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September 28, 2016

2016 Achievement Tracker Updates

The more you play, the more rewards you'll unlock!

Every time you log into AQWorlds, you've got some goal - whether it's to meet up and battle alongside your friends, rank up your class, or finish that last Chaos Lord Saga and start the Queen of Monsters storyline - and the sense of satisfaction when you accomplish that goal is one of the best things about playing AQW! But if you think you've done everything inside AQW and gotten all the best gear... guess again! The Achievement Tracker is HERE!

NEW Achievement Tracker Rewards for 2016

  • 8 years played: 
  • 7 years membership: 
  • 400,000 ACs: 

These rewards will launch with the Throne of Darkness AQWorlds 8th birthday event on October 14th!

400,000 ACs Reward: DoomFire Warrior Set

Unlock the 8 items in the DoomFire Warrior set plus bonuses after you've purchased 400,000 AdventureCoins!

7 Years Membership Reward: DoomFire Guard Set

Unlock the 8 items in the DoomFire Guard set plus bonuses once you have been a member for 7 years!

8 Years Played Reward: NostalgiaQuest

Unlock an exclusive map featuring the original Battleon design, classic quests with new flavor (and rewards!), the Pizza Hut House and armor, plus some of the first rewards ever introduced, but with more bonuses!

For those of you just experiencing your first Achievement Tracker Update, you're probably wondering...

What IS the Achievement Tracker?

If you're just hearing about the Achievement Tracker, it is one of the ways we reward you for staying, playing, and supporting AdventureQuest Worlds!

  • Time Played Badges track how old your account is (1 week, 1 year, 5 years, etc)
  • Sagas Completed Badges track which of the main storyline sagas you've finished
  • Loyalty Badges tracks the support our Legends and AC buyers have contributed

Some of these rewards may take a while to unlock, but don't worry... they will never leave, so you can keep battling towards your goal!

  • 3 different achievement categories: Sagas completed, Time Played, Loyalty
  • 51 badges and 200+ items
  • 3 of the badges are NEW this year: 8 years played, 7 years upgraded, and 400,000 ACs
  • 200+ permanent reward items for you to unlock, including the NEW gear below! 

And the best news: ALL of the progress you've ever made count towards the Achievement Tracker! 

How to unlock your rewards:

  1. Once you see an achievement unlocked on your Tracker, head in-game
  2. Open up your Book of Lore and go into the Achievements tab
  3. Scroll through your badges until you find your new badge and its shop
  4. Open the shop and get all the gear (0 ACs for free storage!)

See all the REST of the Achievement Tracker rewards and how to get them here: Achievement Tracker Post

A Note about Gravelyn's DoomFire Armor Series

The two sets featured above are part of a ShadowScythe set series designed by Tana Pyre, legendary AQWorlds artist, to honor the dark majesty that is Empress Gravelyn! The two variants above are only available in the Achievement Tracker.

Once you've finished the Throne of Darkness finale, you will unlock a quest for Tana's version of Gravelyn's 2014 set (base design by Diozz)... IF you meet all the requirements!

Because Gravelyn (and her Shadowscythe-themed gear) is so popular, we've got a number of different ways you can unlock the gear. 3 of the 5 sets will be permanently available, while the other two will go rare once their availability runs out.

There are five sets total in Gravelyn's DoomFire Armor series:

  1. Gravelyn's DoomFire set: quest for the set unlocks after you complete the Throne of Darkness Saga
  2. DoomFire Guard set: 7 Years membership achievement tracker reward
  3. DoomFire Warrior set: 400,000 AdventureCoin achievement tracker reward
  4. Gravelyn's BrightFire set: Future Limited Quantity Package
  5. Dark DoomFire set: rare Black Friday Shop gear

Achievement Tracker Rewards: The Whys and Whats

Over the last week or so, I've seen questions about why the DoomFire armor sets were chosen for these achievement trackers and frustration that the rewards are unattainable. I understand that frustration.

Though we all play in our online game world, we all live in the real world. We know most people would like to have more time, more energy, more money... more EVERYTHING. But since we don't, everyone needs to make careful choices about how they spend the time, money, and energy they do have.

It's why - when we were first building the tracker - we made sure that two of the three categories could be unlocked just by playing the game. It's also why we want to make sure that for you guys who have unlocked the achievements get some of our best, coolest, and most bonus-laden rewards.

A "reward" is, by definition, something that must be earned. It's given in return for service, merit, hardship, etc.

  • For players who unlock the "Time Played" badges, the achievement tracker gear is a reward for their dedication and stamina, for staying with our community.
  • For players who unlock the "Sagas Completed" badges, the achievement tracker gear is a reward for their skill and drive to complete the many in-game sagas.
  • For players who unlock the "Loyalty" badges, the achievement tracker gear is a reward for having the desire and ability to financially support the development of the game.

Do we expect every player to unlock every badge? No. We know time, money, and energy are finite. But for those of you who DO unlock badges, we want to make sure that we have rewards you're likely to enjoy. (Side note: badges are created once we see that a number of people will have them in the next year.)

Achievement tracker gear is a bonus, an extra bit of "oomph" to make the act of reaching the goals even more awesome!

For those of you unlocking new achievements this year, I hope you enjoy your bonuses! For those of you who are SO CLOSE to beating that saga or reaching that anniversary, keep at it! For those of you who have helped allow us to continue updating each week, thank you for your support! 

Remember: none of the achievement tracker rewards go rare. If you can't get the thing you want today, it will still be here tomorrow, next month, and next year!

Tags: Alina,
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September 28, 2016

Next Friday: Throne of Darkness Saga Finale

Two-Part Saga Finale and AQWorlds 8th Birthday Coming Soon!

Next Friday, October 7th, the two-part Throne of Darkness finale begins! Discover the identity of the Mysterious Stranger… then log in on October 14th as we celebrate AdventureQuest Worlds with part 2 of the Throne of Darkness finale!

  • Battle through Plank the Table's story
  • Discover the Mysterious Stranger's identity
  • Discover the Mysterious Stranger's TRUE purpose for gathering all the villains together

Saga Finale AND Birthday? WHY?!!?!?!

Good question! Artix wanted to have the 2 finale releases come one right after the other. We were planning to release them at the end of September, but once I heard what the finale plot was... I convinced him to make this our 8th birthday event, as well.

The birthday event will also hint at the darkness to come in future releases, unlike the one-off birthday events of the last few years. We've hinted at dark things happening in Swordhaven, in Darkovia, but really... the entire WORLD is battling the darkness and chaos that came with the release of the Queen of Monsters.

Tags: Alina,
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September 28, 2016

BioBeasts Nuclear Bundle Leaving

Last Chance for Radioactive Gear in AQWorlds!

BioBeasts is about to update to version 1.5.3, and in that patch, the team will be removing the popular Nuclear Bundle! This limited time package includes 10,000 BioBits, an exclusive Radioactive Hazard Skin, and a Nuclear Crate in BioBeasts!


The Nuclear Bundle includes:

  • 10000 BioBits
  • exclusive Radioactive Hazard Skin
  • a Nuclear Crate
  • and in-game bonuses for EpicDuel and AdventureQuest Worlds!

There’s a lot more to the Nuclear Bundle in AQW than just armor! We’ve expanded the shop to include a grand collection of beautiful bionic weapons in the in-game Nuclear Shop. 

BioBeasts: Available for Android and iOS Devices

BioBeasts - from the creators of EpicDuel - is available on an Android and iOS mobile device near you! Control a mutating beast, fight to escape from a robot-controlled laboratory, and compete with your friends to see who can get the highest score in this action-packed, single-player arcade-survival game! 

 

 

 

Forgzard fans, rejoice!

If you've been with our community for even a short time, there's a good chance you've encountered a Frogzard monster.  This iconic creature has been featured in nearly every AE game, from Adventure Quest to AQWorlds to its new incarnation in Adventure Quest 3D.

The frogzard will be available to unlock in our next release BioBeasts v1.5.3. His main attack will be a chomp attack with his massive jaws, while his Beast Power will unleash an epic roar that stuns surrounding bots, making them vulnerable to a super-powered bite.

Check out the Frogzard in action here: 

Throne of Darkness Trailer

That's not all we have planned for v1.5.3.! stay tuned as we have much more content planned and in the works for our next release, including new skins, new mutations, and serum stacking!

Tags: Alina,
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September 26, 2016

Last Chance for September Gear

This Week is your last chance to unlock the Royal Raider gear!

Until this Friday at 6 PM EST server time, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive September upgrade bonus items! Once these go rare, the October Dark Sorcerey sets will arrive... and so will 8th Upholder!

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: 21 items + Boosts

Get more gear and save more of your real-world gold with our largest upgrade packages! Unlock the following gear with our 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership packages:

  • 2 armors: Royal Raider and Dark Seas Commander
  • 8 helms
  • 2 weapons
  • 4 capes 
  • 4 weapons
  • 1 pet
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

2000 and 5000 AC or 3 and 6 month membership package: 10 items + Boosts

  • 1 Armor: Royal Raider
  • 4 Helms
  • 1 Cape
  • 2 Weapons
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

All packages will also come with the Royal Raiders character page badge, so you can show all your friends who REALLY owns the seven seas! The September bonus gear goes rare this Friday, September 30th (when 8th upholder begins), so get it while it is still here!

Quibble's Talk Like a Pirate Rares

Until this Friday at 6 PM EST server time, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive September upgrade bonus items! Once these go rare, the October Dark Sorcerey sets will arrive... and so will 8th Upholder!

Throne of Darkness Trailer

This year's Quibble Treasure Chest (aka shop) contains:

  • Cursed Naval Commander set
  • Golden Pirate Captain set
  • Solar Naval Commander set
  • Lunar Naval Commander set
  • Explorer Naval Commander Class and Armor (returns each year)
  • Cursed Quibble Bank Pet

If you're a member of the Undead Legion and you own the Cursed Naval Commander, head to Dage's Underworld to find the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... stocked with all 26 items in the Cursed Legion Naval Commander set! 

The only way to get ANY of the Cursed Legion Naval Commander gear is by:

  1. Buying the Cursed Naval Commander from Quibble's Shop
  2. Being a member of the Undead Legion
  3. Spending your hard-earned Legion Tokens to get the 0 AC gear 

Aranx's Celestial Birthday Gear

Find Aranx’s Celestial Birthday gear in the September Featured Gear shop in your game menu until this Friday's release.

Gear leaving forever:

  • Enchanted LightCaster 
  • Enchanted Blade of Light 
  • Light Caster Scarf  
  • Enchanted Light Hood 
  • Enchanted Rod of Light 
  • Enchanted Orbs of Light Cape 
  • Enchanted Mace of Light

The following items will be available until September 30th, then will not return until 2017, during the next Celestial Realm zone update.

  • Evolved LightCaster
  • Silken Hood of Light
  • Glowing Halo and Locks of Light
  • Glowing Halo of Light
  • Shining Blade of Glory
  • Shining Blade of Glory (member gold version)

Both the Enchanted LightCaster and the Evolved LightCaster armors will automatically unlock the LightCaster Class(currently scheduled for release sometime in 2017). These armors cannot be sold until October 1st.

8th Upholder Begins This Friday, September 30th!

Almost 8 years ago, AdventureQuest Worlds went live and players jumped at the chance to become the first Members of AQW. These lucky, early supporters of the game became the game's Founders. Every October after that, we hold the Upholder promotion - anyone upgrading their account during that period (or whose membership ends after November 1st of that year) becomes an Upholder... making them one of our most Legendary supporters. 

8th Upholder NORMALLY begins October 1st, 2016, but this year we are starting it on September 30th, because that's when the new October upgrade bonus goes live. 

If your membership ends on or AFTER November 1st, 2016, then you are ALREADY an automatic 8th Upholder. If you are NOT an Upholder and you don't want to take the chance on missing it, then GOOD NEWS! You can upgrade now with a 3, 6, or 12 month membership and instantly become an 8th Upholder. You'll automatically unlock all the Upholder perks on October 1st!

* You can see what time it is on the server clock in your options menu)

** Upholder badge color not final

Tags: Alina,
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September 26, 2016

Mogloween returns this Friday

Getting a Head(less) Start on Halloween!

This Friday is September 30th... and we are going to start our month of Halloween celebration a day early! 

Log in starting this Friday for candy, costumes, & craziness!  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 eight years! 

New Side Story: Prelude to the Otherworld

This year, we'll have a NEW side story, "Prelude to the Otherworld," featuring Sora to Hoshi, Samba, Beleen, and a new Loremaster as they investigate a tale hinting at a legendary race of creatures and a mystical celebration... 

This side-story will introduce characters and lore for next year's Mogloween 2017 main event!

Spookiest Gear of the Year Returns Friday!

Find the Cauldron sisters, Bubble, Toil, and Trouble, when you /join mogloween and help them play their tricks to save Mogloween... and all the delicious treats that come with it! You'll also have a chance to unlock some of our most awesomely spooky (and most popular gear) of the year!

Tags: Alina,
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September 23, 2016

Cursed and Legion Naval Commanders

Calling all members of the Undead Legion!

Starting tonight, if you own the Cursed Naval Commander, you'd better start counting your Legion Tokens! Head to Dage's Underworld to find the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... stocked with all 26 items in the Cursed Legion Naval Commander set! 

The only way to get ANY of the Cursed Legion Naval Commander gear is by:

  1. Buying the Cursed Naval Commander from Quibble's Shop
  2. Being a member of the Undead Legion
  3. Spending your hard-earned Legion Tokens to get the 0 AC gear 

Note 1: you must have the Cursed Naval Commander in your inventory to open the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop.

Note 2: Once you have the Cursed Naval Commander armor, you will always be able to open the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... but the Cursed Naval Commander armor (and the rest of Quibble's gear) leaves the game on September 30th!

Note 3: The Cursed Naval Commander cannot be sold until October 1st.

(The Cursed Naval Commander is shown on the right in the image above. The Cursed Legion Naval Commander is on the left.)

Not a member of the Undead Legion? Find out to join in this post!

Talk Like a Pirate Day Gear Still Available

Pirates, swashbucklers, and seadawgs alike... yer time is now! Talk Like a Pirate Day rare gear will be availale until next Friday, September 30th! You'll find his shop in the Game Menu. Read on to see what he's brought fer ye this year!

Throne of Darkness Trailer

In Quibble Shop, you'll find the following gear:

  • Cursed Naval Commander armor
  • 12 Cursed Naval Commander helms
  • 8 Cursed Naval Commander weapons
  • 2 Cursed Naval Commander capes
  • Cursed Quibble Bank Pet
  • Cursed Parrot pet and cape

  • Solar Naval Commander
  • Solar Naval Commander Tricorns (male and female)
  • 2 Solar Naval Commander weapons
  • Solar Commander's Cape 
  • Lunar Pirate Captain 
  • Lunar Captain’s Tricorns (male and female)
  • 3 Lunar Captain weapons
  • Lunar Captain’s Cape 
  • Lunar Battle Wolf
  • Solar and Lunar Parrot pets and capes

  • Golden Pirate Captain
  • Golden Captain’s Hats (male and female) 
  • Golden Captain’s Pistol (single and dual-wield) 

Tags: Alina,
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September 23, 2016

Take on Captain Flintfang

Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016 War Boss Battle!

Y'arrrrr! Last weekend, ye fought to help choose the next ruler of the Midnight Sea... and the Vampirates flooded th' war meter with a bounty of helpful heroes. BUT the Lycan Buccaneers were NOT ready to parlay or recognize Bonnie's victory -- and THAT is why ye're needed to take down Captain Flintfang this weekend!

/join midnight war and talk to Bonnie's Lieutenant to begin the quest to take down Captain Flintfang! Each time you defeat him, you'll have a chance to get one of the reward drops shown above and listed below:

  • Flintfang Morph Helm 
  • Lycan Captain Armor
  • Truly Cursed Cutlass
  • Cursed Tricorn helms 
  • Midnight TopHat 
  • Vampirate Crossed Cutlasses
  • Cursed Naval Anchor Cape
  • Vampirate Cutlass V
  • ampirate Crossed Cutlasses
  • Cursed Hair helms

Captain Flintfang's armor and morph helm will also be available in the September Featured Gear shop until September 30th (for you heroes without much time to farm, but with a hunger for lycan-themed gear)!

Tags: Alina,
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September 21, 2016

Next Friday: Mogloween Returns

Getting a Head Start on Halloween!

Next Friday is September 30th... and we are going to start our month of Halloween celebration a day early! Log in next weekend for candy, costumes, & craziness!  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!

Ok... not RIGHT NOW, but starting next Friday, September 30th

Welcome to 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!

Find the Cauldron sisters, Bubble, Toil, and Trouble, when you /join mogloween and help them play their tricks to save Mogloween... and all the delicious treats that come with it! You'll also have a chance to unlock some of our most awesomely spooky (and most popular gear) of the year!

Find the Necronaut in Mystcroft!

Last year, we introduced a new challenge fight: the Necronaut! Next weekend, you can take him down again and replay everyone's favorite spooky holiday from years ago & get 2016 Seasonal Rare items. 

This year, we'll have a NEW side story, featuring Sora to Hoshi, Samba, Beleen, and a new Loremaster as they investigate a tale hinting at a legendary race of creatures and a mystical celebration... 

Unlock 8th Upholder When You Buy Any Membership

AQW is coming up on another birthday! That's means we are once again offering the chance to become an AQW Upholder!

What does an 8th Upholder get?

As an 8th Upholder, you shall receive:

  • Exclusive Upholder Class: Sentinel Class!*

  • Rare: Cursed Star Sword

  • Rare: Solar Star Sword

  • 8th Upholder Character Page Badge

  • Infinite bragging rights

  • Access to the exclusive Star Sword: Origins zone

Once you become an 8th Upholder, you can easily access these Items in your Book of Lore by clicking your 8th Upholder Badge icon in the Badges tab.

 

How do I become an 8th Upholder?

All that we ask is that you help support AQW the game undergoes its exciting rebirth!

Please note that only Upgraded Legend Memberships count toward 8th Upholder.

* Memberships purchased on September 30th will award 8th Upholder this year.

 

Mark your calendars: October of OMG-AWESOME!

This is not the only new holiday event happening this month! Not by a LONG shot!

  • Friday, September 30: 8th Upholder BEGINS!
  • Friday, September 30: the October Upgrade bonus gear: Shadowfang Sorcery set 
  • Friday, September 30: Mogloween returns!
  • Tuesday, October 4: Taco Day returns
  • Friday, October 7: Part 1 of the Throne of Darkness Saga finale!
  • Friday, October 14: Part 2 of the Throne of Darkness Saga finale!
  • Friday, October 21: The Darkest Invasion (Bridge of Monsters)
  • Friday, October 28: Mogloween 2016: J6 Knows Your Nightmares
Tags: Alina,
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September 20, 2016

Friday: Cursed Legion Naval Commander

Calling all members of the Undead Legion!

If you own the Cursed Naval Commander, you'd better start counting your Legion Tokens! Head to Dage's Underworld to find the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... stocked with all 26 items in the Cursed Legion Naval Commander set! 

The only way to get ANY of the Cursed Legion Naval Commander gear is by:

  1. Buying the Cursed Naval Commander from Quibble's Shop
  2. Being a member of the Undead Legion
  3. Spending your hard-earned Legion Tokens to get the 0 AC gear 

Note 1: you must have the Cursed Naval Commander in your inventory to open the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop.

Note 2: Once you have the Cursed Naval Commander armor, you will always be able to open the Cursed Legion Naval Commander shop... but the Cursed Naval Commander armor (and the rest of Quibble's gear) leaves the game on September 30th!

(The Cursed Naval Commander is shown on the right in the image above. The Cursed Legion Naval Commander is on the left.)

Dage the Evil wants YOU. Enlist Today!

Dage is one Evil dude, that’s for sure. Do you have what it takes to become part of his growing Undead Legion army?

Dage the Evil Recruitment Poster

Undead Legion Requirements

  1. Undying passion for the Undead
  2. Absolute affection towards the dark and deadly
  3. Total commitment to AQWorlds
  4. Passion for ridiculously ridiculous quests
  5. SKULLS!
  6. And more SKULLS!

If you meet the above requirements, then you are the perfect candidate for Dage the Evil’s Undead Legion!

How to Join the Undead Legion

  1. Log into AQWorlds
  2. Travel to the Underworld (/join Underworld)
  3. Find Dage the Evil and introduce yourself
  4. Click on “Shops”, then click “Armor Shop” and buy the Undead Warrior armor for 1200 ACs
  5. Speak to Dage again, and
    • click “Quests”
    • and then “Legion Quests”
    • and complete the Undead Champion Initiation
  6. If successful, you will be able to complete the remaining quests (Mourn the Soldiers, Understanding Undead Champions, Player vs Power, and Fail to the King)
  7. After you complete “Fail to the King” quest, you can buy the Undead Champion armor
    • In Dage’s speech bubble, click “Shops”
    • Then click “Legion Shop”
    • Buy the Undead Champion armor for 50,000 gold
  8. As an Undead Champion, you can now go on Champion Quests
    • Speak with Dage, slick “Quests”
    • Click “Champion Quests”
    • Complete INSANE quests to prove your worth
  9. Start earning Legion Tokens with every successful quest complete

10. Use Legion Tokens to buy things from the Merge Shop

  • Speak with Dage
  • Click Shops
  • Click Merge Shop
  • Get epic loot!

Assuming you’ve made it this far, you can complete lots of other quests from Dage, gain access to Dage’s Soul Forge where MORE items can be crafted, and also be fully prepared for Dage’s brand new armor arriving Friday…

Once you Achieve Undead Legionnaire Status…

You'll be able to unlock the Naval Commander shop and spend your Legion Tokens on the Cursed Legion Naval Commander! Now that I have shared everything with you… you can begin (or continue!) your journey into Dage’s Undead Legion!

Get to work, soldier!  

Tags: Alina,
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September 19, 2016

Monday Server Rewrite Update

Post-Weekend Testing Information

Thank you to EVERYONE who logged on over the weekend to help us test the new servers -- you guys did an AMAZING job finding and confirming issues! So... what happenes next?

  1. We are reverting the right-side game servers back to the old system (so they will no longer be testing servers)
  2. Yorumi is fixing what you've found with the help of our testers and whitehats
  3. Right now, PVP is disabled on the testing servers as we try to isolate one of the bugs you helped shine a light on
  4. Expect another big weekend test in the near future 

But why do we NEED more testing?

More testing is needed because you found more bugs! Or rather, this weekend's big test highlighted that an issue we thought was fixed... wasn't. Some bugs only reliably appear when the server is under heavy load (which means that a lot of players are on it). Other bugs only happen when a very specific combination of triggers happens at once.

We've simulated heavy load (thanks, whitehats!) and tried to find and reproduce all of those tricky "special circumstances" bugs, but that's a LOT easier when we have a lot of real, live players playing the game and testing.

Make sure you are logging to one of those servers on this URL to get the new client with the boost: http://www.aq.com/play-now/defaulttest.asp for the right side servers

Enhancement Fix

For those of you who DO bounce back and forth between the testing and regular servers, Yorumi has added in a work-around so that you won't see your character breaking when you switch between them.

If you buy a new enhancement on testing server 1 or 2, then go back to the regular, live servers, you'll see a level 1 adventurer enhancement temporarily equipped. (That prevents your character from breaking.)

Any enhancements you buy and equip on the old server will carry over to the testing servers without a problem.

Read this post to see WHY we need the servers rewritten, what rewards you'll get, and how to report bugs properly.

Tags: Alina,
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September 16, 2016

Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016 is here!

Choose a Side and Battle in the Midnight Sea War!

The Vampire Pirates are at war with the Lycan Pirates over the richest prize in the seven seas - the Midnight Sea Crown! Vote with your blades and battle to help determine WHO will rule all of the Midnight Pirates in Lore for the next year… who will YOU choose to become the Midnight Pirate King or Queen?

You'll find a bounty of epic and piratical booty waits for those willing to fight for it! YARRRR! But... WHO will you fight for? That's th' real question, me hearties!

This weekend, begin the adventure when you /join midnightcrown! Complete the first 12 quests to unlock the Midnight Crown WAR in /midnightwar! Choose a side and slay monsters to raise the war meter... and may the BEST side win!

  • Slay lycans for Bonnie Blood to get Full Moon Bounties
  • Slay vampirates for Flintfang to get Black Veil Bounties

Each time you turn in one of the MEGA Bounty quests, you'll have a chance to get one of the pieces of each side's farming reward set:

  • Crulon's Vampirate Armor
  • Axeros' Lycan Shinobi Armor!

At 25%, 50%, and 75% on the war meter, EXTRA reward drops will be added, too!

Quibble is back with Rare Pirate Gear!

Grab yer doubloons and prepare to parlay, because Quibble Coinbiter's ready to give you what you want... IF you can meet his price!

This year's Quibble Shop will feature:

  • Cursed Naval Commander set
  • Golden Pirate Captain set
  • Solar Naval Commander set
  • Lunar Naval Commander set
  • Explorer Naval Commander Class and Armor (returns each year)
  • Cursed Quibble Bank Pet
Tags: Alina,
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September 15, 2016

Server Rewrite Testing Weekend

Server Rewrite Update

Hi, guys! A lot of you have been waiting for a server rewrite update, but I've held off until today because we have been SO CLOSE. This afternoon, Yorumi is going to put the new server and client on the right-side servers for one final weekend of mega-testing! 

  • Zorbak
  • Safiria
  • Cysero
  • Alina
  • Nythera
  • Testing Server 2

Make sure you are logging to one of those servers on this URL to get the new client with the boost: http://www.aq.com/play-now/defaulttest.asp for the right side servers

Issues to watch out for

Yorumi is working on enabling the Enhancements on the LIVE test server. They work on our development test servers. He should have that up early next week. For now, please change enhancements on the left-side servers. (Twilly, Artix, Sir Ver, Galanoth, Yorumi, and Espada)

Your Reputations are displaying incorrectly. They are being recorded properly on the back-end, and you'll see them correctly on the left hand servers.

Wait, what's this all about? Server rewrite?!

We've made a lot of changes to AQWorlds over the couple years, and gained MANY new players! That's great, because it means there are tons of new heroes for you to quest with, battle with, and talk to... but also puts our servers under a great deal of strain. 

To make AQW the BEST game it can be, we need to take the time to FIX the current issues. So... how do we DO that? WE REBUILD AQW'S SERVERS!

For the two and a half, Yorumi (AQWorlds' lead programmer)** have been rewriting the AQW server* and we are now confident that the server is ready to release! That's why this weekend is the LAST weekend of testing as Yorumi works on the final display bug.*** 

Server rewrite progress:

So that we all have a clear idea of where the server rewrite progress is at, we'll use server rewrite version numbering (SRV) and phases.

Phase 1: Porting the existing game over to proprietary server software (that we built ourselves. This is what Oversoul currently runs on).

  • SRV 0 - research begins
  • SRV 0.01 - server architecture meeting with Zhoom
  • SRV 0.02 - staff-only test of new combat system
  • SRV 0.6 - full working Alpha stage
  • SRV 0.8 - player live-test on PTR
  • SRV 0.999 - Live test weekend
  • SRV 1.0 - full launch of Server Rewrite, Phase 1

Why We Need the Server Rewrite

We have a good deal of control over the game, but the current version of AQWorlds uses server software whose base we did not build ourselves (though we created all of our server-based game functionality)... and that means there are some things we cannot change.

This is one of the main causes of the random bugs some of you are reporting. It's also one of the reasons some bugs (like desynced friends/guild lists) have not been fixed and why some features (like the better botting detection, all-new class skills, and finished Guild cities) have not been released.

With these changes, we can make AQWorlds better, faster, smoother, AND introduce new features that you guys have been requesting for a long, long time!

* the backend system that makes the game function, not what you log into each time you want to play the game.
** With the help of his assistant, M, for the last six months, and with the help of our servers testers since the project began
*** Display bugs are typically smaller, and usually easy to fix.

Next Up: Phase 2... Where all the FUN happens!

What I've been writing about above is Phase 1 of the server rewrite - porting the game over to the new servers. Phase 2 is where we're planning to make the changes you have all been asking for. 

Once Phase 1 is complete, we can start working Phase 2 functionality like:

  • friends list syncing 
  • bank item previews 
  • better PVP and guilds functionality 
  • adding rank 10 passives to new classes 
  • cross-server/world chat 
  • better anti-bot and reporting functionality and more. 

Testing Mission Sprocket

Those of you who have completed quests on the testing server may have noticed a new item dropping from ALL quests - the Testing Mission Sprocket! Save up 150 of these babies and you'll be able to turn them in for the 0 AC Sir Ver Bank Pet, a wicked-cool PTR testing reward!

Remember: as you find issues testing quests, killing monsters, and running around the game, please report them on the Bug Tracker!

How do I report PTR bugs?

PTR reports will be handled almost exactly the same now as reports have always been handled, so for those of you who know how, you can skip this section.  For those who don’t here’s a nice little walk through of reporting a bug.

First you need to get to the right place.

Start by clicking that link. This will open a new tab on your browser.  Go there.On that page, you will begin the very short process of making a bug report.

Choose AdventureQuest Worlds as the game being reported.

Then use the drop down menu to get to the right type of report. In this case, we want the AQW Server Rewrite. Click that and it will bring you to the report form.

Read the full "How To Report Bugs" post here!

Thank you x 9001

Thank you so much to everyone who has, is, and will help us test! We say that we build our games for and with you, and it's TRUE! We could not create AdventureQuest Worlds' weekly updates or its server rewrite without you, and I'm so excited that we are all building this together.

TEST ON!

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September 13, 2016

8th Birthday Event Begins October 7th

Or should I say... The Throne of Darkness Finale Begins?!

If you've been keeping up with the Throne of Darkness Saga*, you know that we have ONE CHAPTER left! Artix and Memet are meeting next week to pin down the final details of the two-part finale that will release on... October 7th and 14th.

That's right, the Throne of Darkness finale will be this year's big birthday release, and MAN, I cannot wait until you all play the end! But that's a birthday surprise, and I don't want to spoil it for you.

This October is AdventureQuest Worlds' 8th birthday and Artix Entertainment's 14th anniversary! That is CRAZY, and I cannot believe how fast time has flown!

What?! Why are you combining the Saga finale and the Birthday?!

GOOD question! For a couple reasons:

  1. To give you the BEST experience for the final chapter of the Throne of Darkness event, the releases need to come one right after the other (no breaks in between)
  2. Because our birthday events are always crazy and awesome, and the final will be, too!
  3. The Throne of Darkness Saga is a story Artix has wanted to tell for YEARS... and its finale deserves the kind of attention and visibility our birthday events get.
  4. Because Artix is so heavily invested in BOTH the Throne of Darkness Saga *and* the AdventureQuest 3D beta, we need to make sure he has the time and brainpower for both.**

I know I said no spoilers in the first paragraph of this post, but what I WILL spoil is the theme of this year's birthday CLASS - you all might remember the evolved Paladin art Dage created for Artix last year? We've had people asking since then to release the armor... and next month, we're going to go one better and release an all-new evolved Paladin class!

The Throne of Darkness Saga was Artix's brainchild, and a story he's held close to his heart. What better way to thank him for all the time, effort, energy, and love he's put into the story than by releasing a new Paladin Class for its finale?

The name and skill details are still in progress, but starting October 14th, you'll be able to farm for or buy with 2000 AdventureCoins our newest Paladin Class!

* And if you haven't, now's the time to start! Click the "Throne of Darkness Saga" button in your game menu to get caught up!

** After all, there's no one to cast rez on our Paladin if HE collapses from exhaustion!

Tags: Alina,
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September 23, 2016

This Weekend: Paladin vs the Undead

Undead + Paladin + Surprises = Battle Frenzy!

While YOU have been fighting the Throne of Darkness villains, the rest of Lore still battles all the other monsters roaming free. Starting tonight, the Order of Paladins needs you to bear witness as one recruit faces a horde of undead to prove that she is ready to (and worthy) to become a Paladin!

Heroes: return to the lands of Doomwood! /Join lightguard to begin the adventure as you help Darcy on her final trial before joining the ranks of the Paladins!

  • Take on a legion of the Undead to prove your worth
  • Defeat the Skeletal Subjugator for a chance to get Darcy's armor, helm, and blade
  • Find Laken's Paladin Commander set in the September Featured Gear shop in your game menu
  • SURPRISE ENDING! (Is it REALLY a surprise if we tell you there's a surprise coming?)
Tags: Alina,
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September 16, 2016

This Friday: Quibble Returns

Log in this weekend to fight for the best booty of the year!

Pirates, swashbucklers, and seadawgs alike... yer time is almost here! Talk Like a Pirate Day begins this Friday at www.AQ.com! Quibble Dubloonbiter's on his way with the Cursed and Solar Naval Commanders and the Golden and Lunar Pirate Captain sets just fer you! 

Throne of Darkness Trailer

You'll find him in Battleon this weekend, but his shop will stay in the Game Menu until September 30th!

In this week's Quibble Shop, you'll find the following gear:

  • Cursed Naval Commander armor
  • 12 Cursed Naval Commander helms
  • 8 Cursed Naval Commander weapons
  • 2 Cursed Naval Commander capes
  • Cursed Quibble Bank Pet
  • Cursed Parrot pet and cape

  • Solar Naval Commander
  • Solar Naval Commander Tricorns (male and female)
  • 2 Solar Naval Commander weapons
  • Solar Commander's Cape 
  • Lunar Pirate Captain 
  • Lunar Captain’s Tricorns (male and female)
  • 3 Lunar Captain weapons
  • Lunar Captain’s Cape 
  • Lunar Battle Wolf
  • Solar and Lunar Parrot pets and capes

  • Golden Pirate Captain
  • Golden Captain’s Hats (male and female) 
  • Golden Captain’s Pistol (single and dual-wield) 
Tags: Alina,
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September 12, 2016

Lunar Pirate Captain

Talk Like a Pirate Day Returns This Friday!

Find the Lunar Pirate Captain - with sparkling stars - in Quibble Coinbiter's Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016 shop this Friday at www.AQ.com!

Tags: Alina,
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September 09, 2016

Celestial Realm: Infernal Invasion

Battle to save the Celestial Realm Once More!

Log in this weekend to help defend the Celestial Realm from a host of Infernal invaders... then talk to Aranx to check out all the rare gear he’s made for you to celebrate his birthday!

You'll need to have completed the first part of the story to begin this week's adventure. If you haven't yet, /join celestialrealm and speak to Aranx to begin!

Many of this week's reward items drop from the monsters in the map, so get battling and prepare to fight for your loot! You can also collect the Infernal Tokens that drop from the monsters in the zone to create additional rewards from Aranx's merge shop.

Tags: Alina,
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September 12, 2016

This Friday: Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016!

Pirate WAR in Darkovia and the Yokai Isles!

Join us this Friday, September 16th, for the fan-favorite holiday event: Talk Like a Pirate Day! Get the best booty of the year as you battle for the Midnight Crown!


This year, the Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016 WAR will take place between the Vampire and Lycan Pirates that fight for control of the Midnight Sea, which lies just to the right of the Evernight Mountains in Dwarfhold.

Tags: Alina,
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September 09, 2016

Aranx's Greatest Good Gear

Limited Time Celestial-Themed Gear Shop Arrives Friday!

Find Aranx’s Celestial Birthday gear in the September Featured Gear shop in your game menu! These are some of the best Good-themed items we’ll release this year, but they won't be available for long

Limited Time Rare gear in this week's Featured Shop:

  • Enchanted LightCaster 
  • Enchanted Blade of Light 
  • Light Caster Scarf  
  • Enchanted Light Hood 
  • Enchanted Rod of Light 
  • Enchanted Orbs of Light Cape 
  • Enchanted Mace of Light

The above items will go permanently rare on September 30th. The following items will be available until September 30th, then will not return until 2017, during the next Celestial Realm zone update.

Returning gear in this week's Featured Shop:

  • Evolved LightCaster
  • Silken Hood of Light
  • Glowing Halo and Locks of Light
  • Glowing Halo of Light
  • Shining Blade of Glory
  • Shining Blade of Glory (member gold version)

Both the Enchanted LightCaster and the Evolved LightCaster armors will automatically unlock the LightCaster Class (currently scheduled for release sometime in 2017). These armors cannot be sold until October 1st.

Did you say... LightCaster CLASS?!?!

Yes, I did! Aranx, whose zone the class would be based on, and I discussed this a great deal. He and the class designers DO want to make a LightCaster class, but not until after the server rewrite. Once that is done, we'll be able to introduce new, VERY cool abilities -- and that's something a class like this SHOULD have. 

Tags: Alina,
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August 31, 2016

Get up to 50% More Free AdventureCoins!

Back to School AdventureCoin Bonus Happening Now!

Get up to 50% more free AdventureCoins when you buy a 12000 AdventureCoin package from September 1st through 5th during our Back to School AdventureCoin Bonus ! (That is 6000 more free ACs!) With the end of the Throne of Darkness Saga, Talk Like a Pirate Day, and Aranx's Birthday coming, this is the perfect time to stock up!

Get up to 50% more free AdventureCoins when you buy any AC package PLUS unlock the exclusive September Upgrade Bonus Gear!

Buy the following AdventureCoin packages to get:

  • 12000 AC package:  6000 bonus AdventureCoins (best deal!)
  • 5000 AC package: 2000 bonus AdventureCoins 
  • 2000 AC package: 500 bonus AdventureCoins 
  • 900 AC package: 100 bonus AdventureCoins

September 9th UPDATE: The Back to School AC Bonus ended on September 5th. AdventureCoin packages purchased after September 5th received the normal amount of ACs.

Tags: Alina,
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September 06, 2016

This Friday: Aranx's Birthday

Head to the Celestial Realm NOW to play last year's event!

Last year, we introduced the Celestial Realm to help celebrate Aranx's birthday. This year, we return to the Celestial Realm because... the darkness is encroaching! An dark spire appeared out of nowhere and with it infernal creatures that have begun attacking. O_O 

Now Available: The Celestial Realm Awaits

You can log in and play through the first release in the Celesetial Realm RIGHT NOW when you /join celestialrealm! The three Celestial Avatars of Time, Death, and Life are missing. A portal to the Infernal Realm (two realms to the left of the Underworld) has been opened by Chamat, the Queen of Monsters’ talented Lieutenant. Infernal creatures are flooding into the Celestial Realm, and Aranx needs YOUR help to drive the dark beasts out and discover where the Avatars have gone -- if his world falls… Lore will be next!

Hey... What About an Evolved LightCaster Class?!

We discussed this a great deal, and we DO want to make a class like this, but not until after the server rewrite. Once that is done, we'll be able to introduce new, VERY cool abilities -- and that's something a class like this SHOULD have. 

We MAY release an Evolved LightCaster armor this weekend. If we do, anyone who buys it will automatically unlock the Evolved LightCaster Class when/if it is created.

Tags: Alina,
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August 31, 2016

September Upgrade Bonus Gear

Unlock the September Upgrade Bonus Gear with Select Packages!

Starting this Friday, September 2nd, at 6 PM EST, buy any AdventureCoin or Membership package of $10 USD or more to unlock your exclusive September upgrade bonus items! These packages replace the Shadowstrike Warriors August bonus gear.

12000 AC or 12 month membership packages: 21 items + Boosts

Get more gear and save more of your real-world gold with our largest upgrade packages! Unlock the following gear with our 12000 AdventureCoin or 12 month membership packages:

  • 2 armors: Royal Raider and Dark Seas Commander
  • 8 helms
  • 2 weapons
  • 4 capes 
  • 4 weapons
  • 1 pet
  • 7 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

2000 and 5000 AC or 3 and 6 month membership package: 10 items + Boosts

  • 1 Armor: Royal Raider
  • 4 Helms
  • 1 Cape
  • 2 Weapons
  • 5 Rep/XP/Gold/Class Points boosts added straight to your inventory

All packages will also come with the Royal Raiders character page badge, so you can show all your friends who REALLY owns the seven seas! The September bonus gear goes rare September 30th (when 8th upholder begins), so get it while it is still here!

8th Upholder Begins Soon!

Almost 8 years ago, AdventureQuest Worlds went live and players jumped at the chance to become the first Members of AQW. These lucky, early supporters of the game became the game's Founders. Every October after that, we hold the Upholder promotion - anyone upgrading their account during that period (or whose membership ends after November 1st of that year) becomes an Upholder... making them one of our most Legendary supporters. 

8th Upholder begins October 1st, 2016. If your membership ends on or AFTER November 1st, 2016, then you are ALREADY an automatic 8th Upholder. If you are NOT an Upholder and you don't want to take the chance on missing it, then GOOD NEWS! You can upgrade now with a 3, 6, or 12 month membership and instantly become an 8th Upholder. You'll automatically unlock all the Upholder perks on October 1st!

* You can see what time it is on the server clock in your options menu)

** Upholder badge color not final

Tags: Alina,
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August 31, 2016

This Weekend: Draco*Con 2016

An undead dragon convention?! Hope to see you there!

Join Zorbak this weekend for the start of a new tradition: Draco*Con 2016! Con checklist: baby dracoliches, undead warriors, and Zorbak’s newest, most nefarious plot yet to rule (or destroy?!) the world!

Whaaaat? I thought it was DRAGON*CON?!

You thought right! Every year, some of our team members attend Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia! This year, Artix, Cysero, Dage the Evil, and Stryche will be attending... But we know that not all of YOU can come, too... so Zorbak offered to hold Draco*Con while they were away!

A new band was formed JUST for Draco*Con... called DragonROARS! (If you love heavy metal and/or are familiar with the band DragonForce, you will LOVE the track Ghost made for this release... inspired by some of their music! You can listen to our track here!)

UPDATE: Zorbak Interferes with Dragon*Con?!

Now, we know Zorbak likes to make trouble... but seriously! With Tropical Storm Hermine bearing down on the secret underground lab... it's like he can't leave well enough alone. It's not enough that he gets his OWN convention, he has to make sure that Artix, Cysero, Dage, Zazul, and Stryche have to battle to get to THEIRS!

The team has left early to beat the storm and arrive at Dragon*Con safely... if YOU are in the area affected by Tropical Storm Hermine (or Hurricane Madeline over near Hawaii) please stay safe and warm and dry! 

Tags: Alina,
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August 29, 2016

Dragon*Con Starts This Friday

Join us at our Panel Saturday at 2:30 PM!

CON STARTS THIS WEEK!!! This is one of my favorite AE traditions. I have been going to DragonCon for years and getting to meet up there with some of our most diehard fans is always a great experience. We've have had people come from England and even as far away as New Zealand just to attend our now legendary DragonCon panels! 

AQ3D Cysero Artix Dragoncon

THE AQ3D 2016 PANEL!

  • WHEN: Saturday, September 3rd, 2:30-3:30 PM

  • WHERE: Westin Hotel, Ballrooms E-G

This year, it will be Artix, Dage, Stryche and me and we will be talking about AQ3D. We will be giving secret info and spoilers about what we're working on and what we have planned for the game, and giving away a few Closed Beta keys that will work for either the Steam or Android versions of the game! 

There will be no fan table again this year, but we'll be running around the con so don't be afraid to say hi and give us a high five in the hallway. A LOT of the famous people at con will sign something for you if you pay them, but lucky for YOU we're NOT FAMOUS AT ALL! All you have to do is give us a marker. We will sign ANYTHING. I mean that. Artix and I signed a dude's neckback in 2011.

WAIT...WHAT IS DRAGONCON?

Quite a few people don't know what DRAGONCON is so we should probably cover that first.

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

AQ3D DragonCon FloorThis is the floor of just ONE of the SEVEN hotels that make up DragonCon and this is just at midnight on opening night! 

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

There are panels about everything from making your own functional steampunk R2-D2, to meet-and-greets with some of the biggest names in TVs, Movies, Gaming and Books. There are thousands of people dressed up as their favorite characters, movie marathons, a sea of tables for table top games like Dungeons and Dragons, card games like Pokémon, Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh, board games like Risk, Settlers of Catan and King of Tokyo. There are several WAREHOUSE sized rooms stocked to the gills with Attack On Titan Jackets and titan skinsuits, Lightsabers, Steampunk Goggles, Nerdy T-shirts, Comic Books, Video Games, Card Games, Board Games and other types of game, Art and anything else you can imagine for sale. There are nightly raves, Firefly themed shindigs, vampire masquerade balls and a constant stream of Concerts featuring people like Voltaire, I Fight Dragons, and One-Eyed Doll... and, of course, our own Artix Entertainment Fan Panel.

AQ3D Dalek
Sure, sometimes you have to share an elevator with a dalek, but we're all here for fun.  

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

At the panel we get to meet and hang out with some of our biggest fans, we talk about what is coming up, have a question and answer session, and Artix usually shows some movies that he's made over the past year. In the past we've had some amazing panels including a fight between Artix, Chairman Platinum and Sepulchure himself fighting surrounded by screaming AE fans cheering Artix on. A few people even stepped in front of our friendly paladin to protect him from the DoomKnight. The people running the room were AMAZED by how excited our players got compared to the other panels on the Gaming and MMO tracks. We even have special guests! Voltaire has shown up and even played a few songs in a surprise concert for his AE fans before.

AQ3D Cysero VOltaireVoltaire and I posing for a few player photo requests. 

And Oh yeah... can't forget about the Artix Panel Item! Every year we come up with some ideas for a special item for people who made the long trek out to visit us. It's traditionally been an AQW item but with so much AQ3D hype we might have a vote during the panel about AQW vs. AQ3D! 

AQ3D signed a dude's neckFound the pic!

NOTE: WE DO NOT RUN DRAGONCON! AE has nothing to do with the set-up or funding of the convention. We just attend like everyone else. It's an institution in Atlanta and has been held there for the last quarter century so asking us to have it in YOUR hometown next year is impossible on every level. This is also the closest, biggest convention that we can get to. We would LOVE to come to the convention in your town or in your country but we simply can't afford to travel that far.

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

Cysero's Con Survival Guide! (revised 2016 edition)

DragonCon starts NEXT WEEKEND and, as has become tradition, I am imparting my knowledge and experience to you all. This year I've decided to break it down into ESSENTIAL items for survival and another area for GOOD IDEA items! This is Cysero's Con Survival Guide '16!

---------------------------------- ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL ITEMS! ----------------------------------

  • A Large Bag.

    You're going to to be carrying a LOT of stuff around with you and picking up a lot of stuff as you con so a large bag is necessary. And when I say bag I DO NOT mean a large plastic grocery bag. I mean a sturdy courier bag or backpack. I will be bringing my N7 Canvas courier bag, hardened for con survival.

AQ3D Cysero's trusy N7 Con BagMy trusty canvas N7 con bag!

  • A Towel.

    Your hotel room will probably come equipped with these but I always prefer to bring a large, beach-sized towel with me wherever I go. Hitchikers listed most of the uses, but for a more practical example: I have fallen asleep in the hallways of more than one convention hotel and it's always nice to have a towel for a blanket or pillow.
  • Bottle Of Water.

    You may not starve but you might dehydrate. The floor can get HOT with that many people and Atlanta is not a cool place this time of year. Also good for waking up wierdos who are sleeping in the hallways of your hotel under beach towels. I speak from experience. Note: There are plenty of free places to fill up your bottle in the hallways of the various Con hotels.
  • Smartphone or Tablet + Charger (Backup Battery Pack is AWESOMELY HANDY).

    This one has become a given because who doesn't carry around their phone now? You can show us how well AQ3D runs on your Android phone or tablet and get the DragonCon App that has maps and schedules! Con gives out paper schedules and you might want a hard-copy verion for novelty or because you're a hispter or Luddite, but you'll lose it.

    Everyone has something to charge now so finding an open power outlet can be a real challenge but just like you never know when you will get to eat, the same goes for your phone. Finding a free place to plug in is hard but carrying a backup power pack for your phone is SO easy. 
  • Good Walking Shoes.

    Trust me. Even if you're just going for one day... good shoes. 


---------------------------------- GOOD IDEA ITEMS! ----------------------------------

AQ3D DragonCon Weapon ShopYou never know what you'll run into at con. Be prepared.

  • Extra Strength Energy Shots.

    You know, those little bottles of energy booster that they sell everywhere. These things are not great for you, but caffeine and sugar have no effect on MY metabolism unless delivered in MASSIVE doses and you might be built the same way. Con goes day and night, all weekend long. And it's a holiday weekend. I consider them a necessity during Con. We can sleep when we're dead. 
  • Energy Bars.

    Meals come unpredictably during con and staying alive can be hard. You never know when you'll be stuck at a table-top gaming session that lasts 14 hours straight... and if you leave the brutal GM will just kill you.
  • Multi-Vitamins.

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

    See above.
  • Cash (Well Hidden).

    As you explore the convention you WILL encounter some stuff you NEED to own. Swords, pithy shirts, novels, William Shattner selling autographs... and there is a 50% chance that the thing you want to buy, you can't buy with plastic. If you plan on falling asleep in a hall somewhere, be sure that your cash is in your sock or in the secret pocket in your boxers, or cloak... you don't want to wake up broke.

AQ3D Dragoncon Merch RomDragonCon Merch Room Map

  • A Good Friend.

    The buddy system is always a good idea. That's why I usually bring Alces. He's my best friend and I've known him since middle school. He's part Dr. Gonzo, part Chief Medical Officer and part Tech Support. If you have a friend who has been before and can show you around the ever changing paths of the convention, bonus.

  • Glow Sticks or a Dance Party App.

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

  • A Zorbak Plushy.

    It's the ultimate ice-breaker. "Can I get a picture of you holding this guy, please?" "Sure... what is he?". 

AQ3D TekaiThat time Zorbak met George Tekai at DragonCon!

  • An Umbrella or Poncho.
  • In 2011 the Venture Brothers panel line was long enough that it went outside the hotel and Alces and I found ourselves in the middle of a rain storm. With all of the weather coming from Tropical Storm Isaac headed toward Atlanta just in time for con. I suggest packing weather protection. A poncho will fit in your bag but an unmbrella makes you look swanky if you rock it right.

  • Duct Tape (DUCK TAPE).

    This is just something you should have all the time anyway, BUT there are a LOT of people in a LOT of costumes and things start falling apart on day one. A well timed piece of duct tape can make you a lot of friends very quickly.

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

You Guys Are Coming With Me!

It always seems that we have a TON of fans at our panel but they represent a tiny fraction of you guys and we really do which you could ALL be there. I'm going to try really hard to keep a contact stream of Twitter, Facebook and Vine spam coming your way so you can come with me and live DragonCon through my eyes (camera).

Here is a link to my Twitter.
Here is a link to my Facebook.
Here is a link to my Vine. 
Here is a link to my Instagram.

Artix, Dage, Stryche and I will be hopping in the car early on NEXT Thursday morning, so be packed and ready to ride to Atlanta with us!

Tags: Alina,
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September 16, 2016

Legend of Talk Like a Pirate Day

Batten down the hatches... Knowledge Flood Incoming!

Ahoy, ye lubbers! Saturday be International Talk Like A Pirate Day and people from all over t' world be spendin' as much o' t' day as they can stand speakin' as piratey as they know how. Aye yes, and ye best be ready too, ‘cause we pirates don’t take too kindly to lilly livered landlubbers.

Throne of Darkness TrailerChoose a side in our newest pirate war!

T' celebration was originally created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy) whist playin' a game o' racquetball as such holidays often begin. For some reason or another (including the help o' a scurvy wordpirate-turned-columnist named Dave Barry), t' internet adopted t' very silly holiday and (wantin' t' celebrate as many silly holidays as possible)

AE followed suit addin' TLPD (or TLAPD for those o' you who just love your articles) t' our yearly roster o' holidays. It was such a wildly popular fan favorite that we've been keepin' t' spirit alive and doin' it every year.

If yer gonna look the look and walk the walk, that's all well and good, me hearty. But ye should also know how to TALK the TALK!

If'n ye aren't sure of yer nautical knowledge, fret not, sailor—ye be in luck, ‘cause me AQW Crewmate Beleen has a lil’ lessen for ye in the way o' the Pirate. Yaaaar!

There be Rules, Sailor: Pirate 101

Thee first thing ye need to know ‘bout becomin’ a pirate is ye gatta believe yer a pirate! If ye don’t truly believe ye be a Swashbuckler, then aint no one else ganna be bamboozled! Set ye deadlights on these steps:

  1. Pirates don’t be good at speakin’. We be mutterin’ most o’ our words. Best get used to it, matey!
  2. Ye gatta run ye words togeth’r. Ye gatta slur. Don’t be usin’ no proper sentences, either!
  3. If ye still got both ye hands, use a motherload o’ gestures. Movin’ ye hands about when ye speak be key to a pirate’s life. It also be good fer protectin’ against Carpal Tunnel!
  4. Pirates be loud ‘nd lusty ‘nd brash. Thee louder ye be, THEE SMART’R YE SOUND!!!
  5. Never say “you” or “your” unless ye wishes to walk the plank. It be “ye” an’ “yer” in the Pirate’s life! Savvy?
  6. Oh, ‘nd it be “me” and not no “I” or “mine”! Fer example, “that be me booty, ye no good two toothed thievin’ scallywag!”
  7. Drop the “g” after words endin’ in “ing”. There be no need fer that “g” after many words, like goin’, and fightin’, and fishin’, and swimmin’!
  8. Make up words if ye have to! We pirates don’t be mindin’ a wee bit o’ hornswaggling!
  9. Pirates be superstitious folk. Never leave port without ye good luck charm, or there be mighty a dire consequence! Me never leaves me home base without me lucky pink skull pendant!

Swanky Pirate Lingo: Pirate 102

Below be a list o’ the best pirate-speak in all thee seven seas! Best practice these phrases, ‘nd ye then be ready fer Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19!

  • All hands on deck! – A cry that calls for immediate action.
  • Ahoy! – A general greeting, meaning "Hello!"
  • Arrr! – A pirate’s most commonly used word that has no solid definition.
  • Avast! – A cry that generally means “Stop and give attention.” Can also mean "Whoa!” or "Check it out" or "No way!"
  • Aye! - "Yes!"
  • Belay - To immediately cease or stop.
  • Booty - Anything of value that a pirate can plunder.
  • Cat’o’Nine Tails – A whip made up of nine knotted ropes.
  • Crow’s Nest – A lookout point at the top of the tallest mast on a ship.
  • Cutlass – A curved sword, favored by many sailors.
  • Davy Jones' Locker – Technically means the bottom of the sea. It is also where the souls of drowned pirates go. 
  • Grog – A pirate’s beverage of choice. 
  • Hoist the Colors! –To raise the Pirate flag before attacking.
  • Hearties –Shipmates and friends.
  • Hornswaggle—To cheat or to lie.
  • Lad—A name for a young gentleman.
  • Lass - A name for a young woman, usually more polite.
  • Lubber or landlubber—A name give to those who prefer land over the sea.
  • Motherload –A term for a very large amount of booty or treasure. 
  • Salt or Old Salt—The name given to veteran Sailors. Also used to enhance the flavor of food.
  • Savvy – Meaning to understand or “okay”.
  • Smartly – To do or to perform something quickly.
  • Scurvy –A common condition of sailors who go too long without eating fruits and vegetables.
  • Shiver me timbers! –"Well, I'll be" or "What a surprise!" 
  • Swag—The common term for riches and/or gold.
  • Walk the plank – To be forced to walk the length of a plank that has been placed over the side of a ship. The outcome is not promising.

Ye be a savvy pirate now, that ye be. On behalf o’ the AQW Crew, ye now be ready fer Talk Like a Pirate Day! Weigh anchor, grab ye cutlass and ye captain’s hat, ‘nd don’t be forgettin’ yer trusty parrot neither! At any time ye be needin’ a smartly reminder, sail back ‘ere ‘nd get a seaworthy refresher!

Savvy, pirate?

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