Design Notes

February 06, 2016

Super Bowl Punt Twilly Challenge

The Superbowl Special Event is LIVE!

It's the biggest American Football game of the year! On Lore, the Broncoliches (what the real world knows as the Seahawks and the Broncos) are facing off against the ShadowCats (relative newcomers on the Lorian football scene)*! The Superbowl halftime show is happening NOW... and so will our special event! 

When you've had your fill of watching Bruno Mars rock the stadium, log in and head to Battleon for our once-a-year PUNT TWILLY minigame! And don't miss the 2016 Superbowl Rare Gear - the Battle Mars Helm (in honor of Bruno Mars' performance) and the Cold Playa armor (to commemorate ColdPlay's appearance)!

* Though they are the Legion's favorite team thanks to their official colors of black and blue!


Two of Lore's greatest teams go head-to-horc!

Come join the PUNT map to celebrate this day and these two super-teams with the Broncolich and Shadowcat armors, plus the return of other seasonal favorites like the Spiked Pigskin and the Moglin Ref pet! Don't forget that this is the ONLY time of year that you will be able to get the Moglin Punter Character Page Achievement Badge and all you have to do is kick Twilly the full 100 yards!

No matter who wins, we hope you enjoy the Superbowl!

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February 05, 2016

February 2016 Rare Gear

Don't Miss These Rare Holiday Event Items!

It’s double the festival fun and twice the number holiday exclusive items as we celebrate Carnaval AND Yokai New Year this week! 

Filled with member-only items and gear for AdventureCoins, the shop includes:

  • Fiery Fenix Armor
  • 2 Fiery Fenix Helms
  • Fiery Fenix Armblades
  • Fiery Fenix Plumes Cape
  • Oni to Kijo Armor
  • 5 Oni Helms
  • 4 different Oni weapons
  • 2 capes: Oni Rune Cape and Floating Oni Cape
  • the Lucky Red Monkey Babies pet

Next week, the February Rare Gear shop will get all new 2016 Hero's Heart Day Rare items, too! Find the shop in your game menu until Monday, February 29th!

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February 05, 2016

Double Festival WEEKEND!

This weekend: Carnaval, Yokai New Year, AND the Superbowl!

Carnaval and Yokai New Year are some of my most favorite events of the year -- I love the colors and how the story releases center around wicked /parties... and THIS year we've got a heaping helping of parties AND problems that only YOU can solve!*

Starting tonight, log in and /join terradefesta to begin the War of the Festivals! Talk to Samba to begin your quests, then get ready to untangle a knot of misdirection, mayhem, and SUPER-DEADLY yokai as Fausto and Lenjing fight to have you help THEIR events reign supreme!

You can also replay our previous Carnaval and Yokai New Year events starting tonight, too, plus get the returning seasonal rare gear from Frevo's shop in /terradefesta or Cysero in /carnaval.

* including a 2-stage boss with fight member-only and free player armor set drops!

Carnaval and Yokai Rewards 

And you know who likes to /party? WE DO! Head to the /parades map to see this year's new reward gear, available from the merge shop or as boss drops! 

Gong Xi Fa Cai -- happy Year of the Monkey! If you celebrate Chinese New Year, we hope your red envelopes are filled with happiness and luck (and some sweet loot, too)!

And don't miss the gear from our February Rares Shop! Get all the details and item previews in this Design Notes post: "February Rares Shop"! 

Also Happening This Weekend: Server Boost and Superbowl!

Like the sub-title said, this weekend we've got a Class Points server boost happening to help you CRUSH the enemy with your new StoneCrusher Class! (And if there's any other classes you've wanted to rank up, now's the time to get in and battle on!)

Starting tonight, the member-only Sir Ver server will have a DOUBLE Class Points Boost! All other servers will get a 15% boost to class points, ending Monday, February 8th.

Make sure you log on this Sunday for the Superbowl Half-time Show, the Punt Twilly Challenge, and all-new rare gear!

Gear Leaving Soon!

  • Friday, February 12: Assassin's Commander Limited Time Shop
  • Friday, February 19: Knight Commander gear from AdventureCoin and Membership packages!
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February 04, 2016

NEW Treasure Chest Drops

Get Ready for Sunday's Lore Bowl Half-time Event!

We just released all-new gear in Twilly's Treasure Chests to help you get your game face on! Turn in Treasure Chests and Treasure Chest Keys to Twilly in Battleon for a chance to get the Game On Ref gear!

Have You Found A Treasure Chest Yet?

There is a small chance to get a mysterious Treasure Chest as a reward drop when you battle ANY monster in-game. Have you found one yet?

Treasure chests are a fun and completly random addition to the game. These chests have a less than 1% chance of dropping from ANY monster in the entire game. Each one contains one of over 130 (and the number will keep growing*) Epic Items that you can't get anywhere else! 

* We will begin updating the treasure chest rewards again on a regular basis, so if you've already collected all the gear... get ready to unlock more in the near future!

All of the items are 0 AC so you can store them for free, all of the items are non-member so you can use them forever!

There's just one problem. You can't open the Treasure Chests without a Magic Key. The good news is that Twilly (the little red Moglin in Battleon) has a few extras and will happily sell you one for 200 ACs and open your chest for you.

If you don't have a lot of spare ACs, you can always do some AEXtras to get some quick AdventureCoins, and if you don't feel like doing that, just sell the Treasure Chest! Each one is worth 1,500 GOLD!

MEMBER PERK! 

Once again, AQW membership gives you even more of the best of AQW. Every Member gets 2 Free Magic Keys EVERY MONTH from Twilly. Since the keys are worth 200 ACs, that means that it will be possible for Members to sell them and get ACs from the game, too!

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February 02, 2016

Hero's Heart Day Returns Next Friday

The Time for LOVE and Battles is Almost Here Again!

Next Friday, Log in and /join love to start playing through all of our past Heroes Heart Day content. Then get your heart set on conquering this year's NEW Hero's Heart Day release: fight to free Lore from an emotional puppet-master playing with the minds (and emotions) of your friends and battle companions! 

The Love map goes live next Friday, along with all of our returning Heroes Heart Day seasonal rares! And don't forget to help J6 and Mia the Mer'Angel in /lovescurse - that map is available all year long, but isn't this the best time to revisit it?

PLUS get DOUBLE Exp and Reputation during our Weekend of LOVE! 

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February 02, 2016

February Rare Gear Shop

Limited Time Holiday Rares Arrive Friday!!

It’s double the festival fun and twice the holiday exclusive items: This week, the Carnaval and Yokai New Year rare items arrive! Find the February Rare Gear shop in your game menu until Monday, February 29th! 

All Your Rare Shop Items in ONE Place!

To make it easier for all our rare-hunters to see what limited-time items we're offering each month, we're centralizing the "rare gear" location! From here on out, you'll find all the event rare gear in ONE place: [Month Name] Rares Shop in your game menu.

This month, look for the following limited-time items:

  • Carnaval gear
  • Yokai New Year gear
  • Hero's Heart Day gear
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February 02, 2016

Groundhorc's Day 2016!

Special One-Day Only Event!

Happy Groundhog Day! One this day every year, Philip, the weather predicting groundhog pops his head out of his hole and peers around. If he comes out to play, then spring is here! If he sees his shadow and vanishes back into his warm, cozy burrow than we know that we are in for SIX MORE WEEKS of winter! But GOOD NEWS! This year, he did NOT see his shadow, so spring should be just around the corner!

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Groundhorc's Day Seasonal Rares!

I'm not a fan of the cold. Actually I kind of hate it. Actually I really hate it. Actually, I'd beat snow up if I could. But if there is one person who HATES winter more than I do, it's General Porcon over in the Horc Fort (you can see it on the greenguard map).

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General Porcon!

He has taken it upon himself to kidnap Philip in a desperate attempt to end winter. What he doesn't understand is that if Philip doesn't get to look at his shadow then winter will NEVER end!

Talk to Phil in Battleon and accept the Groundhorc's Day quest to save Phillip and you will recieve at least 1 (possibly all three) of the Groundhorc's Day 1-Day-Only Seasonal Rares!

The clock is ticking on a lot of things: Nulgath's Birthday Shop leaves Friday, the Assassin Commander Limited Time Shop leaves next week, and in exactly ONE MONTH, Dage's birthday shop arrives! AND this Sunday is the Superbowl halftime Shop and Punt map (with special rares to celebrate the Colts and Saints), and the first episode of the last season of Lost is on tonight!

That's a LOT of stuff!

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February 01, 2016

TRIPLE Event Weekend + Server Boost

This weekend: Carnaval, Yokai New Year, AND the Superbowl!

Log in this weekend at www.AQ.com for our TRIPLE holiday release! Carnval vs Yokai Festival war on Friday, the Superbowl Half-Time Punt Twilly show on Sunday, and a Class Points boost ALL weekend long to help you rank up the new StoneCrusher Class that released last Friday!

Gear Leaving Soon!

  • This Friday: Nulgath 2016 birthday shop! This week is your LAST chance to get rare gear from this wickedly-awesome tribute shop celebrating Lore's favorite archfiend!
  • Friday, February 12: Assassin's Commander Limited Time Shop
  • Friday, February 19: Knight Commander gear from AdventureCoin and Membership packages!
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January 29, 2016

Brightoak Grove Finale Rewards

TONS of New Gear to Celebrate the Finale

To celebrate the finale of the latest Queen of Monsters Saga, we've got a TON of new gear for you to buy, unlock, or farm for! Check out the new StoneCrusher Class, new gear in the Brightoak Rep and Gear shops, plus permanent and rare monster drops from this weekend's boss monsters!

Ravinos' Brightoak Rep Shop Update!

Ravinos in Brightoak is so grateful for all the help you've given that he's stocked up the Rep Shop with a backpack full of new gear for you to unlock!

  • Brightoak Poison Sword and Pike 
  • Tainted Druid armor set 
  • Mystical Wand
  • Corrupt Forest Fairy armor set* 
  • Earth Titan Pet
  • Rep versions of the Arcane StoneCrusher armor set 

*This is the first gear done by our newest assistant artist, Neihi! /cheer


Lapis' Brightoak Gear Shop Update!

Lapis in Brightoak has some sweet NEW gear for you, even though her home is up in flames (she is so dedicated)! In addition to the AC version of the StoneCrusher Class, she's also got:

  • AdventureCoin versions of the Arcane StoneCrusher armor set
  • Wand of Patronum
  • Helms of Patronum 
  • Brightoak Raven Sword

Rare Boss Drops

  • Nevanna Armor and Helms
  • Brightoak Raven Scythe
  • Brightoak Raven Armblades

 

Permanent monster drops:

  • The member-only General Nevanna armor and helms drop from the General Nevanna boss. 
  • The 0 AC Earth Titan pet drops from the Gaiazor boss.  
  • Wisterrora's Reach and Claw polearms drop from Wisterrora 

These items will NOT go rare, so if you don't get it right away, fear not! You'll have all the time you need to battle for it. 

Class Merge Shop

You can unlock the StoneCrusher Class immediately for 2000 ACs from the Class Shop in your game menu or by talking to Lapis in Brightoak! If you want to EARN the class, you can unlock the rep version from the class Merge Shop at Ravinos.

To unlock it, combine the Earth's Song Token (requires rank 10 Mythsong) with the Shaman Armor (requires Rank 10 Arcangrove). To equip the class, you'll need Rank 10 Brightoak!

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January 28, 2016

The StoneCrusher Class Arrives Friday

CRUSH Your Enemies with the Brightoak Grove Saga Class!

The Brightoak Saga is rockin' towards its finale tomorrow, and with this weekend's story release, we ALSO have the new zone Class: StoneCrusher! Designed by Pisces, this magic-using, monster-smashing class is pretty wicked, and its strength is something you will NOT want to take for granite! 

StoneCrushers: Brightoak's Strongest Defenders!

Infuse the natural magic of the Shaman class with the power of mother earth herself, apply the tried and tested support aspects of Bard, and you have the ultimate class passed down through BrightOak Grove-- StoneCrusher. You’ll often find yourself heavily supporting the party, but anyone that thinks this class can’t pack a punch will find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Wizard enhancements work best, as most damage this class deals is magical; Spellbreaker could be used for more survivability, Healer is a good middle ground for survivability and damage, and Luck is always an option if you’d like your auto attack to crit more.

Read the full Class Skills Writeup here!

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