13 Lords of Chaos
 

Design Notes

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Challenge Maker

March 28, 2015

30% War Challenge

Unlock the Reward AND the next section of the war!

The ShadowFlame war is heating up! The Evil side is in the lead, but it's still early in the game! The first side to reach 30% on the war meter will unlock the Blade of Fiery Destruction and the next phase of the war map! The race to the top of ShadowFlame mountain is ON!

60% War Challenge: Pyroclasic Dragonbane Blade

The first side to reach 60% on the war meter will unlock the Pyroclastic Dragonbane Blade! The last phase of the war map unlocks at 75%


Tags: Alina

 

Vote Maker

March 27, 2015

Vote for One-Eyed Doll

Help Them Become Revolver's Album of the Week!

Long-time friend of Artix Entertainment and guest star in AQWorlds, our favorite rock band, One-Eyed Doll, has a chance to be featured as the Album of the Week by Revolve Magazine! If you like OED's music, pick this up. The tracks are seriously fantastic!

But FIRST go vote, because Kimberly and Jason are pretty awesome people and musicians, and they would really appreciate your support. You can vote as many times as you like until Monday, March 30th, at noon.

One-Eyed Doll: Rock'n'Roll and Chaos

If you don't know who One-Eyed Doll is, then settle in, because it's story time! 

The first time the AE team saw Kimberly, she was being escorded into a metal cage between two tesla coils by a mad scientist/muscian named the Arc-attack. A thousand people looked on as bolts of lighting shot at the cage creating computer controlled frequencies that "shockingly" played the themesong of Back to the Future! Kimberly giggled and danced as lightning struck the metal bars creating the music.

That was "normal" compared to watching One-Eyed Doll play live afterwards. She hypnotized the audience with her sweet and kind voice... and lured us to our doom. There was an explosive energy that we had never seen in real life before. After only 2 songs we were informed that they had run out of time and everyone had to leave so the band could clean the room up.

Cysero's friend Alces stirred the crowd into a chant "YOU PLAY, WE'LL CLEAN!" promising that we would clean the room if One-Eyed Doll would play us another set. They agreed and as soon as Kimberly struck the first chord, the mezmerized audience went to work cleaning the floor, stacking chairs and helping Arc Attack take down their musical tesla coils 

(Cysero proudly brags: I got shocked by the one that wasn't properly grounded!) That place was spottless before the crowd left at 4am!

Since then, OED has guest starred in several AQWorlds events, Dage created an incredible album cover, and they've helped the AE team wreak havoc in-game and out! 


Tags: Alina

 

War Maker

March 27, 2015

Sepulchure Returns

Fight Fire with Fire in the ShadowFlame Dragon War!

This Friday fight fire with fire when Empress Gravelyn and the Dragonbone Necromancers use the body of Akriloth, lord of the Fire Dragons, as a host for Sepulchure's spirit! Unsheathe your blade and prepare for war… because once the Empress of the ShadowScythe and the Queen of Monster’s Fire General come face to face, the eruption’s aftermath will permanently change one of these rulers' lives… FOREVER!

Wait... Sepulchure is returning to AQW?!

He sure is... kind of! As word of the attacks on Drakonus started to reach Shadowfall,  Empress Gravelyn MUST take action. A voice in her dreams reaches out to her... calling, showing her the way to victory. 

aqw sepulchure returns

Now, her Dragonbone Necromancers have been commanded to summon the spirit of one of Lore's greatest military generals - Sepulchure, the DoomKnight. But what vessel could contain a spirit THAT dark and strong? Only the body of Lore's fiercest Fire Dragon... Akriloth. And when Sepulchure's spirit possesses the body of Akriloth the Red, Empress Gravelyn gains a weapon unlike any other: Akriloth's entire army of enraged Fire Dragons! 

3 Way War in ShadowFlame Spire!

Choose your side and fight for Good, Evil, or the Queen of Monsters: 

  • Good: Battle in /dragonspire to defend the people of Embersea from the Dragons, Shadowscythe, and Firestorm!
  • Evil: Drive the Firestorm Onslaught out of Embersea no matter WHAT it takes when you /join shadowspire! You must destroy the Queen's army... before you can face her!
  • Monsters: Ally with the Firestorm in /queenspire to curry favor with the Queen. If you do well, maybe she WON'T slay you once she takes over the world!

What happens AFTER the war will be determined by the winning side!

ShadowFlame War Rewards

This weekend, /join shadowflame and talk to the representatives of the Embersea Defense League, the Shadowscythe, and the Firestorm.  Head to their respective war camps, accept their quests and begin battling to farm for trophies!


  • Good: Crimson Phoenix Warrior armor set
  • Evil: Dragonbone Necromancer set
  • Monster: Living Flame Phoenix Warrior set and Alienation Ascenion Scythe

Many of the monsters have both rare and permanent reward drops independent of the quests. Battle hard, heroes!

Next Week: Fire Dragons Rise... and Boss Battle!

/Cast Heal on Ghost, who valiantly fought pain as he pushed himself to finish the 2nd cutscene for tonight's war (that would have unlocked at 50%). However, due to some pretty severe pain, he didn't make it in time. But when you look at the AMAZING job he did with the first cutscene, we can absolutely wait! He'll get that 2nd cut to you next week, and then the ones surrounding the boss fight, which will launch NEXT Friday!

And once it does, we'll also reveal where the story goes from here! I'd outlined the full Firestorm Onslaught story several months ago, but after seeing all your ideas and excitement surrounding Gravelyn, Akriloth, and the Firestorm/Queen of Monsters as they clash in Embersea, the story's going to shift focus. 

So. Are you ready to BATTLE?!?!!


Tags: Alina

 

Boost Maker

March 27, 2015

Daily Server Boost: MORE XP

Today's Server Boost: 50 and 25% MORE XP!

It's that time of the year for fun, frenzy, and FREE boosts! Since so many of our players are on Spring Break this month, log in every day this week AND this weekend to get MORE class points, rep, gold, or XP during our Spring Break Server Boosts Bonanza!

spring break aqworlds free mmo rpg

  • Monday's boost: 25% more CP on Legend servers, 15% more on all servers
  • Tuesday's boost: 25%/15% more Rep
  • Wednesday's boost: 25%/15% more XP
  • Thursday's boost: 25%/15% more Gold
  • Friday's boost: 50%/25% more XP
  • Saturday's boost: DOUBLE the Class points and XP on all servers
  • Sunday's boost: DOUBLE the gold and rep on all servers


Tags: Alina Spring Break Server boost

 

Boost Maker

March 26, 2015

Daily Server Boost: Gold

Today's Server Boost: 25 and 15% MORE Gold!

It's that time of the year for fun, frenzy, and FREE boosts! Since so many of our players are on Spring Break this month, log in every day this week AND this weekend to get MORE class points, rep, gold, or XP during our Spring Break Server Boosts Bonanza!

spring break aqworlds free mmo rpg

  • Monday's boost: 25% more CP on Legend servers, 15% more on all servers
  • Tuesday's boost: 25%/15% more Rep
  • Wednesday's boost: 25%/15% more XP
  • Thursday's boost: 25%/15% more Gold
  • Friday's boost: 50%/25% more XP
  • Saturday's boost: DOUBLE the Class points and XP on all servers
  • Sunday's boost: DOUBLE the gold and rep on all servers


Tags: Alina

 

March 27, 2015

ShadowFlame DragonSlayer

Unlock the ShadowFlame Gear with Any AC package over $10 USD

Fight fire with fire in Embersea! When the Shadowscythe and Fire Dragon armies combine to take on the Queen of Monsters, things are going to get HOT! /Equip the ShadowFlame Dragonscale armor to keep the battle moving as you push towards victory! Starting tonight at 6 PM server time, get your gauntlets on the ShadowFlame DragonSlayer gear!

12k AC package: 22 items

Get all 22 items with a 12,000 AC package - 4 items exclusive to the 12k AC package plus every item included in the other AC tier.

  • An exclusive set (armor, 2 helms, cape, and weapon) PLUS
  • 2 more armors
  • 6 helms
  • 4 weapons
  • 5 capes

2k and 5k AC packages: 16 items

Equip yourself to face down the Lord of the Fire Dragons: get 16 items with either a 2,000 or 5,000 AC package!

  • 2 armors: Necrotic ShadowFlame Warrior and ShadowFlame DragonSlayer Armor
  • 6 helms
  • 4 weapons
  • 5 capes

Shadowflame AC Rares Shop

Select items from the Fyreborn Tigermaster sets will also be available for individual purchase from your game menu.

  • ShadowFlame DragonSlayer Armor
  • 4 helms
  • 2 weapons
  • 3 capes


Tags: Alina

 

March 25, 2015

Gravelyn is NOT Amused...

Empress of the Shadowscythe Vs Queen of Monsters?

The Shadowflame Dragon War begins this Friday! Will you fight for Good (defending the innocent people of Embersea), Evil (attacking the Firestorm alongside Gravelyn and Sepulchure), or the Queen of Monsters? 

This is very much a 3-way war: 

  • Evil wants to take out the Firestorm Onslaught, and doesn't care WHO gets stomped on along the way, so long as Empress Gravelyn's rival is taken down. 
  • Good wants to make sure no innocents get hurt while the Shadowscythe attack the Firestorm Onslaught, and while the Firestorm fights back.
  • Those fighting for the Queen of Monsters want to ally early on with the newest big-bad in town. Get on board early and maybe she won't make a smoothie out of your amygdala once she's done feeding on your fear. 

Tweet to Artix and Alina and tell us who you're fighting for on Twitter or the AQWorlds Facebook page!


Tags: Alina

 

Boost Maker

March 25, 2015

Spring Break Server Boost: XP

Today's Server Boost: 25 and 15% MORE XP!

It's that time of the year for fun, frenzy, and FREE boosts! Since so many of our players are on Spring Break this month, log in every day this week AND this weekend to get MORE class points, rep, gold, or XP during our Spring Break Server Boosts Bonanza!

spring break aqworlds free mmo rpg

  • Monday's boost: 25% more CP on Legend servers, 15% more on all servers
  • Tuesday's boost: 25%/15% more Rep
  • Wednesday's boost: 25%/15% more XP
  • Thursday's boost: 25%/15% more Gold
  • Friday's boost: 50%/25% more XP
  • Saturday's boost: DOUBLE the Class points and XP on all servers
  • Sunday's boost: DOUBLE the gold and rep on all servers


Tags: Alina

 

Reminder Maker

March 24, 2015

Dates to Remember: April 2015

Mark your calendars so you don't miss out!

Prepare to bare your blades, because we've got a TON of dark and deadly releases coming your way in April! Keep an eye out for MORE releases, activies, suggestion shop updates, and contests coming in April! We'll post news as it comes in.

This week:
March 27: ShadowFlame War, Part 1
March 27: Dage and Laken birthday rares leave, Draconic DoomKnight AC package leaves

Next week:
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April 3: ShadowFlame War Boss and Grenwog
April 3: Friday the 13th / Lucky Day rares, DageXNulgath rares, and Bladelord of Vokun leave
April 10: Dage's Betrayal storyline, Part 2

April 13th - 17th:
April 17: Firestorm Onslaught: Feverfew Falls

April 20th - 24th:
April 24th: Legend-only Firestorm side-release and Earth day

Dage's Birthday House Items: Rares List

  • Legion Weaponscrafter
  • Bloodfiend Statue
  • Toxic Fiend Statue
  • Infernal Fiend Statue
  • Dreadfiend Statue 
  • Lord of the Underworld Statue
  • Dage the Paragon Statue
  • Undead Lich King Statue
  • Dage Cake
  • Legion Blacksmith
  • Undead Weaponscrafter
  • Legion Anvil
  • Legion Mirror 
  • Legion Wall Hanging
  • Dage's Throne
  • Legion Fortress


Tags: Alina

 

March 24, 2015

Spring Break Server Boosts: Rep

Today's Server Boost: 25 and 15% MORE Rep!

It's that time of the year for fun, frenzy, and FREE boosts! Since so many of our players are on Spring Break this month, log in every day this week AND this weekend to get MORE class points, rep, gold, or XP during our Spring Break Server Boosts Bonanza!

spring break aqworlds free mmo rpg

  • Monday's boost: 25% more CP on Legend servers, 15% more on all servers
  • Tuesday's boost: 25%/15% more Rep
  • Wednesday's boost: 25%/15% more XP
  • Thursday's boost: 25%/15% more Gold
  • Friday's boost: 50%/25% more XP
  • Saturday's boost: DOUBLE the Class points and XP on all servers
  • Sunday's boost: DOUBLE the gold and rep on all servers

Class to Armor Conversion Update

Earlier today, we added in armor versions of several classes:

  • TimeKiller*
  • Chronomancer*
  • ChronoCorruptor*
  • PaladinSlayer*
  • NOT A MOD*
  • Elemental Dracomancer (Rep and AC)
  • Shaman (Rep)
  • Evolved Shaman (Rep and AC)
  • Darkblood StormKing (Rep and AC)

We'll continue doing conversions like this as we have time, so those of you who want to keep the look of a Class but use another Class's skills can do that.

* These classes are attached to rare Heromart products, and their armor versions are only available to those who have the original classes.


Tags: Alina

 

Update Maker

March 24, 2015

Server Rewrite Update: Combat

Monster Skills, Class Rebalancing, and More!

Alongside the weekly release updates and the other backend projects we're working on, Yorumi made a LOT of progress on the server re-write while I was on vacation last week! He is 70% done porting over the combat system, and 30% done with Phase 1 overall. Staff-only testing of the new combat system is scheduled to begin next week. We're still on track for a player-driven PTR server in September!

Yorumi says:

In the staff testing, we'll be checking to make sure the existing systems all work. Porting combat to the new server will also include some upgrades, which will need thorough testing, too:

  • Monsters will get a working AI: they'll use HP, MP, and have indidivual skills and targeting
  • General balancing because of changes to the stat system
  • Testing to make sure each skill still functions as intended
  • War meters will count monster kills directly. No need to turn in quests.

We will NOT testing a possible rank 7 skill yet; that is something the team wants to add in for Phase 2 (which cannot start until after Phase 1 is complete).

Server Rewrite Progress Chart

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).

Phase 2: Updating core game functionality on AQW 2.0. 

Phase 2 is where we're planning to make the changes you guys want - the buyback shop, better PVP and guilds functionality, bank item previews, friends list syncing, adding rank 10 passives to new classes, cross-server chat, better anti-bot and reporting functionality and more.

  • 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 1.0 - full launch of Server Rewrite, Phase 1

Right now, we are less than a week away from the staff-only test of the new combat system. With the current calculations, we expect SRV 0.8 (the player live-test PTR) to begin in September. 

Reminder: Personal Buyback Shop in Phase 2

We've been getting a lot of questions about the personal buyback shop. The goal is to let players get back AC items they had sold or lost. The way we would do that is by reading your account history - the AC purchase log - and putting only those items into your personal buyback shop.

That means no rare items would be returning. You - and you alone - would regain access to only the items you had previously purchased. There will need to be restrictions on this so it cannot be abused, and we do not have finalized details on what items would be eligible, what price you would need to pay to buyback the items, or what kind of wait period would be required.

Because this functionality is so far out (we need to finish all of Phase 1 first), we've got plenty of time to plan the best way to meet the goals while addressing many of your concerns. We'll announce more details about this and other Phase 2 functionality additions as we get closer to the release date.

Keep an eye on the Design Notes for future progress updates! Give us your feedback on the Artix.com Design Notes post!


Tags: Alina Server Rewrite

 

March 23, 2015

Draconic DoomKnight Leaving

Until Friday, unlocks with any AC package over $10 USD!

This Friday, when the ShadowFlame DragonSlayer AC package arrives at 6PM server time, the Draconic DoomKnight set leaves! You can unlock the Dragonic DoomKnight armor set when you buy any AC package over $10 USD, but after this Friday, it will be rare FOREVER!! 

Dragons + Darkness = Power

How to Unlock Draconic DoomKnight

Once you've purchased your AdventureCoin package, the next step is to get your gauntlets on the gear!

  1. Purchase a 2000, 5000, or 12000 AdventureCoin pacakge in-game, through the portal, or on our website
  2. Log into your AQWorlds account and head to your Book of Lore
  3. Look under the "Other Achievements" tab to find the Draconic DoomKnight badge
  4. Click the badge to open your shop and get access to ALL the 0 AC gear (/cheer for free storage)

Draconic DoomKnight Gear Details

Made by Memet and Zoshi, the set includes the Draconic DoomKnight armor, helm, cape, and weapon, and are all included with a 2000 AC package. Buy either a 5000 or 12000 AC package to unlock the armor and bonus gear!

2000 ACs

  • Draconic DoomKnight Armor
  • DoomDragon's Helm
  • Draconic DoomKnight Wings
  • Dragon's DoomKnight Blade
  • Character page badge

5000 ACs

  • All four Draconic DoomKnight items plus
  • Dark Dragon's Winged Cape and
  • Dark Draconic Daggers
  • Character page badge

12000 ACs (unlocks ALL the gear!)

  • All four Draconic DoomKnight items plus
  • Dragon's DoomKnight BackBlades cape and
  • Dark Draconic Daggers and Polearm
  • Doom Dragon pet
  • Character page badge


Tags: Alina

 

War Maker

March 23, 2015

This Friday: ShadowFlame War

The ShadowScythe Fire Dragon Army Invades Embersea!

This Friday fight fire with fire when Empress Gravelyn and the Dragonbone Necromancers use the body of Akriloth, lord of the Fire Dragons, as a host for Sepulchure's spirit! Unsheathe your blade and prepare for war… because once the Empress of the ShadowScythe and the Queen of Monster’s Fire General come face to face, the eruption’s aftermath will permanently change one of these rulers' lives… FOREVER!

aqw fire dragon evil war

Wait... Sepulchure is returning to AQW?!

He sure is... kind of! As word of the attacks on Drakonus started to reach Shadowfall,  Empress Gravelyn MUST take action. A voice in her dreams reaches out to her... calling, showing her the way to victory. 

aqw sepulchure returns

Now, her Dragonbone Necromancers have been commanded to summon the spirit of one of Lore's greatest military generals - Sepulchure, the DoomKnight. But what vessel could contain a spirit THAT dark and strong? Only the body of Lore's fiercest Fire Dragon... Akriloth. And when Sepulchure's spirit possesses the body of Akriloth the Red, Empress Gravelyn gains a weapon unlike any other: Akriloth's entire army of enraged Fire Dragons! 

3 Way War in ShadowFlame Spire!

Choose your side and fight for Good, Evil, or the Queen of Monsters: 

  • Good: battle with Galanoth and Kyron to defend Embersea Isle from the first wave of the Shadowscythe Fire Dragon invasion 
  • Evil: fight alongside Empress Gravelyn to thwart the Firestorm, or 
  • Monsters: attack the Shadowscythe and Embersea warriors for the Queen of Monsters

What happens AFTER the war will be determined by the winning side!

ShadowFlame War Rewards

This weekend, /join shadowflame and talk to the representatives of the Embersea Defense League, the Shadowscythe, and the Firestorm.  Head to their respective war camps, accept their quests and begin battling to farm for trophies!

  • Good: Crimson Phoenix Warrior armor set
  • Evil: Dragonbone Necromancer set
  • Monster: Living Flame Phoenix Warrir set

Spring Break Server Boost: Class Points!

Log in every day this week AND this weekend to get MORE class points, rep, gold, or XP during out Spring Break Server Boosts Bonanza!

  • Today's boost: 25% more CP on Legend servers, 15% more on all servers
  • Tomorrow's boost: 25%/15% more Rep
  • Wednesday's boost: 25%/15% more XP
  • Thursday's boost: 25%/15% more Gold
  • Friday's boost: 50%/25% more XP
  • Saturday's boost: DOUBLE the Class points and XP on all servers
  • Sunday's boost: DOUBLE the gold and rep on all servers


Tags: Alina Sepulchure Akriloth

 

March 13, 2015

The Dark Carnival is Here

Friday the 13th And Lucky Day Double Holiday!

Better boost your real-life LUK stat this weekend, because the Dark Carnival is in town, and you're going to need every four-leaf clover, horseshoe, and rabbits foot you've got! Voltaire and Zazul are here to make sure you "win" all the prizes you deserve... including some rare, Friday the 13th / Lucky day crossover gear!

Both Zazul and Voltaire have a quest ONLY available while the Dark Carnival is in town: quest for Zazul's FAUXgatorio Coins and Voltaire's Cursed Monkey Cape and pet, but beware... these gifts may not be what they seem. Dark Carnival rares shop and quest rewards will also include:

  • Vampire RingMaster armor set
  • Evilchaun Pet
  • Ultra Ringmaster Top Hat (male and female versions)
  • Celtic Disaster armor
  • Creepy Cutthroat armor
  • Zazul Tent house
  • Wheel of BOOM house item
  • And more

Friday the 13th And Lucky Day Double Holiday!

Gear up and buff your LUK to make sure your HP stays high... because this weekend, ALL servers have a Double Class Points Boost! You're going to need it, because once you're doing carousing around the Dark Carnival (/join luck to head there!) and punting Zorbak in our new minigame, it's going to be time to battle your way through Lore as an Unlucky Leprechaun!

If the testers' luck holds, the Unlucky Leperchaun Class will arrive this weekend for you rank up, too!

Dage and Nulgath's Dark Carnival Rares Shop

You're in luck! Two of Lore's most evil artists have created new sets to celebrate the double holiday; Dage's Dark Vampire and Nulgath's Necromancer Fiend sets are both release in the Dage X Nulgath Rares shop this weekend!

Unlucky Leperchaun Class

It's so rare that Lucky Day and Friday the 13th coincide that we have released an exclusive (read: going rare) Class JUST for this year! The Unlucky Leperchaun (you read that rot... er, right) Class is a highly modified version of the Evolved Leprechaun Class, and can be obtained from the Dark Carnival Rares shop for 2000 ACs OR for gold, if you're a Legend.

Zereldo's working on a Class Skills writeup as I type this, and that will be posted as soon as possible.


Tags: Alina

 

Post Maker for Ricky

March 13, 2015

AQW's Wiki 6th Anniversary

Celebrate with the Wiki and AQW Team!

"Hey guys, Rickyb20 here (Alina is posting on my behalf).

For those of you who don't already know, the wiki's 6th anniversary was on March 11th. 6 (count 'em, SIX) years of providng help and support to our fellow players and AQW staff (Ed note: It helps out most of the devs on a daily basis. - Alina) It's incredibly amazing how time flies by.

On behalf of the wiki team, I would once again like to thank all of our wiki staff and wiki members, new and old, for helping keep the wiki constantly updated every week. Without all of your support, the wiki wouldn't be where it is today. I would also like to give a huge thank you to all of our former wiki staff, as they all played a huge role into shaping the wiki to how it is today.

To tie in with our anniversary, I have some very good news that I am excited to share with you all. Starting this Friday (or possibly even tomorrow, depending on if the AQW team has time), you can speak to Maya in Battleon Town's Library in order to receive your very own moglin-fied version of Maya!

There will be two versions of the pet (one legend, costing gold, the other version being free player, costing ACs), so that everyone will have a chance to get the pet.

And if YOU want to get in on helping the wiki team update the site with all the new AQW content each week, head here! We'd love to have you help!

Thanks everyone! Here's to another 6 years of helping our fellow players! WIKI-ON! /cheer"


Tags: Alina

 

Update Maker

March 13, 2015

AQW Server Rewrite Update

Server Rewrite Progress Report: On Schedule

Alongside the weekly release updates and the other backend projects we're working on, Yorumi is making great progress on the server rewrite. He's currently working on porting over the combat system, and is about halfway through.

Yorumi says:

"While I'm porting over the combat system, we're looking at ways we can improve gameplay and increase the FUN once we hit Phase 2. Ideas include a 5th Class skill (which would probably unlock at rank 7 or 8), and either moving the Auto-attack or making it happen on the spacebar. We also want to add in monster SKILLS in Phase 1 if possible."

The rewrite opens up so many options for gameplay and fun that we are like kids in a candy store! Right now, we are about 2 weeks away from the staff-only test of the new combat system. We are still on track for SRV 0.8 (the player live-test PTR) to begin in September. 

Server Rewrite Progress Chart

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 0.0015 - map and characters loading
  • SRV 0.00175 - stat system
  • SRV 0.00190 - 75% of new combat system ported over
  • 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 1.0 - full launch of Server Rewrite, Phase 1

New Server Improvements and Defense

In addition to the new gameplay functionality and lag decreases we expect to add and see, we're also building the new servers with an eye towards improved stability and defense. We plan to add in additional anti-botting methods, for example. 

Protecting our servers and making sure we aren't introducing any new vulnerabiities or exploits is one of the most IMPORTANT things we can do while rebuilding the server. To that end, Zhoom, Captain Rhubarb, and Yorumi are combing through the code with a fine-toothed comb.

Additionally, we have a super-group of ex-hackers (aka "the whitehats"*) who have been helping us for over a year now. Individually, some of these talented coders have been sending us exploit reports for over 5 years. These team members have the coding skill and knowledge to detect old issues and check for new ones, then suggest fixes and workarounds. 

Like any other team member, they will never ask you for your password or login information. They cannot affect or access your account, and like all AE team members, they will tell you to take any account issues to the Help Pages, where Player Support will work with you to fix them.

These whitehats are using all the tricks and tools and knowledge that ordinary hackers use to attack our game, but the difference is, our whitehats are working alongside the devs to help PROTECT the game. That makes them part of the good guys, and we are lucky to have them on our side! 

* Wikipedia says: "The term "white hat" in Internet slang refers to an ethical computer hacker who specializes in testing to ensure the security of an organization's information systems."

Artix Entertainment: The Good Guys

Artix often says that in the real world, he's a lot like Artix the Paladin NPC. He's a genuine, real-life good guy, and that's the way Artix Entertainment operates as a company. Though we have been battling hackers and private server creators for years, we would never "take revenge" through illegal or unethical means. 

That means we do not lie, cheat, threaten, or attack the hackers/private server makers (via DDoS attacks or similar methods). And we would never ask any of our players or team members to do those things for us.

Any action we take (and we have taken action in the past) is always through legal channels. That's what being a "good guy" means - operating aboveboard, doing the right thing in the right way. 



Tags: Alina

 

Luck Maker

March 11, 2015

This Friday: Test Your Luck

Friday the 13th And Lucky Day Double Holiday!

Better boost your real-life LUK stat this weekend, because the Dark Carnival is in town, and you're going to need every four-leaf clover, horseshoe, and rabbits foot you've got! Voltaire and Zazul are here to make sure you "win" all the prizes you deserve... including some rare, Friday the 13th / Lucky day crossover gear!

Both Zazul and Voltaire have a quest ONLY available while the Dark Carnival is in town: quest for Zazul's Purgatorio Coin and Voltaire's Cursed Monkey Cape and pet, but beware... these gifts may not be what they seem. Dark Carnival rares shop and quest rewards will also include:

  • Vampire RingMaster armor set
  • Evilchaun Pet
  • Ultra Ringmaster Top Hat (male and female versions)
  • Celtic Disaster armor
  • Creepy Cutthroat armor
  • And more

Friday the 13th And Lucky Day Double Holiday!

Gear up and buff your LUK to make sure your HP stays high... because this weekend, ALL servers have a Double Class Points Boost! You're going to need it, because once you're doing carousing around the Dark Carnival (/join luck to head there!) and punting Zorbak in our new minigame, it's going to be time to battle your way through Lore as an Unlucky Leprechaun!

If the testers' luck holds, the Unlucky Leperchaun Class will arrive this weekend for you rank up, too!

Dage and Nulgath's Dark Carnival Rares Shop

You're in luck! Two of Lore's most evil artists have created new sets to celebrate the double holiday; Dage's Dark Vampire and Nulgath's Necromancer Fiend sets will both release in the Dark Carnival Rares shop this weekend!

* Note: The Necromancer Fiend on the right in the picture above is not in its final form. Nulgath is still working on placing it onto the AQWorlds base model.


Tags: Alina

 

Hunt Maker

March 10, 2015

AdventureCouch #3: Meet Mack Roesch

Watch Artix and Mack Roesch on AdventureCouch!

The newest episode of AdventureCouch, Artix Entertainment's video Design Notes, is live! You can watch Artix and Mack Roesch, winner of Stone Cold Steve Austin's "Broken Skull" TV show, as they review his competition run, excel at push ups (and downs), and plan out his new NPC: PteroMack, DinoWarrior!

Watch the video here!

Then head in-game and begin the hunt for his NPC and quest! Once you complete his challenge, you'll unlock the SkullCrusher mace!


Tags: Alina AdventureCouch SkullCrusher Mack Roesch

 

Wish Maker

March 10, 2015

Happy Birthday, Laken!

Laken Levels Up in Real Life

March is a month of birthdays for members of the Artix Entertainment team, and that makes it time to celebrate! Laken, an AQWorlds artist, created some excellent new gear for you to help celebrate with him. You can find all of his rare items in the /darkbirthday map now!

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In Laken's shop you'll find:

  • Laken the Evil armor
  • Laken the Good helm
  • Evil Lance of Prevarication 
  • The Faken armor

There is also a version of the Evil Lance of Prevarication in the Undead Legion Merge shop! All his birthday rares leave on March 27th, along with the Dage birthday rares.

Kiyone, Sephira, and More Leveling up!

I wasn't kidding when I said March was PACKED with AE team member birthdays! From Dage and Laken and Galanoth to AQW moderators Kiyone and Sephira, all the way to MQ and ED coders Vivi and Rabblefroth, plus forum mods San Robin and Msyu! Happy birthday to them, and to all of you with March birthdays!


Tags: Alina Laken Birthday Dage

 

Teaser Maker

March 06, 2015

Dage the Evil: The First Betrayal

Log in for the start of an all-new Dage Storyline!

Battle through Nulgath’s Shifting Planes cavern as Dage the Evil in the final tests to earn his Mark of Mastery and became one of Lore’s most feared Necromancers. /Join darkfortress to take down Nulgath’s most loyal minions to prove that you are worthy of leading the Undead Legion… but be wary, because Nulgath the ArchFiend is deadly, and he will exploit any angle in order to stop his apprentice from ascending! 

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Play AS Dage the Evil and talk to Wilhelm, your long-time friend, to begin your quest for the Mark of Mastery that will end your time as Nulgath's apprentice. But beware: the Shifting Planes caverns are NOT for the unwary. You never know from one step to another where you'll end up. Oh.

There are only two rules in the Caverns:

  1. DON'T touch the skull with red glowing eyes.
  2. Sometimes, to survive, you have to break the rules.

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New Rare and Farming Gear Now Available

  • The rare Undead Weaponscrafter, with a quest for SIX exclusive weapons
  • The Legion-only Ultimate Lich King armor and helm 
  • 8 new house statues featuring the art of Dage the Evil and Nulgath the archfiend
  • And more!

Rare armors and accessories

All the rare items from Dage's birthday and this week's release will leave Friday, March 27th.

Permanently-available gear to farm for

The Ultimate Lich King armor set is only available to members of the Undead Legion. The armor costs 10000 Legion Tokens. Each helm costs 5000 Legion Tokens. It will NOT go rare, so you can take time and farm for the gear you want!

NEW House items in the shop and dropping from monsters

The Nulgath monster house statues drop from the miniboss in Nulgath's keep in the /darkfortress map. The other gear drops from the boss monster. Other boss drops include:

  • Dage Cake
  • Evil Pixel Cape
  • Cowl of Thanatos 
  • Wings of Thanatos
  • Chained Lich King Statue
  • Awakened Lich King Statue
  • Ultra Shifting Plane Gem

Undead Weaponsmith with quest for gear

The Undead Weaponsmith and Legion Weaponsmith are available for 1000 ACs and 1000 Legion Tokens respectively, and will go rare. Buying the house item unlocks a quest to get each of the items pictured. 

Note: Currently the Legion Weaponsmith quest is locked. This will be fixed tonight.

Happy Birthday, Day the Evil!

It's been a CRAZY week, but Dage has had a blast making all this gear for you! We hope you enjoy the start of the new Dage/Laken storyline, and will join us NEXT week for Laken's birthday shop! Also next week, the Friday the 13th/Lucky Day crossover with gear from Memet and Laken!


Tags: Alina

 

Post Maker

March 05, 2015

Legion DoomKnight Class

Dages Birthday Class Skills Writeup

The power of the Legion DoomKnight is now available for you to wield. But before you do that here are a few things you may want to know about the class.

Legion Doomknight Info

There are THREE ways you can get the seasonal* Legion DoomKnight Class:

  1. Buy with 2000 ACs to get it immediately
  2. Farm for the Class if you have the Sepulchure's DoomKnight Armor by completing the "Become a DoomKnight" quest from Dage in Battleon
  3. Farm for the Class if you are a member of the Undead Legion by killing Dark Sepulchure. Merge 13 "Sepulchure's Legion Badge" items with 2000 Legion Tokens to create the Class. 

* Only available during Dage's birthday!

Legion DoomKnight Breakdown

Zereldo, one of the main class designers for the Legion DoomKnight, has gone into deep detail to help you get the most out of the Legion DoomKnight Class.

Thematically Doomknights are strong powerful relentless and hard to kill. So rather than make a class that could do large bursts of damage I designed a class that is a relentless and continuous killer. This class is designed to keep fighting non stop and to survive whatever challenges it. The skill descriptions here are more detailed with more numbers than in the game.

Mana regen: Legion DoomKnights gain mana from all hits landed in combat,and especially on crits. The amount depends on damage relative to *their own* HP total.

For Stats and Enhancements: Legion DoomKnights use both strength and intellect to fight their battles. Hybrid or Luck enhancements are a good start as they give a good balance of all stat type, but basically all stats help the class in some way so you mix and match to find out what works best each move and the class as a whole.

Primarily this class is meant to be good at soloing bosses and going it alone against monsters. It does have some support qualities built into it which will increase the damage adventurers around you do to your target.

Auto Attack

2 second cooldown.
A basic attack, taught to all adventurers.
You’ve seen this before on many classes. It needs no further explanation.

Rank 1: Touch Of Doom

15 mana, 4 second cooldown.

You leave a mark of Doom upon your opponents soul which slowly but surely cripples them. Applies Touch of Doom and Touch of Death to your opponent which stacks up to 5 times.

Each stack of Touch of Doom Increases your Opponents incoming damage by 5% and each stack of Touch of Death decreases their outgoing damage by 7%. This Also applies Touch of Demise to you, increasing your damage dealt to your opponent by 5% up to 5 times. All effects last 6 seconds.       

This move is designed to be the core of the class giving your immense power and endurance while still dealing physical damage. Thematically doomknights have immense strength and defence and can last long battles. The longer the battle the better off you are (until you reach the max stack of 5). This move also pays homage to the first move of the original Doom Knight, which also uses a stack effect.

This move may seem too powerful against standard enemies but you won’t reach a full stack till near the end of your battle if you are on your own, or likely not at all in a group. Not to mention, half of your bonus damage and all of your bonus resistance is lost when you chance target. This move will only be of full usefulness in long boss battles but will still provide a welcome power in normal battles. This move also increases the damage that any other players do to your target by up to 25%. This means that high damage classes, such as Legion Paladin, will benefit immensely from this.

Rank 2: Soul Siphon

25 mana, 6 second cooldown.

You assualt your opponent's soul directly, taking some of their power to strengthen yourself and their life force to heal yourself.

This is what gives you your endurance. A dependable heal that deals magic damage to your opponent and keeps you fighting for a long time. It may not seem too great, but once you have your incoming damage reduced from using Touch of Doom you’ll find this heal is more than enough for your needs.

Rank 3:  Legion Dark Blast

15 mana, 6 second cooldown.

Immerse yourself in the Darkness of the Legion and of Doom. You use the shadows to strike at your opponent unexpectedly doing moderate magic damage. Applies Torment for 4 seconds. Also reduces your opponent's haste and hit chance by 15% for 4 seconds.

This move deals magic damage and gives you a bit of breather when fighting because of the haste and hit debuff it applies to your opponent. The few seconds of respite it gives in combat can make or break a solo boss battle.

Rank 4: Dage’s Favour & Strength of the Legion

All attacks do 20% more damage.

10% to crit chance and 5% to hit chance.

Your relentless damage becomes even more powerful, and you gain a greater chance to land critical hits on your opponent while missing less often.

Rank 5: Imminent Doom

30 mana, 16 second cooldown.

Doom hastens and the Legion beckons. Does a strike for large damage and hastens your opponents doom dealing a 1260% DoT for 8 Seconds. Also adds Decay for 8 seconds preventing your opponent from healing. (use the Decay effect from Paladin Slayer’s “Dark Energy” move) and a 15% bonus to your hit chance for 8 seconds.

This functions as your nuke but not in the traditional sense. It is based off of your physical damage. Rather than having a single strike of massive damage it has one smaller hit, but a killer DoT which brings in relentless and continuous damage. Most of your damage from this more should come from the DoT unless you are lucky enough to critical hit with it.

Final Thoughts

It’s a great class with lots of power and great survivabilty and it fulfils its purpose of soloing incredibly well. This class can even solo all 13 Lords of Chaos if used correctly. It is not a class you want to miss out on.


Tags: Alina

 

Fire Maker

March 05, 2015

The Shadows are Burning...

Listen for the rattling of DragonBones in Shadowflame!

For thousands of years before Chaos took hold on Lore, there were Dragons. And in the earliest of times before the first Dragons hatched, Lore was a shifting maelstrom of Elements. Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Energy, Ice, Light... and Darkness.

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One Knight, captivated by the power of Darkness, rose to supremacy on Lore. With an army of undead, he conquered the entire world. Until Chaos appeared and shattered his soul, scattering its shards throughout the Void.

In the years since that Dark Knight was defeated, the pieces of his spirit have been drawn together, pooling like beads of mercury, until at last... enough of them have joined so that his voice can be heard once more.

From the Darkness, the whispers are rising. And his daughter is listening.

ShadowFlame Dragon War

3.27.15


Tags: Alina Sepulchure Gravelyn Shadowflame Dragon War

 

Danger Maker

March 04, 2015

Nulgath's Dark Fortress

Midnight Map Preview: Release in Progress

Late night release testing, battling through the /darkfortress, trying to find my way out of Nulgath'sShifting Planes Cavern maze. I am trapped; send help!

There is no map to show the way, the guide outside the cavern seems... suspiciously friendly, and the only other soul I've seen so far is a dude named "Snack" who keeps trying to eat the bars of his cell door.

(PS: Don't touch the glowing skull. Just... don't. Bad things will happen!)

This map releases Friday, the start of a new storyline: "Dage the Evil: The First Betrayal"! Along with the storyline release, the rest of Dage's birthday gear will arrive (including the Legion recruitment building in Battleontown, the Undead Weaponsmith house item, the reset of the Thanatos helms, and some sweet new gear from Laken you can ONLY get by farming!)


Tags: Alina

 

March 02, 2015

Dage's Dark Birthday: 2015

MORE Birthday Gear from Dage the Evil is here!

Dage levels up in REAL LIFE! To celebrate, he's made a shop full of gear for AQW heroes of every level. Talk to Dage the Evil in Battleon tonight to unlock the Legion DoomKnight Class, the Thanatos Paragon pet, the Dark Caster armor, and more.

Legion DoomKnight Class: How to Get Yours

This is the big ticket item for Dage's birthday this year. He's been itching to recruit more DoomKnights into the Legion, and this year it's finally time! Don't be surprised if you see the character below appearing in-game later this year; Artix, Dage, and I are all eager to see the new NPC wreaking havoc and spreading Doom... because a Legion DoomKnight's gotta do what a Legion DoomKnight's gotta Do(om)!

There are THREE ways you can get the Legion DoomKnight armor:

  1. Buy with 2000 ACs to get it immediately
  2. Farm for the Class if you have the Sepulchure's DoomKnight Armor by completing the "Become a DoomKnight" quest from Dage in Battleon
  3. Farm for the Class if you are a member of the Undead Legion by killing Dark Sepulchure. Merge 13 "Sepulchure's Legion Badge" items with 2000 Legion Tokens to create the Class. 

Note: The original Sepulchure's DoomKnight Armor is not required to get the Legion DoomKnight Class. 

Thanatos Paragon Pet

The newest Paragon Pet is here, and THIS year, it comes with a full armor set: the Evolved Thanatos armor and gear! Quest for the Thanatos gear by slaying any "Death" monster.* 

The Thanatos Paragon pet has 2 other quests, as well. One awards gold and experience and the third - if you're a member of the Undead Legion - awards 50 Legion Tokens every time, PLUS a chance for an extra 10 or 20 Legion Tokens. 

Update: The Soul of a Dracolich quest is changing. One of the plusses about developing AQWorlds weekly is that we can change quests as we see your feedback coming in. Early responsses about the Legion Token farming quest have prompted a change. We are testing those changes now, and it will update later tonight.

* You'll find him in /undervoid, /underrealm, and /shadowattack. 

The Final Dark Caster Armor

The time has finally come: this is the final Dark Caster armor, and it's calling back to a number of previous Dark Casters. Ah, the dark, sweet memories! We've had a good run with many amazing sets, but after this year, Dage is eager to work on NEW designs and establish new traditions.

So if you're looking for a rare armor set to commemorate Dage's Birthday this year, you'll want to pick up the Shadow Dark Caster. So that future Legion members and AQW heroes can enjoy Dage's Dark Caster design, the Ultimate Dark Caster armor will return each year on his birthday. 

There are two ways to get THIS gear, as well:

  • Buy it for ACs in the Dark Birthday shop from Dage in Battleon
  • Merge 1000 Legion tokens for each in the Undead Legion Merge shop

More Birthday Gear on Friday!

Like we said last week, we're spreading out the birthday gear over the course of this week. Everything that didn't release today will arrive on Friday with the storyline release - "Dage the Evil: The First Betrayal." 

  • the Undead Weaponscrafter house item (with quests for exclusive weapon rewards)
  • MORE house items
  • Gear from Laken
  • and more



Tags: Alina

 

March 01, 2015

Dage's Birthday Week Begins!

Defeat the Undead Horsemen to Unlock Dage's Gear!

Today, your adventure in the Underworld's Void begins as we celebrate Dage the Evil's birthday! Dage has summoned four of his champions, all based on the legendary horsemen of the apocalypse, to test your strength, valor, determination, and skill! Later on today and over the course of this week, we'll release the NEW Dage Birthday 2015 rares, including the Legion DoomKnight CLASS, the Thanatos Paragon pet, and a brand-new version of the Dark Caster armor!

Death waits for you in the Undervoid!

Battle monsters in the underworld to warm-up before the battles, then power through each of the horsemen to unlock the reward shops AND learn one of Dage's most closely-guarded, darkest secrets!

Undead Apocalypse Event Breakdown

Dage's champions fight clean but hit HARD. No fancy moves, no tricks or chicanery, just a straight battle to the death... or to victory!

Can YOU conquer Conquest?

After completing the event, you can access the rewards shop AND additional quests:

  • Two Legion-exclusive exp and Token farming quests 
  • One Legend-only farming rep/exp quest 
  • and a Merge Shop Resource farming quest! (The merge shop resources will drop from ALL monsters, but completing the quest will give you more at once.)

Champion's Gauntlet Daily Quests

Once you've beaten all four horsemen once, you will unlock the Champion's Gauntlet Daily Quests! Defeat each horseman 7 times to earn an item which completes their corresponding badge quest to unlock a character page badge!

Can you withstand War's wrath?

You must unlock each badge in order:

  • Defeat Conquest 7 times to unlock the "Humiliation of Conquest" character page badge!
  • Defeat War 7 times to unlock the "Slaughter of War" character page badge!
  • Defeat Famine 7 times to unlock the "Feast of Famine" character page badge!
  • Defeat Death 7 times to unlock the "Master of Death" character page badge!

This event will be available until April 30th to give everyone a chance to unlock these character page badges!

The Reward Gear You're Here For

There will be rewards and drops for EVERYONE in today's event, plus more birthday gear later today PLUS more Dage AND Laken gear this Friday with the new storyline release - "Dage the Evil: the First Betrayal"!

Feast on Dage's birthday rewards!

  • The AC versions (upgrade not required) of the full sets are available in Dage's Undervoid shop
  • Battle the bosses to earn the Legend-only armors and some of the accessories
  • Some Legend-only and free-player accessories, as well as the free-player gold Obsidian Guardian armor, will only be available from the Dark Gifts Merge Shop (Legion Tokens NOT required)

Altar of Caladbolg

Last year, Dage announced on Twitter that he wants to make the Altar of Caladbolg available while his birthday is here. (During the month of his birthday, he becomes Dage the Mostly-Good!) The Altar is ALWAYS available as a drop from the Treasure Chest, but now you don't have to rely on Luck to get it.

Unlock the Altar of Caladbolg's quest!

To make that fair for all the players who have worked hard (And spent many ACs) trying to get the drop from the Treasure Chest, the Altar's birthday price will be 5000 AdventureCoins, but the quest from the Altar of Caladbolg will also get dagger versions added to its quest this week.

So if you already have the altar, you get more gear for free! If you're contemplating getting the altar now, you'll still have to pay for it, but you're going to get more than you were yesterday!

After his birthday ends, the Altar will still be available from the Treasure Chest. If you do not want to pay 5000 ACs for the Altar but DO still want it, you can keep trying to get it as a drop from the Treasure Chest. (If you are upgraded, you get two free keys a month.)

* These rewards will only be available during Dage's birthday each year.


Tags: Alina

 
 


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