buy these posters before ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD! 

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If you (like myself) are not able to attend, then rejoice! The posters will officially go on sale at www.HeroMart.com on Tuesday, September 2nd; the same day the team returns home. All posters include codes for in-game items for AQworlds and some of the other games are adding items too.

Poster includes code for in-game items

If you are unable to afford the posters we are putting together two desktop wallpapers you can download for free. They do not include codes, but they will make your desktop look freaking awesome.Item_AQW_AllSeeingSpiritStaff.jpg

  • AdventureQuest Worlds
    • All-Seeing Spirit Staff
    • In-Djinn-ious Blade
    • Chaorrupted Dragonlord's Sword
    • Escherion's End
    • One Eyed Claw
    • Wolfwing's Last Paws
    • Fallen King's Scythe
    • Manabranch Staff
    • Temporal Triune Axe
    • Kitsune Kitsune Katana
    • Lion's Fang Blade
    • Tentacular Whip
    • BONUS: Quest to create power-ed up versions of each
  • EpicDuel
    • Chaos Dragonslayer Sword P
    • Chaos Dragonslayer Sword E
  • MechQuest
    • Chaosawa Mecha (Spoof of the Kurosawa mecha)

Other merch available at our DragonCon Panel

The team will also be bringing a small selection of items from the HeroMart chamber which you can buy during the panel including: The Card Game, Glow in the Dark T-Shirt, Artix figures and whatever other things Stryche manages to fit in his luggage. These items are available now through our official online shop, www.HeroMart.com but it's more fun to get them from us in person.

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WE HAVE A REPUTATION TO UPHOLD!

I expect this to be our best panel ever. For the past several years, our panels have been the loudest, craziest, and most laugher filled (and sometimes dangerous-- thank you Brutalcorn) panels on the DragonCon gaming track. Perhaps it is because the other game studios do not show campy home movies or flood the room with ninjas... or sword wielding half-unicorns to fight random members of the audience. From Voltaire showing up and playing songs to George Lowe narrating live-action Twilly punting.... well, we have 3rd party testimony that our panels are "The Funnest!" And Cysero accidentally hit that particular kid in the head with a curve ball candy bar. Did I mention that we throw candy? Lots of candy. Candy Shotgun.

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So... I am not going to be there this time, and I am counting on those of you who are to do whatever it takes to make this the most memorable one yet. If Cysero randomly asks you to start playing musical chairs in the middle of the panel... or to sing along to the Japanese version of Frozen... go for it. And send me a video! So I can be jealous of not being there. Then little Dragon will not be the only one crying :-)

BATTLE ON!

P.S. I saw this on Cysero's screen... O_o

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Tags: Alina

 

August 13, 2014

Chaos Fan Art Winners: 13th Lord of Chaos

Grand Prize Winner: 13th Lord of Chaos

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Mechaprime 00

This is true CHAOS! Fellow player Mechaprime 00 really knows what it means to be a Chaos Lord, and for that, we wish to award them with 1,000 AdventureCoins, the exclusive color-custom Chaos Paintbrush + Chaos Artist Palette dual weapon set, the Art of Chaos character page badge, and their art as an in-game House Item (to be released at a future date)!

All Other Winners

Please click here to see all the 13th Lord of Chaos winners in the 2 nd Place, 3rd Place, Runner Ups, and Above and Beyond categories. Prepare for chaos overload!

Battle On!

xoxo Beleen =D


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August 12, 2014

Chaos Fan Art Winners: Alteon

12th Lord of Chaos Fan Art Contest winners announced!

A new chapter unfolds within Lorepedia…

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…revealing the Fan Art Winners in the Chaos Lord Alteon category!

Grand Prize Winner: 12th Lord of Chaos

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Norgalad

So much wow. So much depth. So much dynamicy (not a word, but it should be). Fellow hero and talented artist Norgalad painted this Alteon masterpiece and won the grand prize of: 1,000 AdventureCoins, the exclusive color-custom Chaos Paintbrush + Chaos Artist Palette dual weapon set, the Art of Chaos character page badge, and his art as an in-game House Item (to be released at a future date)!

All Other Winners

Please click here to see all the Alteon winners in the 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Runner Ups, and Above and Beyond categories. Such noble work from noble heroes!

Battle On!

xoxo Beleen =D


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August 11, 2014

Chaos Fan Art Winners: Lionfang

11th Lord of Chaos Fan Art Contest winners announced!

Get ready to sink your teeth into the Chaos Lord Lionfang fan art winners!

Grand Prize Winner: 11th Lord of Chaos

stoikrex

Stoikrex

This is pure chaos—and I ain’t lion! Fellow hero Stoikrex painted this Lionfang masterpiece and won the grand prize of: 1,000 AdventureCoins, the exclusive color-custom Chaos Paintbrush + Chaos Artist Palette dual weapon set, the Art of Chaos character page badge, and his art as an in-game House Item (to be released at a future date)!

All Other Winners

Please click here to see all the Lionfang winners in 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Runner Ups, and Above and Beyond. Great work everyone—you did a roaring good job!

Be sure to check out the Fan Art chapter in the Lorepedia to view all our Chaos Fan Art winners to date:

Fan art

Battle On!

xoxo Beleen =D


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August 11, 2014

Going Rare: Ultimate Game Card

The Ultimate Game Card is retiring September 30, 2014

Mondays suck. And what sucks even more is that the Ultimate Game Card is going permanently rare on 9/30/2014 =(

Ultimate Game Card ending

This was not decided by Artix Entertainment, nor was it some evildoing by EbilCorp ninja robots. The decision to end Ultimate Game Card was solely a PlaySpan choice (the dudes who own UGC), and they’re cancelling the UGC for all online games (not just Artix games), so listen up so you don’t miss out!Ultimate Game Card ending

Ultimate Game Cards are slowly being pulled from all retail & online stores, and the UGC will be gone come August 15th, 2014. The last day to redeem your activated UGC codes will be September 30, 2014, so make sure you redeem your codes before 9/30/2014!! 

UltimatePoints (aka UPoints) will also be going rare. The last day to redeem your UPoints is Friday, October 31, 2014.

Find the nearest stores that have the Ultimate Game Cards!

Exclusive UGC In-Game Item!

AQWorlds wants to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while you still can. So when you use your Ultimate Game Card to upgrade to a Legend Membership, and/or to buy AdventureCoins, you will get the exclusive Ultimate Game Claymore sword!

Ultimate Game Card special item promo AQWorlds

The only way to get the Ultimate Game Claymore is by redeeming your Ultimate Game Card here from now until September 30. After selecting ANY package on the AQW Order Now page, and after using your Ultimate Game Card to pay for your upgrade,

how to redeem ugc card

you will automatically receive the Ultimate Game Claymore blade in your inventory (along with your well-deserved Membership and/or AdventureCoins!).

Go to the Order Now page now!

How to Upgrade Without the UGC?

There are a bajillion ways to get an upgraded Legend Membership and buy AdventureCoins without the Ultimate Game Card.

Artix gift certificate

Worldwide:

USA:

  • Openbucks (BurgerKing, SUBWAY, CircleK, Sports Authority, CVS) 
  • Rixty/Coinstar    
  • Zeevex  
  • Visa Gift Card 
  • Amazon Cards  

Canada:

  • Openbucks
  • Rixty
  • Visa Gift Card

Brazil:

  • Rixty Card

Europe:

  • PaysafeCard  
  • Ukash 
  • Visa Gift Card 

Middle East/North Africa:

  • OneCard / Smart2Pay
  • CashU

Asia:

  • Cherry Credits (Singapore, Philippines)
  • MOLpoints
  • Gudang Voucher (Indonesia)

The entire Artix team is so thankful for your continued support in AdventureQuest Worlds. It is because of dedicated Legends and AdventureCoins buyers that we are able to create brand new stuff every week for everyone to enjoy! We couldn’t have gotten this far without you, and for that, I salute you!

When you buy your Ultimate Game Card, and when you get your Ultimate Game Claymore, be sure to Tweet me a pic @BeleenAE!

Battle on my loves!

xoxo Beleen =D


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August 08, 2014

Dark and Deadly Gear is Here

Find out where to get this week's newest gear!

As I write this, Ghost is pushing his animation skills to the MAX to add in all of the extra insanity this week's cutscenes need - because when Empress Gravelyn attacks Drakath on Mount DoomSkull, the explosions will be felt across the world!

Flying Dracolich Fortress OF DOOOOOOM!

But while we wait, let's get you all geared up for the big fight! Death and destruction await you tonight, in that order!

Tonight: Infernally-awesome Gear!

We've got several shop updates tonight, so make sure you know where to go to get the gear you really want!

Shadowfall Rares Shop in your Game Menu

  • ShadowScythe's Light Armor set
  • Infernal Caladbolg Blade
  • Dual Shadow Katanas
  • Shadowscythe Reaver Armor and Helm

Wheel of Doom Merge Shop (/join Doom)

  • Infernal Warrior Armor
  • Infernal War Horns Helm
  • Inferno Stalker Armor set*
  • Shadowscythe Reaver Armor and Helm

Wheel of Doom Drops (/join Doom)

  • Incarnation of Madness Armor
  • Faceplate of Madness Helm
  • Incarnation of Madness Hood

* The file for this is on my computer at home, so I will add this into the shop once I get home.

Blockbuster Battle Shop and Gear Hunt!

If you missed it earlier this week, you can battle your way through Yokai to get all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-inspired gear... OR take on the Dragonoid in MQLesson to get drops honoring the EPIC INSANITY of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie launch!

You'll find more galactically-great gear in the Blockbuster battle shop in your game menu, too!


Tags: Alina

 

Garden Maker

August 08, 2014

Redeem retail gift cards for ACs

PayGarden Lets You Redeem Other Store Gift Cards!

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

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

Important Information

  • No credit cards required
  • Gift card must have at least $10 USD left on it
  • Works with US stores only

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


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Positivity Beleen

August 07, 2014

GameSkinny Exclusive Article

From Tragedy to Victory: How an In-Game NPC Transformed a Gamer Girl IRL

Hello my loves! GameSkinny.com featured my very personal, and very real, article today. It’s a story I’ve kept secret for the past 7 years, but since you guys and gals are my family, I finally mustered up the strength to reveal my tragic tale.

GameSkinny exclusive Beleen Adventure Quest Worlds  

I want you all to know how a positive attitude can get you through the toughest of times. I hope my story offers you real-world inspiration and courage, because you are my friends and family, and I want you all to succeed as I have!

http://www.gameskinny.com/p0b98/from-tragedy-to-victory-how-an-in-game-npc-transformed-a-gamer-girl-irl 

xoxo Beleen! =D


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August 07, 2014

New Nulgath Gear Coming Soon

Nulgath Returns with a Rares Shop and New Quests!

Later this month, the ArchFiend will return in full force with all-new gear for a Rares shop PLUS a ton of his OverSoul-based gear will be added to quests and the merge shops in the Tercess map! Here's a sneak peek at one of the newest sets, the Void Warlord of Nulgath! 

Are you loyal to the ArchFiend? His Warlords are!

Also coming in that shop, the ArchMage of Nulgath, BeastMaster of Nulgath, and more! AND if you manage to get the Legend-only Toxic Fiend of Nulgath armor from the Toxic Fiend monsters in the Shadowrise and ShadowAttack maps, you'll unlock the "Headless Fiend" quest to get the helm!


Tags: Alina

 

August 07, 2014

Chaos Fan Art Winners: Iadoa

10th Lord of Chaos Fan Art Contest winners announced! 

It’s time to announce our Chronomancer Chaos Lord Iadoa winners!

Grand Prize Winner: 10th Lord of Chaos

Mondako

Mondako 

Glorious! Fellow hero Mondako (possibly a Chronomancer himself?) put so much time and energy into this Iadoa masterpiece and won the grand prize of: 1,000 AdventureCoins, the exclusive color-custom Chaos Paintbrush + Chaos Artist Palette dual weapon set, the Art of Chaos character page badge, and his art as an in-game House Item (to be released at a future date)!

All Other Winners

Please click here to see the 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and Runner Ups for the Chaos Lord Iadoa category. Fantasic job everyone!

Check out the Fan Art chapter in the Lorepedia to view all our Chaos Fan Art winners to date:

Video Game MMO Fan Art for AdventureQuest Worlds

Battle On!

xoxo Beleen =D


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Inferno Maker

August 06, 2014

Wheel of Doom Leaving Soon

17 Days Left To Get Drops from the Wheels!

The Wheels of Doom and Destiny leave AQW forever on August 23rd, so if you have that last hard-to-get item you're shooting for, you've only get 2.5 weeks left! We've got new gear coming to the Wheels' merge shop AND a couple new drops (for those of you with a few leftover tickets to spin).

Merge Shop: Infernal Warrior Armor!

Starting this Friday, you'll find the Infernal Warrior Armor and Helm in the Carnival of Fortune merge shop: you can get the armor for 20 Fortune Potions and the helm for 10 Fortune Potions. This armor will ONLY be available until the middle of September, when it goes rare permanently!

Infernal Caladbolg is in the Living Shadows Shop!

MORE Doom-tastic Gear!

Other gear coming to the Wheels of Doom and and Destiny this week include the Incarnation of Madness (drops from the Wheels) and Inferno Stalker of Vokun (in the merge shop) armor sets!

Blockbuster Battle Gear!

MANY of you have been waiting for our Blockbuster Battle and Toxic Fiend gear, featuring Galaxy of the Guardians and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-inspired items... and you'll find the first of those dropping from monsters tonight! 

Head into Yokai to find the TNMT gear from the following monsters:

  • Kage Nopperabo
  • Samurai Nopperabo
  • Dai Tengu
  • Nekoyasha
  • Skello Kitty
  • Tanuki
  • Nure Onna

/Join MQLesson and take on the Asteroids and the Dragonoid for the Strikeforce Nova armor and helms! All of the other Blockbuster Battle gear will arrive in the shop tomorrow!

UPDATE: The Legend-only Toxic Fiend armor now drops off the Toxic Fiend in the Shadowrise map!


Tags: Alina

 

August 06, 2014

Chaos Fan Art Winners: Khasaanda

9th Lord of Chaos Fan Art Contest winners announced!

Congratulations! We’ve made it half way through the week! So let’s celebrate by announcing our 9th Lord of Chaos winners =)

Grand Prize Winner: 9th Lord of Chaos 

gossj10

gossj10

Who knew chaos could be so beautiful? Our fellow hero gossj10 won the grand prize of: 1,000 AdventureCoins, the exclusive color-custom Chaos Paintbrush + Chaos Artist Palette dual weapon set, the Art of Chaos character page badge, AND your art as an in-game House Item (to be released at a future date)!

8th Lord of Chaos Fan Art Contest winners announced!

Happy Tuesday! Be sure to check out the Fan Art chapter in the Lorepedia to view all our Chaos Fan Art winners to date:

Video Game MMO Fan Art for AdventureQuest Worlds

But before you go, allow me to showcase the grand prize winner of the Chaos Lord Tibicenas category!

Grand Prize Winner: 8th Lord of Chaos

Why so serious, Tibicenas? Fellow player Jokercard53 painted this show-stopping Chaos Lord Tibicenas fan art!

jokercard53

jokercard53

This is truly a blockbuster hit, jokercard53! As the grand prize winner, you’ll receive: 1,000 AdventureCoins, the exclusive color-custom Chaos Paintbrush + Chaos Artist Palette dual weapon set, the Art of Chaos character page badge, AND your art as an in-game House Item (to be released at a future date)! 

All Other Winners

Please click here to see the 2nd Place and 3rd Place winners for the Chaos Lord Khasaanda category. Please click here to see the 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and Runner Ups for the Chaos Lord Tibicenas category. Great job everyone!

Check out the Fan Art chapter in the Lorepedia to view all our Chaos Fan Art winners to date:

Video Game MMO Fan Art for AdventureQuest Worlds

Battle On!

xoxo Beleen =D


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Revenant-adin

August 05, 2014

How to write a Design Notes 101

"A long time ago...In a laboratory far far underground..." - @TomzTempTwit

The hardest part of writing a design notes is writing the first few words. So I asked you and my other friends on Twitter to give me a hand... but, *shhhh* secret... This post is not really about writing a Design Notes at all. Read more.

Read the full post on www.Artix.com


Tags: Artix

 

Attack Maker

August 04, 2014

Friday: Empress Strikes Back

Gravelyn Leads the Attack on Mount DoomSkull!

Chaos rages high above the DoomSkull plains, as the Dracolich Castle and the Skyguard's ships fill the sky. The time has come for Empress Gravelyn and the Shadowscythe to attack Drakath in the heart of his realm! Meanwhile, in the Underworld, YOU face the battle of your life... against Death himself!

This time, it's personal.

Prepare for the next stage of your dungeon crawl through Death's realm* while miles above you, Empress Gravelyn and combined forces of the Shadowscythe and shattered Alliance converge on Mount DoomSkull!

Also releasing this week:

  • Join us Wednesday for the Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-themed shop and gear hunts!
  • The Toxic Fiend will be added to the Toxic Fiend monster in /shadowrise
  • Friday: the Wheel of Doom receives new gear in the merge shop! (The Wheel leaves for good August 23rd!)

* We have a fix ready so you will not have to see first cutscene each time you join the map. That goes live tomorrow. You will have to play through the dungeon each time (this was added so Legends who use the membership skip could play the release). That issue has been corrected for this coming week's release.


Tags: Alina

 

Shadow Maker

August 01, 2014

Shadowfall Rises Tonight

Battle through Death's Realm to Help Gravelyn!

Two weeks ago, the 13th Lord of Chaos faced Drakath in a battle of Champions, and tonight, you will see what happens AFTER the fight!* But while the 13th Lord of Chaos has been battling Drakath, Empress Gravelyn has pulled together the remnants of the shattered Alliance and is preparing her assult on Mount DoomSkull. But before that can happen...

SHADOWFALL MUST RISE!

/join Shadowrise to see the Empress marshalling her forces as you battle through Death's Realm*! The question you should be asking is: HOW do you reach her if there is no escaping Death? You've got a life and death battle through a deadly dungeon crawl ahead of you!** You'll find out tonight!

You've just got to get past THESE guys

* If you have not battled to the top of Mount DoomSkull and chosen a Chaos Lord form, you cannot begin tonight's release. /Join MountDoomSkull and fight your way up, then /join DrakathFight to see the events leading up to tonight's story!
** Good thing the Toxic Fiends drop the full Infernal Grim Stalker armor set for ALL players! Next week, Toxic Fiend Tokens will be added as a rare drop to create the armor, too! Collecting the gear will give you something to take your mind off the dire fate that awaits you.

Living Shadows and Infernal Caladbolg!

Talk to Death's Dealer in /Shadowrise OR find the Living Shadows AC Rares shop in your game menu! Filled with gear collected from the unhallowed souls passing by him year after unending year, the Dealer will sell you what you want... for a price. 

Shadows will dance on the edge of your blade

Inside his shop, you'll find:

  • Living Shadow Assassin armor set***
  • Shadowscythe assassin armor set
  • Living Shadow Katana Blade +3 
  • Infernal Caladbolg Blade

Will you master the blade... or will it control you?

The Infernal Caldbolg Blade costs 3000 AdventureCoins, and comes with the following bonuses:

  • Shadow Animation
  • 15% Class Points Boost (3x the normal amount)
  • 15% Rep Boost (3x the normal amount)
  • Quest for the Dual Infernal Daggers
  • A Legion-only quest to earn 50 Legion Token

Our testers say this weapon is on par with the Holiday Paragon Pet, so if you missed out on that last Frostval, this is a good chance to get something to help you farm Legion tokens!

***Each item in the Living Shadow set has the Shadow attack animation


Tags: Alina

 
 


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